A framed 1892 illuminated address and citation to J.W. McMullen of Cork Harbour Commissioners on his retirement is among the more unusual lots at Woodwards special auction of Irish and English silver, art, jewellery and collectibles in Cork on November 29. The Commissioners were extremely grateful to Mr. McMullen who secured by Act of Parliament an extension of the pilotage of Cork Harbour by 2,000 square miles. Woodwards have not put an estimate on this unique piece.
Silver in the auction includes tea services, coffee pots, jugs, fish servers and condiments. There are two dish rings by Egans and a Cork silver teapot by Augustus Whelpley c1800. Other Cork pieces include an Irish silver marrow scoop by Samuel Neville c1775 and a serving spoon by William Reynolds. There will be more than 160 lots of silver in an auction of around 250 lots. The catalogue is online.