Antique Blown Glass

GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM

GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM
GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM
GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM
GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM
GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM
GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM

GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM   GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM

11 inch + tall x 5 wide. Light SUN COLORED AMETHYST unique rounded base shaped antique Apothecary or Pharmacy DISPLAY bottle / INVERTED show GLOBE bottle.

This is a SUPER SCARCE large SIZE , an ORIGINAL ANTIQUE hand B lown I nto M old vessel (BIM) with a LARGE FLAT FLARED tooled top, dating it all the way back to the 1800's. To get an idea of how large this globe is, the flared lip alone is almost 5 inches wide! Condition : This vessel is in excellent condition. It has a trace of haze but that's about it. There are NO cracks, chips, dings, damage, etc. Age : An early hand-blown bottle (Blown-In-Mold = BIM) with a tooled, wide-flat-flared-top, ca. This certainly is a very LARGE old antique apothecary display vessel, or I think the grammatically correct term is "INVERTED SHOW GLOBE", that was used to display medicines, herbs, powders, flowers, minerals and mining specimens, organics etc. And would sit on the counter, in an old cabinet, in a museum, or, as most people think of when they think of a "show globe", in the window of an old apothecary shop. In definition, show globes, or carboys, are typically clear glass vessels filled with colored liquid and were displayed in an apothecary's front window. Although many sizes were made with respect to the position in the window display, the typical show globe is one-quart to two gallons in size.

Originally, the show globe served a practical purpose, a sign of distinction between an apothecary's shop and other businesses. Much like road signs today, which show pictures rather than words, to communicate with folks of all languages, back in the day when show globes were popular, the general public was typically illiterate and required a simple picture or symbol rather than a name to recognize a business. Thus, the show globe was a well-recognized symbol of not only a place to obtain pharmaceutical supplies or remedies but also of the pharmacy profession itself.

In 1931, the American Pharmaceutical Association adopted a resolution to legally make the show globe a sign solely of pharmacists and prohibited the use of show globes, the "recognized symbol of pharmacy, " by any other business. The style of globe we offer here would sit with the cork end down and the large glass base up so the contents within would be totally view able. These'inverted' show globes were also used by exhibitors at local fairs to display examples of seeds, grains, wheat stalks, etc.

That they would enter into competition. These are rarely found for sale (especially in this LARGE size) as they weren't discarded but were used over and over again until they broke.

Also they are blown in very thin glass so that the displayed items inside would not be distorted but clearly visible and as a result they are extremely light and fragile. Though some of the ones we've seen we're claimed to have been'free blown' and have been called everything from footed specimen jars to show globes, they aren't free blown.

These were hand blown into a mold, then spun in the mold to thin out the glass and make it very uniform. In the process the mold seams are obliterated and thus have the mistaken appearance of'free blown' glass. Anyway, this is, not only a classic antique apothecary bottle, but a rare GIANT sized one, hard to find, check it out!

We put our 30+ years of experience in antiques to use in describing every item we list. The item "GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM" is in sale since Friday, June 26, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Science & Medicine (Pre-1930)\Apothecary & Pharmaceutical\Bottles & Jars".

The seller is "clancy_kid" and is located in Libby, Montana. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Color: Light LAVENDER sun colored AMETHYST
  • Age:: Antique (late 1800's)
  • Size:: Probably a FULL QUART size, OVER 11 inches tall
  • Item Description:: Inverted ANTIQUE GLASS show globe or carboy
  • Desirable Features:: * GIANT size * UNIQUE shape * Display VESSEL * BIM


GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM   GIANT antique APOTHECARY blown glass SHOW GLOBE or INVERTED specimen jar BIM