Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Growing Guinness Collection

I recently decided to start collecting Guinness memorabilia. There is an unbelievable amount of stuff out there and eBay is of course the place to look.

Some of the items are incredible and the history is fantastic to read and research.

I particularly like the Doctors Books that were issued to doctors surgeries between 1933 and 1966. They were produced by Guinness to promote the "Good For You" proposition and are beautifully illustrated.

I am also taken by Guinness bottle labels of which there are 1000's. They are very unique and before around 1956 were dated to the day of bottling! They also had the name and address of the 'bottlers' of the ale as Guinness only used to sell beer in barrels, kegs, etc. to the pubs, even when it was exported. I have managed to get labels from all over the World including Australia and the Caribbean, I especially like the dated ones and the ones of unusual shape. Also worth noting that Guinness in the plural was known as Guinness's until 1953 - check the labels out.

Be careful there is a lot of fake stuff out there though. Be particularly careful when it comes to ceramic items especially Carltonware as there was a big conspiracy that occurred in the 90's when lots of counterfeits were produced after the 'trademark' was stolen.

If you consider collecting you can't beat "The Guide To Guinness Collectables" by Nick Fairall and David Hughes published by Liberty Press ISBN: 978-1-905483-54-9

Salt and Pepper Pots from the 60's.

Kangaroo and Keeper Plate.

Lion Chasing Keeper Plate.

Bear and Keeper Plate.

LVA Commemorative Goblet from November 11th 1980.

Two Guides from St James Gate, the white one is from 1914 and the brown 1952.

Three cute crystal shot glasses.

The first Doctors book from 1933 including compliments slip.

Page selection from the 1936 Doctors Book.

Selection from the 1935 Doctors Book.

Selection from the 1933 Doctors Book

Sample pages from the 1956 Doctors Book.

Pages from the 1955 Doctors Book.

Pages from the 1914 St James Guide.

Sample pages from the 1957 Doctors Book.

Sample pages from the 1952 Doctors Book.

Guinness labels from the 50's to the 70's.

Sample pages from the 1939 Doctors Book.

Pages from the 1938 Doctors Book.

Guinness labels from the 50's including two Bicentennial labels on the right.

Ringmaster performing #547 of 1500, Coalport.

Regulation cue ball.

Rear cover of the 1952 guide with August 1st, 1952 label.

Performing seals #694 and #1460 of 2000 Coalport.

Pair of egg cups.

Guinness formula!

Retailers Guides 1920 and 1924.

More pages from the 1957 Doctors Guide.

Australian Labels.

Miner Toucan #1949 of 2000.

Wee Guinness drinker from the '60's.

More Australian labels.

Labels from 1914, 1924, 1941, 1945, 1951 and 1952. The 1945 is great because it is from the Isle of Man.

Pages from the 1952 St James Gate Guide.

Inside the 1914 St James Guide.

Inside the 1914 guide showing the October 31, 1914 label.

Shop display ceramic #525 of 2000.

Pretty Guinness marbles.

Labels from the Caribbean and the Med still to be sorted.

Early 20th Century labels.

Selection of cuff links and badges from the '40's to now.

Salt and Pepper shakers.

Carrigaline Plate.

Another Irish Carrigaline Plate.

Sweet Plate.

'80's money box and thimble.

Doctors Book from 1957.

1955 and 1956 Doctors Books.

1952 Doctors Book with compliments slip.

1938 and 1939 Doctors Book.

1936 Doctors Book with compliments slip.

1934 and 1935 Doctors Books.

1962 Rubber Toucan.

1961 Rubber Penguin.

1955 Guinness Ad.

1952 Guinness Ad.

Menu Holder 1948.

Guinness Ad from 1937.

Ashtry from 1936.

Minton Ashtray from 1932.

1932 Ashtray.

Retailers Guide from 1924.

The 1924 Guide showing prices for the various barrel sizes.

1960's Money Box from Carltonware.

Guinnness "Alice" ads from 1949.

Menus from 1959.