Collectors of everything from antique furniture and Irish art to vintage fashion and jewellery will find plenty to whet their appetites in Limerick this weekend.
The two-day National Antique, Art and Vintage Fair is at the South Court Hotel today and tomorrow.
Among the thousands of items sure to excite interest are a pair of Limerick silver buttons c1780 by George Moore and a pair of Cork buckles c1785 by John Warner at Weldons.
Also on show are Celebration in White, an oil by Mark O’Neill at Treasures Irish Art of Athlone, and an oil on canvas by Erskine Nichol at George Stacpoole of Fr. Tom and Myles, a scene fromby Dion Boucicault.
A member of the Royal Scottish Academy, Erskine Nichol taught art in Dublin from 1845-50. Another rarity at George Stacpoole is an Askeaton print from T. Stafford’s Pacata Hibernia 1633.
The print is from the second edition and is rare in any edition.
There is 18th and 19th century furniture, Victorian and contemporary art, jewellery, rare books, crystal, watches, stamps, coins, banknotes, train sets, tin plate toys, Star Wars’ posters, militaria, fishing tackle, porcelain and Waterford crystal are among the thousands of items on display.
Antique fairs bring out the hunter in the collector and can be enormous fun. This is the largest fair on the annual calendar of Hibernian Antique Fairs and will run from 11am to 5pm today and tomorrow and dealers vie to take part.
As this is Hibernian’s 25th year of twice-yearly fairs in Limerick, entry will be free.