Victorian stoneware jars and bottles

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Victorian stoneware jars and bottles

In Victorian Britain many different sorts of goods, from meat paste to boot-black, were stored in stoneware jars and bottles. They were the predecessors of the more recent tin can.

This series of such bottles was found during the clearing of a ditch with a JCB in the 1960s and given to the museum in 2003. Various sorts of jar are present. The tall brown stoneware jars in the background were used for holding boot-black; the squat ones in the front row were used as ink-bottles.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum

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