During the 1970's and 1990's I enjoyed digging old bottle dumps with friends. Most of the finds were sold off recently so that I could buy clay pipes which is my main interest now although I kept a few for sentimental reasons. The pictures below show some from my small personal collection and others which are now all sold; not rare items but fairly run of the mill finds. Some also look amazing when held up to a light especially the green and blue bottles.
Some of the things that attracted me to these old bottles were the way the glass was often full of uneven stretch marks and air bubbles from when they were made, unlike the perfect bottles of mass production we get today. Also bottles carried local names of villages and towns where they were made with olde worlde style lettering. Another pleasant feature of some bottles is the rainbow-coloured effects you get on the surface of the glass when it has been buried for a long time.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not a bottle collector now and know very little about detailed dates or values so I would not bother writing to me.
I suggest anyone with questions tries the links I have listed below which you might find of use. Good Luck! However, if you
have clay pipes I can often help with information and am sometimes interested in buying those.
ENJOY THESE PICTURES OF OLD ENGLISH BOTTLES
Small Attractive Stoneware Household Bottle
These are frequent finds on old dumps and their individual yet mass produced wheel thrown look and texture always appeal greatly. This one is quite cute. The contents of pots like these varied, some with waxes and polishes in them. Height x Width in millimetres: 80 x 45.
Marked Hoskins of Brixham and a more collectible bottle because it comes from a remote Devon town. The marble was still inside as well as the washer in the neck. Height x Width in millimetres: 225 x 65.
A thick bottle in light green with the wording: Dawe's Gold Medal Table Waters, Paignton and Dartmouth. Height x Width in millimetres: 230 x 60.
A thick bottle in light green with the name Dawe of Dartmouth on the side. Height x Width in millimetres: 225 x 60.
Very collectible Hamilton bottle which is egg shaped so it does not stand up. The idea of these was to keep the corks damp so they maintained a good seal. This one is marked W.O Smith Chemist, Titchfield. Height x Width in millimetres: 200 x 65.
I only ever found one of these, here it is! A heavy stoneware bottle with incised writing on the front as shown in the image. Dawe's Prize Medal Table Water, Dartmouth and Paignton. Height x Width in millimetres: 185 x 65.
These are found in all sorts of sizes and glaze texture. This one is a good example of the smaller/medium sizes and has the makers mark of Langley Mill, Notts stamped into the side. Height x Width in millimetres: 155 x 65.
Another collectible Devon town brewery bottle in a nice green colour glass. Height x Width in millimetres: 200 x 70.
This bottle is one of the collectible Patent stopper types. I recovered it from an 1880-1900 bottle dump and it was the only one I found there as most material was very smashed. The bottle is marked with the makers name and patent bottle manufacturers, Bristol. Height x Width in millimetres: 180 x 55.
These are generally cleaning fluids, poisons and food syrup. The lovely amber coloured glass makes them look super against back lighting.
Milton bottle: Height x Width in millimetres: 100 x 40.
Jeyes Fluid marked Bottled by Jeyes: Height x Width in millimetres: 150 x 60.
Lysol, marked Not to be taken internally: Height x Width in millimetres: 90 x 60.
Virol jar (one of the more common finds on early 20th Century dumps although no collection should be without one!):
Height x Width in millimetres: 110 x 60.
A plain Triangular bottle with patterned corners. I do not know what was originally inside. Height x Width in millimetres: 190 x 55.
Shieldhall S.C.W.S dark green bottle also marked Essence of Coffee & Chicory.
Height x Width in millimetres: 170 x 45.
A nice triangular shaped bottle in light green glass. Height x Width in millimetres: 135 x 40.
Liptons, London & Ceylon. Height x Width in millimetres: 170 x 40.
Medicine bottle marked with a pattern and Tablespoons.
Height x Width in millimetres: 140 x 55.
Pale Blue Mason's wine essences, Nottingham. Height x Width in millimetres: 130 x 50.
Owbridge's Lung Tonic Medicine Bottle in pale green/aqua glass.
Height x Width in millimetres: 130 x 50.
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Galloway's Celebrated Cough Syrup
TWO Attractive Blue Glass Traditional Household Bottles