1890's Queen Victoria Bourne Denby Stoneware Schweppes Ginger Bottle
A wonderful old original 1890's advertising stoneware salt glazed SCHWEPPES ginger beer bottle made to honour Queen Victoria 1819-1901 and her son Edward 1841-1910, the Prince of Wales. It was most likely made for her 1897 Diamond Jubilee, a huge celebration of 60 years of her reign, 1837-1897, which was celebrated across the Commonwealth. Edward became King Edward VII a few years later at the beloved Queen Mother's 1901 death.
This is a hard to find bottle made and signed by the famous Bourne, Denby stoneware company of Derbyshire, England. This firm was set up there in 1806 by William Bourne 1747–1823 of the Belper Pottery company when a rich supply of stoneware clay was discovered there. With his sons, William Bourne Jr. 1773-1819, John Bourne 1785–1819 and Joseph Bourne 1788–1860 he set up the company, and Joseph eventually ran the works. Although it has passed through hands, the company is still in existence today. This piece has a lovely 19th c impressed or incised potter's mark at the lower side base which reads: "BOURNE 0 DENBY", see photos.
Incised Text on the bottle front reads:
TO THE QUEEN (with crown)
TO THE PRINCE OF WALES (with the heraldic 3 feather badge of the Prince of Wales)
In the late 1800's, Swiss-German Johann Jacob Schweppe 1740-1821 founded a process to manufacture carbonated mineral water and founded the Schweppes Company based in Geneva, Switzerland in 1783. This began a boom in carbonated water and he moved the business to London in 1792. This company has also traded hands, but runs today.
The condition on this early bottle is very good, with minor firing marks and irregularities as seen with old salt stoneware. The edges have small nibbles, but in general the condition, colour and bottle is in very clean original condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. It would have originally been corked with an actual cork or some kind of rubber opener. This lovely old uncommon piece was found in Totnes, Devon, England.
Size: 6.5 inches tall x 3 inches wide
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