13 November 2010

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Ardagh Chalice - a silver replica by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company, London  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 1

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €3200

  • Medium: silver and enamel
  • Dimensions: 18 by 19cm., 7 by 7.5in.
  • Number 31 purchased by PRE Browne and presented as a wedding gift to Sir Benjamin Chapman Browne and his wife Annie on their Golden Wedding Anniversary, 9 February 1911.

    The original was an eighth to tenth century AD two-handled chalice of an elaborate construction with over two hundred and fifty main components. The bowl and foot were made of beaten, lathe-polished silver, the stem was cast gilt-copper alloy. It was decorated with gold filigree, granulation, multi-coloured enamels, a large rock-crystal, amber, malachite, knitted cast, stamped and openwork metal objects.

    It was found in a hoard consisting additionally of a bronze chalice and four gilt-silver brooches ranging in date from the 8th to the 10th century A.D. The hoard, which was discovered in Reerasta Rath near Ardagh, Co. Limerick, in 1868, is likely to have been concealed during the 10th century A.D. The original chalice stands 17.8 cm high and is 19.5 cm in diameter excluding the handles. This replica is 17cm high and 19cm in diameter, and is housed in its original wooden, felt lined box, and is a beautifully crafted copy of this great Irish treasure.

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The Columba Chalice - Limited edition by Mason's Ironstone  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 2

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €500

  • Medium: china, gilded and painted
  • Dimensions: 38 by 20cm., 15 by 8in.
  • Number 156 of an edition of 500, in its presentation box of issue, 1989, with wooden stand. Designed by AE Porter and Raymond Sheldon the illustrations are based on early Irish manuscripts including the Cathach of Columba and the book of Kells.

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1555 (22 January) Rare early document signed by James Fitzgerald, Earl of Desmond, concerning an adultery charge  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 3

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €470

  • Medium: parchment, manuscript, single sheet
  • Dimensions: 28 by 41cm., 11 by 16in.
  • "James Desmond" signature as Lord High Treasurer of Ireland, with those of Edmond, Deane of Cloyne and others giving verdict on a charge of adultery against Katherine, daughter of Alderman Dominick Roche of Cork, brought by her husband John Coppinger.The decision given in this document is that there is no proof of adultery and damages are awarded against Coppinger.

    James FitzJohn FitzGerald, succeeded, on the death of his grandfather in 1536 to the title of Earl of Desmond, and in order to support it united himself with the head of the dissidents in Ireland, O'Brien of Thomond. The Lord Deputy, Leonard Grey, marched against him,and took possession of his castle in Lough Gur. FitzGerald submitted to the Crown, but plotted with the Pope in 1538 to arrange an invasion by Spain. Deputy St. Leger had to rein him in again and this time he had to renounce the supremacy of the Pope and after a spell of renewed loyalty to Henry VIII was put in charge of the Reformation in Munster. He met with the king in 1542 where his title was confirmed and in 1547 King Edward VI appointed him Lord Treasurer of Ireland. In 1548, his loyalty was questioned again and Deputy Bellingham had him arrested but he was released and continued to serve under Queen Mary. He married four times, his first wife being Joan Roche, his grand niece, and the Katharine Roche in this case might well have been related to him by marriage which may have influenced this judgement for her He died at Askeaton in 1558.

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1631. Brutum Fulmen... The Bull of Pope Pius V Concerning Damnation, Excommunication and Deposition of Queen Elizabeth etc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 4

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €100

  • Medium: quarter calf, marbled boards, pp 294 plus contents
  • Dimensions: 23 by 18cm., 9.25 by 7.25in.
  • "And also the Absolution of her subjects from their Oath of Allegiance, with a Peremptory Injunction, upon pain of an Anathema, never to obey any of Her laws or commands" by Thomas Lord Bishop of Lincoln. With the Papal Bull of Pope Paul the Third annexed, regarding the excommunication of Henry VIII.

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1655. A Cromwellian Soldier sells his grant of land in Ireland.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 5

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €350

  • Medium: Manuscript
  • Dimensions: 41 by 29cm., 16 by 11.2 5in.
  • "J. Morris Fitzgerald late soldier in Coll. Henry Perkins own troops" selling his land to Robert Browne. The original grant was in 1651, witnessed by Humphrey Butler, Samuel Conaley and John Magher. With signature and seal of Maurice Fitzgerald.

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17th Century Map of the Southern Half of Ireland. " Hibernia Pars Australis "  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 6

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: recess printed
  • Dimensions: 34 by 47cm., 13.5 by 18.5in.
  • From an atlas with a topographical description printed on reverse - " The Third Map of Ireland ". Parts listed include "Balatymorbaye", and "Spick, Bakhense, Blakrok, Combus, Hand Haven, Skollegh Haven, Fodds, Bernes, Corton, Ryshe Haven.

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1665. Map of Ruthenia ("Russie Noire") and 1734 Map of Sardinia  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 7

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €90

  • Medium: recess printed, partially coloured
  • Dimensions: 44 by 51cm., 17.5 by 20in.
  • Russie Noire divisee en ses Palitinats, tirèe... de la grande carte de l'Ukraine du sud. le Vaffeur de Beauplan. Par le Sr Sanson d'Abberville George order du roy - A PARIS...1665 The second: Sardinia Regnum Insula uti per celeberr. P. Coronelli (22.75 x 18.75 inches)

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Calendar of State Papers relating to Ireland preserved in the Public Record Office 1625-1670  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 8

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €320

  • Medium: original blue cloth, gilt titles, five volumes
  • Dimensions: 27 by 18cm., 10.7 5 by 7.25in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Library of Tomas O'Deirg, Irish revolutionary and government minister
  • His Majesty's Stationary Office, London 1900-1910. Volumes are: 1625-1632, 1633-1647, Adventurers 1642-1659, 1647-1660 and Addenda, 1625-1660, 1669-1670 and Addenda, 1625-1670. (5 books)

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THE ANNALS OF ULSTER
THE ANNALS OF ULSTER
William Hennessy [Editor]  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 9

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €220

  • Medium: quarter roan, original boards, four volumes
  • Dimensions: 26 by 17cm., 10.2 5 by 6.5in.
  • Her Majesty's Stationery Office, printed by Alex. Thom Dublin, 1887-1901, Volume IV includes B. MacCarthy's Introduction and Index. Also with this lot A. Martin Freeman The Annals Of Connacht (AD1224-1544), original boards, quarter calf, pp 854, The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1944. (5)

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[1690] "The Famous Battle of the Boyne..." An 18th Century Engraving  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 10

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100

  • Medium: print
  • Dimensions: 32 by 22cm., 12.7 5 by 8.5in.
  • By William Grainger, from Barnard's New Complete and Authentic History of England set of engravings, London 1781-1783.

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1691 Sir William Petty's Map of Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 11

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €220

  • Medium: recess printed, two sheets joined
  • Dimensions: 47 by 55cm., 18.5 by 21.5in.
  • "An Epitome of Sr. William Petty's Large Survey of Ireland....By Philip Lea at the Atlas and Hercules in Cheapside near Fryday Street London and in Westminster Hall near ye Court of Common Plea's."

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1704. The "Beresford Ghost Story"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 12

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €200

  • Medium: manuscript, pencil, pp 40
  • Dimensions: 25 by 21cm., 10 by 8.25in.
  • Apparently a transcription of an 18th Century manuscript by TJ Fenning, bookseller of 3 Wood Quay, Dublin in the 1920s, with correspondence from Lady Osbourne Beauclerk of Curraghmore, Portlaw, Co. Waterford. With a typescript transcription as well.

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18th Century German made Shrine in the form of a monstrance  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 13

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1400

  • Medium: silver gilt, glass and rock crystal
  • Dimensions: 32 by 9cm., 12.5 by 3.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Purchased in 1974 at Bullock Castle Antiques Fair, Dalkey
  • Base of rock crystal, silver gilt mounts, four claw-and-bull feet under wide band of strapped bosses, four ornate bands connecting bottom to crown decorated with acanthus leaf, flowers and scrolls, knapped stem with a faceted bead (added later). In the scroll work around the receptacle are a pair of standing angels praying with a pair of cherubs above. Around the front oval are eight winged heads. Octagonal receptacle with elliptical openings containing removable silver figure of a crowned Virgin Mary holding infant Jesus. Stamped on base with letter "N" for Nuremberg, date letter "A" for 1766-69 and maker's mark "GN/B" for GN Bierfreund, Nuremberg.

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1770 (25 April) letter from the Bishop of Ossory, at Kilkenny to Dr. John Taylor, London  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 14

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €280

  • Medium: manuscript, pp 3 plus address panel
  • Dimensions: 31 by 20cm., 12.2 5 by 8in.
  • Concerns translations of Homer that the Bishop was hoping Taylor would publish if he thought them worthwhile. Charles Dodgson was Bishop of Ossory from 1765 to 1775.

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1772. Map of Ireland and Britain by G. de L'Isle, Paris, after Speed, Pont and Petty.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 15

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €190

  • Medium: recess printed
  • Dimensions: 46 by 61cm., 18.2 5 by 24in.
  • Les Isles Britannignes ou sont le Rme. d'Angleterre tire de Sped celuy d' Ecosse tire de Th.Pont & C et celuy d'Irlande tire de Petti... Par G. de L'Isle Geographe de L'Academie Royale des Sciences a Paris

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1797. Nelson On Board The San Joseph.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 16

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • Medium: lithograph, framed
  • Dimensions: 61 by 112cm., 24 by 44in.
  • Nelson took the Spanish ship the San Jose at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent on 14th February 1797. The ship was renamed by the Royal Navy as " San Josef"

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1797 (8 September) The Dublin Gazette list of those returned to serve in Parliament, etc. and three other items  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 17

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €150

  • Medium: letterpress, pp 5 plus address panel
  • Dimensions: 30 by 19cm., 12 by 7.5in.
  • Also 1771 and 1795 leaflets for charity sermons at St. Audeon's and St. Peter's respectively, and an 1819 Tax demand including taxes on hearths, windows, carriages, servants, horses and dogs, Dublin North District, Parish of St. Mary's.

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1756. John Rocque's Maps of Dublin  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 18

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €3200

  • “An Exact Survey of the City and Suburbs of Dublin in Which is express’d the Ground Plot of all Publick Buildings, Dwelling Houses, Ware Houses, Stables, Courts Yards &c by John Rocque, Chorographer the their Royal Highnesses the Late & Present Prince of Wales”.

    The most accurate plan of Dublin including e very dwelling, and e very alleyway, in much more detail than Rocque produced for other cities in Europe including his huge map of London. It was to be another century before the Ordnance Survey would produce such a detailed city map.

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1798 "A Personal Narrative of Those Transactions during the awful period of 1798"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 19

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €190


1798 (June) "Armee d'Angleterre" List of Secret Codes  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 20

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Medium: manuscript
  • Dimensions: 23 by 19cm., 9 by 7.4in.
  • Dated June in the 7th year of the Revolution (the first being 1792). Signed by the Adjutant General of the large army gathered for the invasion of England and Ireland under the command of Kilmaine Jennings and Irish officers such as General O'Cher and Colonel O'Shee. A very rare document.

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1798 " The United Irish Patriots " - A Large 19th Century print.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 21

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • Medium: lithograph
  • Dimensions: 51 by 64cm., 20 by 25in.
  • An American production, probably in 1848 for the 50th Anniversary of the Rebellion. Leaders pictured and named - Samuel Neilson, Michael Dwyer, John Sheares, William Corbett, Arthur O'Connor, AH Rowan, William Jackson, WJ MacNevin, Nathan Teeling, Robert Emmet, Henry Sheares, Wolfe Tone, TA Emmet, Napper Tandy, James Hope, Henry Joy McCracken, Thomas Russell and Lord Edward Fitzgerald.

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1798. Wilhelmina, (b.1797) daughter of William Orr (1766-1797). Rare photographs of her and her grand-daughter  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 22

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: sepia photographs, framed
  • Dimensions: 25 by 20cm., 10 by 8in.
  • Wilhelmina was the daughter of the famous Presbyterian United Irishman William Orr, executed at Carrickfergus on 14 October 1797. These two photographs were from the family home near Antrim town, and are circa 1880. The younger woman is believed to be Wilhelmina's grand-daughter.

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1798 Model Lead soldiers - scarce set of "the rebels"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 23

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €520

  • Medium: lead, handpainted
  • Dimensions: 6 by 3cm., 2.5 by 1in.
  • In original box of issue, circa 1970s, with label "Soldier in Miniature - The Rebels 1798 - Original Irish Made toy soldiers" (with motif of a Royal Irish Fusilier) Rare.

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Memoirs of Theobald Wolfe Tone, written by Himself  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 24

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €240

  • London 1827 "edited by his sons William Theobald Wolfe Tone", 2 volumes, half clothbound, also John P. Prendergast THE CROMWELLIAN SETTLEMENT OF IRELAND, London 1865 inscribed by the author to Frederick Harrison, Lincoln's Inn. (3)

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1804. Irish Prison Regulations printed broadsheet with manuscript additions.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 26

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • Medium: Letterpress and manuscript
  • Dimensions: 42 by 38cm., 16.5 by 15in.
  • Thirteen regulations to be observed in every Gaol House of Correction, Marshalea, Bridewell, and other Prison throughout this Kingdom.With manuscript annotation by Edward Fitzgerald, Local Inspector, witnessed by " R.Dobbyn Assis. Bar," Carlow

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1805 letter concerning Roscrea Yeomanry and 1834 letter by Sir Thomas Gladstone MP for Portarlington  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 27

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €140

  • 1805 from Brigadier General WG Beresford to Captains Vaughan and Hutchinson at Roscrea, PARSONS TN postmark, charged four pence, 1834 letter from Sir Thomas Gladstone at London to Edward Wilmot at Woodbrook, Portarlington, also 1840 envelope to Dublin with penny red stamp cancelled with scarce blue obliterator of Portarlington and 1918 picture postcard photograph of two soldiers on horseback to a Lieutenant E S Riley Royal Field Artillery, Kildare "On Active Service". (4 items)

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Early 19th Century Cartoon "Irish Loyalty" etc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 28

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: 


Late 18th or Early 19th Century Williamite Seal  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 29

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €190

  • Medium: steel and wood
  • Dimensions: 14 by 9cm., 5.5 by 3.5in.
  • Good large sized seal- William on horseback over Boyne - crown garter surround - "THE GLORIOUS AND IMMORTAL MEMORY OF 1688 AND 1690".

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1831 Cavan Grand Jury, a silver fork  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 30

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €130


Early 19th Century Irish Silver Livery Buttons  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 31

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €300

  • Medium: Dublin, hallmark, no year
  • Dimensions: 3 by 3cm., 1 by 1in.
  • Stamped "I.S." for James Smith, 13 Trinity Place, Dublin. Design shows a fox at speed over ploughed land (the furrows). Probably huntsman livery buttons, thought to be from North County Dublin or County Meath. (8 silver buttons).

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19th Century Irish Patriotic Purse  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 32

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: gilt and felt,coloured threads
  • Dimensions: 11 by 8cm., 4.5 by 3in.
  • Apparently found by police in Bolton on 2 August 1848 in the possession of "William Francis Naughton, alias William Philip O'Kelly" along with other items it was suspected of being stolen. With manuscript details by Police Officer.

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Early 19th Century ERIN GO BRAGH buckle  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 33

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €300


1821 Visit of King George IV to Ireland - A Pair of Prints  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 34

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Medium: aquatints
  • Dimensions: 43 by 61cm., 17 by 24in.
  • Paintings by Joseph Haverty, engraved by Reverse Harvell. Showing "The King's Public Entry into The City of Dublin" at the arch set up at the junction of Cavendish Row, Great Britain (now Parnell) Street and Sackville (now O'Connoll) Street, and "The King's Embarkation" on 3 September from Dunleary (now Dun Laoghaire) renamed in his honour "Kingstown".

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1827 King William IV Letter  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 35

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €170


1812. A Map of The County of Meath by William Larkin  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 37

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: recess printed, 6 sheets including cartouche.
  • Dimensions: 157 by 236cm., 62 by 93in.
  • Two inches to one mile scale, engraved by S.I.Neele & Son,London. “Published June 4th 1817, for the GRAND JURY of the COUNTY, by W. ALLEN, No. 32 Dame Street, DUBLIN.” Includes a list of baronies headed “Contents in Acres”, in both Irish and British measurements, and a cross-referenced list of distances between 51 towns and villages entitled “TABLE of Miles and Furlongs comprehending the Distance between each Town, Village and Fair-place within the County of Meath”.

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1837 County Meath and 1937 County Cavan Index Maps.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 38

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: 


1830 AND 1845 Plans of the Phoenix Park  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 39

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: €90


1838-1937 Kilkenny Estate Papers of John Hawtrey Jones, Mullinabro  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 40

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €250

  • Medium: manuscript and typescript folios
  • Dimensions: 33 by 20cm., 13 by 8in.
  • Correspondence, tenancy details, etc., pertaining to the estate of John H. Jones, who was High Sheriff for County Kilkenny & a landowner with holdings in excess of 1000 acres. (circa 200 documents)

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1839-1844. Collection of ephemera including passports, tickets, bill of exchange etc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 41

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €220

  • Includes Belgian pass to Jacques Richard Cooke to travel in Belgium, 1839, British passports for Sir Ralph Cusack, 1859 and 1886, and French pass 1848 for Ralph Cusack, an 1844 London to Liverpool Railway ticket, 1851 Exhibition ticket, Bank of Montreal Bill of Exchange etc.

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1825. Evidence of Dr James Doyle, Roman Catholic Bishop of Kildare  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 42

Published Estimate: €50-100

Price Realised: €60

  • Medium: quarter calf, pp 200
  • Dimensions: 22 by 14cm., 8.5 by 5.5in.
  • "Given before the Committee of the House of Lords on the State of Ireland, March 21 1825" also extracts from the evidence of Doctors Curtis, Kelly, Murray etc.

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Early miniature portrait of Daniel O'Connell  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 43

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €570


PORTRAIT OF DANIEL O'CONNELL, C.1843
PORTRAIT OF DANIEL O'CONNELL, C.1843
19th Century Irish School  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 44

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €220

  • Signature: with sitter's name printed in the lower margin (centre); sitter's dates lower left and a copy of the sitter's signature lower right
  • Medium: colour lithograph, framed
  • Dimensions: 59 by 47cm., 23.2 5 by 18.5in.
  • Details printed in the lower margin read: "Daniel O'Connell, born in the County Kerry, August 6th 1775. Died at Genoa on his way to Rome, May 5th 1847 (copy signature) Your Faithful Servant Daniel O'Connell."

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Daniel O'Connell Portrait  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 45

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200


Circa 1825 Daniel O'Connell "Ireland for The Irish" engraving  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 46

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €220

  • Medium: recess printed
  • Dimensions: 23 by 15cm., 9 by 6in.
  • Depicts a young O'Connell in decorated oval over contrasting success of British oppression and Independent tranquility. Designed and engraved by J. Lewis and printed by Brain and Payne, London. Also with this lot a reproduction print of Cork Harbour, 1890.

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Circa 1828. Daniel O'Connell handwritten Resolutions  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 47

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €850

  • Medium:  pp 4
  • Dimensions: 13 by 20cm., 5 by 8in.
  • Includes: "... we will not accept of emancipation.. passed by any infringement of the 40s [shilling] fee holders. Moved by Mr O'Connell, seconded by Mr O'Gorman" and "that the most cordial thanks of this meeting be given to the liberal electors of England who have so successfully resisted the No-Popery cry, moved by Mr O'Connell, seconded by Mr. Dillon". Mainly in O'Connell's own hand. These Motions were passed right after he was elected to parliament in 1828 but could not take his seat because he refused to take the Oath of Supremacy. This election, leading to Catholic Emancipation, is probably among the most important events in Irish and British history, though often overlooked because no bloodshed was involved. These motions appear to be from the period after the election but before the Catholic Relief bill was introduced in 1829. Although many signed and written legal documents exist, original manuscripts of O’Connell’s political writings are rare in private hands are extremely rare.

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1825 (8 October) Daniel O'Connell signature on a legal opinion and 1846 (24 July) letter to George Thompson  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 48

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €280

  • Medium: manuscript, pp 2
  • Dimensions: 36 by 23cm., 14 by 9in.
  • The opinion concerns title to property at Carrickcastle purchased from the Mandeville family. The letter (pp 2, 9 x 7.25in) concerns O'Connell having to cancel a visit to Manchester, probably for a Repeal meeting.

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1828. Daniel O'Connell signature on front of a letter and 1835 coloured print  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 49

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €520

  • Medium: coloured engraving
  • Dimensions: 27 by 19cm., 10.5 by 7.5in.
  • The signature on the front of a letter addressed and signed by O'Connell to a Dr William Ripon in Kilkenny with CAHIRCIVEEN/178 mileage mark. The inscription on the print reads: “Daniel O'Connell Esq., M.P. As he appeared on his missions through England and Scotland, September 1835.” (2 items)

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1832 (13 July) letter written and signed by Daniel O'Connell and two prints  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 50

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €300

  • Medium: manuscript, pp 2 plus address panel
  • Dimensions: 18 by 11cm., 7.25 by 4.5in.
  • Addressed to Dr "Elmore" from his London club, referring to his move of abode from Parliament Hill, [where one of his servants has cholera, not mentioned here], to Brook Street. The prints are an engraving by Reverse Sly and an engraving based on a painting by T. Carrick. (3 items)

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1846. The Life and Speeches of Daniel O'Connell MP, edited by his son, John O'Connell MP, also Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 51

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €160


1840 (January 9) letter Wexford to Dublin by Uniform Four penny post and two others  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 13 November 2010 / 52

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €190

  • Also letter to Dublin with Shinrone penny post handstamp 1841, and 1865 envelope to Dublin with Malta 6 pence lilac adhesive postage stamp "Via Marseilles".

    Prior to Postmaster General Rowland Hill’s postal reforms postage was very expensive, charged by distance, and the preserve of the very wealthy, who could afford to pay the equivalent of an average week’s wages (for an ordinary worker) to send a letter from Tralee to Dublin, and Members of the Houses of Parliament who had free postage which they much abused. In December 1839 a uniform rate of postage of four pence per letter anywhere in the United Kingdom was introduced on December 5 and lasted only 36 days until 9 January 1840. The rate was reduced to one penny on 10 January 1840 and on 6 May 1840 Hill introduced the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black. Uniform postage rate is still the basis of most postal systems in the world today, but is under threat by growing privatisation.

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