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Steve/sewell
02-23-2013, 07:32 PM
Two versions of Godfrey's Cordial I am pretty certain were made right here in South Jersey. The flared lip on the left is likely a product of Williamstown New Jersey. At the time of manufacture in 1835 the glass works were called the free will Glass works of Joel Bodine. The bottle on the right with the Wistar like lip was likely made in the 1812 to 1820 period at Johnathan Haines Gloucester Glass Works in Present day Clementon New Jersey as each company listed them in their catalogs in these time periods. Godfrey's Cordial was first brought to this country from England in the Mid 1700s. A main ingredient of this nostrum was opium.Woman used this product to quiet screaming baby's. Both bottle are void of any embossing and have the early South Jersey color light green seen often in these old medicines. This bottle style was known to contain Godfrey's from the mid 1700s to the late 1800s. This is the basis for the attribution.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/12005/ACCC171D5B0D4829A7BD966AFD75B919.jpg

Steve/sewell
02-23-2013, 07:33 PM
2.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/12005/C6629B8B5F0B469081116B1FB2F6BF01.jpg

Steve/sewell
02-23-2013, 07:34 PM
3 These bottle are quite crude also. The flared lip version has what I believe are makers marks on the base.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/12005/417C0B8196BF4EC8B12704EC16A17FDD.jpg

Steve/sewell
02-23-2013, 07:37 PM
4 The flared lip in tight.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/12005/6C0CD5304F2D4D0EA032D4CA4A2F3878.jpg

Steve/sewell
02-23-2013, 07:38 PM
The older rolled Wistar type of lip.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/12005/C45152F6B887430E9F53C109DA5CB651.jpg

Steve/sewell
02-23-2013, 07:42 PM
5 pontil marks side by side. Similar styles.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/12005/D5BDC99F799C40079A6CE61EF9B9D137.jpg

Steve/sewell
02-23-2013, 07:44 PM
6.The Flared lip Pontil mark. You can see makers marks on the outer perimeter.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/12005/8B6E9D2E9C694744B27F00AB12E52E30.jpg

Steve/sewell
02-23-2013, 07:45 PM
7 The rolled lip with the more typical looking pontil.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/12005/2AC7BDD25114409CAE8BC64BB13FB089.jpg

Ratzilla
02-25-2013, 10:30 PM
Here's the earliest Godfrey's I've seen. This one came off the very bottom of an 18th century privy in Philly, I suspect early 1700's, probably too old to be American - the color looks good, though.

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/10921/7B6E5CDA3BD441B0B114418BA97B2393.jpg

Ratzilla
02-25-2013, 10:31 PM
Early sharp indent pontil base

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/10921/1F542966D17E421381FE00568B655292.jpg

Ratzilla
02-25-2013, 10:32 PM
Flared lip

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/10921/1D394B75C4824183A83D1575BD99E92B.jpg

Ratzilla
02-25-2013, 10:34 PM
These two mallets were dug higher up in the same hole...that gives you an idea of how old this sucker is, even too old for Wistar. Godfrey's has been around for quite a while!

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/10921/5B99BA6253E64F7BB5AB857895AF24C0.jpg

sandchip
02-25-2013, 10:39 PM
Helluva pit!

Steve/sewell
02-25-2013, 11:03 PM
Thanks for posting those Tom ,do you still have any of those? Are they from the dig Dale Murschell speaks of in his Wistarburgh book.

southern Maine diver
02-25-2013, 11:22 PM
hi Tom...
great bottles there...
I was born in NJ and my last name is Godfrey, but my ancestors came over from England to Hampton, NH in 1628. Any way to track them down to the NJ Godfrey's? Just asking cause it caught my attention.

Great looking glass... would love to have a piece of "Godfrey" glass if I am related...

Thanks,
Wayne Godfrey

Ratzilla
02-25-2013, 11:59 PM
Hi Wayne - Godfrey's actually refers to the shape of the bottle, not the company that used it - Godfrey's Cordial was a stock bottle shape for most early glasshouses, every bottle shape had a name. Tall, skinny little cylinders, for instance, were marketed by glass houses as Bateman's Drops - no matter what the purchaser actually used them for. I'm sure Godfrey really did have a cordial he marketed in tapered little bottles like this at some point in the distant past, but I've never seen an embossed one. I have seen labeled ones, and they were generally extracts, I've never seen one marked Godfrey's on the label.

Ratzilla
02-26-2013, 12:01 AM
Steve, yes those are some of the ones in Dale's book. Yup, still got 'em, you don't dig stuff that old too often.

baltbottles
02-26-2013, 01:02 AM
ORIGINAL: sandchip

Helluva pit!



I second that....

cobaltbot
02-26-2013, 08:05 AM
Nice, learnt something from this one.