Early 19th Century Irish Officers Sword. A very good early Irish Officers Dress Sword, the 82.5cm finely engraved blade, signed by J. Ireland & Son, 12 & 13 Ellis Quay, Dublin, the basket hilt decorated with Irish Harp, and shagreen grip, in original steel scabbard (worn). (1)More details ›
The War of Independence in Co. Clare
Rineen Ambush, 22 September 1920: ” A Webley . 45 Revolver,” A Crown Forces issues Webley with broad arrow markings, as carried by The Black and Tans, which was taken in the famous ambush at Rineen, 22 September, 1920. The weapon has been decommissioned.
* The Ambush at Rineen was a remarkable success for the I.R.A. “The I.R.A. men were quickly out on the main road to gather up the weapons, ammunition and equipment of the dead R.I.C. … The extent of the capture, especially the ammunition was found to be greater that what had been expected. Six Rifles with three thousand rounds of .303 ammunition, and one revolver with fifty rounds of /45 calibre ammunition comprised the booty.” See “The Red Path of Glory – with the I.R.A. in the Fight for Irish Freedom,” published by The Kerryman, Tralee, c. 1924, pps. 67-77.
A unique memento of this famous operation. Sixty members of the Mid-Clare Brigade Active Service Unit of the I.R.A., including a part of Fianna Scouts took part in the Ambush. It was one of the biggest in the War of Independence, and was in retaliation for the killing of local I.R.A. man Martin Davitt who was shot dead by Crown Forces in February of that year. There were 27 Crown Forces casualties (include. 6 dead) and two I.R.A. wounded. There were no arrests. Following the ambush the Black and Tans engaged in wild reprisals in nearby Miltown Malbay. (1)
Provenance: Purchased sometime ago from a Co. Clare family two of whose ancestors, Patrick and Michael Quealy, were participants on the day, one an Active Service Unit member, and his brother. A Fianna Scout.More details ›
1916 & War of Independence, Co. Cork
Cork Volunteers: A very good Smith and Weston Revolver, Serial No. 15546 and a leather Holster and Sam Brown Belt, stamped Adams & Co., 1916, all in v. good condition. As a collection, w.a.f.
* This revolver was used by the First Battalion Cork Volunteers in the march on Macroom in 1916. It was again used with the Brigade Flying Column under Sean O’Hegarty at the ambush of Coolavokig on the 18th February 1921, and in other actions.
Provenance: By family descent to the present owner, Sean O’Cionnaithe, Cork City. (1)More details ›
1919-1921 War of Independence: A very good dark blue Officers Cape with dark blue velvet collar and crimson lining, with original cloak chain and two large holding buttons with wreath border, and central harp flanked by “I” & “V”. V. good condition.
Provenance: Late Lieut. Col. Harrington, and by descent to the family. (1)More details ›
19th Century Irish School
Irish Militia: Royal Meath Militia Undress Uniform, July 21st, 1858. A very fine and rare miniature watercolour, by W.H.J. approx. 8 x 12.5cm on paper, signed with initials, inscribed and dated on reverse, between glass, and leather bound. V. Rare. (1)More details ›
Austin Stack 1880 – 1929
A very fine silver Christening Spoon, with shaped and decorated head featuring the letter ‘A’ with engraved inscription in bowl ‘Aibhistin Breandan O’Cathalain / O’Aibhistin de Staic / 16 July 1924’, hallmarked, in original fitted leather bound box. V. unusual item. Scarce.
* Austin Stack, born near Tralee, was a founder member of the Irish Volunteers and a commandant in the period immediately before the Easter Rising. Sent to Kerry to make contact with Roger Casement, he was arrested and held until June 1917. He was elected to the First Dail, and was Minister for Home Affairs 1921-22. He opposed the Treaty, and his health was severely weakened by a hunger strike while imprisoned in 1923, and died in 1929 at the age of 49. (1)More details ›
Cork Brooch: A good attractive white metal Brooch in the form of a hound seated among shamrocks, over the engraved letters ‘C. na nG.’ (Gaelic letters), stamped at rear ‘Roche Cork,’ probably relates to “Cumann na nGaedheal,” a precursor of Sinn Fein founded by Arthur Griffith and William Rooney in 1900. It amalgamated with other societies in 1907 to form the National Council later renamed Sinn Fein; with an enamelled A.O.H. brooch, also Cork. Scarce.
Provenance: Liam de Roiste. (2)More details ›
1919-1921 War of Independence: An original large Volunteers Training Rifle, with wooden and steel frame, approx. 81cm barrel, stamped ‘1915’, good condition. (1)More details ›
Irish Volunteers: A good quality reproduction / Replica Irish Volunteers Uniform Jacket, with brown leather buttons, and brass Volunteers symbol “IV” on shoulder straps, circa 1940’s. As a garment, w.a.f. (1)
Note: The belt and hat are not included in this lot, please see lots 547 and 558.More details ›
Irish Volunteers: A rare Irish Volunteers Green felt ‘Cronje’ Hat, with original brass harp badge. Very good.
* Volunteers who did not possess one of these hats, wore civilian hats or caps instead. Extremely Rare. (1)More details ›
Garda Siochana, 1920’s: A scarce and unusual early 1920’s Garda Siochana navy-blue Night Cape, complete with chain and blackened metal clasps in design of shamrock with smaller shamrocks embossed there on, four Garda silvered buttons. In fine condition. Unusual.
* The firm of John Ireland supplied the Garda with all their accoutrements from the early years, as they had done for the Royal Irish Constabulary. (1)More details ›
Thomas Ashe 1885 – 1917. A good quality sculptured head, bust of Thomas Ashe on integral pedestal, titled ‘Tomas Aghas,’ in Gaelic lettering, circa 26cm high, base of pedestal repaired, some wear and other faults, unsigned. rare.
* Thomas Ashe, born in Lispole in Kerry, commanded the North Dublin Volunteers in the most successful operation of the 1916 Rising, when they defeated a column of military armed R.I.C. men near Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Imprisoned several times afterwards, he died due to forcible feeding while on hunger strike for better conditions. (1)More details ›
General Michael Collins: A circular Commemorative Plate, 24cm in diameter, with head and shoulders portrait of ‘General Michael Collins,’ after a photograph by Hogan, with floral decorated border, browned, on an associated carved wooden stand. (2)More details ›
Michael Collins & Arthur Griffith: Two small Parian-ware busts, Michael Collins, 18.5cm high, (some dam.), & Arthur Griffith, 16cm high, white porcelain, unusual. (2)More details ›
R.I.C.: An original Royal Irish Constabulary Guards Hat, with ‘crowned harp’ badge, remains of an old makers label, “The Limerick Clothing Company,” and ownership tag inside. Scarce. (1)More details ›
A Very Rare & Important Collection
Royal Irish Constabulary: A comprehensive collection of R.I.C. regalia and memorabilia, including lg. black metal badge, buttons, seals, crossed swords insignia, bugler’s badge, many other embroidered items, wax seals etc., the majority with official descriptive labels of Dublin Castle, c. 1895 – 1910. An excellent collection including many rare items. As a lot, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Cumann na mBan: A very fine quality & rare 9ct gold Cuman na mBan lapel badge, approx. 5cm long, in an associated contemporary box. Ex Rare. (1)More details ›
Cumann na mBan: A very heavy and fine prison-craft white metal Cumann na mBan Collar Badge, 5.75cm long, cased. Scarce. (1)More details ›
Oglaigh na hEireann [Irish Volunteers]
A very unusual white metal signet ring with pierced centrepiece engraved with the words ‘Oglaigh na hEireann’ in a circle surrounding the letters FF [Fianna Fail: Soldiers of Ireland], the entire within a sunburst, similar to Irish Volunteers cap badge circa 1915, evidently handcrafted, possibly prison work, undated but probably from period 1915-21. Rare; we have not seen a similar example.More details ›
A Royal Irish Constabulary Helmet in original tin box
The Royal Irish Constabulary, a paramilitary police force, was founded in 1836 and existed until it was replaced by the unarmed Garda Siochana in 1922.More details ›