Welcome To Cooky Bottles
On this part of my site, i am going to take you into the world of antique bottles.What has this got to do with cooking, you might ask.Well over a hundred years ago there was not any plastic, so nearly everything was in pots and bottles.This is going to show you a whole lot of history in what food and drinks, medicines etc came in.There will be many pictures,videos of me excavating bottles and lots of historical facts and information on how these bottles were made.Who knows, after you have seen this,you may find a nice place for some in your home. Free Healthy cookery classes, Basic Hygiene Langworthy Cornerstone,Salford,Manchester,England,UK, Tel 01612124400 The Cooky Chef
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Here is a small variety of what a bit of hard digging can bring.It may just be easier to go to a junk fare and pick up a bargain.
An early bottle press
Here is a child asking about some cough medicine and the teacher explaining how it works.
Digging for old bottles
Well here i am.This is a picture of a hole i dug out about 6 feet deep.I got down into the ash seam and found quite a few interesting items.When you are digging it is not only bottles that you find.All kinds of other things were made out of pot and glass.Watch this part of the site to see some of them.
A bottle kiln
This is a picture of a bottler working on his kiln in medieval times.
Well unlike the song there are more than 10 green bottles.They looked fantastic.All for different uses.Chemist bottles,perfume,beer or wine.They date from 1850 - 1900.
The victorians were pioneers and came up with so many ideas that it has paved the way for many things we do today.They were constantly looking for cures and healthier ways of eating and managing food.
Bottles under water
I dont really get my bottles from under water.But on river beds they are there and banks.This man is looking through a bucket for old bottles.I once met a man who dived for old bottles on spanish galleons in Bermuda many years ago when we went to stay wiyh friends.He was fascinated when i saw his collection and i knew what they were.I told him i dug mine and he said if he was in th uk he would also be a digger.Great eh meeting someone like that on holiday.
Over the years bottles have evolved.They did not always have a head on them.In many cases earlier bottles had to have a head made separately.Look how many different ones you can sopt.The most recent here will be the codd which is no 14.
Bottles here are starting as early as the 16th century
Different styles of bottle through the years
This picture shows how bottles have changed in shape over 300 years.
Through the years
This picture starts with an early salt glaze bellarmine bottle.This will have been around in the 17th century.The rarer ones have better faces and suns.They move on to about 1930 0n the far right.
A variety of types
Different types of medicine bottles over 150 years.
Bottle cleaning equipment
These are pieces of bottle cleaning equipment.They are commonly used by bottle diggers.It is never a good idea to wash the bottles straight away as they need to climatise after coming out of the ground.
Gravel and sand
This was a method used to clean the dirtier bottles which are harder to clean with soapy water.
Old bottlers equipment
This is a range of equipment used many years ago to make the bottles.
A bottler blowing
Bottles used to be free blown by bottlers.This was a very skilled technique.
Rolling the bottle
After the bottle had been made this rolling technique was used.
Making the bottle in the kiln
In medieval times many villages had a large kiln where the pots and bottles were made.