Eclectic Collector


Michael Parsons reports on the sale in The Irish Times:




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A selection of the militaria and weapons in our Eclectic Collector Auction.

Our auction on 17th September contains a fascinating militaria section as well as an array of antique firearms and swords. Some of the highlights are featured in this video.


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September 5, 2016 · 1:04 pm

Important Militaria Collection

Whyte’s Eclectic Collector auction, on 17th September, includes a fascinating militaria collection. 

The Simon Collection of 20th century German militaria focuses largely on the uniform and equipment of the average foot soldier. It ranges from helmets to boots, with over thirty examples of the former to two pairs of the latter.

First World War, German, helmet

1914-1918 World War I, German Imperial picklehaub.

The collection is the result of a twenty-five-year search for the best preserved example of each item of kit. As well as Picklehaubes, “coal scuttles” and pith-helmets the 150 lots include specialist equipment such as landmine warning flags, a mountain trooper’s ice axe,  a despatch rider’s goggles and gauntlets and even a wartime luxury – a Wehrmacht toilet roll! The latter is unused (!) and intact in its original printed wrapper.

There are over forty lots of badges and insignia ranging from a pre-WWI Zeppelin pilot’s badge to a badge awarded for destroying five tanks using hand held weapons.

View the Eclectic Collector catalogue here.

Wehrmacht, Third Reich, Alpne troops.

Clockwise from bottom left, lots 416, 442 & 446.

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Golden Opportunity for Canny Investors

It doesn’t require a fortune in the bank to take advantage of fluctuating gold markets.

Gold coin

Lot 640, a Victorian Indian gold mohur, 1862, estimate €320-€350

With the present uncertainty in the markets over Brexit and the US Presidential election, many investors are buying precious metals such as gold or silver as a safe haven for their money. The Eclectic Collector Auction at  Whyte’s on 17th September offers over 100 different gold coins, including Krugerrands, sovereigns, US Double Eagles, Canadian Maple Leaves. Less familiar coins include a Dominican Republic Trujillo thirty pesos, Turkish five hundred kurush, Peruvian one libra, Indian mohur and Persian pahlavi. The coins will sell at bullion or slightly above and with estimates of €80 to €1,200 these lots offer a golden opportunity for the small investor. View the Eclectic Collector catalogue here.

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We are currently compiling the catalogue for a very important auction of Irish and International art on 26 September next at the RDS Dublin.

If you have art of quality and value to sell this will be an ideal opportunity to achieve a good result, given the present strong market. All Whyte’s auctions are broadcast globally on the internet with online live bidding. Sample catalogue and our informative brochure on client services sent on request.

Whyte’s international clientele has an insatiable appetite for Irish art of the highest quality. If you are thinking of selling contact Adelle Hughes or Peter Whyte at 01 676 2888 or for informed advice and valuations, given in the strictest confidence.

Entries close soon for the September sale so contact us now if interested in consigning.


Illustrated: F.E. McWilliam ‘WOMAN KNEELING’
26 September 2016, Estimate: €100,000-€150,000

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Our Summer Online Auction was another very successful sale for Whyte’s.

There are only a few lots left unsold and available at low reserve prices – see the listing online at
[Illustrated: Lot 12 Liam O’Neill, sold for €3,400]

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