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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Decorative bottle to hide all the sediment

WE are used to seeing our factory-fresh pop in clear bottles – but that’s not how the Victorians did it.

Many beers were sold in amber of black glass so you could not see all the sediment in the bottom.

The same was true of ginger beer, which was sold in stoneware bottles.

Two of them are in the next Barrow sale by Furness Auctions.

The decorative bottles were made for Thomas Hodgson, of Ulverston and Millom and for Roninson’s of Ulverston.

They are likely to make £10 to £20 but there are a few very rare Furness examples which can carry price tags closer to £700.

Also in the sale is a heavy gold ring marked as 18ct gold and with a large orange stone. It carries a pre-sale estimate of £200 to £250.

A diamond ring of 0.4ct in a white gold setting might make closer to £500.

A painting of old steam engines by artist Peter Stockbridge could make £100 to £200.

A longcase clock by William Mathers of Penrith could make £500.

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