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    Posted 11 years ago

    gailinsout…
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    Can anyone help me with identifying this bottle? It is 230cms length, doe not stand upright, very thick blue tinted glass, has wear marks (possibly been in sea water for ages?) The spout appears to have been 'stuck' on. Its amazing, can obviously tell a ancient tale! Please help! Thanks, gail in durban, south africa

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    1. HeavenJean HeavenJean, 11 years ago
      This is a really awesome bottle, I never saw one like this.
    2. mdskaggs mdskaggs, 11 years ago
      hey jean mike here from arizona I guess you know this bottle Is a torpedo bottle they date around 1850s to late 1800s the way to display It is to make a stand for it out of wire cool bottle do you know where it came from mike
    3. packrat-place packrat-place, 11 years ago
      May by this will help, "The majority of mouth-blown round bottom/torpedo sodas date from the 1870s to the 1910s and were imported, though there are some American made (Eastern Seaboard) torpedo bottles that date back as early as the 1840s in the U. S.; they style can go back as early as 1809 in England (McKearin & Wilson 1978; Baltimore Bottle Club 2002).

      The more pointed base torpedo bottles appear to be mostly a 19th century style, with few (if any) edging into the 20th; none of this style have been observed with crown finishes (Jones & Sullivan 1989; empirical observations).

      Most mouth-blown round bottom sodas have a blob style finish (often flattened on the outside surface), rarely an oil or mineral finish, with a few observed with a Codd's ball stopper finish/closure (Elliott & Gould 1988). Towards the end of the era of popularity for these bottles a crown cap accepting finish was relatively common (about 1895-1897 on into early 20th century), though of course with this closure type the utility of the round bottom - to keep the cork wet and tight - was irrelevant.

      The round-bottom soda bottles with the slightly flattened base - allowing them to somewhat precariously stand upright - date no earlier than the early 1890s with most likely dating from about 1900 or later."
    4. ccranford, 11 years ago
      very cool

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