8 November 2014

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Circa 500BC to 500AD Iron Age. Irish stone head.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 1

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €6000

  • Dimensions: 9 x 5 x 4in. (22.86 x 12.70 x 10
  • Limestone; broken at the base, lower part of mouth chipped. Height: 180mm; width: 125mm; depth: 100mm; weight: 3.52kg.The front of the stone is smooth and flat, the back is curved and roughly worked. The flattish facial composition comprises protuberant lentoid eyes with lightly defined eyelids, elongated triangular nose, and narrow open mouth, with minimally defined lips. A small hole (diameter: 4mm) is drilled into the centre of the mouth. The head is oval, with a narrow chin. In addition, the ears have been rendered as a large C-shaped raised outline at either side of the head. The stone is broken at the neck, removing the original base; it may originally have been set into another stone. It is notoriously difficult to be certain about the dating of an isolated stone head. The introduction of the carved stone head in Ireland can be traced to the Iron Age, but representations of the human head continued to be produced into the medieval period and beyond. Lorrha, Co. Tipperary is renowned for the wealth of its medieval heritage. It was a significant ecclesiastical centre, and substantial remains of a monastic complex survive there. The doorway arch in the south wall of St Ruadan's church, dated to the late twelfth/early thirteenth century, has a carved head at its apex. The late medieval head of a woman is over the doorway of the Augustinian priory. The east wall of the nineteenth-century church incorporates two carved stone heads, believed to have come from the Dominican friary adjacent to it. It might appear at first glance that a stone head associated with a place of such rich ecclesiastical history as Lorrha must date from the medieval period. However, this stone head differs stylistically from the medieval examples at Lorrha, and there are reasonable grounds for regarding it as a prehistoric object.The Iron Age ('Celtic') carved stone head is characterised by simplicity of form. The simplified representation of the features of the prehistoric stone head contrasts with the more realistic style that was introduced with the Romanesque building tradition. In the words of Barry Raftery, an authority on the Iron Age in Ireland, 'the realistic portrayal of the human form was of no great concern to Celtic craftsmen'. This stone head, despite the open mouth, possesses a spare, primitive quality, the lack of embellishment contrasting with the more naturalistic examples from the medieval period. Any suggestion of elaboration, such as an in relation to the hairline, is absent. A number of stone heads provide parallels for this example. A stone head in Wakefield Museum, Yorkshire, dated 600 BC-AD 43, has a similar 'long face' style with lentoid eyes, elongated nose and open mouth. A stone head found at Holt, Wrexham in December 2013 can be placed in this group, although there is reluctance in ascribing an Iron Age date as it did not come from a securely dated context (Portable Antiquities Scheme website). An example in the National Museum of Ireland, from Trabolgan, Co. Cork, also has similarities with this stone. It was found in a ringfort, and although it was originally interpreted as an Iron Age find, an early medieval date is a possibility. Another carved stone that provides further comparisons is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The item, listed as 'Head of a man wearing a cap or helmet' is a limestone head dated to the second to third centuries. One aspect of the head that is of particular interest is the small hole drilled in the centre of the mouth. This type of hole is present on a number of Iron Age stone heads. Etienne Rynne, writing on the corpus of Celtic stone heads in Ireland in 1972 noted that 'the hole in the mouth feature seems to be characteristic of some Celtic stone heads'. Two heads from Armaghbrague, near Newtownhamilton, Co. Armagh each have a circular hole to the side of the mouth; there is a small hole in the mouth of the front face of the famous stone head from Corleck, Co. Cavan; a stone head from Allerton, Bradford, illustrated in Sydney Jackson's book Celtic and other Stone Heads (1973) has a 'cigarette hole' in the centre of the mouth; a stone head from Hendry Head, Anglesey, has a hole at the side of the mouth; and the well-known Celtic head from Mšecké Žehrovice, Bohemia, Czech Republic, features a hole drilled into the mouth. The purpose of the hole is a matter of speculation, but it has been suggested that it could be connected to the pouring of a liquid offering or libation into the mouth of the deity represented by the carved stone head during ceremonies.The understated economy of the work suggests that this could well be a stone head dating from the Iron Age, although it must be recognised that such carved heads could be of more recent origin. It is a possibility that the stone head may provide a clue to the existence of a pagan religious centre at Lorrha before the early medieval ecclesiastical enclosure was established there.Ken Wiggins BA MPhil MIAI MIfA

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500BC to 500AD Iron Age. Irish stone head.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 2

Published Estimate: €5,000-7,000

Price Realised: €0

  • Dimensions: 10 x 4.70 x 6.70in. (25.40 x 11.
  • Granite, angled break at the base along one side. Height: 255mm; width: 120mm; depth: 170mm; weight: 8.78kg.Irregular, upright stone with flat base. The surface has rough overall texture, apart from the detail of the head/face and a tapered raised feature at the front, directly below the head. The back of the stone is curved. The outline of the head is smooth, projecting at an upward angle from the body of the stone.The academic Etienne Rynne, in considering the corpus of carved stone heads in Ireland in 1972, noted that the dating of these objects was 'extremely difficult', as features of pagan heads are paralleled in heads from the medieval period. Carved stone heads from the Iron Age in general are distinguished by simplicity in terms of the execution of the facial composition. In this instance, the work comprises nearly circular, slightly bulging eyes, broad nose and wide slit mouth with minimal definition of the lips. The only other area of the stone to be skilfully fashioned is in regard to a subtle, tapering 'throat' outlined below the front of the head. No attempt was made to define the ears or to include the hairline, or to detail the hair in any way. The simplified finish of the object suggests that the head could date from the Iron Age, although with an isolated find of this nature, it is never absolutely certain that it is of prehistoric origin. Medieval stone heads, of which there are numerous examples in Ireland, in general were designed to project from a wall, like corbels, or in doorway arches. This stone head, with its flat base and upward tilting face, does not appear to have been designed to fit into a wall in that way, but seems intended to function more as a portable item, like a bust.The wide mouth can be compared to a stone figure on a large stele from Holzgerlingen, Wurttemberg, dated to c. 380 BC. A wide mouth is a feature of a head from the sanctuary of Roquepertuse near Aix-en-Province, dated to the fourth century BC. The combination of circular eyes and broad nose has affinities with pre-Christian stone carvings kept at Armagh Cathedral. These include a carved head and a complete figure that were interpreted by Helen Lanigan Wood in an article in 2000 as sun god representations. A face carved into a stone block at Camlyball, near Newtownhamilton, Co. Armagh, was given round eyes, contrasting with the lentoid eye forms that typify many instances of prehistoric stone heads. A sandstone head from a fourth-century Roman shrine at Caerwent, Monmouthshire (Newport Museum and Art Gallery), considered on stylistic grounds to be a non-Roman artefact, also has the rounder eye delineation adopted in this stone head. The stone head comprises a flattish oval facial composition on a squat, roughly worked pedestal. The work has the economical, not to say not primitive, quality that points to an Iron Age origin for the piece. The essence of the features is expressed by carefully picking out circular, bulging eyes, a broad nose and a wide slit mouth. The curiously raised aspect of the head is a unique and intriguing touch.Ken Wiggins BA MPhil MIAI MIfA

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Circa 1200 to 500BC. Celtic twisted gold torc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 3

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: €8000


An Irish Bronze Age cloak pin  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 4

Published Estimate: €70-100

Price Realised: €160


100BC to 900AD collection of small Celtic to Viking period artefacts  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 5

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €400

  • Includes circa 100BC Votive figure, Votive axe, Herm amulet, Viking 9th century AD book clasp or belt mount with wolf motif, and a couple of pieces from Persia and Assyria. (12)

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1601 (4 October) Mayor of Barnstaple letter regarding the preparation of shipping for the transportation of soldiers in to Ireland""  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 6

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €300

  • Interesting letter from John Delbridge, Mayor of Barnstaple dated 4 October 1601, to Mr. Bowier" in London, about "the preparation of shipping for the transportation of soldiers in to Ireland," with address on verso. The soldiers to be transported to Ireland were reinforcements for Lord Mountjoy, who had been obliged to abandon his campaign against Tyrone by the landing of a Spanish force at Kinsale in September of that year."

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Catherine of Braganza (1638 - 1705) autograph signed letter  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 7

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €500

  • Dimensions: 13¼ x 9in. (33.66 x 22.86cm)
  • A one page letter from Catherine of Braganza, Queen of Charles II, dated 14 October 1679, to James Butler, Our Attorney General", instructing him to draw up letters patent appointing Robert Jackson "to be Our Particular Revievr. of Our Rents and Revenues in the County of Yorke & Lenox Lands", countersigned by Henry Hyde, second Earl of Clarendon."

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1654 - A soldier in Cromwell's Army sells his grant of land.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 8

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €0

  • I John Richmond soldier in Colonel Henry Prittie's Troops" nominate " my well beloved friend Robert Browne to act as my lawfull Attorney" with power "to enter into and take possession of all lands, houses tenements hereditaments with ye appurtenances which shall be given allotted us - for service in Ireland from ye Eleventh day of August 1651 to ye twentyith day of October 1653" Signed by John Richmond with Seal intact. "Witnesses present at ye signing, sealing and delivery John Broadway, John Hunter". Signed by both witnesses. [John Richmond served as a Colonel with Cromwell's Roundheads]"

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1679. A True Narrative Of The Late Design Of The Papists To Charge Their Horrid Plot Upon The Protestants...  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 9

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €160


Thomas Markey (1885-1967) VIEW OF DROGHEDA, 1679  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 10

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €1200


Thomas Markey (1885-1967) SLANE CASTLE   

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 11

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €480


17th Century Map. Ortelius, Abraham. Eryn  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 12

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €520


17th Century Map. Ortelius, Abraham. Eryn  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 13

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €400


17th Century, Stafford's Pacata Hibernia, maps of Glin and Askeaton Castle.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 14

Published Estimate: €250-300

Price Realised: €260


17th Century Maps. Mercator, Gerhard. Ultoniae Orientalis Pars  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 15

Published Estimate: €250-350

Price Realised: €300


17th Century Map. Mercator, Gerhard. Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 16

Published Estimate: €250-300

Price Realised: €360


17th Century Map. Mercator, Gerhard. Udrone Irlandia in Catherlagh Baronia.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 17

Published Estimate: €80-120

Price Realised: €80


17th Century Map. Mercator, Gerhard. Irlandiae Regnum  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 18

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €340


17th Century Map. Blaeu, Willem Janszoon. Insulae Albion et Hibernia  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 19

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €220


17th Century Map. Blaeu, Willem Janszoon. Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 20

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: €2000

  • Dimensions: 20 x 23¾in. (50.80 x 60.33cm)
  • A set of six maps: Hibernia Regnum, vulgo Ireland; Lagenia, Anglis Leinster; Momonia, Hibernice Moun et Woun, Anglice Mounster; Connachtia, vulgo Connaughty; Ultonia, Hibernis Cuj-guilly, Anglis Ulster; Baronia Udrone in Comitatu Catherloughae. 1654, French edition, original colour. Unframed.

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17th century to 19th century, three framed maps of Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 21

Published Estimate: €120-180

Price Realised: €150

  • c1648 Blaeu, Willem, Barony of Udrone, coloured, framed. 1846 Lewis, Samuel. Map of Tyrone, for Lewis's Atlas of Ireland, some borders coloured, framed. 1845 Tallis, John & F., Ireland, some borders and illustrations coloured, framed. (3)

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1650 Morden, Robert, The Kingdom of Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 21.1

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €0


Jaillot, Alexis Hubert. Les Isles Britaniques  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 22

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €280


17th Century Map. Jaillot, Alexis Hubert. Le Royaume D'Iralande  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 23

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €240


17th Century Map. Mordon, Robert. The Kingdom of Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 24

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €200

  • Dimensions: 17 x 14¾in. (43.18 x 37.47cm)
  • The Kingdom of Ireland, an engraved uncoloured map, from Camden's Britannia, c. 1695 with Newry spelt 'Nury' reverse blank. Unframed.

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1693 Greenvile Collins map: St Georges Channel & the Irish Sea  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 25

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €140


Greenvile Collins Dublin Bay sea chart.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 26

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €140


Greenvile Collins, Dublin Bay sea chart  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 27

Published Estimate: €250-350

Price Realised: €260


Greenvile Collins Carlingford Lough chart.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 28

Published Estimate: €80-120

Price Realised: €110

  • Dimensions: 20½ x 14in. (52.07 x 35.56cm)
  • Chart of Carlingford Lough c1750 printing with topographical insets showing mountains to the North and South of Carlingford. Original colour. Unframed.

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Greenvile Collins Carrickfergus Lough chart.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 29

Published Estimate: €200-250

Price Realised: €240


Greenvile Collins Kinsale chart.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 30

Published Estimate: €250-300

Price Realised: €260


Allard, Carol. Hyberniae Regni in Provincias  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 31

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €380


Sir William Petty, Map of The County of Gallway", 1731"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 32

Published Estimate: €200-250

Price Realised: €360


St. George's Channel and the Irish Sea  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 33

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €140


1770 John Baptiste Homann, Nurenburg. Hibernae Regnum.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 34

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €300


1777: Taylor & Skinner's Maps of the Roads of Ireland, Surveyed  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 35

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €850


de Wit, Frederik. Regnum Hiberniae  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 36

Published Estimate: €350-450

Price Realised: €360

  • Dimensions: 24½ x 20½in. (62.23 x 52.07cm)
  • divisum in quatuor partes quae funt Ultonia, Conachia, Lagenia et Momonia quae et funt divisaein omnes suos Comitatus. c1780. Coloured. Unframed

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18th Century Map. Rocque (John) A Map of the Kingdom of Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 37

Published Estimate: €400-500

Price Realised: €460

  • Divided into Provinces, Counties and Baronies, showing the Archbishopricks, Bishopricks, Cities, Boroughs Market Towns, Villages Barracks,... Post Roads, together with the inland Navigation etc... . A very large engraved map, printed on 4 sheets, In two sections North & South. Colouring to the county and provincial borders. Unframed.

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A late 18th century Map of the Empire of Germany by Delarochette  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 38

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €150

  • Dimensions: 53 x 122in. (134.62 x 309.88cm)
  • Map of the Empire of Germany, including all the states comprehended under that name: with the Kingdom of Prussia, &c. (Northern section). By L. Delarochette. London, printed for Robt. Sayer, Map & Print Seller, opposite Fetter Lane in Fleet Street, c1790.

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Homann, Johannes Baptiste. Two 18th celestial maps of the moon and the constellations by  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 39

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €800

  • Dimensions: 19½ x 23in. (49.53 x 58.42cm)
  • Uncommon and decorative double hemisphere map of the surface of the moon. The dark side has an imaginary topography, using place names of the Mediterranean world. Homan was an engraver and map seller, geographer to the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, and a member of the Prussian Royal Academy of Science

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Speed, John. The Province of Munster  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 40

Published Estimate: €80-120

Price Realised: €170


Three 19th century maps of Ireland.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 41

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €130

  • Ireland by W. & A.K. Johnston, coasts and county borders coloured, unframed; Ireland and its Railways by J.A. Johnson, coloured, mounted on board; and Ireland by J. & C. Walker, coloured. Unframed.

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Cary, G & J.. A Collection of 5 of 6 Maps of India/Hindoostan 1824  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 42

Published Estimate: €200-250

Price Realised: €190

  • Dimensions: 38 x 21in. (96.52 x 53.34cm)
  • Cary, G & J.. A Collection of 5 of 6 Maps of India/Hindoostan 1824. London: G & J. Cary, 1824. First Edition. 96 x 52 Cms. Approx. (38 x 21 Inches Approx.). Bery Good The collection of 5 canvas backed folding maps in original green box comprise: (1) Lacks map of North West of the country; (2) A New map of Hindoostan (3) Area to the West including Bombay and areas coloured according to which Moosulam Chiefs Reign"; (4) Area adjacent to the Bay of Bengal; (5) The lower portion of India with the sea and part of North Ceylon; (6) Overland Map of the countries between India and Europe. Scarce"

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Pigot & Co. New Map of Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 43

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €160


1875 Imray, James. Two sea charts of Irish Sea and a chart of the coast of Holland and Germany.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 44

Published Estimate: €250-300

Price Realised: €0


An 18th century genealogical table of the Scottish and English Royal families  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 45

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: €65


1704. Grant of apprenticeship of George Turville to Thomas Bole in the Liberties or Franchises of Dublin.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 46

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €0


1709-1820 Acts of Parliament, and other documents  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 47

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €0

  • Includes 1709 An Additional Duty on Beer, Ale, Strong-Waters etc., printed in Dublin, 1800 Act of Union, 1814 Commitments Trials, Convictions &c Ireland, also some leases and indentures 1880s to 1930s, and Kitchin's Map of Ireland. (15)

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1710: The Tryal Of Dr Henry Sacheverell Before The House of Peers...  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 48

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100

  • ... for high crimes and misdemeanors; upon an impeachment by the knights, citizens and burgesses in Parliament assembled, ... begun in Westminster-Hall the 27th day of February, 1709/10; and from thence continu'd by several adjournments until the 23d day of March following. Published by order of the House of Peers. Dublin: re-printed by A. Rhames and F. Dickson, for E. Dobson, P. Campbell, J. Gill, T. Servant, J. Pepyat, J. Hyde, and J. Henly, Booksellers, 1710. Various contemporary notes on both free front end papers with the names of various owners including Ex Libris Saml. Carson. Bought this bought this book at the Revd. Mr. Linsays Auction of Books in Ballymena for 1s. 1d.""

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1744 (January) Escape from custody, witness statement  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 49

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €0

  • Patrick Dempsey, Sheriff's Bailiff gives evidence before magistrate, Beaumonth Astle of executing a Warrant under the Seal of the High Sherriff, Jacob Peppard Warren" against John Madders, arresting Madders in Tullow, Co. Carlow and describes his subsequent escape from custody. Among others named are Patrick Tyrrell, Pat McGrath, William Hoar and Richard Grahams."

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