This complete glass bottle was found during an excavation in a village in West Yorkshire. It is embossed with ‘T. CLARKSON LEEDS’. In 1839, Thomas Clarkson was listed in the General and Commercial Directory of the Borough of Leeds as a dealer of herring, fruit, and ginger beer. Drinks manufacturing must have been successful because this was listed as his only trade by 1845.
This bottle probably dates to the end of the 19th century or early 20th century. The three-piece mould lines and the tooled lip finish for a cork (rather than a screw bottle top) provide us with clues to its date.