This attractive letterhead reflects the status of the high class drapery establishment of John W. Dowden & Company Limited. Originally a linen merchant, John Dowden established a shop at 113 St. Patrick Street by 1844 and the firm continued for well over a century. Members of the Dowden family were active in Cork life and in academic and church circles.
(CCCA B500/11 J.W. Dowden & Company)