Glass "Florida Water" Bottle Neck/Finish

(1840 - 1860)

One neck and finish of an aqua glass bottle. The bottle was likely dipped molded because of the lack of a seam along the neck (Jones and Sullivan 1989). The rim is a laid-on ring finish, and the bore is narrow (1.3 cm in diameter). These features suggest that it might have been part of a Florida Water bottle. Florida Water was a "perfumed spirit" very popular in the 19th century; it was used as both a cologne and a medicine (Sullivan 1994). One of the most popular brands of Florida Water (sold in Europe as well as in the U.S.) was made by Murray and Lanman. Their shop was located nearby at 69 Water Street from the 1830s through the 1854. Alternatively, bottles of a similar shape and size were also used to contain castor oil.

7 Hanover Square

Manhattan, 7 Hanover Square

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