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    Azule Seltzer Springs Graphite Pontil

    Hi all, here is a nice local bottle for me that is not seen too often. Appears to be a graphite pontil that the maker ground down to make it less conspicuous. I'm thinking 1860s to 1870s, but would like input on the date range.

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    The date range for AZULE Springs is 1885-1890.
    I would think much to late for a Graphite pontil.
    What appears on the bottom of your bottle (to me) looks like the remains of a rubber stopper used while tumbling the bottle.
    I had simular marks when I first tried to tumble bottles useing a ball to hold the base of the bottle.
    Very nice Azules and a not very common bottle.

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    Senior Member Bottle Master sandchip's Avatar
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    I agree that it does not look at all like an iron pontil. Never heard of a case where the maker ground an iron pontil mark, especially on such a utilitarian piece. If the foreman caught the maker doing that, he was probably looking for another job!


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