Bottle, Stoneware Crown Top
A two-tone salt glazed ginger beer crown top bottle with a transfer "PIKE & WATERS/NEW PLYMOUTH/GINGER/BEER" with two stars on either side of the words New Plymouth. The makers registration impression is visible but largely illegible aside from "SYDNEY". The neck of the bottle is broken in two pieces and cracked.
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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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