Florida Keys Bottles Shelf
These pages are by Jerry Wilkinson
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This presentation is not presented to encourage bottle collecting, but to encourage recognition of how our present and past lives influence industry and vice versa.
The origins of man-made glass seems lost in the mists of time. In 1500 BC the orgin of glass was securely dated by an Egyptian mosaic rod now located in the Berlin Museum. The Syrians (250 - 100 BC) are credited with the invention of glass blowing. The Roman historian, Pliny, wrote in 77 AD that Phoenician sailors accidentally melted silica sand into glass while cooking a meal. In North America Dutch and Polish glass blowers made the first attempt at glass production in 1621. Caspar Wistar successfully ran "South Jersey Glass" from 1730 to 1780, including the production of bottles. Henry Stiegel followed and in 1827 the Sandwich Glass Co. produced large quantities of glass products.
The following bottles were found
Florida Keys. The Keys have a natural sieve or net - the webbing of
roots which collect bottles and other debris. To my knowledge, no
bottles were ever made in the Keys except for a short time at Big Pine
Key by the "Big Pine Key Glass Works." However, the 1911 - 1912 Key
Directory lists "Consumers Bottling Company." As with most bottling
the bottles were made by a bottle manufacturer.
Glass Colors of Bottles
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