The bottles were returnable and were supplied with either impressed or printed labels. They are made from salt-glazed stoneware and were most often two tone. Later they were sometimes enhanced with pictures.
Corks were advertised in 1898 at between 1/6d and 2/6d per gross (144) for soda water bottles, 1/3d to 2/3d for lemonade bottles, and 6d to 1/6d for ginger beer bottles.
Corks too were sometimes impressed with the traders name.
The stoneware bottle for W S Brown's Ginger Beer
was made by "Doulton Lambeth".
J W Bright's Risdene Brand
W S Brown
Two bottles for Oldham & Co - Ginger Beer
J W Bright's
Courtesy of Rushden Museum
C G Ward
Wine & Spirit Merchant
Toothpaste pot lids.
A glass bottle of
Wallace Wilkerson chemist and druggist only appears in trade directories for
1885 and 1890.
H W Patrick does not appear to have advertised in the directories.