An aqua glass lamont bottle embossed with "JAMES PAUL/TRADE/MARK/NEW PLYMOUTH" and the initials "JP" central on the bottle front within an embossed border. The base rim is is embossed with "JOHN LAMONT/MAKER/GLASGOW", the reverse side of the bottle is embossed with "LAMONT/PATENT/TRADE MARK" and an embossed image of a fist holding a bottle. The base embossing is obscured with a white sticker. The lamont stopper is loose in the bottle.
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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