Gin, Schnapps and Bitters were extensively drunk at the turn
of the century, sometimes for their medicinal value (aren't we
always looking for an excuse ?!) The most popular packaging for
Dutch gin was the distinctive dark green four sided tapering bottle
known as Case Gin. Some of these bore seals bearing the name of
the importer / distributor.
Gin has been distilled in Holland and Germany since the late
1700's from the fruit of the Juniper tree and South African diggers
/ collectors are fortunate to have access to a far wider range
of these bottles than their British counterparts. For some strange
reason "sick" case gins are virtually unknown and it
would appear that a better quality of glass was used in the manufacture
of these bottles.
Thanks to Peter Vermeulen of www.deoudeflesch.nl
we are now aware that some of the names found on the seals
on these bottles being dug in South Africa are in fact traceable
to liquor importers / distributors living in South Africa at the
turn of the century.
We will be furnishing in-depth information on Spengler
in the New Year.
The following are pictures and close-ups of bottles and seals
commonly found in South Africa.