- Lifford Maces
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.
- 1701 (circa)
- Made in: Dublin
- (Europe,Republic of Ireland,Dublin (county),Dublin (city))
- Height: 83 centimetres
- Weight: 1310 grammes
Inscription ContentHugh Hamill Esq Warden 1701
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription Positionon head
Inscription ContentIE MAINTINDRAY
Inscription ContentBOROUGH OF LIFFORD
Inscription Positionon head above inscription and on first knop
Inscription ContentCrowned harp and date-letter for 1701-2
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.
Repairs to both maces: straps, orb and cross all probably replacements. Silver scratched and battered.
- Named in inscription: Lifford
- (Europe,Republic of Ireland,Donegal (county),Lifford (Donegal))
Purchased from the Trustees of the Erne family settlement.
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Object reference number: MCT15103
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