Bouteille Glass Bottle, Popham Colony, ca. 1607

Contributed by Maine State Museum


A nearly complete, but fragmentary bottle was recovered from one of the buttery postholes from the Popham Colony. This bottle has been reconstructed from the fragments.

It has a distinctive blue-green color and was flattened so that it has an oval cross section. The neck is not ribbed and the rim is unfinished, which means it was left the same way that it was when it was cut off the pontil. Although the neck was 2 mm thick, the body of the bottle was only 1 mm thick. It was likely that such a delicate bottle was covered and protected by a wicker covering. Fragments of wicker have been found with pieces of what appear to be very similar bottles at a 17th century site in France.

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About This Item

  • Title: Bouteille Glass Bottle, Popham Colony, ca. 1607
  • Creation Date: circa 1607
  • Subject Date: circa 1607
  • Local Name: Popham
  • Town: Phippsburg
  • County: Sagadahoc
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass
  • Collection: Maine State Museum
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine State Museum
Maine State Museum, 83 state house station, Augusta, ME 04333

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