For two hundred years stoneware was favored for strength, durability, and keeping beverages cool. In later years, fancy designs were fired on to the bottles to attract customers. This is a particularly nice example dating to about 1900. The bottle is in perfect shape, the label is clear and crisp, and there is an incised mark shown in the pictures on the side. Stoneware fell out of favor at the turn of the century as glass bottles became cheap, refrigeration was less of a concern, and customers could see the contents through the glass (sanitation was a real problem with stoneware). Stoneware was also mighty heavy - its was easier and cheaper to move the glass! These bottles had a great deal of charm, as this one clearly attests. Typical manufacturing imperfections, no damage, see pictures. Measures just over 7 inches tall. A nice one!
Clayton's Old English Stone Ginger Beer Stoneware Bottle C1900