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Catalog Number 1999.048.045
Description Condiment bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1860-1880. The 8-sided bottles have wide, concave front and back panels with flat narrow side panels bound together by relatively wide, concavely beveled corners. The rim of the bottle is thick with uneven surface. A 1.25 inches short narrow neck flares out 1.375 shoulders to a 4. inches cylindrical body. The bottle is shaped like an oblong octagon at base.
Object Name Bottle, Condiment
Collection 3D - Containers
Title Condiment bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1860-1880
Date c. 1860-1880
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 "Spice" bottle style: During the last half of the 19th century bottles shaped like that shown here were a dominant style/type used for various spices as well as other condiments and food products which would fit. These unusual 8-sided bottles have wide, concave front and back panels with flat narrow side panels bound together by relatively wide, concavely beveled corners.
The Hunnewell & Co. bottles are probably the most commonly encountered embossed bottles of this style and contained both mustard and various spices. It is thought that Hunnewell - whose bottles of this type also come in pontil scarred versions and in several sizes - were the first users or originators of the style which was subsequently widely copied by others (Zumwalt 1980).
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Dimensions H-7 W-2.5 D-1.625 inches
Search Terms Archaeology
Bottles
City Center Plaza
Food
Food, Preservation and Storage
Privy
Redwood City
Subjects Bottle industry
Bottles
Condiments
Food
Food industry
Spices