A Surinam basement bottle
A nice 18th century so called basement bottle. A basement bottle is characterized by its square sides, so it could fit close aside in a compartment box in a cellar or export cases. This mouth blown type of bottle was especially made for the export of Dutch Gin and are found all over the world. This example was excavated from the bottom of the Paramariboriver in Surinam, a former Dutch colony. During its long period on the bottom of the river, the dark green glass surface has developed a very nice patina.
Private collection of Mr. H.S. from Ruurlo in the Netherlands. While resident of Surinam, he collected the bottles between 1980 and 2005.
Heigth 24,8 cm., width 8.8 cm.
Good, no cracks, nice irisation.