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    Sunday, February 18th, 2024
    A c1800 bright cut Limerick silver sauce ladle by  William Fitzgerald  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Limerick silver is rare and not always easy to come by so there should be much interest in a private collection of Limerick silver spoons at the timed online James Adam At Home sale which runs until February 27. They are from the workshops of makers  William Fitzgerald, George Halloran, Robert O’Shaughnessy, Joseph Johns, Patrick Connell, Samuel John, Maurice Fitzgerald  and William Ward. It is downright unusual to find such a gathering of known makers names from Limerick in one sale.  Lots 72 to 84 carry estimates ranging from €400 to €3,000.  There is also a mid 18th century silver bowl by George Hodder of Cork and a George III silver bowl by James le Bas of Dublin.  The catalogue is online and timed bidding is already underway.

    A set of 12 c1780 teaspoons by Patrick Connell, Limerick. UPDATE: THESE SOLD FOR 1,400 AT HAMMER


    Friday, March 18th, 2022
    George III Irish provincial silver marrow scoop – Thomas John Burke, Limerick, 1784 – 1800. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £573.75

    A rare Limerick silver marrow scoop comes up at Bonhams Home and Interiors sale in London on March 29-30. Made by Thomas Burke it is estimated at £800-£1,000. The sale features a number of items of Irish silver from the Peter Ticher collection which includes a pair of George II Irish cast silver candlesticks by Matthew Walker, Dublin, 1730–1731. Estimates range from £100-£4,000. Highlights include An 18th century Irish silver cream jug with no maker’s mark, only crowned harp and Hibernia, circa 1750 (£500-£600); a collection of Irish silver bright-engraved flatware, varying makers (£400-£600) and eleven Irish provincial silver teaspoons by Carden Terry & Jane Williams, Cork, stamped with maker’s mark CT over IW, and stamped Sterling, circa 1810 (£300-£400).


    Thursday, July 18th, 2019

    Irish Provincial silver is prized by collectors and Limerick silver is rare. So there will be interest in a c1820 serving or basting spoon by the Limerick maker Robert O’Shaughnessy which comes up at O’Donovan’s sale in Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick on July 20. It comes from the clearance of a residence in Adare and is estimated at 1,200-1,600.

    The Limerick silver serving spoon.


    Sunday, November 4th, 2018
    Highly collectible Cork and Limerick pieces are included in Woodwards special bi-annual sale of Irish and English silver in Cork on November 10. The bulk of the sale is from the estate of a private collector of Irish silver and will include Cork silver sauceboats by Carden Terry (c1785) and John Warner (c1790) each estimated at 1,000-2,000.
    One Limerick silver piece is a catch for most sales, this one has four. Limerick makers Maurice Fitzgerald, George Moore, Patrick Connell and Joseph Johns are all represented. There is pair of c1775 tablespoons by Maurice Fitzgerald (800-1,000), a c1765 tablespoon by George Moore (400-600), a pair of c1785 tablespoons by Patrick Connell (800-1,000) and a pair of c1790 tablespoons by Joseph Johns (800-1,000).

    In addition to this the Cork makers Daniel McCarthy, John Toleken, John Nicholson, Joseph Gibson, Carden Terry and Jane Williams are all represented with pieces including a sugar bowl, serving spoon, marrow scoop, tablespoons and dessert spoons. Estimates for these piece range from a low of 150 to a high of 1,500.  There are more than 250 lots of silver and about 40 Irish paintings including a charcoal and wash drawing by Sean Keating and work by Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, Frank Egginton, Arthur Maderson and Anne Yeats.

    George III sugar bowl by Daniel McCarthy, Cork UPDATE: THIS MADE 600 AT HAMMER

    A pair of George III tablespoons by Maurice Fitzgerald, Limerick  UPDATE: THIS MADE 500 AT HAMMER


    Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

    There will be a specialist auction of Limerick, Cork, Dublin, Scottish and English silver, Irish coins, tokens, banknotes and militaria at Purcell Auctioneers of Birr on May 9 at 2 p.m.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Rare Pair of Late 18th/Early 19th Century Limerick Silver Serving Spoons, marked Sterling and with mark of Maurice Fitzgerald (800-1,200)

    rish Silver Ring Dish, Hallmarked Dublin c.1915, by Wakeley & Wheeler, c.280gram (400-600)

    Isle Of Man Onchan Internment Camp Token 6 Pence (10-20)

    Ireland Ploughman £5 The National Bank 6-5-29 (400-600)


    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.