DUPRS_0004 Star Bottle

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Title

DUPRS_0004 Star Bottle

Subject

Small Glass Star Bottle

Description

Clear, glass bottle with a rounded body and straight “throat” part which may have been hand blown. Embossed star letters “MO” printed in the center space of the star
It is complete and in good condition with some color fading/weathering near the lower part of the throat and sides of the body.

Creator

Unknown

Source

Selective Surface collection, east Stanley Park, Historic Chatham Township (modern Summit, New Jersey)

Publisher

Drew University, Department of Anthropology, Drew University Passaic River Survey

Date

Unknown

Contributor

Ava Valentino

Rights

The materials in this collection are made available for use for educational purposes only for research, teaching and private study. Texts and images from this collection may not be used for any commercial purpose without prior permission from the Department of Anthropology, Drew University.

Relation

https://www.antique-bottles.net/threads/mo-in-star.154908/ https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/small-antique-star-david-jewish-1-131441051 https://www.reddit.com/r/BottleDigging/comments/7y7net/identification_small_bottle_with_star_of_david/

Type

Glass

Coverage

From various related sources, this bottle could have been used to store oil/perfume/medicine, with the letters indicating the initials of the owner of the bottle.
Further research is needed to find the provenience and origin of creation for the bottle.

Although the embossed star could relate to the “Star of David”, various websites state that these bottles held oil/perfume/medicine, and the initials were of the owner (1,6,7,8,9,10). The embossed star could potentially be a symbol of the six point Brewer’s Star (2,11). This could have been from a women’s and girl’s apparel department store in Reading, PA called C.K. Whitner Co.(3,4,5). The maker’s mark of company Hutch F. W. Muller Arlington Heights, ILL includes a similar star (12).

References

https://www.reddit.com/r/whatisthisthing/comments/7yefwd/small_bottle_with_star_or_david_and_the_initials/
http://www.brewingmuseum.org/articles/six-point-brewers-star
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/medicine-doll-handblown-glass-bottle-489888872
http://digitalcollections.powerlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/prepl-brcpc/id/29
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-C-K-Whitner-Co-Reading-Pa-438-444-Penn-Square-Metal-Tray-/274013544996
https://www.antique-bottles.net/threads/mo-in-star.154908/
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/small-antique-star-david-jewish-1-131441051
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/jewish-star-david-hand-blown-1923124565
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/small-flask-shape-embossed-star-david-1802354549
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-bottle-embossed-star-david-1788627968
http://www.beeretseq.com/is-the-brewing-star-of-jewish-origin/
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Hutch-F-W-Muller-Arlington-Heights-ILL-Bottle-Star-of-David-6-fl-oz/224048712746?hash=item342a580c2a:g:a4cAAOSwu51e6kSC

Files

https://s3.amazonaws.com/omeka-net/54369/archive/files/7d8981cf7536fcd123fa5e15b2c8a104.JPG
https://s3.amazonaws.com/omeka-net/54369/archive/files/cb66d596000ea771f91fcafba235cb0f.JPG

Tags

Citation

Unknown, “DUPRS_0004 Star Bottle,” Drew University Library Special Collections, accessed March 31, 2023, http://omeka.drew.edu/items/show/661.