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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.



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