Bottle, Coffee and Chicory; Thomas Symington; 1920-1940; MT1993.98.24


Bottle, Coffee and Chicory

About this object

Bottle; a clear glass bottle with stopper used for bottling a coffee & chicory essence. The manufacturer was Thomas Symington of Edinburgh, one of the leading makers of coffee products during the second half of the Victorian era.


Thomas Symington

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made

UK, Scotland, Edinburgh

Medium and Materials

processed material, glass
organic, vegetal, bark, cork

Inscription and Marks



h 225mm x w 50mm x d 50mm

(measured as one unit, as corked stopper is firmly wedged into bottle)

Subject and Association Keywords

domestic accessories

Subject and Association Keywords


Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Object Type


Object number


Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Debbie 05 Oct 2016 23:38 PM,UTC

I just found one in Townsville with 1761 the glass stopper was with it as well.

Paul Thompson 23 Oct 2015 01:05 AM,UTC

I found one under the center my low set house whilst restumping, it had to have been put there during the building of the house, and it is over 100 years old. It has 1908 on the bottom, I guess now from the other questions relating to the four digits its not the year of manufacture. So do you know what it indicates.

Sarah Jürgens 26 Jun 2015 09:38 AM,UTC

I have found a bottle at a north sea coast in Germany.

There is 1712 written at the bottom I think.
what does it mean. Is this the year of making the bottle?

Hunter,George and Charlie 18 Feb 2015 01:48 AM,UTC

We have one found at Worser bay school down the bank and it has a x on the bottom

Glenn McCabe 27 Oct 2014 19:09 PM,UTC

Hello. I also have one that has 1487 on the bottom of the bottle. Could you please tell me what this means.

jase 19 Oct 2014 01:37 AM,UTC

i also hav one but has 1712 on it whats does this mean plz

Ms M Cook 17 Feb 2014 05:08 AM,UTC

Hello..I also have a bottle much like the description of the person above or below me..minus the stopper..Wondering what sort of value this piece could have..any thoughts would be appreciated..
many thanks
Michelle Cook

ayshar hughes 04 Jul 2013 07:24 AM,UTC

Hi i have the same bottle with lid and cork and ESS COFFEE AND CHICORY / EDINBURGH / SYMINGTON & CO but my bottle also says 1868 on the bottom does that mean its older ?mine also has B&Co LTD with a k in the middle of the bottom or to l's linked unsure of that bit .

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