Saturday, October 19, 2013

American Glass

These glass bottles are at the Winterthur Museum in Pennsylvania. They are dated to between 1815 and 1835, and the curators think they were made in Ohio or Pennsylvania. I must say I have seen about a hundred thousand bottles of that period by this point in my archaeological career, and I have never seen anything like them. I am intimately familiar with the stuff that ended up in the trash dumps of ordinary nineteenth-century farmers and row house dwellers, but the upper end of the spectrum is mainly beyond my ken.

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