Stoneware flagons were used to contain numerous different substances from beverages to chemicals. The majority of those shown here were used for drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Flagons were produced in a large range of sizes typically from 1/2 gallon to 6 gallons. Some flagons were used as dispensers; these are commonly known as tap jars.

The popularity of flagons faded around the same time as ginger beer bottles (1920's), although there are examples with 1950's and even 1960's dates printed on them.

Prior to around 1890 the majority of flagons had impressed markings. As with ginger beer bottles, later flagons tended to have printed markings.

All flagons shown here are arranged firstly by town, and then in alphabetical order of company name.

 

Burslem


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Company: J Acton, Burslem 

Description: 3 gallon two tone slab sealed flagon incised 'J ACTON, BURSLEM' 

Maker: Not Marked

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Company: Charles Lockitt, Burslem

Description: 1 gallon two tone flagon incised 'CHARLES LOCKITT, Old Bull's Head, Waterloo Road, BURSLEM'.

Maker: Price, Bristol

 

Fenton (incl. Heron Cross)


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Company: Ridgway Bros, Fenton

Description: 1/2 Gallon Two Tone Flagon marked 'RIDGWAY BROS. BOTANICAL BREWERS FENTON. ANYONE FOUND USING, DETAINING OR DAMAGING THIS BOTTLE WILL BE PROSECUTED'

Maker: Price, Bristol

 

Hanley (incl. Shelton)


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Company: George A Burton, Hanley

Description: B

Maker: C

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Company: Alexander Mills Dix, Shelton

Description: 4 gallon two tone slab sealed flagon incised 'A. M. DIX SHELTON'

Maker: Not Marked

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Company: J Gilbert & Co, Hanley

Description: 1/2 gallon two tone flagon marked 'GILBERT HANLEY 1909'

Maker: Not Marked

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Company: J H Jones & Sons Ltd, Hanley

Description: 1/2 gallon two tone flagon marked 'J H JONES & SONS (BEVERAGES) LTD BEVERAGE BREWERS HANLEY LEICESTER BIRMINGHAM NOTTINGHAM'

Maker: Not Marked

Company: G & J Munro & Co, Hanley

Description: 2 gallon two tone flagon impressed 'G & J MUNRO & CO Wine & Spirit Merchants HANLEY'

Maker: Price, Bristol

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Company: G & J Munro & Co, Hanley

Description: 1 gallon two tone flagon marked 'G & J MUNRO & CO LIMITED Wine & Spirit Merchants HANLEY'

Maker: Price, Bristol

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Company: Pauer & Co Wine, Spirit & Cigar Merchant, Hanley

Description: 1/2 gallon flagon, impressed '1711 PAUER & Co HANLEY'

Maker: Grosvenor, Glasgow

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Company: The Premier Mineral Water Co Ltd, Hanley & Longton

Description: 1/2 gallon flagon marked 'BAKERS HERB BEER, THE PREMIER MINERAL WATER CO, HANLEY & LONGTON LTD' Diamond Trade Mark to centre '1875 HC ST'

Maker: Price, Bristol

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Company: The Premier Mineral Water Co Ltd, Hanley & Longton

Description: 1/2 gallon flagon marked THE PREMIER MINERAL WATER CO, HANLEY & LONGTON LTD' Diamond Trade Mark to centre '1875 HC ST'

Maker: Price, Bristol

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Company: The Premier Mineral Water Co Ltd, Hanley & Longton

Description: 1/2 gallon blue topped flagon marked 'THE PREMIER MINERAL WATER CO, HANLEY & LONGTON LTD, 1934' Diamond Trade Mark to centre '1875 HC ST'

Maker: Price, Bristol

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Company: W Pritchard & Son, Hanley

Description: 1/2 gallon two tone flagon marked 'W PRITCHARD & SON HANLEY TO SELL IS ILLEGAL'

Maker: Not Marked

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Company: Woodhouse & Co, Hanley

Description: 1/2 gallon two tone flagon marked 'WOODHOUSE & Co BOTANIC BREWERY HANLEY'

Maker: Pearson & Co, Whittington Moor

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Company: Youngs Botanic Brewery Ltd, Hanley

Description: 1/2 gallon two tone flagon marked 'YOUNGS HANLEY' to front, and 'This Bottle is the sole property of Young's Hanley Brewery Ld' to the rear

Maker: George Skey & Co Ltd, Tamworth

 

Longton (incl. Lane End & Normacot)


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Company: Frank Flint Wine and Spirit Merchant, Longton

Description: 1/2 gallon two tone flagon marked 'FRANK FLINT Wine and Spirit Merchant VICTORIA BUILDINGS LONGTON'

Maker: Not Marked

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Publican: George.H.Frewer, Longton

Description: 1 gallon two tone flagon marked 'GEORGE.H.FREWER, HEATHCOTE ARMS HOTEL, LONGTON'

Maker: Price, Bristol

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Company: Ralph Steele Wine & Spirit Merchant, Lane End

Description: 2 gallon two tone flagon impressed 'Ralph Steele Wine & Spirit Merchant Lane End'

Maker: Price & Sons Stoneware, Bristol

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Company: Ralph Steele & Son, Longton

Description: 1 gallon two tone flagon impressed 'R STEELE & SON Wine & Spirit Merchants LONGTON'

Maker: Not Marked

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Company: Ralph Steele, Longton

Description: 1 gallon honey glazed tap jar marked 'THIS JAR IS THE PROPERTY OF RALPH STEELE CROWN BREWERY LONGTON'

Maker: Fulham Pottery Ltd

 

Stoke


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Company: John Sant, Stoke

Description: 1/2 gallon flagon impressed 'JOHN SANT, STOKE'

Maker: Price, Bristol

 

Tunstall (incl. Goldenhill)


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Company: The Goldenhill Mineral Water Co.

Description: 1/2 gallon two tone flagon marked 'GOLDEN HILL MINERAL WATER COMPANY'

Maker: Price, Bristol

 

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Description: B

Maker: C

 

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Description: B

Maker: C

 

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Description: B

Maker: C

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