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    Monday, April 1st, 2019

    A 1953 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship winners medal, a 20 pence piece from 1985 20 valued at 5,000-6,000, an archive of 25 lots from Mount Cashell and a rocket launcher from the Northern Ireland conflict are among the rich selection on offer at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on April 6.Defending champions Cork, captained by Christy Ring, retained their All-Ireland crown in 1953 with a 3-3 to 0-8 win over Galway.  A nine carat gold medal from that final is estimated at 4,000-6,000.The sale of the RPG-7 rocket launcher is not without controversy.  The catalogue says it was used by the Provisional IRA during the Troubles. Bulgarian made it was decommissioned in Birmingham in 2013 and is being sold with two inert rocket propelled grenades, an inert booster rocket and accessories.  From a Republican collector the lot is estimated at 4,000-6,000.

    More constitutional politics is represented in the sale in lots like a 1966 Presidential Election Fine Gael Poster for defeated candidate Tom O’Higgins and 1973 and 1989 general election posters. The old 20 pence coin is what is known as a trial piece issued in advance of production to various companies to facilitate the calibration of vending machines and coin operated devices.  Less than 50 of the 500 issued by the Central Bank were not returned and about 10 examples have been recorded to date in private hands.  This makes the 20 pence piece one of the rarest of modern Irish coins, even rarer than the 1943 florin.  An old Lady Lavery £20 wartime bank note from 1943 is estimated at 5,000-6,000. The Mount Cashell Archive consists of 18 lots ranging from the 1692-1711 records of the town of Clonmel to the diaries of Stephen Moore, 3rd Earl of Mount Cashell (1792-1883)  Tipperary estate map including tenants names to an 1893-1943 photograph album of the Coshmore and Coshbride hounds, Ballynatray, Co. Waterford and photograph albums of the Moore, More Smyth and Holroyd Smyth families. A Victorian Royal County of Limerick militia officer’s shako (military hat)  with white metal plate is estimated at 1,500-2,000. The sale includes historical documents and artefacts, militaria, coins, banknotes, rare books, early maps, antiques and curios, rock and pop collectibies and advertising and sporting memorabilia among more than 600 lots.

    UPDATE: The rocket launcher sold for a hammer price of 10,000, the diaries of Stephen Moore (1792-1883), 3rd Earl of Mount Cashell made 8,000, an Easter Rising and War if Indeoendence medal awarded to Herbert Conroy made 6,200, a Howth mauser rifle and converted bayonet made 10,500, the rare trial 20 pence piece made 5,400, a 1682 gold five guineas sold for 6,600, a Lady Lavery war code £20 note made 10,500, an 1871 Howth Mauser rifle and converted gras bayonet made 10,500 and the 1953 All Ireland winners Cork medal made 6,500.

    A Limerick shako or military hat UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,800 AT HAMMER
    1953 All Ireland senior hurling medal UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,500 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, January 8th, 2017

    An eyewitness account of the failed French invasion at Bantry dated December 31, 1796 comes up at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on January 21.  A three page letter written by Colonel Thomas Balfour of the North Lowland Fencibles to his wife in Orkey reads:  “We have been marched here in consequence of an alarm spread by a French fleet appearing off Bantry Bay … one officer and four seamen … landed and have been made prisoners”.

    “Expedition d’Irlande” was a 15,000 strong invasion force gathered by the French Directory for landing in Ireland in December 1796. The fleet left France on December 15 and the operation was abandoned in Bantry on December 29.  The letter is estimated at 200-300.  The auction will include maps, historical manuscripts, medals, militaria, sports memorabilia, advertising, travel, coins and banknotes.




    Monday, September 19th, 2016

    This diving helmet sold for 8,000

    This diving helmet sold for 8,000

    There was no shortage of eclectic collectors at Whyte’s sale in Dublin.  Bidders vied for unusual, once off and financial liquidity hedging lots. A diving helmet by Siebe Gorman and Co., London given as a retirement present to Joe Murphy who used it as a diver with the Dublin Port and Docks during the 1960’s sold for 8,000 at hammer. A Belleek Crouching Venus sculpture sold for 3,800, the wall clock that was in the GPO in Dublin in 1916 made 7,500, a Munster and Leinster Bank Ploughman’s Note sold for 2,500 and a Victorian gold coin from India, 1882 sold for 2,400.

    A Chief Marshalls baton from a Parnell anniversary demonstration in 1890 made 3,800; a 1921 Michael Collins autograph signature written on the mailboat from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire on the way back from signing The Treat sold for 3,000; a signed special edition of Patrick Kavanagh poetry made 1,400; a Corgi toys Monte Carlo Rally gift set made 1,000; a deactivated British Army bren light machine gun made 2,100 and a 1914-18 German helmet made 1,700.


    Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

    Viewing is now underway in Dublin for the Eclectic Collector sale at Whyte’s on September 17.  Collectibles on offer include entertainment and sporting memorabilia, German militaria, coins and gold coins, books and ephemera.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection”

    (See post on for September 2, 2016)

    Victoria gold sovereigns  (450-500)

    Victoria gold sovereigns (450-500)

    1932-1948 The Blue Hussars uniform busby  (500-700)

    1932-1948 The Blue Hussars uniform busby (500-700)

    Great Northern Railway Travel Poster (800-1,200)

    Great Northern Railway Travel Poster (800-1,200)

    The 1916 GPO Dublin wall clock (2,000-3,000)

    The 1916 GPO Dublin wall clock (2,000-3,000)


    Monday, July 4th, 2011

    An interiors and collectibles sale at James Adam in Dublin on July 12 will feature more than 650 varied lots.  There is furniture, silver, books of Irish historical interest,  arms, medals, militaria,  art, glass and toys.  The entire catalogue is on-line at

    Here is a small selection from the catalogue:

    A large George IV giltwood girandole convex mirror is estimated at 6,000-10,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Sir Frederic William Burton RHA, Portrait of Mary Florence Vanderbyl, dated August 5, 1870 (2,000-4,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200

    This William IV rosewood breakfast table is estimated at 2,000-3,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000

    A Victorian display cabinet with a large collection of stuffed birds and butterflies estimated at 800-1,200. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,300

    An Edwardian painted and inlaid occasional table estimated at 400-600. UPDATE: THIS MADE 450

    This c1800 Irish sideboard is estimated at 2,000-3,000. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

    Whyte’s history, literature and collectibles sale in Dublin on November 13 features an interesting collection of letters and ephemera relating to Frederick Wallingford Whitridge, American envoy to the wedding of King Alfonso and Princess Ena of Battenberg, a niece of King Edward VII of Great Britain, and granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

    It includes an official appointment document signed by President Theodore Roosevelt and dated April 25, 1906.  This nominates him as: “Ambassador Extraordinary of the United States of America on Special Mission as the representative of the United States government on the occasion of the wedding of King Alphonso XIII of Spain in June 1906″.

    Other documents include a letter by Secretary of State Elihu Root, transmitting the commission to Whitridge and referring to a letter from President Roosevelt to be presented to the King of Spain by Whitridge.
    There are two typed letters on White House notepaper dated April 9 and 26, 1906 respectively: a congratulatory letter and the second refers to the enclosure of two letters from Roosevelt to King Edward VII of England and the German Emperor; there is a report of the mission which includes details of an attempt to assassinate King Alfonso when a bomb was thrown as the Royal Carriage passed.  This refers to the numbers killed and wounded.
    The collection of 22 items is estimated at 1,000-1,500 euro.