OLIVE GREEN DEMIJOHN

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Item Code: 179-902

Demijohns became increasingly popular in America during the nineteenth century as a means for merchants, and individuals, to store or transport quantities of wine and spirits. (More cylindrical versions, usually termed carboys, tended to be used for chemicals, acids, etc.) European versions tended to be free-blown. This one has an open pontil and shows that it was blown using a three-piece mold. Their fragile nature meant they were usually covered in wicker or rattan, though American inventiveness being what it is, various boxes were devised to protect them and at least one patent for a “demi-john holder” was taken out in 1875.

This one is a beautiful olive green in color, free of cracks or chips, and measures roughly 19 inches tall, 16 inches wide, and 11 ½ inches thick. In addition to being a nice example of American glassware, it would make a nice addition to a Civil War camp display.  [sr]

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