An uncommon Irish; heavy gauge silver meat skewer made by BENJAMIN TAITT in Dublin in 1796. As well as being Irish silver, the unusual family crest lifts it out of the ordinary to the very interesting.The crest features the head of a negress in profile. Sometimes used as an pictogram to convey family names beginning with Moor..... Being a derivative of the generic MOOR. As many nationalities were described as Moors in the 18th century. But this is not exclusively the case, as other family names sometimes incorporated such images in their crests.
This image is completely contemporary to the item, if not by eye then by style alone. Further research will surely find the Irish family or Anglo-Irish family to whom this once formed part of their domestic silver.
Skin colour and hair texture is intimated via hatching and cross hatching. With diligence; attribution may be achieved. I have included a couple of leads from Fairbairns Book of Crests, but have limited time to do further research. The reverse side bears the clear hallmarks for Dublin and maker Benjamin Taitt. Date letter z for 1796.
Reassuring signs of usage and some old surface scratches give the aged patina of this fine 18th century example. Length:- 26.2 cm. A kind enthusiast has kindly informed me, that the crest belongs to the ANNESLEY FAMILY, CASTLEWELLAN CASTLE. The item "ANTIQUE GEORGIAN IRISH SILVER MEAT SKEWER" is in sale since Monday, April 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver".
The seller is "hafren-antiques" and is located in Llanidloes. This item can be shipped worldwide.