Postcards to write home about make for an eclectic collection

Des O’Sullivan reports on an unusual offering at Whyte’s auction house in Dublin.

Postcards to write home about make for an eclectic collection

From Antrim to Wicklow postcards from all corners of Ireland will feature at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin at 11 am next Saturday (June 13).

A collection of 77 Co Kerry postcards including a Fair Day at Kenmare is estimated at €200-€250, a collection of 33 Co Limerick postcards including Adare with Policemen on Rathkeale Road is estimated at €80-€100, a collection of 38 Waterford city postcards with street scenes, docks and railway station is estimated at €150-€200 and seven rare Cork city cards include M and E Sheehan’s fish market and Ford’s Works.

These are estimated at €80-€120 and a Queenstown (Cobh) collection has an estimate of €150-€200.

There are cards on Irish life and humour, Irish people, Irish military, Irish transport, and on subjects as diverse as ships, brewing and distilling, equestrian and erotic cards among around 150 lots of cards.

There are Irish and international coins, including an Edward VI sixpence, a posthumous Henry VIII issue and a 1558 groat (€300-€400) as well as Victoria gold sovereigns and half sovereigns.

The sale features medals, badges, banknotes, sporting memorabilia, autographs, rock and pop memorabilia including a signed 1964 Beatles tour programme (€4,500-€5,000), Irish advertising signs, Dinky and Matchbox toys and even an Irish silver replica of the Ardagh Chalice (€2,500-€3,500) among the 533 lots.

The auction is on view at Molesworth St, Dublin from 10 am to 5 pm next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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