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Auctions and fairs: A guide to this week’s events

A rare 1920s German money-box made €8,500 in a Mealy’s auction

Lot 807, a rare Bonzo Bank mechanical money box by Saalheimer & Strauss, 1920s Germany, sold for €8,500, more than four times the top estimate.

Auction Results

Tuesday & Wednesday (November 7th & 8th), Mealy’s, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny. The Winter Sale. Some 78 per cent of lots sold. Lot 807, a rare “Bonzo Bank” mechanical money box by Saalheimer & Strauss, 1920s Germany, sold for €8,500 – over four times the top estimate (€1,500-€2,000) [see pic]. Among other highlights: Lot 441, a Donegal carpet in a design attributed to Gavin Morton and GK Robinson €20,000 (€7,000-€11,000); Lot 640, an Edwardian silver épergne (an ornamental centrepiece for a dining table, typically used for holding fruit or flowers), made by silversmiths James Dixon & Sons in Sheffield in 1906, €10,000 (€6,000-€10,000); Lot 504, a large silver salver, weighing approximately 2,100g, in a fitted oak case, that belonged to Daniel O’Connell €5,500 (€5,000-€7,000); Lot 507, oil painting of Daniel O’Connell attributed to the artist Nicholas Joseph Crowley €2,200 (€2,000-€3,000); Lot 479, a 19th-century French “Soufleto” piano €1,300 (€800-€1,500); Lot 939A, a set of 60 coloured prints, The Enid Blyton Nature Plates, by the illustrator Eileen Soper €230 (€200-€300); Lot 333, an antique child’s toilet-training armchair made of elm and ash €70 (€70-€90). Among the unsold were: Lot 502, an early 19th-century English porcelain jug that belonged to Daniel O’Connell (€2,000-€3,000); and Lot 414, a pair of late 19th-century Italian oil paintings – Peaceful Slumber and Maternal Cares – by Guiseppe Mazzolini (€2,500 – €3,500). For more results, see mealys.ieSunday (November 5th) Matthews Auction Rooms, Oldcastle, Co Meath. Lot 135, a Victorian dining/boardroom table, 4ft 6 Inches wide x 18ft long €2,600 (€500-€800).

Tuesday (November 7th) John Weldon Auctioneers, Cows’ Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Auction of jewellery, silver, gold and collectibles. Some 62 per cent of lots sold. A 20th-century Irish silver canteen of cutlery, made in Dublin in 1996, with 12 place settings, total silver weight 7.5kg, in a fitted box, €4,000 (€3,500-€4,500); a US 20 dollar gold coin, 33.5 grams, dated 1927, €1,200 (€800-€1,200). Among the unsold was an RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary) helmet with its original case, engraved Capt JP Sheehan – who was based in Dungarvan, Co Waterford – (€1,500-€2,500).

Monday (November 6th) Mullen’s Laurel Park, Woodbrook, Bray, Co Wicklow. Lot 332, a pair of vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases €4,200 (€1,000-€1,500). Among the unsold were three lots of 19th-century Venetian painted wood “Blackamoor” figures that failed to reach their reserve price.

Forthcoming Auctions

Tomorrow, Sunday (November 12th), Adam’s, 26 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. “At Home” auction at 11.30 am.

Tomorrow, Sunday (November 12th), Lev Mitchell & Sons Auctioneers, antiques and collectibles auction at the Glebe House, Dowth, Drogheda, Co Louth, at noon.

Tuesday (November 14th), Oliver Usher’s Auction Rooms, John Street, Kells, Co Meath. Antique Furniture Auction at 5pm. Viewing tomorrow, Sunday, 2pm-6pm.

Tuesday (November 14th), Adams Blackrock Auctioneers, 38 Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Interiors & Fine Art Auction at 11am. Over 400 lots, including Waterford Glass chandeliers, furniture, rugs, collectibles, fishing rods & tackle and paintings including Lot 27, Landscape with Connemara Pony, by Kenneth Webb €2,000-€3,000; Lot 212, an early 19th-century Irish “Waterford” glass dish light, complete with floral corona with rams head motifs & original chain €1,200-€2,000; Lot 309, an Irish silver punch bowl, chased with vixen and floral motifs together with punch ladle and eight punch cups, Dublin 1981, 102oz, €950-€1,200. Catalogue online at

Forthcoming Fairs

Today & Tomorrow, Saturday & Sunday (November 11th & 12th), The Irish National Antiques Art & Vintage Fair, South Court Hotel, Limerick, 11am-6pm both days. A major fair, organised by Robin O’Donnell, featuring stands from over 100 antiques shops, dealers and art galleries.

Tomorrow, Sunday (November 12th), Antiques & Vintage Fair, Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin 3, 11am-6pm.