Irish American Fenian Tunic Button
Good quality reproduction tunic button ideal for use by period re-enactors or those who wish to own a small memento of the period.
James (verified owner) – February 13, 2016
Close but not quite there. Owning an original IRA Fenian button and buying these Fenian buttons, I compared the two. The original IRA button was smaller, and made of brass, more dome shaped with the outer ring is more flat and examples which exist appear more like an American Civil War officers frock coat button. This here is clearly a white silver finish.
The Fenians adopted this button in 1868, after the 1866 Battle of Ridgeway, and were worn in the second 1870 Fenian Raid by General O’Neill. A shell jacket with these buttons still exisit. I wished you could reproduce these nearer to the orginal. A good look at an orginal can be found on Google or here. http://www.antiquesfromtheweb.com/product/vbsew_b.html.
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