Rare Bristol brewery sign to be sold at auction with estimate of £4,000 

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The R.W Miller. & Co brewery was in Stokes Croft in late Victorian times

A rare piece of Bristol brewery history is going under the hammer next month.

The large enamel advertising sign being auctioned dates from the 1890s and originates from Bristol brewery R.W. Miller & Co’s Ltd of Stokes Croft.

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The sign for ‘ales and stout’ has a picture depicting the long gone factory on Stokes Croft, with a barrel, bottles and medals.

R.W. Miller & Co moved to Bristol from Hereford in 1893 and was then acquired by Georges & Co Ltd brewery in 1911 along with 48 public houses.

The brewery’s Bristol pubs in the late 1890s included long-lost venues like the Angel Hotel on Redcliff Street, The Salutation in Clifton and Crabbs Well in Temple Street.

A rare sign from Bristol's Miller breweryA rare sign from Bristol's Miller brewery
A rare sign from Bristol's Miller brewery

The sign is being sold via Richard Edmonds Auctions in Chippenham on June 1 with an opening bid price of £2,400 and an estimate of between £4,000 and £5,000.

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Tora Edmonds, general manager of the auction house, said: “It’s an absolutely wonderful piece and a good piece of local history that we hope will be returned to the city of Bristol.

“It’s very large, pictorial and although it has some professional restoration, the images are in fantastic condition and show the story of brewery life at the time well.

“We sell more enamel signs than anyone else in Europe and I will say that very few advertising signs have more than one image, if any, this illustrates the brewery, company barrel, medals and bottle of ale, it has a lot going on in one sign.

“It has been brought to us from a deceased estate and the family say it’s been with them for as long as they can remember but they have no idea how their father came to have it.”

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