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Sealed Bottles Wine Bottles And Snuff

Antique Georgian bottle collecting is, of course, a hobby and sphere of endeavour in its own right (labeorphily is confined to beer bottles, I am advised), but there is a degree of crossover with our own items of interest, and we do have antique wine bottles for sale. Old glass bottles sit alongside our other lines, particularly Georgian wine bottles and Georgian sealed glass bottles as they were obviously intended to contain something which would be best served in some form of antique stemware to ‘close the loop’ from point of sale to consumption.

 

Bottle glass is generally a rather derogatory term for unrefined, green tinted material used to make utilitarian wares, not just antique glass bottles. Black glass, green glass, amber colored and some very rare cobalt blue glass botttles still survive. Sealed wine bottles, that bear the crest of the family, organisation or establishment which commissioned the bottles to be made or the supply of (invariably) wine which they once contained and give a fascinating historical insight in to contemporary history, and the research required to determine to whom they may once have belonged can be a rewarding process regardless of the age, type of bottle or value.

 

Some sealed bottles, with their original contents intact, obviously have that additional x-factor, and the deliciously teasing decision as to whether or not they should be opened; our one experience dictates that this, sadly, is generally a waste of time, and you end up with a less-valuable bottle - and some 200 year old vinegar.

 

Identifiable bottle styles which can be attributed to different locations may be used to trace the way in which common usage extended along established trade routes; onion bottles which come from the upper Rhineland, the Dutch republic and eastern England illustrate the shared commerce across the North Sea, for instance, either through the spread of the bottles themselves or the commonality of the design, shared and used in different manufacturing centres – another aspect of social history.

 

One unusual and often overlooked facet of antique bottle collecting is that of snuff containers. Almost always regarded as being dispensed solely from the ubiquitous ‘snuff boxes’ of silver, horn, pewter and the like, the Bohemians of the early 19th century in particular made some striking little glass bottles to complement their habit. There are some colourful – gaudy almost – examples, in dark amber, bright orange and lime green, with gilt metal stoppers which feature attached ‘tweezers’ to extract the snuff from within.

 

There are also exquisite examples from China, made from carved agate, rock crystal, porcelain and cut glass, some very fine Victorian English pieces made from cased lead crystal; Venetian examples which exhibit all the decorative talent that you would expect from the environs of the lagoon, equally ornate Bavarian pieces – and even some made in good old Bristol blue glass, complete with the obligatory gilt decoration.

 

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Trinity College Oxford Common Room Sealed Bottle c1835

Trinity College Oxford Common Room Sealed Bottle c1835

A very fine antique sealed bottle from Trinity College Oxford's common room in excellent condition available from scottishantiques.com

£200.00

Middle Temple Sealed Wine Bottle c1880

Middle Temple Sealed Wine Bottle c1880

A very fine sealed antique wine bottle from the Middle Temple in excellent condition. For more antique sealed wine bottles along with wide range of Georgian and Victorian table glass and drinking glasses please visit scottishantiques.com

£110.00

All Souls College Oxford Sealed Wine Bottle c1840

All Souls College Oxford Sealed Wine Bottle c1840

An All Souls College Oxford sealed wine bottle from c1840 in excellent condition. For more antique sealed wine bottles as well as a wide range of antique Georgian silverware, porcelain, and glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store

£120.00

All Souls Common Room Sealed Bottle c1785

All Souls Common Room Sealed Bottle c1785

An All Souls Common Room sealed wine bottle from c1785 in excellent conditon.

£220.00

Inner Temple Sealed Wine Bottle c1820

Inner Temple Sealed Wine Bottle c1820

A fine sealed wine bottle from the Inner Temple c1820 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware including Georgian wine glasses, other Georgian drinking glasses, and Georgian table glass as well as a wide range of antique silverware and porcelain

£140.00

All Souls Common Room Sealed Bottle c1765

All Souls Common Room Sealed Bottle c1765

A very fine sealed wine bottle from All Souls College Oxford's common room c1765 in excellent condition

£240.00

Middle Temple Sealed Wine Bottle c1830

Middle Temple Sealed Wine Bottle c1830

A very fine sealed wine bottle from the Middle Temple c1830 in excellent condition

£110.00

Emmanuel College Cambridge Sealed Bottle c 1835

Emmanuel College Cambridge Sealed Bottle c 1835

Emmanuel College is alone amongst the colleges of the University of Cambridge in having had sealed bottles made. There were a few different seals used over the years with most abbreviating the colleges name. This example comes from the period 1830-1840 wh

£180.00

Handblown Carboy Cylinder Bottle c.1780

Handblown Carboy Cylinder Bottle c.1780

A giant of a Georgian glass bottle, a carboy

£250.00

All Souls College Common Room ASCR Oxford Sealed Bottle c1785

All Souls College Common Room ASCR Oxford Sealed Bottle c1785

Square shouldered cylinder bottle with high kick base, bearing the A.S.C.R seal All Souls common room.

£220.00

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