Rectangular enamel decorated glass spirits bottle with chamfered corners, colorless glass with red, yellow, white, green and blue enameled decoration depicting a bird within floral decoration, similar decoration on reverse; canted panels with scrolled flourishes; sheared mouth with applied pewter collar, pontil scar. Height: 5.5”.
Eighteenth Century English Wine Bottle with Bickford Arms Armorial Seal, Onion Date/Period: 1710-1720 - SOLD
Measurement: Height: 6"; diameter: 6.25", seal measures 1.5" diameter
Material: Blown Glass
Condition: Mentioned for accuracy are a few body scratches
Additional Information: English sealed bottle with Bickford Crest on seal: a chevron
engrailed among three marlots, two and one, surmounted by an arm embowed and
vambraced…holding a scimitar above a helm with elaborate mantling, within a lined
border. The seal identifies the family from Dunsland House near Holsworthy, North
The bottle is an onion of the early eighteenth century and in very good condition
except for restoration to the string rim. This is consistent with measurements of two
other similar bottles listed in David Burton's book, Antique Sealed Bottles, 1640-1900,
and the families who owned them with one shown on page 1387. While the same seal
and the same date, there are subtle differences in the engraving when compared to the
Condition: Intact, somewhat rough, losses to string lip and edges of seal
Additional Information: A small emerald-green bottle displaying a non-English basil
and pontil. The seal is Kennan (or Keenan) a very northern Irish name, so likely from
there. We have seen several confirmed Irish bottles displaying this greener color, so
coupled with the non-standard pontil mark makes it likely that it came from a small Irish
glasshouse. While it is rough and has had a hard life, it is very rare and interesting. Few
Irish bottles are known.
Condition: Good, minor scratches, chip to string lip and seal, some internal staining;
burst air bubble below right of seal.
Literature:Antique Sealed Bottles 1640-1900…and the families who owned them by
David Burton, England, 2015, volume II, page 601.
Additional Information: Early mallet. Dark olive-green glass with long tapering neck.
Applied string rim, rounded shoulders, and short straight sided bulbous body with a
deep circular 'kick up' and a large rough edge pontil scar. There is a chip to the string
rim and a tiny chip on the edge of the seal at 9 o'clock. “IS” and “S” are scratched on the
body of the bottle. While the name, Ruthgars, is not English and is unusual, searches
fail to identify this name; he may be a man of Hungarian in origin.
The seal was engraved by the same hand as another 1723 bottle for R. Newman which
is said to be Robert Newman (1676-1739), a merchant mariner of Dartmouth,
Devonshire. So, the Anthony Ruthgars bottle may be from Devonshire also. These two
bottles are of very similar form.
Wide-bodied magnum cylinder, transparent bubbly olive-green glass with tapering neck
and string rim, rounded sloping shoulders; deep basil “kick-up” with sand pontil scar.
Provenance – Charles Ludlow was listed in the New York City Directory of 1766 as a
lawyer working at 184 Water Street. Other examples of Ludlow family seals are in the
Corning and Winterthur Museum collections.
Literature – Antique Sealed Bottles 1640-1900 and the families who owned them, David
Burton, Vol. III, page 1189. Fine condition, glossy finish; Height: 11".
Long neck, string rim, rounded shoulder with seal below curve, deep circular basal kick-up with a sand pontil scar. By history, two of these sealed bottles were found in a cellar in Staffordshire in 1961 together with dissimilar bottles. There are no families listed in Staffordshire with the surname Barnaby, however there is a prominent family of that name in Hertfordshire, and this bottle may possibly be associated with John Barnaby of Brock Hampton, Hertfordshire who died in 1827. See David Burton, page 810, Antique Sealed Bottles 1640-1900: And the Families that Owned Them.
(Fine condition; H: 11.5")
1776 is a magical year for US citizens as it was the year of the signing of our Declaration of Independence. While English sealed bottles dated 1776 do not commemorate that momentous occasion, for US collectors, the date adds interest. Not many bottles are dated 1776. At the time David Burton wrote his book: Antique Sealed Bottles 1640-1900 and the families who owned them, he had identified only 26 bottles dated 1776. While this bottle is one that is listed in the book on page 761, no photographs were available to include with the entry. Photographs of this bottle will be included in the next volume (Vol. 4) of the book to be published soon.
(There is a chip on the string rim which has been filled so that it is not noticeable (see photo). It is otherwise in mint condition with full gloss; H: 10” Base: 4.5”)
Bagot's castle was built in the14th century by Sir William Bagot, a friend of Henry lV This is a wonderful early onion form in very good condition. There are some surface
abrasions but no cracks or chips. The bottle survives with nearly full gloss.
(H: 6"; base diameter: 5.75")
Pre-eminent among early complex mold-blown bottles are these exceedingly rare sealed examples of which very few survive. This example in excellent condition has a few small string and mouth chips. It is thought that these may have been made for the American market. Once in the Charles Gardner collection and the Mebane collection, both important collections. (H: 9")
Long tapering neck and string rim, rounded shoulder and a long body with the seal positioned just below the curve of the shoulder on the upper aspect of the body; deep circular basal kick-up with a sand pontil scar. The bottle is attributed to Berry Dodson, son of Thomas Dodson who owned land at Swavesey, Cambridgeshire; northwest of the city of Cambridge. Thomas Dodson acquired the estate through marriage to Ann Berry circa 1690. He died in 1727 and the estate passed to his two sons: John and Berry, who both died in 1779. See David Burton, pp. 735, 736, Antique Sealed Bottles 1640-1900: And the Families that Owned Them. (Fine condition; H: 10")
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Blown Glass Wine Bottle, Black Glass, Deep Amber Green, Glossy
Excavated in New York City (Area of 55 Water St. Manhattan)
Circa 1720 to 1740 - SOLD
Pushed up bottom, pontil scar, string lip with chips, else fine; onion shape transitioning to mallet sides (H: 7.5")
Blown Glass Wine Bottle, Mallet Form, Black Glass, Flat finish
With some iridescence
Excavated in Cumberland Landing, Virginia (Paumonkey River)
Circa 1740 - SOLD
Pushed up bottom, string lip with a single chip, scratches, else fine
The surface is original to the bottle; a wonderful gold iridescence. This bottle was damaged at time of excavation however it displays well as an undamaged bottle. As full disclosure, serious cracks and one small area of loss were expertly restored and are only seen on trans-illumination of the bottle. Considering the rarity it remains an important and beautiful form at a very reasonable price. (Dimensions: 9.25" H.)
This English seal bottle is a deep green; classic English V-shaped applied string rim, kicked up base with sand pontil scar and applied seal with initials "LTE" over "1703." Some chipping on lip; the bottle was "drilled" to accommodate lamp wire...professional restoration to very small "drill hole" on back. (Height: 6.25-inches; base diameter: 5.5-inches.)
This fine specimen was dug from riverbank in West Virginia, near early German settlement. See plate 300, no.3, in Willy Van den Bossche's Antique Glass Bottles, Their History and Evolution (1500 - 1850) for a closely related example.
This wine bottle with seal stands at approximately 7.5". Lovely form and deep green color, classic English lip configuration with V-shaped applied string rim, kicked up base with sand pontil scar, applied seal with name "Henry Dunning" over date "1730." The bottle is in very good condition with a few expected scratches and a chip to side of string rim.
843-93 - SOLD
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