Antique Silver George II Limerick Pap Boat made in c.1740


An extremely fine and rare George II Limerick silver pap boat of unusually good gauge, fine quality and with a superb patina.

Date 1740
Made By Jonathan Buck
Location Limerick
Stock Number W224x22
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Maker: Jonathan Buck

An extremely fine and rare George II Limerick silver pap boat of unusually good gauge, fine quality and with a superb patina.

This is only the second Limerick pap boat that we are aware of. There is another one by Joseph Johns in the Hunt Museum in Limerick made in c. 1760 but of inferior quality.

The makers mark of Jonathan Buck is struck twice in a rectangular punch. This mark is represented by three or four objects in the Limerick Museum, most notably by a brandy pan, a sugar bowl and a saffron teapot (please see the attached pictures).

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a top class piece of early Limerick silver.

Dimensions: length 14 cm, width (at widest) 8.15 cm; weight 3.5 troy oz.


Jonathan Buck

The Buck Family of Silversmiths of Limerick & Cork.

Adam Buck is believed to have obtained his freedom from the Dublin Goldsmiths Company in February 1690 – upon payment of a £2.00 fine. It is thought he worked in Dublin, but after being fined for failing to attend meetings at Goldsmiths Hall, he set up his business at Limerick. Assays noted by the Dublin Goldsmith Company for goods received from Adam Buck of Limerick were noted in 1694, 1705 – 1709 and 1712 – 1713.

Adam may have been the son of George Buck, a Burgess of Limerick, who may have also been George Bockendoght, Sheriff of Limerick in 1670, if the same then the Anglicising of the name suggests the family having Flemish or Dutch origins. Adam Buck’s will was proved at Limerick in 1725. He is likely to be the father of Jonathan Buck Sr.

Jonathan Buck Sr. was baptised in Dublin in 1691. Jonathan became a well-established silversmith working in Limerick and was granted the Freedom of the city of Limerick in 1731. The whole family moved to Cork between 1743 and 1755. In 1755 he placed an advertisement which stated he was working out of “Mr Phillips, apothecary, near Peter’s Church, makes and chaces all kinds of silverwork “

He married Faith in 1722 and they had a large family of around 16 children over the next 20 years. Jonathan died at Castle Street, Cork on 23rd October 1762 and Faith, died in Dublin on 24th February 1766, she is thought to have continued the business for a few years after his death.

Amongst these children were one of the eldest, Andrew Buck (c. 1725 – 1795), and Jonathan Buck (1730 – 1786).

Jonathan Buck Jr. (1730 – 1786) followed in his father’s footsteps and became a silversmith in Limerick. He married Elizabeth in 1751, at St John’s Limerick and became a Freeman of the city of Limerick in 1762. He also relocated to Cork and became a Member of the Cork Goldsmiths Company in 1768. Premises noted at Batchelor’s Quay, near North Gate in 1769 and Fenn’s Quay in 1787. Buck Jr died at Fenn’s Quay, Cork on the 25th November 1786, he was buried at Christchurch. His wife Elizabeth passed away in 1817. Two of their children, Adam Buck (b. 1759, d. 1833) and Frederick Buck (b. 1771, d. 1840) were miniaturists and portrait painters of excellent reputation.

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