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Silver, Metalwork and Jewellery

Silver & metalwork

The collection includes pieces dating from the 16th century, and shows the development of Irish silver and metalwork over the centuries. Other fascinating items include:

• The Loftus Cup, engraved with the words 'This silver cuppe was made of the great seale of Ireland in 1593, Adam Loftus being then Lord Chancellor'.
• The Bolton Charger, the largest known piece of Queen Anne silver, made to commemorate the centenary of the Plantation of Londonderry in 1708.
• The Kildare Toilet Service. A rare survival of a complete silver gilt toilet service. The 28 pieces were made for the dressing table of the wife of the 19th Earl of Kildare. Celebrating the birth of their son. Made by David Willaume, it dates from 1720-22.

Our collection continues to grow, with recent acquisitions including commissioned and purchased pieces by Kevin O’Dwyer and Cara Murphy.

Jewellery

Mrs Anne Hull Grundy was a perceptive art collector and generous philanthropist. The Ulster Museum’s jewellery collection is largely the result of her donation. It contains works from the 16th to mid-20th century, as well as contemporary pieces by Breon O’Casey, Nuala Jamison, and Killian Shurmann. Many of the major Irish jewellery makers of the Celtic revival, including intricate bog oak pieces, are represented.

Highlights of the collection include 18th century paste and art nouveau jewellery, and 19th century Irish pieces.

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Bog Oak pendant cross

Bog Oak pendant cross

Design : in the form of Celtic cross with openwork carving of shamrocks on the arms and shaft and an Irish harp in the centre....

Bog Oak brooch

Bog Oak brooch

Design : a circular bog oak brooch, 3 dimensional kettle suspended by wire from top of circular frame which is decorated with simple geometric decorat...

CUP; Drinking cup

CUP; Drinking cup

Turned cup shaped wooden bowl joined to foot by rod, soldered to disc in base of bowl with S.I.P. Silver band with inscription around lip. Engraved an...

Oval jet brooch

Oval jet brooch

design : roughly engraved with Whitby Abbey and its name. condition : good....

Spoon : Seal top

Spoon : Seal top

bowl rounded at end, pointed towards handle, which meets it in a short triangular tail. Straight hexagonal section stem with baluster seal top...

Bog Oak brooch

Bog Oak brooch

design : oval brooch, thistle, rose swag, shamrock and leaf in an open frame of shamrocks....

Brooch

Brooch

Brooch...

Imitation Bog Oak cross

Imitation Bog Oak cross

design : moulded imitation cross in form of a 17th century irish penal cross,with simply formed figure on a wide armed and shafted cross, christ on th...

Waist buckle

Waist buckle

Design : a silver copy of the Hunterstan brooch, made into a waist buckle....

Spoon : Maidenhead

Spoon : Maidenhead

oval bowl, pointed at stem, very worn with scraping, straight stem with maidenhead terminal, worn smooth....

Spoon : slip top

Spoon : slip top

oval bowl, shallow with KRM encircled with dots on back of bowl. Straight stem, hexagonal section, slip end....

Bog Oak brooch

Bog Oak brooch

design : in form of an Irish harp with carved bog oak frame, twisted gilt wire strings and decoration of three gilt set pearls (presumably Irish river...

Spoon : diamond point

Spoon : diamond point

shallow oval bowl, stem end pointed. Straight handle with diamond point terminal....

Coffee pot

Coffee pot

design : The foot, baluster, body, spout, handle and hinger cover elaborately decorated with oriental Garden, fruit, flowers inhabited by masts, exoti...

Spoon : maidenhead

Spoon : maidenhead

fig shaped bowl with +I+L+ +M+B+ 1644....

Bangle

Bangle

Bangle...

cross

cross

Bog oak celtic cross with figures as on High Cross, backed with gilt and with a twisted gilt wire border....

bog oak pendant

bog oak pendant

Heart shaped, roughly engraved bog oak pendant with applied shamrock of white paste cut stones set in silver alloy. Hinged silver pendant attachment....

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