Victor Mee hosts trio of iconic Victorian consumer scenes at recent sale

Leading Cavan-based auctioneers specialising in pub memorabilia and collectables, Victor Mee Auctions Ltd, recently recreated a slice of Irish history in their Cavan-based auction house, featuring three iconic Victorian consumer scenes in its recent sale.

The first of the iconic scenes which hit the auction block and was viewed by hundreds of interested bidders and history enthusiasts included a 19th century mahogany chemist shop scene originally from County Tipperary. Estimated to be over 140 years old, the chemist shop comprised of popular features of the day including counters, wall cabinets, apothecary drawers and original glass labels.  This chemist shop was once a pillar of its local community, providing residents with essential potions, lotions and remedies to cure what ailed them for over 100 years.  Other attention-grabbing pieces in this collection included an extremely rare McQuaid rubberoid advertising figure, Fry’s Chocolate advertising cabinet and rare Young’s Medical gilt and wooden shop sign.

In addition to the chemist shop, the recent Victor Mee Auctions sale also featured a Victorian bar made of scumbled pine and fitted out with whiskey flagons and bottles featuring popular brands like Paddy and D’Arcy’s Old Irish Whiskey, antique bar stools and a collection of Guinness advertisement, the interiors of this bar hold great historic charm.

In addition to the bar furniture and shelving, bidders with interest in pub memorabilia also had the chance to bid on a rare collection of Redbreast and Midleton Irish whiskies; rare whiskey mirrors featuring O’Neill McHenry Old Irish Whiskey Londonderry, Dunville’s Whisky 24 prize medals and Dunville’s Whisky 22 prize medals; and an extremely rare pictorial Paddy Old Irish Whiskey Cork Distillers enamel sign.

The third piece of this trifecta of Irish heritage included the contents of the last original Irish tobacco shop Cigar Divan, which actively traded in Carlow town from the 1800s to 2008.  Following its closure, the remaining contents were carefully preserved by the present owner and drew significant interest from vintage advertising and tobacco collectors.

Commenting on the excellent quality of these historic items Auctioneer Victor Mee said, “Very few museums would feature a set like this or a collection so vast and rare.  Many potential bidders as well as locals with a keen interest in Ireland’s bygone days dropped in to the auction house during viewings to witness these unique scenes from Victorian Ireland.  Visiting these retailers would have offered a completely different experience to modern day shopping – there is something so comforting and familiar about the scenes, yet so very unusual to our lifestyles.  These items, like many others in our auction house, are an antiques collector’s or publican’s dream as there is so much to see and take in, you could happily spend the whole day here!”