ITEM 5614. MAMMOTH CASE GIN BOTTLE,
clear olive green, tapered square case gin form, tubular pontil
scar, 19 ¼"H, crudely applied mouth, about mint (some
expected usage wear and light overall staining from having been
stored in a damp basement. There are also two pontil fissures
with no appreciable depth that are a manufacturer's flaw). Probably
blown at a Dutch Glass House, 1760-1800, rare size.
Standing a dizzying 19 ¼" in height, this profoundly
oversized case gin is just about as large a bottle as you are
likely to find. I am amazed that a bottle of this size and fragility
could remain undamaged over the course of more than two hundred
years but that is the case here. We collectors often speak of
bottles as "centerpieces" and this wonderful early
bottle would certainly fit that bill.