23 April 2010

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1899. Pro-Boer Leaflet- "Enlisting in the English Army is Treason to Ireland"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 102

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €300

  • Medium: letterpress, 1p, printed by Doyle, Trade Union Printer, 9 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin
  • Dimensions: 23 by 14cm., 9 by 5.5in.
  • "Fellow-Countrymen - The Irishmen in England's Service who are sent to South Africa will have to fight against Irish Nationalists, who have raised Ireland's flag in the Transvaal, and have formed an Irish Brigade to fight for the Boers against the oppressor of Ireland. REMEMBER NINETY-EIGHT. REMEMBER THE PENAL LAWS. REMEMBER THE FAMINE. Think of the ruined homes and emigrant ships. Within sixty years our population has been reduced by one-half as a direct result of English rule. The Boers are making a brave fight against this rule. Let no Irishman dare to raise a hand against them and their enemy, England! In all our towns and villages we see the recruiting sergeants trying to entrap thoughtless young boys into joining the British Army.......In preventing recruiting for the English Army you are working for Ireland's honour.....help the Boers in their Struggle for Liberty. By order, IRISH TRANSVAAL COMMITTEE. Dublin, 12th October, 1899. This committee was formed on 7th October 1899, the Saturday before the Transvaal war was formally declared on Oct 12th, the date this leaflet was issued. The leaders of the group include O'Brien, Davitt & Yeats. The first chairman was Maud Gonne, the daughter of an English soldier. She financed the beginnings of the movement & later headed an anti-recruiting campaign with extensive leafleting, meetings, demonstrations and alleged threats to newspapers carrying recruiting adverts. This leaflet appears to be a smaller version of a placard put up around Dublin on the night of October 22nd, 1899. Thereafter, and particularly after Irish regiments were despatched to South Africa, the committee organised frequent demonstrations, celebrating British defeats in South Africa, riots & attacks on police and even on uniformed soldiers in the streets. Rare.

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1890-1925 "Emigration" Thomson & Co. Belfast small poster and other related items  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 103

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €120

  • Includes "Facts worth knowing" broadsheet by Canadian Pacific Railway and Allan Royal Mail Line, and other advertisements for transatlantic passages, also 1924 HMSO booklet on Empire settlement and migration.

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Circa 1890-1900 collection of photographs of West Cork including Union Hall, Ballydehob, Castletownshend, Bull Island etc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 104

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: mainly sepia, various sizes
  • Provenance: Provenance:Fergus O'Connor; Thence by descent to the present owner
  • Seven original prints, including one Dublin scene, also some later reprints (5).

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Circa 1890-1930's small collection of photographs, mainly Belfast interest  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 105

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €90

  • Includes 31st Old Boys Whitehouse band, 11 x 14in, Mountpottinger YMCA building, 9 x 11 ins, J&T Greeves Forth River Mills No. 11 spinning room staff photograph. 1937, 1920s shop counter staff , 1929-30 McCrea-Magee College 1st XV Rugby team (framed 9 x 12in) (10 items).

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1870-1940 Collection of military group photographs including Royal Dublin Rifles, Natal Field Artillery etc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 107

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: 

  • Also includes "Sergeant John Fraser H Battery, H Brigade, Chestnut Troop", a group at Newton Stewart by W. Hunter, "A" Company OCTU Sandhurst 1941, etc, also a recent reprint of Leitrim Rifles 1874 and a 1940s Royal Visit by the Queen, also a series of photographs (8) framed as one "With the IGC Italian Expeditionary Force 1918-1919" includes Major General Strick. (20 Photos).

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1890-1912 Lt. Colonel Fryer, 6th Inniskilling Dragoons, collection of ephemera  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 108

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: 

  • Collection assembled by Colonel F.A.B. Fryer. Circa 160 items in 2 albums, one quarto and the other oblong folio. Contents include regimental material from the postings in Egypt and India: regimental orders, postcards, photographs, press and other clippings with images, correspondence, military manoeuvres, invitations, greeting cards, comment, programmes, regimental newspaper and even a drawing. The Colonel went on to become a Brigadier General in World War 1. There are a number of items signed by him. The Inniskilling Dragoons, an Irish cavalry regiment, was formed in 1689 and disbanded in 1922.

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1869-1954 Steward Family and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Collection of photographs and Ephemera  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 109

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1450

  • Approximately 2000 photographs in 8 albums. ALBUM 1: 1896-1914, over 250 images from Granada, France, Portugal, England, India, South Africa, Crete, Gibraltar, Egypt, Ireland and Italy, including N.S.W. Lancers, West Indian Troops, Life Guards, Royal Artillery, troop activity in Orleans in 1896/98; photos from Portugal around the same time, views from England including Henley boating and an aristocratic home in Horsham; 1903 views from South Africa - Potchefstroom & Natal - with Junior officers from the Inniskilling regiment; Disturbances in Crete 1897 with executions of the Turks; snapshots of Gibraltar and Malta on a voyage to India in 1900; the 2nd Inniskilling Football team in Cairo in 1903; images of regiment members and family and other views in Egypt 1904-07; social activity at Newcastle County Down, Ireland and the Ballyhaft Races in Belfast and Tullymore Theatricals 1906-07; villagers and police house and numerous other views of Crete in 1907, view of Messina a few days before the earthquake in December 1908; the officers mess in Malta. ALBUM 2: 1908-1914, 485 photographic and other images from Malta, Italy, Malaya, Hong Kong, Ceylon, China, Japan and Korea, scenes from a voyage aboard the S.S. Soudan from Malta to Chin-Wang-Tao in Taiwan in 1909; urban and topographical views with social activity in Colombo in Ceylon and Hong Kong, also 1909; China including Peking military outposts, social activity, the procession of the Dowager Empress's funeral procession to the Western Tombs in November 1909, the Manchu Guard, Chinese Troops and French, British, German, Italian, Austrian, American sentries, 1910, street scenes etc; march of the Inniskilling's G. Company march Peking to Nankou April 1910, MacAlister's funeral, the Ming Tombs, manoeuvres and bivouac at Shan Hai Kuan, St. Patrick's Day Parade at the Recreation Grounds in 1911; the revolution in Peking in the winter of 1911-12, Sir Robert Bredons Tiffin Party at his Racecourse Temple on Sunday Jan 14th 1912, rioting of February 12th 1912 and its aftermath showing prisoners awaiting execution, executioners dragging heads, Chinese Cavalry, dead looters with their booty, Chinese beggars, Chinese cart races, the funeral procession of the Dowager Empress in 1913 Japanese image in colour and in black and white of topographical views and social activity at Yumoto and Chuzenji in 1911 and a range of images of Fujisan, the Nikko Temples, Shoji, Myanoshita, Ikao, Enoshima and Miyajima, as well as Seoul in Korea. ALBUM 3 1902-03 and from 1913-17 mainly World War I with an aerial view of the town of Merville in Normandy after the bombardment, June 1914 and another aerial view of Soissons by Lieut. Wambaert killed in Italy in 1918; postcards of Padua and Modane and more images from China - Pei Tai Ho, Peking Hills,. the Winter Palace Peking and other views there in 1913; war sectors at Cuinchy and Festubert in France in 1915 - with some captions indicating that some of the people in the images were killed in action; also Anna Martens and two similar cards signed by Didi Baul at Deauville and other group images taken between 1914-17, also postcards of Pompeii. ALBUM 4: photographs of India 1901 with the Hall of Public Audience, the Fort and Palace, the Juma Masjid in the City of Delhi, Lawrence Hall Lahore etc; Newcastle Co. Down, Ireland; large photographs of Greece - including a man and woman in Greek costume, one of whom is the King's body guard and a number of views of Greek ruins, Candia in Crete including market scenes, the town, the international bastion and Venetian fortifications, views of Rome and the catastrophe at Messina in 1908. ALBUM 5, includes Unzen Hotel in Japan, Hong Kong between 1926-36.For the most part they depict family members with Hong Kong images in the background. ALBUM 6 includes a scrap book with about 24 pages of images of animals, also 1930s London, Chinese sweet seller, portraits, scenes of Hong Kong & Canton in 1935, warships, military scenes and the Peking Races in 1926-27. ALBUM 7: including views from Singapore, Aden, Colombo, Port Said, Malta, Suez, Penang, London, Cheltenham, Canada, Madeira etc. both scenic and social scenes. ALBUM 8: 1936 with views of London and internal views of the compilers home, Cheltenham views, Naval Coronation Review in 1937, Alfreton Agricultural Show, Derbyshire 1938, English & Scottish villages in the 1930s & 1940s as well as portraits of military officers; 1947 images from County Cork, including Carrigacunna Castle, Ballycotton, Shanagarry etc and much more. The early albums were compiled by Captain G.V.R. Steward who at the time was a Captain in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He later became Colonel and Commanding Officer of the Regiment. The later albums were compiled by his daughter Susy. The photos range in size from approx. 2.5 x 2.5 inches up to approx. 8.5 x 11.75 Also includes a late 19th century drawing of an officer, letters, relevant press clippings and other pertinent ephemeral items. An interesting and detailed record of the travels of a high ranking member of this famous Irish regiment.

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19th Century Monaghan Militia plate  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 110

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €170


Circa 1874-81. Roscommon Militia other rank's "Glengarry" badge  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 111

Published Estimate: €400-500

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: die stamped white metal
  • Dimensions: 6 by 5cm., 2.5 by 2in.
  • A rare badge. The Roscommon Militia were raised in 1793 at Boyle and became the 5th Battalion Connaught Rangers, 1 July 1881.

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Royal Irish Rifles metal capped cane  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 112

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100


1890s Royal Meath Regiment, regimental flag and record books, photographs etc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 113

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €750

  • The Royal Meath Regiment were the 5th Battalion Leinster Regiment and camped at Stackallan House in 1895, 1896 and Mosney 1901-1914. The camp flag which flew at these locations is navy with a horizontal green stripe, Tara Brooch emblem and RMR. Also included is the regimental visitor book used at Stackallen and Mosney and a large book with photographs, maps and documents concerning the Royal Meath's Autumn manoeuvres at Salisbury in 1898. A rare assembly of memorabilia of this interesting regiment.

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19th Century Irish Flag - Gold Harp on light blue  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 114

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €300

  • Medium: wool
  • Dimensions: 122 by 152cm., 48 by 60in.
  • An interesting and scarce flag showing a "mermaid" harp on a light blue background. The traditional nationalist flag of the 19th century was a harp on a green background.

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1894. Leinster Regiment presentation to Major William Trocke, Adjutant  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 115

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: brass carriage clock stamped by Hall & Co., Paris
  • Dimensions: 14 by 9cm., 5.5 by 3.5in.
  • Also with this lot a 1914-18 World War I piece of trench art made from an artillery shell casing - a miniature coal scuttle shape candle holder with Royal Artillery button and cap badge attached. (2 items). The workings bear the logo "EM & Co." for E. Maurice & Co. of Paris who made clocks for the English market. Maurice specialised in carriage clocks, often with unusual dials. He exhibited at the Paris Exhibition in 1889. Major Trocke was a well known amateur jockey and won the Prince of Wales Plate at Punchestown in 1894.

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1890's Lt. Colonel Wood, Commander of 10th Hussars, Ireland. Collection  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 116

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: 

  • Comprises: (1) The marriage certificate of Manners Charles Wood, Major 10th Royal Hussars, Marlborough Barracks, Grangegorman, Co. Dublin, and Harriet Clara Couper Dulverton, Somerset, 1891; Field State form of the Royal Hussar Regiment, Southern Force under Lt. Col. Wood, 22nd August, 1892; Programme for Garrison of Cork Special Service, Cathedral of St. Fin Barre, 6th May, 1894; official invitations to Col. & Mrs Wood from the Warrant Officers, Staff Sergeants, and Sergeants, 10th Royal Hussars at a Quadrille Party and El. Teb Ball, Newbridge Barracks, Dec 27th, 1895 & Feb. 28th, 1896, respectively; letters on official notepaper of the District Lodge, Curragh Camp, Ireland 1895-96 to Colonel Wood from Major General Lord Ralph Kerr, Curragh District Commander; Programme for Combined Sports Royal Horse Artillery and 10th Royal Hussars at Newbridge barracks, 1895; Programme of Ceremonial Parade for Inspection by the Field-Marshal Commanding the Forces in Ireland, 1896; Reconnaissance programme 1896 - essentially a practice to thwart the advance of an Eastern force from Dublin concentrating on Maryboro, with orders for an advance to the River Barrow, between Monasterevan and Athy....via Tully West and Grey Abbey to Kilberrin bridge, a march to Kildoon and main body advances via Newbridge to the Curragh; 3 formal invitations to the Colonel and his wife from Viscountess Wolseley at the Royal Hospital Dublin; Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and Countess of Zetland to the marriage of their daughter Lady Hilda Dundas and to an Afternoon Party at the Vice Regal Lodge from The Lord Lieutenant and Countess Cadogan, photographs of also a ticket for a St. Patrick's Banquet at Bulawayo, March 16, 1901 inscribed with Col. Manners Wood's name.

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The History of the Bengal European Regiment now the Royal Munster Fusiliers
The History of the Bengal European Regiment now the Royal Munster Fusiliers
Lieutenant-Colonel P.R. Innes 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 117

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: 


Circa 1900. Proof damask cloth by John Shaw Brown, Edenderry, Belfast; for Sutherland Highlander Regiment  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 118

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €90

  • In the mid 1860s John Shaw Brown set up a large power loom weaving factory named St. Ellen works, after his wife, Ellen. There he produced linen, damask and very fine linen handkerchiefs and tablecloths which were sold worldwide. Proof damask products such as this were usually woven with un-bleached yarn for the warp and coloured (either red or blue) for the weft, to make it easy for examiners to spot any errors in the punch-cards which controlled the weaving of the pattern, by the loom. Brown's damask wares can usually be identified by a small shamrock motif near the corners of the pattern.

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Connaught Rangers large badge, also Royal Irish Fusiliers large buttons (6)  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 119

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €160


1880-1920 Irish Regiments in the British Army - a small collection of badges  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 121

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €260

  • Includes cap badges of Leinster Regiment bimetal, Royal Irish Rifles, Young Citizens Division white metal, Royal Munster Regiment bimetal grenade, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers grenade, South Irish Horse, 5th Lancers, etc. (9)

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Crests and Monograms: a good collection 1870-1990, mainly military  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 122

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €200

  • Includes two antique special albums for crests, one dated 1870, and a large collection of greetings cards from various British regiments, naval stations etc., some from senior commanders. (100s).

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1900-1917. "On Active Service" mail from Irish soldiers in Boer War and Great War  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 123

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €300

  • Interesting range including 1901 Britstown, 1900 Bulawayo, 1900 Haresmith, 1901 Springfontin, 1901 De Aab, all from a member of the Irish Yeomanry 17th Battalion, 1915 envelope from an Irish prisoner of war in Germany, etc. also a range of civilian censored covers to Ireland. (60+)

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1914-18. World War I "It's a long way to Tipperary" bowl  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 124

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: 


1914-18. Irish recruiting poster for the British Army - "Can you any longer resist the call"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 125

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €400

  • Medium: colour lithograph, McCann Stevenson & Orr, Dublin & Belfast
  • Dimensions: 74 by 51cm., 29 by 20in.
  • Issued by the Department of Recruiting for Ireland. The poster depicts St. Patrick showing the ruins of 'Catholic Belgium' to an Irish farmer. There was no conscription in Ireland hence the intense recruiting campaigns to persuade Irishmen to volunteer.

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1914-18 Irish recruiting poster for the British Army - "Your pal in the trenches is waiting to shake hands with you"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 126

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €220


1914-18 Army recruiting poster - "Join the brave throng that goes marching along"  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 127

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200


THIEPVAL RIDGE SEPTEMBER 15th 1916 (ROYAL DUBLIN FUSILIERS CHARGE)
THIEPVAL RIDGE SEPTEMBER 15th 1916 (ROYAL DUBLIN FUSILIERS CHARGE)
W. G. Rogers 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 128

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €750

  • Signature: signed lower right and inscribed with title lower centre
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 57 by 75cm., 22.5 by 29.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:James O'Reilly; Thence by descent
  • James O'Reilly was a Royal Dublin Fusilier who took part in this action and was taken prisoner by the German forces. It is believed that the artist was also a member of the regiment and may have been imprisoned with O'Reilly, the owner of the painting. The title inscribed is incorrect as the Thiepval Action started on 26 September. The nearby Flers-Courcette Action started on 15 September and the inclusion of the tank in this painting suggests that it is this action. The battle of Flers-Courcette was the third and last large scale offensive mounted by The British Army during the Battle of The Somme and it saw the first use of a tank in warfare, as depicted here.

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Circa 1900 Orange Standard- list of loyalist songs and tunes, poster  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 129

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €90


1911-1918 Unionist tickets and menus for demonstrations and luncheons  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 130

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €300

  • Includes Joint Conference 25 September 1911 and Annual Meeting of Ulster Unionist Council 23 September 1912 Luncheon menus, also tickets for Annual Meeting, 31 January 1913, and "Platform" and "Orchestra" tickets for demonstration at Ulster Hall, December 1918. (5 items).

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1912 (28 September) Ulster Government cards signed by leaders - Carson, Craig, Londonderry etc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 131

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: 

  • Cards are embossed with a crown over shamrock motif. Other signatures are: James Chambers, Ronald McNeill of Cushendun, Charles Grierson, Dean of Belfast, George R. Wedgewood, Henry Montgomery, Moderator General Assembly, Thomas Sinclair, W James Lowe, General Secretary, Presbyterian Church, W. James Lang, F. Workman, William Park, William James Harrisson, Charles F. Down (17).

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Circa 1912. Poster Portrait of Sir Edward Carson.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 132

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: lithograph by J. Nicolson, Belfast
  • Dimensions: 58 by 48cm., 23 by 19in.
  • Inscribed, "Presented by Bro. David Curran to L.O.L 940 5th September 1913; In God We Trust; No Home Rule."

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1912. Ulster Volunteer Force Inauguration - Union flag  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 133

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €1100

  • Dimensions: 122 by 152cm., 48 by 60in.
  • Believed to have been flown at the 1912 mass demonstration and inauguration of the Ulster Volunteer force. Two other flags from the same event were sold by Whyte's. See Lot 119, 14 November 2009.

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1912. Ulster Volunteer Force, South Belfast armband  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 134

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €90


1914 Ulster Volunteer Force, a large collection of amateur photographs, at Baronscourt  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 135

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €850

  • Medium: monochrome
  • Good range showing shooting practice, driving, various group photos, vehicles, etc., mainly unidentified, but some noted including MacGregor Green, H. Alexander, Colonel Mayhew, Lord Leitrim, Leo Moon, Crothers, Willie Vernon, K. Suvla, A. Ricardo. Also with this lot a photographic postcard of the arrival at Londonderry Railway station of Edward Carson, Duke of Abercorn and General Richardson, in a motor car, and a small range (5) of Ulster Division training at Bramshott Camp. (73)

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1915 (19 August) Edward Carson, Attorney General letter  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 136

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €150

  • Medium: typescript and ms signature on headed paper
  • Dimensions: 24 by 19cm., 9.5 by 7.5in.
  • To Mr JC Herdman, Burton Port (and Sion Mills) regarding a Mr Simon. With original envelope.

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1900 (April) Queen Victoria's visit to Dublin, album of photographs  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 137

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €300


1911 (7-12 July) Visit of King George V to Ireland - medal issued to Royal Irish Constabulary  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 138

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €200


1913 Hand drawn Map of Capel Street and Mary's Abbey  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 139

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €120

  • Medium: ink and watercolour
  • Dimensions: 66 by 122cm., 26 by 48in.
  • "Bolands Limited premises and their tenants". Detailed map with list of tenants, dates of their leases etc., all neatly made out in roundhand. Prepared by N.J Campbell President of the Association of Surveyers in Ireland.

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1918. Captain Joseph Theobald Grant, Royal Munster Fusiliers, scarce estate map  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 140

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: 


1912. Sinking of the Titanic. Memorial sheet music of The Band Played "Nearer my God to Thee" As the ship went down  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 142

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €160


1918 (10 October) Sinking of RMS Leinster off Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire)  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 143

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €560

  • A rare envelope postmarked Dublin on 9 October addressed to an Army doctor in Egypt, which was recovered from mailbags found washed up after the sinking of the RMS Leinster by a German U-Boat off the Dublin coastline. Over 500 people, mainly postal workers who sorted the mail below decks, perished. This rare envelope is stamped "SALVED FROM / S.S. LEINSTER" and was eventually delivered to the Irish doctor serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Egypt.

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1902 and 1904. Bound volumes of the United Irishman National Weekly Review  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 144

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: letterpress, contemporary green cloth gilt
  • Dimensions: 51 by 33cm., 20 by 13in.
  • Comprising Vol. 7. No. 149 - Vol. 8. No. 200. Jan 4th - Dec 27th, 1902 & Vol. 11. No. 253 - Vol. 12. No. 305. Jan 2nd - Dec 31st, 1904. Light wear. The United Irishman newspaper was originally founded in 1848 by John Mitchel; In 1898 Arthur Griffith and William Rooney United Irishman It ran until 1906 and closed to financial difficulties arising from legal action. Scarce.

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1905-06 United Irishman National Weekly Review  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 145

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: 


1907-16 Sinn Féin Stamps - A rare complete sheet of 72  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 146

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €500

  • Commissioned by Arthur Griffith and designed by Lily Williams these "stamps" were issued at a halfpenny each. Sinn Féin members and supporters were asked to affix them to their envelopes. The Government brought in a special Post Office Act prohibiting their use in 1908. The act which permits the Post Office not to deliver items with "Fictitious Stamps" is still in force today, both in the United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland. There are four printings of this Cross of Cong design, this sheet being the last issue, circa 1915-16. The design was adapted for The Irish Free State's first definitive series of postage stamps in use from 1922 to 1968.

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The Truth About '98 by John Redmond, booklet, and John Redmond is Dead by "M. Ni. G" handbill  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 147

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €110

  • Medium: printed wrappers, 32pp.
  • Dimensions: 18 by 11cm., 7 by 4.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Fergus O'Connor; Thence by descent to the present owner
  • Two contrasting publications. The handbill is highly derogatory of Redmond!. "England has indeed lost a friend. She has lost no greater since the death of Diarmuid McMurrogh".

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The United Irishwomen, Their Place and Ideals
The United Irishwomen, Their Place and Ideals
Horace Plunkett, Elice Pilkington & George Russell  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 148

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €100

  • Medium: original printed wrappers, 52pp, Dublin, 1911
  • Dimensions: 19 by 14cm., 7.5 by 5.5in.
  • Inscribed Dorothea French 1911 and with a ticket to a meeting of Dáil Éireann, 10 April 1919. Also with this lot, James Stephens The Insurrection in Dublin, 1916, first edition. (3 items).

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1959 Irish Transport & General Workers Union Golden Jubilee medal to William O'Brien  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 149

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €850

  • Medium: gold 14 carat by Hopkins & Hopkins, Dublin
  • Dimensions: 4 by 3cm., 1.5 by 1in.
  • William Xavier. O'Brien (23 January 1881 – 31 October 1968) was a trade unionist and socialist politician. Born in Clonakilty, Co. Cork, O'Brien moved to Dublin in 1897, and became involved in the Irish Socialist Republican Party (ISRP). A close friend and associate of James Connolly, O'Brien helped establish the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union in 1909, and was instrumental in the Dublin Lockout strike in 1913. He resisted Jim Larkin’s attempt to take over the ITGWU, and was instrumental in the development of the Irish Trades Union Council.

    A member of the Irish Neutrality League, and Anti-Conscription Committee, during World War I 1914-18, O'Brien was imprisoned on several occasions. During one of these instances, he stood in the Stockport by-election, 1920, but was refused a release to campaign in it.

    With the formation of the Irish Free State, O'Brien was elected as TD for Dublin South at the 1922 general election, and again for Tipperary in June 1927 and again in 1937. Active in politics and the trade union movement into his 60s, O'Brien retired in 1946 and died on 31 October 1968.

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1909 (10 February) handwritten letter by Padraig Pearse at Sgcoil Eanna, Rathmines  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 150

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2900


Circa 1916 "Padraic H. Pearse Funeral Oration on O'Donovan Rossa" - The Spirit of Easter Week, broadsheet  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 151

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €320

  • Medium: letterpress 1p by Cahill, Dublin
  • Dimensions: 51 by 38cm., 20 by 15in.
  • "An adaptation in verse from the original prose. Dedicated by kind permission to Mrs Pearse. With "passed by censor" imprint. Includes an illustration of Pearse at the graveside with other leaders recognisable.

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1914 (28 July) Padraig Pearse handwritten and signed cheque  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 152

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1000


1914-15. Éire Ireland and Scissors and Paste  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 153

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: letterpress
  • 30 issues of Éire Ireland, Vol. 1. No. 1. 26th October - Vol. 1. No. 30 December 4th, 1914 & 21 issues of Scissors & Paste from Vol. 1. No. 1 December 12, 1914 - Vol 1, No. 21 February 24, 1915. All recently professionally bound in green cloth. In addition in soft covers there are 12 further issues of Éire Ireland from Vol.1. No. 40. October 20th 1923 - Vol. 52 January 12th 1924. Total number of Éire Ireland issues to 42 & with the 21 issues of Scissors & Paste the total comes to 63 altogether.

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Roger Casement handwritten letter to Father Murphy  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 23 April 2010 / 154

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €3000

  • Medium: ms 6pp
  • Written to Fr. Murphy at Cloghan & Gweedore, Co. Donegal, six page letter in his hand, signed Sir Roger Casement within the text, and Ruairí MacAsmund at end.

    Addressed from ‘Iquitos, Peru, on Upper Amazon, 8 Nov, 1911' Interesting letter with good content, in which Casement makes references to Scoil Éanna and Patrick Pearse, his experiences in South America, a memorable trip to Donegal in 1907, and his interest in keeping abreast with republican events in Ireland.

    In 1906 Casement was sent as British consul to Pará, transferring to Santos, Brazil and subsequently promoted to Consul-General in Rio de Janeiro. Later he was appointed as consular representative in Iquitos, Peru. He had the occasion to do work similar to that which he had done in Congo among the native Putumayo Indians when he headed a commission appointed to investigate the murderous rubber slavery trade by the British-registered Peruvian Amazon Company.

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