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Irish pub memorabilia sale to be held online on August 12

Family owned and run Victor Mee Auctions is to host its first Irish Pub Memorabilia & Collectibles sale of the year at 2pm on Wednesday, August 12.

With the Covid-19 pandemic still disrupting everyday life, the team at Victor Mee Auctions has moved its sales online and recently completed its second successful online-only sale.

Bidders can expect the upcoming Irish Pub Memorabilia & Collectibles sale to feature lots including early 20th century whiskey bottles, rare advertising figures, signs and mirrors.

“After a tough few months for our industry, we are extremely happy to be hosting our first pub memorabilia sale of the year,” said Victor Mee, auctioneer. “The rare lots set to appear in the auction have been handpicked by our specialist team and have been waiting in the wings ready to hit the auction block on 12th August.

“The sale will showcase items that will appeal to a host of different collectors; therefore we expect high interest from collectors around the world with diverse backgrounds.”

Estimated to sell between €6,000 and €12,000 is lot 248, a rare bottle of George Roe Irish Whiskey. The George Roe brand was over 170 years old when its Thomas Street Distillery closed in 1923. Allegedly it took a few years before everything was bottled and sold and this 16-year-old release of George Roe seems to have been produced for export to the USA in the 1930s. Most remarkably of all, the label proclaims this to be ‘pot still malt whiskey’, making this an incredibly rare Irish single malt distilled before 1923 at a distillery that has been closed for nearly a century.

In addition to the George Roe, Victor Mee Auctions will also welcome a 1950s bottle of John Jameson Extra Quality Dublin Whiskey to the auction block as well as a rare 19th century copper whiskey still, with both items estimated to sell up to €1,200.

Another stand-out lot in the upcoming sale is lot 348, Presse’s Nunns Island Galway Whiskey advertising mirror. This mirror is estimated to sell at auction for a significant sum of €6,000 to €12,000.
Within the advertising offering is lot 338, an extremely rare mahogany count Irish tobacco advertising cabinet with reverse painted glass pediment. The T.P. & R. Goodbody cigarette cabinet is one of few known still to be on the market in such pristine condition. This Irish advertising cabinet has been estimated to sell at auction between €3,000 and €4,000.

Another piece that the Victor Mee team is proud to bring to auction is an extremely rare J Vint & Son Old Irish Whiskey glass advertisement, estimated to sell up to €3,000.

Lot 55, a 1960s Guinness Ruberoid advertising Leprechaun seated on a wooden stool, was used as a mascot for Guinness delivery drivers both in Ireland and USA to advertise the famous stout to the overseas market and has come to the auction house with a steel vehicle roof mount attachment.

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