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 Tubberdaly House Dial

Sundial previously at Tubberdaly House offered for sale by Summers Place Auctions. See their auction notes below.

whereabouts now unknown

LOT NUMBER: 102 Auction: GS200508, 20/05/2008 - A rare carved Portland stone sundial early 18th century 60ins high

Provenance: Originally removed from Tubberdaly House. A Georgian house built on the site of the earlier ruined Tubberdaly Castle near Edenderry in County Offaly Ireland. The castle can be traced back to the 16th century and to the house around 1700s. Tubberdaly is well documented as having been one of the last big houses burnt down by the IRA on the night of 15 April 1923. The burning had its roots in local land disputes fuelled by the social and religious troubles of those times. Following years of intimidation the land steward showed enormous courage and begged to be allowed to save some of the contents but to no avail. The owner was away and dynamite was used. The sundial had stood in the rose garden.

The 15in. bronze dial calibrated with hours, minutes, cities of the world and inscribed latitude 55 degrees together with an armorial and signed Hunter Dublin, the gnomon pierced and engraved with a herm figure and foliage and inscribed on the top edge "May those be blessed with length of days who still proclaim King Billies praise"

The inscription refers to King William who had deposed the catholic King James in 1688 and represented a pivotal point in the struggle between Irish protestant and catholic interest
Estimated Price: £6000-10000
Hammer Price: £6000.00

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