Jeff and Holly Noordsy

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

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ITEM 7131. SNUFF JAR WITH IMPRESSED FIGURE ON BASE, bright olive yellow, dip-molded rectangle, 4 1/8"H, sheared and fire polished mouth, about mint (minor radiating potstone that occurred during manufacture). Blown at a Connecticut Glass Works, 1790-1830, unique.

It is the highly unusual impressed figure on the base that makes this one of the most intriguing bottles that we have ever owned. There is no doubt that the impression is intentional but its importance/meaning is lost upon the current owner. With the impression resembling a woman holding a baby it is possible that the bottle was meant to hold "Mother's snuff" (as is sometimes referred to on labeled examples) but that is simply a guess. As shown, the piece is otherwise typical of the early Connecticut Glass Houses, exhibiting beautifully crude glass and constructed with the aid of a shallow dip mold.




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