Clear glass jar, with external screw thread, ground on top. Embossed on base ‘Propert’s, London’. Such jars contained boot cream or other creams and polishes. It is an early example of a jar with an external screw thread.
Left, bottle embossed down both side panels ‘Argonaut Reg.’, for hat polish. Right, bottle embossed down side panels ‘Floraline’/ ‘London’, corked with metal drizzler – a hair tonic product?
Small brown stoneware bottle with remnants of green and white label. Some words are visible: ‘…BBY [CR]EAM’, and on a line below ‘Fur[ni]ture’. Below this ‘[H]ELPER’, and on the bottom line ‘ONE PENNY’.
Unembossed aqua bottle with oval panels and remnants of labels in the panels. The front label identifies the contents as ‘Hat Polish’.
Cobalt blue glass bottle embossed ‘The Electric Furniture Polish’. Found in a ditch filled in 1883.
Aqua glass bottle, 12.7 cm tall, embossed on three sides: ‘Hauthaway’s/ Peerless Gloss/ Made in U.S.A’. Hauthaway’s company, established in 1852, manufactured protective coatings for shoes. The bottles come in different colours. Some have the...
‘Stephenson Brothers, Bradford/ Furniture Cream’ embossed on shoulder of this clear-glass bottle. In 1908, when this bottle was discarded, glass was beginning to supersede stoneware, although the Stephenson Brothers still sold their famous product in the...
The tin with a perforated top contained scouring powder for scrubbing doorsteps, polishing cutlery or the like. The other tin is missing its lid. The pocket hip flask was for spirits.
Heavy stoneware jar/ bottle for jam or preserves, or possibly for paint or polish.
Small brown stoneware bottle for boot polish or similar.
Large blacking bottle with typical flared lip, used for stove blacking, boot blacking, and harness liquid.
Large aqua glass bottle for the Stephenson Brothers’ Furniture Cream, Bradford. These began to supersede their stoneware bottles after 1910.
Stoneware furniture cream bottles, cork top, used by the Stephenson Brothers and other firms.