An Oxo bottle

If we judge from past experience this post could be destined to be very popular. Many users of our blog check in every day but quite a lot of posts are found by people using search engines. As the ‘owners’ of the blog we at the museum can see just which pages are most popular. The home page wins that competition by a huge margin. That’s had over 100 000 views, mostly that will be by regular viewers. But amongst individual pages sought out by far the most popular is the one about a Virol Jar and the one about a Shippams Paste jar is catching up fast.

So we reckon a blog about an Oxo bottle, a late entry at this stage, will soon be sought out. People who find the blog may well have found or just own one of these items.

So here is our Oxo jar.

A 1930s Oxo Jar at Market Lavington Museum

A 1930s Oxo Jar at Market Lavington Museum

We think this elegant dark brown glass bottle (or jar) dates from the 1930s. It looks like similar bottles which contained Bovril, but there is no doubt that this is an Oxo container.


Vital information – moulded on the bottle


It says it very clearly on the bottle and also gives the quantity as 4 oz – 4 ounces or about 55 grams.

And really we have no further information – not even what Oxo in a jar looked like.


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6 Responses to “An Oxo bottle”

  1. Liz Gordon Says:

    2 Black 5’s at Parham Wood today (Tuesday) at 1330 hours.Weather should be good for pictures.

  2. Maurice Wilkins Says:

    By coincidence I read only today in Bill Bryson’s excellent book ‘At Home – a Short History of Private Life’ that Oxo was invented by the German chemist Justus Liebig in the mid-19th century as a way of using some of the surplus beef that Argentinian cattle farmers raised. As they had no way to ship or preserve the meat at that time, most of it was wasted and the carcasses merely boiled down for their bones and tallow!

  3. Mark scott Says:

    I found a 16Oz oxo bottle tonight with 774 written on the bottom, are the worth anything?

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