For the serious soda collector, here is a recently acquired rare Newark, NJ bottle . It has everything going for it. Vibrant cobalt blue. Mug-Based. Iron Pontil. A great strike from the mold. Excellent condition. And to top it off, there is a lettering mistake where the "J" in NJ is backwards. Superb character.
Circa 1845, a super blown in mold, applied blob top, pontiled soda.
Embossed: J. R. DONALDSON / NEWARK N. J. (backwards J) // SUPERIOR / MINERAL WATER / UNION GLASS WORKS
Height: 7 3/8 "
Color: medium deep cobalt blue
Condition: structurally perfect with no dings, chips etc. There is one shallow open bubble <1/4" wide just below the I in Superior that is no harm from manufacturing, and just mentioned for accuracy. The bottle still has a little natural patina and transluscence so I don't think it was ever cleaned. The base, while frosted from the pontil, does not appear to retain any iron residue. A fabulous example that I hate to part with.
Reference Number: X400