Collection of treasures for auction carry history's allure

From a copy of the Ardagh Chalice to iconic travel posters, there's something to tempt most budgets, writes Ros Drinkwater.

20th January, 2013
A 1910 silver replica of the Ardagh Chalice by Mappin and Webb (€4,000-€5000).

The joy of the history sale is the baggage it carries. At Whyte's this week 665 lots bristle with nuggets of information that shine a light on the achievements, the travails, and the injustices of the past.

Take the Celtic Revival replica Ardagh Chalice produced by Mappin and Webb in 1910. This is a testament to the dazzling skill of the 8th century metalworkers who made the original, the finest example of Celtic metalwork art ever...

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