Jeff and Holly Noordsy

Dealers Specializing in the Sale of Early American Glass and Period Decorative Arts

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ITEM 6619. "DR TOWNSEND'S - SARSAPARILLA - ALBANY / N Y ", bright yellow olive, square, sand chip pontil scar, 9 3/4"H, applied sloping collar, mint. New England, probably blown at the Willington Glass Works, C. 1850, scarce mold variation.

Good fortune has allowed us to acquire yet another of these scarcely encountered Willington Townsend's and as with the last example we offered, it's a dandy. The bottle is decidedly "greener" than the previous example and more strongly embossed. It is interesting to note that this bottle has a sand chip pontil scar while the last example featured an iron pontil. This proves yet again that the specific type of pontil scar is not necessarily indicative of a bottle's age and that the gaffer's/apprentices would use whatever tooling was on hand to get the job done.



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