Swan Ink Jug

I enjoy fountain pen ephemera, especially Swan.
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Judging by the shape of the bottle illustrated this dates back to the 1930s.  It’s quite a big jug at 14 cm high.  I think this may have been made by Gray’s of Hanley.  Among other trademarks, they used an image of a clipper ship, and there’s one on this jug.

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4 thoughts on “Swan Ink Jug

  1. Me too Deb as you know. I recently bought an empty small Swan Violet Ink bottle, which matches the blue-black one I have. I look o them as old (very old actually) friends.
    I thought about the jug myself, but I am glad it has gone to a good home.

    1. It’s a jug for milk. Advertising ware isn’t exactly a modern phenomenon – it’s been around since the 19th century and maybe longer. A large part of Gray’s output was advertising ware. They bought in white china and painted it to suit the requirements of their clients.

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