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    • A brief history of Apothecary bottles

      Apothecary actually comes from the Latin “apotheca” or storehouse and in medieval times an apothecary could purvey any luxury item. From the 16th century, the apothecary started to resemble the modern idea of a pharmacist or someone who formulates and dispense medicines. The early apothecary jars were for storage but also for display of expensive and valuable items so were decorated to impress. The bottles and jar bear latin inscriptions of their contents. The pharmacist would need to know the meaning of these and use their handbooks of “materia medica” to keep up to speed with contents. Up until the late 19th century, apothecary containers were functional products made by skilled glassblowers along with other products such as windows and drinking vessels. These hand blown glass would normally have a “pontil scar” where the pontil was broken from the blown glass. In these cases the bottles would have been made by skilled glassblowers using techniques that would have been in use from the 18th Century and decorated using cold-painted application where motifs are applied to the glass with paint and protected by a thin layer of varnish. This laborious technique was not suitable for larger scale production that came in to effect in the late 19th/ early 20th Century. In the latter part of the 19th century through the industrial revolution, larger companies such as the York Glass Company would have used more modern techniques to make larger volumes for use in the larger pharmacies associated with larger populations. These would have been in use right through the early part of the 20th Century until post the 2nd world war when modern technologies with plastic and modern dispensaries would have made these apothecary jars and bottles with their beautiful labels redundant LUG (Label under glass) examples in Ceramic and Glass are late 19th century or early 20th Century. Label under glass was a later technique used so that an elaborate and decorative label would be protected by covering in a thin layer of glass. These examples were typically made in factories rather than hand blown and would carry the mark of the factory maker for example the York Glass Company who operated in the latter 19th century/ early 20th century and would have made these bottles on a large scale as demand grew through the industrial revolution).

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    • Decorative Antiques | Retrovation | England

      Retrovation Decorative Antiques, Vintage Props & Unique Interiors Shop Now VINTAGE PROPS Shop Collection DECORATIVE ANTIQUES Shop Collection UNIQUE INTERIORS Shop Collection About Us At Retrovation we love beautiful & unique pieces that 'add soul' to the most modern of interiors. Follow our hashtags #retrovation #retrobarn #weaddsoultointeriors ​ Our passion for the unusual sees us travelling all over the UK . We specialise in Decorative Antiques & Vintage Props to add a burst of character to create Unique Interiors for the home, retail, and entertainment industry. ​ We are a family team based in Flamstead village just outside of St Albans in Hertfordshire, 10 minutes from Junction 21 of the M25 , 5 minutes from Junction 9 of the M1, 30 miles from London Come & take a look around the Retrobarn, its open by appointment you never know what you may find! Dawn & Steve xx C an We Source something Unique for You? Contact us FOR SPECIAL REQUESTS & ORDERS Send Success! Message received.

    • Vintage Props | Hertfordshire | Retrovation

      < Shop All Vintage Props We have an ever changing range of vintage props for the entertainment and film industry as well as home interiors including typewriters, telephones and travel trunks. We focus on individual, rare & unusual items. Filter by Collection All Bus Destination Blinds Laboratory & Scientific Quirky & Unusual Travel Trunks Typewriters, Telephones & Cameras Wartime Woodenware Price £7.00 £695.00 Sort by Quick View Antique Vintage Brass Candlesticks Pair of Candle Holders Geometric Design Quick View Antique Vintage Desk Top Wooden Brass Letter Rack Desk Tidy Storage Quick View Antique Continental Typewriter German White Glass keys Quick View Antique WW1 Leather Cordite Bucket Carrier British Army Military Quick View Antique Number 5 Underwood Typewriter 1920's American Quick View Antique Jones and Company Hand Cranked Sewing Machine English Serpentine Swan Quick View Antique Vintage 1920s Player's Navy Cut Tobacco Cigarette Tin Advertising Box Quick View Vintage Giesen & Forsthoff Cut Throat Razor TIMOR The Ideal Strop Sharpener Gift Quick View Antique 1900s Tornado Wooden Skis Bamboo Poles Interior Chalet Lodge Nipple Top Quick View Vintage Goodyear Welt CCM Ice Skates Made in Canada Canadian Decorative Size 6.5 Quick View Antique Joseph Sankey Small Copper Tray Bark Design Edge Birmingham England Quick View Antique Hand Beaten Arts and Crafts Tray English Handmade Cornish Drinks Tray Quick View Antique Asian Tree of Life Copper Tray Engraved Signed Indian Wall Platter Quick View Antique Copper & Pewter Tray English Handmade Engraved Decorative Drinks Platter Quick View Antique Hayle Hand Beaten Arts & Crafts Copper Tray English Hearts Cornish Quick View Antique Black Bakelite Telephone GPO 332 Working Art Deco Dial Quick View Antique Victorian Silver Plate Teapot William Chawner II Engraved Louis Rococo Quick View Antique Victorian Silver Plate Teapot Decorative Engraved Louis Rococo Design Load More

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      < Shop All Unique Interiors Sometimes it's good to stand out. A stunning unique piece can add a burst of personality and character to your home or business interior. Filter by Collection All Industrial Vintage Interior Styling Library & Office Lighting Mirrors, Wall Hangings & Art Chairs, Tables & Stools Cabinets & Storage Price £8.00 £1,850.00 Sort by Quick View Vintage Goodyear Welt CCM Ice Skates Made in Canada Canadian Decorative Size 6.5 Quick View Antique Joseph Sankey Small Copper Tray Bark Design Edge Birmingham England Quick View Antique Joseph Sankey Medium Copper Tray Bark Design Edge Birmingham England Quick View Antique Joseph Sankey Large Copper Tray Bark Design Edge Birmingham England Quick View Antique Hand Beaten Arts and Crafts Tray English Handmade Cornish Drinks Tray Quick View Antique Asian Tree of Life Copper Tray Engraved Signed Indian Wall Platter Quick View Antique Copper & Pewter Tray English Handmade Engraved Decorative Drinks Platter Quick View Antique Hand Beaten Arts & Crafts Copper Tray English Hearts Cornish Drinks Quick View Antique Vintage Gentlemen's Riding Boots Wooden Boot Trees Equestrian Decorative Quick View Antique Victorian Ornate Edged Silver Plate Tray Walker & Hall Sheffield Quick View Antique Victorian Silver Plate Teapot William Chawner II Engraved Louis Rococo Quick View Antique Victorian Silver Plate Teapot Decorative Engraved Louis Rococo Design Quick View Antique Victorian Silver Plate Teapot by W Harriss Sheffield Engraved Rococo Quick View Victorian Mahogany Chest of Drawers Storage 19th Century Quick View Antique Rare 1914 Oliver No 9 Typewriter Butterfly Design Working Quick View Antique Vintage Embossed Leather Travel Case Jewellery Box Quick View Vintage Joy to The World Hand Painted Christmas Tree Bucket Galvanised Planter Quick View Antique 1937 Children's Golden Treasure Cloth Book Childhood Collectable Load More

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