The Royal Hospital at Kilmainham Dublin was inspired by ‘Les Invalides’ in Paris which opened as Louis XIV’s home for army pensioners. The dress of the pensioners was very similar to that worn by the Chelsea Pensioners.
This button is in almost mint condition, it retains all its gilt finish. The button is of teh open backed style with copper tang for securing the button to the pensioner’s scarlet coloured coat.
It has the letters R.K.I. whcih stand for Royal Kilmainham Infermary. This Victorain button is about 18mms in diameter.