21 January 2017

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19th century Staffordshire Fr Matthew plaque.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 104

Published Estimate: €120-180

Price Realised: €160

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  • A 19th Century Staffordshire pottery rectangular wall plaque titled, '1798 The Death of Father Michael Murphy', with a scene depicting the revolutionary priest at the Battle of Arklow. Likely to have been produced in 1898 for the Centenary of the rebellion.

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19th century political cartoons on porcelain plates.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 105

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €0

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  • A set of seven porcelain plates, the rims pierced, the white ground centred by cartoons depicting political figures and events of the late 19th century. Each inscribed to the reverse, 'W.H.H. with apologies to R.C., 1886' or similar.

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Parnell and Gladstone commemorative plates.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 106

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €0

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  • The Parnell plate of circular form, uncoloured. The Gladstone plate of octagonal form coloured. The ivory ground centred by portraits of Parnell and Gladstone garlanded with wild roses. Both marked with registration number 41050 for 1886.

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Parnell and Gladstone commemorative plates.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 107

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €0

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  • Dimensions: 9½in. (24.13cm)
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  • Of octagonal form, the ivory ground centred by a portraits of Parnell and Gladstone, garlanded with wild roses. By Nestle and Huntsman, both marked with registration number 41050 for 1886.

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Parnell Commemorative medal  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 108

Published Estimate: €250-350

Price Realised: €240

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  • A bronze commemorative medal by Johnson on a yellow and green ribbon suspended from a bronze bar. The obverse with bust of Parnell surrounded by the words 'Ireland's Army of Independence 1891' and garland of shamrock and ivy. The reverse with the words 'Let my love be conveyed to my colleagues and the Irish people'.

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1880s Charles Stewart Parnell commemorative glass plate.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 109

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €0

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  • Dimensions: 10in. (25.40cm)
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  • A 19th century moulded glass plate, the scalloped rim and a broad band of relief shamrock enclosing a portrait of Parnell. Design registration no. 84747 for 1887-1890. Diameter

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1880 Trial of the Irish Land Leaguers.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 110

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €850

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  • Dimensions: 21½ x 27in. (54.61 x 68.58cm)
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  • An uncoloured print of Parnell, Sexton, Biggar and O'Sullivan in the dock, framed.

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19th century Staffordshire figure of William Ewart Gladstone  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 111

Published Estimate: €70-100

Price Realised: €100


Circa 1880s, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Wexford, bicorn, feathers and case.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 112

Published Estimate: €250-300

Price Realised: €360

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  • The uniform bicorn of a Deputy County Lord Lieutenant, in a metal case with brass name plate engraved 'Sir F. Hughes - D.L.'.

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1886 bandleader's mace, Brian Borhoime Band, Clontarf.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 113

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €480

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  • A large and impressive bandleader's mace, the domed white metal terminal surmounted by a harp, relief decorated with shamrock, wolfhounds, an abbey with round tower and a horseman, engraved 'Brian Borhoime - Band - Clontarf - 1886' the ebonised shaft draped with chains and mounted with copper ferrule.
    A report in the Irish Times of 4 August 1886 made reference to The Brian Boroimhe Band taking part in a parade on the occasion of the departure of the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Aberdeen, from Ireland. The newspaper gives a full-page account of this parade through the centre of the city. It took two hours to pass by. Almost forty bands are mentioned as taking part, usually in association with various civic bodies, trade organisations or guilds. The Brian Boroimhe Band was associated with (or possibly engaged by) a parading contingent of basketweavers. According to the Irish Times, it was a parade that was ‘unparalleled in recent Viceregal history’.

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Highland pipe-band, bandleader's mace.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 114

Published Estimate: €70-100

Price Realised: €140

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  • Dimensions: 42in. (106.68cm)
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  • A maple staff with globular white metal terminal capped with a royal crown and mounted with stag's head and with white metal ferrule.

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19th century albums of sheet music.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 115

Published Estimate: €120-180

Price Realised: €110


19th century mourning brooches.   

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 116

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €0

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  • A Victorian gilt metal and French jet hairwork brooch; a late Georgian gilt metal and seed pearl, oval brooch and a late Georgian gilt metal, and seed pearl broocg with gilt inscription, 'In Memory Of'. (3)

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1890 City of Dublin, bird's eye view of the city.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 117

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1250

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  • Dimensions: 17½ x 50¾in. (44.45 x 128.91cm)
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  • A hand coloured, wood-block engraved panorama, showing a bird’s eye view of the City of Dublin, a supplement to 'The Graphic', Dec. 27, 1890 after Henry Charles Bewer (1836-1903), mounted.
    MAPS

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1892, Royal (Collins) Barracks Architectural drawings, Esplanade.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 118

Published Estimate: €250-350

Price Realised: €0

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  • Dimensions: 25 x 40in. (63½ x 101.60cm)
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  • Pen and wash architect's drawings of elevations of 'Proposed Mobilisation Stores' on the Esplanade, Royal (Collins' Barracks).

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1895: Antrim Artillery Officers' Mess letter and bill holder  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 119

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €320

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  • Dimensions: 38 x 32in. (96.52 x 81.28cm)
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  • A Victorian carved oak architectural mess bill holder, the pediment relief carved with Antrim Artillery crest with cannons among shamrock, thistle and roses above 24 compartments. A small plaque inscribed "Presented by Colonel Pottinger 1895".
    Colonel Eldred T. Pottinger CMG had a distinguished career with the Royal Artillery and was a well known Irish gentleman. After his retirement from the Royal Artillery he lived in Portrush, was captain of Royal Portrush Golf Club and also commanded the Antrim Artillery . He died in 1905.

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1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee gold medal.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 120

Published Estimate: €300-350

Price Realised: €380

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  • Issued by T. Brock. 24mm diameter, 12.8gm, 22ct gold. Small scratch, set in 9ct mount, polished, fine.

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1899, May 29, Letter from John Dillon MP (1851-1927)  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 121

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €0

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  • Autograph letter, signed, on 2, North Great george's Street, Dublin notepaper, to Dr. Brown, thanking him for his letter, explaining that he cannot accept his invitation unless arrangements are made by the Committee and adding he is about to leave for London; together with a John Dillon 'Plan of Campaign - 1887' gilt metal medallion; and a 'Home Rule and no Eviction' Christmas card. (3)

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1898, October 31st, the first issue of the first daily newspaper published in Persia.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 122

Published Estimate: €80-120

Price Realised: €110

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  • Dimensions: 14 x 8¾in. (35.56 x 22.23cm)
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  • A single sheet printed one side. Inscribed verso 'Given to me at the Sadi Azam's dinner on the anniversary of the Shah's birthday - 31st October 1898 - the first number of the first daily paper published in Persia, Hind 1/11'

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1904 (April) postcard from Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Antarctica to Ireland.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 123

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €440

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  • Wrench's picture postcard for the 1901-04 British Antarctic Expedition, addressed in Scott's hand to a Mrs Wrench in Ballybrack, Co. Dublin (possibly a relation of the publisher of the card).
    Wrench's issued four postcards to be posted at different stages of the expedition to subscribers who helped finance the venture. This example was posted at Christchurch, New Zealand on the return journey. The illustration on the card erroneously shows a polar bear which is native to the Arctic only.

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1909, Ernest Shackleton signature  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 124

Published Estimate: €500-600

Price Realised: €520

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  • On a memorandum form printed for Paul Rottenburg, a Glasgow chemical merchant and founder of the Glasgow society of Musicans. Dated November 19, 1909, addressed and with Rottenburg's notes to the Danzig botanist Conrad Lakowitz, 'Shackleton konnte mer nicht den tag angeben aber heirmit werden Sie furs zufrieden sein' ('Shackleton could not state the precise day but this will suffice you for the time being') Central vertical fold.

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Shackleton, Earnest H. The Heart of The Antarctic: Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 125

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €680

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  • William Heinemann, London, 1909, 1st edition, two volumes, Royal 8vo. Original blue cloth boards with silver pictorial inlay, gilt on spines. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Volume I: xlviii, 372pp; Volume II: xv pp,[1] 419pp.12 colour plates, 257 other plates, 49 diagrams and illustrations in text, 2 panoramas on folding sheet and 3 folding maps contained in pocket.

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Ross, Sir James Clark. A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, during the years 1839-43.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 126

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €1000

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  • Provenance: The Michael Gilkes Collection of Travel & Exploration Books, Private Collection.
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  • John Murray, London:, 1847. First edition. 2 volumes. 8vo, Volume I: lii, 366 pp. Volume II: [vii]-x, 447 pp, lithographed plates and maps, some folding, illustrations in the text. Half brown calf and marbled boards, gilt titles at red spine labels.
    A highly important early expedition to Antarctica which contributed much to the cartographic emergence of the continent. Ross visited many sub- Antarctic islands & charted 900 km of Antarctic coast at Victoria Land in his circumnavigation of the continent. He was the first to penetrate the Ross Sea ice pack, discovering Ross Island and attainment by 4 degrees the furthest Southern expedition to date. Ross also accurately determined the position of the Magnetic Pole. "The first [voyage] to enter what is known as the Ross Sea, the first to sight the Admiralty Mountains, the first to see Victoria Land, Ross Island, Mounts Erebus and Terror, and the Ross Ice Shelf, amongst other momentous discoveries. Once this account became public, no one could doubt there was a great southern continent of immense proportions to be explored"

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Victorian accounts of expeditions by sea.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 127

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €290

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  • Wild, Frank. Shackleton's Last Voyage: The Story of the Quest. London, Cassell. 1923, 1st Edition. 8vo, pictorial blue cloth gilt, numerous maps and illustrations; together with Spry, W.J.J. The Cruise of H.M.S. Challenger; Voyages Over Many Seas, Scenes in Many Lands. London 1879; Moseley, H.N. Notes by a Naturalist on the "Challenger", London, 1892; Barrow, K.M. Three Years in Tristan Da Cunha, London, 1910; Milner, Rev John & Brierly, Oswald W. The Cruise of HMS Galatea, London, 1869; Campbell, Lord George. Log Letters from "The Challenger". London, 1877. (6)

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Mawson, Douglas. The Home of the Blizzard. Being the story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914.   

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 128

Published Estimate: €350-400

Price Realised: €360

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  • Provenance: The Michael Gilkes Collection of Travel & Exploration Books, Private Collection.
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  • Heinemann, London, 1915. 1st edition, two volumes, royal octavo, original blue cloth boards with silver pictorial inlay, with plates and three folding maps in rear pocket, black and white plates, colour plates with captioned tissue guards, pp xxx, 349, xiii, 338.

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Hurley, Frank. Argonauts of the South:  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 129

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €240

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  • Provenance: Formerly in the collection of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum of maratime history, Detroit. The Michael Gilkes Collection of Travel & Exploration Books, Private Collection.
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  • Being a Narrative of Voyagings and Polar Seas and Adventures in the Antarctic with Sir Douglas Mawson and Sir Ernest Shackleton. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1925. 1st edition. Royal 8vo. Orig. cloth with gilt titles.Top edge gilt, other edges uncut. (xvi, 290pp.). With frontispiece, presetation inscription to fly-leaf, 70 full-page plates after the author's photographs, 2 fold. maps, and illust. endpapers.
    James Francis 'Frank' Hurley (1885-1962) was an Australian photographer, film maker and adventurer, a man whose restless and enthusiastic spirit was always looking for the next challenge. He accompanied several expeditions to Antarctica and was an official photographer with Australian forces during both world wars. While there is debate that his use of composite photography reduced the documentary value of his photographs, his images remain dramatic and fascinating

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1910-1917 Belfast commercial ephemera  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 130

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €160

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  • A collection of invoices, statements, receipts and letters, mostly addressed to J. Gamble, Esq, Royal Terrace, Belfast; also to the Municipal Technical Institute, Belfast. (130+)

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1902-1918 Lieut.-Col Edgar Monteagle-Browne - DSO. Royal Munster Fusiliers, archive of correspondence, documents and ephemera.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 131

Published Estimate: €250-600

Price Realised: €240

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  • Relating to his military career and especially his command of 2nd, 8th and 9th Battallions, Royal Munster Fusiliers. Includes 47th Infantry Brigade, Plan of Battle, Raid on Petit Bois Salient by 8th Royal Munster Fusiliers, 6 November, 1916 and his reports on the raids; a telegram 1915, 25 July, from the War Office to Mrs E M Browne, informing her that her husband was wounded; recommendation of Monteagle-Browne for a DSO; his dog-tag; his will; photographs and correspondence.
    Who's Who, 1922 entry: Monteagle-Browne, Lieut.-Col Edgar. DSO. 1916. b. 15 June, 1878; e. of four surv. S. of J. Monteagle-Browne, Tullycarnen, Ardglass. M. 1915, Osra y.d. of late Fleet Paymaster Sydney Brougham-Hinshelwood. R.N. and g.g.d. of Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Fairfax Moresby, G.C.B.; two s. one d. Educ. Privately. Entered army 1898; served with 1st Batt, R. Irish Fusiliers throughout South African War (Kings and Queens Medals with 5 clasps); Staff Captain for Railway Transport in Cape Colony Staff 1902-3; resigned Commission, 1905, and took up political work, standing twice for Parliament as an Advocate of Universal Military Service for which he was thanked by the late Earl Roberts; he has travelled extensively in Europe, S. America and Africa; started Rifle Clubs at sea in Merchant Service, 1908; Captain and Adjutant 10th (S) Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment; Major, 194; Served European War, at first 2nd in Command of Warwicks; later on in Railway Transport Establishment for five months; 2nd in Command 1st & 7th Batts, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 1915; commanded in succession 9th, 8th, and 2nd Batts, R. Munster Fusiliers, 1916-17 (wounded four times, D.S.O. Mons Star, dispatches thrice); Order of Damilo 4th Class. Recreations: shooting, polo, hunting and travelling. Address: Broncroft Castle, Craven Arms, Shropshire. T.A.: Monteagle, Munslow. MILITARIA

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1911 General Election and 1913 Parliamentary By-Election, campaign material of Unionist candidate Capt. Monteagle-Browne.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 132

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €95

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  • Campaign material including a button badge with Captain Edgar Monteagle-Browne's portrait, press clippings, leaflets, draft manifesto, also his Knock Rugby Football Club member's fixture card.

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1914-1918 Earl Kitchener, Staffordshire moneybox.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 133

Published Estimate: €120-180

Price Realised: €0


Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19, Irish Regiments  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 134

Published Estimate: €60-80

Price Realised: €70

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  • Parts 23, The Royal Irish Regiment; 67, The Royal Irish Rifles; 71, The Prince of Wales Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians); and 72, The Royal Munster Fusiliers. 1921 HM Stationery Office. Reprinted Picton Publishing. Also Dr Louis O'Brien, A History of the Pearse Battalion, 1946-1959.
    MILITARIA

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1915 (8 May). After Fortunino Matania. The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois. Signed.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 135

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €1300

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  • A colour lithograph magazine centrefold, originally published in The Sphere 27 November 1916, inscribed, 'Sincerely yours - Francis A. Gleeson.'
    Father Francis Gleeson (28 May 1884 – 26 June 1959) was an Irish Roman Catholic priest who served as a British Army chaplain in the First World War. Educated at seminaries near Dublin, Gleeson was ordained in 1910 and worked at a home for the blind before volunteering for service upon the outbreak of war. Commissioned into the Army Chaplains' Department and attached to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers he served with them at the First Battle of Ypres. During this battle Gleeson is said to have taken command of the battalion after all the officers were incapacitated by the enemy. On 8 May 1915, on the eve of the Battle of Aubers Ridge, Gleeson addressed the assembled battalion at a roadside shrine and gave the general absolution. The battalion suffered heavily in the battle and when paraded again afterwards only 200 men were assembled. The painting by Fortunino Matania was made at the request of the widow of the battalion's commanding officer. At the end of his year's service in 1915 Gleeson returned to Dublin and became a curate but rejoined the army as a Chaplain in 1917 and remained for a further two years. After the outbreak of the Civil War in Ireland, he became a chaplain with the Irish Free State army in February 1923. In August 1944, he became parish priest of St Catherine’s, Meath St, Dublin. He was made canon in May 1956 and died three years later. He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. Born in Naples, the son of artist Eduoardo Matania, Chevalier Fortunino Matania (16 April 1881 – 8 February 1963) studied at his father's studio, exhibiting his first work at Naples Academy at 11. By the age of 14 he was helping his father produce illustrations for books and magazines. His talent was recognised by the editor of the Italian periodical L'Illustrazione Italiania and Matania produced weekly illustrations for the magazine between 1895 and 1902. At the age of 20, Matania began working in Paris for Illustration Francaise and, in 1902, was invited to London to cover the Coronation of Edward VII for The Graphic. Matania would subsequently cover every major event – marriage, christening, funeral and Coronation – of British royalty up to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. In 1904, Matania joined the staff of The Sphere where some of his most famous work was to appear, including his illustrations of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. At the outbreak of the First World War, Matania became a war artist and was acclaimed for his graphic and realistic images of trench warfare. MILITARIA

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Early 20th century Belfast photographs.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 136

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €150

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  • A miscellaneous collection of photographs of industry, education and worship around Belfast, including a church choir, women workers at the Belfast Ropework Company (1935), The Irish Bowlers bowling team and a group of twelve photographs of railway bridges around Belfast. Also a collection of 1930s primary school class photographs.

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1912, September 28, Ulster's Solemn League and Covenant  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 137

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €95

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  • Two examples of the pledge, signed at Belfast by Robert Thompson and at Tubrid by George Johnson. (2)

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Irish Unionist Alliance badge  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 138

Published Estimate: €80-120

Price Realised: €0

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  • A gilt metal badge surmounted by a crown, centred by an enamel, shield-shaped Union flag, surrounded by the emblems of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales and the motto 'Quis Separabit', by Johnson, Dublin.
    The Irish Unionist Alliance was the southern unionists' political organisation. In 1913 it had a membership of only 683.

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National Foresters certificate and sash.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 139

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €140

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  • An unused membership certificate of the Irish National Foresters Friendly Society, framed; together with a green and gold brocade National Foresters sash. (2)

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Count Plunkett, an archive of correspondence and a pilgrim's medal.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 140

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €380

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  • The correspondence of ten letters to Count Plunkett from the Society for the Preservation of the Irish Language, Cumann na Leabharlann, Gill Publishers, The O'Brien Institute, et al, regarding payment of salaries, fees, expenses etc. together with a book of cheque stubs and various lodgement records; together with a Jerusalem Pilgrim's Cross.

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1907-1972 Republican propaganda stamps, a small collection including 1907-08 Sinn Féin  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 141

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

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  • Includes 1907-08 Sinn Féin Cross of Cong and Harp designs in blocks of four, a 1916 Pearse Memorial Fund lapel flag, 1972 IRA labels etc. (6).

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1908-21 Sinn Féin Bank cheque, unissued.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 142

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €160

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  • The Sinn Féin Bank, formally the Sinn Féin Co-operative People's Bank, Ltd. (Irish: Comar-Bannc Sinn Féin, Teo.) was a co-operative bank in Ireland associated with Sinn Féin movement, which operated from August 1908 to October 1921. The bank was located at 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin.

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1913-1917, Nationalist pamphlets, handbills and booklets.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 143

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €0

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  • Dimensions: 15 x 9¼in. (38.10 x 23½cm)
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  • 'To The Manhood of Ireland', an extract from the Manifesto of the irish Volunteers, framed; The O'Rahilly, 'The Secret History of the Irish Volunteers', framed; Pearse, PH. 'The Murder Machine', framed and a Sinn Féin handbill from the 1917 General Election campaign. The largest frame

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1914-1945 mixed lot with medals, republican publications etc.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 144

Published Estimate: €80-120

Price Realised: €75

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  • Interesting lot with World War I medal to 6733 Pte. P. Poweer, Royal Irish Regiment, HMS Ramillies ashtray, Fianna Fail "Break The Connection" badge, Capuchin Annual 1940, Wolfe Tone Annual 1945, Irish Press prints of portraits by Sean O'Sullivan of Eamon de Valera and Douglas Hyde, etc. (7).
    MILITARIA

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Pádraig Pearse handwritten and signed cheque, 12 June 1914.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 145

Published Estimate: €800-1,000

Price Realised: €960

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  • Drawn on The Royal Bank of Ireland Ltd., Terenure, to Messrs. Cochrane for two pounds, twelve shillings and six pence. Signed "PáiraicMacPiarais". Attractively framed with a reproduction photograph of Pearse.

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1966 Pádraig Pearse gold commemorative medallion, by Vincze.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 146

Published Estimate: €1,500-1,800

Price Realised: €1900

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  • A cased 2oz, 22-carat gold commemorative medal designed by Paul Vincze (1907-1994). The obverse with an image of Pádraig Pearse the reverse with a quotation from the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. In original Worboys Dublin presentation box.

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1979 Pádraig Pearse commemorative dish.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 147

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €220

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  • Dimensions: 9¾in. (24.77cm)
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  • An Irish silver strawberry dish, engraved to the centre, 'The fools, the fools, the fools - they have left us - our Fenian dead - Pádraic Mac Piarais - 1879-1979', engraved 'No.14' to the base, hallmarked for Dublin, 1979, maker's mark for George Bellew, 15oz troy (467g).

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Pádraig Pearse commemorative silver plate.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 148

Published Estimate: €180-220

Price Realised: €180

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  • Dimensions: 11 x 11in. (27.94 x 27.94cm)
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  • Limited edition of 1,000, 1979 by Royal Charter Ltd., Dublin. Hallmarked Dublin, 18 ounces, in presentation box.

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Roger Casement handwritten postcard to a colleague in the Colonial Service in the Niger Coast, 1893.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 149

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €480

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  • Sent from Old Calabar River in the British Protectorate of Oil Rivers: a scarce overprinted postal stationery one penny card to H. Harrison, Warri, dated 6 January, wishing him "and Chambers" a Happy New Year, and mentioning the purchase of shoes in "Gaboon" on Harrison's account. A rare early manuscript from Casement, aged 28.
    In 1892 to 1895 Casement was a British customs official in the Niger Coast.

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1907: Roger Casement's signed presentation copy of 'At the Back of the Black Man's Mind' by R. E. Dennet  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 150

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €480

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  • At the Back of the Black Man's Mind or Notes on the Kingly Office in West Africa by R.E. Dennett, MacMillan & Co. Ltd, London, 1906. Original cloth. Signed on the free front end paper "To Roger Casement at Santos From the author in Benin Febry. 1907" and further inscribed by Casement himself "From Roger Casement to R. J. Berry Santos 12 May 1907".

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1916 Rising Medal to Joseph Plunkett.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 151

Published Estimate: €40,000-60,000

Price Realised: €40000

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  • Provenance: Gifted by Grace Gifford to Cathal Gannon, thence to the current owner. The circumstances of the gifting of the medal by Grace Gifford to Cathal Gannon are related in Gannon, Charles. Cathal Gannon: The Life and Times of a Dublin Craftsman, 1910-1999; 2006 Lilliput Press, Dublin, p.149.
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  • Awarded posthumously to Plunkett, a 1916 Rising bronze medal on green and orange silk poplin ribbon, the reverse numbered '70' and named 'Joseph Plunkett', in box of issue.
    Plunkett was born in Dublin, son of George Noble Plunkett, a papal count and Irish nationalist. Plunkett contracted tuberculosis at a young age and which afflicted him for the rest of his life. He was educated at the Catholic University School (CUS) and by the Jesuits at Belvedere College in Dublin and later at Stonyhurst College, in Lancashire, where he acquired some military knowledge from the Officers' Training Corps. Throughout his life, Joseph Plunkett took an active interest in Irish heritage and the Irish language. He joined the Gaelic League and began studying with Thomas MacDonagh, with whom he formed a lifelong friendship. The two were both poets with an interest in theatre, and both were early members of the Irish Volunteers, joining their provisional committee. Plunkett persuaded his father to let a family property at Kimmage be used as a training centre for Irish Volunteers. Sometime in 1915 Joseph Plunkett joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood and soon after was sent to Germany to meet with Roger Casement, who was negotiating with the German government on behalf of Ireland. Plunkett successfully got a promise of a German arms shipment to coincide with the rising. Plunkett was one of the original members of the IRB Military Committee that was responsible for planning the Easter Rising, and it was largely his plan that was followed. Shortly before the rising was to begin, Plunkett was hospitalised and had an operation on his neck glands days before Easter and had to struggle out of bed to take part in what was to follow. Still bandaged, he took his place in the General Post Office with several other of the rising's leaders such as Patrick Pearse and Tom Clarke, though his health prevented him from being terribly active. His energetic aide de camp was Captain Michael Collins. Following the surrender Plunkett was held in Kilmainham Gaol, and faced a court martial. Seven hours before his execution by firing squad at the age of 28, he was married in the prison chapel to his fiance, Grace Gifford. His widow became a prominent republican, opposed the 1921 Treaty and was imprisoned by the Irish Free State government. In 1941 she refused to attend a ceremony to receive her husband's 1916 Rising medal. This was probably a protest against the government's wartime policy of internment of IRA members, many of whom were known to her. When the medal was posted to her she threw it in the bin, where it was rescued by Cathal Gannon; Grace told him to keep it as she didn't want it. She was also embittered with the Plunkett family as they prevented her from receiving anything from her husband's estate and she had had to sue Count George Plunkett to receive a settlement of only £700 in 1934. MILITARIA

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1916 Rising medal and 1917-1921 War of Independence combatant's medal to Patrick Williams, Irish Citizen Army.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 152

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €0

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  • Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from a descendant of Patrick Williams.
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  • The war of Independence medal with Comhrac bar. In boxes of issue and posting box with partial name and address of the recipient
    Patrick Joseph Williams (1874-1951) was a member of the Irish Citizen Army in 1916. He was a guard on Liberty Hall for three weeks before the Rising. On Easter Sunday he joined the ICA route march through the city, returning to duty at Liberty Hall. On the Monday morning he was one of a party of three, led by William Oman, who occupied an outpost position attached to the City Hall garrison, covering the Ship Street gate of Dublin Castle. At 4pm they abandoned the position. Patrick Williams made his way to Bolands Mill arriving after 6 o'clock. Williams is mentioned in the witness statement of Sean Byrne, who stated that he dug the grave of Peader Macken of "B" Company who had been shot in the stomach. Williams remained at Bolands Mill until taken prisoner on general surrender. He was imprisoned in Wakefield and Frongoch. On his release at Christmas 1916 he joined 'B' Coy. III Batt. Dublin Brigade, where his records states he was in continuous service in the Battalion area. He was arrested December '20 was an inmate of Ballykinlar until his release in December 1921. From 1922 -1924 he served in the Citizen Army under Christy Poole. He worked in the Paving Dept as a concreter with Dublin Corporation. His name is on a Plaque at City Hall Civic Building, Cork Hill, Dame Street Dublin 2 with the Inscription: 'Irish Citizen Army. Members of 1916 Garrison at Dublin's City Hall and its outposts; Nicholas Street Graveyard; Patrick Joseph Williams.' MILITARIA

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1916 Rising Medal group to Galway Veteran, Bernard Grealish, together with personal effects.  

Auction Date / Lot No.: 21 January 2017 / 153

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €2200

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  • Provenance: By descent to the current owner.
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  • Group of three medals comprising 1916 Rising medal, 1917-1921 War of Independence medal, with Comhrac bar; and 1921-1971 Truce Anniversary medal. Accompanied by a Military Service Pensions Act, 1924. Certificate of Military Service; an Award Certificate and two photographs of Bernard Grealish, seated as a young man and in Garda Síochána uniform in a family group; also a silver cased fob watch, Chester, 1908; and a penknife engraved, 'Gd. B. Grealish - Pres by the C.S.P.C.A. - 1930'.
    Bernard Grealish served at the Agricultural Station, Moyode Castle and at Limepark in Easter week1916, under O/C Patrick Callanan. Having served in an IRA Active Service Unit in the War of Independence, he joined the Free State Army. In 1925 he joined the Garda Siochána, initially posted at the Phoenix Park and transferred to Ramelton, Co. Donegal in the 1930s. He died in Co. Donegal 1971. MILITARIA

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