Bottle with original contents
Overall: 8 3/4 x 4 in. ( 22.2 x 10.2 cm )
written: on paper label; "Mushroom Catsup/ made by/ my grandmother/ Pindar's Vale Tarrytown/ in the year/ 1819/ kept only as a relic"
Olive green, non-lead, blown glass bottle; bottle blown in dip mold and has cylindrical neck with applied, V-shaped string rim, rounded shoulders, and a cylindrical body with a push-up and pontil mark; cork and seal still intact; contains liquified ca. 1819 mushroom catsup.
According to accession records, this eighteenth-century bottle was still in use in the early nineteenth century, when it was used to hold home-made mushroom catsup. Re-use of bottles was common in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and empty bottles were usually saved or sold to be filled again and again.
Gift of Lucy Embury Hubbell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.