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    Sunday, June 19th, 2016
    The last two of only three known Limerick Silver coffee pots have been brought together by antique silver dealer William Crofton, who is about to market them with a price tag that reflects their extreme rarity. He plans to seek £750,000 sterling for the two. At this price level William Crofton, who trades as L and W Duvallier based in Dublin and London, reckons that only about two collectors in Ireland would have both the passion and the money needed to acquire them.
    One coffee pot is plain and inscribed with the initials U I M, believed to be Isaac and Mary Unthank, members of a prominent Limerick Quaker family. Isaac Unthank married Mary Robinson in 1749.  The second coffee pot is pear shaped and engraved with the coat of arms of Petyt.  Both are by Joseph Johns.  Each one dates to around 1750-55.   A third coffee pot by maker Samuel Johns at the Limerick Civic Museum was once in the collection of William Crofton’s late father Gerry Crofton.  It is possible that other Limerick silver coffee pots are out there, but these three are the only known pieces.

    A plain Limerick silver coffee pot by Joseph Johns.

    A plain Limerick silver coffee pot by Joseph Johns.

    A pear shaped engraved Limerick silver coffee pot by Joseph Johns.

    A pear shaped engraved Limerick silver coffee pot by Joseph Johns.


    Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
    The Kinsale Silver bowl

    The Kinsale Silver bowl

    A Kinsale silver bowl with an almost mythical status has surfaced with well known silver dealer William Crofton of L and W Duvallier, Dublin and London. A second generation dealer of 40 years standing Crofton said the piece – made by Robert Armstrong around 1750 – is the rarest provincial bowl he has ever had.

    “It is very hard to describe the feeling you get when you see such a fantastic piece out of the blue. I believe only enthusiast’s or collectors regardless of what they collect can truly relate to it” he said.  “As I turned the bowl over it was like time stood still and it took me an extra couple of seconds for my brain to workout exactly what I was looking at. It is the only time I have ever come across this maker in real life in nearly 40 years”.
    There are less than six pieces known to have been made by Robert Armstrong. The definitive work on Cork Silversmiths by John Bowen with Conor O’Brien makes the point that Kinsale’s ancient significance derived from its position as the most important sea port on the southern coast of Ireland. A nearly identical bowl by Robert Armstrong is illustrated in Irish Georgian Silver by Douglas Bennett.  Bowls of this type of different sizes were made throughout Ireland in the first half of the 18th century as speciality items.  This one is on offer with a price tag of around 45,000 euro.


    Sunday, September 27th, 2015
    Antique Irish Silver Dublin Tea Caddies Dennis Fray 1786

    Antique Irish Silver Dublin Tea Caddies Dennis Fray 1786

    A rare and quirky set of Irish silver tea caddies made in Dublin by Dennis Fray in 1786 has surfaced with London and Dublin based L and W Duvallier.  The construction is unusual in that they are not symmetrical. They are slightly twisted.  The caddies are on four trefoil feet with bead borders.

    William Crofton of Duvallier’s remarked: “In nearly 30 years of dealing I have not seen a set of three Irish tea caddies on the market. The only other set of Irish tea caddies known are in the John Rowan Collection, now housed in the San Antonio Museum in Texas. They are by Ambrose Boxwell circa 1770 and are much smaller. This set is illustrated on page 63 of The Genius of Irish Silver A Texas Private Collection”.

    He remarked that they would make an important addition to any serious collection. They are priced at £22,500.