This rare and early squat ale was dug in Frederick County Md at the bottom of an 1820's (earliest layer context) pit. From the presence of numerous all over light to deep scratches completely covering the body of this bottle, I believe that it had very likely been used and re-used for some 20 years prior to being discarded when the privy was first dug.That would date the bottle roughly to the period of operation for Adam Kohlenburg's "New Glass Works" at Bear Creek. If you Google certain keywords in this listing you will no doubt find my original research on the bottle (along with what has been plagiarized) and it's association with New Bremen - and of course the Amelung legacy. Condition: There is a tight star crack in the shoulder, which may be in making. I did a multi-stage cleaning to remove numerous scratches and restore the piece to its near original form.
The star was completely stable for multiple tumbles and I was extremely pleased by the end result (which you can hopefully see in these accompanying images). It doesn't look waxy or over-cleaned at all, but rather just like a lightly cleaned dug bottle. The chestnut style lip and free form crudity lend credence to the early date of manufacture, and the massive tube pontil is quite unlike the fatter sand pontils with light ring scars we predominantly see on early Baltimore Glass Works output during this cross-over period. This rare museum piece may have been refilled many, many times with local "Monocacy Ale", brewed along Frederick County's pristine rivers - where malt hills and breweries co-existed along with small glass houses - some of which we have no record of.Since Adam Kohlenburg was one of the more prolific glass producers of this period, odds are fairly good that this little ale bottle may be a product of that venture. But whatever it's origins, it is a wonderful example of early Maryland glass making, with great German lineage, and an extremely rare half pint black glass beer. Return if unhappy for any reason. Also see my other auctions. Thanks for stopping by and Good Luck! Rare & Early Frederick Maryland Black Glass Squat Ale Possibly Kohlenberg" is in sale since Monday, August 6, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Bottles & Insulators\Bottles\Antique (Pre-1900)\Sodas".
The seller is "wilmartindale" and is located in Tallahassee, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.