Joseph Plunkett's Pistol
An automatic pistol which was presented by Joseph Mary Plunkett to Grace Gifford on Easter Saturday, 1916. On the grip along the butt strap is incised - 'From Joseph Mary Plunkett, to Grace Gifford, Holy Saturday, 1916'. Scratched on ends of gutta percha (or composition) side plates of butt, on one side - 'JOSEPH', on the other - 'PLUNKETT'. Harrington & Richardson, Arms Company, Worcester, Mass., U.S.A. Patent Aug. 20, 1907, April 13, 1909 & H & R Self-loading Cal. 25. Serial No. 8928.
Grace Gifford was an Irish cartoonist and republican. Having studied at Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1907-1908, she returned returned to Dublin, establishing a reputation for humorous depictions of Irish writers, artists, academics, and actors. During this time she also became increasingly involved in republican political activity. She married Joseph Mary Plunkett on the night before he was executed in Kilmainham jail in 1916. He was one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation.
- Gifford, Grace (Evelyn) (1888–1955),
- Plunkett, Joseph Mary (1887–1916),
- Women Revolutionaries,
- Curated Collection--Women and the Rising,
- Ireland--History--Easter Rising, 1916,
- Curated Collection--Leaders of the Rising