200-year-old wine or liquor bottle found in Queens cleanout

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Laden with imperfections and missing its cork, this wine or liquor bottle has seen better days than when I found it in a Queens cleanout not long ago.

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What tells me the age of the bottle is its heavy weight and unusual style. Most of the bottom of the bottle is pushed in pretty far — the bottom portion that’s pushed up takes up at least 25 percent of the bottle, and it looks like it was done by a square-shaped piece of steel when the glass was hot. It could have been made that way by a blacksmith who wanted to spin the bottle on a wine rack during the aging process.

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While it has a 1974 wine cork to keep in the dirt, it’s not the original piece that came with this wine. The bottle is a medium green, and if you look closely, you can see that the bottle isn’t sitting 100 percent straight up. It’s as if the bottle was mouth-blown or slightly melted after its owner emptied the contents.

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Mouth-blown bottles were made by skilled craftsman as long ago as before 1900. The act of mouth-blowing bottles involves manually gathering hot glass onto a blowpipe. Then, the shape of the bottle is formed by using the mouth to apply air pressure to the blowpipe, most of the time with (and sometimes without) a mold.

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Approximately 95 percent of mouth-blown bottles date back to the pre-World War I era, in the early 1900s. At least 75 percent of them date back to the 19th century.

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~ by DiMolaBros1956 on June 29, 2013.

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