||R - Yellow sticker number 38: Bovril cup - very old. Made in England. I think it's supposed to have a saucer.
Bovril [source: Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia]
The Bovril company was formed in 1889. In 1971, Cavenham Foods acquired the Bovril Company but then sold most of its dairies and South American operations to finance further take-overs. The brand is now owned by Unilever.
Bovril is the trademarked name of a thick, salty meat extract, developed in the 1870s by John Lawson Johnston and sold in a distinctive, bulbous jar. It is made in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, owned and distributed by Unilever UK.
Bovril can be made into a drink by diluting with hot water, or less commonly with milk. It can also be used as a flavouring for soups, stews or porridge, or spread on bread, especially toast, rather like Marmite.
The first part of the product's name comes from Latin bos meaning "ox" or "cow". Johnston took the -vril suffix from Bulwer-Lytton's then-popular "lost race" novel The Coming Race (1870), whose plot revolves around a superior race of people, the Vril-ya, who derive their powers from an electromagnetic substance named "Vril".
Lent to Marlborough Vintage Farm Machinery Society on 23 January 2013 for their farm cottage.
Returned to MHS 21 May 2013.