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Simon Chadwick's
Early Gaelic Harp Emporium

Accessories

brooches
bog oak brooch
bog oak brooch

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.

silver coin

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 shirt

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.

moleskine

"Moleskine" Music note book, 192 pages each printed with 7 staves, 9cm wide by 14cm high. Hardback notebook with hardwearing black cloth cover, acid free paper, properly bound (sewn in signatures), pocket inside back cover for loose notes, ribbon bookmark, elastic closure, rounded corners.
£13 +

Music pen

Music pen, old-fashioned dip pen with five nibs, for drawing a music staff or stave onto plain paper. The "Brause" metal nib is separate, and fits into the wooden penholder (handle). Current stock is of plain wooden handles. Very useful for adding small amounts of music notation to a notebook or sheet of paper. Must be used with a bottle of ink.
£8 +

Posca pen

String marker pen. Here at the Emporium we disapprove of colouring one's strings red and blue like on a pedal harp, but there are times when one really needs to put a bit of colour on the strings - when your pedal harpist friend wants to borrow your harp for example! These amazing 'Uni POSCA PC-5M' water-based marker pens put a really bright blue or red colour onto metal wire strings. When you have finished and no longer need coloured strings the colour comes right off with a damp cloth. Available in pairs, one each red and blue. As used by the Historical Harp Society of Ireland for student harps at Scoil na gCláirseach.
£7 a pair +

luggage

Luggage tag. It is a great idea to have your name and address on a tag attached to your harp case Sorry but the harp design tags are no longer available. I can supply a plain black leather tag. The plastic window under which you slip your contact details, is covered by a flap for privacy. Complete with leather strap with a brass buckle.
£5 +

goggles

3D goggles. I have started adding 3D images to earlygaelicharp.info, as a way to show the subtle shapes and structures of the old harps. To view my anaglyph images, you’ll need a pair of red/cyan goggles.
£1 +

tuning key

Tuning keys
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...

tuning pins

Tuning pins
Handmade brass tuning pins, with the drives tapered for a more secure fit on the key as well as decorated to look really good in your harp. Suitable for a new harp being made, or to re-fit your existing harp replacing the modern machine-made pins it currently has. More...

silk wrap

Silk wrap, for use in fingernail repair. This is fine silk cloth with a light self-adhesive backing, which can be used with superglue to reinforce cracks or to glue on a ping-pong nail repair. You get just under 50cm x 2 cm strip, enough for many years of broken fingernails!
£6 a pack +

folding stool

Folding stool. These plastic folding stools are perfect for standing your harp on to play it, when you sit in a normal sized chair. These are a great size for replica Trinity harps; they are OK (if a little short) for replica Queen Mary harps. 9 inches high, garish blue plastic colours, rubber studs in top and feet, strong enough to sit or stand on, folds flat to slip into the side pocket of your harp case.
£10 +
If you would prefer a wooden one, please contact the US makers direct - I don’t carry the wooden ones in stock because the shipping from America makes the cost prohibitive.

Japanese sandpaper

Japanese sandpaper, ideal for shaping and smoothing the edges of your fingernails. Pack of 5 sheets, 1 very fine (1200), 2 extremely fine (1500) and 2 ridiculously super-fine (2000). Sourced in Japan and considered the world's best sandpaper.
£5 a pack +

Stringing accessories
For stringing accessories (toggles, fishing lines etc.) please see the wire page.