Bottle, Chemist

A clear glass chemist bottle with prescription lip. The front is embossed with "3iii/TEED & CO/CHEMISTS/NEW PLYMOUTH/N.Z." The bottle body features a central embossed image of a mortar and pestle. The base is embossed with "W. T. CO/C/USA". A small paper label with "16" written on it is stuck to the reverse and two other stickers, a blank sticker and one with 15 written on it, are also stuck to the reverse.

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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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