Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

Title

Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

Subject

Foodways
Condiments

Description

The sauce itself was made in England, but it was imported in casks to John Duncan & Sons in New York City, as identified by the marking on the bottom, "J140 S" 
glassbottlemarks.com notes, "These bottles are mouthblown (handmade) and were produced beginning sometime in the 1877-1880 time period (sources disagree on exact year) and were made in very large quantities until at least the 1910s, before a switch was made to machine-made bottles. Many mold numbers are seen, ranging from “1” to at least “105”, possibly higher. The bottles are nearly always in shades of light aqua or light green."

In a New York Times article, a descendant of Duncan said, “My great-great-grandfather, John Duncan, had a small business in Manhattan principally importing liquors and wine from Europe, and preserves, jams and jellies from England. His firm was known simply as John Duncan and Sons. He learned of this odd sauce that was said to be famous in England in the 1830's and he ordered a small shipment. The imports gained tremendously in a very few years and there were salesmen peddling it all over the country. They traveled by train as far south as Texas. Demand became such that he opened a processing plant using the exact English formula and using English imports.”

This brand of worcestershire sauce still is in production today.

Source

https://www.historicnewengland.org/explore/collections-access/gusn/248364/
https://www.nytimes.com/1978/04/19/archives/the-saga-of-a-sauce-from-india-to-the-united-states-the-saga-of-a.html
https://glassbottlemarks.com/bottlemarks-3/

Publisher

Phoenix Project

Date

1880-1910s

Contributor

Emmett Cantkier

Format

240g
57mm
185mm

Type

Glass
Bottle

Identifier

p5286 ACC 170

Coverage

9FU91

Collection

Citation

“Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce,” The Phoenix Project , accessed May 29, 2024, http://martaphoenixproject.gsuanthropology.com/items/show/130.

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