These names also refer to the application to which these bottles were typical used, i. Malmsey was an alternative name for the varietal grape known also as Malvasia. Brecher was Page One Editor of the Journal from 1992 to 2000. Like the Bordeaux style bottle above, the Burgundy shape originated in Europe by at least the early 19th century and likely came to the U. A link to this catalog follows:.
Apparently this style, though primarily used for champagne, was also used for other products particular wine - see image below since these bottles are found more commonly than one would expect for an upscale product like champagne. Click on the following hyperlinks to view more images of this bottle: ;. Whimsies we seek include glass canes, glass pipes, glass hammers, glass chains, glass hats, and any other odd piece of glass that may have come from a glass factory long ago. Both beverages were and are composed of alcohol 40-50% and a mixture of herbs and spices commonly including anise , which were and are closely guarded secrets. We are a locally and family owned business that offers a wide variety of wines from all regions of the world.
Occasional examples can be found with a different type finish though the vast majority of the bottles made up to the present have a cork accepting finish and are otherwise identical in shape. All our items come with our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. This shape of bottle compared to the ones above shows the trend of wine bottles from wider and squatty to taller and narrower as time progressed Jones 1986. Charming small size on this piece making for a attractive collectible display. It includes a short discussion on some subtle differences between two variations of the champagne finish that have dating utility. Most are in the form of comical figures including farmers, fat men, bowlers, monks, maidens, clowns, and even animals.
Photo by George Salmon Photography, courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration. Viewers are encouraged, for personal or classroom use, to download limited copies of posted material. The general dating of this style of bottle must be done using manufacturing based diagnostic features; see the pages for more information and begin the process of determining a date for a specific bottle of this type. Another type of whimsy we seek is any bottle which was overblown or which has an expanded neck that turned it from a narrow-necked ale, bitters, or mineral water, for example, into a wide-mouthed vase or jar. It continues to be a traditional drink in portions of southern France i. George which sank off the North Sea coast of Denmark on Christmas Eve 1811. About The Authors Dorothy J.
However, though the automated bottle production era also had incredible variety, it was not likely as diverse as the mouth-blown era since shape standardization and simplification was typical of machine manufacturing. About product and suppliers: Alibaba. It has a crudely applied mineral finish, a faint sand pontil scar on the base, and likely dates from between 1850 and 1870. About 30% of these are bottles, 2% are wine, and 1% are hip flasks. Spirits Bottles: Early bottles embossed or labeled with spirit names such as gin, whiskey, rum, bourbon, or rye are always of interest.
For example, champagne bottles were a very commonly excavated item at Western Army forts where the occupants were by no means well off, though it is possible that the better paid officers were the primary consumers of the product Wilson 1981. Inkwells were used as you might imagine to store ink to write with. Later examples had an unusual brandy finish with a crown cap bead lip or upper part 1920s and 1930s and external screw threads 40s and 50s date ranges estimated based on empirical observations. The bottle is likely of French origin, but could possibly be English Cooper 2012. Burgundy bottles have a moderate height body with almost vertically parallel sides, a long sloping shoulder which merges seamlessly into the neck which is usually topped by a champagne style single part finish.
This precise shape continues to be used today for many types of red and white wines produced throughout the world. Because of this, they have true applied finishes at a later date than similar American made products see notes below. It is English in origin, very dark olive green glass i. Soda Bottles: A wide variety of bottles that once contained soda and mineral water are of interest to us. Unusual shapes such as triangles and even coffins were used for this same purpose.
It seems to have first shown up in the U. The lack of variety of early shapes in general was probably a function of limited manufacturing techniques to make unusual designs only so much one can do free blowing or with a dip mold , limited market or demand for different shapes, and the labor intensity of making bottles and high glassblower pay which made bottles quite expensive to produce Scoville 1948. As an alternative, one can do a search of this website. As noted for the bottles above, one potentially confounding factor when trying to date most wine and champagne bottles is that many, or possibly even a majority, of wine bottles were imported from Europe, at least up until National Prohibition. When attempting to date known or suspected imported items please keep this in mind. Many types of bottles saw use for a wide array of products.