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Catalog Number 1999.048.056
Description Vegetable Oil/Salad Dressing bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1899-1920. The colorless bottle has a long neck that tapers out to long cylindrical body. The rim has a double ring finish. A 2. inch long neck flares out to 1 inch shoulder to a 4.5 shoulder to 5.5 cylindrical body. The base of the bottle is slightly concave.
Object Name Bottle, Condiment
Collection 3D - Food Service Tools & Equipment
Title Vegetable Oil/Salad Dressing bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1899-1920.
Date c. 1899-1920
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 Olive oil was bottled in an assortment of different shaped bottles during the era (early 19th to mid-20th centuries) with most types being cylindrical or round in cross-section. These type bottles are tall and narrow, being at least 3 times taller in the body than the width. It also has a crudely tooled (or possibly rolled and refired) finish, a crudely pushed up base (over 1.5" from heel to top of the push-up/kick-up) that is off center and obviously not mold formed, and a visible though slight splaying out of the glass near the heel. This latter attribute is often indicative of free-blown manufacture, although some dip molded bottles can express this feature if the glass was still plastic and "flowed" after withdrawal from the dip mold.
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A double ring finish has two-part finish is composed of two connected "rings" - a thicker (taller) and slightly wider (side to side) variably rounded ring at the top of the finish (the "lip") with a thinner and narrower variably rounded to flat ring below (i.e., "collar"). The upper (lip) and/or lower part (collar) on this finish can sometimes be more of a pointed "ridge" with flattened surfaces leading up the "peak" of the ridge. When the upper part is rounded and the lower collar has a sharper outer edge this has been called an inverted double ring (Feldhaus 1987), ring with skirt (Blasi 1992), or broad round collar with lower bevel (McKearin & Wilson 1978).
Dimensions H-8.75 W-1.875 D-1.875 inches
Search Terms Archaeology
City Center Plaza
Food, Preservation and Storage
Redwood City
Subjects Bottle industry
Food industry
Olive oil industry