Soup Ladle, 18th century AD
This may, at first glance, appear to be just a simple soup ladle. However, this silver object was made in Limerick and has marks which reveal its connections to wider stories. First, it has the monogram M.P. on handle, possibly for a member of the Pery family. From the 17th century onwards, the Perys became one of Limerick’s most influential families; earls of Limerick from 1803, they are possibly best known for the development of ‘Newtown Pery’ in Limerick City centre from 1769 onwards .
Secondly, this ladle is marked II (twice), identifying the maker as Joseph Johns. Johns was Limerick’s “most accomplished, prolific and arguably most successful silversmith” . Finally, it is also marked STERLING, indicating the purity and quality of the silver.
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