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Civil War era Pickle Bottle

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This is another nice item which was part of the Civil War collection I acquired – it is a Cathedral Pickle bottle. The bottle stands 6 ¾” high and is 2 ¼” wide. 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”.

The bottle is in very nice condition with no chips or cracks. It also has a few air bubbles which is common with 19th century glass.

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