Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Huh? Star Base Fifth...

While going through some boxes this week, I came across a crude and early "Patent" fifth. Nice deep olive amber and swirls throughout. Pretty neat piece of early glass I thought. I had not previously noted the base characteristics or perhaps forgot, but there it is...a "star". Hmmm...what is this? Embossing? Yes, it is embossed "Dixon & Co. Liverpool" around the base. So, I guess San Francisco was not the only glass works to emboss a "star"...I know that some U.S.A. Hosp. Dept. bottles and even some Hostetter's have some version of the "star" but I had not seen an English bottle with this type of "star". DM


  1. I'd really like to see this one in person Dale, it has answers to many questions of mine! Is it going to be in Roseville, will you?

  2. Interesting bottle, Dale!
    Perhaps it's an early western blown "Patent" Fifth....or perhaps some of the star base cylinders are not western blown like many of us assume!?!? Are those embossed letters around the inside edge of the bottom, or just the 8-Ray star? I can't quite tell from the photo.

    On a similar note, I have a black glass ale with a 6-Ray star on the base that looks very similar to some of the PGW & SFPGW star bases... It also has a few embossed letters/initials around the bottom....I believe, "CMW" or "GMW" from what I recall. I'll post a pic of it in the next few days.