Original & very early blown black glass type (dark green glass when held to light usually termed black glass) heavy blown glass wine bottle fragment. A wonderful early wine bottle neck fragment with some of the shoulder present. This piece is from a very heavy, thick, & early blown glass bottle.The thickness of the glass measures from a range of 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch. This fragment has a wonderful & very unusual heavy applied glob of glass under the lip around the rim. In our opinion, in this case, more appropriately called a glob than a string.
The neck fragment measures 6 9/16 inches tall by 5 3/16 inches across the shoulder at the widest point. From the huge size of the neck the complete bottle would have undoubtedly held gallons of wine!! The measurement across the top lip ranges from 1 5/8 inches to 1 11/16 inches.
The lip rim has one tiny flea bite. Otherwise, the lip & the applied glob under the lip are intact.
The surface shows much appealing age & wear from its hundreds of years in the sea. The weight of this fragment is an impressive 14.6 ounces. Imagine what the complete bottle would have weighted in at even without the wine!!!
When the bottle was full you would probably have needed to be a strongman to lift it! I found this fragment in the late 1970s while looking for aged pieces of driftwood & antique artifacts on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas. I spotted it sticking out of the mud from about 20 feet away & ran to it in excitement. It was found in a muddy marshy type area approximately 100 feet from the ruins of an early prison. I never knew the name of the island & I dont even know if the island had a name.Based on the look of the surface of the bottle it was probably out in the ocean for much of its life & then eventually washed to shore. The reason that I say this is that the surface has many small circles which give the feeling that there were, at one time, many barnacles on the surface. But, the barnacles were all gone when I found it. So, it must have lost the barnacles while making its journey to the island.
I have owned this fascinating fragment for almost 40 years. I have just recently decided to offer it for sale. So, it can now make another journey to a new home where it will hopefully meet up with other early black glass wine bottles for its new adventure. The reference number for this item is #7166. Is an estimate and the actual cost may differ.
1680-1740 BLACK GLASS NECK FROM HUGE WINE BOTTLE, PROBABLY ENGLISH" is in sale since Thursday, January 24, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Bottles & Insulators\Bottles\Antique (Pre-1900)\Utility & Black Glass".The seller is "imajgin" and is located in Lampeter, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.