Great Seal of Ireland
A good example of the Great Seal of Ireland, early Victorian period, in green/black wax, 6 ins diameter, 1 inch thick, recto with the young Queen on horseback above the crowned harp and shamrocks, within the circular legend ‘Victoria Dei Gratia Brittaniarum Regina Fidei Defensor’, verso with Queen on throne flanked by retainers over coat of arms, surrounded by wreath of oak leaves.
Examples of the Great Seal of Ireland from any period are rare. Hilary Jenkinson’s ‘Guide to Seals in the Public Record Office’ (1954) states (pp. 43-4) that ‘a fairly intensive search some years ago in England and Ireland for impressions of the Irish Seals produced a total of only forty, for the period from the thirteenth century onward’ [a period encompassing about one hundred sovereigns].More details ›
Lourdes Pilgrimage 1928. An attractive original photograph, 6 x 8 ½ ins, mounted on card, showing a group of about 75 people, men and women, mostly lay people with a few clerics, standing and kneeling outside a large buttressed building in Lourdes, the group flanked by two embroidered banners, one with legend in Irish ‘A Naoimh Eoghain, A Phatruin Dhoire, Guidh Orainn’, the other with a similar prayer addressed to ‘Naomh Columcille’, the photo captioned ‘Lourdes 1928’ and signed by the French photographer. Presumably the group was from the Derry area.More details ›
The Story of L.C.F. [Limerick Clothing Factory] 1850-1950.
Small quarto grey cloth, circa 100 pp, extensively illustrated with photographs and drawings. No author credited, designed by O’Kennedy Brindley. Very scarce.
The Limerick Clothing Factory was founded in 1850 by Peter Tait, to provide employment for the city’s poor after the famine. It was the first maker of ready-made clothing anywhere in the world, specialising in contract production of uniforms to standard sizes. It broke the tailoring process into a series of simple tasks, using steam-powered machinery and the new Singer sewing machines patented in 1851. Previous to this, Army uniforms had been individually made by craft tailors wherever a regiment was stationed. Peter Tait persuaded the British War Office to give him a contract for the supply of uniforms to the entire British Army. It branched into civilian clothing, and in 1922 it provided new uniforms for the Free State Army and Garda Siochana. The attractive photographs show all aspects of the factory’s operations in 1950; the book was evidently produced for its centenary.More details ›
Votes for Irish Women
An Appeal to Church People. Printed A-4 sheet issued by M.L.I. Stack & G.E. Manning, appealing to members of the Church [of Ireland] to support the campaign for Votes for Women. No printer, no date, probably circa 1910. Rare.
‘Will the Irish Church, which has always been famous for its purity, continue to shut its eyes to the MEANING of The Women’s Movement, and even lag behind the Church of England, which has promised to consider the question this year at its Congress.’
Possibly the first such appeal in an Irish context.More details ›
James Reidy of New York
The Influence of the Irish Woman on the National Movement. Lecture Delivered Before the Brooklyn Gaelic Society, Sunday March 18 1906.
Tom Clarke was a leading member of the Brooklyn Gaelic Society while living in the United States, 1898-1907, and probably attended this lecture; a copy was among his papers.More details ›
Department of Recruiting for Ireland [British Army].
Printed statement dated 4 January 1916, 1 pp, urging eligible men whether married or single to sign ‘a form of voluntary undertaking to join the colours’, with a copy of the enlistment form. Scarce.More details ›
Constance [Countess] de Markiewicz
A Call to the Women of Ireland. Being a Lecture delivered to the Students’ National Literary Society, Dublin, under the title of ‘Women, Ideals and the Nation’.
Dublin, Fergus O’Connor 1918, 16mo green wrappers, very good copy. Scarce.More details ›
Songs of Battle.
The most Up-to-Date Collection of Republican Songs and Recitations Yet Published. All the Favourites of the Day. The Art Depot, 6 Mary St., Dublin, n.d. [circa 1918]. 16mo buckram, orig. wrappers laid on front and rear, 32 pp.
A good collection including ‘The Soldiers’ Song’ and others by Peadar O Cearnaigh, ‘The Flag of Freedom’ by Joseph Stanley, ‘A Battle-Hymn’ by Countess Markiewicz, several by ‘The Rajah of Frongoch’ and many others. Not in Carty.More details ›
Hitler and Ireland
By Vere Gregory M.A. LL.D., author of ‘The House of Gregory’.
Dublin n.d. , for the author, printed wrappers, 8 pp, illustrated with reproductions of maps and photographs. Scarce.
Interesting item describing German preparations for an invasion of Ireland.
Gregory was a cousin of Lady Gregory.More details ›
Quill Family, of Kerry
(Arthur Saunders Quill) A Record of the Naval and Military Services recorded by members of the Quill family, compiled by one of them (privately printed) c. 1880, cloth with gilt lettering. The record is updated to 1915 with annotations in pencil.
A rare record of a Catholic warrior family who when the Royalist Irish regiments of France were absorbed into the English army happily transferred their services to the British Empire.More details ›
The 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852)
a.l.s. dated Dublin Castle Nov. 9th 1807 to D. Mahony, acknowledging gift of prints of the Rajah of Coorg.
The paper water marked WHATMAN 1801. After making a name for himself in the campaign against the Mahratta’s, Arthur Wellesley briefly entered politics as M.P. for Rye and was appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland 1807-1809. His subsequent military career is legendary and his long involvement in English politics in old age was stoical if uninspired.
D. Mahony is probably Major Dennis O’Mahony of Dromore Castle, Co. Kerry.More details ›
Thomas Henry Burke, Undersecretary for Ireland (1829-1882)
A short autograph signed note to an Irish magistrate, Clifford Lloyd, concerning an appointment, dated 6.5.82, the same day on which Burke was assassinated with Lord Frederick Cavendish, Chief Secretary, by members of the ‘Invincibles’ as they walked through the Phoenix Park about 7.15 in the evening, in one of the most dramatic events of the late 19th century. This must be one of the last letters Burke wrote; it was Cavendish’s first day in Dublin after his appointment.More details ›
William Edward ‘Buckshot’ Forster (1818-1886)
An autograph signed letter, 2 pp (single sheet), Attached to a backing sheet, Dec. 85, to an Irish magistrate, Clifford Lloyd, acknowledging congratulations on his re-election. ‘Your fellow countrymen did their best to defeat me, but in reality they did me more good than harm’.
Forster was Chief Secretary for Ireland 1880-82 at the height of the ‘Land War’. He issued buckshot to the police for use instead of ball cartridges to disperse demonstrations, hence his nickname.More details ›
Collection of 19th century political signatures
A short ALS to an Irish magistrate, Clifford Lloyd, from John Poyntz Spencer, 5th Lord Spencer of Althorp, with a small collection of slips bearing signatures of British politicians (mostly with Irish connections) on attached and accompanying sheets including Arthur Balfour, Lord Salisbury, George Otto Trevelyan (Chief Secretary), Lord Ashbourne (Lord Chancellor), Lord Waterford, Henry Lord Palmerston, Campbell Bannerman (Chief Secretary 1884), Lord Longford, Lord Clonmell, etc. The signatures are mostly from letters to Clifford Lloyd (1844-1891), a leading opponent of the Land League.
As a collection.More details ›
Gen. Sir Herbert Taylor, Private Secretary to George IV
An interesting autograph signed letter, 12 pp, dated September 1824, to George Dawson, Undersecretary for Home Affairs, discussing plans for a Volunteer Reserve Militia to be called up in time of war, with particular reference in later pages to its usefulness in Ireland as a means of absorbing the surplus population of young men.
Dawson was a brother-in-law of the Home Secretary, Robert Peel, with whom he had served when Peel was Irish Secretary (1812-18).More details ›
John Devoy [1842-1928]
A small family collection relating to the veteran American Fenian John Devoy, born in Johnstown, Co. Kildare, including an original photograph showing his relatives Eileen and William Devoy standing at his graveside in Glasnevin with other family members, captioned rear, and a small scrap album chronicling the arrival of his remains from America and his funeral ceremonies in Cobh and Dublin, 1928.More details ›
Diary of the Sinn Fein Rebellion
Diary of the Sinn Fein Rebellion as recorded by Alexander Malcolm. Easter 1916.
Typescript, carbon copy, 15 pp.
An interesting account, apparently written up daily during Easter Week, consisting mainly of reports of conversations with friends who had witnessed various events during the Rising, also including first hand descriptions of destruction, etc., notably when the writer sought to return to his office at Clanwilliam Place (near Mount St. Bridge), and with liberal expression of his opinions. ‘It will at least take 5 million cash to repair damage done, not to speak of the valuable lives lost. Truly an awful price to pay, & one wonders how much longer the people of Briton [sic] will pay huge salaries to politicians to mismanage the affairs of their Country ..’More details ›
Album of Republican Ballads
A very good collection of printed Republican poems and ballads, circa 1880-1923, over 60 items mostly neatly laid down in an album, mostly original printings, with a few typescript or manuscript, some scarce items including ‘In Memoriam James Connolly ICA’, ‘Battle of Mountjoy’, ‘My Old Howth Gun’, ‘Easter Week 1916’ etc., an excellent collection, in a small quarto modern album.More details ›
Civil War Album
An interesting album containing newspaper cuttings mostly of the Civil War period, June-December 1922, including Griffith and Collins funerals, with some earlier material, in a strongly bound leather-backed ledger with metal clasp (partly loose), compiled by Caitlin Ni Bhroin of Dame St., Dublin.
Good albums of this nature are increasingly scarce.More details ›
Dail Loan Receipt
Government of the Irish Republic. 5 per cent Registered Certificates (1919) (Internal). Printed receipt with manuscript details inserted, issued to Micheal O Loinngsigh of Rochestown, Co. Cork, for sum of £20, issued by Micheal O Coileain, Minister for Finance, illegibly signed (not by Collins), with Dail Finance Dept. stamp.More details ›