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Catalog Number 1999.048.090
Description Spirits Bottle Recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1860-1920. This bottle is union oval type flask with rounded sides in cross section which has narrowed slightly from shoulder to the base. The rim has double ring finish and a bulging ring forming at the near of the neck base. A .5 inch short and narrow neck flares out 1.5 inches shoulders to a 3.5 inch oval flasks shaped body. The bottle is clear glass and shows evidence of glass machine manufacture.
Object Name Bottle, Spirits
Collection 3D - Containers
Title Spirits Bottle Recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1860-1920.
Date c. 1860-1920
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 Flasks of widely varying shapes and sizes were a very common container for spirits of all kinds, originating in the need for a traveling bottle. A flask is a bottle originally designed to be portable and easy to carry, which is typically oval to a rounded rectangle in cross-section, and laterally compressed on two sides. Flasks are most often associated with varying types of spirits, though they were used for some other liquid products like medicines and bitters (Jones & Sullivan 1989, Ring & Ham 1998, empirical observations).
[http://www.sha.org/bottle/liquor.htm#Flasks (not considered figured)]
Dimensions H-6 W-2.375 D-1.25 inches
Search Terms Alcohol
Archaeolgy
Bottles
City Center Plaza
Liquor
Redwood City
Subjects Alcoholic beverages
Bottle industry
Bottles