Michael Homer, Dublin, c1752-3



With the usual Hanoverian upper ridge, upturned terminal and three tines,
all tines having excellent length,
the terminals crested for the
family of Tighe
, of Mitchelstown in the County of Westmeath, Ireland :

A wolf's head erased proper collared argent charged thereon with a cross crosslet sable 


each with maker's mark, crowned harp and Hibernia; lacking date mark



Marks : Each with maker's mark MH in a rectangular punch, p. 636 in Jacksons Revised
(maker's mark, found on tablespoons, dated 1752-3)


Condition : Excellent; good patination and form; tines in excellent condition;
expected light scratches and light wear to end tines;
some marks either badly struck or rubbed but legible;
the crest rather rubbed on one terminal


6.75" (c17 cm) Long / Individual Tines just under 2" (c5 cm)
20 oz. Total Weight















The Crest of the Family of Tighe


The crest as engraved upon this

Straight Set of Twelve George II Irish Sterling Silver Hanoverian Three Tine Dessert Forks,

by Michael Homer hallmarked Dublin circa 1752 – 53,

is that of the family of Tighe.

It may be blazoned as follows:

Crest: A wolf's head erased proper collared argent charged thereon with a cross crosslet sable


Given the date of manufacture of these dessert forks they were probably in the possession of a

gentleman of the family of Tighe, of Mitchelstown in the County of Westmeath.

The two most likely candidates for ownership of these forks would have been Robert Tighe

(born 1682 died 1766) or his eldest son, Stearne Tighe (died 7th January 1762). Robert Tighe

(the younger) was the eldest son of Robert Tighe, of the Haymarket, Dublin and of Kilpatrick in the
County of Westmeath and his wife, a Miss Stearne.

Robert married Mary Clements (died 1780), the daughter of Robert Clements, of Rathkenny in

the County of Cavan in 1715 and sister of the Right Honourable Nathaniel Clements, the father of Robert

Clements, who was created the 1st Earl of Leitrim in 1795; whilst their eldest son,

Stearne married Arabella Osborne, the daughter of Sir John Osborne, the 7th Baronet of

Ballintaylor in the County of Tipperary circa 1760.


The Tighes held estates and lands in the Counties of Westmeath and Carlow. Robert (the

younger) also acquired the estates of Mitchelstown, Castle Town Delvin, Scurlogstown

and other and in the County of Westmeath from his kinsman,

The Right Honourable Richard Tighe.


Here it should be noted that the Tighes were of English extraction having emigrated to

Ireland during the reign of King Charles II. They originally sprang from the Hundred

of Teigh (from whence they derive their surname) in the County of Rutland in

England's East Midlands where they were said to be well established from an early period.


Heraldry Courtesy of John Tunesi, United Kingdom






Above Left and Below, Listing Christies London Noble sale, 1962 / Above right 1901 Woodstock Inventory



With Thanks to Thomas Sinsteden













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Very Scarce Straight Set of 12 George II Irish Hanoverian 3-Tine Forks