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Case 5

Bottles and jars such as these were ubiquitous in the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth. They could be found in private households and public hotels alike. They were used for storage and the sale and transportation of a range of common goods. Dark olive-coloured glass bottles were used for beer and wine. Ginger beer had a very distinct stoneware bottle. The one with bulbous lip and salt glaze is a good example. Other bottles with wide openings could hold pickled foods and chutneys, allowing the contents to be spooned out.

More valuable liquids like medicines needed to be prepared individually and were sold in smaller quantities. Small bottles were generally filled and refilled by druggists as required.

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