English glass bottles

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English glass bottles

The three bottles are typical examples of the thick green glass vessels mass-produced in English glass-houses in the years c. 1690-1760. All were dug up in Exeter, so they may have been made at the local glasshouse set up in 1690 at Glasshouse Lane, Countess Wear. At present, however, we have no way of distinguishing its products from those made in London and Bristol.

The three show the changing shapes of bottles at this time: left the squat baggy shape of c. 1690-1720, right the form with upright shoulders of c. 1740-60 and central a form intermediate between the two.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum

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