Interest builds in gun gallery ahead of Clifden auction

An album of mounted photographs sowing the daily progress of the building of a 54-tonne trolley wagon for a rail gun at Gateshead Works dated September 13, 1914. The 47 photographs are estimated at €1,000-€1,500.

One of the more collectible lots at Dolan’s August auction in Clifden is a century-old album of mounted photographs relating to the manufacture of armaments for the First World War,

At a moment when so much about the Great War is being commemorated this on-trend lot of 47 photographs depicts the manufacture of a 54-tonne trolley for a rail gun at Gateshead Works in England.

Dated September 13, 1914, the photos cover the entire manufacturing process that got under way almost exactly a century ago on September 1, 1914.

The war began on July 28, 1914, one month after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Sarajevo by the Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip.

The Austro-Hungarian empire subsequently invaded Serbia, Germany later invaded Belgium and Luxembourg, and with France under threat, Britain then declared war on Germany.

This album shows the building of the rail gun wagon at Gateshead, the different crews employed and the finished carriage with cannon.

It is estimated at between €1,000 and €1,500.

It one of a number of lots on sale.

Silver, furniture, paintings, books, and affordable Irish art will all come under the hammer at Dolan’s two-day auction on August 4 and 5.

Furniture and collectibles — including the World War album — will be offered on the Monday, with Irish art, rugs and outdoor effects on the following day.

Both sales get under way at 12.30pm.

The second part of the sale of paintings and furniture from the collection of popular artist Kenneth Webb will be included.

There is, as well, a selection of art by Kenneth Webb from the 1960’s onwards, from a variety of different sources.

Viewing gets underway next Thursday (July 31) at The Quay, Clifden.


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