Garda Uniform and Badges
A first pattern Garda Siochana coat. This eight buttoned, high neck coat is the first type of uniform used by An Garda Siochana, and was used while on duty in city locations.
Garda belt buckle.
Garda four panel helmet. The helmet was worn from 1922 up to the 1940s when it was replaced by the six panel in the 1950s. The helmet is referred to as the Ball-Topped helmet because of the distinctive ball finial on the top, the 1940s issue six panel had a rose finial. The first Garda helmet was a four panelled blue cloth, cork helmet, identical in style to the home service other ranks pattern helmet worn by enlisted ranks in the British army.
Garda 7cm Helmet Day Badge. This style of badge was worn on the Gard four and six panel helmet. In 1925 when the DMP became part of the Garda this style of badge replaced the DMP badge on the 4 panel helmet. The badge measures 7cm across and has three log fixing on the back.
Garda 7cm Helmet night Badge. This style of badge was worn on the Gard four and six panel helmet. In 1925 when the DMP became part of the Garda this style of badge replaced the DMP badge on the 4 panel helmet. The badge measures 7cm across and has three log fixing on the back. Identical in design to the day badge it is blackened to reduce visibility of the badge.
On Garda cap badges produced for the Irish police service after independence in 1922 the word “SAIOCÁNA” is spelled with an older Gaelic spelling which included a “T” ie “SIOTCÁNA” badges without the “T” date from after the mid 1940’s.
R.I.C and D.M.P. Uniform and Badges
Three members of the R.I.C. having just received their Coronation medals in Dublin in 1911.
An R.I.C. pin badge, stamped B. & P. on reverse, silver gilt, silver covered in gold plate. These pins were decorative, worn by members and ex-members of the R.I.C. or as sweetheart broaches. They are not official awards for service or bravery.
Dublin Metropolitan Police DMP Cap Badge used from about 1902 to 1910. White metal die-stamped 'Quis Separabit' Who will separate (us) and EVII Royal cypher.