For sale is an early 1900s antique GLAZED STONEWARE GINGER BEER BOTTLE from Grove & Whitnall Limited, Globe Works, Salford, England. This bottle features the company’s logo of a globe inside of a six-pointed star. This cream colored bottle is marked: “STONE GINGER BEER – GROVES & WHITNALL LTD. – GLOBE WORKS – SALFORD”. On the base edge is a BOURNE DENBY pottery impressed stamp. This bottle measures 6 3/4 inches tall and 2 3/4 inches diameter. A stellar antique beer bottle for your vintage man cave or home bar.
Ginger Beer was stored in Stoneware bottles as far back as the 1830’s. The bottles were hand thrown by potters to very individualistic standards and were made with little more than the bottler’s name and city. By the 1880’s, due to growing industrialization, the grey glazed bottles with stamped logos started to appear. These more modern, still hand thrown but made to much more precise standards and included stamped designs such as men on bicycles, steam locomotives, moose, black bears, or anything to attract the buyer’s interest. By the 1920s, stone ginger beer bottles faded in use due to several issues. Customers started questioning the sediments at the bottoms of the bottles and wanted their beverages in clear glassware so they could see first hand the bottle’s cleanliness. Further, with refrigeration becoming the norm, the benefit of stoneware keeping liquids cool wasn’t as necessary.