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A variety of Bottles and Jugs

Bottles come in many shapes, sizes and colors.  Batjak has netted bottles ranging from 1/2 pint whiskey flasks to 15 gallon French wine demijohns and many in between.  The very best I do in tarred hemp, but manila and tarred net twine are also used.  I get these bottles anywhere I can.  Some are actually beachcombed here at South Padre Island where vintage bottles are always being uncovered in the dunes by the strong Gulf winds and tides.  


A  1/5 American Whiskey bottle found in the Sand Dunes


A very old Sake Jug


1850 American Whiskey Bottle


Onion Bottle  
       18th Century


A 1 Pint Knob Creek Whiskey Bottle


  Ship's Decanter with Net & Turksheads


Large German Beer Bottle


Ship Decanter in Rib- Hitched Net



A free-blown  Onion bottle dated to the early 1700's.  This particular bottle was salvaged by divers at a Dutch fort site on the Essequibo River in Guyana, South America.  It has a deep base with a typical jagged pontil scar where the bottom was pushed up with an iron rod to form the base of the bottle.  It also has an applied string top where the cork was to be tied down.  The shape and color of each bottle is different due to the fact that they were blown in a variety of glass houses in Europe.  The glass is usually in various shades of green and contains seed bubbles and crease marks from the mouth-blown bottle-forming process.  These bottles originally contained wine, brandy or other spirits for transport on sailing ships from the Old World to the New.  A real piece of Maritime history.

Batjak has added traditional knot work to this bottle, giving it a maritime look as well as protecting it.  The knot work is done in hemp which has been finished with Stockholm tar.  It can be used as a decanter or just displayed as a piece of bottle history.