Summer surprises at Cork auction rooms

Des O’Sullivan says there’s a variety of objects going under the hammer

A FARMYARD Scene by Marshall Hutson and a large Wemyss ware rose pattern bowl are among the lots on offer at Cork Auction Rooms tomorrow.

The Wemyss bowl was originally retailed by Thomas Goode, the leading London tableware, china, silverware and glassware shop on South Audley Street in the heart of Mayfair.

Other lots coming up tomorrow include a pair of 19th-century brass wall mirrors, a set of seven graduated 19th-century copper pans, a pair of French armchairs and a copy of The Call to Arms, an authentic historical record of Ireland’s defence services.

Viewing at Ballycurreen Industrial Estate is from 10am to 6pm today and from 9am to the start of the sale at noon tomorrow.

Zulu medal beats expectations

THIS Zulu War medal awarded to Dublin Corporal James Bushe, sold for £72,000 (€80,700) at Dix Noonan Webb in London last week.

Estimated at £40,000-£50,000, it made £60,000 at hammer which amounts to £72,000 with commission.

A tailor by trade, Corporal Bushe was one of 16 Irishmen known to have taken part in the defence of Rorke’s Drift — the former trading post of Irish merchant James Rorke. A 150-strong garrison held off an advance by 4,000 Zulus in 1879, an epic battle on which the film Zulu was based.

Corporal Bushe suffered a nose wound from a bullet that killed one of his comrades. He enlisted in 1870 aged 18, and later served in the Mediterranean, India and Burma.

He was discharged from the army in 1891 and his later history is unknown. The Zulu War medal awarded to the west Cork soldier, Michael Minihan, made £84,000 at Dix Noonan Webb last December. This was a record for a Rorke’s Drift defender who was not awarded the Victoria Cross.

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