Category Archives: Archived Antiques Auctions

Eclectic Sale at Aidan Foley’s Galway Auction Rooms – Saturday April 9th

Truly something for everybody in the audience! Furniture, paintings, ceramics, books, musical instruments and much more besides. Be sure to check out the catalogue below.

Galway APRIL sale

And a quick taster to whet your appetite below.

Aidan Foley FINAL

Massive Spring Sale at Sixmilebridge, Co.Clare – Tuesday 1st March, 2016

Sixmilebridge UPDATE - Copy

Massive Contents Sale at Adare Manor, Co.Limerick – Thursday 28th & Friday 29th January, 2016


1, 300+ Lots of High Quality Hotel Furnishings including Antique Furniture, Hotel Furniture & Fittings, Curtains & Carpets, Pictures & Prints, Catering Equipment, Food & Beverage Equipment, Shop Fittings, Garden Furniture, Gym and Spa Furniture.

Catalogue online here: catalogue gif

Limerick Leader article about the sale here

Victor Mitchell (Roscrea) – Antique & Decorative Interiors Auction – Wednesday 26th February, 2014

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Purcell’s (Birr) Auction has plenty of interest for enamel sign collectors!

70+ Lots of quality vintage enamel signs are included in Purcell’s (Birr) sale of Antiques & Collectables tomorrow Saturday 12th October. Some real gems here including several rare, double sided, AA signs (see below) and prices are now very competitive. For years the best of these signs were beyond the means of many private collectors and found their way into Irish theme pubs, but with changing tastes, and the decline of the pub trade, many items are now back on the market and at realistic prices.


In Victorian times the use of sheet steel coated in vitreous enamel became popular for advertising signs. It retained its bright colours for far longer than either paint or print. The heyday of the enamel sign was not long (1880/1910) and some place the start of their decline from popularity at the about the time that the railways stopped expanding. It seems that a more general downturn in the use of enamel signs began in the 1920’s with the Depression. Then in the Second World War the use of steel for advertising purposes was prohibited and many existing signs were recycled in the scrap metal drive.

Guinness sign

After the War fashions changed more rapidly than in the past, as did prices, so there was little point in such hard wearing signs whose message and price would inevitably be out of date long before the sign wore out. Indeed, such was the durability of the signs that many still turn up today in good condition after more than fifty years in use as a shed roof or some similar function.

The advertising is from an era before the product got lost in the message! Simple slogans such as ‘Guinness is good for you’ or ‘Brooke Bond Tea’ (illustrated here) with little else added were the norm.

Brooke Bond Tea

Catalogue pages for advertising signs: Catalogue icon

Full catalogue here: Catalogue icon

Strong results at Whyte’s Sale of History, Literature & Collectables

Contrary to my expectations it wasn’t Lot. 253. The 1913 Lockout Proclamation that stole the show at Whyte’s sale last Saturday but rather a small, rather grubby banknote which carried a pre-sale estimate of €4,000-6,000 and which sold for an incredible €14,000.  The description of it in Whyte’s catalogue pulls no punches – ‘about fine, one inch tear at top left of centre, half inch tear lower left of centre, edge tears, overall toned, some stains, brittle’. 

Whytes Banknote

Lot .701. Currency Commission Consolidated Banknote ‘Ploughman’ Northern Bank Ten Pounds, 6-5-29   

NOTE: 01 0T 007335. Signed Knox. Only 8,000 believed to have been issued – the scarcest of the Ploughman series. About fine, one inch tear at top left of centre, half inch tear lower left of centre, edge tears, overall toned, some stains, brittle. A much better example than that illustrated in Paper Money of Ireland by Blake & Calloway. An exceedingly rare and desirable banknote. Estimate: €4000-6000. Sold for €14,000

Catalogue with full list of prices realised here: Catalogue icon


Whyte’s History, Literature & Collectables Sale – Saturday 14th September, 2013

Once again Whyte’s have pulled out all the stops to put together a superlative collection of Irish history and there’s something to suit the collector of every political persuasion. Amongst the almost 750 Lots are very important items relating to the 1913 “Lockout”, militaria, advertising posters, sporting memorabilia, coins, banknotes, books etc.

 Lot.253. A copy of the Dublin Metropolitan Police Proclamation banning the assembly of workers on Sackville Street in August 1913, in pristine condition, is surely one of the highlights of the sale. I expect that it will well exceed its pre-sale estimate of €1,000-1,500. For more information check out the YouTube video below.

For full details of the sale/viewing times etc. go to the Auctions Page here:

Fonsie Mealy’s Sale – A Gathering of All Things Irish – Dublin – Tuesday 23rd July 2013



950+ Lots including Historical documents, Artefacts, Books & Maps, GAA Medals & Memorabilia, Postcards, Bank Notes, Posters & other Ephemera.

On: Tuesday 23rd July, 2013 at 10.30am

At: The Clyde Court Hotel, Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin.4.

Viewing at the Castlecomer Salerooms:

Wednesday 17th July from 10.00am – 5.00pm

Viewing at the Clyde Court Hotel:

Sunday 21st July from 1.30pm – 7.00pm

Monday 22nd July from 10.30am – 7.30pm

Flip catalogue click hereCatalogue icon

Contact details for Viewing & Sale Days

(087) 2751 361 or (087) 2672 681 or (01) 238 2700



Sheppard’s Sale for St.Fin Barre’s – Fota House – Tuesday 28th May

Just a quick reminder that Sheppard’s (Durrow) are holding a sale at Fota House, Co.Cork, tomorrow (Tues. 28th) in aid of St.Fin Barre’s Cathedral. There’s much of interest in the sale including this evocative Cunard poster – modestly estimated at €150-200 . Live online bidding also available.


Full details/catalogue links here:

Strong results at Adams Irish History sale

Unsurprisingly the copy of the 1916 Proclamation was the star item in Adams recent sale of  “800 Years of Irish Political, Literary & Military History” fetching an incredible €96,000. Quite a sizeable sum for a single, weather beaten sheet of paper regardless of its historical importance!


Full list of results here: Catalogue icon