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Lifford Maces

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • Lifford Maces
  • Description

    Mace; one of a pair: Lifford Maces; silver; bulbous head formed as crown with orb and crown at apex; royal arms of William III within crowned Garter; motto and initials; crosses and strawberry leaves around rim; four panels of continuous foliage, two crowned harps, shield of royal arms, roundel with man in rowing boat, fish below; inscription; head supported by four scrolling brackets, resting on chased foliage; remainder of stem divided into three by two knops decorated with similar foliage; foot splays out terminating in rough hemisphere with pointed 'button' at bottom; two further bands of foliage near bottom; various marks.


  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1701 (circa)
  • Production place

    • Made in: Dublin
    • (Europe,Republic of Ireland,Dublin (county),Dublin (city))
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 83 centimetres
    • Weight: 1310 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

        Hugh Hamill Esq Warden 1701
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        on head
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        on head above inscription and on first knop
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

        Crowned harp and date-letter for 1701-2
      • Inscription Comment

  • Curator's comments

    Pair with 1981,1003.2
    In size these are in between the usual Greater and Lesser maces, but as Lifford was a small town these are probably the Greater maces. Most surviving Irish maces are Lesser maces. The appearance of two Dublin makers' marks suggests that the maces may have been made by Christopher Hartwicke, the younger silversmith, with David King as supervisor. Hartwicke would have been a junior silversmith in 1701 (information kindly supplied by Thomas Sinsteden 28 April 2010).

    For further information about Irish maces, see John Ribton Garstin, 'Maces, Swords and other Insignia of Office of Irish Corporations, etc, chiefly those in the Exhibition of The Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland at Dublin, 1895-6', in Journal of the Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland, 1898, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1-66.


  • Location


  • Condition

    Repairs to both maces: straps, orb and cross all probably replacements. Silver scratched and battered.

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased from the Trustees of the Erne family settlement.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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