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    New Collector - Pontil Marked Bottle - Type/Age

    I would appreciate help in identifying three bottle in my collection (two others to follow in a day or two). Many years ago, I began collecting antique bottles but lost interest until recently. I collected at the time what I considered to be interesting examples, with little other knowledge.

    Bottle 1:

    Height: 4
    Width: 3.5
    Base: Pontil Mark
    Glass: Clear
    Surfaces: Raised Quilt pattern around
    Neck: Slightly crooked neck and lip?

    I am looking to learn about the general type or purpose of this bottle and when it might have been issued. The neck and lip are interesting and am not sure why both are crooked. Any information would be appreciated - Thank you!!
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    Senior Member Bottle Finder Old Wiltshire's Avatar
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    Hi John,

    That distinctive ring below the base of the neck around the should may be the result of the bottle having been blown using the 'German Half Post Method'.
    The link below gives a brief explanation.

    Last edited by Old Wiltshire; 04-13-2018 at 05:04 PM.

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    Thank you - much appreciated !!

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    Senior Member Bottle Master hemihampton's Avatar
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    If American made I'd have to guess maybe late 1860's but I'm far from a expert. Nice Bottle. LEON.

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    Not a flask expert but the color and form speak continental origin to me, maybe German.

    I'd reach out to someone like Jeff Noordsy who you can find on line. This is more up his alley.

    Jim G

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    Senior Member Bottle Finder Old Wiltshire's Avatar
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    Hi again John,

    There is a similar example to your flask in the current Glass Works absentee auction that has just opened for viewing.
    It is lot 80 and although the lip is slightly different it would appear to be the same form as yours.
    It is described as follows:

    Spirits Flask, probably German, ca 1790 - 1820, clear glass with raised diamond pattern, 5 1/2”h, pontil scarred base, outward rolled lip, blown in the German half-post method.

    Link to the online catalogue:


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