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    Sunday, November 8th, 2015
    Cork, Limerick and Dublin silversmiths will feature at Woodwards bi-annual auction of silver and art in Cork on November 11.   Highlights include a c1750 Limerick Georgian silver French style serving spoon by Samuel Johns (3,000-4,000) and a Cork silver dish or potato ring by William Egan 1916 (1,500-2,000). There is a George III bright cut Limerick silver serving spoon by Patrick Connell c1785 (1,000-1,500). Cork made pieces include a pair of c1827 George IV cream or sauce ladles by Richard Garde (300-500), a bright cut serving spoon in the neo-classical style by Joseph Gibson c1790 (100-150), a sugar bowl with Celtic design band and Sword of Light hallmark for 1966 by William Egan (80-120) and a sugar tongs with fiddle pattern handles by Carden Terry and Jane Williams with Dublin hallmarks for 1813 (50-100).

    A George III London silver tankard c1768, makers mark FC

    A George III London silver tankard c1768, makers mark FC

    A Limerick Georgian serving spoon by Samuel Johns c1750 (3,000-4,000).

    A Limerick Georgian serving spoon by Samuel Johns c1750 (3,000-4,000).


    Monday, October 19th, 2015
    A pair of Imari jars at Woodwards (400-500).

    A pair of Imari jars at Woodwards (400-500).

    A collection of Japanese Imari porcelain, including a pair of ginger jars, a bowl and plaques will come up at Woodwards in Cork on October 21 at 6 pm.

    There is a selection of Waterford Crystal and a large Mason’s Ironstone dinner service is estimated at 500-800. Furniture includes a breakfront Regency sideboard (500-1,000), a Georgian walnut games table (500-800), an eight piece drawing room suite (800-1,200), a Georgian linen press (300-500) and a Victorian library table (400-500). The catalogue is online.


    Monday, September 21st, 2015
    A pair of Coalbrookdale cast iron garden seats and a carved rocking horse are among the lots of offer at Woodwards in Cork on September 23.  The evening sale will include a Regency card table (700-1,000), a Victorian fold over card table (600-800), a Victorian walnut games table (300-400) a Georgian lowboy (400-600), a George II walnut chest of drawers (400-600) and a George II oak chest (400-600).  Among the more unusual lots is a large carved Indonesian throne chair (1,000-1,600).  There is a selection of art, silver, glassware and a private collection of port and wine. 

    One from a pair of Victorian cast iron Coalbrookdale garden seats (1,500-2,500).

    One from a pair of Victorian cast iron Coalbrookdale garden seats (1,500-2,500).

    A carved rocking horse  (400-500).

    A carved rocking horse (400-500).


    Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
    The medal set including the Military Cross  awarded to Tom Duggan.

    The medal set including the Military Cross awarded to Tom Duggan sold for 8,000 at hammer.

    THE Military Cross, OBE and 1939-45 war medals awarded to Archdeacon Tom Duggan sold for a hammer price of 8,000 at Woodwards in Cork this evening. Two bidders in the room fought off internet bidders from England and commissioned bids to battle it out from 6,500 onwards.  The historic medal set – which includes the first Military Cross awarded to an army chaplain – will be staying in Cork.  Archdeacon Duggan, who died on the missions in Peru in 1961, served as a chaplain in both the First and Second World Wars and taught at St. Finbarr’s Seminary in Cork.

    (See post on for June 27, 2015).


    Saturday, June 27th, 2015
    World War II medals awarded to Archdeacon Tom Duggan – the first chaplain to be awarded a Military Cross in the Second World War – come up at Woodwards in Cork on July 1 at 6 pm. A chaplain in Flanders during the First World War – where he was taken prisoner in 1918 – Tom Duggan joined up again at the outbreak of the Secord World War in 1939.  His Military Cross, OBE breast badge and war medals from 1939-45 are at Woodwards. He taught at St. Finbarr’s seminary in Cork between the wars and ended up as a missionary in Peru .  He died in 1961 at the age of 71 and his funeral was attended by Bishop Lucey of Cork and Cardinal Cushing of Boston.
    A book about Archdeacon Duggan by Dr. Carthach McCarthy was published by Blackwater Press in 1994.  The auction is on the internet and Woodwards reckon the set could make up to 5,000.

    UPDATE: The medal set sold for a hammer price of 8,000 euro.

    The medal set including the Military Cross  awarded to Tom Duggan.

    The medal set including the Military Cross awarded to Tom Duggan.

    The OBE awarded to the catholic chaplain.

    The OBE awarded to the catholic chaplain.


    Saturday, May 21st, 2011

    The cast iron three section fountain with leaf decorated tiers, acanthus leaf decoration, on circular base (3,000 - 5,000) at Woodwards. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    WHEN Queen Elizabeth visited Cork on May 20 she was presented with a hamper by the traders of the city’s English Market.  The presentation took place at the Fountain in the market.  One of the more unusual lots at Woodwards sale in Cork on May 25 is a Victorian cast iron fountain similar to the one in the market.
    It is almost certainly from the ironworks of W.R. Harris of Great Georges St. (now Washington St.) in Cork.  Their plate adorns the decorative Arts and Crafts Movement inspired fountain which has been a focal point in Cork since the 1860’s.
    The three tier fountain at Woodwards came from a grand house in North Cork.  With ornate cast acanthus leaves it is smaller than but similar to the fountain in the market which was originally the main source of water for traders.
    It is estimated at 2,000-3,000.  The Woodwards sale is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.

    This Georgian breakfront bookcase made 3,300 at Woodwards.

    A pair of Georgian mahogany knife boxes is estimated at 200-400 at Woodwards. UPDATE: These sold for 280

    Set of eight Cork 11-bar chairs at Woodwards. The estimate is 3,000-6,000. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THESE MADE 2,900


    Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

    Cork Republican Silver strawberry dish. (click on image to enlarge)

    The rare Cork Republican Silver strawberry dish which was one of the highlights at Woodwards silver sale on April 6 is to be presented on long loan to Cork Public Museum.

    Estimated at 15,000-20,000 the dish was bid up to 9,500 at the sale at which point it was withdrawn.  It remained under active negotiation and was subsequently sold to a private bidder for 12,000.  This bidder intends to present the extremely rare item of Cork silverware dating to the most turbulent period of the Irish Civil War to the museum, which is located in Fitzgerald’s Park near the city centre.  With fluted sides the ten ounce dish is eight and a quarter inches in diameter.

    See post for February 24.


    Sunday, March 20th, 2011

    The work by Atkinson (click on image to enlarge)

    WITH the planned visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland in May there is something very timely about this painting included in Woodwards auction in Cork on April 6.   The work, by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson depicts the Royal Yacht squadron bringing Queen Victoria to Cork Harbour in August 1849. George Mounsey Atkinson mounted an exhibition of his maritime paintings for the visit and produced several different paintings of an event which resulted in the name of the town being changed from Cove to Queenstown.  The work is estimated at 20,000-30,000.

    UPDATE: It sold for a hammer price of 20,000.


    Thursday, February 24th, 2011

    This Republican Silver strawberry dish will feature at Woodwards auction on April 6. (click to enlarge)

    A Cork Republican Silver strawberry dish is to be the centrepiece of  the Woodwards spring auction on April 6.  The rarity of Cork Republican Silver is such that only about 60 to 80 pieces are thought to have been made.

    All were fashioned during the Irish Civil War period from July to September 1922.  The Irish Civil War was raging and communication between the cities of Cork and Dublin was cut off.  Cork was held by Republicans, Dublin by the Free State troops.

    The Republican Silver mark.

    Unable to send their silver to the Assay Office in Dublin yet determined to keep their silversmiths employed the venerable Cork firm of William Egan and Sons made their own stamp  The firm had marks engraved, one a castle and the other a ship.  It was not unlike the marks used by Cork silversmiths in the 17th and 18th centuries and not too dissimilar to the Coat of Arms of the City of Cork.
    Silver made at this time in Cork was stamped with these marks and the initials of the firm, “WE”. When the situation became more normal and communications were restored Egans destroyed the Republican marks.
    Woodwards will offer a Republic Silver strawberry dish, with the sides fluted in thirteen panels with wavy rims, bearing these Republican marks.  The dish is eight and a quarter inches in diameter and weighs ten ounces.  It is estimated to make 15,000-20,000 euro.
    UPDATE:  It was bid up to 9,500, now under negotiation.


    Monday, October 25th, 2010

    The Lee by Sunday's Well by John Claude Bosanquet. It is estimated at 2,000-4,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 1,800

    THE Woodwards autumn sale of silver and art on November 3 will feature 140 lots

    A silver tea set by William Egan. It is estimated at 3,000-5,000. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT MADE 2,000

    of silver and 60 of art. Irish silver on offer includes a three piece tea service on tray by William Egan of Cork and a 1771 silver salver by John Locker, Dublin.  There are pieces by Irish makers including Carden Terry, John Dalrymple, Mathew West, James le Bas, Robert Breading, Richard Sawyer, Samuel Neville, William Bateman, Philip Weekes, William Cummins, Joseph Kinselagh, John Fountain and Charles Townsend.

    The art sale features a private Cork collection put together over 40 a period of years including a 19th century watercolour by John Claude Bosanquet of the River Lee by Sunday’s Well, Cork.  The sale is on Wednesday, November 3 at 6 p.m.
    UPDATE:  WOODWARDS were generally happy with this sale and sold a high percentage of lots.  However, the hammer came down at or below the low estimates.