Irish Transport and General Workers Union.
An attractive medal with enamelled centrepiece surrounded by engraved shamrocks and other national symbols, in 9 carat gold, hallmarked verso, inscribed verso ‘Presented by Dublin District Council in appreciation of services rendered, to Patrick Quaile, Founder Member of I.T.G.W.U., 1909-1944’. Slight wear to the enamelled centrepiece, otherwise in excellent condition. With a copy of a special commemorative issue of ‘Liberty’ magazine, Golden Jubilee 1909-1959.
The I.T.G.W.U. was founded by James Larkin on 29 December 1908, after he broke with the National Union of Dock Labourers in a row about union support for Irish workers. James Connolly became its Belfast organiser in 1911, and its leader after the great Dublin lock-out, when the Dublin employers tried unsuccessfully to break the union.More details ›
Irish percussion pistol with a Spanish barrel
A good quality Irish-assembled percussion overcoat pistol, c. 1830, utilising an earlier two stage Spanish barrel, 6.25 in., with silver floral decoration and impressed maker’s mark ‘IOAN PRAT’ on the top flat, typical back action, plain flat lock plate retaining much of its original finish, iron furniture, full stocked with diced wooden grip inset with rectangular vacant white metal escutcheon plate, brass tipped wooden ramrod, overall length 11.5 ins.
Joan (Juan) Prat, a Basque gunsmith, was active circa 1780 in Ripoll, in Gerona province in the eastern Spanish Pyrenees, 20 miles south of the French border. The barrel probably brought back to Ireland by an Irish officer after the Peninsular campaign of 1808-14, and reused because of its superior quality.More details ›
A shaped wooden plaque in the form of an upheld hand, height 56 cm, painted red with the words ‘CITIZEN ARMY’ in yellow drop-shadow capitals, with a metal plaque attached stating ‘Sinn Fein Rebellion / Taken from Liberty Hall Dublin / After The Bombardment / 26th April 1916’.
A similar raised red hand may be seen in the early ITGWU badge.More details ›
Service Medal: A scarce Seirbhis Naisuinta Medal, Ranna Cead – Cabhrac Cumann Croise Deirge na h-Eireann, (First Aid Division, Irish Red Cross) issued to Michael O’Connor, Bakerclough, Cashel for his services during The Emergency, cased with original membership card, v. good. Scarce.
* V. Scarce. This section of the force under took work in connection with the civilian population.More details ›
The Emergency – Seirbhis Naisuinta
Service Medals: An extremely rare collection of seven Seirbhis Naisiunta Medals, issued during The Emergency 1939-1946, to different divisions of the forces, as follows:
1. “Na Forsai Cosanta” (Defences Forces), Two medals, one with one bar, each with ribbon and clasp. (2)
2. “An Sluagh Muiri” (The Maritime Inscription). Medal with one bar, ribbon and clasp. This medal was issued only to the Naval Reserve Force.
3. “26u Cathlan” (26th Battalion). Medal with one bar, ribbon and clasp. This medal was issued almost exclusively to members of the Old I.R.A., many of whom had been in action against the British between 1916 and 1922, and later in the Civil War.
4. “Forsa na nOglach 2uLine.” (Second Line Volunteer Reserve). Medal with one bar, ribbon and clasp.
5. “Ranna Cead – Cabhrac Cumann Croise Deirge na hÉireann.” (First Aid Division, Irish Red Cross). Medal with bar, ribbon and clasp.
6. “Na Seirbhise Reamhcuraim in Aghaidh Aer,” (Air Raid Precautions Organisation). Medal with one bar, ribbon & clasp.
These medals were designed by Lawrence Campbell R.H.A., and manufactured by The Jewellery and Metal Manufacturing Co., & P. Quinn Ltd. The bars were authorised for each additional two years of satisfactory service beyond the qualifying period, no more than two bars being awarded to anybody.
In addition there is an attractive silver medal, for D. Company 26th Battalion, this example pierced and engraved with rifles, issued to officers, “Winners of Efficiency Competition, 1944.”
It is indeed rare to get such a full collection of these medals together, and the present set comes complete with original boxes. As a lot, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
The Emergency – Seirbhis Naisuinta Service Medals:
One of the rarest Irish service medals. Merchant Marine Medal 1939-1946. A very good Irish Emergency Service Medal, issued to the Merchant Marine Service, An tSeirbhis Mhuir-Thracthtala, with clasp & 2 bars on blue and white ribbon. The obverse with female figure holding Irish wolfhound, the reverse a large steamship at sea with a sailing vessel just visible. The obverse was designed by Lawrence Campbell & the reverse by Donal Murphy. In v. good condition.
* Extremely Rare. This is one of only 37 of these medals issued with two bars. It is also v. unusual in that it has different designers for obverse and reverse of the same medal. (1)More details ›
Co. Cork Medals: A good War of Independence bronze Medal with ribbon and clasp, and a Seirbhis Naisuinta Medal with ribbon, clasp and two bars, with their original boxes, also a small metal bullet, and the printed compliment slip from the President of Ireland, inscribed in pencil “bullet from my leg shot accidentally in exercise 1920 – Twomey.” There is also included two small Photographs of family members at a flower covered grave. Reputed to have been awarded to a member of the Cork Brigade. As a lot, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
Miniature War of Independence Medal
1919-1921 War of Independence: A fine example of the very rare Miniature War of Independence Medal, with ‘Comrac’ bar, issued only to officers of that struggle, with black and amber ribbon, clasp and bar. Very good, in a contemporary green box. Ex. Scarce. (1)More details ›
1916 Miniature Medal
1916 Combatants Medal: a very fine example of the excessively rare Miniature combatants Medal of 1916, issued only to Officers with orig. decorated clasp and ribbon. (1)More details ›
Rare Set of Irish Service Medals 1916 – 1971.
Western Division I.R.A.
A very good boxed group of Medals issued to Thomas Cloney, Oranmore, Co. Galway, of the I.R.A.’s Western Division, for 1916 / War of Independence Medals and also a 1939 – 46 Seirbhis Naisuinta Medal as follows:
* 1916 Seachtain na Casca, Combatants Medal on original ribbon & pin;
* 1919 – 1921 War of Independence Medal on original ribbon & pin, and with ribbon bar;
* 1919 – 1966 silver Survivors Commemorative Medal on original ribbon and pin;
* 1921 – 1971 Commemorative Jubilee Medal, original ribbon & pin, and ribbon bar;
* 1939 – 1946 ‘Seirbhis Naisiunta’ Medal on original ribbon with bar and pin. The original presentation boxes, with compliment slip are also included. A very rare collection. (5)More details ›
Cumann na mBan, 1916 & 1919-21: An attractive collection including 1916 Combatants Medal with ribbon and clasp, 1919-21 War of Independence Medal with “Comrac” bar (lacks ribbon), very good 1916 Survivors Armband, made of real Irish Poplin by Bergins with label, and the rare 1916-21 Cumann na mBan white metal collar Badge, stamped Dundalgan Press, Dundalk, all very rare and extremely fine. A wonderful & scarce collection.
Provenance: From a Co. Cork Family. (1)More details ›
Volunteers Medal for J. Connolly
1916 Combatants Medal: A good 1916 Combatants Volunteer Medal issued to J. Connolly, reverse of medal engraved with name and with green and gold ribbon but lacking clasp.
* While this appears to be a genuine Easter Week Volunteers medal, it is unlikely to be the medal of James Connolly of the Citizen army, as medals issued to signatories of The Proclamation are generally numbered on the back with the name. There were other 1916 volunteers with the same name and initial, like Sean (John) Connolly, also a Citizen Army member, shot dead near Dublin Castle on Easter Monday morning. Sold as is.
Provenance: Purchased by the present vendor some 15 years ago from a Dublin family. (1)More details ›
Royal Munster Fusiliers: Boer War 1900-1902: A very scarce set of 3 silver and one brass Medals, with South Africa 1901; South Africa 1902; Cape Colony; Transvaal; & Wittenbergen bars, together with the original miniature set of same, awarded to Private T. Hipkins, Munster Regiment and another later enamel Medal G.S.B. (Buffalos) cased, awarded to the same person, 1920, a couple of the ribbons frayed, but a very unusual collection. As a set, w.a.f. (1)More details ›
1916 Rising Medal
An original 1916 Rising service medal on original ribbon and pin, diam. 3.8 cm, the ribbon a little worn, no provenance available.More details ›
Michael J. Kelly, ‘A’ Co. 1st Battalion Dublin Brigade IRA [1897-1967].
A very good collection of medals, documents, letters and memorabilia relating to this Dublin Brigade 1916 Volunteer, also a member of the IRA’s chemicals unit. It is believed he prepared explosive charges used during the Rising, took part in a Mountjoy hunger strike, and worked undercover in London for a time. He opposed the Treaty (see summary of his life prepared by a family member). There are also some documents relating to Kelly’s brother-in-law George Lalor, a qualified chemist, formerly a member of the British Army Medical Corps, who is understood to have assisted him.
The collection includes
– Michael Kelly’s Easter Week 1916 medal on ribbon and pin with original box (worn);
– His War of Independence medal on ribbon and pin with ‘Comhrac’ bar;
– His 1916-1966 commemorative medal on ribbon with separate ribbon strip with original box;
– A very rare tricolour steward’s ribbon for Sinn Fein Ardfheis 1917;
– An Irish Volunteers uniform button;
– Some lengths of tricolour ribbon, possibly for armbands;
– a framed certificate of service (name in Irish, Micheal O Ceallaigh) with ‘A’ Co., 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, signed by Oscar Traynor (worn);
– a framed police photograph front-and-side dated 8.3.20
– a mounted studio photograph by Tyndall of Dublin, possibly circa 1910, and a later informal photograph;
– A collection of Republican printed documents including ‘The Mountjoy Strike: The Call To The Army, issued by Frank Aiken, Chief of Staff ; Sinn Fein Daily Sheet No. 1 (25 October 1923), dealing with ‘All Ireland Hunger Strike’; Poblacht na hEireann War News no. 21 (22 July 1922)and a few others;
– A few notes and draft letters from Kelly confirming service of former comrades, some personal letters to Kelly from former comrades, including an interesting letter from Joe at the Saorstat Eireann High Commissioner’s Office in London 1934, remembering the old days when they were ‘cheddar manufacturers’ (i.e. making explosives), a few invitations including official opening of the Garden of Remembrance 1966, some documents relating to the motor trade in which Michael Kelly was employed, a few testimonials etc.; also a typescript summary of Michael Kelly’s national service provided by vendor.
– British Army service booklet for Cpl. George Lalor of Loughrea, Co. Galway (Michael Kelly’s brother-in-law), served in Royal Medical Corps 1899-1916, including South African War 1900-02 and European war 1914-16, with discharge form, a manuscript memorial card (d. 1941) and other items laid in; also a morocco-covered chemist’s notebook compiled by G. Lalor at St George-In-The East Dispensary (London?), dated 1917, containing printed drug formulations with manuscript additions (an interesting document in its own right), ‘Up Sean T. O’Kelly’ tricolour badge laid in.
A most interesting and impressive collection, documenting a family which evidently made a substantial contribution to the Republican cause.
[Note: this is not the Michael Kelly who was a member of the Citizen Army].
Provenance: By family descent.More details ›
Patrick Joseph Stephenson 1895-1960 (Mendicity Institute garrison 1916).
An important collection of documents and memorabilia concerning his service in the 1916 Rising and later, including
– His 1916 combatant’s armband in green and orange poplin with gilt 1916 emblem, issued for Anniversary celebrations in 1935, and worn on ceremonial occasions prior to the issue of the 1916 veterans’ medal in 1941, in excellent condition;
– His 1916 combatant’s tricolour ribbon, for use when the veterans’ Medal is not being worn, apparently unused, with covering note from Ministry of Defence 1942
– A 1916-1966 Golden Jubilee commemorative silver medal in case, some wear, with two commemorative Pearse silver coins in a National Bank plastic case, also a facsimile of an Irish Volunteers tricolour stamp on silk;
– His copy of the Irish Times ‘Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook’, 1917 issue (includes mention of his father’s death on p. 60 – see below), lacking the map, upper cover detached;
– Souvenir of the funeral of Diarmuid O Donnabhain Rosa 1915, second edition, with signature of ‘S. Mac Stiophain’;
– Issue of ‘Sgeala Chatha (South-Western Command War News)’, 7 Oct. 1922, containing a Government proclamation extending ‘the hand of Friendship to the armed opposition in the country’;
– Dorothy MacArdle’s ‘The Irish Republic’, London 1937, second edition, and two books by R.M. Fox, a biography of James Connolly (1946) and a History of the Irish Citizen Army (1943), both signed by the author;
– ‘Patrick Joseph Stephenson , “Paddy Joe”, 1895-1960’, a biographical account compiled by his grandson Jim Stephenson 2006, privately published, including photographs and documents and a reprint of Patrick Stephenson’s privately issued memoir (1966) of the Mendicity Institute fighting in 1916.
Patrick Joseph Stephenson joined the Gaelic League in 1910, aged 15, with the purpose of securing independence for Ireland. He later joined the Fianna and the Irish Volunteers, and was actively involved before and during the 1916 Rising, when he was in the garrison of the Mendicity Institute under Sean Heuston. He carried despatches for Pearse immediately before the Rising, including a notice for the ‘parade’ which launched the Rising. By a macabre coincidence, his father, also Patrick, a stableman with a Dublin undertakers, was shot dead during the Rising by British troops for an alleged breach of curfew regulations. (He is listed among the casualties on p. 60 of the ‘Sinn Fein Rebellion Handbook’).
After the Rising Paddy Joe was imprisoned for a time; in 1917 he became Adjutant General of the Fianna. He was an active Volunteer during the War of Independence, and evidently in touch with Michael Collins (see lot 649). Later he was a founding member of the Communist Party of Ireland; he left the Party when his wife, a devout Catholic, told him to choose between the Party and his marriage. In civilian life he became Dublin’s Chief Librarian, chairman of the Kilmainham Jail Restoration Society and President of the Old Dublin Society. His five very successful sons included the distinguished architect Sam Stephenson.More details ›
1916 Rising Medal
An original 1916 Rising service medal on original ribbon and pin, diam. 3.2 cm, no provenance available.More details ›
Medals awarded to Richard Kelly
His set of medals including 1916 Easter Rising Medal, War of Independence medal with comrac bar and his ”Caomnoiri aitiula” (Local Security Force) Emergency medal with bar. Together with a letter from the Department of Defence sent on the 15th May 1925 which would have accompanied his Certificate of Military Service and his Certificate of Discharge stating him of ‘very good’ character.More details ›
A Presidential gift to Michael Collins
An attractive relief plaque with a bust in profile of Theodore Roosevelt, U.S. President over the well-known quotation, ‘I wish to preach not the doctrine of ignoble ease but the doctrine of strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife, to preach that highest form of success that comes, not to the man who desires mere ease and peace, but to him who does not shrink from danger, hardship, or bitter toil, and who, out of these, wins the splendid ultimate triumph.’
Bronze, indistinctly signed, circa 35.5 x 19 cm.
We understand that this plaque was presented to Michael Collins by Warren Harding, U.S. President 1921-3, in the early months of 1922 after Collins became Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Free State. The Roosevelt quotation – which is singularly appropriate to the life of Michael Collins – was cited by Gen. Richard Mulcahy in his address on Collins’ death.
There is no record of a meeting between Collins and Harding, but it is known that Harding admired Collins’ non-partisan administration of American relief funds through the White Cross organisation (see Coogan, Michael Collins, 1990 p. 202). Presumably the gift was transmitted through diplomatic channels.
Provenance: Mulcahy family, by descent.More details ›
A Memento of the G.P.O. 1916
The Post Office Dublin Directory and Calendar for 1916.
Dublin, Thom, Dec. 1915, orig. cloth, with label inside front endpaper reading ‘On His Majesty’s Service. / For Public Use. / Counter / G.P.O. / Dublin / 1916.’
Evidently this useful item was retained by one of the Volunteers who took over the G.P.O. on the morning of Easter Monday, 24 April 1916. It was later given to Richard Mulcahy, Minister for Defence in the First Dail, by Paidin O’Keeffe, the legendary General Secretary of Sinn Fein.
Provenance: Mulcahy family, by descent.More details ›