Handsome Pair of Original 19th Century Hanging 'Carboy' Glass Jars from a Pharmacy in Victorian England.
The large pair of jars were mounted on the metal rings with chains to hang in the pharmacy's front window.
Known as 'Carboys' the 'drug' jars were intended to hold colored water to give a medical/scientific effect-
however this pair have now been internally spray-silvered which not only gives a highly decorative look but is also
much easier and safer to hang . The jars were hand-blown by an artisan glass blower and have pontil marks on the underneaths -see photo.
For safety in their hanging position, there are circular pieces of wire running round the shoulders of both jars .
The difference in color tones between the silvered jars comes from the residue of original internal staining before the jars were silvered.
In this case the one has come out as reflective green and the other as a dull silver/purple.
Made circa 1880-1900, the jars stand 23 inches tall x 14 widest diameter- to which add 5 inches in height for the chains..
In reasonable condition with some staining and imperfections, - the glass lip above the neck of one of the jars has an ancient repair.
The pair of jars are seen photographed in the conservatory of my apartment, in front of a historic fairground board which is not for sale.
PRICE GIVEN IS FOR THE PAIR OF JARS WITH THEIR METAL RINGS & CHAINS
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