Bottle

Object Number: 
INV.12481
Date: 
1750-1800
Medium: 
Glass, pewter
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 in. ( 14.6 x 7 x 5.1 cm )
Marks: 
painted enamel: on back; "unser frei/ und liebes/ band soll/ auflosen/ seine hand"
Description: 
Light brown blown non-lead glass bottle (or decanter); conical neck mounted with pewter threaded ring (cap missing), rounded shoulders with ridge formed by second gather of glass, rectangular body with chamfered corners, and flat base with pontil mark; decorated with polychrome enamel painting of clasped hands and flaming hearts on front, German inscription on back, and floral motifs on sides.
Gallery Label: 
While wares with this enameled decoration were long thought by collectors and scholars to be the product of Henry Steigel's Manheim Glass Works, there is no evidence that any of these enameled wares were made in America. Their exact function is unknown.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group