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Cathedral Pickle bottle from Nashville camp (SOLD)


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This is another nice item which was part of the large Civil War collection I acquired – it is an excavated Cathedral Pickle bottle. The bottle stands 7 ¼” high and is 2 ¼” wide. It is aqua-colored and has a beautiful rolled lip. The cathedral-patterned bottle was an American invention. By selling their products in elaborate bottles, American merchants hoped to convince the consumer that their preserved goods were superior to imported English brands in plainer bottles.

Pickles were not the only fare preserved in such bottles, but pickled vegetables were a key staple in the 1800s and a favorite of the Civil War soldier, the equivalent to our modern salad. Over 150 of these utilitarian bottles were recovered from the shipwreck site of the “SS Republic”.

This bottle was recovered many years ago from a Union campsite in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1862, Nashville became the first Southern state capital to be captured by the Union Army; that occupation would not end until after the Civil War's conclusion in 1865.

There are no chips on this bottle but from being under ground for over 125 years, the finish isn’t very clear. Overall this is a great piece for any Civil War collection.

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