Bottle with the Seal of Richard Wistar

Object Name: 
Bottle with the Seal of Richard Wistar

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Object Name: 
Bottle with the Seal of Richard Wistar
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 23.5 cm, Diam (max): 11.2 cm
On Display
about 1745-1755
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Elizabeth Wistar
Web Description: 
The first successful glass factory in the Colonies was established by Caspar Wistar near Alloway, New Jersey, in 1739. Its principal products were window glass and bottles, which were in great demand. More than 15,000 bottles were produced there each year. Wistar’s bottles were made using a typical “Waldglas” formula that had been popular in northern Europe since the Middle Ages. The impure greenish glass was fashioned into bottles so closely similar to the European variety that the makers of unmarked examples cannot be identified. This bottle bears the initials of Richard Wistar, eldest son of Caspar Wistar. It is one of only three marked bottles that can be attributed to the Wistar factory.
Wistar Estate, Elizabeth (d. 1993), Source
Primary Description: 
Light green non-lead glass; blown. Cylindrical body with long neck, applied collar, applied seal on shoulder with "RW", very slightly pushed in base, rough pontil mark, three paper labels, with "L75.58.1", "150" and "#71".
Masterpieces of American Glass
Museum of Applied Arts 1990-07-27 through 1990-09-02
State Hermitage Museum 1990-09-15 through 1990-10-21
Museum of the State Institute of Glass 1990-11-02 through 1991-01-04
Antique Sealed bottles 1640-1900 and the families who owned them (2015) illustrated, p. 362;
Glass Through History (2014) illustrated, pp. 14-15; BIB# AI98196
History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000 (2013) illustrated, p. 305, fig. 12.46; BIB# 129163
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 88-89; BIB# 135965
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 88-89; BIB# 130360
Corning Museum of Glass (2009-01) illustrated, p. 7; BIB# 109342
Glassmaking, America's First Industry (2009-01) illustrated, p. 238, Fig. 1;
Oceans of Wine (2009) illustrated, plates between 306 and 307; BIB# 113240
Encyclopedia of New Jersey (2004) illustrated, p. 879; BIB# 90661
The Decanter: An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650 (2004) illustrated, p. 41, pl. 46; BIB# 67221
American Antiques and Collectibles (2001) illustrated, p. 264; BIB# 76353
American Glass [postage stamps] (1998) illustrated BIB# 61141
The Corning Museum of Glass, Curators' Choice (1995) illustrated, #13; BIB# 36655
Glassworks (AAF) (1992-06) p. 67;
Hikari no shouchu: sekai no garasu = The glass (1992) p. 156, #262; BIB# 58995
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 4, 91, pl. 1; BIB# 33046
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 70-71, #60; BIB# 33211
A Catalogue of American Antiques (1990) illustrated, p. 92; BIB# 69239
Recent Important Acquisitions, 29 (1987) illustrated, p. 118, #17; BIB# AI19055
Glass Production in Eighteenth Century America: The Wistarburg Enterprise (1976) pp. 85-86, fig. 67;