Tipperary Rifle

(A). A shillelagh or stick made of blackthorn. At Ballybrophy station an itinerant vendor of walking-sticks pushed up close to their Royal Highnesses [the Prince and Princess of Wales] ... The Prince asked him what he wanted, and the man replied, “Nothing, your honour, but to ask your honour to accept a present of a Tipperary rifle,” and so saying he handed his Royal Highness a stout hawthorn. The Prince sent the man a sovereign, for which a gentleman offered him 25s. “No,” said the man, “I would not part with it for twenty-five gold guineas.” In a few minutes the man had sold all his sticks for princely prices. (April 25th, 1885.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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