Digger Odell Publications 2009

The bottles in this book generally date from the late 1700s through the 1830s. Early American Midwestern and Eastern glass houses produced the majority of these bottles. Famous Glass house names include: Keene, Stiegel, New Geneva, Mantua, Zanesville, and others.

Glass works required large amounts of raw materials to operate. Hundreds of cords of firewood were needed along with up to 1000 bushels of wood ash and hundreds of pounds of sand. Often these enterprises were short-lived and bankruptcy was not uncommon. Before glass could be manufactured the Furnaces had to be fitted with large clay pots for melting the mixture. These took many months and many dollars to build and could not be made in winter.

Blown Glass Bottles fall into a number of categories. Eastern glass houses made Chestnut flasks, blown decanters, Ludlow bottles, pattern mold flasks such as Pitkins and globular bottles. Midwestern glass works had their own distinctive styles. Club bottles and globular swirls sometimes called Zanesville swirls, although they were made in numerous glass houses, were popular in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. These same glass houses had their own styles of pattern mold bottles.

Almost all of these early bottle types are rare and highly collectible and document the early history of glass production in America.


Learn more about early blown glass bottles in:

Digger Odell's
Pitkins, Swirls, Pattern Mold & Chestnuts Price Guide 2009

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