Antique brooches showing early Irish harps. I am trying to keep in stock a selection, carefully chosen for being reasonably accurate depictions of extant early Irish harps. At present we can offer two types (click the photo for closeup picture):
Fanciful design, set with Connemara marble. Un-hallmarked silver colour metal, incised designs. Hinged pin with old-fashioned hook clasp on back. I think these date from the late 19th or early 20th century. £50
Enamelled, plated bronze, depicting the Trinity college harp fairly accurately. 2cm long. Hinged pin and old-fashioned hook clasp on back. I think these date from the 1940s or 50s. Some have discreet lettering “Harp Lager”; some have no lettering. £12 lettered / £16 unlettered.
Irish bog oak “Cloyne harp” brooch
I have a beautiful oversize bog-oak brooch based on the 17th century Cloyne harp. It is stamped on the back “J Johnson Patent”. Johnson was a Dublin maker of bog oak jewelry and other items in mid-19th-century Dublin. He invented a technique of pressing the bog oak into a finely detailed metal die or mould, so that the level of detail on the decoration of the brooch is astonishing, almost too fine to see with the naked eye. This brooch has metal strings and a rather romantic jewel setting with metal ivy leaves. Presented in a nice square box. 7cm (1 3/4 inches) long. £150.
Please enquire for the colours and designs currently available.
Antique Irish silver coins, various dates between 1928 and 1950. 75% pure silver, with the harp design on the front and an animal on the back.
Shilling (1s), bull, £7
Florin (2s), salmon, £14
Halfcrown (2/6), horse, £17.50
Please enquire for coins currently available.
T shirts, with lovely full-colour Gaelic harp images on. There are three designs available at present, with the replica Queen Mary harp, or the portrait of Denis O’Hampsey. Please let me know if you have ideas for other designs, or if you would like other styles to be offered. Click here to order direct from the manufacturer.
I am now offering a range of custom-made tuning keys, with hand-carved wooden handles and sockets to fit any size or shape of tuning pin drive.
Also cheap pocket-sized keyring emergency keys, available in a range of standard sizes. More...
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