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~ ASuper Rare c1916 Irish Volunteers Belt And Buckle~
An Óglaigh na hÉireann brown bandolier leather belt with original brass buckle worn by the Irish volunteers c1916.
This belt was bought directly from the Stanley family in Northern Ireland (the tunic exists but is in poor order). Lt. Stanley was at University with Michael Collins for a time post 1918 and was involved in politics. The belt is entirely original, the history is available to the purchaser. We had his Military Cross medals but they have been sold.
The leather belt is stamped:-
B. COY G. BATTN IVThe buckle is stamped:-
ISSUED BY ?~ Irish Volunteers ~
The Volunteers were formed in response to the formation of the Ulster Volunteer Force by Edward Carson and James Craig the same year. The Ulster Volunteers were founded by (exclusively) Protestant Unionists in the northeast in order to prevent the enactment of the Home Rule Act. It was seen that with armed men in Ulster threatening force to counter Home Rule, a similar force would be prudent to pressure Britain in the other direction. To this end Eoin MacNeill published an article The North Began, arguing for the necessity of such a force. His friend The O'Rahilly encouraged him to follow through with this idea, and on November 11, 1913, at Wynn's Hotel in Dublin, ten prominent nationalists sat down to plan the formation of the Volunteers, among them were Patrick Pearse, Eamonn Ceannt, and Sean MacDermott.
~ Dimensions ~The belt (without the buckle) is 36.75 inches (93.5cm) long and 1.25 inches (3.05cm) wide. The buckle is 3.75 inches (9.5cm) long by 2 inches (5cm) wide. The diameter of the round part of the belt is 2 inches (5cm).~ Condition ~The condition of the belt is good for its age with the leather slightly worn. The buckle is also in good condition with some scratches, mainly to the back.
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