MAS-D100040: MAS-D100040; Kent; Onion Bottle; Image 1 of 2

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Unique ID: MAS-D100040

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

One onion bottle dated to c.1700.

Glass onion bottles were large hand-blown glass bottles, used aboard sailing ships to hold wine or brandy. For increased stability on rough seas, the bottles were fashioned with a wide-bottom shape to prevent toppling. Between c.1690 and c.1720 the outline of a wine bottle resembled an onion - a wide compressed globular body and a short neck (Robinson and Harding 2015). Most bottles before 1700 had a ring of glass just below the neck that gave anchorage to the string used to hold in variety of stoppers. The Dutch bottles usually had a longer neck than the English ones and featured a flat wraparound rim, while the English bottlenecks had an applied collar or laid on ring (Polak 2016).


This item was found along with a large round jug (MAS-D100052) and were recovered from the Goodwin Sands, Kent.

Class: Container
Sub class: Food and liquid storage container

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder
Subsequent action after recording: Submitted as wreck to the Receiver of Wreck

Wreck details

Droit number: 091/17


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: L R
Identified by: L M
Secondary identifier: V L

Other reference numbers

Droit ID: 091/17

Materials and construction

Primary material: Glass
Manufacture method: Blown
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: MAS
Created: Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Updated: Wednesday 4th October 2017

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