Nostalgia will be a big factor in sale of old style tractor seats

Des O’Sullivan expects a lot of collector interest in an unusual sale taking place in Castlecomer next week.

Nostalgia is a feature of many auctions. Among the more unusual lots at Fonsie Mealy’s two day sale in Castlecomer next Tuesday and Wednesday is an astonishing collection of old style tractor seats in mint condition.

More than 80 tractor seats from Ireland, England, Scotland and the US are to be sold as individual lots with estimates from €40 up to €300. A scarce Hornsby wooden and metal seat in red, yellow and blue (€200-300) kicks off these lots and an R and F Keane, Cappoquin tractor seat is estimated at €150-200.

This is the auction at which a Regency card table from Fota House (€1,800-2,500) and a Cork Republic silver salver (€8,000-12,000) which have been featured already on these pages will be offered.

Among more than 1,000 lots is a fine salver by Paul Storr (€6,000-8,000), a heart shaped 19th century diamond locket with 63 stones (€7,000-9,000), a half length portrait of Lady Gregory by Sir Gerald Festus Kelly (€8,000-12,000) and a Killarney wood collector’s cabinet surmounted by a lying stag (€10,000-15,000).

The last remaining stained glass windows from the Harry Clarke Studios, which closed in 1973, will be offered in seven lots at estimates from €400 to €9,000.

There are paintings formerly in the collection of Judge James Murnaghan of Dublin and a big selection of antique furniture, art, glass, porcelain and collectibles.

Among the latter is the very complete uniform and personal belongings of Major E.F. Farrell, an officer of the Leinster Regiment during World War I (€1,000-1,500).

Viewing in Castlecomer is from noon to 5.30pm tomorrow and from 10.30am to 5.30pm, Monday. The sales get underway on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10.30am.


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