Colorless glass with violet tinge; mold-blown; plain lip, pontil mark. Obverse: early steamboat with paddle wheel steaming to right; long narrow flag streaming to left from bow and large American flag, stars and stripes flying from mast back of smoke stack. Above boat in curving line "THE AMERICAN" and beneath the water through which the boat is steaming, the word "SYSTEM". Reverse: large upright Sheaf of Rye encircled by inscription "USE ME BUT DO NOT ABUSE ME"; also encircling the sheaf and between it and the inscription twenty-seven small dots or pearls, possibly intended to represent stars. Beneath sheaf narrow rectangular frame with curved ends and containing inscription "B. P & B". Edges: herringbone ribbing, no medial rib.