Tag Archives: Antique Irish Silver

Rare Claddagh ring by Richard Joyce

We have just acquired this gold Claddagh Ring made by Richard Joyce of Galway circa 1700 which is about the time of the origin of the Irish Claddagh ring. Claddagh was a fishing village on the Western edge of Galway city in Ireland. Richard Joyce was very young when he embarked on a voyage to […]

How to read Irish silver maker’s marks

Irish silversmiths have to register with the Dublin assay office, and submit an example of their maker’s mark; this allows one to research who made a particular piece, and when. Many records were lost during the civil war, but various researchers have assembled lists of makers, giving us an almost comprehensive list of all the […]