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Stone Ginger Bottle

Stone Ginger Bottle

Stoneware, hand thrown bottle

Date: c. early 1900s

Dimensions: 8” x 2” diameter

Location: Wally Turnbull Collection, Durham, NC, USA

Notes: The bottle bears the stamp "Ducham, Portobello, Edinburgh."  The bottom of the bottle is stenciled Ducham 1787.

Ginger Beer originated in Scotland and England, in the mid 1700's and was brewed regionally for the local market. It was one of the most popular and longest surviving beverages from the early colonial days.

Naturally fermented Ginger Beer has an exquisite taste which could never be achieved by the carbonation process. Fermented ginger beer included fresh ginger root, fresh lemons and a special brewer's yeast. It was the favorite drink of England for over 150 years.

Ginger Beer was stored in stoneware bottles which were hand thrown by potters to each bottler's individualistic standards.  The stoneware bottles were made with little more than the bottler's name, perhaps a city and sometimes a date hand stamped or stenciled into the glaze.

Stone ginger beer bottles faded in the 1920's, as buyers started questioning the natural sediments at the bottoms of the bottles and wanted their wares in glassware, and wanted it to look fresh and clean, not just to feel that way when they drank it! As well, refrigeration was becoming more the norm, and the benefit of stoneware for keeping liquids cool just wasn't so necessary anymore. And thus came the modern glass pop bottle.

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Turnbull Family Scale

Turnbull Family Scale

Cast iron upright household scale weighing in ounces.  Weighs up to 16 lbs. 

Date: Patented July 24, 1877

Dimensions: 8” x 7 ½” x 7 ½”

Notes: Turnbull Family Scales was a New York company in the 1800s.  In addition to the above patent, they also held the patent for a hanging graduated scale.

Scale 2B   Scale 2C

Turnbull Silver Parade Saddle

Turnbull Silver Parade Saddle

Hand made leather and silver saddle.  A silver plate bearing the name Mary Irene appears on the back of the saddle.  Added later is a gold plate with the name Turnbull.

Date: c. 1930s

Location: George Pitman Private Museum, Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA

Notes: Judge Rupert Turnbull commissioned the saddle to be made by Eddie Bohlin for his wife Mary Irene.

Turnbull Platter

Turnbull Platter

Rare Staffordshire Blue and White Transfer Well and Tree Platter "Albion" Pattern, G. R. Turnbull. 

Date: c. 1845-1885

Dimensions: 2 3/4" H x 16 7/8" W x 22" L

Notes: This is one of the rare forms of platters called a “Well & Tree” or “Meat” platter. It is very large and very impressive and attractive with a deep well and a crisp, clear and beautiful transfer scene of fruit and flowers. The platter has two very rare marks on the underside.  First the impressed mark reads, “TURNBULL – STEPNEY.”  The blue printed crown and floral mark reads, “ALBION - G.R.”

G. R. Turnbull is a rare manufacturer who worked out of Stepney Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Northumberland, during the middle of the 19th century.

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J. Turnbull Green Glass Bottle

J. Turnbull Green Glass Bottle

½ pint green glass bottle, made in Saltburn, UK

Dimensions: 7 ½” x 2 ½” diameter

Location: Wally Turnbull Collection, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Turnbull and Co. Furniture Removers Horse Drawn Van

Turnbull and Co. Furniture Removers Horse Drawn Van

Lledo Days Gone Series, Model No. DG11, die cast, 1/50 life size model of horse drawn van.  Turnbull & Co Furniture Removers of Prittlewell, Essex

Date: 1983 based on the original van, c. 1870

Dimensions: 4” long, 2” high, 2” wide

Location: Wally Turnbull Collection, Durham, NC, USA

Notes: Jack Odell, who once worked for Matchbox Toys, left the company to form his own company.  He gave the company his last name, spelled backwards.  His first six models appeared in 1983.  Five of these were horse drawn models.  Days Gone is Lledo’s line of collectible vintage vehicles.

Matthew Turnbull Celery Vase

Matthew Turnbull Celery Vase

Thumb print design produced by Mathew Turnbull at the Cornhill Flint Glassworks at Southwick, Sunderland, open from 1665 to 1953.

Date: October 4, 1893

Dimensions: 7 ½” x 4 ¾”

Location: Wally Turnbull Collection, Durham, NC, USA

Notes: Registered no. is 219638

Brewer and Turnbull Movers Van

Brewer and Turnbull Movers Van

Description: Corgi Ausin toy metal van, heavy die cast model 

Date: 1953

Dimensions: 6” long, 3” high, 2” wide

Location: Wally Turnbull collection, Durham, NC, USA

Notes: The model is in mint condition and is from the O series .  Brewer and Turnbull Movers are located in Bedford, UK

Brewer and Turnbull Model Moving Van

Brewer and Turnbull Model Moving Van

Die cast, cream colored moving van of the limited edition of Corgi Luton series.  It is made 1/50th to scale.

Date: c. 1950s

Dimensions: 5 ½” L x 2 ¾” H x 1 ¾” W

Location: Wally Turnbull Collection, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Notes: These vans modeled after the Luton van style were made in limited editions and are now considered collectibles.

Turnbull Hawick Oxford Die Cast Replica

Turnbull Hawick Oxford Die Cast Replica

Model truck carrying Turnbull stout from Hawick

Date: c. 1950s

Dimensions: 3 ½” long, 1 ½” high, 1” wide

Location: Wally Turnbull Collection, Durham, NC, USA

Notes: Turnbull of Hawick was most known for their whisky production, but did bottle ales as well.

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