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.

http://www.thebottledump.co.uk/
http://www.britishbottleforum.co.uk/webpage/
http://www.e-bay.com

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.

Traditional Codd Bottle with Marble

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.

Dawe's Table Water Mineral Bottle

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.

Dawe's Mineral Water Bottle

A thick bottle in light green with the name Dawe of Dartmouth on the side. Height x Width in millimetres: 225 x 60.

Traditional HAMILTON Mineral Water Bottle

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.

Dawe's Stoneware Mineral Water Bottle

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.

Traditional Stoneware Bulk Ink Bottle

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.

Lakeman's Brewery, Brixham. Traditional Beer Bottle

Another collectible Devon town brewery bottle in a nice green colour glass. Height x Width in millimetres: 200 x 70.

Powell & Rickett's Patent Mineral Water Bottle

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.

FOUR Traditional Brown Household Bottles

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.

THREE Traditonal Household Bottles

Lea & Perrins Worcester Sauce bottle with cork and stopper. Height x Width in millimetres: 195 x 55.

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.

Traditional Household Bottles

Medicine bottle marked: The Only Genuine Day Son & Hewitts Gaseous Fluid, London
Height x Width in millimetres: 120 x 35

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.

Scott's Emulsion. Traditional Household Bottle

Pale green/aqua bottle marked Scott's Emulsion. Height x Width in millimetres: 150 x 50.

Galloway's Celebrated Cough Syrup

The bottle is marked: Galloway's Celebrated Cough Syrup, The Great London Remedy. Height x Width in millimetres: 150 x 65.

TWO Attractive Blue Glass Traditional Household Bottles

Six-sided Cobalt Blue Poison. These always look super with lighting behind them. Height x Width in millimetres: 160 x 50.

Pale Blue Mason's wine essences, Nottingham. Height x Width in millimetres: 130 x 50.

Owbridge's Lung Tonic Medicine Bottle

Owbridge's Lung Tonic Medicine Bottle in pale green/aqua glass. Height x Width in millimetres: 130 x 50.

Larger Traditional Ink Bottle - Ringed Design

Ink bottles came in all manner of shapes and sizes. This one is fairly common and attractive. Height x Width in millimetres: 60 x 50.

Traditional Rounded Ink Bottle

Another variety of Ink bottle in pale green/aqua glass. Height x Width in millimetres: 70 x 50.

Traditional Ink Bottle - Bell Form

The very collectible Bell Shaped ink bottle in pale aqua colored glass. These were always nice to find. The rim is called a "sheared-top" type which has a chittered edge where broken off the blowing rod during manufacture. Height x Width in millimetres: 60 x 45.

Attractive Traditional Ink Bottle with Pen Rests

One of my favorite designs. This is a very collectible although fairly common ink bottle in aqua coloured glass. The sides have moulded pen rests. The rim is the shear-top type created during the manufacturing process when removed from the blowing rod. Height x Width in millimetres: 50 x 50.

Smaller Attractive Traditional Ink Bottle - Ringed Design

Another example of the smaller ringed design ink bottle. This one with has nice air bubbles in the glass. Height x Width in millimetres: 50 x 45.

Attractive Traditional Ink Bottle - Octagonal Tipper design

Although fairly common the octagonal tipper-ink is very collectible. This one survived well even with the wafer thin aqua glass. The rim is the shear-top type where taken off the blowing rod during manufacture. Height x Width in millimetres: 65 x 50.

Plumtree Home Potted Meats Pot

One of many types of glazed pottery transfer pots found on old bottle dumps. This one is marked as shown. Height x Width in millimetres: 30 x 85.

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