Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Bathgate Soda Water

Following from previous posting I have photographed the Bathgate Soda water bottle  retrieved from the seabed off Broadstairs. I have photographed the bottle especially for the benefit of internet search engines. The bottle has the "EX" duty mark that dates it between 1817 to 1834. Other websites indicate that Bathgate was a chemist in Calcutta India. So I am working on the assumption this bottle may have English East India connections as it was retrieved from the sea bed.

This bottle that has a striking similarity to the one above. It was found this year in Margate Harbour. It was found after all the spoil from the digging arising from the under pinning of the stone pier had washed down. It has no potters mark or any other impressions that does make accurate identification and dating impossible. However I am interested in the similarity to the bottle above, plus I also know at what depth it was dug and the location in the Harbour. In the same location I did find remains of English squat cylinder bottles from the 1780's to 1820's period.

This is earthenware shard no 2 on my records. It is part of a flagon lent by E G Wastall who were wine and  spirit merchants. The shard was found as result of the sea defence works at Margate this year.Even though the shard is impressed Ramsgate the company had premises in both Ramsgate and Margate trading from 1874 to 1914. The Ramsgate store was in Queen Street Ramsgate and the Margate one was at 19 High Street Margate.

1 comment:

GeezerView said...

In the book "Freemasonry; Symbols, Secrets, Significance" by W. Kirk McNulty is pictured a massive 9.5-gallon punch bowl made in 1813 for the Lodge of True Friendship, the first Lodge in Bengal India. It states that after the basic ingredients were in place (4-quarts of 3 star brandy, 4-quarts of good Jamaican Rum, 4-quarts whisky, 1-quart Orange Curacao, 1-pint lime juice, 2-tablespoons Angostura Bitters, 2 sliced oranges, 2 sliced lemons, the sliced skin of 1 cucumber and 2 pounds of sugar), four Brothers of the Lodge stood around the bowl at the cardinal points of compass and together poured in bottles of Bathgate Soda to complete the libation. I would think that this lends credence to your assumption that Bathgate Soda was indeed a product of Colonial India and your bottle brought to England as part of that commerce.
Sincerely yours,
David H. Bolin/Secretary
Delaware Masonic Lodge #96
Kansas City, Kansas USA