Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Another Georgian Margate find.

One of the finds from last week on Margate main sands was this broken bottle neck from an English squat cylinder bottle. It dates anytime from the 1780's to the 1820's . This is the first one I have found with the cork still intact at Margate. It was found in an area on the main sands where the sand  had washed down to the clay bed of the old creek last winter.
The discolouration to the glass is consistent to other finds from the same period that have been laying in silt for around two hundred years or more. During the underpinning of the stone pier earlier on this year many discoloured glass fragments of the same period were also found where the deep digging took place close to the wall of the stone pier. However the main feature of this find is not the discolouration of the glass it is the way the lip has been applied after the bottle has been blown as it is consistent with the generic wine and spirit squat cylinder bottles of the 1780's to 1820's period.
From the 1820's the design of lips did change and the length of the collars changed so the contents of the bottle would identify a particular wine or spirit. I suspect this change came about due to the end of the Napoleonic wars as imported bottled wines would have freely entered the country from all over Europe. Each bottle having different brand designs which forced a design change in England as generic designed bottles would have been no longer fashionable.

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