Irish Volunteer or Early Irish Army brass other ranks buttons by John Ireland, Dublin.(2109002)


Here we have two large brass buttons, both maker marked by John Ireland but with two different types of naming for this Dublin based outfitter.


John Ireland was a well established outfitters on Ellis’es Quay Dublin. The firm traded from the Victorian era until the mid 20th century. John Ireland supplied uniforms and equipment to the military as well as being one of the leading suppliers to the Royal Irish Constabulary and DMP. During the post independence era, they continued to provide outfitting services to the Gardaí, National Army and other services as well.
It is probable ( though I don’t have sufficient evidence yet) that John Ireland also acted as an outfitter to the Irish Volunteers.
Button One: This is marked “J. Ireland & Son Dublin (but with “Ltd” written in small font”
Button Two: This is marked “J. Ireland & Son Ltd Dublin”

Both buttons have only light service wear, however both have a dent in the front and a slight dent on back.