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Catcat16

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Feb 26, 2020
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Hi there! I’m Caitlin, from MD and new to this site. I found this cool little green ..... thing lol a few months ago and was wondering if anyone had any info on it. I’m having no luck online. I think it may be a cologne bottle but I’m not sure.

I only think that because it’s a pretty piece with a nice color with a very small space inside to fit a product. perfume/cologne seems like the only thing that makes sense.

sorry about the dirtiness, I took those pictures immediately after pulling it out of my digging bag before washing and now it’s stored away.

it doesn’t have any markings and is not in the best shape as you can see but I’ve never seen anything like it so I decided it was too cool to leave because of a few chips. It’s obviously green, a deep emerald green, the glass feels different from what im used to feeling in glass, it’s like, very smooth but also kinda rough like it was sanded down but not buffed if that makes any sense? The glass is thick with only a small inch or so inside (which I found odd) also strangely it has no seems or pontil mark. the bottom is smooth.

now that I’m writing this I’m thinking maybe it could be a fancy ink? It’s hard to tell because where I dig I get a mix of cork tops as well as screw tops I believe most things I find in my area are early 1900’s with a few rare occasional 1800’s items.

I’ve dug hundreds of bottles. Been doing so seriously 3-5 times week now for about a year but Im still a bit green in dating bottles especially when there are no markings so any help on this would be awesome and greatly appreciated. Also any tips on dating period would be great. Thanks so much!!!!
 

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sandchip

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Sep 1, 2008
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Hey Caitlin and a big welcome to the bunch. You have an inkwell that was probably press formed. The top was ground and probably had a brass lid of some sort. The rest of the body was ground and polished. A classy piece that probably belonged to someone well-to-do. Love the color. I have a similar one but it's clear. I'll try to post it when I get a chance. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Oh, and being from Maryland, you really need to go to the Baltimore show next weekend. I've never been able to make it up there in my 45 years of collecting, but it's hailed as the best one-day show in the nation. If you're new to collecting bottles, it's sure to be a treat.
 

CanadianBottles

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That's a beauty of an inkwell! I'd like to see photos of it cleaned up, never seen a fancy ink like that in such a bright colour before, most of them that I've seen have been clear.
 

sandchip

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Just noticed something. Is it rhomboidal or diamond shaped? That's even cooler. I was thinking it was just square like mine.
 
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Catcat16

Well-Known Member
Feb 26, 2020
131
28
Goldsboro MD
Hey Caitlin and a big welcome to the bunch. You have an inkwell that was probably press formed. The top was ground and probably had a brass lid of some sort. The rest of the body was ground and polished. A classy piece that probably belonged to someone well-to-do. Love the color. I have a similar one but it's clear. I'll try to post it when I get a chance. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Oh, and being from Maryland, you really need to go to the Baltimore show next weekend. I've never been able to make it up there in my 45 years of collecting, but it's hailed as the best one-day show in the nation. If you're new to collecting bottles, it's sure to be a treat.
thanks soooo much for replying. Wow I didn’t expect it to be anything special and although it’s a bit chipped up its still cool to me along with this knowledge! I wonder what it looked like with the cap. Do you have any ideas or a ballpark guess on the date? I’d love to see yours if you get the chance. I’d like to know what kinda bottles To look for to know someone’s financial situation. I have to look into it! Lol
Oh and thanks for the tip! I will definitely have to go I had no idea about it and I only live about an hour and a half away...well maybe two with bridge traffic. I hope you get to go eventually! You gotta mark it on your calendar and commit to going especially if it’s a passion you know? Life is too short and we all work to hard to miss out on the few special things in life we love! Thanks again for the info :)
 

sandchip

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Here's the one I mentioned. The inside retains the original pressed surface and is the only area not ground and polished, with the upper outside edge being ground only and probably is the area that accepted the cap. This thing sat on Daddy's desk for as far back as I can remember. No ink, just held pens, gem clips and stuff and I guess it made a good paperweight.

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Catcat16

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Feb 26, 2020
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Goldsboro MD
That's a beauty of an inkwell! I'd like to see photos of it cleaned up, never seen a fancy ink like that in such a bright colour before, most of them that I've seen have been clear.
Oh cool! I’m glad to hear I got something neat! I have to organize all my stuff soon and I’ll be sure to post a cleaned up version!
 

Catcat16

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Feb 26, 2020
131
28
Goldsboro MD
Here's the one I mentioned. The inside retains the original pressed surface and is the only area not ground and polished, with the upper outside edge being ground only and probably is the area that accepted the cap. This thing sat on Daddy's desk for as far back as I can remember. No ink, just held pens, gem clips and stuff and I guess it made a good paperweight.

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Oh wow that’s awesome! I actually like that one a lot and it appears to be in great condition. Very nice thanks for posting!
 

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