Old Bottle – New ‘Treasure’

A few weeks ago my husband was doing some repairs  to the old lean-to building out the back of the house which houses a toilet (for use when working outside – eg in welly boots and mucky coats). Now this building may have been used for such a function for many years, or it may not. For, when removing some of the slates before repair work to the roof, he came across an old bottle.

There is something beautiful about an old bottle, which judging by its style was probably made in the late 1800s. So, from junk, propped up on the top of the interior wall of an old out-building, it has become  a minor ‘treasure’  – something interesting to be handled and admired.

This bottle was for Percy’s Rennet (click on the pictures to see the words better). 

This would have been made  in a shaped metal hinged mould with the words embossed on the sides and  the glass would have been blown into the shape.


Rennet is used in cheese making, or at the very least, to make junket. You can still buy rennet for junkets in the shops in the local town. If you’ve never had Junket here’s the recipe

RECIPE for Junket – a dessert often given to invalids or children (clotted cream is a Cornish or Devon speciality cream – thick with a golden crust)


2 pints milk
1 tablespoon caster/superfine sugar
2 teaspoons rennet (or follow instructions on bottle for amount to be used)
1/4 teaspoon powdered cinnamon or nutmeg
1 tablespoon brandy or rum (optional)
clotted cream (optional)


– Warm the milk until it feels neither cold not warm (blood temp)
– Put it into a large serving dish and stir in the rennet and sugar.
– Add the brandy or rum. (if used)
– Stir once or twice and leave in the large bowl or or pour into smaller dishes – leave in a warm room to set.
– When set, cover with clotted cream (if used) and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg.


At another time we also found this little bottle, made from a white glass.

This is my picture quiz for this month.

What did this bottle hold when in use?

The first correct answer left in the comments will WIN an e-copy of

Nothing Ever Happens Here by Ann Foweraker.

Click HERE to read descriptions, reviews and read first 3 chapters in pdf of this book and Divining the Line and Some Kind of Synchrony


I really love to hear from you all.. have you found such ‘old junk’ that today becomes a minor treasure or a collectable? What’s the best thing you’ve found? or just your favourite?  Do share and do have a guess at the picture quiz!

24 /2: It has been a week of thinking and guessing. I believe it is time for a clue as the guesses have dried up .. .  if you have already guessed once you are allowed to guess again!

CLUE 1:  This bottle held a commodity we all use everyday – though it now it comes in a different form

OK – as we are well into March I guess I’ll have to give the answer to this Picture quiz. This little bottle was used for TOOTH-POWDER. It may well have been a ‘sample’ bottle as it is so small – or a ‘travel’ bottle. It dates from the end of the 1800s.  As I mentioned in the comments it is missing a small cap. More often than not Tooth-powders came in a shallow ceramic pot with a decorated ceramic lid – so this is unusual. Thanks for everyone who did have a guess – but I’m afraid as no one was even near, the prize awaits the next quick quiz.


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