Another 1805 ad for BOTTLED PORTER ALE & CIDER (both foreign and domestic) mentions a bottling cellar at 96 North Howard Street, with a front cellar "fitted up" to accommodate the public, who may, after an afternoon walk to the park, be These advertisements are representative of a substantial brewing and bottling trade for 'Porter, Ale & Cider' in the City of Baltimore during the manufacture and use of this bottle.One of these proprietors may have handled the bottle pictured to your right at some point in time. DATING & PROVENANCE The sand pontil, form, density of color and transitional lip treatment are the most definitive characteristics in dating this bottle.Many experienced sea glass collectors will say black is one of the most difficult pieces to find.Besides the odds being about 1 in 2,000 that you’ll find one, black sea glass is also more elusive because of the challenge to recognize it lying on the shore among dark rocks.My uncle was in Arizona, near some of the old mining camps there. People had access with four-wheel drive vehicles and gas was cheap and time-off was more abundant.
Sometimes, the shards are so dark they only show their true color around the edges.
In the 1980's, I had acquired a similar black glass bottle in an antique shop in Laurel, Md.
It was free blown or form molded, but in a taller, more narrow rum or ale shape.
Why, you might wonder, is this information presented via a website, and not a more traditional printed publication?
The website states: In order to answer or address questions related to the dating and typing a bottle, a lot of information must be presented in a way that is accessible to the user of this site.