Still working on the little Eccentrics and finished the one below. He finally got his clothes on.
Fee brought me this stoneware Ginger Beer bottle some time back that he'd found in an antique shop somewhere. He wanted me to make a doll from the bottle, but I didn't want to add anything permanent to the bottle, so I made this fellow to fit in the mouth, without doing anything to the bottle itself.
This bottle has no markings, although many do, and it is chipped around the mouth, but I love it anyway. Mother loved all kinds of stoneware and would have adored this bottle.
He must have had a celebration of some sort, as he is climbing out of the bottle, but maybe this was the non-alcoholic version, and he won't be having a hang-over.
The Original Recipe For Diod Sinsir – Ginger Beer
From Miss M. E. Curtis 1852
4lb lump sugar; 6 lemons; 4oz. yeast; 6oz. stem ginger; 4 gallons water.
Peel the lemons, cut them in halves, squease [sic] them on the sugar – bruise the ginger and let them all be in a pan. Then pour the boiling water on them. When cold enough add a small tea-cup full of yeast. Let it stand 24 hours, then bottle it, in three days it will be fit to drink
Taking the Welsh cue, I named him Rhys, which means "enthusiasm" in Welsh.