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    Posted 2 years ago

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    The Oneida Community was a perfectionist religious communal society founded by John H. Noyes in 1848 in Oneida, New York. There was day care for children, "complex" marriages, male sexual continence, and they sold preserves, animals traps and more. There were 306 members by 1878. The community dissolved in 1878, and eventually became the silverware company Oneida Limited. This bottle incites my curiosity, so I'm reading a book about this commune to learn more....

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    1. EZa EZa, 2 years ago
      Thanks Lisa. I'm not usually into old bottles like this, but it helps to bring the history alive, and it's an interesting story.
    2. EZa EZa, 2 years ago
      Happy Easter, Lisa!
    3. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 2 years ago
      yes it is an interesting item
    4. Gillian, 2 years ago
      What a treasure to find - congratulations.

      I doubt though it was used for preserves, the top and neck of the bottle are just too narrow. Actually, the bottle itself is just not wide enough. Can you provide some measurements please?

      Thank you for the information about the Oneida community - very interesting indeed.
    5. EZa EZa, 2 years ago
      This really is a fascinating old bottle. I usually like to collect antique Art Glass like Harrach, Loetz, and Stolzle, but this bottle captured my imagination and curiosity. The bottom is 3 5/8" across, it's 8 3/8" tall, outside mouth is 2", inside mouth is 1 5/8". All give or take 1/16". I love the iridescent patina on this bottle. I've seen a few people scrub off the patina, which ruins the piece for me. Perhaps there was a beverage inside? milk, apple cider, beer? You are right-preserves would have had a wider mouth. I read My Father's House: An Oneida Boyhood by Pierrepont Noyes. He grew up in the Oneida Community ( A son of John Humphrey Noyes the leader) and he later headed Oneida Limited Silverware. He married another woman who grew up in the cult, both a product of eugenics experiment. I found this bottle in an Antique store in Nebraska along with a small card with short info on O.C. which I couldn't pass up.
    6. Gillian, 2 years ago
      Sorry not to have returned here EZa. The Oneida community history is a very interesting read - very interesting!

      Did they allow alcohol in their community? They lasted 30 years. I have a hunch what led to their demise, but I'll keep that to myself.

      I can't find/see a pontil scar. Blob-top, soda or mineral water? Milk? Could be all number of liquids. Did they allow alcohol in their community? Have you found some more info on the Oneida Community, 'though there's a lot in your last text.

    7. Gillian, 2 years ago
      Ooops- must remember to delete before I paste.

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