Victorian Bottles: A Collector's Guide to Yesterday's Empties - John StocktonNewton Abbot, London & North Pomfret: David & Charles, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper nicked at the bottom corner of the upper panel. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings;
From the cover: “John Stockton’s book on Victorian bottles is both entertaining and discursive. The subject is fascinating in many ways, but it is mainly through bottles and jars that the book examines some of the developments of the Victorians at their most vigorous and enterprising manufacturing period. It studies entrepreneurial advancements, provides insight into the struggles of the small businessman, and looks at the advertising techniques, cut-price warfare, industrial espionage, mergers, takeovers and the growth of some of today’s giants. It takes us through that shifting curtain and links us with the past.
The book will also be of practical use to collectors of antique bottles, for it considers typical collectors’ items which can be found in river beds, canals, mines, ravines, quarries, gravel and chalk pits, marl-holes, brickfields, marshlands and isolated communities. It attempts to explain the irony of the fact that the Victorian housewife treated empty household containers with the same disregard that her modern counterpart has for plasticated vessels, and suggests why the most lucrative period as far as bottle collectors are concerned dated from 1880 to 1900.”