Saturday 24 March 2018

In the salerooms

Hunt Museum

19th century native American poncho war shirt
19th century native American poncho war shirt

The Hunt Museum's Antique Roadshow Valuation Day will take place on Sunday between noon and 4.30pm at Limerick's Hunt Museum. Bring in your silver, glass, clocks, coins, pictures and trinkets, and let the experts from the Irish Antique Dealers Association identify them and advise you on what they might be worth.

Previous events have uncovered such delights as an original George III document referring to the Freedom of Dublin, granted to a member of the Brinsley Sheridan family, while someone brought a valuable two-carat diamond cushion cut ring amongst the family jewellery. Limerick silver spoons by Thomas Walsh have also been discovered, along with porcelain by Donovan of Dublin. It costs €10 to assess five items. For items too large to bring in, a photo will do (


The Spring Chatsworth Fine Art Sale takes place on Wednesday in Fonsie Mealy's auction rooms, the Old Cinema, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny. The auction starts at 10.30am, with viewing on Sunday from 12-5pm; and on February 23 and 24 from 10.30-5pm.

The sale will include a number of family items associated with the now-demolished Castle Morres, Kilmoganny, Co Kilkenny. There will also be such highlights as Lot 673, a 19th century native American quilled hide poncho war shirt. Tradition has it that the costume came to Castle Morres through the family of Hon Reymond Hervey de Montmorency. It is expected to make between €4,000 and €6,000.

Fans of Gulliver's Travels will also be interested in a cased set of early George II period steel two-pronged forks which were once the property of Dean Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). They are engraved with initials "J.S." and Swift's coat of arms. They come in the original crimson morocco bound case. The guide price is €2,000 to €3,000 (


Bidding for Morgan O'Driscoll's online art auction Off the Wall takes place on Monday (6.30-10.15pm) with viewing in their Skibbereen office today (11am-5pm) and on Monday (11am-3pm).

Highlights include Lot 2: 'The Red Car', oil on card by Basil Blackshaw (b 1932) estimated to make between €2,000 and €3,000; and Lot 7: 'Two Figures in a Seascape', oil on board by Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974) (est €1,000- €1,500). Lot 15, 'West Cork Landscape' by William Crozier (1930-2011) is expected to make €3,000-€5,000.

There are also paintings by Colin Middleton (1910-1983) estimated at €1,000-€1,500; and Kenneth Webb (b 1927), estimated at €2,500-€3,500 (


The next sale of John Weldon Auctioneers, Dublin, takes place on Tuesday at 2pm. It includes 580 lots from 97 vendors, including three of Dublin's pawnbrokers. Items include a diamond halo style ring, estimated to sell between €9,000 and €12,000, and a large collection of Waterford Crystal including limited edition pieces from the Lismore Castle anniversary series (guide price €1,000 -€1,500 each).

The auction is on view: tomorrow and Sunday, 12-5 pm; Monday, 11am-5 pm and Tuesday, 10.30am-12.30pm (

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