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    Thursday, September 21st, 2017

    The Irish Antique Dealers Association Fair previews at the RDS Dublin this evening.  Over 15,000 people are expected for an assembly of Ireland’s leading antique dealers exhibiting a wide range of rare and beautiful objects.  A series of lectures will take place throughout the fair. Sundays lecture by George Williams will be on Headfort House, Kells, Co. Meath with the only surviving Robert Adams interiors in Ireland. Items owned by David Bowie, Jackie Collins and Lady Gaga will feature alongside the best of Irish antique design classics at this year’s Fair.  Opening times are from 11 am to 9 pm on September 22 and 11 am to 6 pm on September 23 and 24.

    This emerald-cut diamond solitaire ring is at Weldon’s (150,000)

    A Josef Lorenzl bronze from the Jackie Collins Collection at the fair with Niall Mullen. (3,850)


    Monday, October 10th, 2016

    Hibernian Antique Fairs will bring what is billed as the Ist Dublin Antique, Art and Vintage fair to the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan on October 15-16.  More than 70 dealers from Ireland and abroad including 12 Irish Antique Dealers Association members. two London jewellery dealers and two jewellery dealers from Germany will be in attendance.  Among those exhibiting are 20 dealers from around Ireland who have not shown in Dublin before. There will be art, antique furniture, silver, jewellery, vintage items, fashion, glass, ceramics and an array of collectibles.  Opening times are from 11 am to 6 pm on both days.fair

    There will be art ceramics by Clarice Cliff.

    There will be art ceramics by Clarice Cliff.

    Weldon's will bring this pair of George II Irish candlesticks made in Dublin around 1745 by John Moore.  They are priced at 4,500.

    Weldon’s will bring this pair of George II Irish candlesticks made in Dublin around 1745 by John Moore. They are priced at 4,500.


    Saturday, March 5th, 2016
    A pair of Kinsale silver trefid spoons.

    A pair of Kinsale silver trefid spoons.

    The only known pair of Kinsale trefid spoons will feature at Weldon’s stand at the National Antiques and Vintage Fair at the South Court Hotel in Limerick on March 19 and 20. By Joseph and William Wall they were made c1695-1705 and are real rarities.  Trefid spoons are flat handled with a stem that widens at the top with two notches that form a shape with three lobes.  Irish provincial silver is much rarer than Dublin silver. Antique Kinsale silver pieces are prized by collectors.  Weldons say it is likely that they were owned by the Daunt family of Tracton Abbey near Kinsale.


    Friday, August 19th, 2011

    An Irish silver dish ring will be shown at Weldon's when Hibernian Antique Fairs visit Acton's Hotel, Kinsale on Sunday, August 28. (Click to enlarge

    These nine antique silver dessert spoons are by the Cork maker John Toleken. (Click to enlarge)

    These silver pieces will be at Weldon’s stand when Hibernian Antique Fairs visit Acton’s Hotel in Kinsale on Sunday, August 28.   The Irish silver dish ring was made in Dublin in 1939 by Weirs. Dish rings were designed for hot plates, and were the forerunner of the table mat.  In Ireland they are sometimes called potato rings.  When a liner was added, as in this example, they were used for serving potatoes.
    The set of nine dessert spoons are by the Cork maker John Toleken whose workshop was at Grand Parade. He was registered with the Goldsmiths’ Company of Dublin in 1798 and is thought to have been working in the trade as late as 1836.  These dessert spoons are asking 1,250 euro.


    Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

    The Cork Freedom Box presented to Admiral Whitshed. (click on image to enlarge)

    The inscription on the base. (click on image to enlarge)

    A 200 year old Cork silver freedom box, made by Carden Terry and Jane Williams and presented to Admiral Sir James Hawkins Whitshed, is to be a feature at the Weldon’s stand at  the National Antique and Fine Art Fair in Limerick over the weekend of March 19/20.

    A friend of Lord Nelson, and a pallbearer at his funeral, Whitshed was Commander-in-Chief at Cork between 1807 and 1810, when he was promoted to admiral, and was later Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth, 1821 to 1824. He became Admiral of the Fleet in 1844.
    Born in 1762 he entered the Navy in 1773 on board the sloop Ranger on the Irish station. He was awarded a gold medal for his conduct at the battle of Cape St.Vincent in 1797. Promoted Rear-Admiral in 1799 he served under Lord St.Vincent in the Mediterranean. In 1803 he was promoted Naval Adviser to the Viceroy of Ireland and Vice-Admiral from 1804. He was responsible for the protection of the Irish coasts, for the building of Martello towers and organising the Sea Fencibles against threat of French invasion and organising the defences of Dublin Bay.
    The rectangular box, which weighs just four ounces, is centred by the arms of the City of Cork.  The inscription on the base reads: The Freedom of the City of Cork was unanimously voted by the Mayor, Sheriffs & common Council to Vice Admiral Whitshed for his great attention to the important duties of his station & their high respect for his public & private character. Thos. Harding Mayor, Josh. Leycester, Geo. S. Waggett Sheriffs, W.James T.Clerk
    The venue for the National Antiques and Art Fair is the South Court Hotel.   Weldons are just one of a number of members of the Irish Antique Dealers Association who will participate in this fair.  There will be more than 70 stands. Opening times are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.