London, 1650 Medium Bottle
The closest match to the size and style of the globe-shaped bottles mastered in 17th Century London, The Medium Bottle is truly reminiscent of the original mouth blown shape. It is therefore perfectly suited to one of its original purposes of holding wine, ready to tell a story at the table.
The inspiration for this collection came to Richard when he first discovered several unusual yet strikingly beautiful antique bottles, dark green in colour, organic in form and with a seal impressed into the glass. They piqued Richard’s curiosity and after some research he learnt that bottles of this kind were first made in London c.1650.
New glassmaking techniques at the time allowed for much stronger bottles to be produced, ideal for transporting wine, beer and other liquids. These bottles were not cheap to produce but they were strong enough be reused time and time again over the course of several years. Knowing this, the owner of the bottles would have their seal impressed into the glass so they could be refilled at the wine merchants, brewery or distillery and returned to the rightful owner. Interestingly it was English bottles from this era that made bottle fermentation and the production of Champagne possible.
20cm x 13cm
As each piece in the collection is individually free-blown, please note that each piece will vary slightly in shape, size and volume. Dimensions given are an indication.
The bottles and tumblers have been hand-crafted by the incredibly skilled London-based master glassblower, Simon Moore, who trained at London’s last glass factory, Whitefriars. Simon has employed the same techniques that would have been used in the 17th Century. The collection will sit comfortably in any contemporary living space, offering rich London storytelling for any home.
We recommend washing all London, 1650 pieces by hand with warm soapy water and a soft sponge. Scouring pads or abrasive washing agents should not be used. Do not put your pieces in the dishwasher as the detergents can permanently dull or scratch the surface.
Dry your piece immediately after washing using a lint-free cloth.
Do not put any piece from the 1650 collection in a microwave or oven.
Do not store your pieces upside-down, as the lip of the glass is delicate and may be damaged under the weight of the glass.
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