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Catalog Number 1999.048.010
Description Whiskey Bottle Recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1870-1920. Is amber in color with a curved tapered top that ends in a long, thin vertical neck. Rim has a bulbous lip at base. Bottle is pressed glass with a vertical seam extending up one side and a raised horizontal band at top of body. Bottle is empty.

Object Name Bottle, Spirits
Collection 3D - Containers
Title Whiskey 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).
Dimensions H-11.5 W-2.75 D-2.75 inches
Search Terms Alcohol
City Center Plaza

Redwood City
Subjects Alcoholic beverages
Bottle industry