Help with old large pepper sauce bottle?

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hi! I bought this bottle over 20 years ago at a flea market and was told it was a pepper sauce bottle. The shape is molded and slightly oval, and it has a blown lip and a rough pontil mark on the bottom. It’s 12” tall and about 4” wide at the base. Any ideas on the manufacturer, use (pepper sauce?), age, and/or possible value? I like the shape and I haven’t seen one exactly like it before, but maybe someone else out there has… Thanks for your help!
 

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Yes, this bottle is known, though it is not common, apparently. I have one on my shelf, and I found a broken example in the Suwannee River (North Florida). Origin is uncertain. I did a search here for "beehive pepper sauce" to find a thread discussing this bottle. Here's the link:

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The more I think about it, the more I think these beehive bottles may be made by the Brits, or with a strong British influence. "D & G" is the embossment on the open pontil scarred bottle. These days "D & G" is a brand of Jamaican non-alcoholic drinks.
I can't tie our beehive bottles to Jamaica precisely; but, consider that the "sand" pontil scar on my example is a British technique, not French (they produced a "disk" pontil scar), and not American. And, Jamaica was a British colony from 1655 to 1962.
What the Brits might have been exporting from Jamaica in the mid-to-late 1800s is just guesswork. But, that's my new hypothesis
 
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