George Gilliam was an upmarket London retailer who is known to have commissioned pieces from the less well known silversmith Edwin Charles Purdie. Few pieces are known by Purdie though he seems to have produced one or two other special pieces based on auction records.
From Oliver Baker’s book “Black Jacks and Leather Bottells” illustrated on page 49 is a “rare” bottle very like the silver version above. The illustration is of a leather bottle once held at the Leather Bottle Inn in Wandsworth, which remains open today. Baker writes “This kind of bottle is decidedly rare and I only know of three others, one in the museum at Glastonbury, and another in the old castle at Taunton. The third is in my own collection… “