Unthank Limerick George II Plain Coffee Pot Joseph Johns 1750
Unthank Limerick George II Plain Coffee Pot Joseph Johns 1750, with a scratch weight of 32oz 4dwts and an actual weight of 31oz 15dwts. It is 12 1/2cm high and has base diameter of 24cm and length from spout to handle of 26cm. Isaac Unthank married Mary Robinson in 1749. The coffee pot has the initials U I M which are believed to be for Isaac and Mary Unthank, members of a Limerick Quaker family.
A Limerick Quaker settlement was first recorded in 1654. Unthanks were a very prominent Quaker family in the business and medical profession who came to Limerick in the early 1700's from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They were involved in many commercial and social activities including the Limerick Saving Bank and the Pery & Jubilee Loan Fund. The importance of the family can be seen by the fact that three streets in Limerick were named after them namely Joss's Lane, Catherine Street and Thomas Street.
Two other pieces made by Limerick silversmith Joseph Johns and bearing the initials U I M namely a 7oz cream jug and a 6oz sugar bowl were part of the exhibition of Limerick silver held in the Hunt Museum from September 2007 to January 2008. These two pieces were subsequently sold at auction in Adams Slane 2014 for €13,000 and €21,500 respectively.
This coffee pot is one of only three known Limerick coffee pots. This is the only known George II example and has been expertly dechased. The remaining two coffee pots are by Samuel Johns circa 1765 located in the Limerick Civic Museum in John's Square, and the other example is also by Joseph Johns circa 1760 sold in the Christies London sale 7597 Lot number 233 and now currently in one of the worlds premier private collections.
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