Hand Blown Glassware

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  A group of dedicated, skilled craftsmen in Jamestown, Virginia, is carrying on the traditional craft of glass blowing much in the same way it was accomplished in 1608 by Englandís first colonists in the New World. Glass blowing was the first industry attempted by these stalwart colonists and today, the artisans making historic glassware for you take as much pride in their craft as our forefathers did.

The shapes and styles that they manufacture are reproductions of styles found in museums and archaeological excavations of historic sites from the 17th and 18th centuries. We feel sure that you will be pleased in owning this unique glassware and using it on a regular basis. While it will look good on a shelf or in a display case, this glassware is intended to be used both in your home and in your camp.

All of the Jamestown glassware pieces are hand-blown and crafted by resident artisans. The natural color of glass is green so if you seek historical accuracy then your best selections are the green glass items. Since every piece is hand blown and crafted there will be slight irregularities and therefore no two items will be exactly the same.



BG-001  Onion Bottle   c.1680-1730 Named after its similar appearance to an onion. This bottle was a result of the needs from tavern owners who desired a more stable bottle, which was less prone to breakage in the taverns. The onion neck was much shorter than earlier bottles and the squat broad base was a much more stable form.    $35.00



BG-002  Mallot Bottle   Named after their long necks and bulbous bodies, shaft and globe bottles were made from 1630 until 1660. This particular example has a generic seal decorating its side.    $35.00

BG-004  Case Bottle    Case bottles were the most common glass vessels in the first half of the 17th century and were used for storing wine. Their use at Jamestown was wide spread where literally hundreds were recovered. The name derives from the square sides of the bottle that allowed them to be packed into a wooden box or case for easy transport. This reproduction is based on an artifact found at Jamestown.    $35.00



BG-008  Armorial Bottle    A family crest or seal was also known as an armorial and was often used as a sign of ownership when emblazoned on the side of a bottle at the time the bottle was manufactured. The flattened bottom and somewhat square shoulder of this bottle makes it a good choice for wine or spirits.    $35.00

WS-008  Hand Blown Green Glass Inkpot    While we say this is an inkpot, this small medicine bottle is a reproduction of an artifact recovered at Jamestown. It was designed to store one dose of medicine. It also works well as an inkwell in a lap desk or traveling writing desk. It is dated 1600-1650 and came from England. Glassblowing in England was still in its infancy in the early 1600's and this is an excellent example of a simple utilitarian design manufactured during this period.    $15.00



BG-005  Cobalt Candle Stick    This 8 ĹĒ tall candlestick is a good representation of the type of hand blown glass candlesticks found during the early history of our nation. The blue color of the glass is made by adding the mineral cobalt. The glass imparts a blue glow to any room when placed in a sunny location.    $20.00

BG-006  Ruby Red Perfume Bottles    These traditional bottles with ground glass stoppers have been in use since the earliest days of the glass blowing industry. They were used to hold perfumes, pharmaceuticals, precious oils, and other liquids sold or used in small quantities. The ground glass stopper provided the most secure method known at the time of sealing volatile liquids prone to evaporation. The red color of the glass comes from the addition of copper to the molten glass. Bottles come in three sizes, please specify size desired.    4"=$6.00    5"=$8.00    7"=$10.00


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