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    Posted 10 months ago

    SpiritBear
    (813 items)

    This bottle seems to be a bit earlier than some of my others: turn of the first millennium C.E. or earlier. Because it seems to have been painted with a metallic silver on the body, and the shape is a bit odd, it's probably a later Graeco-Roman bottle, fitting the Hellenistic era quite well though the brushed tin or pewter on the separately applied neck and separately applied foot is usually a later characteristic. The painting of bottles was most common before the first century C.E., though it reappeared around 400 C.E.
    As a university catalog puts it, the "weathering" appears almost like a glaze on some of the bottle. It shows typical decomposition and mineralisation with patination. Minerals in the glass leach out, and new ones take their place. Some of the glass has also become pitted and flaky due to the "weathering", which is in my opinion a poor term for it as it leads one to think that it got hit by years' of rain or wind. It is nothing more than a chemical process that takes place in the ground. The glass is no longer a smooth, lustrous surface; but is, rather, dull.

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    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 10 months ago
      Wow, some very neat old Bottles SB !!
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 months ago
      Guess you don't use them for door-stops ! LOL. Great acquisitions !
    3. SpiritBear, 10 months ago
      Antique Rose, thank you. It's my latest collectible. Dropping other collections for now.

      Blunderbuss, no, I use an 1880s and 1900s brick for that. lol. Thanks.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 months ago
      There is a woman I knew in St. Eustatius who used sperm whale teeth (with scrimshawed prayers) for door-stops ! Lot of men went whaling from this area, back when.
    5. SpiritBear, 10 months ago
      That's definitely a unique door-stop! One lady I used to know used pottery as a door-stop. I'm sure she has lost many pieces-- Or, rather, gained many more!
    6. RacAtac, 2 months ago
      I would actually date this closer to the end of the first millenium. It may be Umayad Abassid or Sasanian in make, though. Definitely Middle Eastern. Most of these get sold as Roman first century A.D. bottles but are actually hundreds of years newer and Near/Middle Eastern.
      You have to also be careful because someone in thr Middle East is fusing broken chunks of ancient glass together to make new old bottles. Old glass reworked.

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