Antiques in brief

Cashel sale

Antiques in brief

This is to facilitate an extensive refurbishment of the hotel which is about to get underway.

There will be some art and antique lots, bedroom and kitchen contents as well as pub signage and the entire furnishings of the basement buttery restaurant.

Viewing is from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, April 23, and the following two days.

The sales get underway at 10.3 am on Tuesday and Wednesday week in the hotel.

Aidan Foley has previously auctioned contents from Ashford Castle and Adare Manor.

Proclamation rarity

One of only two known copies of the 1917 issue of The Proclamation will be among the highlights at the annual history sale at James Adam next Tuesday at 3pm. This rare copy is estimated at €30,000-€50,000.

It is due to appear with lots ranging from Pearse’s recruiting handbill for volunteers from 1915 (€2,000-€3,000) to Tom Clarke’s first photo, which was taken in his mother’s arms in South Africa (€400-€600) to a first edition of James Connolly’s Labour in Irish History, 1910 signed by the author (€2,500-€3,500) the sale is brimful of interest. The catalogue lists 422 lots.

Precious metals

Jewellery and silver will come under the hammer at two sales in Dublin next week. The auction by John Weldon at Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar is on Tuesday and the sale at O’Reilly’s of Francis Street is on Wednesday.

With everything from the keys to the GPO in Dublin in 1916 to archives of original letters and documents on Seán T. O’Kelly, Tom Clarke and James Connolly the Centenary Sale by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on April 23 will attract a lot of interest.

With 642 lots the sale gets underway with a selection of books and literature on The Rising, the Civil War, the Boer War, the Great War, works on The Fenians and the individual experiences of people of the time.

There are rare original photographs, featuring everything from a Wanted for Murder handbill for Dan Breen offering people a £1,000 reward (€600-€800) through to a legal opinion signed by Daniel O’Connell (€400-€600) and a letter from the Liberator to Disraeli (€700-€1,000).

There are uniforms, medals and badges, Fenian and Limerick Soviet currency, images of the burning of Cork and a Victorian brass street light lantern from O’Connell Street in 1916.

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