You just have to love these umbrella style inks called the ‘Star of Baltimore” or ‘Baltimore Star“. Different from an Umbrella Ink in that the sides are concave and create the form of a star when viewed from the bottom.
At a recent Baltimore Antique Bottle Club meeting, Phil Edmonds casually gestures with a small cornflower-blue bottle with a sunburst-shaped bottom, a mid-19th-century ink bottle type known as “The Star of Baltimore” that he found on a privy dig. “This is probably a $1,500 bottle,” he says.
Quote from Baltimore City Paper 29 February 2012
Typically pontiled (made by a glassblower by hand, and have a telltale mark on the bottom called the “pontil scar” where the rod that held the bottle in place as it was formed was snapped off) and dug primarily in the Baltimore area, the Stars were a product of Baltimore Glass Works which was known for producing glass in a variety of unusual colors, particularly from the 1840s to the 1860s. At its peak in the 19th century, glass production was Baltimore’s third-largest industry, in part because of the vast, varied output of Baltimore Glass Works, a factory based in Federal Hill.
In their midst, he also found an amber open-pontil scalloped or star umbrella ink in perfect condition.
Quote from Christmas Isn’t Just for Kids! But for dedicated bottle diggers, too! by Andy Goldfrank
A few great pictures to look at…..