Bottle, Crown Top
A brown glass crown top champagne shape bottle embossed with "JAMES PAUL/REGISTERED TRADEMARK/NEW PLYMOUTH". Embossed centrally on the bottle front are the initials "JP". The base rim is embossed with "THIS BOTTLE ALWAYS REMAINS THE PROPERTY OF/JAMES PAUL NEW PLYMOUTH". The base is embossed with "NZ".
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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. http://www.huia.co.nz/shop&item_id=3428
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