Bottle - Beer or Wine, Glass, R Cooper & Co, Portobello, Scotland, circa 1874-circa 1900 Archaeology Reg. No: HA 1227

One dark green glass beer or wine bottle base. Has a maker's mark: 'R. COOPER & CO PORTOBELLO'. This firm was in production between 1866 and 1928. Was manufactured in a vented mould with a separate base plate, suggesting it was made after circa 1874 but before circa 1900.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Godden Mackay Logan Heritage Consultants, 2010
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 79.4 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: world heritage, royal exhibition building, archaeology, food beverages, alcohol
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Western Forecourt Collection
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Secondary Classification: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Activity: Beverage storage
Specific Activity: Bottle
Trench Unit Number: G12/Baulk/177
Manufacturer: R. Cooper & Co., c 1874-c 1900
References: Jones and Sullivan 1985: 28; Miller et al 2000:8; Toulouse1971: 142-143
  1. [Book], Catherine Sullivan, Olive Jones, The Parks Canada Glass Glossary for the Description of Containers, Tableware, Flat Glass and Closures, Parks Canada, 1985, 1985, 28 Pages
  2. [Article - Journal] Miller, George L., et al. Telling Time for Archaeologists. Newsletter of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology. 29: 1-22., 2000, 8 Pages
  3. [Book], Julian Toulouse, Bottle Makers and Their Marks, Thomas Nelson & Sons, New York, 1971, 1971, 142-143 Pages


Helen Moore Posted on 13 Sep 2012 6:42 AM
I'm an archaeologist in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - and I just found the same bottle base in our collection.
Richard Shakles Posted on 26 Apr 2013 1:27 PM
I'm an archaeologist in Auckland, New Zealand, and I just found the same bottle in our collection but it is complete.
david ellis Posted on 22 May 2013 12:53 PM
While snorkeling the reef in nassau i found one of these just like it except mine says cooper and wood portabella.
Ty Harrison Posted on 27 Aug 2013 2:17 AM
I recently found a broken bottle base with exactly this name at the historic mining town of Alta, Utah USA. Apparently these bottles were widely distributed in the 1800's.
dean Posted on 29 Aug 2013 11:50 AM
i found one of the same one in this picture and it says cooper & co porto bello in roatan honduras
Edgardo Cabus Posted on 23 Dec 2013 2:41 PM
tengo una botella completa con la misma descripción fue encontrada junto a varias botellas de distinta fabricación e la isla de Utila Honduras
Discovery Centre Posted on 23 Dec 2013 3:08 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Just for those who might be interested, Edgardo's comment above say, 'I have a full bottle of the same description was found with several bottles of various designs and the island of Utila Honduras' according to an online translator.
Susan Gillon Posted on 02 Feb 2014 9:17 PM
I have a black bottle stamped underneath R.COOPER&CO PORTO BELLO complete
Vince Staley Posted on 10 Mar 2014 2:48 AM
My R. Cooper Co. Portobello, 3 part mold, applied lip, came from SCUBA diving in Frederiksted, St. Croix USVI. In perfect condition BUT sand washed to a matte finish.
Magda Posted on 29 May 2014 12:45 PM
I'm an archaeologist in Chile, Antofagasta - and I just found the same bottle base in the desert
Tony Winton Posted on 02 Sep 2014 2:40 PM
I recently found many dozens of these broken bottles at the Cadnia ruins in South Australia. The miners apparently drank the contents and threw the bottle out of the window.
j puhl Posted on 10 Oct 2014 2:22 PM
just returned from roatan where I purc this botlle from a local

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