Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hassmer revisited

Andy V. mentioned the possibility of an oddball Hassmer variant with either a sticky ball or graphite pontil scar on the base. His comment got me curious. As I mentioned before, it's obvious that both the tooled and applied top examples in my collection originated in the same mold. The font, spacing, etc. etc. etc. are identical when compared with photo overlays and caliper measurements.

The mold was modified to improve the finished product by the addition of a couple of air vents on the reverse shoulder, but that's the only thing I noticed. Until Andy mentioned the base on his.

Although the bases proper on my two are identical, a mold number was added when the venting was done as the glassworks transitioned from glop to tool tops.

I sure would like to see a photo of Andy's.


  1. There is no such thing as a sticky ball or graphite pontil scar on the base of one of these bottles, dream on.........

  2. Never say Never, Anon. Like I stated on the other site, I did dig a iron pontilled 1870s McM & K jake here in Sackamenna. It was obvious that the pontil mark was there and the bottle sold for several hundred dollars. There COULD be the same in the Hassmer's.

  3. Years ago I had a "J.F. Cutter" 5th that had a very distinct open tube pontil about the size of a quarter. It now resides in a prominent Redding collection.


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