Antique ruby red flashed glass bottle or decanter with slice cut panels and copper wheel engraved fruiting vine motif from the mid 1800s (see all 9 Photos). This is a tall bottle that measures about 10 5/8 inches high from base to pouring lip (Photos 1 and 9). It is decorated with expertly cut and polished panels and has well proportioned dimensions. The bottle appears to be hand blown in a short dip mold to form its lower one-third section and then carefully free blown while tooling to finish its upper sections. Special effort was devoted to the neck to create the disc-like knop above the shoulder (Photos 1 and 4). This disc-knop was probably added for function in order to make it easier for a bar tender or user to handle and pour from the bottle. After the bottle was formed and the knop and lip finished, it was dipped into a special chemical mixture to create the ruby red coloring that covers the clear glass.
This bottle dates from the 1830 to 1870 period, hence the c1850 mid-date. The upper section of its stopper was broken off decades ago leaving behind the lower section still stuck in place (see Photo 8). I leave it up to the next owner to decide whether it is worth removing this broken remnant or leaving it as is (bottle still displays well, but of coarse is non functional at present).
The wide lip at the top of the bottle was also created by hand-tooling the glass while it was malleable after the blow pipe was removed. The width of the lip indicates that this bottle could also have been used as a decanter. A pontil rod would have been attached to the base of the bottle for reheating the lip so that it could be carefully tolled and finished. After the rod was removed from the base, the pontil scar left behind was ground down creating a large but shallow concave depression (Photo 7). The concave depression was then polished to remove all striations from grinding. The number '27' in red followed by a period was added to the center of the base (see Photo 7) and also to the bottom of the glass stopper so that both would remain together when purchased.
The broad band containing the fruiting vine motif that occupies the main body on this bottle repeats three times. All of it is engraved using a copper wheel and a stream of wet sand to cut through the thin layer of red flashing (Photos 3, 4, and 6). If one looks closely at the leaves, one will see that the engraving was done in stages with finer details cut more deeply into the bottle In addition, the clusters of fruit, in this case bunches of grapes were also polished after being engraved so that each individual grape offers a small clear window into the contents of the bottle. The large and small leaves along with the vines and coiled tendrils were not polished and so they yield a frosted effect.
All of the slice cut shoulder and base panels along with the slice cut diamond neck section have also been expertly polished to expose the clear glass located underneath the red colored stain. The glass itself is soda glass as one would expect for a Bohemian source of production. Many red, blue and green flashed and cased glass bottles and decanters on the market today are considerably newer than the bottle offered here and do not belong to the slice cut tradition that extends back into the mid 1700s among cut and wheel engraved lead glass producers in England, Scotland and Ireland. In fact, the fruiting vine motif and wheel engraving extend back to at least the 1740s in England. Newer examples of ruby red flashed or cased glass decanters and bottles have narrower and deeper cut patterns and are acid etched rather than wheel engraved.
The last Photo (Photo 9) shows the ruby red bottle offered here flanked by two other bottles for comparison only that are not for sale. That is, the large cobalt blue master ink bottled and the large rectangular case bottle with copper wheel cut small circles are not for sale here, only the ruby red flashed bottle shown in the first eight Photos is available for purchase in this listing. So if you are looking for a nice antique tall ruby red flashed bottle from the Bohemia and dating from about 170 years ago, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this red flashed 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). You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as desired (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: This red flashed bottle stands about 10 5/8 inches high. It weighs about 1 lb 6 ounces empty and sits on a base that has a diameter of about 3 1/8 inches (final shipping weight is estimated about 2 1/2 lbs). The pouring lip has a maximum diameter of just under 1 3/4 inches. The bottle is in very good condition with its red flashing well preserved and displaying not major wear or scratches (see all Photos). It is clean with no interior hazing or cloudiness (see all Photos). Wear is evident on the underside of the base, as expected. The bottle itself has no glass chips, hairlines, cracks, major stains, deep scratches, repairs or restoration. The stopper, however is broken and its remaining bottom section stuck in the neck opening. And since these older cut and wheel engraved red flashed bottles often are listed for $290 to $450 each when the original stopper is also present, the example offered here is very reasonably priced. 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 stated below).
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