A clear glass 10 oz or 7oz codd bottle with a green tint embossed with the words "JOHN STEWART/OPUNAKE" on the front of the bottle body. The reverse of the bottle body embossed with " RELIANCE PATENT/4/SOLE MAKERS/DAN RYLANDS LTD/ BARNSLEY." Air bubbles from manufacturing are obvious on the front of the bottle. The neck of the bottle is broken and the marble is missing.
This bottle was part of a collection amassed by Brian Bridgeman, a Taranaki butcher and metal worker. Over a thirty-year collecting career Bridgeman became something of a legend for his comprehensive collection of New Plymouth-related bottles, many of which he dug up himself. Collectors around the country would come calling for advice, to trade or to glimpse parts of his collection. Bridgeman died in 1991 much of his treasured New Plymouth collection was placed on loan at Taranaki Museum. His family was keen to keep the 228 bottles, many of which were rare and irreplaceable, together and in May 2011 Puke Ariki purchased the collection. For more information see Bottled History: The Brian Bridgeman Bottle Collection in Moffat, A. Flashback: Tales and Treasures of Taranaki. Wellington, Huia, 2012, pp.169-174. http://www.huia.co.nz/shop&item_id=3428
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