Need experts to help me identify age and origin of black glass bottle stem and top
I found this top half of a bottle today beneath a huge sycamore tree that had blown over last year. It was half in a creek that runs behind the oldest home in our NE GA county. I know the original owners (circa 1828) had used the hill behind the home (and above the creek) as a dump of sorts. The family that built the house were from coastal GA/SC and would move their extended households up to the mountains during the warmer months. I’ve found many pieces of pottery, and old glass in the creek; as well as Native American pottery shards. I know very little about antique bottles and immediately got online to see if I could find anything re this find, this is when I found this site. I’m fairly sure the bottle was hand blown as you can see swirling on the sides and bubbles inside. The glass is approximately 1/8” thick, it’s a brownish color and relatively flat across the top. It to have filing on the inside of the top, where a stopper or cork would go. The most interesting feature is a 1/4 - 1/2” piece of glass that seems to be wrapped around the neck just below the top edge. I am hopeful someone can maybe tell me an approximate age and origin. I realize without the rest of the bottle it is a long shot, but i am hopeful somebody can help. Thank You for hosting this informative, fact filled site. I apologize if my terminology is off and would welcome any info out there. Thanks!
Thanks for posting!
It is safe to say this is an 18th century fragment.
The band lip may be able to tell us a bit more - I am no expert so I need to consult one of my texts on the subject (Understanding Antique Wine Bottles by Roger Dumbrell) which has a great graphic showing all the variations.
@Harry_Pristis may beat me to that task....
Likely an 18th century wine bottle, likely an onion bottle. Many such bottles were imported from Western Europe in colonial times. The olive-amber color suggests it was made in the Low Countries, notably Belgium. If we had more of the bottle, it could turn out to be an early burgundy or even a champagne bottle =- many of these also were imported, though they are later.
Thank you both for the information! I will return to the area and see how my luck holds out. You confirmed what I thought re age and use. I was stumped by the glass band around the lip, had never seen anything like that. Thanks again for your expertise and for commenting.