Leisure => Retail => Topic started by: sheppey_bottles on July 30, 2011, 16:49:15

Title: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: sheppey_bottles on July 30, 2011, 16:49:15
I picked up a 4 old embossed chemist bottles today and wonder if anyone knows of the companies and maybe has photos. The companies are.. 'Towers' chemist' Railway Street, Chatham, and H. Watts of Chatham. All of the bottles have details embossed into glass rather than a label stuck on. Thanks, SB.
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: sheppey_bottles on July 30, 2011, 17:06:25
Found out a little myself just now from Google. Watts the chemist were at Rainham Kent also, the Rainham website has details here...

http://www.rainham-history.co.uk/articles/27-watts-the-chemist
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: Rochester-bred on August 03, 2011, 11:53:46
I have a earthenware 'Boots the chemist' hot water bottle my granddad used to use back in the early 1900s.
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: sheppey_bottles on September 27, 2011, 13:52:55
Has it got a town name on it Rochester-bred. I am not sure if Boots put the town on but timothy Whites did on occasions.
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: sheppey_bottles on September 27, 2011, 14:56:37
Normaly when I pick up some old Kent bottles that I think may be of some interest to Forum members I put a picture on..but I forgot these so here goes..

(http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l218/Sheppey_bottles_John/chemist_opt.jpg)


Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: seafordpete on September 27, 2011, 15:48:06
On Flog it or one of the similar about 10 days ago there was a set of bottles from Watts in a travellling case
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: Rochester-bred on September 27, 2011, 16:14:18
sheppey_bottles, No the Boot's bottle has not got a town name on.
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: sheppey_bottles on September 27, 2011, 16:39:39
That sounds like it could have been a very nice item for someones local or family collection seafordpete.
I was thinking Rochester_bred, if you had said your Boots bottle had a town on it would be are pretty scarce item. I have a few Hot water bottles but none of them have a local town name on apart from one printed Fulham pottery and another Doulton Lambeth, but these are potters details of couse.
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: Rochester-bred on September 27, 2011, 17:47:47
sheppey_bottles, Im going to have to have a good look at the bottle once iv waded through the boxes in my spare room and do a check just in case iv missed any writing on the bottle ,I have an idea that all I remember was the Fulham pottery written but I may be wrong.
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: sheppey_bottles on September 28, 2011, 10:09:15
Thanks for that numanfan, that is very kind of you.SB
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: peterchall on September 28, 2011, 11:38:03
The car is the latest weapon in the police armoury - an MG Midget. Up til then I think their only transport was bikes.
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: sheppey_bottles on September 28, 2011, 13:56:39
Thanks for that and very nice now and then shots, I can see exctly where it was. Excellent, SB.
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: numanfan on September 28, 2011, 14:07:59
No problem :)
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: numanfan on September 30, 2011, 19:59:02
Done some 'digging' on Ancestry.

1851 census shows Henry Watts, chemist at a shop next door to the White Hart public house on the corner of High St. & Rhode St.

Stayed there until sometime after 1871, because in 1881 he was still a chemist but along opposite the Empire Theatre at the other end of the High St.

He shows on the 1901 census as retired chemist.

So presumably your bottle is pre-1900 :)

Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on September 30, 2011, 22:41:31
Would it say 'Gardening and Store Chemist' ?
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on September 30, 2011, 22:42:32
Or dispensing?
Title: Re: Chatham chemist bottles
Post by: sheppey_bottles on October 01, 2011, 19:26:15
That is brilliant numanfan, the shop with the boy outside is just where you state in relation to the new picture. I cannot read above the door but down below it looks like 'Dispensing and' store Chemist as Chatham_girl85 says. I would say my bottles are pre 1900 as they have that lovely rolled type lip that you do not see that often in these bottles...I am really pleased with them. Thanks again numanfan.SB