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Offline Ivo

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Old bottle for what ?
« on: February 17, 2013, 11:00:06 AM »
Mystery bottle - can anyone think what it is for?

First of all, it is old. The glass is seedy and has some grit included. The pontil mark has been sheared off and left untreated.
What was originally a round shape has been flattened on 2 sides. If they had done the same to the third side it would have been a triangular bottle.

The lip has been made as a large asymmetrical flange, with a spout pointing in the same direction as the pointed bottle.

I was wondering if this is an early bed pan of sorts? 
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Re: Old bottle for what ?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2013, 07:32:11 PM »
Looks possible for female urinal but the hole seems a bit small.
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Re: Old bottle for what ?
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2013, 07:47:28 PM »
Spitoon for the short sighted betting man . Frank she would have to be very bow legged from the very top . ;D
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Re: Old bottle for what ?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2013, 07:50:25 PM »
The bed-pan suggestion was one I would not have come up with myself - but with it being mentioned, my first thoughts were that it might have been one used in coaches.
Female ones are a different shape - they're more figure-of-8 shaped, with a deepish bowl - at least the ones I've seen in museums are. They were labelled as for being used during very long sermons.
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Re: Old bottle for what ?
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2013, 10:30:13 PM »
I found one in the Altare catalogue but of a more recent vintage. It is mould blown and does have a shape as you suggest. I thought this might be a blown precursor.  Having two flat sides suggests thighs, and the round side suggests capacity should not be compromised.  As for the size of the hole being small - you might think so but I couldn't possibly comment....
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2013, 09:33:47 PM »
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Re: Old bottle for what ?
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2013, 12:30:46 AM »
Hi Ivo, have you thought about T.B ? (Tuberculosis)  Spitting bottle?
The She Wee? Nah! not concave enough and toooo narrow!!! especially after a little drinky or two.


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Re: Old bottle for what ?
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2013, 08:58:56 AM »
the flared 'mask like' rim opening, could be suitable for placing against the mouth/lips - for collecting phlegm samples or whatever.   
Anywhere else on the body, and it might bring tears to the eyes. :o


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Re: Old bottle for what ?
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2013, 11:17:25 AM »
I'm still on the 'travellers urinal' trail at the moment.  Is it worth asking this collector if he has ever seen one and could verify it as a urinal?

http://www.clevelandseniors.com/entertainment/bedpan.htm

Possibly worth a try Ivo?

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Scroll down on this site and number 71,72,73,74,75, 76 are interesting glass versions,  with number 77 is VERY like the one you are asking about.

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Re: Old bottle for what ?
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2013, 11:46:32 AM »
WELL I NEVER!!!!! no more gravy for me . yuk

 

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