Important Sale by Auction.

From Newspaper dated 26th June 1886

Transcript of text advertising a public auction of items of John Birmingham deceased on 20 July 1886 and its result. 




In he JOHN BIRMINGHAM, Esq., deceased


I have been favoured with instructions by the Administrator in the above matter, A. D. Bell, Esq. to Sell by


At his Residence




The entire in-door and out-door effects of the deceased:


Among several other valuable mathematical instruments there is a magnificent telescope, (four and a half lens) by Cook, set on a solid cast iron cylinder, and revolving on a pivot, fitted with regulating gauge and lever. This is considered to be one of the most powerful Telescopes in the United Kingdom, having cost originally 120 guineas.


The Library is exceptionally well-stocked, containing over 700 vols of the Choicest Gems of Literature, ancient and modern, embracing the Best Books on all the Sciences, simple and obstruse, all the known languages, works of poets historians, and lexicographers, together with works of fiction, novel and naval and military adventure. For further particulars, see catalogue, which may be had on application to Subscriber. The Library also contains a large collection of fossils, and mineral specimens, which would be invaluable to the geologist or naturalist. A valuable Cremonia [sic] Violin that cost £30 0s 0d Four Book Cases and Cabinet combined; one large Book Case; Kaleidoscope; Spectrascope; Quadrant; Sextant; Copying Press; Barometer; Superior double and single barrelled guns, and six chambered revolver. The Furniture Comprises: Mahogany, Telescope, Leaf, Card, and Side Tables. Hair Seated Chairs, Sofa and Side Board; Cheffioner [sic] Wardrobe, Breakfast, Tea and Dinner Service, Culinary Utensils, Beds, Bedding, and Bedroom Furniture &c &c.


Outdoor Effects —- One First Class Family Car, by Colclough, nearly new; one Hack, do [sic] very little used; one Whitechapel; sets of double and single harness; Cart, one set of harness; Double Harrow; Plough, Winnowing machine, Triangle, ?????, Scales and weights, &c.


Sale to commence at 12 o’clock, sharp.


TERMS —– Cash, with a per cent Commission.


Auctioneer &c

Castlebar, 17th June, 1885


On 23rd July, Mr John Rogers, of Turlough, had a most important and highly successful auction at Millbrook, near Tuam, the residence of the late John Birmingham. Esq. Several hundred volumes of excellent bookds were disposed of and a very superior Telescope was purchased for 23 guineas by Dr Kilkenny of St Jarlath’s College. It is said to be good value for thrice that amount.

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