Welcome to stokebottles.com, a website all about antique bottles and associated items from the
Stoke-on-Trent area of Staffordshire, UK.


The Towns

Stoke-on-Trent was formed as a federation of six towns in 1910 and only became a city in 1925. Prior to 1910 the towns were considered separate boroughs or urban districts, namely Hanley, Longton, Fenton, Burslem, Tunstall, and Stoke-upon-Trent.


The Bottles

During the Victorian and Edwardian periods, a large variety of bottles and pots were utilised by traders to house their products. A lot of these carried branding, not only as an advert for the company and product, but also as a means for the traders to recover their 'empties' for reuse. Since the materials used were relatively robust (glass, stoneware, ceramics, etc...) many items have survived, even after having been buried in old refuse tips for over 100 years. A large proportion of what has survived come from mineral water manufacturers, brewers, chemists, and wine and spirit merchants.


The Collection

The purpose of this website is to share the local items that I have collected, and to compile a record of historical information relating to the traders. The project is ongoing and I will add to it as further information is gathered.

Some areas of the website are currently under development so please check back later for updates!

*UPDATE - Ginger Beer Section completed*

*UPDATE - Pot Lids Section completed*

*LATEST UPDATE - Flagons Section updated, Photos coming soon*

Click on the links below to view items in the collection, together with digging reports, historical information, links to other sites, and details of the local Bottle Club which I run along with Dave Skingsley.

If you have any questions or comments then please feel free to contact me at dave@stokebottles.com

Site last updated: February 2019

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I am always interested in purchasing new items for my collection, whether you have a single bottle, or an entire collection to sell.

If you have anything which you think I may be interested in (even if you don't wish to sell it), either send me an email to dave@stokebottles.com, fill out the contact form below, or call me on 07557 939 203

Additionally, if anyone has photos or information relating to the former mineral water companies, chemists, brewers etc... from the Stoke-on-Trent area, then I would be happy to hear from you!



I am also interested in collectables carrying my family name. Click here for further info...

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