8 November 2014

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

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

Reserve: €5000

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

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

Reserve: €600

  • 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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1650 Morden, Robert, The Kingdom of Ireland  

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

Reserve: €150


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

Reserve: €250


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

Reserve: €150


1709-1820 Acts of Parliament, and other documents  

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

Reserve: €150

  • 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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1744 (January) Escape from custody, witness statement  

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

Reserve: €150

  • 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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1748 Wright, Thomas. Louthiana; An Introduction to the Antiquities of Ireland.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 50

Reserve: €300


1760 (10 July) Irish Legion letter from Lt. Richard Haly to Chevalier de Warren a the Camp near Corbach  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 51

Reserve: €300

  • An interesting letter from this Stuart renegade and exile We are giving the enemy a sample of what we can do: the enemy lost about 2,000 men every way, mostly English and 40 ps. Brass Cannon, the Swiss who were sent by St. Germains behaved to admiration ….the loss to our side is not spoken of, tis so small, the enemy are retired to rising ground this side of Waldeck…..the march our army stole on them is called a very fine one by the Connoisseurs and as St. Germains is on their skirts we expect to force them to a general action.""

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1786, Murder of Henry Lawler by James Dempsey, five documents  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 58

Reserve: €200

  • Not having the Fear of God before his eyes, being wholly moved and seduced by the instigation of the Devil", four witness statements. Details of the inquest signed by the Coroner and 13 jury members, with affixed seals. Jury return convicting James Dempsey, signed by Henry Bruen."

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1786-1796. Acts of Grattan's Parliament  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 59

Reserve: €200


Sir William Chambers, a set of 20 architectural engravings  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 68

Reserve: €1500


Townley, Blainey. A Manuscript Abstract of the Expence of Building a House and Office in Sackville Street In the City of Dublin for Blainey Townley Esquire  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 69

Reserve: €100

  • Townley, Blainey. A Manuscript Abstract of the Expence of Building a House and Office in Sackville Street In the City of Dublin for Blainey Townley Esquire.. Dublin: Folio. Good A 4pp. mss. document with nearly all of the text on the first page in a neat hand. Outlined in detail are the expenses due to various workers, many of whom are named for different aspects of the building work undertaken on building this premises in Sackville Street. While the document is not dated it is probably circa 1790-94. It may well be that the building in question was 59 Sackville Street which is where the Sackville Street Club was located. This gentleman's club was founded by Blainey Townley in 1794.

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1802 Sworn statement of Lt. Ben Derenzy, Wicklow Regiment complaining of harassment by being Halooed""  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 70

Reserve: €80

  • The sworn statement of Lieutenant Ben Derenzy of the Wicklow Regiment and Lieutenant Paul Carter of the Carlow Regiment concerning threatening behaviour from people who began to haloo for Burton"."

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1816-1817. Poteen making - raids and arrests, Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 75

Reserve: €200


1829 (26 May) part letter Viscount Dunlo to his father, Earl of Clancarty, Ballina.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 78

Reserve: €100


1820s Catholic Emancipation pamphlet  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 80.1

Reserve: €200

  • Headed Englishmen! - Attend to the Following - Historical Facts. - In Catholic Times - There were no Paupers in England..." with inscription "From William Cobbott"; Together with a framed Leech anti-repeal cartoon; an engraving of "The Irish Anti Tithe Agitations" two framed engravings of Daniel O'Connell and three framed reproductions of portraits of Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera. (8)"

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1844 Outlining 22 Rules of the Tullow Loan Fund.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 86

Reserve: €100

  • Signed by Trustees, Treasurer, Sureties, Clerk and Secretary. Rule 19- And whereas parties have in some instances attempted to impose upon Loan Societies by obtaining a Loan, and then with their sureties immediately leaving the country: it shall be lawful for the Treasurer-to immediately sue the parties concerned.

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1848-1992. Collection of interesting letters and autographs.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 88

Reserve: €100

  • Letters include John Wilson Croker, Rev. John Edgar, Annie Besant, Iseult Stuart, and autograph of John Tyndall, 1992 letter concerning the investigation of the former ambassador of Australia to Ireland etc. Interesting content. (9)

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Circa 1850 United Ireland, needlework panel  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 90

Reserve: €300

  • Dimensions: 17 x 20in. (43.18 x 50.80cm)
  • A 19th century silk & bullion nedlework panel, the names of the provinces joined by a chain and hands in friendship amidst the leaves of a tree, the trunk surrounded by symbols of Ireland and the eagle and Stars and Stripes of America.

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1857 Marquess of Clanricarde, letter regarding fishing rights, Terryland estate, Galway  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 92

Reserve: €100

  • From Robert Power agent for Lord Clanricarde, to Messrs Ashworth and their agent William H. Halliday, rejecting the offer of permission to fish, but insisting on his legal right and privilage of fishing"."

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Greville, Baron, Charles, Beresford, Faulke. Abstract of Title  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 93

Reserve: €150

  • Abstract of Title For Right Hon. Charles Beresford Faulke Baron Greville to the Town Parks of Mullingar, and Other Premises in the Town of Mullingar, in the Barony of Moyashel and Magheradernon and County of Westmeath. 16 pages.

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Circa 1860 Erin Go Bragh, God Save Ireland needlework.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 95

Reserve: €200

  • Dimensions: 14 x 16in. (35.56 x 40.64cm)
  • A 19th century silk & bullion nedlework panel, centred by the emblems of the Four Provinces, surrounded by the slogan Erin Go Bragh" flanked by four shamrock-emblazoned green flags and a hound and a harp to the fore, above the motto "God Save Ireland"."

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Nationalist Scrap Book  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 96

Reserve: €200


1898 (28 September) letter from a recently released Fenian prisoner, Edward O'Brien Kennedy.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 101

Reserve: €150

  • Letter, 3pp, to Thomas Kelly, turning down an invitation to reside in the USA due the Yankee Puritan" refusal to support him and notifying Kelly of his impending arrival in Dublin, where he and other released republican prisoners were paraded and feted by the IRB."

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Fenian glass cabinet plate  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 102

Reserve: €300

  • Dimensions: 7½in. (19.05cm)
  • A late19th century milk glass cabinet plate, the pierced lattice rim with gilt rosettes, the central reserve transfer printed with a figure of The Maid of Erin carrying the Fenian flag beneath a rising sun and the motto The sunburst of Ireland"."

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Allen, Larkin & O'Brien Memorial, Kilrush.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 103

Reserve: €100


1873 -1893 collection of letters from JW Barlow, J O'Neill Daunt, WF Fitzpatrick on Irish political matters  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 106

Reserve: €150

  • 1873 (27 May) pp6 letter from Daunt to Galbraith concerning Dr JW Barlow's lecture on the Act of Union and his defence of it, and 29 May pp6 riposte by Dr Barlow to Galbraith, 1893 pp6 letter WJ Fitzpatrick to Michael McDonagh enclosing his photograph, etc. (4)

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1877 (2 July) Petition to exhibit the Byron Collection in Dublin signed by Isaac Butt, Charles Stewart Parnell, and others.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 109

Reserve: €300


1869-1915 Medals. Moran family group of four.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 110

Reserve: €1800

  • A Queen's University Prize Medal in 22 carat gold, 1869, for First Class with the Degree of BC to James Moran; a Second Afghan War Medal to Surgeon J. Moran; and Great War and Victory Medals to W. P. Moran. James Moran was appointed to the Indian Medical Service in 1878, promoted to Surgeon Major in 1890 and Surgeon Lieutenant-Colonel in 1898. James Moran died in Carrickmines, Co. Dublin in 1917. His son William Paul was a Lieutenant in the 10th Gurkha Rifles. He was killed in action at Gallipoli in 1915 and is buried in Malta.

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1882: Lord Frederick Cavendish memorial lithographic print  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 114

Reserve: €80

  • Dimensions: 14 x 14in. (35.56 x 35.56cm)
  • A colourful memorial portrait print of Lord Frederick Cavendish surrounded by the wreath sent by Queen Victoria to Lady Cavendish. Attractively framed.

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1883 Scenes of Ireland by W. Lynch  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 115

Reserve: €800

  • Dimensions: 10½ x 8in. (26.67 x 20.32cm)
  • A set of five watercolour scenes of (1) Belfast & environs, (2) Co. Tyrone with the raising of the Volunteers, 1782; (3) Ancient monuments & St. Patrick before Fenagh, (4) Lough Derg, Co. Donegal; (5) Counties Donegal & Fermanagh.

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Emigration Scene by Robert Graysmith  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 116

Reserve: €200

  • Dimensions: 8 x 11in. (20.32 x 27.94cm)
  • A pen & ink drawing of a late-19th century harbour, by the American illustrator & author, Robert Graysmith, signed, dated 1995 & inscribed with dedication to Jim (Dr. James) Toland.

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Poor Paddy Ward" and "A Ballad Respectfully Dedicated to Sub-Constable Fitznoodle""  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 117

Reserve: €150


1897-1899 Daniel Tallon, Nationalist High Sherriff of Dublin and Lord Mayor of Dublin  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 130

Reserve: €500

  • Notice by The Ulster King of Arms in Ireland and Principle Herald of All Ireland, granting a coat of arms to Daniel Tallon, High Sherriff of Dublin and Lord Mayor Designate, incorporating wax seal and enclosed in red and gilt hide-bound box; together with an illuminated address from the Licensed Grocers and Vintners Protection Association to Daniel Tallon, in carved oak frame; also with a Souvenir Medal of New York to Daniel Tallon, framed. (3)

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Late 19th Century Illuminated Address and Presentation to James Mulcahy  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 131

Reserve: €200

  • Dimensions: 27 x 20½in. (68.58 x 52.07cm)
  • From a group of his friends on the occasion of his marriage. The address headed by two oval portraits of the couple and surrounded by stylised flowers. Designed by by Alice M. O'Rourke.

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1905. Rear Admiral Arthur Hilderbrand Alington relating to the death of Lieut. George Walker on board HMS Rodney in 1853....  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 134

Reserve: €80

  • ....and his burial on Tenedos Island off the Turkey mainland. He describes Walker as a first rate officer and seaman in those days when Seamanship was a high art". 8 page letter."

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County of Louth, Election Notice poster.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 137

Reserve: €100


1913 (16 January) Young Citizen Volunteers, First Meeting Belfast Corps  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 150

Reserve: €800

  • A typewritten draft address of F. C. Forth, Principal of the Municilpal Technical Institute, for delivery to the first general meeting of the Belfast Corps of the Young Citizen Volunteers of Ireland (YCV), 16 January 1913. 12pp; Together with a letter on YCV headed paper requesting the use of the hall of theTechnical Institute.

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1914 Rally Round the Flag! Every Fit Man Wanted  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 155

Reserve: €150

  • Dimensions: 30 x 20in. (76.20 x 50.80cm)
  • Recruitment poster published by the Parlimentary Recruiting Committee, Poster No. 1. Printer: Hanbury Tomsett & Co., London; together with England Expects Every Man to Do His Duty and Join the Army To-day", Printer: Hanbury Tomsett & Co., London. (2)"

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1917-1918 Constantinople, cigarette case  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 160

Reserve: €100

  • A white-metal cigarette case, the lid with blue enamel stringing and engraved to the centre with an armorial device and the motto: Nil Desperandum" and to the corner: "Constantinople 1917-1918", the interior gilt."

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1914 Fianna Handbook  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 170

Reserve: €200


Ginnell, Laurence. D.O.R.A. at Westminster  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 176

Reserve: €80

  • Being Selections from Mr Ginnell's Parlimentary Activities. (Reprint from Hansard) Before Easter Week. After Easter Week. The Irish Wheelman Printing and Publishing Co. Ltd. Dublin. 'D.O.R.A.' refers to the Defence of the Realm Act. Green cloth. Scarce.

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1916-1945. Cache of arms found in Dublin.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 178

Reserve: €500

  • Comprises a pinfire revolver, a 1902 pattern British bayonet and also a 1939-45 British Commando dagger. Found under the floorboards at 51/52 Capel Street, Dublin 1, circa 1960. (3)

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From Padraig Pearse to Joseph Plunkett, signed by Pearse.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 188

Reserve: €3000

  • Moran, D. P. The Philosophy of Irish Ireland. James Duffy & Co. Ltd. Dublin. 1905 - 1906. First published as a series of articles in the New Ireland Review in 1898 and, according to the introduction, published in the current form about seven years" later. A presentation copy, from Padraig Pearse to Joseph Plunkett. A paper plate gummed to the reverse of the title page written in black fountain pen. "Do Sheosamh O' Pluinghceid - O Padraic MacPiarais - 19-1-16". Containing a letter, dated 31 August 1958 from Roger O'Hanrahan to Mr/s Plunkett, gifting the book."

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1916 Easter Rising Daily Sketch Newspapers  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 229

Reserve: €150


1916, Cork Free Press, The Rising in Dublin  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 230

Reserve: €150


1916 Sinn Feinn Rebellion Handbook, books and ephemera  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 235

Reserve: €120


The Easter Proclamation of the Irish Republic 1916  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 252

Reserve: €200


1917 Irish National Volunteers important archive of letters, ephemera and newspaper cuttings.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 8 November 2014 / 262

Reserve: €800

  • An album containing two letters, one handwritten, from Colonel Maurice Moore, Inspector General of the INV to Captain Toorish in Strabane concerning the National Convention, also to same recipient two handwritten letter from JA Echersly, a mimeoographed statement by Colonel Moore, admission ticket to the INV Second Convention on 5 August 1917 and a comprehensive collection of news cuttings concerning the INV, also a couple of handbills including Roger Casement Sinn Fein Club Strabane. A valuable collection of rare and unique items.

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