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iven that he spends much of his working day makes Greystones’ homes that little bit cosier, Maurice Dodd can sometimes unearths the odd curiosity.
Back in July 2016, it was a 94-year-old note hidden in a cottage wall on Trafalgar Road.
And now, it’s a peculiar slice of local memorabilia – namely a plate. Manufacturd for Beggs & Co, House Agents, Greystones, this fascinating little Foley China plate is enough to send the town’s banjo players into a duelling frenzy.
You can make out the name Evans on the artwork, which must have been the artist – who, most probably, had no links to the bould Arthur Evans, who had his store just at the top of the jetty pictured.
“It would be wonderful to figure out the where, why and who involved,” says Maurice. “It’s actually a saucer, about seven inches wide, with the picture about 3 inches. What surprised me was the astonishing detail involved. The North Beach cottages are all present and correct – would just love to know more about this…”
Doing a little research, young Fiona Roche discovered that Beggs & Co were based in Greystones back in 1910, which prompted a response from Marcia Cuthbert.
“I am related to the Beggs family. My great grandmother was Maria Beggs, daughter of Ebenezer Beggs. Maria married my great grandfather, Robert Cuthbert of Bray. There was a Nathanial Beggs related to us, and he, I think, was the one with the China shop in Greystones…”
Following Maurice’s posting of the plate on social media, a call has now gone out to another Beggs, based in Canada, who may just know a little more.
Naturally, if anyone out there recognises Beggs & Co, or this non-flying saucer, let us know on email@example.com.
And Maurice informs us that he’s starting the bidding at €7.63m. With a free I ♥ Greystones mug thrown in.