Shop Interior: silver, gold goods - indicative of wealth/trade.

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Where: Northern Ireland, Belfast, United Kingdom

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When: 01 January 1905

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A Goldsmiths/Silversmiths/Jewellers fine display of opulence, fine workmanship and exclusive showrooms - as a contrast to yesterdays rustic bridge and rural setting! Where was it and who was the owner? Answers on a postcard please.....

Thanks and applause today to BeachcomberAustralia who not only submitted an answer by postcard, but was adjudged to have quickly and impressively won today's postal competition - by identifying this as Sharman D. Neill's jewellers and silversmiths. We have visited the exterior of Sharman D. Neill's at Donegall Place, Belfast previously. It seems possible that this interior image was taken as part of the same commission - maybe even soon after or marking the opening of the new premises in 1903. As we learned previously, this jeweller and ornament merchant had been in business at a number of different premises in this part of Belfast since the mid to late 19th century, and opened this shop early in the 20th century...

Collection: Mason Photographic Collection

Date: ca. 1890-1910

NLI Ref: M3/18

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    derangedlemur

    • 01/Sep/2016 07:42:26

    It seems to say "arcad" (presumably arcade) on the door, and also on the windows to the right if you get out the image processing software.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Sep/2016 07:49:02

    Sharman D. Neill, Belfast ?? https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/22750034970/

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    derangedlemur

    • 01/Sep/2016 07:56:05

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I'm not sure the window's the right shape for that. About the right number of clocks, though. I was just trawling the Queen's Arcade myself. Edit: On second thoughts (well, glance), I think you may be right. It seems to have the same clock over the door.

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 01/Sep/2016 08:00:24

    nicely done

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    derangedlemur

    • 01/Sep/2016 08:12:50

    The "Arcade" writing must actually be across the road, not over the door. Neill's is directly opposite the Queen's Arcade.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Sep/2016 08:36:55

    Workshop image. In the comments to the shot beachcomber links above, we concluded that 1903-1910 was the likely date range based on dates the business was at that address.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 01/Sep/2016 08:41:18

    Streetview shows the shop is still standing: it is a branch or River Island today.

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    floressas.desesseintes

    • 01/Sep/2016 09:43:02

    Great image, seen in "B&W Images from around the World" www.flickr.com/groups/picsinbw/

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    Nydialy

    • 01/Sep/2016 09:49:55

    The ceiling is beautiful.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Sep/2016 11:44:56

    Brilliant https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia! As https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] and https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley point out, I think that's a winner (seemingly corroborated by the clock and the ".. arcade .." signage opposite. Great work! Have updated the map and date range to match the other Sharman D. Neill image.

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    guliolopez

    • 01/Sep/2016 11:48:01

    Well done [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] ! Is that an Ardagh Chalice replica that we see almost dead centre? If so, there may be a connection with another silversmiths we've also visited prior (below). The ceremonial gilt trowel (or fish/cake slice?) in the cabinet bottom right is also intriguing. www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/21485692323/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Sep/2016 13:21:38

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland You asked for "Answers on a postcard please ... " It might take a few weeks to get to you, so here is a preview - https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia/28759100234/ ;-)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Sep/2016 14:23:55

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia LOL!!!!!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 01/Sep/2016 14:26:01

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I know you haven't seen it for a while but surely that's the Sam Maguire "almost dead centre"?

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    DannyM8

    • 01/Sep/2016 14:45:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Mary, I think the Sam Maguire is much bigger and it does have a rounder more bulbous base as against the sloping base we see here. I got to hold it in Croke Park on Sunday - hopefully it will stay closer to Croke Park and not McHale Park for the next year. Anyway, what would a Limerick girl know about the Sam Maguire!!!

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 01/Sep/2016 15:34:19

    Guliolopez, Well observed! I'm guessing that chair (reflected in the Silver Tray) might have been constructed by Salvadore Dali

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 02/Sep/2016 07:47:46

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/9159[email protected] Yes! The chair is distinctly Dali-esque. Somebody opened the door during the long exposure; that is why we can see "ARCAD" across the road. Wonder if it was the same ghostly skirted figure in https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]'s note?

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 02/Sep/2016 08:20:35

    And the ghostly visitor must have been someone of considerable importance to be so tolerated at such a critical time. Otherwise, one would imagine the photographer's reaction would have been to invite their immediate withdrawal using language that would have tarnished the silverware.

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    Ali Gardener

    • 06/Sep/2016 20:00:13

    Fairy like

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 19/Sep/2016 21:23:02

    Nearly three weeks later ... https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/29708888701/