(to top of stopper) cylinder-shaped deep PURPLE AMETHYST color antique MASSAGE CREAM bottle that comes with the GLASS STOPPER , hard to find! This is the RARER LARGE SIZE of this bottle, a size that is very hard to find, esp. This is a very early mold blown bottle, dating back 100 years old or more. Bottle embossed : " POMPEIAN / MASSAGE / CREAM ". Condition : The bottle itself is in nice clean condition.It may have traces of haze and wear -- from age and use, but there is nothing specifically wrong with it. NO cracks, chips, dings, damage, etc. The stopper is badly chipped, it has a large half-moon shape chip of glass missing, chipped away from the lower section of the stopper. BUT it is just the lower part of it, so when it is displayed, there is no indication of damage.
The stopper fits snugly, there is minimal movement when it is in place. ALSO and MOST IMPORTANT, this IS the ORIGINAL stopper. See picture for overall appearance. Age : An ORIGINAL ANTIQUE mold-blown bottle (ABM) with a glass-top, ca early 1900's.
You see these Pompeian bottles from time to time but most all of them you see are newer and / or smaller sized bottles that are not old enough to turn purple. This is the rare LARGER size, much harder to find, especially with the ORIGINAL glass stopper that makes the jar complete.
Note too the great purple color of the bottle and the stopper... You hear about old glass turning purple in the sunlight... The purple color is the result of having manganese in the glass. Manganese is a mineral, a rock, that was mined, crushed, and pulverized into a powder, then added to vats of molten liquid glass, and acted as a decolorizing agent to turn the natural aqua-tinted glass into a pure crystal clear colorless glass.
Then it was blown into a mold to create a bottle, jar, or other object. But when exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun or other sources of UV rays, it triggers a chemical reaction and the manganese starts to oxidize and slowly turns a lavender or amethyst color. The end result is what collectors refer to as SCA (Sun Colored Amethyst) glass.
The longer it is in the sun the purpler it becomes. This bottle was passed through some concentrated UV rays. Which has the same affect as the sun, but a lot faster. It has not been colored, stained, or altered.No matter how a bottle or jar has turned purple (direct sunlight or UV rays in controlled environment) they all turn the same purple color as it is the same chemical reaction taking place. The only difference is the time it took to turn purple. What is important is that a bottle or jar has to be old enough to turn purple as with few exceptions, only clear glass from before 1915 has manganese in it and will turn SCA.
Then, with the beginning of WWI, manganese was no longer available as foreign imports deceased and domestic resources turned towards the war effort. Selenium sulphate then replaced manganese as a glass de-colorizer and when exposed to UV rays, it turns a yellow / straw color, and a dark burnt amber color. In summary, not only does this deep purple/amethyst color make this a great looking antique bottle, but it also authenticates it as being truly antique , check it out!
We put our 30+ years of experience in antiques to use in describing every item we list. The item "Fancy Purple POMPEIAN MASSAGE CREAM antique bottle withglass stopper rare LARGE sz" is in sale since Friday, May 24, 2019.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Bottles & Insulators\Bottles\Antique (Pre-1900)\Hair & Skin Care". The seller is "clancy_kid" and is located in Clancy, Montana. This item can be shipped worldwide.