Blenko for Williamsburg Sapphire Jonathan Greenhow Bottle

A shouldered, octagon-form wine or liquor bottle with an applied punt reading "Jno Greenhow Wmsburg 1770."

This bottle is a reproduction based on fragments found in an archeological dig at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. To date, no complete, original Jonathan Greenhow bottle has turned up.

When the Williamsburg Restoration project was set up and it was decided that reproductions would be offered as souvenirs and as a way to support the ongoing reconstruction work, it was decided that all authorized reproductions would be exact copies of items found or made in Williamsburg in the 18th century, and that contracts would be made with companies which had the ability to carry out high-quality work and reproduce items as they were originally made. In 1936, this meant that the contract to hand-made glass items was given to Blenko Glass of West Virigina. They retained the rights until 1966, when they were replaced by Royal Leerdam of Holland. This has led to some confusion, as both companies made certain items.

In this case, it's easy to be certain that this bottle was made by Blenko (and therefore dates to 1936-66) as it is in Sapphire Blue glass and has a rough pontil in the center of the bottom. Leerdam did make this bottle, but there example has a smooth bottle without a pontil mark.

Williamsburg Restoration Catalog number CW-40

The bottle is 7.675" tall and about 4.5" across.

Condition: a couple marks on the bottom, which appear to me manufacturing marks, made while the glass was hot, rathe than scratches. Otherwise fine, no wear or damage.

Item ID: 4272


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