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An Important Sealed 'Squat Cylinder' Wine Bottle of Colonial American Interest,
of olive-green tint, the wide body with a long straight neck and applied string rim, applied just below the shoulder with a seal inscribed 'Old/ Colony/ 1620', with a deep 'kick-up' base,
ht. 9 1/4 in.
This is a commemorative seal on a much later bottle manufactured in England, almost certainly for the American market. The year 1620 was the year the 'Mayflower Pilgrims' sailed from Plymouth in Devon, England, to Plymouth in Massachusetts, US. The Mayflower carried pilgrims, separatists from the Church of England, some of whom were to become early settlers of the Cape Cod region of north-eastern America. The ship left Plymouth on 16 September 1620, heading for the Hudson River north of Jamestown, Virginia, which had been occupied since 1607. The ship landed off course at Cape Cod, where the pilgrims established a settlement later known as Plymouth Colony. They spent their first winter on the ship itself, eventually embarking on 21 March 2021 before the ship sailed back to England on 5 April. Burton records just one other bottle with this seal in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (inv. no.59,2168).
With Neil Willcox, 23 November 1998
A C Hubbard Jr Collection
Ward Lloyd, A Wine Lover's Glasses (2000), p.112, pl.170
David Burton, Antique Sealed Bottles (2015), pp.488-9