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    R H Groves Blandford Slight Aqua/Green Bottle

    I have this bottle & trying to find some information on it... I'm not sure if it's a chemists bottle or possibly a drinks bottle. It has been found within the UK. Not sure if it should be placed in Pre 1900s or After 1900s.

    Measures approx. 13cm x 5cm x 3cm

    Seems to have an M type symbol stamped onto the bottom. I'm trying to find out age & more about the bottle use, including information on R.H. Groves Blandford .
    So far I've found past a past retailer under the name Groves of Ginger Beer based in Blandford (UK) and some chemists around the area with the name groves however they do not match up with the other initials.

    Any advice would be appreciated, TIA

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    Senior Member Bottle Finder Old Wiltshire's Avatar
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    Hi Tia,
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    I can confirm your bottle has UK origins and was used by Richard Henry Groves, a pharmacist of Blandford in Dorset.
    The following photograph and extract have been taken from 'Historical Guide to Advertising Pot Lids' which was published last year.

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    I hope this helps.

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    Thanks for the great info
    I'd stumbled across W.E Groves on a register I was looking at for the local chemists of the area but it was probably an older register as there was no R.H Groves present on it, I was going to look into W.E Groves more had I had no luck elsewhere for R.H Groves
    Hopefully I can estimate a more accurate approximation for the bottles age now

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    From the information supplied in the extract it would appear your bottle will date to sometime between
    1881 and 1911 and given its style I would suggest probably towards the latter end of that period.



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    I'm not sure if you;ve came across this or if it's of interest to you but I pulled this info from the Chemist & druggist magazine/newspaper from 1912 so I'm going to assume latter as well, more likely to be early 1900s to maybe even 1920s would be a better estimate?
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    I just wanted to say, I love the depth of research going on here. There's not much more thrilling that discovering things that haven't been known for 100 years.

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    Ah wait if he was in partnership by 1911 then the bottles would have perhaps been branded under Groves & Hall rather than just R.H Groves? I forgot about the partnership when reading that paragraph!

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    Haha I love learning about chemistry & scientific related items! Trying to build an archive of everything I get my hands on

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    I just wanted to say, I love the depth of research going on here. There's not much more thrilling that discovering things that haven't been known for 100 years.



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