c1925 Framed Dunvilles Irish Whisky Shamrock Waitress Poster

£750.00




A very rare original c1925 Framed Dunville’s Irish Whiskey Poster of a pretty Shamrock dressed Party Waitress.
The image on board shows the side view of the smiling waitress, dressed in green, with her hat and dress in the form of shamrock leaves, with the labels of the whiskies on the skirt. She carries the 2 whiskey bottles on a tray, which are Dunville’s Special Liqueur Whisky and Dunville’s VR Fine Old Whisky. Below the image is DUNVILLE’S WHISKY and the poster is signed by Edward Cole in the lower left corner and has the printer’s name Henry Hildesley Ltd. London in the lower right corner. H. Hildesley Ltd. was a printing company, active in the late 1800s and early 1900s, which also printed posters for London Transport. The poster has its original black wood frame with impressed DUNVILLE’S WHISKY CO. LTD on the top.
Founded in 1808, Dunville’s initially began as a tea and spirits merchant company based in Belfast. It was founded by John Dumville, though the spelling was changed to Dunville in 1825. However, it soon ditched the tea and became largely successful as an Irish whiskey blender, and in 1869 built its own distillery, the Royal Irish Distilleries. At its peak, Dunville’s was among the world’s most famous whiskey brands until the distillery fell silent in 1936. It had a capacity of over 2.5 million gallons per annum. When the last heir and chairman Robert Dunville died in 1931, the company began to flounder, and in 1936 Dunville & Co. was liquidated. In 2013, the Echlinville distillery acquired the Dunville’s name and in the following years, it would relaunch the brand, including its famous Three Crowns expression.
There are many examples of reproductions of the poster, but originals are very rare.
Size frame: 49.5 x 64 x 2 cm (19 ½ x 25 ¼ x ¾ inches)
Weight: 3095 g