Garda Uniform and Badges
Garda 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising Commemoration Medal
Issued to all Garda who took part in the 199th anniversary commemorations of the 1916 rising in 2016.
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 Cap Badges
First issue Garda cap Badge produced for the Irish police service after independence in 1922 the word “SAIOCÁNA” is spelled with an older Gaelic spelling which included a “T” “SIOTCÁNA” This pattern was used up to about 1940.
Second issue Garda cap “SAIOCÁNA” is spelled without the “T” on the first issue it was spelled with the T as in “SIOTCÁNA” This pattern was used from the 1940s up to the 1960s. The second issue is a dull white metal colour and can also be seen in what looks like a more yellow colour cast on it, the yellow was due to the type of metal used.
Although no strictly speaking a 3rd issue in the 1960s the cap badge was issued in chrome. The chrome issue is more shiny than the 2nd issue badges. The badge was used from the 1960s up to the 1990s and was replaced with the plain gold coloured issue.
Gold coloured (not made of gold) staybrite type issued from about the mid-1990s and was replaced by the gold with enamelled type blue colouring.
Current issue cap badge.
Garda Helmet Badges
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.
Inspectors Cuff Rank Badge
1st and 2nd issues Inspectors Cuff Rank badge, measures 72mm by 68mm. Second issue pattern issued from the 1940s up to about the 1960s. First issue used silver bullion wire 2nd issues was all thread for the design. 1st issue was used from the foundation of the Guards up to about 1940.
Garda ID Badge
The Garda ID Badge, metal, used by Garda in an ID wallet with the badge displayed on one side with the details including picture of the Garda on the other.
The Garda badge above left image is being offered on various websites as genuine. Sometimes offered in a wallet sometimes as an individual badge. As you can see in comparison to the genuine badge on the right the text style used is different, note the A's in Síochna and the G on garda.
Garda Male Voice Choir
Measures 78mm by 62mm. Used from the foundation of the Choir in 1972 up to about 1990. The Garda Male Voice Choir was established in 1972 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of An Garda Síochána. Based in Garda Headquarters in Dublin, the choir includes both serving and retired members.
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.
Poiliní Átha Cliath
In 1922 the new Free State Government re-branded the Dublin Metropolitan Police, the new force for Dublin being named Poiliní Átha Cliath. Poiliní Átha Cliath remained in existence until 1925 when it was merged with An Garda Síochána.
Some of the rank insignia of the DMP was used by Poiliní Átha Cliath and An Garda Síochána. I am told this DMP Station Sergeant’s cuff insignia was used in Dublin up to the late 1960s or early 1970s.