The majority of Irish Pub mirrors being offered for sale on ebay are in fact modern reproductions. These mirrors can hardly be described as vintage either. Some sellers would have you believe that their particular Pub mirror was purchased at a specialist Pub auction in Ireland, in either Dublin or Belfast. There are NO specialist Pub auctions in Ireland selling this type of merchandise. Many of the mirrors being offered for sale can be found at Car Boot sales through the United Kingdom.
Genuine antique Irish Pub mirrors tend to remain on the walls of Irish Pubs. because they are so rare and highly prized. Whenever they do occasionally come up for sale at auction in Ireland, they tend to make in excess of a few thousand ££££s.
Many of the old Irish Distillery companies commissioned mirrors to advertise their particular brand of Whiskey. These mirrors were not manufactured in the thousand, but rather the a few hundred. The graphics are not printed, but etched unto the glass and hand painted. The quality of the glass also reveals the antiquity of its origin and the glass itself can reavel blemishes from its manufacture. Not like modern Pub mirrors which have printed graphics and are made using thin plate glass which is without imperfections.
If you desire a good Pub mirror then look no further than those sellers on ebay who are honest enough to state if what they are selling is a genuine antique or a reproduction. I have seen so called Irish Pub mirrors being offered for sale on ebay at a Buy Now price of £850.00 and returns not accepted.