Bennett & Carroll – Figural Barrel Series


Earlier this year I did a comprehensive series on most of the great figural barrels. I knew I had missed a few odd ones such as the Bennett & Carrol barrel (note spelling of Carrol missing an ‘L’, and the alternate earlier spelling of ‘Pittsburg’). At the time I could not find much information and certainly could not find a good image. John Pastor with American Glass Gallery has a wonderful example in his Auction #9 that ends tonight. The description is as follows:

Lot #131: Bennett & Carrol / 120 Wood St / Pittsburg” Figural Whiskey Bottle, America, probably a Pittsburgh district glasshouse, 1855 – 1860. Brilliant yellowish golden, or light honey amber, barrel form, applied square collared mouth – iron pontil scar, ht. 9 ¼”, very near mint; (a little minor roughness along the back edge of the square collared mouth, otherwise pristine perfect). A beautiful example of this very rare whiskey barrel, bright, crisp and nicely whittled. Note; we have added an additional photo taken on a bright, slightly overcast sunny day to show the beautiful yellowish and honey tones evident in this particular example.

Note this other example of a Bennett & Carroll flattened chestnut form that was sold in Heckler 98 Auction. Very similar pieces of glass. Unfortunately I can not find any other information on Bennett & Carroll so I welcome any new information that can be provided.

Bennett & Carroll flattened chestnut (note spelling of Carroll) – Heckler 98 Auction

Bennett & Carrol figural whiskey bottle – American Glass Gallery Auction #9 (Studio illumination)

Bennett & Carrol figural whiskey bottle – American Glass Gallery Auction #9 (window illumination)


“BENNETT & CARROL / 120 WOOD ST. / PITTSBURG”, (Denzin, BEN-31), Pennsylvania, ca. 1855 – 1870, medium yellowish amber barrel, 9 1/2”h, smooth base, applied square collar mouth, perfect condition. A rarely offered barrel, and it’s a good one having nice glass whittle a bold impression and almost no trace of wear! A Pittsburgh classic! Ex. Robert Pattridge Collection. – Glass Works Auctions | Auction 98

Bennett & Carrol figural whiskey bottle – American Glass Gallery Auction #9 (mouth detail)

Bennett & Carrol figural whiskey bottle – American Glass Gallery Auction #9 (pontil base detail)

Read More on Figural Barrels

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About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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