MacSwiney letter is top lot!

83A letter dated 29/11/1916 from Terence MacSwiney from prison was Hegarty’s top lot at the February Auction on 19th February 2013 reaching a hammer price of €2950. Bidding was lively for all the Irish republican memorabilia, with a six page letter from Terence MacSwiney’s sister Annie, dated 28/08/1920, describing Terence’s state of health while on hunger strike selling for €2450 + fees, Terence MacSwiney’s memorial card sold for €900. There was also a strong interest in collectibles & furniture with a solid silver Russian automated Ballerina, in the form of a Fabergé egg, surmounted by eagle selling for over double the top estimate at €1800 + fees, Grandfather clocks are always in demand, with a 19th century longcase mahogany Grandfather clock, William Lowry of Antrim & a 19th century longcase Grandfather clock with painted arch dial, having swan neck pediment, date circa 1860 both selling for €1500 + fees, Early 20th century mahogany kneehole desk with tapered leg, by Edwards & Roberts of London, date circa 1910, having profusely inlaid panels sold for €1350, an exceptionally fine Regency rosewood foldover card table with acanthus leaf carved decoration, having decorative cast feet and beaded edging, circa 1810 sold for €1350, an exceptionally fine and very rare late 19th century rosewood and maple wood ladies’ lift top workbox with ormolu mounts, cross-banding, standing on cabriole leg, date circa 1890, of exceptional quality sold for €1250, a rosewood foldover William IV tea table, on downswept feet, having fluted pod sold for €1150, a pair of unusual and very fine dressing tables with parquetry and satinwood inlays, and swan neck drop brass handles, having tapered leg, with bevelled mirrors, of exceptional quality sold for €975, a William IV rosewood single drawer occasional or hall table, with turned decorative stretcher, date circa 1830, sold for €900, a 14ct gold illusion set diamond ring approx .5 carat diamond sold for €850, a Baccarat glass and solid silver wine decanter, circa 1800 sold for €520, a two page personal letter by Tom Barry, one of the most prominent guerrilla leaders during the Irish War of Independence., written from Arbour Hill military prison, Dublin 1934 sold for €480, a pair of early 20th century mahogany and inlaid tub-style drawing room chairs, circa 1900 sold for €475, a Victorian serpentine fronted mahogany hall stand with marble top & oval mirror, date circa 1890 sold for €440. Bidders who did not want to brave the cold & dark evening took advantage of the absentee bidding service, with a choice of leaving a commission bid with Ted, bidding online on, or bidding live by telephone. Next Auction is scheduled for Sunday, 24th March 2013 at 4pm. All registered customers will be updated with details by email.

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