UNEMBOSSED BLUE FIGURAL BARREL
Here is a great figural barrel that many collectors consider very desirable because of the form, size and color. The barrel is larger than most Bitters barrels and really jumps out in a crowd whether an example shows up at a bottle show or positioned within a collection. Why do I call this bottle mysterious? Like many bottles, far too many, I can not tell you who made the bottle, what it contained or where it was made. Most collectors consider the contents either whiskey or bitters.
Pictured below are some examples spotted throughout my travels. I remember my friend Jerry Forbes, ‘hawk eyeing’ an example at the FOHBC Memphis National last year during Early Admission. He purchased the bottle within seconds as he wisely knew, someone else was positioning themselves to do the same. My advice, if you see an example, try to get it. This bottles balances out and compliments any collection of early American glass.
FIGURAL BARREL, Deep Sapphire Blue, 10″ Tall, Bitters type Figural Barrel Bottle. American, circa. 1860-1880. Barrel form with ten rings above and ten rings below a wide center band, applied square collared mouth. Smooth base Great color. Good form. – Norman Heckler Auction 61, Lot #60, June 2003 – Meyer Collection
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