Donoghue v Stevenson Bottle and Snail

£67.00

In stock

(92169)

One of the most famous cases in Scottish and English contract law concerned the curious incident of May Donoghue, a shop assistant in her 30s, who went to the Wellmeadow cafe in Paisley one Sunday evening in 1928. With her was a friend, who ordered ice cream and pears for herself, and an ice cream float for May. The Italian proprietor brought over the ice cream in a tumbler and poured some ginger beer over it from a bottle bearing the name of D. Stevenson, Glen Lane, Paisley. Mrs Donoghue took a drink, and her friend refilled the tumbler with ginger beer in which there now mingled the decomposed remains of a snail.


Mrs Donoghue suffered 'shock' and not long after a severe bout of gastro-enteritis which landed her in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Her solicitor issued a writ against David Stevenson, claiming £500 in damages and costs. The case ultimately reached the House of Lords, where, by a majority of three to one, the Lords decided in Mrs Donoghue's favour. In the speech that was to become famous - and the guiding principle in all future cases of negligence - Lord Atkin said:


"The rule that you are to love your neighbour becomes, in law, you must not injure your neighbour; who then, in law, is my neighbour? The answer seems to be persons so closely affected by my act that I ought reasonably to have them in contemplation as being so affected when I am directing my mind to acts or omissions which are called ito question."


In the case of Donoghue v Stevenson, David Stevenson was liable to Mrs Donoghue for his negligence because she was someone who he could have foreseen would be affected by his actions. Even though she had not bought the drink (her friend had), he owed her a duty of care.


We thought that a case as famous, bizarre and important as this ought to be celebrated in some way. We therefore commissioned Original Book Works, a Cirencester-based firm who we know well, to create a close replica of the D. Stevenson ginger beer bottle, guided by photos of an original, and to accompany it with a 'snail' letter opener which sheaths into the neck of the bottle.


The result is a witty, attractive, desktop gift that will be appreciated by every lawyer who ever studied tort law (which means every lawyer). The bottle itself stands 6.5 inches high, but with the letter-opener sheathed reaches 8 inches. It is heavy, so won't topple over, and has a felt base, so won't scratch your desk. It comes in a simple but attractive box.

  • Supplier Original Book Works
  • Dimensions 8" high
  • Weight 1.5kg
  • Made From Resin bottle, plated letter opener
  • Can Be Personalised? No
  • Item 92169
UK Delivery
We will send this item by Recorded Delivery unless you order other items at the same time, in which case we may send it by courier if the overall weight or dimensions exceed Royal Mail limits.

Rest of World Delivery
We will send this item by Small Packet Airmail unless you order other items at the same time, in which case we may send it by courier if the overall weight is above 2kg or the value is above the threshhold for the country.

At Checkout, you will see your shipping options and their costs. Remember that Recorded Delivery and courier services need someone to sign for delivery, so if your package is being sent by one of those methods, please choose a delivery address where someone will be during business hours.

If you have particular delivery requirements - for instance, you need a package to arrive on a certain day or you want to know whether we can hit a deadline - please email enquiries@carbolicsmokeball.com before you order. We'll get back to you very quickly!
×