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Details about  Blind Beggar Inn 1880's Spirit Bottle/Flask - Mile End, London

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Blind Beggar Inn 1880's Spirit Bottle/Flask - Mile End, London
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Surface scratches consistent with 130 years of being in the River Thames, bubbles and bubble tears

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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: Surface scratches consistent with 130 years of being in the River Thames, bubbles and bubble tears created during the manufacturing process. Some iridescence.
Blind Beggar, 1880's: Jack the Ripper, Krays
Take a Sip with Jack the Ripper and The Krays? Have you got the bottle?!

A unique bottle found laying on the surface of the mud in the River Thames estuary. This eBay listing has been specifically created by ThamesLark and will donate 10% to the charities Crisis - the UK’s National Charity for Single Homeless People and Mind - the National Association for Mental Health in the UK.

So what's so special about this bottle?

Firstly it's uniqueness and secondly, its original home. This small spirit bottle or flask is dated around 1880 and comes from the notorious Blind Beggar Inn on Mile End, London.

If it were possible to take the East End crime history of one of the world's most infamous and notorious public houses and bottle it - this sale would be it! The bottle was found laying on the surface of the mudflats of the River Thames estuary – a casual find made by a passer by, having recently been washed up/eroded out after more than 130 years. Its journey began at the Blind Beggar Inn - Mile End, London in the 1880's, the Inn itself having been established in the 1600's and giving its address as 173 Whitechapel Road. This Inn was possibly an establishment frequented by Jack the Ripper and his victims around the mid to late 1880’s. Tom Harwood was listed as the landlord and his name is embossed on the bottle.

In 1894 the Inn was rebuilt and the later pub stands today giving its address as 337 Whitechapel Road. The later Blind Beggar was the hangout of the Kray twins and the site of the murder of rival gang member George Cornell. Read about the history of both establishments on the internet which also gives some excellent insight into the history of the original pub from which this bottle came.

Sometime between 1880 and the establishment of the new pub on the former site, this bottle found its way some 30 miles downstream to the River Thames estuary, the area of the gruesome Prison Hulks of Charles Dickens Great Expectations and an area rife with smuggling.

All of this history is literally reflected in the bottle itself. The fantastic bubble inclusions within its misty glass create a unique and frozen snapshot of 130 years of time. This bottle is unique! You will not find another like it, hence the interest and the publicity this item is attracting. A superb investment and great story! There is no damage to this item and it is presented as found by the finder having conducted extensive research into its history and uniqueness.

There is some slight iridescence within the bottle, the effects of being in the mud for 130 years plus but this adds to its character. The dimensions of the bottle are length: 180mm width: 79.3mm depth: 53.1mm. Weight: 258g. Colour is aqua/green. Payment is by Debit/Credit card or PayPal upon winning the auction or the buyer is welcome to collect in person.

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