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    BRITISH NAVAL SWORD WITH IRISH FREEDOM CONNECTION

    Sunday, July 5th, 2020

    Within weeks of smuggling guns from Germany to the Irish Volunteers on board the Asgard in 1914 Robert Erskine Childers was called up. His call up papers were delivered to the headquarters of the Irish Volunteers, a move akin today to asking a white supremacist to speak at a Black Lives Matter rally. The author of The Riddle of the Sands became a decorated British naval officer.  His sword in gilt brass and leather scabbard is lot 91 at Mullen’s Collector’s Cabinet auction in Bray next Saturday (July 11).  Engraved “R E Childers” it is estimated at €3,000-€5,000. Robert Erskine Childers was executed in 1922 by the nascent Irish Free State during the Civil War.   Erskine Childers, the Fianna Fail politician who became Ireland’s fourth president, was his son.

    The Collector’s Cabinet is a postponed sale originally scheduled for March 28.  The 572 lots can be viewed online at The Saleroom.  Among them are a copy of Error of Judgement by Chris Mullin signed by the author, the Birmingham Six and solicitor Gareth Peirce. It is estimated at €300-€500.  There are 110 lots of Irish and international bank notes from the collection of Patrick Browne, secretary of the Cork Philatelic Society who began collecting banknotes in the 1990’s.  Estimates range from €80-€2,500.  Among the scarcest of the sporting lots are a competitors badge from the 1908 London Olympic Games and an officials badge from the 1924 Paris Games, immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire.

    Robert Erskine Childers naval officers sword. UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,200 AT HAMMER

    AUCTION POSTPONEMENTS AND ONLINE ONLY SALE

    Monday, March 16th, 2020

    ALL auctions at Adams in Dublin have been postponed temporarily. The Collector’s Cabinet auction scheduled for Mullen’s of Laurel Park on March 28 has also been postponed.

    The sale scheduled for Hegarty’s in Bandon on March 22 will go ahead as an online only auction. E-mail the auctioneer for condition reports, absentee bids or telephone bids. The two day sale by Matthews of Oldcastle in Kells on March 21 and 22 will go ahead.

    ARTHUR MADERSON, “POINT OF SUNSET, CANAL DU 
    MIDI” at Hegarty’s online only sale in Bandon. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    POLITICAL DIRTY TRICKS AND FIRST EDITION OF ULYSSES

    Monday, November 18th, 2019

    There is nothing new about dirty tricks in political campaigns as illustrated by lot 48 at Mullen’s Collectors Cabinet auction at Laurel Park, Bray on November 23. The newspaper billboard poster for the Star headlines: “Parnell cross-examined”.  This was at a special commission set up by Gladstone’s government to investigate various charges against Parnell and his Home Rule party.  The basis was a letter in The Times in which Parnell appeared to give explicit support, after the fact, to the Phoenix Park murders.  The commission sat for 128 days to November 1889.  The following February one of the witnesses, Richard Piggott, admitted having forged the letters, then fled to Madrid and shot himself. Parnell’s name was fully cleared.

    A first edition of Ulysses, a pro-Treaty campaign poster for the 1922 general election, an electric guitar signed by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits  and a leather flying helmet from a Polish Air Force bomber which crashed on the Carlow Laois border in 1943 are among the lots.  Viewing is from next Wednesday and the auction is at 11 am on Saturday.

    UPDATE: THIS MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    MULLEN’S TO SET UP A COLLECTIBLES DIVISION

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

    Stuart Purcell is to head up a new Collectibles division at Mullens of Laurel Park, Bray, heralding a new era of collectibles sales at the auction house. He has for the past five years been head of collectibles at Whyte’s, where he developed the highly successful “Eclectic Collector” series of sales. Stuart Purcell previously worked with James Adam and Adams Blackrock and established his own valuation firm, Orrs and Co., in 2009.

    Mullens plan to hold their first Collectibles auction next November.

    Stuart Purcell. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

    CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY SALE IN BRAY

    Friday, August 9th, 2019

    This Georgian sideboard is at Mullen’s classic temporary and interiors sale at Laurel Park, Bray on August 12. It is estimated at 1,200-1,800. The auction of more than 680 lots features antique furniture, porcelain and a wide variety of collectible items. The catalogue is online.

    A Georgian sideboard at Mullen’s of Laurel Park.