- May 24, 2014
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I believe that Holbrook was just trying to imitate Lea and Perrins. I don't think Lea and Perrins had a trademark on the bottle shape, so lots of companies ended up using it to sell their own versions of Worcestershire sauce. Holbrook wasn't the only other one to do so, they were just one of the more successful imitators.Detailed photos of the mold seams near the neck should tell the story.
I believe you are correct about it being older. I have found them in late 1890's to 1910 era context. I always wondered if there was any legit association with the similarly shaped and embossed, and much more commonly found in the areas that I once dug, Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce--or, were Holbrook and Co. simply trying to cash in with a look-alike sitting upon the shelves of turn-of-the-century general stores?