Chocolate and ginger beers

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Kenleyboy
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I have dug two of these miniature ginger beers , both from different tips . The first one I dug a couple of years ago and ended up trading it in for for a rather nice Royal blue glass ink bottle and being art related then I was happy to swap . It was only recently in a few posts back that I dug yet another one and this time round I decided to keep it as it is quite a nice little find . To be honest I didnt really know what its actual purpose was apart from being an advertising piece but from where ? It was obviously attached to something and the break was quite clean and it was only a few weeks back that I actually found out where it had originated from .
Chatting away to a friend of mine I mentioned the little bottle and lo and behold he had the base to it somewhere in his shed and I was welcome to it and it turns out it was from a match striker from back in the day where smoking wasnt frowned upon and pubs up and down the country were kept afloat by the thick dense smog of tobacco smoke while punters puffed away and supped their beers .
After and exchange of gifts the base was mine and the little ginger beer bottle fitted perfectly and with some extra strong araldite they married up rather well , a neat fit and job done .
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I have yet to find out quite why the attached pot has "ink" painted on but it was an era of quirky goods and advertising and perhaps some dashing chap needed a long hard drag on a pipe while signing his marriage certificate and needed that intake of mellow tobacco to calm his nerves and maybe soften the blow with the realisation of what he was about to embark upon !

Caleys was founded by a chemist Albert Jarmen Caley in 1863 producing soda water and such was its popularity he eventually moved to larger premises opening up a factory otherwise known locally as the Fleur - De -Lys Works .However soda water was a seasonal produce and to supplement the winter months and to keep his workers employed he came up with the idea of producing a sweet hot beverage and in 1883 full production in drinking cocoa again proved popular and by 1886 the factory began making chocolate slabs .
By 1904 such was the demand for Caleys chocolate , it was supplied worldwide and was also sent to troops in wartime under the guise of "Caleys Marching Chocolate" .
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It seemed the ginger beer was less favourable and the company flourished making chocolate related products which took the attention of Mackintosh and Sons who eventually purchased the company in 1932 and it was here the ever popular "Rolos " were first produced .
After the building suffered heavy bomb damage during the war [ perhaps the Hun didnt like Rolos :shock: ] it was rebuilt and finished in 1952 and went on to supply many household name brands such as Munchies and Caramac :Party:
Again the company was purchased by the famous Rowntree in 1969 and then nestle stepped in when it was sold to them in 1989 until kits final closure in 2004 .
All that from the humble beginnings of a ginger beer .
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Oh wow, amazing you found someone with a base in his shed :shock:
Dainty little bottle too
Always amazed at what you folks dig out of old tips :clapping:
You're gonna need a bigger house before long fella :lol:

Dumb question alert:
How does the writings stay so intact after being in the ground so long?
Is that written before they are fired or glazed or summat?
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Blackadder43 wrote: Wed May 05, 2021 10:17 am Oh wow, amazing you found someone with a base in his shed :shock:
Dainty little bottle too
Always amazed at what you folks dig out of old tips :clapping:
You're gonna need a bigger house before long fella :lol:

Dumb question alert:
How does the writings stay so intact after being in the ground so long?
Is that written before they are fired or glazed or summat?
This fella has been digging bottles for forty years so has accumalated a fair few boxes of bottles and associated items , if you are after something he is your man . Bit like stepping into Steptoe and sons yard :thumbsup:

All the decoration is painted on and then fired , same as the ginger beer bottles but these are mostly transfers applied before firing .
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Great write up, Paul.
Just goes to show how comparing notes can have benefits.
Nice to see the complete trio.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Now that’s a happy ending if ever !
Nice bit of research as well Paul. It’s looks really quant sitting in amongst the
other similar coloured bottles.
It never ceases to amaze me how many of the old companies names that we grew up with have disappeared. Signs of the times I s’pose.

Well found (and found) :thumbsup:
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