Stamps anyone?

A selection of German stamps from the collection to be sold at Woodwards on November 30.

Woodwards will offer a large stamp collection on November 30 in Cork city.

It will feature Commonwealth, European, World and Irish stamps from the collection of John Luxford. This sale is creating waves in the world of stamp collecting and will be followed by a series of online auctions with more of the collection. Woodwards will hold an antique sale early in December.

Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, formerly Mealy’s Rare Books, is a newly established company with a separate identity based in Castlecomer. Their next rare book auction is at Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin on December 10 and they will offer antique furniture, books and fine art at various sales throughout 2014. The December sale of 900 lots will feature signed limited editions, travel books from the 1600’s and 1700’s historical tracts and a real rarity, the first book written by Samuel Beckett when he was just out of Trinity and of which only 100 copies were printed. It is called Whoroscope.

Marshs, where a set of Cork 11-bar chairs sold for 5,000 last Saturday, will hold a Cork city auction early in December. Hugh McPhillips remarked that there are opportunities for buyers right now. New buyers are always in evidence and when they see the quality and value available they tend to come back.

Edward Walsh Sales of Mitchelstown holds regular auctions at various venues around Cork, Tipperary and Limerick. His next sale is at the Ramada Hotel at Blarney Golf Club on November 24. At Newcastlewest in Co. Limerick O’Donovan and Associates hold antique and house clearance sales on a monthly basis at Newcastlewest and the Village Hall in Adare. Auctioneer Pat O’Donovan says people come for the quality and stay for the bargains and notes an increasing number of younger people. Gold and silver will always attract investors as will items like first day covers. Old Waterford Glass sells well and he will hold a special Christmas sale in Adare on December 1. Antique shops have become more of a rarity but Michael Guerin has extended his opening hours at Blackwater Antiques which is located on the Mallow Killarney N72 Road at Dromagh to seven days a week. It is a good location for passing trade and he offers antique furniture, garden furniture, architectural salvage and a range of antiques.


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