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.