Original Engraved & Labelled 1/2 Pint Guinness Bottles


17 in stock

Authentic old labelled Guinness 1/2 pint bottles ,sourced from the cellar of the legendary Crottys of Kilrush.All the bottles are individually labelled as per the various publicans who would have bottled them on their arrival in wooden kegs from Guinness’s.Pubs featured here include McGinns of Tullamore,Piggotts of Gort,Farrells of Youghal,Goggins of Kanturk,Roches of Portarlington,Burkes of Gort etc etc.All bottles come unwashed for about 60 years with complimentary cobwebs of indeterminate age!These original bottles will make fantastic display items for shelf or window displays.Some have the towns of origin engraved on the bottles as seen in attached photos .However its first come first served as we only have a certain amount  in stock and the engraved ones will go to to the first orders.

Previously in Ireland  it was once the done practise for a pub to bottle their own Guinness. It would be sent from St James Gate to the pub cellar, and would then would be bottled individually into half pint brown bottles. Each pub would have their own label, with the name of the publican and address.The  practise eventually finished in the 1960s.

“One of the most labour intensive jobs of any pub back then was the bottle washing process.In the backyard of the bar the two day process began with the washing of the hundreds of bottles that had been carefully stacked in a very large metal tub over the previous weeks. Cold tap water was used but occasionally if the weather warranted a kettle of boiling water as added. The soaking allowed the old labels to be easily removed as a simple flour and water paste had been the original adhesive. A bottle washing brush with stiff bristles was the only tool required and the bar had an adequate supply of those. The washed bottles were left to drain upside down on a wooden board in which holes had been bored to accommodate the bottle neck. When dry they were placed on large wooden trays in readiness for the next day.

The Guinness came in a large metal barrel or firkin. A tap had to be inserted into the bung hole to allow for the pouring of the liquid and this was always challenging as it was quite possible to get a soaking if it wasn’t processed correctly. It was usually accomplished with a degree of dexterity and of course judicial force. The weight of the barrel meant that it couldn’t be raised to an ideal working height so the bottler had to sit on a small stool. With practice the filling of the bottles was fast and rote; the tap was left open and using two hands, one for the empty bottle to fill and the other to carefully place the filled bottle on the large tray.

example of a guinness bottlers labelThe bottle caps were the classic tin top of metal with a cork cushion and were put on using a press made especially for this task. A magnet held the top in place over the bottle and a lever was pulled forcing the cap onto the neck and thus sealing the bottle and it’s precious contents. Care had to be taken doing this because too heavy a hand could easily result in the bottle shattering.

All that now remained was the sticking on of the labels which told of the bottle contents and the name of the bar. Using a paste of flour and water and with a little practice this was accomplished quite easily. After a few days settling the new bottles of Guinness were brought into the bar to be sold”


Origins : Co Galway,Laois.Cork,Tipperary,Offaly

Dimensions : 24cm x 7cm  1kg


17 in stock


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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 24 × 7 cm