Antique small snuff bottle with beveled corners that was hand blown in a full-height cup bottom mold and completed using a snap case. The upper section of the mold consisted of two halves that created the body and shoulder of the bottle. The bottom of the mold consisted a shallow cup that created the entire base and formed a shallow push up in the center of the base (see Photo 2). The rounded lip is hand tooled to create simple bead finish (see Photos 4 and 8). These attributes allow with very early air venting help place this bottle in the c1878 to 1890 period, hence the c1885 mid-date (see below for venting info).
Cup bottom molds were not used very often since it was hard to center the gather in the mold. In fact, this small bottle reveals when held upside down in front of a light source that the gather of glass was not perfectly center, but rather offset to one side (see Photo 2 which shows darker brown glass along the thickest sides as opposed to amber glass in the thinnest corner.
The beveled corners or edges were popular on snuff bottles from the early 1800s on through till about 1890 or 1895 after which the simple square snuff bottle replaced it. At first, the square, nonbeveled snuff bottles had sharp right angled corners and then after machine blown bottles were introduced, the corners were more rounded to prevent breakage. The older bevel-cornered bottles create an eight sided or octagonal bottle form at the base where as the squared form is, of course, just four sides.
This bottle spent some time in water or saturated soil and exhibits exterior weathering as well as tiny scratches viewed up close under strong light. The inside of the small bottle exhibits some fogginess, minor interior calcium staining and hazing (see all Photos). Still, this little bottle displays well and its small size is uncommon to fined today for a snuff bottle that is more than 125 years old. The bottle has evidence of being hand blown in an air vented mold and exhibits tiny raised dots of glass at key locations typical of air venting technology. The pencil in Photo 8 points to one of the two tiny bumps on the bottle that was created by an air venting hole drilled into the metal mold used to produce this bottle. Air venting was perfected in the mid 1870s and was used to produce better quality glass bottles more quickly. As the practice of venting improved, more holes were strategically drilled into molds to assist production. Of interest, this bottle also reveals that the small mold used to form it was not tightly closed and allowed air to escape from the mold seams along the shoulder leaving behind a very pronounced seam frozen in the glass on each side of the top of the bottle just below its beaded lip (see Photos 3 and 4).
So if you are looking for a nice antique amber brown hand blown in a mold bottle to go with your collection of colored bottles displayed along a sunny window sill, shelf, counter or mantle, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. It also would be a nice addition to any collection focused on antique Tobacciana. And as always, this small amber brown bottle also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE & CONDITION: This small bottle stands about 2 3/4 inches tall inches tall and sits on a base that is almost 1 3/4 inches square. The 1 inch diameter opening or mouth on this jar would have originally been sealed with a cork covered by foil. This small bottle is in good condition with a tiny chip along the inside of the rim likely caused by digging the cork out with a knife tip back int eh 1880s. It has no cracks or hairlines and the exterior displays the effects of weathering but there is no sick glass. The exterior also has as tiny scratches when viewed up close under strong light. The inside of the small bottle exhibits some fogginess, minor interior calcium staining and hazing (see all Photos). Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this bottle for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as noted below).
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