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    Friday, January 22nd, 2021

    There was a world record for a rare Oliver Cromwell 50 shilling coin, dating from 1656 at Dix Noonan Webb in London on January 21. The gold coin sold for £471,200 over a top estimate of £150,000. There were bidders on the phone and the internet from the Far East, North America and the UK. The piece, struck by Thomas Simon, Cromwell’s chief engraver, went to an American buyer.

    Another highlight was a rare and fine silver Commonwealth Shilling by Irishman David Ramage. Once in the collection of the Duke of Devonshire, the shilling is decorated with a small shield of England and sold for £74,400 against an estimate of £15,000-20,000. It went to a UK Collector. David Ramage was Simon’s competitor and fell out of favour with Cromwell but had the monopoly on the production of 17th trade tokens.

    The Cromwell 50 shilling gold coin, dating from 1656, by Thomas Simon,


    Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

    The Porringer dates to the time of Oliver Cromwell.

    The Porringer dates to the time of Oliver Cromwell.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR A HAMMER PRICE OF £25,000

    A porringer made in Dublin during the time of Oliver Cromwell is to be auctioned by Sworders Auctioneers at Stansted in England on November 30. Dating to between 1659 and 1663 it is estimated at £4,000-6,000 and is reckoned to be one of the oldest pieces of secular Irish silver known.  Engraved with the initials I.S. it is marked with a Dublin Harpl

    The porringer is from the collection of Col. S.L. Bibby.  According to his granddaughter much of his collection was stolen.   Seven pieces from the collection of Col. Bibby were included in an exhibition entitled Seven Centuries of English Domestic Silver at the Royal Ontario Museum in 1958.

    Among the tiny corpus of pre-1660 domestic wares published in Tony Sweeney’s catalogue raisonné of Irish Stuart Silver (1995) is an austere porringer from the end of the Commonwealth period. It was shown by How of Edinburgh at the Antique Dealers Fair and Exhibition at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in 1967 priced at £3,000. An advertisement in the Connoisseur magazine in the same year stated: ‘There would appear to be only one earlier piece of Irish secular plate at present recorded’. At the time, only a table salt made in Dublin c.1640 by the English migrant goldsmith George Gallant was thought to pre-date it.