A collection of exceptionally-rare Irish silver ranging in date from the late 17th century to the early 19th century has been donated to the Waterford Museum of Treasures.
The collection was given by David Fewer in memory of his grandfather T M Fewer, who worked tirelessly for the advancement of Waterford.
Among the seven items is a silver picture, dated 1704, unique in Ireland. The collection also includes a pair of silver candlesticks made for the Waterford Huguenot linen manufacturer John Latrobe.
There are also a pair of large silver presentation urns that belonged to Mayor Henry Alcock, made in 1771. The museum had previously acquired a matching pair of urns also belonging to Mayor Alcock. This pair was commissioned by a totally Protestant Waterford Council from the Catholic silversmith Anastasia Fleming who operated from Broad Street.
Director of Waterford Treasures Eamonn McEneaney says it is a remarkable turn of fate that all four urns in the set are now back in Waterford where they belong after two centuries.
He says the donation will make a substantial addition to the displays in the Bishop’s Palace.