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  1. Linda

    We found a bottle like this buried in our old shed. Does anyone know how old it is?

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    • Tom Licence

      These bottles from Chivers date from the 1910s. By the 1920s they were made in an automatic bottling machine, and so the mould seam of later bottles runs all the way up the side and through the lip, to the top of the bottle.

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      • Roger Dinnis

        Have just uncovered one of these bottles in Rode, Somerset. (May 2018). It was with many other broken bottles used as fill around a clay drain. This land was owned by the local brewery and we have found many broken bottles but also two complete ones which are now in Frome Museum, I have also found two glass balls used as stoppers in that type of bottle.

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        • Tom Licence

          Hello Roger, thanks for sending this information. It’s useful for plotting the spread of packaged products around the country. When we dug a site in Diss, Norfolk, in 2015, we also found glass and ceramic waste used as packing around a drain – or at least tipped on top of it in the hole. In this context it may have had a soak-away function. We have excavated a few soak-aways of this sort in flower beds, which were meant to assist drainage. Tom.

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  2. Anita Lloyd

    we were exploring a nearby river and found 3 bottles, one of which had the similarities of this bottle. The river is located in Herefordshire. we were wondering if you had any more info about how and when it got here.

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    • Tom Licence

      Hello Anita, thanks for getting in touch. People have always thrown empty bottles into rivers. It may have been discarded by someone having a picnic. Beer bottles were often thrown in rivers when men came home from the pub. Sometimes, however, rivers were used for large-scale refuse dumping, which sometimes occurred along their banks to fill in old clay pits or help build up flood defences. Backwaters could become sites of unofficial tipping. In the age before regular rural waste collection (often not until the 1950s), people in the countryside had to get rid of their rubbish however they could. Tom.

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    • Mark Hilton

      Found one of these bottles yesterday at East Clayton Farm, Washington, West Sussex. It was poking out of the bank of George’s Lane that runs north off the Storrington Road.

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  3. Mr David Shrubsall

    Ive just unearthed one in Barnham West Sussex. it is complete somehow, as i was digging with a Mattock.. Early 20th Century Red Bull then was it??

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    • Tom Licence

      I like the analogy. People do seem to have taken this product everywhere and used it as a pick-me-up.

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  4. Sylvia

    While living in my first marital home we had to have the septic tank replaced. All around it were dozens of intact vintage bottles Inc one of these older ones without seam to the lip. Lots of venos cough tincture bottles,pan Yan pickle jars with lids, daddies sauce glass stoppers with bottles,Justin Brooke little milk bottles (he was a local fruit farmer and more recently arable,and pigs), loads of Eiffel tower lemonade bottles Inc one embossed Maidstone. Dozens of green glass stoppers, scrubbs vintage ammonia bottles,Fletcher’s sauce which is embossed Selby. Venos lightning cough cure in a lovely blue bottle,unless & viret mineral waters codd embossed Halstead & haverhill, moss & po otters pure aerated waters embossed Thetford & Brandon, wooton & Reece codd bossed haverhill this is a ginger beer bottle. Loads of Avon vintage perfume bottles and glass ink bottles. These were all packex round the septic tank and after I heard breaking glass I rushed out to see the digger destroying hundreds in one swoop. I rescued the best and easier ones to get too,sadly the rest were smashed!

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    • Tom Licence

      Thanks for sharing the story, Sylvia. The material you describe sounds like it dates from the 1920s. We have come across other examples of rubbish being used to fill in old drains and cesspits and to create soak-aways. Glad you salvaged some of the material.

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  5. Sylvia

    I forgot to add to that little list my lovely square shaped bottle with its original label attached. Tincture of myrrh. W.k.harrison ltd. Qualified chemist. 25 Hyde park rd. Leeds 6.
    Several of my bottles and stone jars have a northern connection to them.

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