The weird and the wonderful

Pick up antique weapons, a four-poster bed and ransom cash at the Horsburgh Estate sale, writes Ros Drinkwater.

24th February, 2013
A red Yixing teapot for black tea (€140-€180). Photo: Ros Drinkwater

The star lot of a single owner collection due to go under the hammer at Sheppard's is a monumental carved oak four-poster bed. Dating from the 16th century and later, from an Irish manor house but possibly of French origin, it is expected to fetch €6,000 to €9,000.

Antique swords and guns from the same collection include a late Gothic 15th century sword that would have done serious damage in its time, bearing the arms...

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