Antique Stoneware Ink Jars (Each)

R60.00R75.00

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Antique Stoneware Ink Jars (Each)

R60.00R75.00

I’m not generally attracted to these old stoneware jars, but when I spotted the unusual angled spouts on today’s bottles I did a double take. It’s not a design I’ve seen before, and having finally noticed the jars I began to reconsider them! I thought they might make for interesting oil and vinegar jars, but having said that you must understand where these jars came from:

I’m not sure of their exact dates, but they’re 100 plus years old – the smaller Doulton Lambeth (now Royal Doulton) jars are stamped with a diamond shaped mark that you can use to work out exactly when the bottles were made – unfortunately I can’t quite make out the stamp, but given that they stopped using these stamps in 1883, it’s safe to say you’re looking at some seriously old bottles! And while we’ve done our very best to clean them, they’ve been underground (literally) for a good many years, having recently been excavated by the bottle collector I bought them from!

But if you’re not brave enough to use them for food, these charming antique ink bottles would also work really well as vases – they have very small openings though, so we’re talking more along the lines of bud vases than a whole bunch of flowers!

Note: The spout on the larger Lovatt & Lovatt jar looks damaged (see photos), but I think this may have happened during the manufacturing process. One of the medium sized Doulton Lambeth bottles also has some chips, which we’ve tried our best to touch up (see photos)

Dimensions: Large ink bottles – cm tall x cm in diameter; Medium ink bottles- cm tall x cm in diameter; Small ink bottle – cm tall x cm in diameter

I’m not generally attracted to these old stoneware jars, but when I spotted the unusual angled spouts on today’s bottles I did a double take. It’s not a design I’ve seen before, and having finally noticed the jars I began to reconsider them! I thought they might make for interesting oil and vinegar jars, but having said that you must understand where these jars came from:

I’m not sure of their exact dates, but they’re 100 plus years old – the smaller Doulton Lambeth (now Royal Doulton) jars are stamped with a diamond shaped mark that you can use to work out exactly when the bottles were made – unfortunately I can’t quite make out the stamp, but given that they stopped using these stamps in 1883, it’s safe to say you’re looking at some seriously old bottles! And while we’ve done our very best to clean them, they’ve been underground (literally) for a good many years, having recently been excavated by the bottle collector I bought them from!

But if you’re not brave enough to use them for food, these charming antique ink bottles would also work really well as vases – they have very small openings though, so we’re talking more along the lines of bud vases than a whole bunch of flowers!

Note: The spout on the larger Lovatt & Lovatt jar looks damaged (see photos), but I think this may have happened during the manufacturing process. One of the medium sized Doulton Lambeth bottles also has some chips, which we’ve tried our best to touch up (see photos)

Dimensions: Large ink bottles – 23cm tall x 10cm in diameter; Medium ink bottles – 17.5cm tall x 7cm in diameter; Small ink bottle – 14.5cm tall x 5.5cm in diameter

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