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Catalog Number 1999.048.389
Description Medicine Bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1870-1920. This bottle is oval shaped with a flat front face in cross section and it has narrowed slightly from shoulder to base. 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. A .875 inch short and narrow neck flares out .75 inches shoulders to a 3.75 inch body. The bottle is clear and shows evidence of glass machine manufacture.
Object Name Bottle, Medicine
Collection 3D - Medical & Psychological Tools & Equipment
Title Medicine 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 " the most popular "type" of druggist/prescription bottle styles were the "oval" type bottles. These bottles vary in actual cross-section shape but are always rounded on one or more sides and/or the corners. Beyond that, the shapes vary widely with some being rounded or flattened on both the front and back or even all sides, but with rounded corners as the binding feature if the cross-section shape is somewhat rectangular. The most common oval style druggist bottles with a flattened front panel (for a plate) with the sides and back being rounded together with no obvious break between them (base pictured below) were known by most bottle makers as the "Philadelphia Oval"."
[http://www.sha.org/bottle/medicinal.htm#Oval Druggists 08/31/2016 ]
Dimensions H-5.25 W-2.25 D-1.25 inches
Search Terms Apothecary
Archaeolgy
Bottles
City Center Plaza
Medicine
Redwood City
Subjects Archaeology
Bottle industry
Bottles
Drugstores
Medicine
Redwood City