A set of forks which belonged to Jonathan Swift have green-stained ivory handles which  carry the initials of the writer and his family coat of arms

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), the renowned Anglo-Irish satirist and Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, used his quill to deadly effect to puncture (...)

A first edition of ‘Dubliners’ with the original green dust-jacket went for £86,500 at Sotheby’s in 2013.

Since the new year, first edition copies of Dubliners by James Joyce can officially be classified as “antiques” – or antiquarian as they’re describ(...)

Four volumes containing the unique copies of ‘The Flapper’, a magazine produced in 1904-1910 by the Shaw children of Bushy Park House, Terenure, Dublin sold for €4,400

Auction results: Friday (December 5th) Bonhams, London. A Kunstkammer table-top cabinet made in Augsburg, Germany during the mid-17th century, and fo(...)

The Flapper:  the four leather-bound albums contain a fascinating account of Edwardian life from the perspective of six children who lived in Bushy Park house in Terenure

A very rare glimpse into the private world of upper-class children in early 20th century Ireland has come to light in a unique set of documents con(...)

Rare first World War leather horse mask, €900-€1,400 at Mealy’s

War Horse, the title of a Steven Spielberg film and a West End musical based on the children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo, reminded 21st-century aud(...)

A collection of early 20th-century mugshots of Irish emigrants in America sold for €540

GAA medals are not just tokens of honour and glory. Some have significant financial value and are sought after by a growing band of Irish collectors a(...)

The great Wexford hurling star Nickey Rackard

Sports fans are among the most avid collectors and a lucrative business has developed supplying their demand for mementoes. GAA and rugby items are am(...)

Salmon Fishing on the Boyne by Nano Reid (€25,000-€35,000) at Whyte’s

Tuesday, May 20th Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, The Chatsworth Fine Art Sale, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny. 80 per cent of lots sold. Oil painting by Abraham (...)

Wicklow Hunt Point to Point Races by Letitia Marion Hamilton, £15,000-£25,000, at  Sotheby’s, London.

Tuesday, May 20th Adam’s, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Fine Jewellery and Watches. Auction at 6pm. A 7.08 carat diamond ring, €50,000- €80,000; Ceylon (...)

Fonsie Mealy (left) and his son, George Fonsie Mealy: “In a small business it’s necessary to be somewhat of a ‘jack of all trades’,” says George Fonsie Mealy

George Fonsie Mealy is the third generation to run his family’s Kilkenny-based fine art and rare books auctioneering business. (...)