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December 9, 2012, 12:00 PM EST | Freeville, NY, US    Live Auction

Lot 2325: 2 Pc. Irish Republican Army HAND-PAINTED PRISON ART Linen Handkerchiefs IRA (137 views)

2 Pc. Irish Republican Army HAND-PAINTED PRISON ART Linen Handkerchiefs IRA
Estimate: $70 - $200
Details: These two linen handkerchiefs were painted by Irish Republican Army members in Belfast Prison in 1972. Both handkerchiefs are about 16.5" square. In their identical frames, they are 21" square.

The first shows a phoenix rising from flames, and reads "Provisional 4th Belfast Prison Batt." Seven names are written on the handkerchief. They are Billy McKee, Frank McArt, John Joe Magee, Martin Meehan, Gerry O'Hare, Pat Shannon, and Tomas MacDonahill. It is dated 7/10/72.

The second one is titled "Mise Eire," and depicts a hooded, mourning figure holding a sword in a graveyard, surrounded by roses. The style of painting recalls traditional Celtic art. Below it is the motto, "Honour Irelands Dead." It is signed "Brian White (Rem) Belfast Prison" and is not dated.

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Condition / Notes: The frames are nicked or chipped in several places, but these artworks are otherwise in very good condition.

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Lot 2325: 2 Pc. Irish Republican Army HAND-PAINTED PRISON ART Linen Handkerchiefs IRA
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December 9, 2012, 12:00 PM EST