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Catalog Number 1999.048.036
Description Pickle/preserved food bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c.1900-1920. This bottle is tall, rectangular and has four flattened body sides that have rounded arching tops. A sharp tapering shoulder stops below a .75 inch wide bulbous ring at the base of the neck. Above the ring is a short, but wide, 1.5 inch neck. The neck has a slight inward flare to the .375 inch smooth, bulbous rim. The base is shaped like square with a concave circle.
Object Name Jar, Preserving
Collection 3D - Food Processing & Prep Tools & Equipment
Title Pickle/Preserved Food Bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c.1900-1920.
Date c. 1900-1920
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
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 This group of food bottles also share the binding elements of having bodies that, besides being square or rectangular (with variably flattened or sometimes concave/convex sides), are relatively voluminous with at least moderately wide mouths (bores) to facilitate the packing and removal of the bulky products contained.
Probably the most common general shape for square, mouth-blown, non-gothic style pickle bottles are illustrated by the bottles pictured to the left above and below. These bottles are relatively tall and moderate in body diameter, have four flattened body sides that have rounded arching tops, a steep inwardly tapering shoulder that stops at a relatively wide, bulging ring forming the base of the neck. Above this neck ring the short (compared to the body height) but relatively wide vertically parallel neck terminates at a horizontally narrow one-part finish - usually a bead or wide patent/packer finish.
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Dimensions H-11 W-3 D-3 inches
Search Terms Archaeology
City Center Plaza
Redwood City
Subjects Bottle industry
Food industry