Bottle - Porter Ale, Port Dundas Pottery, Stoneware, Glasgow,1866-1923 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 077378

This stoneware bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured in Glasgow at the Port Dundas Pottery between 1866 and 1923. It was used for porter or stout.

Food and eating.
Kitchen facilities in the homes of Little Lon were rudimentary. Few people had ovens or ice chests, so perishable foods were bought fresh daily. Most meals were fried or boiled over an open fire. Families with limited facilities would take their Sunday roasts to a nearby bakery for cooking. Even the poorest residents of Little Lon seem to have eaten a considerable amount of meat. Mutton, beef, rabbit and pork came from the Eastern Market in Bourke Street. Oysters and fish were sold from barrows in Flinders Street. Fresh fruit and vegetables were hawked on the streets by Chinese and Italian vendors.
Stoneware porter or stout bottle. Beige salt-glaze. 22 cm high, 7 cm diam eter. Marked: PORT DUNDAS GLASGOW on side, near base.
Dates given by Christine Williamson, archaeologist, 1999.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 220 mm (Height), 75 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

More information

Tagged with: bottles, stoneware, yo-ive got one with x found hood channel 30ft down 1972. perfect condition, port dundas pottery glasgow, what dose the y stand for near the maker mark on my glasgow bottle, what does the z stand for on my pottery bottle found in a farm at ayrshire, pottry bottle same as port dundas porter ale bottle but no markings exept for thumb print on bottom.any ideas, making history - little lonsdale street, registration number 116267, mini vase
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: domestic
Trench Unit Number: 15/15/02
Inscriptions: 'Port Dundas Glasgow'
Manufacturer: 1866-1923


Charlotte Koski Posted on 18 Nov 2010 7:50 PM
We live at Clunes in Central Victoria and recently dug up one of these bottles in perfect condition in the back yard. It has Port Dundas Pottery, Glasgow marked on it with a large X beside the mark.
PT Posted on 02 Jan 2011 12:06 AM
I found the exact same bottle with the portdundas glasgow on it and an x mark...hmmmm does it have any value?
PT Posted on 02 Jan 2011 12:08 AM
actually no mine has an N next to the markers mark
Michael Pugh Posted on 13 Jan 2011 7:48 AM
We have a large Gaelic smuggler whiskey jug with the same impressed stamp Port Dundas pottery Glasgow
It is salt glaze & in relief with the head of Queen Victoria on it
as far as we can tell it was made for her jubilee year 1878
Michael Pugh
christine mitchell Posted on 30 Apr 2011 3:56 AM
found a stone bottle with the stamp of Port Dundas Pottery with a Y next to the makers mark
On the front it says Barrett&Cos New Fashioned Stone Ginger Glasgow
Wondering if anyone has idea of its age?
shane Posted on 21 Jun 2011 4:26 PM
I have found a similar bottle during excavations in Paddington Sydney. It was found in the rear courtyard of a terrace style cottage which dates around 1912.
The label is Port Dundas Glasgow with a clearly stamped "O" at the side at the bottom. The bottle has a hariline fracture from the crown lip with no chips or damage. The glaze has been worn from the base... Whats the significance of the X or O as found on this one?
john g. Posted on 15 Aug 2011 1:22 PM
i found a bottle just like this one,its marked port dundas glasgow,but it has a deep stamp w/a "c".It also has a 4" hairline crack on the side,but its still in great shape.
Jaime L Posted on 05 Mar 2012 1:40 AM
I found one on 03 Mar 2012 off the waters of Guantanamo Bay Cuba. It's two tone (Brown's) w/ the Port Dundas Glasgow X markings.
Penny Posted on 03 May 2012 10:56 PM
Found one in excavations. have the no. 10 inside the stamp. I believe I have the makers (or someone in the factory) thumb print embedded on the side.
george robertson Posted on 14 Sep 2012 9:49 PM
Lynne Corbett Posted on 10 Mar 2013 4:09 AM
Mine were found in MA and IN. It is very possible my great-grandmother worked there and also her husband.
Mike Gannon Posted on 21 Mar 2013 5:23 AM
Mine was found at Boulder Creek (near Santa Cruz) in California. It is marked "W' and is very near perfect condition.
Arlene & Bob Hoyer Posted on 09 Jun 2013 3:36 PM
We have a ceramic bottle that is virtually identical to the image at the top. Oval inscription near the base. Top line "Port Dundas", 2nd "Glascow", bottom "Pottery Co". It was recovered by divers from the bottom of the Panama Canal about 1976. To the right of the oval is a separate imprssion that may be the letter "A".
Arlene & Bob Hoyer Posted on 09 Jun 2013 3:52 PM
I hit "Save Comment" too quickly. All the lettering I posted was actually in capital letters, which I should have done. The mistake I made was reading the second "G" in "GLASGOW" as a "C". The letter impressions at the top of the stamped logo are much more clear than those at the bottom.
FOUINIER Gilbert Posted on 23 Jun 2013 6:39 PM
Un grand nombre de ces bouteilles ont été découvertes sur une épave aux Philuppines dans les années 80
Trish Fernandez Posted on 25 Jul 2013 5:55 AM
Hi there. Do you have a citation for where you found the date range of the production of this bottle?
Scott Dye Posted on 28 Aug 2013 8:15 AM
I have one very similar but is marked Campbellfield. I know Campbellfield went out of business in 1901 so that would indicate this bottle is pre 1901. Does anyon know if there is any value to a bottle like this?
Jaime Lugo Posted on 14 Nov 2013 12:58 AM
I have found 25 pottery bottles such as the one shown in the picture. They are from all the pottery companies from the Glasgow area. I found them in the waters in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba over the last year.
mark Posted on 08 Feb 2014 9:55 AM
I have found a small glass bottle with the head of queen victoria on it with the words trade mark either side and college ltd Brisbane written around the base of the neck do you have any info on this bottle thks.
martin Posted on 31 May 2014 5:42 AM
I have just found a bit on Aberdeen beach today with the stamped part
Muriel Posted on 25 Jun 2014 9:35 AM
We found this same bottle with the Port Dundas Glasgow stamp as well as the x. It was during excavation for a build site. We assumed there was a dump here in the colonial days. Taveuni, Fiji Islands
jim Posted on 01 Nov 2014 1:59 AM
i have a bottle with this marking and has a capital T next to the mark. the top part has brown coloring.
Louisa Posted on 12 Nov 2014 1:26 PM
My son found one of these bottles while doing some excavation work at Birchgrove, Sydney. Perfect condition just a little dirty with a capital S next to the makers stamp. Shame I can't make out the year on it.
Kevin Norris Posted on 18 Jan 2015 12:59 PM
We have 4 of these bottles and about a dozen of the round bottom glass bottles - kind of light blueish color. They were dug up by our family members on the shores of the Panama Canal in the late 60's when their father was stationed at the canal in the US Air Force. Any information or thoughts would be appreciated.
Albert Niccolai Posted on 20 Apr 2015 10:52 AM
I found a piece of this pottery on Matagorda Beach in Matagorda, Texas a couple of years ago. I first thought it was an unusual rock and then I found the markings on it. A cool find.

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