The Paul McIlvaine Collection - WWII Short Snorters - Ireland
The Short Snorter Project
Issue date: June 2, 1943 - Serial Number: 20G021917
This is a very rare and interesting Lady Lavery Irish Short Snorter.  The remnants of cellophane tape on both ends attest
that it must have been part of a roll of short snorters.  The note was a legal tender note of the Irish Free State and an
early issue of the Central Bank of Ireland.

Muyar O’Rouayic (sp?)    

Peonvaut O”Faslaig (sp?)

J. O'Rorke

T. Butterfield

R.F. Kurrus
19 Aug 1945

Fred Q. Zeers
Paris  19 Aug 1945            

Mata O’Soyguile  (sp?)

Frederick T Cassepleg
The note is a 10 Shilling Lady Lavery note. Orange.  Size: 78 x 138mm.  
Security Feature: Main Watermark (Head of Erin).
Date of First Note: 10/09/1928. Date of Last Note: 06/06/1968
Like all the banknotes of its time, the 'Lavery' 10 Shilling note used the
portrait of 'Hazel Lady Lavery'. Lady Lavery was a renowned beauty of
her time and the wife of Sir John Lavery - the greatest contemporary
portrait painter of his time.  The notes were designed by portrait
engraver John Harrison. All 'Lavery' notes (AKA 'River God Masks')  
depicted a river mask on the reverse -  copies of the masks adorning
the Customs House in Dublin. The 10 Shilling 'River Mask' depicts the
River Blackwater. All 'Lavery' notes were bi-lingual, with English to the
left and Irish (Gaelic) to the right. There were 302,600,000 of these
notes issued.  Most were exchanged for the 'John Scotus Eriugena'
£5 note which replaced the 'Lavery' note in 1977. The majority of the
remaining 'Lavery' notes were exchanged during the Euro changeover
in 2001. The most striking feature of the legal tender notes of the Irish
Free State and the early issues of the Central Bank of Ireland is the
portrait of Lady Lavery. The original intent was to depict a typical Irish
Cailín (Girl). In late 1927 the ‘Note Committee’ petitioned Sir John
Lavery to provide a portrait of an arch typical Irish Cailín to adorn the
notes. Sir John (1856 – 1941) was the greatest contemporary portrait
painter in Ireland at the time. Hazel, Lady Lavery (1880 – 1935) was the
daughter of an American industrialist, Edward Jenner Martyn of
Chicago.  Their marriage was the second for both of them, who were
both widowed.  Lavery first attempted to produce a painting of Cathleen
Ni Houlihan, the legendary heroine made popular by William Butler
Yeats. Lavery worked on his portrait over Christmas 1927, but was
unhappy with the result. The stylistic devices made it easier for the
work to be photographed and then engraved’. So Sir John instead
chose his wife for the portraits. The original is today in the possession
of the Central Bank of Ireland.  Thus, it came to pass that the portrait
appearing on Irish banknotes was, indeed, an American.
Hazel Lady Lavery