Hello, I found this GB recently in a stream but am struggling to date it. Is it rare? Please see the photos.I am a member of the Invicta Bottle Club and so took it along but nobody had seen this version before.
It is a standard half pint internal screw thread ginger beer with transfer print "W.H.Dixon Chemist East Grinstead Mineal Water Manufacturer".
It is 17 cm tall with 72 mm diameter base. Has an impressed pottery mark "Hosea Tugby & Co Old Kent Rd".
Here is my research so far:Walter Henry Dixon was born near Newbury, Berkshire in 1854 and was recorded as a Chemist’s Assistant in East Grinstead at the 1881 census where he was living with a Thomas Jackson Palmer (1812 to 1883) who was a Chemist. By 1885 he was a partner in Palmer & Dixon Chemists. He remained in East Grinstead the rest of his life. He was rcorded as a Chemist and Dentist in the 1891 census. He was married with two sons (aged 27 & 26 both Chemists) in East Grinstead in 1911. He died in East Grinstead in 1919. The Company was based at 51 High Street, East Grinstead, West Sussex. The Company was first “W.H.Dixon” then “W.H.Dixon Chemists Ltd” and finally became "Dixon and Sons Ltd" by August 1924 but could have been much earlier. By August 1924 it had branches in Haywards Heath and Cuckfield as well as East Grinstead. The Company ceased trading in the 1970’s.
So this bottle is an early one for this company. I need to look at some local Trade Directories to help pin down when Dixson started producing mineral water and also when his company changed its name.Another clue is the potter who made the bottle: Hosea Tugby & Co at the Canal Pottery and Sanitary Stoneware Works on the west side of the Grand Surrey Canal north of Old Kent Road, South East London. They took over this pottery from Thomas Smith & Co in 1894 and continued trading until 1904 (or earlier 1900 ?) Note Hosea Tugby & Co have their roots in brick making at the Albion Works in Woodville, Derbyshire from 1872. I believe this pottery mark is itself rare.
Derek Askey's book on Sussex Bottles page 81 just states W.H.Dixon 1903-1909.
So using both clues suggests 1903 to 1904; though I think it could date back to 1894.
Thank you Jonathan