ITEM 2927. "S M & CO / N. Y.
(ON APPLIED SEAL)" HANDLED WHISKEY, bright golden amber,
inverted cone, tubular pontil scar, 8"H x 3 1/2"D,
applied mouth, a mint bottle with a pinhead-sized spot of lip
edge roughness. American, almost certainly blown at a New Jersey
Glass Works, C. 1850, rare, ex. Charles B. Gardner collection.
This rare handled whiskey is almost certainly the product of
a South Jersey glass house and as shown, the piece carries the
always desirable Gardner provenance. Charlie owned a pair of
these bottles (handled whiskeys were one of his favorite categories)
and this is the better example. (Although for some strange reason
the damaged example is pictured in a color plate.) Any applied
seal handled whiskey is a scarce item and this is one of the
harder-to-find bottles in that category. Of the examples we have
encountered, this is certainly the finest.