Vintage Connemara Marble Condiment Set, Salt Pepper & Mustard, Made In Ireland.
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This is a unused Condiment set consisting of a Salt, Pepper & Mustard pot, made from 'Connemara Marble' made by: Gerard, I think in the 1970s,it is in a very good condition and has never been used just put into my late Mothers glass display dresser in pride of place, as we all originally come from Island.
HISTORY OF CONNEMARA MARBLE
Connemara is a famous region in the west of Ireland. It means “Inlets for the Sea” in the Irish language and has a tremendous rugged beauty. Oscar Wilde is quoted as deeming Connemara a “savage beauty” which is incredibly accurate for anyone that has been lucky enough to visit the area. Connemara holds a particular fondness for those seeking the old-fashioned and quintessential Ireland.
Connemara Marble is a rare form of marble found in the region which is typically green-ish in colour. It is said to be one of the rarest forms of marble in the world due to its limited supply and dates back over 600 million years. The marble itself is formed when limestone is heated under pressure. While the colour is predominately green there are often shades of grey and brown seen throughout. It dates back to the Precambrian era.
In 1822, the Joyce family from Galway opened up a quarry in Clifden called the Streamstown Marble quarry. The Joyce name was to become synonymous with Connemara Marble and have supplied some world famous buildings with the iconic marble. For those lucky enough to visit Galway they should seek out the Galway Cathedral in the city where you will see a beautiful example of Connemara Marble forming the floor and completing the beautiful cathedral. This floor is one of the largest examples of the marble in the world and was supplied by the Joyce family mentioned previously. It will ensure that the family name will live long in the folklore of Galway and cement their association with the local marble. It is a testament to the beauty of the marble that it adorns building around the world.
Marble from the Streamstown quarry is to be seen in Cathedrals and public buildings including the Westminster Cathedral and General Post Office in London and Oxford’s University Museum of Natural History.