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Vinegar Bottle that belonged to my Great Grand Mother. Trying to find out more... - Mystery Solved, not vinegar.

I took these with a phone camera, if someone can identify them from these alone then great, if not, new photos will follow later, let me know what other angles you may prefer.

The bottle has a mould seam and no markings anywhere, except on top of the stopper, maybe a letter D.

I wish to locate a new stopper to suit, obviously I'd prefer an exact match, but given the age that would appear unlikely.

It would also be nice to learn a little more about the maker of this bottle, of which my mother was told by my great grand mother directly that it was purchased with vinegar in it, as a vinegar bottle and has always been used as a vinegar bottle ever since, until last week when the stopper finally succumbed to being dropped by my brother and had suffered severe fractures running through the centre of it, rendering it unsafe for food use.

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  Is the stopper shown in these photos the one that had been on this bottle before it became broken?

It is the same stopped, and if I turned it all the way around you would see the chips missing.

I have highlighted the fracture lines, in a comparison photo for you.

If I press directly on those areas with my fingers I could literally separate the lower part oft he stopper into five, possibly six pieces, without much effort.

doesnt seem to me to be a cruet  i d expect a pour spout  

i may be totally wrong

Many antique stores have a dozen or more loose stoppers. Call them, ask about faceted crystal stoppers. Measure the diameter of your bottle. Take your bottle with you to make sure it fits. Or, you can measure the stopper with a piece of string, then measure the string. Measure at thickest part.

I looked at a lot of cruets, many like yours and many had faceted stoppers too. They look well together.

No idea what the "D"stands for.

I'm agreeing with Paula, that this is not originally made to be a vinegar cruet. It looks much more like a perfume bottle. Was likely part of a vanity set that matched, or it could have been a single bottle that was made for a specific scent/perfume company.

In our families we often find "mixed up" information. Your family may have had a vinegar cruet, that got broken or lost. And this was lying around, so become the "new" cruet. :) or a similar story.

I did a bit of searching around for a Capital, Cursive "D" and don't find anything like yours. That doesn't mean anything though, as glass marks are notoriously difficult to ID. Here is a good site for bottle marks though:

Are you in US, UK or? That might be a clue. It appears to be pressed glass, with a pretty satin front. Let us know if you find out more. 

Vicki, if you left click on a person's avatar it takes you to his/her home page where you can see his/her location. In this case, Michael lives in Australia.

It looks similar to the D from the Duraglas mark. Maybe they used this on small pieces that the full mark wouldn't fit on? Not really the same so may lead nowhere, but something that may be worth researching.

Finally, I have an answer...

Antique 1933 Dewars Cairngorm Whisky Flagon Bottle with Thistle Stopper

Very Cool! Nice that it's a color photo too! I still wonder who made it? Perhaps one of many Scottish glass makers?

Found this ad on page 29 of "The Catholic Press" December 7 1933

While it doesn't reveal to us, whom the glass maker(s) were, that is very cool info, and at least we can guess that it did indeed come from Scotland! In any case, it's been great fun! I found a few more things for ya below, being the glass hound that I am, I couldn't help it! :) 

Edinburgh and Caithness seem to be options. I found this too:

and this might be helpful?

and this list (link below) has some interesting links. The Scottish Glass Society may know straight away who made your lovely bottle?

Awesome leads, much obliged.

The person who has this original box and bottle is sending it to me so I'll have another one of them soon and the box, from there I shall send some better imagery through to those websites you suggest and see what results may come.

Yes, I realise the photos I posted didn't help much with further identification, I simply thought you may wish to see an idea of size, hence the mug and the text on the back of the box.

Since learning the company name for the bottle, I've since found over a hundred newspaper advertisements from December 1933 and January 1934, selling this bottle. Some stating it was a limited edition run, though they don't really mention exactly how limited.  I've also been in touch with Dewar's archival department and they said they will be back in touch with me again when they've found out whatever they can from their records.


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