Ask A Curator: Mystery Glass Object

While cataloging an archeology collection from Saratoga National Historical Park, we have come across this mysterious glass object.  The object is circular, 2 inches in diameter, with an inward folded edge and compressed exterior.  This artifact was excavated from the rear kitchen area of the Schuyler House at a depth of 9 to 14 inches.  It’s the first of its kind that we have seen here in the lab.  Have you seen this form before?  What kind of vessel does it represent?  We would like to hear from you! 

Mystery glass object from Schuyler House, Saratoga National Historical Park. NMSC Photo.

Both sides of mystery glass object from Schuyler House. NMSC photo.

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About JessicaC

Jessica is a Museum Specialist in the Archeology Program at the Northeast Museum Services Center/National Park Service. She majored in history as an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Geneseo, and has a master's degree in historical archeology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is particularly interested in 18th and 19th century American history and material culture.
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3 Responses to Ask A Curator: Mystery Glass Object

  1. Jonathan Bohan says:

    Could it be part of a candleholder?

  2. Amy Fedchenko says:

    Looks like it might be the top of an inkwell? Or a somewhat deformed/flattened top to a case bottle? Just a couple of guess 🙂

  3. JessicaC says:

    Thank you for your comments! All very interesting suggestions. We were leaning towards an inkstand. We will post a follow-up with a photograph of an inkstand that bears similar traits…

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