Thursday August 6, 2020

Sold on gold at Sheppard’s

This week at Sheppard’s, if it glisters, chances are that it’s gold, from an 18-carat Tiffany gentleman’s wristwatch (€3,000-€5,000) to the holy grail of our national sport, the All-Ireland hurling winner’s medal won by Ned Gilmartin of Galway in 192

1st March, 2015
All-Ireland hurling medal, 1923

On a more mundane level, while modern dentistry has almost rendered the toothpick obsolete, a 24-carat-gold toothpick holder makes a delightful pendant (€900-€1,200).

To add discreet touches of ‘gold’ to an interior, nothing beats the 18th-century favourite, ormolu, a gold- coloured alloy of copper, zinc and sometimes tin, cast into shapes and often gilded. The sale has a number of good 19th-century pieces, notably an ormolu mounted kingwood and cross-banded bureau plate (€2,200-€2,800),...

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