Bottle, Caster Oil

A blue glass caster oil bottle with paper labels around the neck "C & E MORTON/LONDON/ENGLAND/REGISTERED TRADEMARK" and printed with decorative patterning. The label on the bottle body "COLD DRAWN CASTER OIL/ENGLISH PRESSED/FOR INTERNAL USE/C & E MORTON/LONDON/ENGLAND/PRIZE MEDALS FOR PRESERVED PROVISIONS/NEW ZEALAND EXHIBITION 1865/NET 5 FLUID OUNCES". The original cork bung and remains of the wax seal is in place along with approximately half of the caster oil contents. The base is embossed with "T".
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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. 
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