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    AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF EASTER RISING AT BONHAMS

    Thursday, November 9th, 2017

    Maria Cregan’s manuscript.

    An autograph letter journal by Maria Cregan, with an eyewitness account of the Easter Rising, comes up at Bonhams in London on November 15. Her day to day account opens as follows:  I went with Carrie Slacke and her son Randal to Sugarloaf Mountain for the Easter holiday… At Harcourt Street the first thing I noticed was a wrecked motor car opposite the station and rather many people about but also that there were no trams. I walked towards Stephen’s Green and asked had there been an accident and was told there had been a rising of Sinn Feiners. They had taken the College of Surgeons and the Green, had dug trenches in the green, barricaded the streets with all kinds of vehicles &c and had run up the Republican Flag on the College of Surgeons (this last I could see myself from the corner of Cuffe Street). I asked a man who was standing with a bicycle if I could get through, but he said it was too dangerous and even as he spoke a volley rang out…”

    There are entries made for each day from Tuesday April 25 to Friday May 6, 1916.  The ten pages on thin office style paper, signed and dated Maria J. Cregan, May 6, 1916 carry an estimate of £700-900.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £1,875

    A MALLET SALVAGED FROM LIBERTY HALL DURING THE RISING

    Saturday, July 1st, 2017

    This mallet salvaged from Liberty Hall is part of a collection of Easter Rising memorabilia at Sotheby’s English Literature sale in London on July 11.

    The auction will feature a map of Dublin issued to crown forces before going into action in 1916, a rare second printing of The Proclamation, the second manifesto of the provisional government, a propaganda newsletter, news cuttings, postcards and ephemera. The lot is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

    A half sheet of the original proclamation is estimated at £6,000-8,000.  The sale includes the first Irish printed edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost and a c1753 review of The Revenue Laws of Ireland.

    A BRITISH DIARY ACCOUNT OF THE EASTER RISING

    Sunday, July 10th, 2016
    An extract from the autograph diary of Lt. Henry Douglas.

    An extract from the autograph diary of Lt. Henry Douglas.

    An autograph manuscript diary recording a British Army officers’ service in Dublin during the Easter Rising comes up at Sotheby’s in London in July 12.  Lt. Henry Douglas of Matlock in Derbyshire was in the 2nd Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, which was hurriedly transferred to Ireland on April 26, 1916.

    The diary describes snipers and a slow advance into central Dublin  from Kingstown.  This was followed by an account of  reaching Portobello Barracks and the arrival of prisoners and his ultimate arrival at Sackville St. after the rebel surrender.  It is estimated at £5,000-7,000 at Sotheby’s sale of English Literature, childrens books and illustrations.
    UPDATE: THIS WAS SOLD FOR £5,500

    EASTER RISING EXHIBITION AND VALUATION DAY IN DUBLIN

    Friday, January 22nd, 2016
    Dublin after the Rising.

    Dublin after the Rising.

    An exhibition and valuation of Easter Rising memorabilia will take place at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on January 31.  Sponsored by The Irish Independent and Whyte’s it will include an original example of The Proclamation of The Irish Republic, Joseph Plunkett’s 1916 Rising Service medal, Pádraig Pearse’s newsletter War News No. 1, letters and autographs from the leaders including Pearse, Connolly, MacDonagh and others, a collection of newspapers published during the Rising, photographs and picture postcards of the fighting and aftermath, weapons and militaria from the period.

    Whyte’s valuers Ian Whyte and Stuart Purcell will be on hand to value  items associated with the Rising, the War of Independence, and other historic events.   Whyte’s will hold a special auction of 1916 memorabilia and other historical collectibles on March 13.