CIVIL WAR ERA “PATENT” WHISKEY BOTTLE

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A classic example of a Civil War era whiskey bottle. Stands approximately 11 ½” tall and diameter of base is just over 3”.  “PATENT” in raised letters is found on the shoulder of the bottle. The maker’s name, “DYOTTVILLE GLASS WORKS  PHILA” and a “5” are on the bottom.

Olive-amber blown glass with interesting “waves” throughout the bottle. Iridescent shades overall. Cork top with applied lip. In good condition.

Delaware River in Fishtown might be surprised to learn that at one time they were the site of a utopian experiment.

Located in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia along the Delaware River, just north of the old Gunnar’s Run (centered roughly where Beach and Richmond Streets intersect today), Dyottville began as an experiment in factory labor. In the early 19th century, Dr. Thomas Dyott initiated a new system of “moral and mental labor” in order to undercut European-made glass, which was of a high quality yet very expensive. For years, he ran a company town that spanned over three hundred acres (most of which were taken up by his farm), employed and housed 250 to 300 workers at a time, and boasted 50 buildings, including a bakery, a shoe shop, a tailor, a dairy, a hospital, a chapel, and a school – for the “education of such a mass of human ignorance.”

The Dyottville Glass Factories were established in the 1820s on land that John Hewson had used for his famous calico printing factory in the 18th century (in fact both men inhabited the same dwelling house). They were a presence there until 1923, after which Cramp’s shipyard appropriated the space during World War II.  [jet] [ph:L]

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