Limerick work is marked in a very similar way to Cork silver and for a long time it was believed to have been actually made in Cork. It is now known to be Limerick work and we have a good record of the Limerick makers. On Limerick silver made between about 1780 and 1820 there will be a crude mark that resembles a fleur-de-lys or trefoil. Limerick silver tongs will also have the word STERLING in some form, sometimes incuse and sometimes not the full word. There does not appear to have been a regular guild of Goldsmiths in Limerick and their work will often have been assayed in Dublin as they were required by the act of 1783 to register their names and places of abode with the Company of Goldsmiths in Dublin.
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IP - John Purcell