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Huge 19thC 'Aitchisons' Pale Ale Edinburgh Advertising Mirror. Circa 1873. Reverse glass hand painted and etched mirror in overpainted original frame. - Solid timber back. Very heavy. See history below. John Aitchison had been involved with his father William's business, Aitchison & Co, from the 1820s. When the company's brewing operations were moved from the Kerfield Brewery in Peebles to the Canongate Brewery in Edinburgh in 1828, he became a partner in John Aitchison & Co. After William Aitchison died in 1835 control passed to John, and a second son - William Ker Aitchison - joined the partnership. John was a founding member of the Edinburgh Brewers' Association, out of which grew the powerful Brewers' Association of Scotland.

Under John's direction the company expanded into markets outside Scotland, including Newcastle, Sunderland, Southampton, Liverpool and London, and by 1851 he was employing 41 men at the Canongate Brewery. When he died in 1857 his sons William Aitchison and Thomas Stodart Aitchison succeeded to the business. The company's trademark was a shield with 'JA' on it; they also registered the Chariot Brand. The company won silver medals for its beers at the Paris 1867, Amsterdam 1869 and London 1873 Exhibitions. Amongst the beers it produced were Strong Edinburgh Ale, Pale Edinburgh Ale, Superior Ale, Table Ale, Pale India Ale, and Porter. In 1895 John Aitchison & Co Ltd was established to acquire the business for £60,000 cash and £50,000 in ordinary shares.
  • Period: 1873
    • Price: £3,750.00
    • €4,092 Euro
    • $4,935 US Dollar
  • Location: Yorkshire
    • Dimensions: H: 184cm (72.44in)
    • W: 162cm (63.78in)
    • D: 0cm (0.00in)