Thread: Elixir Vial?
03-12-2019, 01:57 PM #1
At the Grand Rapids bottle show last month, I was given this bottle.
What intrigues me about it is the dots which I think were the holes for attaching a plate in the mould. You can kinda see them on the panels in the photo below. All but one panel has them, which makes for an odd plate-mould bottle considering it's size and how tightly that embossing would wrap around it.
The base is rough, but unless it's some sort of relative of a sand pontil, I don't think it pontiled at all.
The top is applied and thin, flared.
Overall, I think it European: maybe from near Russia or the German states (before it became a unified country)?
The shape reminds me of some elixir bottles.
I'm going to guess that, if European, it dates between the 1870s and early 1900s.
But if anyone can tell me anything more about this fascinating little bottle, please do!
Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Joshua chapter 1, verse 9.
03-12-2019, 02:44 PM #2
I don't know what that is. It looks pretty old. I know you already know that, but I'm just typing aloud to myself now. :-)In all my perplexity's and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.
- Robert E. Lee
03-16-2019, 10:01 PM #3
Lucky you. That is one COOL OLD vessel.
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