Vintage Pabst Mirrors

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2015-06-26 10:33:53

Vintage Pabst Mirrors are original mirrors produced to advertise the Pabst Brewing Company.

Brief history and description

The Pabst Brewing Company was originally founded in Wisconsin in 1844, (although the company was initially called Best Brewing), and became an international phenomenon thanks to their popular "Blue Ribbon" beer.

Not just limited to brewery, the company soon started to manufacture various other Pabst-related memorabilia, such as mirrors and trays, and the mirrors were typically displayed in bars or pubs.

Many Pabst Blue Ribbon mirrors featured various types of birds such as ducks or turkeys, or even other types of animals such as deer or wolves in the center of the mirror.

Some vintage Pabst mirrors also displayed text such as "This is the Place: The Real Taste of Beer," "Quality Since 1944," or simply "Pabst Blue Ribbon light" with the blue Pabst logo in the center of the mirror as well.

Guide for collectors

Vintage Pabst mirrors that still come with their original frames are considered to be the most rare and valuable. The Pabst Blue Ribbon "150th Annivesary" series mirrors are also considered to be rare.

Restoration of a vintage Pabst mirror is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring a vintage Pabst mirror may decrease its value).

For more information regarding vintage Pabst mirrors, visit the American Breweriana Association.

Value

Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon mirrors

Dirk Soulis Auctions in Lone Jack, Missouri sold a pair of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer mirrors (14" x 15") featuring wood ducks and wild turkeys and wooden frames for $40 in May of 2005.

Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon "150th Anniversary" series mirrors

Dirk Soulis Auctions in Lone Jack, Missouri sold a Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer "150th Anniversary" series mirror (14" x 20" and framed) for $25 in May of 2005.

Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon "Wildlife" series mirrors

Phoebus Auction Gallery in Hampton, Virginia sold a Pabst blue ribbon "Wildlife" collection series mirror which was a third in the series by Terry Dougthy (12" x 13") for $10 in April of 2008.

 

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