Bottle, Demijohn

A two-tone salt glazed demijohn with a metal handle with a transfer on the shoulder "TO BE RETURNED/WHEN EMPTY/. 1,115". The body of the demijohn has a transfer "MURPHY & CO/TRADE/MARK/MOUNT EGMONT/NEW ZEALAND" with a central pictorial image of Mt Taranaki/Egmont and decorative scrollwork. A transfer for the operating instructions reads "TO CLOSE THE TAP/TURN HOLD IN HANDLE TO FRONT/DO NOT raise the Tap on turning". The potters registration is impressed "PEARSON & CO/WHITTINGTON/MOOR/CHESTERFIELD".
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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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