Fine Irish Silver for Sale at Bonhams in London

A fine collection of Irish silver is to be sold at Bonhams Silver sale in London on 23 November to benefit Milton Academy, the school in Massachusetts attended by Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, the Anglo American poet T.S. Eliot and the singer–songwriter James Taylor. The collection, which has an upper estimate of £140,000, was exhibited as part of the Eire Society of Silver display at the Boston Museum of Fine Art in 1963.

The Kennedys were students at Milton Academy during the 1940s. The Academy has been rated by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 25 schools in the world for preparing students for university and is traditionally seen as a feeder school for Harvard.

Among the most important items are a rare George II Irish silver mug, by Mark Fallon of Galway (estimate £12,000-15,000); a set of four George II Irish silver candlesticks from 1750 by Robert Calderwood, previously in the collection of Earl Fitzwilliam (£6,000-8,000); and a fine Queen Anne Silver two handled cup, Limerick 1707 (£4,000-5,000). The sale also includes a gold Freedom Box (£20,000-30,000) presented by the Corporation of Limerick to the Earl of Carrick.

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