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Catalog Number 1999.048.031
Description Spirits Bottle Recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1870-1920. The bottle is colorless and with a curved tapered top that ends in a long, thin vertical neck. The rim was ground down flat to "finish" and it is .375 inches high without any band below it. The 3 inches long neck flares out 1 inch to a 6 inches cylindrical body. The base of the bottle is concave with a bulbous circle in center.
Object Name Bottle, Spirits
Collection 3D - Containers
Title Spirits Bottle Recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1870-1920.
Date c. 1870-1920
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text N/A
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 The liquor/Spirits Bottles are Tall, moderately slender bulged neck spirits/utility cylinder. This taller, narrower shape bottle was used for spirits as well as ale/porter, wine, and likely other liquid consumables (Wilson & Wilson 1968). These types show the stylistic trend towards taller more graceful (less "squatty") forms in the mid 1800s. Typical of these bottles is the bulged or bulbous neck; later spirits styles/types were dominated by straight sided necks as discussed below. Although similar shaped American made spirits bottles can date occasionally from the late 18th century, they really began to dominate by the 1820s and 1830s. These shapes gave way to variations of the standard "fifth" bottle in popularity in the U.S. by the mid-19th century, but never actually disappeared like the earlier squat bottles above (McKearin & Wilson 1978).
This bottle was most likely made at the San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works(San Francisco, CA. - 1876-1902) between 1876 and the mid 1880s based on the star on the base, the "old amber" color (yellowish olive amber), and the crudely applied brandy finish (Toulouse 1971; Zumwalt 1980). From the early to mid 1910s through the rest of the 20th century this general tall, cylinder, long neck, style was made by automatic bottle machines (i.e., machine-made). The two styles at the bottom of this cylinder section are more typical of the later types of cylinder liquor bottles from the 1910s on.
Toulouse, Julian H. 1971. Bottle Makers and Their Marks. Thomas Nelson, Inc., New York.
Dimensions H-10 W-3.75 D-3.75 inches
Search Terms Alcohol
City Center Plaza
Redwood City
Subjects Alcoholic beverages
Bottle industry