SOLD - A Rare Large George III Antique Irish Provincial Silver Freedom Box
Of cylindrical form, the removable slightly domed cover with molded rim and engraved with the arms of the city of Limerick (Limerick Castle with flag flying) and under the base with the freedom inscription: "The Freedom of the Corporation of the City of Limerick granted this day 25th Sept 1765 Albert Gledstone Esqr Native of Dublin Testimony of his Honorable and Upright conduct", with maker's mark inside cover and "sterling" mark inside body.
Joseph Johns had a long career from about 1730 to 1775, and crafted a wide range of silver. Jackson (p. 724) recorded his mark on a two-handled cup, a soup ladle, a tumbler, a marrow spoon and a maker's mark only freedom box - which may well be the present piece.
A similar Freedom Box by Johns in the Limerick City Museum (1986.0000) has the inscription: "The Freedom of the/ Corporation of Limerick/ Granted the 29th. Sept 1789 to/ George Shea Esqr./ Native of this Town in Testimony/ of his Honorable & Upright Conduct/ in the Service of the Honble. the/ East India Company/ Revd. Thos. Ellison/ Port".