Foster Clark’s Bottles

Foster Clark’s Bottles

Bottles embossed with the name of ‘Foster Clark & Co, Maidstone’, for ‘Eiffel Tower Fruit Juices’. In 1910, Foster Clark’s became a limited company. Bottles made after this date have ‘Foster Clark Ltd’ rather than ‘Foster Clark & Co’. The firm also made lemonade.

In the 1890s, the bottles had burst-off lips and an embossed image of the Eiffel Tower trademark. This then disappeared after the late 1890s.  In the 1900s, the long neck was retained but the applied lip appeared (visible on the bottle farthest right). By 1908, the short-necked bottle was superseding the long-necked one. The bottles in the photo were discarded after the death of Mary Everett in October 1908. Five were found, all bearing the name of ‘Foster Clark & Co’ (i.e. dating before 1910), and all were for fruit juices rather than lemonade. Three were of the short neck variety and two of the long neck, showing that the latter was already coming in by late 1908.

The bottles contained a powder for making up fruit juice drinks.

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April 3, 2015

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  1. Hey, thanks for the post.Much thanks again. Really Great.

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  2. I have some – are they worth anything . I can send some photos

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    • Hi Trish,

      They’re worth nothing I’m afraid. These bottles are extremely common.

      Tom

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  3. I found one today outside a rabbit hole near Skipton, North Yorkshire. Nice condition, unbroken, a bit stained inside and nice to read the history.

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    • That’s a long way from Maidstone – probably taken up by steam train. Thanks for letting us know! Tom

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  4. Meant to add it is the 1908 – 1910 pattern and writing.

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  5. I found one this week whilst digging in my garden. Embossed with G. foster Clark &a Co. Maidstone. I’m in Berkshire

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  6. I found a long-necked lemonade bottle Foster Clark & co so pre-1908 in a garden in Bromyard, Herefordshire today. Chipped rim sadly.

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  7. one found today on the isle of wight. 🙂 don’t care about value- nice bit of history.

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    • Absolutely – and thanks for letting us know. There must be thousands still buried all across the country.

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  8. We have found a Foster Clark Ltd bottle with “Eiffel Tower Lemonade” written on the side, could you tell me how old this is please.

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    • If it says ‘Ltd’ on the bottle it dates to after 1910.

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  9. We live along the old Lancaster Canal (de-watered bit) and I have just dug one up from one of the beds. Limited so after 1910. People go on about littering today but from the amount of bottles of bits of china I frequently dig up the Victorians were also very good at it. The other bottles I usually find are for Peck’s paste.

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    • It sounds like the rubbish you’re finding dates to the 1910s or 1920s, when Peck’s products were popular. This rubbish will have been collected from households and dumped in the old canal beds rather than casually being discarded as litter – although people did litter too.

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  10. My son found one today in Vincentown NJ, US. It was actually in an old mill pond that is now a park. This on is Pre 1910 with “G. Foster Clark & Co” on one side and Eiffel Tower Lemonade on the obverse. But this ottle is much shorter and wider that what I have scene online with a long neck and wide flange, like it would be corked. Could this be an export only version. Happy to provide a picture upon request.

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  11. I dug one up today in my garden in Jersey, Channel Islands. It’s a short-neck variety with ‘& Co’ written on it. Luckily, it’s in perfect condition.

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  12. I found a Foster Clark & Co, Maidstone and Eiffel Tower, Fruit Juices short neck bottle, 28.08.2017 in very good condition. In a little hamlet near Truro, Cornwall (UK).

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    • Thanks for letting us know, Bob. Having travelled all the way from Kent, it had become a national favourite.

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  13. Found last week in Wilmslow Cheshire would you know how it made its way here?

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    • Thanks for letting us know, Benita. Foster Clark’s was becoming a national brand by the late 1890s, supplying stores all over the country and moving their products around by rail or by road.

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  14. Found a Lemonade one today digging the garden at Norfolk

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  15. Ive been working with the environment agency and national widelife and we found one today in fosdyke sea defence while sorting badger burrows out

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  16. Found today at 11am.20th.jan.2018 Foster clark co.Maidstone, Eiffel Tower lemonade bottle excellent condition,whilst digging in Chobham surrey.

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  17. Dug up a Foster Clark Ltd. Eiffel Tower Lemonade bottle today. Location Kincardine O’neil, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.

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  18. We found one today at Cliveden National Trust whilst pulling up a board in one of our outbuildings, unbroken and just a bit dirty!

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  19. I have two bottles of G. Foster Clark & Co, Maidstone with Eiffel Tower fruit juices on the other side. I dug them up in Saffron Walden, Essex about forty years ago and added them to my small collection. Among others I have a A Geo R Sims bottle of Tatcho Hair Preparation found to contain 2.7 parts Borax, 2-5 parts glycerine, and small parts of quinine, formaldehyde, alcohol, and perfume!

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  20. We dug up a Foster Clark & Co Maidstone Eiffel Tower Lemonade bottle in our garden near Oswestry last weekend. It was full of soil but has scrubbed up well and is in perfect condition.

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  21. I found one in Tickenham near Bristol. Pre 1908. Great condition. Now has a single daffodil in it. Great talking piece on my table. Everyone asks about it. Nice to say it’s over 100 years old.

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  22. I found one today in my garden in Cirencester! Blue glass perfect condition complete with glass stopper

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  23. Found a Foster Clark ltd Maidstone clear bottle with Eiffel Tower Lemonade on the other side in perfect condition.

    Have been digging up part of our garden which was an old farm dating back to 1593. The guys found all sorts of objects but no treasure , yet!

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  24. Have just found a Foster Clark Ltd Eiffel Tower Lemonade in our garden in Somerset

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  25. Dug up one of these bottles in Eastbourne yesterday.

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  26. my nine year old daughter fished one out of our stream in West Dorset. Good for her to get involved in the history of this object.

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  27. I just found one in my cellar. Eiffel Tower Fruit Juices on one side and G.Foster Clark & Co on the other. In Perfect condition.

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  28. Hi We have inherited bottles found by my father in law not sure where but one is foster Clark and co Maidstone Eiffel Tower fruit juice did you say this was before 1908 ? We have a ESS Camp Coffee and chicory bottle which says Glasgow on one side and Paterson’s on another side. also a bottle with P H Galloway Ltd Chemists London S E17

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  29. Hi Elizabeth, if it’s FC ‘and co’ it’s before 1910. That was the year the firm became a limited company. Best regards, Tom

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