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Lot 371


Estimate: $800 - $1,200
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$0 $10
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS APPLIED SEAL BLACK GLASS WINE BOTTLE, very dark olive green/black, quart size, squat cylindrical form blown with the aid of a dip mold, applied round seal below shoulder embossed "WINE / P C BROOKS / 1820", applied tapered double collar mouth, kicked-up base with wide sand pontil scar. American or English manufacture. 1820-1830. 10" H, 4 1/4" D.
Literature: David Burton - Antique Sealed Bottles 1640-1900 and the families who owned them, Vol. 2, p. 851; and McKearin/Wilson - American Bottles & Flasks and Their Ancestry, p. 188 fig. 7, text on pp. 215-216.
Catalogue Note: Authors and auctioneers have long speculated that these rarely-seen sealed bottles were made for an American merchant. We believe they were probably made for personal use at the estate of Peter Chardon Brooks (1767-1849) of Medford, MA, who at the time of his death, left behind what was believed to be the largest estate in Boston. It could also link to the younger P.C. Brooks, Jr. (b. 1799). The Brooks family's local legacy was felt for generations, and though just a footnote at the time, it is worth noting that in 1899, "Annual Proceedings of the Bostonian Society" recorded an example of the "WINE / PC BROOKS / 1820" bottle that was accessioned by the Society, presumably as an object of local interest. Certainly, it would have been of interest to Peter Chardon Brooks III (son or grandson of the bottle's owner) who, among other Brooks family members, was listed as a "Life Member" of that Bostonian Society in the same document. The Massachusetts Historical Society is also in possession of their own example, object call no. "Glass 01.011", viewable in their Library Catalog database (ABIGAIL) where the elder P.C. Brooks is listed as the "subject".


Excellent condition with one shallow flake at upper edge of lip and a small ping along outer edge of upper collar, and a clean chip or chunk missing from lower collar, likely as made.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.