I have two wonderful antique bottles which I treasure. My uncle gave them to my mother years ago. He’s a great antique bottle collector.
One is green and has the date 1852 on it. It was used to treat jaundice.
The other bottle is clear and has a rounded bottom with no date, but a search finds that this style of bottle was called a “torpedo or egg” bottle, patented in 1809, by William Hamilton of Dublin. A wooden stand was made for my mother to keep it upright and prevent rolling. This kind of bottle was popular because the shape kept the contents in contact with the cork, it was easy to pack in crates, and because the opened bottle was hard to set down, customers drank faster and ordered more!*
The photo I took has a third bottle, because I like groupings of odd numbers. That bottle has an interesting shape but is not antique!
TIME IN A BOTTLE……would you say there is time in these bottles?
We know the green bottle has 160 years of time in it…..what stories it could tell! It was used to help people feel better; used as a tonic for illness. This bottle, which looks as if it holds about 20 ounces, may have remained on a shelf for a long time before it was emptied.
The round bottle could have almost as many years. Think about time on the shelf, in someone’s hands, jokes and stories being told, as they sat around an old kitchen table. Or maybe the singing of old Irish songs as the bottles rolled on the table! Perhaps it was saved for a special occasion, too. Time. A long time ago.
I had a little fun and played on PhotoShop Elements with the second photo. I’ve never done that before.
“Time in a Bottle”….I love the song by Jim Croce….if you’d like to listen, the link is below the photos.
“Time in a Bottle” video by Jim Croce…click here.
*Credit for round bottle research..http://www.antiquebottles.com/glossary.html
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