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10 years ago whilst building our house, I pulled dozens of old bottles out of the excavations.

Despite adding to the clutter of my studio, and with many of them in boxes under the desk, I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. One man’s trash is another(future) man’s treasure. Well if not treasure, as least a great subject for a Sunday afternoon watercolour sketch.
In studying them this afternoon, my interest was piqued so I did a bit of digging, so to speak.

The unmarked cobalt bluebottle was the standard issue from the pharmacy. Who knows, possibly containing a cure for a sting from a Portuguese Man-o-war, a different sort of vessel commonly known by the same name and colour as the subject in question!
The little green bottle is stamped around its shoulder with DR JCB SIEGERT & SONS, and was an Angostura Aromatic Bitters bottle.

The Amethyst bottle is stamped with THIS BOTTLE IS THE PROPERTY OF DYASON’S PROPY LTD. Dyason’s were a Melbourne company that produced cordials, sauces and chutneys. From what I could find, I suspect this vessel contained sauce, but not one to let the truth get in the way of a good story, I am claiming it held cordial!


Oh, and Mr Dyason, your bottle is sitting in my studio collecting dust and taking up space. Feel free to drop by anytime and collect it!

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