An original, Victorian, stoneware ginger beer or mineral water bottle from Exeter in Devon, England. Second-hand.
What's for sale?
This is an original, Victorian, stoneware, ginger beer or mineral water bottle, made for the Yacht Beverage Company of Exeter in Devon, South West England. It's from either the late 19th or early 20th centuries.
The Yacht Co apparently made and sold various types of carbonated drinks, using glass bottles and stoneware bottles like this one.
The maker's mark belonging to Price Sons & Co of Bristol, also in the West of England, is stamped near the base. The Price company, later becoming Price, Powell & Co, was a successful pottery, occupying several sites in the city and was in operation from the early 1800s until the 1960s.
Bottles like this were mass-produced and roughly made for retail. Many will have firing faults, rough patches and imperfect printing. They were made to be thrown away, and most of those around today will have been recovered from out-of-use, Victorian rubbish tips. Some bottles were sealed with a screw top, others with a cork or rubber stopper. Some bottles are sold today with non-original bungs.
What condition is it in?
- In very good condition
- There are several manufacturing faults on the glaze
- The lettering is very clear
- There are several chips of various depths and sizes as shown, one to beneath the glaze
- The shoulder edge has some very small chips (often described as flea bites)
- The stopper or bung is missing
What are the measurements?
- 17cm high
- 7cm in diameter
- 549 grams
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