Jeff and Holly Noordsy

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ITEM 6571. "DR TOWNSEND'S - SARSAPARILLA - ALBANY / N Y ", golden olive amber, square, iron pontil scar, 9 5/8"H, applied sloping collar, sparkling attic mint. New England, probably blown at the Willington Glass Works, C. 1850, scarce mold variation.

In his many excavations on the site of the Willington Glass Works, Bill Steele found abundant evidence showing that these "small lettering" Townsend bottles were in fact blown there. The Willington made Townsend bottles are among the scarcer of the many mold variations that can be found today. This truly perfect example is a dandy with strong amber shading, a crusty iron pontil scar and a beautifully crude texture.




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