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Rare 18th century Onion Bottle off of a New England shipwreck


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This is another great piece being offered, it is an early onion bottle dating to the first half of the 1700's. It has a crude open Pontil mark on base with a huge kick up. It measures 7 3/4" tall x 5 1/2" round. It has a crude sheared flared out lip with drippy applied ring collar. The bottle is a dark olive green, so they began to be known as “black glass”.                

Onion bottles were the shape of bottles used during the 18th century. They were most commonly used to hold wine but were also used for other spirits. At the beginning of the 17th century wine bottles were small and thin glassed, making them difficult to store and ship.

A method of making stronger glass with hotter furnaces began to evolve which was the beginning of the onion bottle shape. This shape gradually evolved to be stouter with a wide base and short neck, reaching its height at the end of the 17th century before becoming more elongated during the onset of the 18th century.

Originally this bottle came from a shipwreck off of the New England coast. Those waters were responsible for shipwrecks going back hundreds of years (see map). Onion bottles remained popular through the Revolutionary War until the end of the 18th century. They were very durable, so they kept being reused. Amazingly this bottle remains in nice condition being close to 300 years old.

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