Posted 6 years ago
I found this Bottle at a thrift store in Montreal Quebec about 2 weeks ago and it has me puzzled quite a bit.
It is a wonderful dark cobalt blue bottle that measure 8 3/4 Inches in height and is beautifully embossed on both sides with amazing decorations which leans me to feel that it is hand blown.
On one side the embossed decoration is an American Eagle with a USA Shield banner, and clear initials below it "T.W.D."
On the other side there is a picture of an old Naval Vessel with the work FRANKLIN embossed below it. At First I thought the boat was named franklin or the captian and maybe it was linked to Captain Franklin Artic Voyage Expidition which failed in the 1800's, but it cannot be that since it has the US Coat of Arms with the American Eagle and Shield, so it must mean ben Franklin.
then there is TWD, after some research, TWD was the initials of glass maker Thomas W. Dyott from the 1800's in Dyottville Pensylvania, a famouse Elixer and hand blown factory glass maker, so I got excited thinking that this was a +100 years awesome cobalt bluen bottle worth some great value.
But then I go on ebay and I see 20-30 similiar bottles some clear, some light blue, some dark blue, some green!!!! all with the same Eagle, and same TWD and SAME Boat. Some of the alomost clear bottles are truly antique and worth over $100.00 dollars, but alas mine, and the 19 others MUST be some sort of reproduction. Cue The "wah-wah-waaaaaaHHH" Debbie Downer music.
That being said, I am still curious. if it IS a reproduction who made it and what year???? I am a long time collector, and I would still like to know what year this is from, what country it was made, whether it is is truly hand blown, and what does the number 7 on the bottm mean. In the Coca Cola world, there are many serving trays that are reproductions made in the 1960's to 1970's, and I get a feeling that if the history of the reproduction was better documented people would pay more money for it instead of thinking its a fake.