Irish Silversmiths, John Pennyfather
John Pennyfather was a silversmith working in Dublin in the early 18th century. His background was quite interesting; born in Kilkenny in the late seventeenth century, he moved at some point to Limerick, and trained as a silversmith. In 1699 Kilkenny City records note “To pay Mr John Pennifather £7.4.4 due to him for repairing the scabbord of the King’s sword.”
When he moved to Dublin in 1704, he was admitted directly into the Company of Goldsmiths, presumably on the basis that he served seven years as a apprentice in Limerick.
He seems to have had a number of maker’s marks over the years; this example is a JP together in a single motif.
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