Battle of Kinsale 1601.
A fine copper engraving, 38 x 58.5 cm, from Stafford’s Pacata Hibernia (first published 1633), showing a detailed plan of the battlefield around Kinsale with the movements of the various forces, October 1601 – January 1602. Fold marks, else very good. Framed.
The Battle of Kinsale completed the Elizabethan conquest of Ireland, and ended Hugh O’Neill’s challange to English rule. A Spanish force led by Juan de Aguila landed at Kinsale in September 1601, but was quickly surrounded there by Lord Mountjoy. Hugh O’Neill marched from Ulster to join forces with the Spanish, arriving outside Kinsale in late December 1601. He attcked the siege forces in the early morning of December 24th, but the attack went astray in a heavy mist. The Spanish, garrison failed to break out as planned, and the English were left to cut up O’Neill’s force at leisure. Early in January the Spanish force was allowed to surrender on honourable terms. A year later O’Neill himself surrendered at Mellifont. The flight of the Earls followed in 1607, and 17th Century Ireland entered its long night.More details ›
Kitchin’s Map of Great Britain and Ireland.
Attractive hand coloured engraved map by Thos. Kitchin, Geographer, ‘drawn from the best Surveys’, Laurie & Whittle, London 1794, 66 x 53.3 cm, engraved cartouche upper left. Framed.More details ›
Russell’s Map of Ireland
Ireland, Drawn from the Best Authorities by J. Russell.
Engraved map of Ireland, hand coloured in outline, pub. C. Dilly & G.G. & J. Robinson, London 1799. 44 x 39cm, framed.More details ›
Dower’s Map of Ireland
Engraved map of Ireland by J. Dower with contemporary hand colouring, pub. Henry Teesdale, London, n.d. c. 1840, 41 x 33 cm. Includes Limerick and Waterford Railways incorporated by Parliament, also routes of Kingstown and Valentia Railways now preparing surveys for an Act. Framed.More details ›
A Diary from the Four Courts.
Single A-4 printed sheet on brownish paper, headed ‘Stop Press. Poblacht na h-Eireann. A Diary from the Four Courts. June 28th, 1922.
‘The following has been received from Father Albert at the Four Courts:
‘3.40 a.m. Ultimatum delivered / 4.20 War opened. / 5.15 First Irish Republican soldier wounded ..’, etc., to 12.30 pm., ‘The fire was so heavy and so deafening that it was almost impossible for the priest who was hearing confessions to carry out his duties’.
This is the first issue of the celebrated ‘Stop Press’ series. A larger folio broadsheet was issued later in the day, and the broadsheet series continued until after the Four Courts building was evacuated on Friday. The diary format of this issue gives a powerful impression of immediacy, marking the actual outbreak of the Civil War minute by minute.
An exceptionally rare document, a little scuffed but without loss.More details ›
Communique from the Four Courts
Stop Press. Poblacht na hEireann. Wednesday June 28th, Seventh Year of the Republic.
Broadside poster, 51 x 38 cm, printed one side only, commencing:
‘We have received the following message from Major General Rory O’Connor, I.R.A.:
‘At 3.40 a.m. this morning we received a note signed by Tom Ennis demanding on behalf of “the Government” our surrender at 4 a.m. when he would attack.
‘He opened attack at 4.07 in the name of his Government, with Rifle, Machine and field pieces.
‘The boys are glorious and will fight for the Republic to the end. How long will our misguided former comrades outside attack those who stand for Ireland alone? ..
(signed) Rory O’Connor, Major General, I.R.A.’
An exceptional copy of this rare item, by far the scarcest of the broadsheet series, with just a few traces of foxing.More details ›
Proclamation from The Four Courts
Stop Press: Poblacht na h’Eireann. War News No. 2 [Thursday June 29th, 1922]. Approx. 50cms x 31cms (19 3/4″ x 12 1/4″) printed one side only, some fading, framed & glazed. Very Rare.
* Important as it includes “Proclamation” signed by sixteen of the anti-Treaty commandants, accusing the Provisional Government of doing the bidding of the British Government in attacking the Four Courts Garrison. It concludes with warning ‘Beware! Beware of Black and Tans and British Soldiers dressed in Free State Uniforms.” (1)More details ›
Stop Press. Poblacht na hEireann. War News nos. 4-5-6
Three broadsheet issues of this rare series chronicling the start of the Civil War, dated Friday June 30, Saturday morning July 1, Sunday July 2, first and third circa 49.5 x 38 cm, second 56 x 35.5 cm, the first on red paper, the second on white, the third on yellow paper. No. 5 with fold marks and a tear at head (no significant loss), the others in very good condition.
Under the date-line ‘Noon, Friday’, issue no. 3 states ‘Four Courts NOT taken. Holding out. Morning Press news supplied by Free State False.’ In fact the Four Courts were well on fire by then, and the Dublin Brigade commander Oscar Traynor had ordered a surrender. Around noon on Friday the garrison dumped their arms and marched out under a flag of truce, and were mostly taken into detention.
Issues 5 and 6 acknowledge the loss of the Four Courts, but are headed ‘The Fight Goes On’, with news of fighting elsewhere. There was one further broadsheet issue, after which the series continues in A-4 format, perhaps because broadsheet printing facilities were no longer conveniently available.
The broadsheet issues were printed on flimsy paper, and all are scarce in good condition.
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‘Unemployed Pilgrims from Saorstat Eireann’
A fine quality hand-embroidered tasselled banner, circa 107 x 76 cm, suspended on a turned mahogany pole, coloured and gilt threads on a white cloth base, gilt surround, showing a central figure of St. Patrick with his staff banishing the snakes, surrounded by sprays of shamrocks, with the legend ‘ “Universe” / Unemployed Pilgrims / From Saorstat Eireann’ in large embroidered letters. On verso is an applied embroidery of the Papal crossed keys emblem. No maker’s marks apparent. A little staining to foot but otherwise in excellent condition.
Clearly this attractive banner was prepared to accompany an Irish pilgrimage to a foreign place, probably Rome, probably with a Patrician connection. It seems most likely that it is connected with the Patrician Year celebrations in Rome circa 1932. Presumably the heading “Universe” refers to the Catholic newspaper of the time, which may have organised or sponsored the pilgrimage.
The workmanship is of high quality throughout.More details ›
‘God Save Ireland’.
An attractive hand-embroidered plaque, 35.5 x 48 cm, silk and silver thread on a canvas backing, featuring a wolfhound, harp, shamrocks, banners, round tower, sunrise etc. with the symbols of the Four Provinces and the legend ‘Erin Go Brath / God Save Ireland’, probably late 19th century, in excellent condition, handsomely framedMore details ›
An attractive hand-embroidered plaque, 43 x 48 cm, silk and silver thread on a canvas backing, showing a hound, harp, round tower, Tree of Liberty, sunrise etc., with the American Eagle to left, under the legend ‘United Ireland’ with the names of the four provinces, probably late 19th century, in excellent condition , handsomely framed.More details ›
Boer War 1900 – 1902: A copper and brass Army Bugle, made by George Potters & Co., Aldershot, and stated by tradition to have been used by a family member, during the Boer War in South Africa. (1)More details ›
Military: An exceptionally fine pair of early 19th Century Irish Epaulettes, the silver plated bodies in excellent condition & profusely worked with silver threads & bead, & each surmounted with a sprig of shamrock in gold thread, made by R. Ponder, 37 Duke St., St. James, London, & in orig. carrying case. From the Collection of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
* Rare to find in this condition, these Epaulettes with their gold bullion shamrocks would have been worn by an Irish Lord Lieutenant, dispensing Britain’s Rule from Dublin Castle.
Ref: Similar Epaulettes in the Heraldic Museum, Kildare Street. (1)More details ›
A leather holster and small ammunition Belt,
simple manufacture, c. 1920’s. (1)More details ›
A good quality leather Flag Holder,
stamped with letters B.E.I., and number 888. (1)More details ›
Irish Volunteers: an early Irish Volunteers War of Independence 12 – Pouch Ammo. Bandolier, possibly home-made manufacture. Scarce. (1)More details ›
1916 Rebellion: A very good British Officers Sam Brown Belt & Holster, stamped ‘A. Davis & Co., 1916’ brass buckle, hooks, etc., also inscribed ‘Easther’. Scarce. (1)More details ›
Royal Irish Constabulary: A good Crown Forces Service Bayonet, used by the Regular and Auxiliary R.I.C. Units, in Ireland, bayonet length, 43cms (17″), with scabbard. (1)More details ›
Cumann na mBan: An unusual good Cumann na mBan leather Belt, of plain design, and with decorated brass snake clasp. (1)
Note: Uniform is not included in this lot, please see lot 557.More details ›
A good Free State leather Officer’s Sam brown Belt and leather Holster, all with brass hooks and buckles. (1)More details ›