John O'Reley

John O'Reley, known working date 1835. John O'Reley was an itinerant merchant who may also have been a silversmith. He was imprisoned for debt in Dumfries in 1837 and his stock was disposed of at a public sale. Despite the quantity of silverware sold, there are very few examples of his work in collections of Scottish provincial silver.


To be Sold, by Public Roup, within the Trades' Hall, Dumfries, upon FRIDAY, the 3d, and Saturday, the 4th, days of February next.

THE STOCK IN TRADE OF JOHN O'RELEY, Travelling Merchant, who was convicted of Fraudulent Bankruptcy, and is presently undergoing punishment for that crime in the Jail of Dumfries, consisting of an elegant Silver Tea Set, several Ladies' and Gentlemen's Gold Watches, some of them valuable and quite new, upwards of 2 Dozen Silver Watches, 3 Dozen Silver Table Spoons, 4 Silver Soup Dividers, Silver Gravy Spoons, Silver Sauce do., upwards of 2 Dozen Silver Dessert do., several Dozen Toddy Ladles, several Dozen Silver Tea Spoons, 7 handsome Silver Snuff Boxes, Silver Dessert Forks, Silver Sugar Tongs, Silver Salt Spoons, Silver Mustard do., several Dozen Silver Pencil Cases, Silver Spectacles, Gold Watch Seals and Keys, several Dozen Gold Rings, Watch Guards, Gold, Silver, &c.

With a very great variety of JEWELLERY OF ALL KINDS

The whole stock is New, and in the best order. Also, Two Double-Barrelled GUNS. The sale will commence each day at 12 o'clock noon precisely.  G DUNBAR, Auctioneer, Dumfries, 19th Jan, 1837

The CREDITORS OF JOHN O'RELEY are requested to lodge their Claims with Mr Wright, writer, the Trustees' Agent.  A Scheme of Division will be made out, and the Funds realized will be divided immediately after the Sale.

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