Experienced collectors of early Baltimore Glass Works (Federal Hill) artifacts should recognize this little half-pint black glass gem by it's exaggerated sloping collar and the conical kick-up pontil with evidence of bare iron oxides. It stands at a mere 6 7/8 tall and was blown into a short cup mold with crudely formed shoulders, wickedly out of round and leaning a bit, left or right depending on which side you display. It exhibits the "olive amber with honey tone" color typical of early Baltimore and Frederick Maryland black glass. CONDITION: Dug from an 1840s context Havre de Grace privy, this bottle showed signs of heavy return usage and overall scratching which would indicate many years of being filled and refilled by local Baltimore brewer's before being discarded.
I re-cleaned the bottle with 600 / 1200 / silicone (cutters and polish) to remove some heavier scratches, and you can still see some minor remnants of scratching, but the original luster has been fully restored. A small base edge chip, visible in several shots was ground/buffed out before cleaning and does not really affect the display. No doubt the oldest artifact in the hole, this gutsy little beer exemplifies the German glassblower's art, and love for his local crafted brews in the single serving size. It was the best bottle in the group.I have never seen one offered in all the major auctions I have viewed over the decades. It has the same sloping cone lip with the thin banded lower bevel as you will see on the mid 1840's 3 pt mold quarts that come in delicious colors and four figure price tags. This dip mold form could be a little earlier, I would bet late 30's actually, but possibly early 40's. Thanks for looking and GOOD LUCK!
The item "RARE & EARLY BALTIMORE BLACK GLASS HALF PINT SQUAT CIRCA 1835 to 1845" is in sale since Sunday, April 22, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Bottles & Insulators\Bottles\Antique (Pre-1900)\Beer".
The seller is "wilmartindale" and is located in Tallahassee, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.