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Since1955, I have been collecting bottles with seals. The seals areinteresting because they often have dates, names, or otherinformation. If the seals are applied it means hand manipulation,which is more romantic than a purely machine-made bottle. One ofthe earliest American-made bottles has a seal with the letters “R.W.”for Richard Wistar, son of the founder of the Wisterburg GlassWorks (1739 - 1780) in Allowaystown, N.J. Made around 1760 (fig 1),

Fig. 1 - Bottle from Wistarburg Glassfactory, New Jersey. Initials R.W. are for Richard Wistar, son ofthe glass house founder. Circa 1765.


A bottle in my collection
(fig 2) bears the name “IDies” and it is dated “1749”. Theseal looks a lot like one dug by the author at the GermantownGlassworks (1752-55) in what is now Quincy, Mass. (formerly Braintree.) A seal with the “1749” date wasexcavated and showed the age of the wine rather than the date ofmanufacture.

Fig. 2 - This I. DIES sealed bottlecould have been made

atGermantown Glasswork in Quincy, Mass

The ‘Dies’ name will beresearched.
Many bottle seals with foreign lettering were made in the UnitedStates. The seals in
(fig3) were all made at theDyottville Glass Works in Philadelphia, Pa. around 1880. Theseals shown are “Huile Dolive Superfine, E.B. Clarke,Philadelphia”; “Huile Dolive, Bordeau,Surfine, Clarfild”; “Treyeran Feres, StJulien, Medoc, Bordeau”; “Huile Dolive,Bordeau, Superfine Clarfild”.
Three bottle seals
(fig4) were excavated at NewGranite Glass Works, Stoddard, N.H. (1846-71). The lettering says“Oter Dupuis Cognac”. One seal was neverapplied to a bottle; another was bent in the making anddiscarded. Thus we have excellent evidence of local manufacture.After a 20-year search, the bottle was located in Boscawen, N.H.at the cost of thirty dollars.
The bottle in
(fig.5) is only 4” tall, hasquilling on both sides and a seal with a “B”and backward “S”. For Some reason seal makershad trouble making the S’s and N’s correctly. In (fig 6) we find another error; an up-sidedown seal showing the roots of a tree upward.Had this “Superfine Olive Oil” seal fromBordeau been a stamp, it would probably be worth thousands.

Fig. 3 - Seals from Dyottville GlassWorks, Philadelphia, PA.


In (fig.7) we have a French sealdenoting the amount of the contents but for most unilingualAmericans it might just have well said, ‘weight of contentsunknown.’
In
(fig. 8) we have “Paul Jones Whiskey, Louisville”.This name may have nothing to do with the famous navalpersonality John Paul Jones. In Portsmouth, N.H. we had a beermaker, Frank Jones, who made good beer but little is known abouthis sailing ability or war record. (Fig. 9)is a fine seal hanging from an applied ribbon. It is a grand oldbottle; the perfect kind that longs to be reproduced, so beware.

Fig. 4 - Otar Dupuis Cognac sealsexcavated at Mill Village, Soddard, N.H. in 1963.


Now in (fig. 10) we have a nice example of a handled whiskey marked “ChestnutGrove C.W.” These bottles were originally made inGlassboro, N.J. at the Whitney Glass Works (1840-75).
An “N.D. Lloyd” bottle (fig. 11) was dug and has a nice silver patina. Who N.D. Lloydis, I do not know. In my collection is the neck and base of abottle with gold patina found underground in Philadelphia at thesite where an eighteenth century goldsmith had plied hisbusiness.
(Fig. 12) is a fine example of a bottle seal with horse andknight in wonderful detail. This will certainly be a valuablebottle in the years to come. In (fig. 13) we have a swan pictured on a “Meder andZoon” bottle which is probably from Holland. Althoughmodern, the(fig. 14) bottle seal is aFrench wine bottle, “Marnier Lapostolle”; thecolor is a beautiful gold. Happy Hunting!!!!

Fig. 6 - Superfine Olive Oil Bordeaux.

Inverted tree makes it a rare find.

Fig. 7 - Seal on French wine bottle denoting quanitity.

Fig. 8 - Paul Jones Whiskey Louisville. One of the most common of bottle seals.

Fig. 9 - The Old Mill Whitlock and Co. This is an early bottle that begs to be reproduced. Take care.

Fig. 10 - Seal on Chestnut Grove Whiskey bottle (1840-1875) Whitney Glass Works, Glassboro, N.J.


Fig. 11 - Beautiful silvered wine bottle marked N.D. Lloyd.


Fig. 12 - Fine example of Horse and Knight on modern wine bottle.

Fig. 13 - Modern example of Swan on Weder & Zoon Co. wine bottle.


Fig. 14 - Golden seal on Marnier Lapostolle wine bottle from France.


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