Antique Irish Silver Exceptional Fine Dublin William III Flat-topped Tankard James Weldon retailer David King 1694
This antique Irish Silver Exceptional Fine Dublin William III Flat-topped Tankard James Weldon retailer David King flat-topped tankard of medium size engraved with initials S/VM within a contemporary plume cartouche. Weighing 27oz 14dwts and 14 1/2cm diameter of base. 19cm High by 22cm length from lid to handle. Initials as yet unidentified. Maker’s mark of James Weldon struck on side of body, on mid-section of handle and on lid. His mark on the lid is overstruck by David King’s mark. Dublin hallmarks for 1694-96 (DL K) struck on side of body and lid next to maker’s mark. David King’s mark over-striking Weldon’s suggests that the tankard was sold out of David King’s shop on Skinners Row. The tankard is in very good condition with wear and patina complimentary to its age and heavy gauge construction. There is no evidence of any major repairs.
James Weldon (quarter brother 1680, free brother 1686) has been overlooked in the literature as Dublin goldsmith because his mark is very similar to Joseph Walker so all his silver in the past has been attributed to Joseph Walker. However surviving silver with his mark tells us he was Dublin goldsmith of considerable prominence from 1680 to 1706. Of particular note is a pair of columnar candlesticks held by Trinity College Dublin. Assay records with details of what was submitted by the goldsmiths of Dublin for a six-month period from May to October 1694 show that he submitted one 20 oz tankard on the 21 April 1694 for hallmarking. From 1694 to 1700 he submitted some 5300 oz silver for hallmarking and probably continued to submit around 2000 per year until 1705 when he died. His son Arthur became free in 1709.
This is undoubtedly one of the finest Irish tankards ever made. The quality of the hallmarks are superb. This is due to the fact that they were never hammered back. A process whereby a silversmith would smooth the interior or underside of a piece of plate by hammering the hallmarks from the back. Due to the absence of this process the hallmarks are as clear as one would hope to find on a piece of seventeenth century silver.
This antique Irish Silver Exceptional Fine Dublin William III Flat-topped Tankard James Weldon retailer David King 1694 is priced at £95,000 Sterling.