- Apr 22, 2009
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- Port Angeles, WA
In 1970, it was the bubbles, crooked neck and other imperfections in the first antique bottle that I found and actually kept (I often wonder how many I ignorantly broke with rocks, BB gun or .410 shotgun during the 1950's and 60's--probably not too many as old stuff has always intrigued me) that caught my attention. I couldn't see any mold marks in the glass of that old whiskey bottle*. That fact, and its crudeness, made me think it had to be old. I was hunting deer near Loomis, WA, a former mining area town that was nearly dead in 1970. I figured my find was a casual discard from when the bottle was drained, 19th century "litter" from a prospector, as it was simply lying on the surface of a weedy flat. Of course, it could have been left behind by a rancher or some other previous resident of the area, even another hunter. Those kinds of speculations are part of the hobby's enjoyment for me.oh ok. Yeah it's neither whittled nor open. It's more like a closed blister. I concur it's a bubble, which is acceptable to me. I don't mind manufacturing defects, in fact I think they give the bottle some character. Thanks for replying
* It was a turn-mold of course. However, at the time I knew next to nothing about how bottles had been produced in the previous century and I was thinking it was a free-blown bottle.