Onion Bottle with a Protective Net
                18th Century


A typical Dutch Onion Bottle.  These bottles date to the early 18th century.  The glass is a shade of green with small bubbles and imperfections.  The size and shape of these bottles varies due to the fact that they were mouth-blown in a variety of glass houses in Europe.  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 knot work consists of 3mm hemp cord finished with Stockholm tar.  It starts with an Asian longline hitch which changes to a half hitch and has a handle of ringbolt hitching.  Bottles like this traveled all over the world on the old sailing ships. This bottle has no chips, cracks, or stars and it stands 7 1/2" tall with a base of 6".  A real piece of maritime history.                                                            


Bottles covered and uncovered.


These are very popular with modern Pirates


The net is just like a Japanese longline float.


Bottles like this were filled with rum, wine, brandy and vinegar.