23 April 2010

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19th Century Poorhouse Bell, Antrim  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 51

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €300


1802 Rare Tullamore thirteen pence token, Charleville Estate, Charles Bury  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 52

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €370

  • Medium: gilt copper proof
  • On 25 April, Matthew Boulton of the famous Soho Mint received a letter from a Dubliner named Frederick Trench, who had a friend named Charles William Bury, who had recently been created Viscount Charleville and Baron Tullamoore. The Viscount had undertaken an ambitious building project on his property and he needed something with which to pay his workers: 'I know he has a wish (as I had) to have Tokens which could not be Counterfeited, Struck off -- as he is at this moment building a most splendid Gothick Residence; it would be peculiarly convenient; the [local] Silver [in] Circulation being so execrable, and worse than Useless’. The Viscount’s building schemes would explain the high denomination of the tokens he received: they were intended to serve as substitutes for suspect silver coins. His projects would also explain the rather peculiar wording which each piece bore, promising payment on the first Tuesday in each month: such language was a common feature in labour contracts of the day. This proof was produced by the Soho Mint to demonstrate the fine quality of their workmanship to the Viscount.

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Early 19th century double barrelled percussion pistol by Trulock, Dublin  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 53

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €1200

  • Etched "Trulock & Son" on both plates, and "9 Dawson St. Dublin" on panel. Trulock & Son are listed at Dawson Street 1810-1861. In 1862 the firm changed name to Trulock & Harris.

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19th Century percussion muff pistol by Richard Hollis, London, circa 1850  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 54

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: 


1812 (25 March) Statement of an informer, Patrick Fitzgerald, concerning "Caravats" and "Shanavests"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 55

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €350

  • Medium: manuscript 2pp
  • Dimensions: 30 by 19cm., 12 by 7.5in.
  • Fitzgerald "shop keeper and pedlar" claiming Patrick Kelly had tried to swear him in as a "Shanavest" in Carlow. “Shanavest” signifies an old vest, while “Caravat” is a cravat; they were tokens denoting the different gangs who would fight each other at fairs, markets and meetings of all kinds throughout the 1700s and even into the mid-1800s. Other ‘gang’ names were the “Black-feet” and “White-feet”, “Three years old” and “Four years old”. The groups grew out of agrarian unrest. The “Caravats” were primarily a Whiteboy organization who recruited the poor in autonomous local gangs. They pitted themselves against the middle class with intense hostility, and had an internal structure that rewarded loyalty and solidarity.

    The “Shanavests” who opposed them were a middle class anti-Whiteboy movement, who inhabited much the same geographic area as the “Caravats.” They rallied around the cause of Irish nationalism and condemned the “Whiteboys” as anti-nationalist. However, the “Shanavests” were smaller in number and as a consequence tended to lose out in the faction fights between the two. From 1806 to 1811 the “Shanavest” and “Caravat” conflict raged across large areas of Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny, Limerick and Cork. Its violence was unprecedented with clashes between the two groups often involving firearms and frequent deaths. At the end the conflict was reduced to faction fights, gang fights, with allegiance to a political cause more and more a transparency.

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1833 (18 June) Informant's statement regarding Patrick Kirwan, "leader of the Whitefeet"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 56

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €190

  • Medium: manuscript 3pp
  • Dimensions: 29 by 19cm., 11.5 by 7.5in.
  • Relates to Joseph Doyle "apprehended in the acts of taking car wheels", and Kiernan with guns including a pistol taken from Frank McDaniel etc. Fascinating content. See the note under lot 55.

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1820 Carlow Jail List of Prisoners  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 57

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • Medium: manuscript, 1pp
  • Dimensions: 61 by 48cm., 24 by 19in.
  • Detailed listing of names and crimes committed including Bridget Gehagan for murder of Catherine Brophy, Michael Craig for stealing a tablecloth, Michael Kelly for "having in his possession two pigs". Other charges include "riot", "sheep stealing", "a vagabond", "firing a shot", etc.

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1813 (6 February) Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick, letter to Francis Freeling, Postmaster General  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 58

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: manuscript 1p
  • Dimensions: 23 by 18cm., 9 by 7.25in.
  • Written from Belmont House regarding a coachman Thomas Payne and thanking Freeling for his "very ready and flattering alteration to his request". Not signed. The Duke came to England in 1809, fought for the British in the Peninsular War and was killed at Quatre Bras, 1815.

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1815 (9 March) handwritten letter Elizabeth Hogan, Milltown, Dublin to Ann Cullinane, Bordeaux, referring to Napoleon's escape from Elba  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 59

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100


1833 Lease for a yard off Bride Street Dublin to William Telford, organ builder  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 60

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €90

  • Medium: manuscript 2pp including map
  • Dimensions: 53 by 38cm., 21 by 15in.
  • Also with this lot an 1849 Power of Attorney Alexander Bolton, Bookseller to George Cathcart, of the same family firm as the solicitor for the 1833 lease.

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1837 Irish Waste Land Improvement Society Report  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 61

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100

  • Medium: letterpress and manuscript, 4pp
  • Dimensions: 33 by 20cm., 13 by 8in.
  • The bulk of the report outlines the results of a visit to Ireland by RP Staples (Director) and Dixon Holmes (Secretary) of the Society. They landed at Waterford and visited the property of Lord Glengall in the Galty mountains (2000 acres), Lord Lismore in the Kinamanah mountains (2000 acres) and adjacent land of Col Purefoy (1000 acres), Lord Stradbrook, Lord Clancarty, Sir John Burke & Lord Clanricarde & other lands in Galway as far across as Clifden Bay & back via Tipperary and Mount Mellary. All in all they had offers for 20,000 acres of land. The board, chaired by the Earl of Devon, resolved to pursue this further. At the end is a manuscript letter from Dixon Holmes to Edward Kingley with proposals regarding his lands. This Society founded in 1836 by the Earl of Devon had the support of Daniel O'Connell. Initially the intention was to buy up tracts of land and lease them in small portions to tenants, helping them to reclaim the land. However, O'Connell wasn't happy with the notion of absentee landlords and they changed their tack by leasing lands. In this way they acquired 16,000 acres in Galway, Limerick & Sligo which were leased for 99 years, with the option to sell the lease after 20 years. Despite achieving some land use improvement the commercial project was not a success.

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1844 Gun Licence Application by Michael Barry, Rathvilly, grandfather of Kevin Barry (1902-1920)  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 62

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €160


19th Century letters to or from Irish members of Parliament or House of Lords  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 63

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: 

  • Includes 1844 letter from Colonel Henry John Clements, 1873 Lord O'Neill at Shaves Castle, 1838 to Lord Dunsany, 1896 Lord Dudley at Oldcourt also two letters to the East India Company concerning pensions for family members of Irish Soldiers (6 items).

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1847. Famine period letter from the Earl of Leitrim's agent to a tenant at Magherybeg  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 64

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €550

  • Medium: Letterpress and manuscript 1p
  • Printed letter to tenants from John Law, evidently agent for Lord Leitrim, dated Milford, November 1847, stating that 'the abandonment of the ruinous system of Run-dale being an indispensable preliminary to any improvement in the condition of the tenantry .. the Earl of Leitrim is willing to accept a surrender of the Leases in such Townlands as are still in Run-dale - so that each Tenant may hold his land in one compact and separate farm' on stated terms, etc. Issued to a Magharabeg tenant. Single sheet with integral blank. 'Rundale' was a landholding system common before the Famine, especially in Western counties, whereby land was held in common and allocated to tenants in strips, so that each tenant had a mixture of good and bad land. It led to fragmentation of holdings. Rare document.

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Circa 1850. "God Save Ireland" embroidered crest  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 65

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €300


Portrait of Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847)
Portrait of Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847)
John O'Connell (19th century)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 66

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €4200

  • Signature: with inscribed label on reverse; also with original John Hawe, Printseller, Carver & Gilder, Birmingham label on reverse; with sitter's name printed on gilt in the mount
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 89 by 76cm., 35 by 30in.
  • Label on reverse inscribed 'Painted by John O'Connell and presented to the Lord Mayor of Clonmel by [unknown]'

    In 1846 Charles Bianconi (the "King of Irish Roads") became Lord Mayor of Clonmel. The Italian native forged a close friendship with Daniel O'Connell and is celebrated for revolutionising transportation in Ireland, running the first coach from Clonmel to Cahir in 1815 and later to principle towns and cities country-wide. Artist John O'Connell is referenced in the Crawford Gallery catalogue (1991) as a local painter of North Main Street, Cork, a student of the School of Art who, "had lately taken", p.247, a prize at the South Kensington examination. [Cork Examiner, 9 October, 1880, p.2, col.6] In 1885 John O'Connell is recorded as winning the Mayor's prize at the Crawford School of Art.

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1826 (22 December) Catholic Emancipation - handwritten letter by Edward Blount to Lord Clifford  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 67

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: manuscript 2pp with outer wrapper, address panel, postmarks
  • Dimensions: 22 by 18cm., 8.75 by 7.25in.
  • Edward Blount, Secretary of the British Catholic Association dated 22 December 1826 to Lord Clifford urging him to give serious consideration and support to a move to produce a memorial to the King by the heads of the Catholic body. A letter written at the height of the move towards Catholic Emancipation.

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1848. Daniel O'Connell's Last Will & Testament  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 68

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €190

  • Medium: manuscript, 4pp
  • Dimensions: 37 by 23cm., 14.7 5 by 9in.
  • A contemporaneous copy for Sir Ralph Cusack (uncle of famous convert to Catholicism Mary Cusack, afterwards Sister M. Francis Clare, "the Nun of Kenmare", who set up a convent at Knock after the reports of apparitions there). In the will O'Connell leaves his estate mainly to his children with a large bequest to Thomas Matthew Ray, a prominent officer of the Repeal Movement, and a great friend and ally of O'Connell.

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1840. A sampler map of Ireland  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 69

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €550


Circa 1880 "God Save Ireland" embroidered flag  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 70

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: 


1853-1903. Tickets for Great Industrial Exhibition 1853, 1903 Royal Visit Official Programme, Dublin maps etc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 71

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €280

  • 1853 tickets for the Royal Dublin Society's Great Industrial Exhibition in Dublin issued to Ralph and Elizabeth Cusack, also 1861 Exhibition of Fine Arts & Ornamental Art, and 1871 Annual International Exhibition, London, also "A Plan of Dublin" for William Wilson, Dame Street, circa 1840, showing the wards, and a 19th century copy of a 1610 "Plan of Dublin", a 1903 official programme of the Royal Procession in Dublin and an 1876 list of passengers on the Adriatic, Liverpool to New York.

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1865-67. Fenian Rising. The Irish Republic Five Dollars bond  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 72

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: Recess printed by Continental Bank Note Co.
  • Dimensions: 9 by 22cm., 3.5 by 8.5in.
  • Printed issue date "17th March 1866" signed J O'Sullivan and John O'Mahoney. With provinces and county names engraved all around the edge.

    These bonds were issued in America to fund the Fenian Rising of 1867 and were "redeemable six months after the acknowledgement of the Independence of the Irish Nation". They were intended to raise funds and finance attacks against British interests worldwide. An attempted invasion of Canada took place in 1867.They were redeemed almost eighty years later when Eamon De Valera called the Fenian bonds in. Any outstanding bonds were thereafter valued only as collectibles, which today rarely show up at auction. John O'Mahony born 1816, near Mitchelstown, County Cork, died Feb. 6, 1877, was an Irish nationalist leader, he fled to New York in 1853, where he founded and led (1858 – 66) the Fenians. By 1865 the American Fenian group had become large and prosperous and was sending money and arms to Ireland. O'Mahony reluctantly backed the Irish Fenians' decision to stage military raids in Canada against the British, part of a scheme to hold Canada hostage for the cause of Irish freedom. The raids failed and he resigned, but he was later called out of retirement (1872 – 77).

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1867 (24 November) An eyewitness account of the hangings of the "Manchester Martyrs" by an Irish military officer - "the most awful sight I ever saw in all my life"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 74

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €6200

  • Medium: manuscript 6pp
  • Dimensions: 20 by 13cm., 8 by 5in.
  • A graphic account, in great detail, contained in a letter to his mother in Ireland. Page's regiment was sent to augment the heavy police and special constabulary presence at the New Baily Prison Salford where the executions were to take place. Page describes the excellent hospitality put on by the Lord Mayor the night before, 21 November. He describes how "Gould" (O'Brien) shook hands with Allen, kissed him saying "Goodbye, Allen" then kept repeating very convulsively "Jesus have mercy on me" which was taken up by Allen. Larkin took "no notice of the other two" but as soon as the hood and rope were put over his head he fell over in a faint against Gould. The hangman Calcroft stood him up saying "stand up man, stand up". Almost immediately Calcroft drew the bolt and "they did not jerk very hard but rather to slide down. Gould died at once... Allen twitched a little but Larkin's struggles were very severe... It was an awful sight". This account is at variance with Father Gadd's description. Also with this lot Page's appointment as a Special Constable, his armband and meal tickets. A very important document.

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1867 Fenian Rising, Golden Jubilee 1917 poster  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 75

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €240

  • Medium: letterpress supplement to the weekly Freeman, framed
  • Dimensions: 41 by 28cm., 16 by 11in.
  • Photographs of leading Fenians including Stephens, O'Donovan Rossa, Kickham and 6 others. Published 17 March 1917.

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Circa 1870. Protest against the British Government. Poster published by William Smith, Philadelphia  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 76

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €50

  • Medium: lithograph
  • Dimensions: 76 by 61cm., 30 by 24in.
  • Designed by Brightly, this rare American poster shows Emmett flanked by angels holding rolls of names of Irish patriots including, Mitchel, Meagher, O'Brien, Gavan Duffy etc. "From the commencement of British power...a line of tyrants has established and perpetrated...an aristocracy destructive...of the interests and social happiness of the people of Ireland".

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The Landowners of Ireland
The Landowners of Ireland
Hussey de Burgh 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 77

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €320

  • Medium: recent cloth, new endpapers, 504pp, with errata leaf, , Dublin, Hodges Foster & Figgis [1878]
  • Dimensions: 23 by 14cm., 9 by 5.5in.
  • An Alphabetical List of Owners of Estates of 500 Acres or £500 Valuation and upwards, in Ireland, with the acreage and valuation in each county, etc.

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Circa 1850. Maps of the Estate of George Lane Fox, Waterford  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 78

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: original red roan, 28 hand coloured maps
  • Dimensions: 41 by 33cm., 16 by 13in.
  • 28 hand coloured maps of the Waterford estate of George Lane Fox Esq. The first folding map is an Index map of his whole Waterford estate & the 27 other maps are more detailed maps of each lot. Some lots have more than one map - they include Ballynaneeshagh, Ballybeg, Kilbarry, Carrigroe, Lacken and Ballyhoo, Carricanard, Duagh, Ballyknock, Towergare, Ballykinsella, Castletown, Quillia, Drumcannon, Ballinattin, Crobally Lower, Killowen, Lisselan, Drumcannon and Ballycoardra. Attractive vignettes alongside each map depict various aspects of the estate - fishing, hunting, shooting, barges, farming, wildlife and various landscapes and images of the estate. Surveyed by Arthur Ussher Roberts County Engineer Waterford. Each map is on the scale of 6 inches to 1 mile. Printed by Marlow Bros. Dublin.

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1860-1906. Estate Papers of Viscount & Lady Doneraile, Waterford  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 79

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €300

  • Medium: manuscript, typescript and letterpress. Various sizes
  • Comprises: (1) A letter promising a new lease to John Phelan for the Great Hotel, Tramore, Waterford, signed twice by Doneraile; 1888-92 various Land Law Forms & appeals by Lady Viscountess Doneraile's tenants appealing to the Court to fix a fair rent - these include Thomas Whelan, Michael Raher of Carrickphilip, Newcastle; Bridget Phelan of Caher; A.C. Anderson Ballymountain Ferrybank & John Forristal - Hill Quarter, Tramore; Catherine Phelan Ballymoat; Maurice Phelan of Leckawn & Ballymabin; Jas. Cullinan of Ballylegat etc. Accompanying some of the applications are detailed descriptions of the tenants farmland holdings, with various correspondence including one signed Doneraile. 1 May 1889 list of over 60 tenants with their allowances against repairs undertaken in respect of their holdings from 1848-86 with tenants named & the townlands identified. Other documents include 3 leases (1888, 1905 & 06) between Doneraile and 3 tenants - one of which has a map of the lands in question. Other documents include a recovery notice, surrender document, Irish Land Commission notices, distress notice etc. An interesting record pertaining to Doneraile's Waterford Estate. Viscount Doneraile (Hayes St. Leger 4th Viscount of Doneraile) died in 1887. His wife Mary Anne Grace Louisa Viscountess Doneraile (of Doneraile Court, Cork), nee Lenox Conyngham (1836-1907) died in Nice, France. The St.Legers owned large estates in Cork, Laois, Tipperary & Waterford. In the 1870s the Waterford Estate was estimated at 6,584 acres with a valuation of £13,700. Most of the Waterford lands were sold to tenants under the terms of the Land Acts of the late 19th and early 20th century. These documents are relevant to that period. A valuable primary resource.

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1865-1927 Co. Waterford - the Peet Family estate papers  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 80

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €180

  • Comprises circa 80 items including: 1865 document for counsel to advise plaintiff Elizabeth Bolton Mockler in relation to a dispute with Edward G. Peet re circa 52 acres of lands at Crobally; An agreement in August 1868 between William Peet and his children re his investments which were divided equally between them; A 58pp mostly manuscript. legal document with details of Copious Pleadings and Notices including An Affirmation & statement of claim by plaintiffs Samuel Vallis Peet and Edward George Peet v William Gallwey, Maria Matilda Fowler otherwise Wilson, Maria Loisa Ford, wife of Alexander Ford, John Fowler Ford and Richard Alexander Wilson Ford and Rev. Maurice Keating (defendants) regarding lands at Newtown, in the Liberties of the city of Waterford. The plaintiffs claim is backed by one John Bewley Beale, a registrar in the Society of Friends (Quakers) 1893, including a copy of counsel's opinion; An outline of her investments in 1895; numerous documents and correspondence relating to Edward G. Peet of Picardstown, Tramore, Co. Waterford re lands at Prosperous, Co. Kildare and re the establishment of the Peets Trusts circa 1897-1902; there is a Schedule of Particulars of Houses & Lands estimated £4,967.00 in 1913; A solicitor's notes relating to the assets of Anna Deborah Peet; January 9th 1914 manuscript. valuation of furniture at Rock Villa, Newtown, Waterford; Correspondence from Louisa Peet regarding her sister Anna's will; July and August 1914 Inland Revenue documents with attached succession account outlining details of Waterford properties and investments of Anna Deborah Peet (deceased) late of Hawthorn Villas, Chesterfield Road, Bristol, England; A typed copy of the Last Will and Testament of Louisa Peet (deceased), formerly of Rock Villa in the City of Waterford, but now of 3, Eaton Terrace, Tramore; an account book with record of account of auction sale of the contents of Louisa's residence at Eaton Terrace, Tramore, compiled by John D. Palmer, Auctioneer & Valuer of Catherine Street, Waterford; letter from Craddocks, Leighton Buzzard, concerning Newtown school rent from S.H. Pillar in April, 1927.

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History of Maunsell (Mansell, Mansel)
History of Maunsell (Mansell, Mansel)
Robert George Maunsell 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 81

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €420

  • Medium: two volumes, Kegan Paul Trench Co., London, 1907, 1920
  • Dimensions: 24 by 30cm., 9.5 by 11.7 5in.
  • Cloth gilt, Volume II in two parts, scarce family history including the well known Irish branch, mainly in Limerick.

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1876. James Long, Quaker Commissioner's Relief Mission to Bulgaria. Album of photographs  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 82

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1600

  • An interesting range of photographs and engravings showing the reconstruction projects carried out by James Long and his mission after the bloody insurrection in the area, in a presentation album. (59 photographs, 7 prints).

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1871 Estate Map of Ballyeigan, Barony of Clonlisk, Kings County (Offaly)  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 83

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €320


1869-1900. Co. Waterford. Estate Papers of Nowlan/Nolan Family  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 84

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €180

  • Collection of legal documents, indentures and agreements contains: Lease dated November 10th 1869 between Robert Shapland Lord Baron Carew and Mary Anne Nowlan concerning land at Great George's Street in the Parish of St. Patricks in the City of Waterford, with map; 1877 Power of Attorney documents empowering Patrick Nolan, clergyman, Convent Hill, Waterford to act on behalf of Edward J. Michael, and James P. Nolan, James Shewcroft and Mary Shewcroft, his wife, Evelyn Bowden & Margaret Bowden otherwise Nolan his wife of Queensland, Australia to sue and recover from Kate Nolan their rightful shares of the land/assets of James & Mary Anne Nolan; Power of attorney document in which Kate Nolan empowers the same clergyman to act on he behalf as she is leaving Ireland for Queensland; An indenture dated 28th Sept 1877 - an Assignment of the lease on the property to Patrick Walsh from all the other Nolans who at this stage are all in Queensland, Australia; 1900 last will and testament of Patrick Walsh, Grocer of 16 Great George's Street, Waterford, and The High Court form granting the property to his wife; schedule of documents relating to the Walsh's will starting with the lease of 1869 between Carew and Mary Anne Nowlan and ending with Mrs Walsh's will.

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1871. Auction of Rental-Lands in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 85

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: letterpress, 30pp,
  • Dimensions: 36 by 25cm., 14 by 10in.
  • Landed Estates Court, Ireland. Sale, on Friday, 23rd of June, 1871. Counties of Clare, Limerick & Tipperary, Towns of Clare & Ennis, and County of Carlow Lands of Corraige (Corgrig), Ballynamucky, Ballinteenoe (Faha) to be Sold in Seven Lots. Dublin: 1871. In the Matter of the Estate of Richard Scott and John Scott, etc. Rental and Particulars of The Lands of CORRAIGE otherwise CORGRIG, …situated in the Barony of Clonderlaw, and County of Clare, premises in the Town of Clare, Barony of Islands, and County of Clare, houses in Mill Street and corner of Corn Market Road, in the Town of Ennis, lands of Ballynamucky, in the Barony of Lower Connelloe, and County of Limerick, lands of Ballinteenoe otherwise Faha, in the Barony of Owney and Arra, and County of Tipperary, lands of Cournellane and other lands, in the Co. of Carlow. 30pp. including 8 maps each with the particular property highlighted in colour.

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Co Tipperary. Thomas Mulally v. Cuddihy, 1890s legal case  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 86

Published Estimate: €180-250

Price Realised: €200

  • Medium: typescript and manuscript, various sizes
  • 13 legal documents including case for counsel, witness statements, claims and counter claims, estate duty details etc. Essentially the brother of the deceased was left the small farm at Mohober by his brother and their drunken father was allowed 5 acres. The will was contested by their married sister who was aggrieved at having only received £100.

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1897-1902. Lady Carew, Co. Wexford. Album of newspaper cuttings and photographs etc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 87

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €420

  • Medium: morocco bound album gilt stamped
  • Dimensions: 30 by 25cm., 12 by 10in.
  • The collection consists of circa 140pp of press clippings relating to the society pages of journals, magazines, newspapers and other publications of the period reporting on events, attendees & happenings among society in Britain and Ireland over the 6 year period. Includes 13 original photographs with scenes at Castleboro - croquet with Lord Castlemaine and Lady Plunket, tree planting by the Lord Chancellor among a group of people including Lord and Lady Plunket, Lord Tewksbury, Lady Carew, Sir Richard Musgrave, another group at Castletown House and a further group at Castleboro including Lord Doneraile, a large photo of panels in the South drawing room at Castleboro embroidered by Lady Carew, a pair of portrait photos by Lafayette of London of Lady Julia and Lord Carew, 1902. Ephemera includes menus and guest lists for dinners in London in 1898 - among the guests were the Lady Carew, the Earls of Westmeath, Kenmare, Lord Bellew, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, Lady Annesley, Lord Rosse, Lady Conyers and Lady Ashbourne; a decorative postcard with an image of Col. Baden Powell Defender of Mafeking with a note from his wife Henrietta expressing her hearty thanks for “your kind sympathy for Mafeking”; a letter from the Earl Marshal's Office, London confirming that Lord and Lady Carew will be receiving a letter signed by the King (Edward VII) to attend his Coronation Lord Carew owned over 17,000 acres at Castleboro, near Enniscorthy Co. Wexford. Castleboro House was built in 1840, replacing another house on the site. The architect was Daniel Robertson. The Carews left Castleboro around 1921 and the contents of the house & the estate were sold by Public Auction that year. In 1923 the house was burned down by Republican sympathisers. The ruins are still present to this day. It's a long standing local myth that the ruins of Castleboro are haunted by the ghost of Lady Carew (Julia Mary Lethbridge). Lord and Lady Carew had no family. The title passed to George Patrick Carew who died in 1926 without heir and the direct line to the Shapland Carews of Castleboro came to an end.

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Co. Wicklow. Collection of documents relating to La Touche, Powell, Hemphill and other families  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 88

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • Comprises: rent book with a record of rents of John La Touche Powell, Bray 1820s, correspondence re rent payments, 1841-42; Opinion dated 1830 in Stillorgan and Great Connell, Nr. Naas, Co. Kildare; rental record of premises in Bath. (10 items); decorative letterhead for Miller & Co. Funeral Directors & Sanitation Specialists, Bray re the Late Revd, Richard Hemphill, 1929; receipt from Bailey's Plumbers for repairs at No. 2, Prince of Wales Terrace, Bray; 15 receipts for the Stillorgan Dispensary of the Rathdown Union, Dublin, 1880s. (17 items); 1920deed assigning a property at Quinnsboro' Road, Bray; form re shares in the Great Midland and Western Railway Company of Ireland 1909; correspondence to Mrs. Greene, Windy Ridge, Galtrim Park, Bray; search re lands at Crumlin, Dublin 1946; 10 assorted receipts, from businesses in Bray to a Revd. McClenaghan at the Old Court, Vevay, Bray. Mostly 1940s. (15 items). There are 42 items in total.

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1899-1912. Co. Wicklow: Rochfort House, Burnaby Estate, Greystones  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 89

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €90

  • Medium: manuscript, typescripts and letterpress, various sizes
  • Comprises: lease, Elizabeth Frances Main (formerly Burnaby - married several times) & Patrick J. Killeen for lands at Killincarrick in the Barony of Rathdown, Co. Wicklow, 1899; 1902 documents including certificate of drains at Rochfort House, Greystones, Wicklow; agreement to purchase this property & correspondence re Patrick Joseph Killeen (purchaser) & William Rochfort Wade; 1904-1912 rental agreement between Rochfort Wade & E.F. Hickson of White Hall, Limerick ; receipts from Wicklow Rural District of Rathdown to Rochford Wade at Belcamp, Hutchinson, Raheny & a sale prospectus for Rochfort House issued by J.H. North of Grafton Street Dublin - the property was bought by Mrs. Anna Maria McLeod Whelan of Spedia, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge for the sum of £1,150.

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1895 Building of Bridge at Waterford - range of documents  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 90

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100


1900-01. Harristown, Queen's County (Laois). Collection of legal papers  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 91

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €140

  • Medium: manuscript and typescript
  • Collection comprises 12 original documents & letters relating to the fixing of rent for the lands at Harristown rented by Richard T. Ringwood (tenant) from the landlord Loftus T. Roe of Rockview Maryborough. They include a detailed estimate of the value of the improvements made on the buildings and on the lands; various Land Commission forms & schedules including valuers reports, correspondence, Ordnance survey sheet with the lands in question highlighted & a note of confirmation signed by the Clerk of Roscrea Union in Rathsaran Electoral Division.

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1858. Endowed Schools in Ireland Report  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 92

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • Medium: half calf, original marbled boards, 288pp, Dublin 1858
  • Dimensions: 32 by 20cm., 12.7 5 by 8in.
  • Report of Her Majesty’s Commissioners appointed to Enquire into the Endowments, Funds and Actual Condition of all Schools endowed for the purpose of Education in Ireland. Dublin 1858, Thom for HMSO. Pp. 288, 56 [appendix]. A unique copy, inscribed on title page, ‘Comrs. of Education’, evidently the office copy of the [Irish] Commissioners of Education, very extensively annotated by them in manuscript, giving their response to criticisms in the report. See especially pp. 21-65, 248-287.

    The report includes a detailed examination of all types of endowed schools in Ireland, their funding, condition and educational standards, with blunt comments on unsatisfactory schools and masters.

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Charles Stewart Parnell porcelain figure  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 93

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: 

  • Dimensions: 30 by 18cm., 12 by 7in.
  • Painted figure of Parnell in ancient Irish Chieftain garb resting on a cudgel and holding in the right hand a "green ensign" (union jack and gold harp on a green background - see Whyte's, 14 November 2009, lot 101).

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1883-1889 "The Invincibles" and "Phoenix Park Murders". Collection of newspapers  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 94

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: 

  • Over 90 in total, with many complete. The reports include the Kilmainham investigation into the murders; the trials of Joe Brady, Dan Curley, Tim Kelly, Michael Fagan, James Mullett, Delaney & McCaffrey, Fitzharris, Doyle & Martin & others and their sentences, and executions where applied. The informers, the court appearance of O'Donnell at Capetown & his subsequent return to England and then to Ireland; Carey's death, the Invincibles in Paris; Maamtrasna murders; Smith, O'Brien & Devoy; Parnell in Tipperary; landlordism before and since the Union; Sullivan - Mitchell fight; William O'Brien in Kilkenny jail etc. First class primary record.

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1883 Phoenix Park Murders - Report of the Trials and Conspiracy to Murder  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 95

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €480

  • Medium: Letterpress by Alex. Thom, Dublin; recently rebound in quarter buckram, 708pp and 274pp
  • Dimensions: 33 by 21cm., 13 by 8.25in.
  • Report of the Trials at the Dublin Commission Court, April and May, 1883, of the Prisoners Charged with the Phoenix Park Murder, the Attempt to Murder Mr. Field, and the Conspiracy to Murder; Before The Hon. Mr. Justice O’Brien. Reported by W.C. Johnston, Esq. Dublin. With accompanying volume, Conspiracy to Murder – The Phoenix Park murder – The Attempt to Murder Mr. D.J. Field. Pp xiii, 274. Containing: Index to Brief. List of Prisoners. Depositions taken from the prisoners and numerous witness statements.

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1888 (30 November) letter by John Dillon MP, Nationalist leader  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 96

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €180

  • Medium: manuscript
  • Dimensions: 20 by 11cm., 8 by 4.5in.
  • Dillon to James Callaghan of the National League, Stalybridge denies using words attributed to him in the extract and the extract from Mr Parnell's speech at Cincinnati is a misreport which he has frequently repudiated in the House of Commons.

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Prison Papers
Prison Papers
David Sheehy MP

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 97

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: printed boards, 78pp, published Weldrick Bros., 1888
  • Dimensions: 18 by 13cm., 7 by 5in.
  • An account of the County Galway Nationalist MP's incarceration for seditious remarks in a speech. SIGNED and inscribed by the author to "Mr Hugh Law... to teach him not to learn closer. February 25th 1902".

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1890 Boycotting - Collection of reports on persons boycotted  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 98

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €400

  • Medium: letterpress
  • Collection of reports on persons boycotted, giving names and a brief description of the reasons and effect of the boycott on their lives. Foolscap printed sheets, unbound.

    Western Division (Galway, Mayo, Roscommon). Cases existing on the 1st January 1890.

    Pp 24; South Eastern Division (Tipperary, Wexford, Wicklow). Pp 9. ;South Eastern Division (Tipperary, Waterford, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Queen’s Co.,). Pp 31 ; South Western Division (Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick). Pp 25.; Midland Division (Leitrim, Cavan, Sligo, King’s Co., Kildare). Pp. 24

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Circa 1880-1900 Irish political badges including "Erin go Bragh" button  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 99

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €100


Small collection of badges including Irish Nationalist  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 100

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • A triple photograph shamrock pin-back including Joe Devlin, John Redmond and Horace Plunkett, Royal Munster Fusiliers cap badge, Royal Irish Regiment small cap badge, crossed rifles badge, and 1939-46 Irish Air Raid Precautions badge.

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1893 "In Memoriam Home Rule Bill murdered in the House of Lords", plaque  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 101

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: terracotta, signed K. George, Wellington, Somerset
  • Dimensions: 29 by 33cm., 11.5 by 13in.
  • This commemorative plaque shows Gladstone chiselling the above inscription on a headstone in a graveyard, including the date "8 Sept. 1893" and ending "RESURCANT". The design includes the Scottish thistle at top and Irish shamrock below. Attractive and very rare piece.

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