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    SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT COLLECTORS’ SALE

    Saturday, February 27th, 2021

    No matter what your area of interest happens to be there is much in Fonsie Mealy’s Collectors’ Sale online from Castlecomer on March 3 to keep you occupied during this long lockdown. Literature, local and national history, sport and cinema all feature. These sales always throw up lots that offer insights into the day to day working lives of people like Michael Collins or the late Victorian and Edwardian Corkonians who mounted what seems to me to be the best show this city ever produced, the Cork Exhibition of 1901-02. A typed letter from the Aire Airgead (Minister for Finance) of 1920 is in fact a typically businesslike response from Michael Collins to a request from Skibbereen.  Peadar Ó hAnnracháin (1873-1965), Gaelic League organiser, poet and Volunteer, had sought assistance for local fishermen.  Collins, as minister, promised action but advised that the first thing to be done was to set up a co-operative society “as we deal only with Societies and not with individuals”.  The letter, lot 407 in a sale of 673 lots, is estimated at 400-600.A letter of June 2, 1920 from Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, to the Superintendent, Great Southern and Western Railway, supports a request from Messrs. Henry Ford of Cork for two sleeping carriages to be attached to the mail train between Cork and Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire). The letter, estimated at €450-€650, is on black bordered official notepaper following the assassination of Lord Mayor Tomas MacCurtain. By any standards the Cork Exhibition was a magnificent event. Insight into the largely forgotten organisers might be found in lot 378, a 1911 book entitled Cork and County in the 20th century, Contemporary Biographies by Rev. R.J. Hodges edited by W. T. Pike, estimated at €200-€300.Lot 315 is a Maharajah’s photo album gift to engineer Vincent Hart.  It is inscribed; “To V. Hart Esq., Superintending Engineer, Madras.  With the best compliments of Ramchandra, Maharajah of Jeypore”.  He was responsible for building the Mettur Dam on the River Cauvery, at that time the biggest solid gravity dam in the world. He retired to Cork and died at his house at Lotabeg on the Lower Glanmire Road in 1939. The album is estimated at 1,000-€1,500. A selection of sporting memorabilia includes lot 616, the match programme for the 1945 All Ireland Football Final between Cork and Cavan (Cork won by 2-5 to 0-7) and some Munster Championship official programmes.  Among the cinema memorabilia are posters for The Field, Ryan’s Daughter and Michael Collins.

    The programme for 1945 All Ireland Football Final between Cork and Cavan. UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    POSTER FOR TRUE GRIT, JOHN WAYNE’S OSCAR MOVIE

    Thursday, February 25th, 2021

    A poster for True Grit, the film for which John Wayne won an Oscar, comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s Collectors’ Sale online from Castlecomer on March 3. Directed by Henry Hathaway the film starred John Wayne, Glen Campbell and Kim Darby. The poster is estimated at 120-180 in a sale of collectibles including literature, local and national history, sport and cinema.

    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 210

    FIRST EDITION OF ULYSSES SELLS FOR 9,500 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Thursday, December 10th, 2020

    A first edition of Ulysses by James Joyce sold for a hammer price of 9,500 at Fonsie Mealy’s online rare books and collectibles sale in Castlecomer today. Published by Shakespeare and Co. in Paris in 1922 this was number 285 of 750 copies on handmade paper.

    Joyce’s A Protest Against Plagiarism, an original printed copy of the protest and appeal issued in French by a constellation of American and European literary and cultural figures in 1927 over the unauthorised publication of sections of Ulysses by American publisher Samuel Roth in his Two Worlds Monthly magazine, without permission or royalty and in ‘un texte incomplete’ sold for 4,600. Signatories range from Albert Einstein to H.G. Wells, W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, Paul Valery, Bertrand Russell, Marcel Prevost, Sean O’Casey, Liam O’Flaherty, E. Oe. Somerville, Italo Svevo, Thomas Mann, Ernest Hemingway, Alice S. Green, Andre Gide, Augusta Gregory, Benedetto Croce, John Galsworthy, Robert Bridges, Arnold Bennett, Knut Hamsun, Wyndham Lewis, Gabriel Miro, Bunin, Luigi Pirandello, T.S.Eliot. The extraordinary range and quality of the signatories testifies to Joyce’s worldwide reputation and influence, five years after publishing Ulysses.

    An Atlas Folio of monuments in Egypt and Nubia by Ippolito Rosellini published in Pisa in three volumes from 1832-34 with 134 plates sold for 25,000 at hammer. It had been estimated at 5,000-7,000. This was the top lot in a sale which realised just over 440,000 on the hammer.

    IRISH GEORGIAN SOCIETY RECORDS MAKE 2,300

    Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

    A rare and complete set of Irish Georgian Society records sold for a hammer price of €2,300 at Fonsie Mealy’s Christmas Rare Books and Collectibles sale online in Castlecomer today. It comprises the Georgian Society records of 18th century domestic architecture in Dublin in five volumes (1909-1913) and a first (1915) edition of Georgian Mansions in Ireland by Sadlier and Dickinson. The sale continues on December 10.

    RARE BOOKS AND COLLECTIBLES AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

    More than 1,300 lots will come under the hammer at Fonsie Mealy’s Christmas rare books and collectors sale online in Castlecomer on December 9 and 10. Among them is a highly collectible admission ticket to the infamous Bloody Sunday football match at Croke Park on November 21, 1920. This is estimated at €2,000-€3,000. Along with sporting memorabilia there is rare books, manuscripts, signed limited editions, maps, medals and folio society publications. The catalogue is online.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    FIRST EDITION OF ULYSSES AT FONSIE MEALY’S SALE

    Sunday, December 6th, 2020

    A first edition of Ulysses is among a range of rarities at Fonsie Mealy‘s rare books and collectors sale online at Castlecomer on December 9 and 10.  More than 1,300 lots will come under the hammer at the two day sale. Ulysses is estimated at €7,000-€9,000.  An admission ticket to the infamous Bloody Sunday football match at Croke Park on November 21, 1920 has an estimate of €2,000-€3,000 and there is an estimate of €4,000-€6,000 on a rare gold medal from the first anniversary of Bloody Sunday tournament.  It is engraved with an Irish sportsman standing in front of a goalpost holding a rifle, with two hurleys, a sliotar and a football in the foreground. Among other highly collectible lots is Kevin Barry’s personal crucifix and scapular and a 1955 match programme for an Ireland v Yugoslavia game. Catholics were banned from attending this Dalymount Park match by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid due to the persecution of a catholic bishop in communist Yugoslavia. The army band did not play and the match was not broadcast on Radio Eireann.

    A rare gold medal with a player holding a rifle from the Bloody Sunday first anniversary tournament UPDATE: THIS MADE 18,000 AT HAMMER

    ALL IRELAND HURLING FINAL 1939 WINNERS MEDAL

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

    A 1939 All Ireland Hurling winners 9 carat gold Celtic Cross medal comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s Rare Book and Collectors sale in Castlecomer on December 9 and 10. Known as the Thunder and Lightning Final the match took place on September 3, 1939, hours after World War II was declared. Kilkenny and Cork under the captaincies of Jimmy Walsh and Jack Lynch, took to the battlefield of sport. The Cats prevailed on a score line of 2-7 to 3-3. Lot 522 is estimated at 1,500-2,000.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,800 AT HAMMER

    RELIC OF GAA HISTORY AT FONSIE MEALY SALE

    Thursday, November 26th, 2020

    What is described as “a relic of GAA History” comes up at Fonsie Mealy’s sale of rare books, literature, manuscripts, limited editions, maps and sporting memorabilia online in Castlecomer on December 8 and 9. Lot 519A is a cast iron turnstile, by Ellison & Co., Manchester removed from Croke Park during renovations in the 1950’s. It would have been there during the earliest days of the GAA and during Bloody Sunday in 1920. It is estimated at 1,000-1,800. UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,300 AT HAMMER

    ART BY JAMES ARTHUR O’CONNOR TOPS FONSIE MEALY SALE

    Thursday, October 1st, 2020

    The top lot at Fonsie Mealy’s three day sale in Castlecomer this week was a set of four Killarney paintings by James Arthur O’Connor (1792 – 1841) which made a hammer price of 22,000. The oil on board works in matching gilt frames were commissioned by the Godfrey family in Co. Kerry and came to auction by direct family descent. A bronze figure of Cu Chulainn by Edward Delaney made 19,000. Other top lots included an early 19th century Korean storage cabinet (15,000), a mid 18th century Chinoiserie decorated and lacquered kneehole desk (12,000) and a 17th century Flemish tapestry (8,500). The sale realised just over one million euro on the hammer.

    One of four views of Killarney by James Arthur O’Connor

    REPUBLICAN SILVER DISH MAKES 7,000 AT FONSIE MEALY

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

    A Cork Republican Silver strawberry dish made a hammer price of 7,000 over a top estimate of 3,000 at Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer today. It was described by the auctioneer as rare and important. The dish has a lobed rim and beaten surface and the W.E. (William Egan) punch. Cork Republican silver refers to silverware produced in the city during the Civil War. Only about 60-80 pieces are known to have survived. At the height of the war it was impossible for silversmiths Egans to send their pieces for assay to Dublin and so they devised their own hallmark based on the Arms of Cork. This depicts a two masted left facing ship with a single towered castle on either side. These marks were destroyed once the silver could once again be sent to Dublin.

    This Cork Republican silver dish sold for 7,000.