Kathleen Clark’s 1916 bronze medal is among the top lot at The History Sale at James Adam on Tuesday week (May 12). It is estimated at €25,000-€35,000.
The Limerick born widow of Tom Clarke, first signatory of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, went on to become a TD, Senator and the first woman Lord Mayor of Dublin.
Another lot of great interest is a 1908 letter from Pádraic Pearse to the Argentina-based Donegal businessman Padraic McManus appealing for funds for an Irish language high school in Dublin (later St Enda’s).
The estimate for the four page letter is €12,000-€15,000. The auction will be held in sessions, with lots 1 to 441 coming under the hammer at 11 am and lots 550 to 824 at 5pm.
Viewing gets underway on this day week (May 9).
Other lots include a 1662 edition of Robert Boyle’s New Experiments Physico-Mechanical with an appendix announcing the discovery of what came to be known as Boyle’s Law (€600-€800), a rare copy of Spencer’s The Faerie Queene, London 1596 (€3,000-€5,000) books, treaties, trial reports, pamphlets, literature and a Michael Collins memorial issue of An Saorstát dated August 29, 1922,
A gold presentation strawberry dish presented to EA McGuire at the agm of the Cork Branch of the Federated Union of Employers in 1967 made by Egans is estimated at €12,000-€15,000.
The sale, in two sessions, will include a collection of rare early Irish maps and sea charts.
Viewing at St Stephen’s Green gets underway next Saturday.