A good start to July

Lets start things off with the best find. A Victorian toilet pull with advertising for G.B. Thompson/ Plumber/ Larne. Came in a job lot that I bought in a recent auction, Only thing in the box that I wanted and everyone else seemed not to have spotted it.

My 1st one of these ever and as I have come to find out these are rather rare and are quite sought after. I reckon this will be going into my permanent collection.


A small thistle shaped shot glass from the 1938 Empire Exhibition 1938 held in Glasgow. Amazing that this has survived as the glass is almost paper thin. Probably just one of a hundred different nik naks sold as souviners.


A pair of labelled ink bottles from Wm Mayall & Co Manchester. The left one being older due to the method of manufacture. It’s known as a shear lip bottle, basically the glass was blown into a mold and the end broken off leaving behind an unfinished rim. Cheap and simple method to produce bottles. On the right, the same method is used but then another blob of glass is added to the top and finished to make a lip, longer process but makes a stronger bottle.


Left is pre 1900, right is post 1900

3 salt glaze stonware inks, the little one is known as a penny ink or pork pie ink due to it’s resemblance of one. The taller ones are made by Lovett & Watt Co.


A lovely Blue print Belfast Ginger Beer. This is one of those bottles where the blue prints are easier to find than the black prints. Another that springs to mind is also a Belfast Bottle (Wm Corry & Co).


This is a nice little, fairly modern milk bottle. Local to me in a sense, while it would take an hour or more to drive round the coast to get here, I can in fact grab a ferry that gets me there in 15 minutes as it is only 5 miles across Lough Foyle as the crow flies.


The following are just observations from an auction I visited.



12 1/2 CHurch street?


Extremely rare oil bottle, hammer price £170.


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