This bottle comes with a bit of a sad tale. Several years ago I advertised in a local Nottingham newspaper for beermats and brewery items (late 1980's as far as I can remember). I got a call from a lady who's father had been a publican in the 1920's/30's and she had some items left. I immediately went round to see her but upon arrival was told that most of the stuff she had was burned on a bonfire around a fortnight prior to seeing my advert...I quietly choked back a tear.
All was not lost, for she had a few other items; some 1950's Bulmers horoscope beermats and a pair of these large 30 inches tall, glass bottles. Each had its original stopper and both the bttles and stoppers had been drilled to allow an electric flex to be inserted to turn them into lamps which were used in her fathers pub. She remembered them being on display and in use as lamps when she was younger. She also remembers that when they got them in the first place they each had a large Guinness label on. They did not like the labels, so washed them off to leave the bottle as you see it now!
I purchased the bottles and beermats and also the miniature cigarette packets that you can also see in this gallery of collectables but I often think of that large Guinness label and the showcards and other 'old' beermats that went on the bonfire before I got there. Bugger!!