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    Sunday, February 14th, 2021

    Joseph Gibson, John Williams, James Warner, William Reynolds, Carden Terry Jane Williams, John Nicholson, Joseph Johns, William Ward and William Egan are names laden with meaning for collectors of Irish Provincial silver.  They are all represented in the James Adam At Home timed online auction which will begin to close at 11 am on February 23.  It is unusual to have such an array of Cork and Limerick makers in one auction.A pair of chased sauceboats by William Egan is dated to 1911.  Otherwise all the pieces on offer – bowls, jugs, ladles, beakers, sugar tongs, serving spoons – range in date from 1760 to 1820.  Estimates are from €120 for a c1820 fiddle pattern serving spoon by Joseph Gibson to €800, the top estimate for three lots: a pair of c1760 Hanoverian patterned spoons by Joseph Johns of Limerick; a pair of hook handle serving spoons by the same maker and a c1790 silver beaker by John Nicholson.  Limerick silver is even rarer than Cork silver and a soup ladle by William Ward of Limerick is estimated at €300-€500.There are 431 lots on offer including more than 100 lots of furniture and 74 lots of jewellery. UPDATE: A pair of Hanoverian spoons c1760 and a pair of hook handled serving spoons c1760 both by Joseph Johns of Limerick made 4,200 and 2,000 respectively at hammer. A silver helmeted cream jug by James Warner, Cork made 1,500 and a c1790 sugar bowl by John Williams, Cork made 1,400.

    George III bright cut silver ladle by William Ward of Limerick (€300-€500). UPDATE: This made 240 at hammer


    Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

    The Limerick silver lemon strainer by Joseph Johns.

    The Limerick silver lemon strainer by Joseph Johns.

    A rare Irish silver lemon strainer by the Limerick maker Joseph Johns made £14,000 over an estimate of £600-800 at Lawrences Auctioneers, Crewkerne, Somerset today.  It was the sleeper lot in an auction of fine art, silver and vertu.

    What makes it so special is that there are only two other such strainers by this maker known.

    It was described by the auctioneers as a rare George II/III Irish Provincial lemon strainer with twin shaped handles.  Each of the handles is pierced with a heart shaped motif and a chased border of flowers and scrolls.  The maker’s mark, struck twice, is that of Joseph Johns of Limerick.  The strainer is eleven inches long and weighs 5.25 ozs.