Discarded Items found on the Peak

Submitted by bob on Wed, 03/16/2022 - 21:43

A whole range of unusual items found discarded on the slopes of The Peak:


Two unbroken NAAFI tea cups and a house tile.

NAAFI cups
NAAFI cups, by bob


Two Dairy Farm milk bottles, pre-war.  The one on the right is of a style I haven't seen before.

Milk bottles
Milk bottles, by bob


Bottle in the tree.  An old Watsons torpedo bottle that has been left undisturbed for so long it has become part of a tree.  

Watsons Torpedo
Watsons Torpedo, by bob

4.  After 120 years, finally released and still in one piece!

Watsons Torpedo
Watsons Torpedo, by bob


Contents of disintergrated purse which has since been handed to police.

Purse, by bob


Hi Bob, lovely finds once again!

Thank you for posting them. The milk bottle on the right has an interesting lip- I've not seen that before.

Was the Watsons torpedo also found on the slopes of Haystack?




Hi Jeff,

The Dairy Farm milk bottle with the unusual lip was a first for me too, although I did go back and find a second one the following day.

Both the milk bottle and the Watsons torpedo bottle were found below Lugard road,.Should see the looks I get from the people on their morning stroll when they spot me rummaging in the bushes on the other side of the railings

I usually wear a high vis jacket in an attempt not to look suspicious!!! ,Last week had a lady spot me scrambling back up to the railings, the puzzled expression on her face prompted me to wave and say," Hello!",I felt a further explaination was wanting, so I said."No need to be concerned,I have just lost something". when she asked what it was that I had lost I replied, "My mind! "She nodded her head in agreement .




Very interesting. Are there maker's marks on these 'big lip' milks? Milks from the late thirties had '美國製造' (made in USA) on the base and the Owens-Illinois logo (diamond and 'O' entwined) on the side. Earlier milks were, as far as I'm aware, mostly unmarked, but I've seen an Australian manufacturer's mark on the base of one before (Calypso glass?- I may be mistaken.)

Haha! Your account of the exchange you had with the lady made me chuckle.

I'm amazed that you made the finds below Lugard Road. Isn't it quite a steep area? There are stretches of the road where I get weak knees just by looking over the railings! In any case, stay safe...



Hi Jeff

It"s strange because the Owens- Illinois makers mark has been mentioned before on this site.I checked my entire collection of Dairy Farm  embossed milks and as far as I can see only one has the Owens mark, some have a similiar mark and most don"t have any makers marks at all!

Also the chinese script down the sides of the new type milks is strange, my friend had trouble translating the chinese characters.

Thanks for your concern, but I think over the years I have retrieved all the embossed milks,that were out there, so will not be hanging off Lugard Rd anymore


It appears that Dairy Farm sourced their bottles from different countries over time. The earliest bottles were most likely manufactured in Britain. I've come across an Australian example from the 1920s/early 30s, but it appears that from the mid 30s up til the outbreak of war, Owens-Illinois was the main supplier. 

The gibberish script can probably be explained by the fact that the manufacturers, being foreign, had no knowledge of Chinese.