Cork Silver and Cork Items

During the 18th century, Cork was a highly important port, and the trade going through it enriched the city, culturally and financially. As such, there was a thriving silver business in the city and environs at that time; however Cork pieces have a different style and look to Dublin silver, and is often instantly recognisable, before even looking at the hallmarks on the piece.
(Technically, much of the work produced in these towns would not be called silver, as they were never submitted to the assay office in Dublin for hallmarking. Some examples do exist which were hallmarked, but the majority were not, as it was too dangerous to send the goods all the way to Dublin, a long journey in those days.)

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