circa 1670 of shaft and globe type with a shallow kick-in base and trailed string rim, the seal inscribed 'Bray of Barrington', 23cm (surface degradation)
This bottle was made for the Brays of Great Barrington in Gloucestershire. At the most likely time it was made, the head of the family was Sir Edmund Bray (d. 1684), who had been knighted by Charles I in 1646. As Sir Edmund's son Reginald died only four years later in 1688, it is a possibility he could have ordered its manufacture, although stylistically it would appear to be of earlier date. The Bray's 16th century Manor house was burnt down in 1736. St. Mary's Church in Great Barrington has an effigy of their ancestor Captain Edmund Bray, (d. 1620) and a later funerary monument to the Bray children of 1720. The bottle's capacity (measured to the bottom of the neck) is 1.7 litres.