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A pair of fossilised 'Irish elk' antlers, Prehistoric

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 40,000 GBP

Property of a Gentleman

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A pair of fossilised 'Irish elk' antlers, Prehistoric

A pair of fossilised 'Irish elk' antlers, Prehistoric

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 40,000 GBP

Lot sold:

44,100

GBP

Property of a Gentleman

A pair of fossilised 'Irish elk' antlers, Prehistoric


with twenty-one points, restorations

295cm. wide; 9ft. 8in.

An impressive set of antlers in typically restored condition following excavation and given their great age. The antlers would however benefit from further remedial work as there is one significant loss to one point/fork as visible in the catalogue image and numerous restored breaks and filler repairs to other points/parts of the antlers – some of which are quite crude and could be improved. Generally, peripheral edges and points with chips and losses. The surface with ingrained dirt and dust – some paint splatter too – which would benefit from a clean by a qualified restorer. The antlers are currently suspended using hooks, a chain and a small mount for the skull. Sotheby’s recommend having the antlers re-mounted by a specialist to ensure they hang safely. Please contact the department for further images.


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'Irish Elk' or Giant Deer (Megaloceras Giganteus) originated during the Pleistocene Period of the Great Ice Age and is thought to have initially colonised Siberia before migrating towards the west in response to the deteriorating climate, becoming extinct approximately 11,000 years ago. Although the Elk inhabited a vast expanse of central Europe and Asia, the largest concentration of its remains have been found mainly in the marl underlying bogland of Ireland giving rise to the popular nomenclature of this species. The high calcium carbonate content of the marl is conducive to the preservation of bones and examples of these ancient antler specimens have been discovered in Counties Wayerford, Clare and Cork, many of them in caves. Many have featured in Irish banqueting halls following a centuries old tradition, particularly during the 19th century when it was fashionable for such antiquarian relics to be displayed in baronial halls. An instance of this is recorded in an 1850`s interior drawing of the new manor at Adare, Co. Limerick (see J. Cornforth, English Interiors, 1790-1848, London,1978, fig.51).