Rebuilding an old bottle
This story is not just about rebuilding a bottle which was found broken and in pieces; it is also the story of trying to find its history. With the help of Lady Luck and some good detective work, it may be possible to identify the maker of this bottle, as well as its place and approximate date.
Peter knew he had a treasure. The bottle and the contents were not typical, and he knew it had to be from the middle of the nineteenth century. He began to make inquiries.
The antique dealer (lets call him E) had gotten the bottle from another dealer (D), but thats all he knew about it. Quite by accident, Peter found the next link. He was at the local weekend flea market and mentioned the bottle to another dealer who said that his uncle (C) had sold the bottle to D! When Peter queried Uncle C, he learned that the bottle came from a man (B) who bought it from A who had found the bottle, broken, in his attic.
Peter did not give up the hunt for the bottles origins. He finally tracked down Mr. B who, it turned out, lived in Wiener Neustadt. Mr. B confirmed that the bottle had come from As attic, but he would not divulge the location or the mans name; he only said that it was in a village in southern Lower Austria.
Stay tuned for more of this story, if more is to be found!
|Antique shop where bottle was found|
|Flea Market in Wiener Neustadt|
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