Sometimes referred to as Torpedo bottles, these egg-shaped bottles gained their nickname 'Hamilton' bottles from William Hamilton, who is credited by some for the invention of the design. The bottles can not be stood upright, and therefore have to be laid on their sides keeping the liquid contents in contact with the cork closure. This prevented the cork from drying out and the gas of the aerated contents from escaping

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





Fenton (incl. Heron Cross)


Hanley (incl. Shelton)



Longton (incl. Lane End and Normacot)






Tunstall (incl. Goldenhill)


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