Wednesday 9th October 2019 - Ken Bryson
Inverness Auction Centre have some Orange Order lots going under the hammer. Find out more here...
Inverness Auction Centre have some specialist items going under the hammer tomorrow, which include a small Irish political silk flag dating 1867, a larger Irish political silk flag dating 1867 and a solid silver trowel with ivory handle.
The first is a silk, 32 inch square, yellow-orange field with 2 inch navy border. It features a printed, oval-length portrait of William Johnston of Bally Kilbeg 1867, as identified in sthe urrounding ring. The scroll above that reads Bangor 12th July 1867 and No Surrender printed below. There are seals or decorative symbols at each corner of the flag, including thistles, which represent Scotland, roses for England, a harp for Ireland, and a depiction of Prince William of Orange, a Protestant from Holland who fought King James of England and Ireland, seated upon a white steed and holding a sword. During the late 17th century, Prince William ushered in religious tolerance and liberty, and gave Parliament priority over the monarch in governing the country. The following Northern Ireland cities are printed along each side: Enniskillen, Boyne, Aughrim, and Derry. These are the locations where battles took place in Ireland between 1688-1690, and where the Protestants gained some of their liberties and freedoms from religious persecution of the Catholic Church.
William Johnston (1829-1902) was an Irish politician and member of the Orange Order, a Protestant fraternal organisation based primarily in Northern Ireland and Scotland. He wrote ultra-Protestant Tracts and pro-Unionist novels during the 1850s and published a newspaper called The Downshire Protestant from 1855-1862. Johnston organized an Orange Order parade from Bangor to Newtownards in County Down despite the Party Procession Acts, and the parade took place on July 12, 1867, the date seen here on the flag. Approx. 30,000 people took part in the parade, but Johnston was sentenced to a short term in prison the following year for organizing it. In 1868, he was elected a member of Parliament for Belfast and maintained the seat until 1878. Johnston went on to serve as Inspector of Fisheries in Ireland from 1878 through 1885, and in 1885 he was elected an independent Member of Parliament for Belfast South until his death.
The small flag measures 24" wide by 22.5" tall and is believed to be silk. It has a net backing to it.
The larger flag measures 33" wide by 33" tall. Also believed to be silk and has a net backing to it.
The trowel was presented to William Johnston Esq A.M.M.P. by the ladies of Irvine on the occasion of his laying the foundation stone of the Orange Hall on 1st June 1872. The Irvine orange hall is believed to be the oldest hall of its type in Scotland.
The Trowel measures 14" long, by 42 deep. It has an ivory twist handle.
All of these items can be bid for LIVE tomorrow on our website. Check out the full sale catalogue here.