It is in very fine condition for its age and it hails from a very reputable source. He told me the location, but for the life of me I cannot remember where he said. I had this bottle on display in my antique shop on Ocracoke Island, located on the southernmost tip of the Outer Banks of NC. The bottle served as an educational tool to show my customers where the rare pieces of black sea glass they would occasionally find on the beach came from: European ships bound for our coast that shipwrecked off the shores of Ocracoke Island, NC.Although this particular bottle did not come from a shipwreck off the Outer Banks it is representative of the so-called Dutch onion bottles of that time that contained spirits protected by the thick, dark blown glass infused with iron slag to protect its precious inner cargo. The bottle is 6.5" tall with an applied string rim and a round base that is approximately 5" in diameter. It is quite smooth with many bubbles in the glass ranging in size from a tiny pin prick to a 1/2 oblong bubble located about halfway down its side.
It has a star crack on its inside near the bottom of the bottle that does not penetrate the outside. It also has the remnants of what appears to be an old, VERY OLD BRITTLE piece of cork in it.
While I cannot say whether the cork is original to the bottle I suppose it could be possible since the bottle was preserved in mud for 250+ years. At the bottle's bottom center lies distinctive pontil mark/scar and what I call the concave inverted bellybutton mound. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. The item "Antique 17th c. Black Glass Dutch Onion Bottle/James River Origins" is in sale since Sunday, October 20, 2019.
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