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  1. Sold on a well know auction site recently, described as a Rare Old Irish Free State Republican Army Sinn Fein FFE Silver Badge, although my main interest is Irish Military I do have a little knowledge of Scout badges and suspected the SF was for Scoutisme Français, did a google search for Scoutisme Français FFE and found the FFE stands for Fédération Française des Éclaireuses, did a search in the completed listing of that well know auction site and found a very similar badge sold for £15. Am I completely wrong and it is a Sinn Fein badge although certainly nothing I have seen before, just completely baffled.
  2. Thank you speedytop, just what I was looking for.
  3. I am building a pre WW2 model railway based on a southern German town, mid to late 1930s. I want to build a bus station, found lots of pictures of busses but no bus stops, did they use bust stops. If anyone has or can direct me to an image of a bus station or bus stop I would really appreciate it.
  4. Your images show he was approved for a pension so you should be able to get a copy of his pension application which will give details of the operations he took part in. I found when researching my grandfather his pension application gave details of the unit he served in and also the names of his Commanding Officers and several names of other members of his unit, if he did not make a witness statement he might be mentioned in statements given by those he served with. If his pension application contains details of operations he took part in you can search the Irish Times and Irish Independent newspaper archives which, although rarely mention names of IRA Volunteers, give a good account of the event. If he took part in operations in Dublin the Evening Herald is a very good source of information although you have to go to their offices as their archives are not online. I found the witness statement a bit misleading when researching my grandfather as one claimed he had taken part in a bank raid in Dublin when I know for a fact he was on another operation in London and another claimed he was not on a particular operation when two other statements claimed he was. You can apply to Cathal Brugha Barracks for the pension application, you used to be able to go directly to the Pensions Board in Galway but the last two people I helped apply were told they no longer dealt directly with applicants. I have put a link below to a page on my website which shows the type of information contained in the pension application. Officer in Charge, Military Archives, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, Dublin 6. http://www.irishmedals.org/gpage14.html
  5. Hi Kev, The Frongoch notebook would have been written after the Rising and as the designs in the notebook were described a proposed this would rule out anything before the end of 1916 when the detainees were released. If the badges were manufactured this must have taken place between 1917 and April 1923 when the Civil War ended. Considering Volunteers avoided any sort of recognition during the War of Independence and cap badges would have been the last thing on the mind of either pro or anti treaty forces during the Civil War I though the period between the 1921 July truce and the beginning of the Civil War would be the most likely time. I have written to the Irish Volunteers Commemorative Society 1913 – 1922 website, as they have the pictures of the badges on their website they might be able to give me some background. Brendan.
  6. I first saw the cap badge in the image below in Cyril Wall’s shop about ten years ago. When I showed an interest in it he explained to me he found images of several cap badges in a notebook compiled by a Frongoch inmate. He had copies of several pages from the notebook with drawings and descriptions of the cap badges, he told me and the notebook made it clear the designs were proposed designs for cap badges to be worn by various brigades throughout Ireland and Cyril said they were never produced at the time but he had some made using the drawing from the notebook. Recently while doing some research I found a website of the Irish Volunteers Commemorative Society 1913 – 1922 which has images of several of these cap badges with the implication that they were genuine and used by the Irish Volunteers. Does anyone know it they were produced by the Irish Volunteers and does anyone have any photos of them being worn. When I see any photos of Irish Volunteers or I.R.A. in uniform I always check buttons, cap badge and belt buckle but to date all I have seen as far as cap badges are concerned are the I.V. harp and the sunburst FF.
  7. Hi An Ceallach, I did contact the seller through Ebay, unfortunately I got no reply. I am always a bit puzzled as to why the recipients of Irish medals have to remain anonymous and does the seller really expect someone to bid that much without knowing who the recipient was. Brendan.
  8. There is a lot of interesting items on that particular auction site lately. There is a posthumously awarded 1916 and Black and Tan medal for 15,000 sterling along with an Oglaigh na hEireann and I.V. belt buckle from the same seller for a grand each. There was also a merchant navy Emergency medal which went for 637.00 Euro. There was also a collection of medals and other items relating to the British Army in Ireland during the 1916 Rising and War of Independence and some interesting items relating to ADRIC members.
  9. Hi Molders, I am not sure what the Ebay seller thinks he has but he is convinced he has something, I was tempted to send him a long list of all the things wrong with his claims about the copy of the Proclamation but judging from his replies to other questions and opinions he has had from other Ebayers I think I would be wasting my time. I suppose if he has paid a lot of money for it himself then he has convinced himself it is genuine and nobody will change his mind. I have read the book you mentioned, I have a copy. Another interesting medal being offer, this one by Kerry Auction Rooms, a named 1916 medal, link below. I can not find his name either on the list in the O'Connor book or a list I got from the National Library (both lists are the same apart form a few variant spellings). Listed under the medals section. http://www.kerryauctionrooms.com/catalogue/auction22-03-09/auction_18.htm
  10. I thought some of the photographs, death cards and other papers went well but you are certainly right about the Irish medals. I was surprised at how little bidding there was on some very nice well documented groups of 1916 and Black and Tan medals. Maybe with the recession the 16 Rising and War of Independence medals have peaked. An interesting item on Ebay caught my eye recently, are we at last going to see that signed copy of the Proclamation. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VERY-OLD-PRINTED-Copy-of-1916-SIGNED-IRISH-PROCLAMATION_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ356QQihZ008QQitemZ180335339669QQrdZ1QQss pagenameZWDVWQQsalenotsupported
  11. I think Paul may be right, it is part of the 1966 commemoration of the 1916 Rising. Although I was only 5 years old at the time I remember there was a march past the GPO of Veterans of the Rising. All of the various organizations were represented such as the Irish Volunteers, Citizen Army, Fianna Eireann and so on. I think the photo might have been taken in Parnell Square, as far as I can remember each group of Veterans stopped outside the garden of remembrance for some form of ceremony, I know the gardens opened in 1966 but as far as I can remember the ceremony took place on the street, maybe the gardens were not finished in time for the commemorations. Descendants of Veterans took part in the parade to represent their relatives who were either killed during the Rising or had died since 1916, I think this accounts for some of the Veterans looking too young to have taken part in the Rising.
  12. A rare medal indeed. Is it the recession uncovering these rarities, I was offer 3 Good Conduct medals at the last North Star fair. And is it the recession that is killing off the Dublin medal dealers. Paddy is gone from the Powers Court centre and I hear Cyril has given up the shop as well.
  13. The new memorial unveiled last Saturday (15th/11/08). The pyramid-shape, granite memorial depicts members of the four component parts of the Defence Forces, The Army, Navy, Air Corps and Reserve. The figures are cast in bronze and standing guard over an eternal flame that emanates from the Defence Forces Badge at the centre of the structure. I have put a few more images on my website. LINK: http://homepage.eircom.net/~historicalstam...rial/newmem.htm
  14. I think there is more a fear of fakes than actual fakes but as in the case of a 1916 medal when you are paying that much cash then you are right to fear a fake, who wants to pay that sort of money for a medal only to find it is worth virtually nothing. At the risk of repeating advice already given on this board, spend your money on a small archive and get to know what you are buying before you buy. Several other threads have suggested that Auction Houses are the safest places to buy but read the small print, below is the text from the terms and conditions of one well known Dublin auction house and the rest are much the same. 'Representations or statements made by the Auctioneer in any Catalogue as to contribution, authorship, genuineness, source, origin, date, age, provenance, condition or estimated selling price or value is a statement of opinion only. Neither the Auctioneer nor its employees, servants or agents shall be responsible for the accuracy of any such opinions. Every person interested in a Lot must exercise and rely on their own judgment and opinion as to such matters.' If you buy it from a dealer, on Ebay, at an auction or from a man you met on the street, if you know what you are buying before you but you will be alright.
  15. It was at the Teachers Club and they were sold as reproductions.
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