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Re: Mumbys glass bottle- by appt HM the KING
Posted by: Dennis Mumby Date: September 16, 1999 at 18:53:21
In Reply to: Mumbys glass bottle- by appt HM the KING by David Harper of 283

I have one too. The bottle contained mineral waters and was manufactured by a company established in 1851 by Charles Mumby. Charles was a chemist and his venture into mineral waters was so successful, he managed to get a contract to supply the stuff to the Royal Navy. His business was located in Portsmouth England. The company ceased operations in 1971.

I have a photograph of a large enamel sign advertising "Mumbys, by appointment to HM the King" that I found in a pub in Bermuda. I also have a jpg file of an advertisement circa 1920/30 showing a pretty young girl and a Royal Navy officer each holding a glass of mineral water. (Perhaps the navy was trying to wean the sailors from grog to a less intoxicating drink). If you would like a copy of the jpg, I can send it to you as an e-mail attachement.

Dennis, in Ontario, Canada.

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