I was wondering if you could help identify the 2 bottles I found at an old house sale in Chicago about 30 years ago or so. I think they're chemists bottles, but does anybody know what a three-necked bottle was used for and how old they really are? Maybe to concoct the "medicines" druggists put into the medicine bottles we find?
They have very crudely made necks/applied lips, no seams, and a ground pontil.
I include some photos of both, not great but if you need more, I'll post them.
Hi "Old Wiltshire": Thanks for the guidance, I took a look and you're absolutely right - they are Woulff bottles. I'll go from there, already asked the Smithsonian more info about where and up to when, and by whom, were they made. Are they commonly found in the UK?
Thanks for the link to the mysterious world of Peter Woulf. Three-necked bottles are still being made, but it seems given the pontil marks and crudely applied lips, would you say mine were made probably during 1840-1860? Later? Earlier?
Thanks again for your research! Learn something new every day!!
- Hi Paul,
In answer to your question, It is sometimes notoriously difficult to date 'laboratory ware'.
Due to the lmited demand and complexity of some pieces they do not lend themselves to mass production and many are 'handmade'.
I would have thought 'probably second half of the 19th century' unless proven otherwise would be a fair dateline to put on your pieces.