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Irish Silver Date Letters

Hallmarks are authenticating marks struck on most silver items produced or offered for sale in Ireland. Since 1637 the Assay Office in Dublin Castle has been the only body with the authority to perform this task. The marks serve several functions: * they verify that the item is of the correct quality. In Ireland, sterling […]

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 […]