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Catalog Number 1999.048.408
Description Medicine Bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1870-1920. The rim has prescription finish which is narrow (vertically) and the outside surface distinctly tapers in from the top surface of the finish to bottom. This bottle is rectangular in cross-section which has paralleled from shoulder to the base, the sides are slightly indented. A 1 inch long and narrow neck flares out .5 inch shoulders to a 3.25 inch body. The bottle is clear and has a green tint color and shows evidence of glass machine manufacture.
Object Name Bottle, Medicine
Collection 3D - Medical & Psychological Tools & Equipment
Title Bottle Recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1870-1920
Date c. 1870-1920
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text none
Provenance 20 boxes of archaeological material excavated from the City Centre Plaza site at 950 Main at Middlefield in Redwood City. Excavation for development, done by Basin Research Associates.
Notes "Rectangular in cross-section mouth-blown druggist/prescription bottles were another common shape used by druggists between the late 1870s and 1920s, with and without proprietary embossing although embossed lettering was common. Machine-made rectangular druggist bottles were also commonly used from the mid to late 1910s and later though machine-made examples virtually never have proprietary embossing, i.e., they are labeled only. It also appears that as the 20th century progressed, bottles with at least one rounded side seem to have become more popular than these flat sided styles."
[https://sha.org/bottle/medicinal.htm#Rectangular Druggists08/16/2016]
Dimensions H-4.75 W-1.5 D-0.75 inches
Search Terms Apothecary
Archaeolgy
Bottles
City Center Plaza
Medicine
Redwood City
Subjects Archaeology
Bottle industry
Bottles
Medicine