Back Garden Gold
Adam’s 18 month-old son dug this up in their Blackheath garden (proving that they’re never too young to be put to work…) and Adam is wondering what it used to be. He reckons it’s part of something that says ‘and Sons Ltd’ and I agree.
My money would go on the Lovibond brewery which stood next to what is now the DLR and Davy’s Wine Vaults. I suspect this was a good old fashioned stoneware flagon that would have graced many a Greenwich table in Victorian times and continued until the 60s. There’s still a Lovibonds over in Henley but I don’t know how much, if anything, it has to do with Greenwich.
In fact, I think I may have found your bottle, Adam. It was up for auction at Cameo Antiques in Berkshire back in April. The collection below reached £42.00 (among several tasty lots. Must make my way over to Berks sometime…)
I guess that means your shard is worth about 10p. Probably not enough to put Adam Jnr. through college, but then money’s not everything. It’s a piece of old Greenwich, and a lovely thing to have.
Anyone else found anything intriguing in their back garden I’d like to know about?
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