the doctor's stout - victorian stoneware bottle



United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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These late Victorian (c.1890s) stoneware beer bottles are wonderfully decorative pieces with a thick glaze and wonderful, crisp graphics / lettering. This example is for 'The Doctor's Stout', made by R Emmerson Jr of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and depicts a cyclist on a penny-farthing bicycle

'The Doctor's Stout' and the cyclist pictorial is probably a reference to the fact that doctor’s used to advise recovering athletes to drink Stout.

Of all the Victorian stoneware beer bottles I've encountered this is easily my favourite; the pictorial of the penny-farthing adds an extra dimension to the lettering normally found and the 'label' is embellished with so much extra wording; including the 'trade mark' bandarole and a banner with 'this label is issued only by R. Emmerson Junr. Newcastle on Tyne' sits alongside 'Bottled only by R. Emmerson Jnr. 1 George St. Newcastle on Tyne' etc.

The bottle has survived it's years in good order with just a few small patches of discolouration / marking. It has a nice maker's stamp to the lower, right side of the bottle.

The bottle measures 20.3cm high and is 6.5cm in diameter. The price includes UK Mainland delivery.


  • H: 20.3cm (7.99in)
  • W: 6.5cm (2.56in)
  • D: 6.5cm (2.56in)



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I’m Louis Walpole. Over a decade of working for and alongside some of the best antique dealers in the country at London’s renowned Portobello Road have helped me to form a detailed understanding of, and appreciation for, a diverse array of antiques. In 2016, after ‘dabbling’ in the trade since childhood I decided to follow my heart and (ignoring a myriad of people advising against it) leave my salaried job to trade full time. Since then I have travelled around England and Western Europe collecting the pieces that particularly interest me. These pieces loosely follow the themes of; automotive, advertising, scientific and industrial. I have a select number of items on display in Atlam on Portobello Road. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 5pm.

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