A large, stunning, heavy, circa 1760, colonial American black glass flask of extremely rare form, similar to English black glass bladder bottles of the same period. This great, great bottle was originally found in Eastern Massachusetts and is most probably a product of the Germantown Glassworks.
It was originally encased in wicker and carried on a horse or wagon as a canteen. It has a very interesting superficial pattern, easily seen in bright light, of the basket weave evenly etched into its entire surface. This was caused by constant rubbing on bumpy roads when road dust settled between the basket weave and the glass.
A string of glass was laid onto the sheared mouth and formed into a nicely rounded lip as on similar 18th century bottles produced by Amelung and Wistar. The base has a large blowpipe “pontil” scar.
Outstanding condition with only minor wear scratches and the basket wear, otherwise full gloss to glass and no damage. Very heavy, deep, olive-amber (more olive than amber) impressive hunk of black glass. Exceptional squat form, about 9 ¼” tall x 7” wide.
Truly unique and a very important piece of colonial American glass.
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