Storage & Collecting
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Devised by Head gardener at Copped Hall in Essex in 1900’s Jars made by William Wood and Sons of Wood Green. Jars bought by other country houses to store desert grapes in order to impress house guests by serving out of season. Mainly Black Hamburg as at Copped Hall. Jar topped up with water and charcoal added for purification. Jar bunged with lint. Not commercially used unlike Thomery France although Copped Hall did sell surplus in Covent Garden market. Ref: Wm Wood catalogue 1938. Special Stand also offered complete with bottles for 114 bunches at £7. L 12 inches (31cms).
French. 20C. This wide jar was placed in racks as in the sub-image. This style was not used in Thomery village where the narrow smaller jars were favoured. The rack C1900, is from a private chateau constructed in faux grained pine wood. The rack or Etage is 2 metres tall and 2 metres long and holds 56 jars on 4 levels within the cutouts.
Made in France by 2 main manufacturers and sold in the Paris shops L’Economie Menagere along with other accoutrements of grape production. Rose Charmeaux and Etienne Salomon of Thomery were the main Viticulteurs and Rose Charmeaux invented the ‘Thomery jar in 1863 which was made in fired clay and then in glass from 1865. The grape species was ‘Chasselas’. The method Thomery for storing grapes was abandoned in 1970. The jars fit in specially constructed racks with cutouts for a series of jars one example of which is shown in the picture.
Made in France for Etienne Salomon a Thomery from 1860. These smaller jars were from 20C. These jars fit in specially constructed racks with cutouts for a series of jars or were wired to the rack.