Dutch “ onion “ bottle, salvaged from the shipwreck of Vliegend Hert circa 1981.
The bottle has a large amount of its original contents contained by its original cork but does weep if tipped.
The bottles surface is beautifully iridescent from years immersed in the sea, natures gilt.
The ‘ Vliegend Hert” ship was owned by the Dutch East India Company.The Vliegend Hert [properly 't Vliegend Hert or 'the Flying Deer'] was built in 1729 in Middelburg. In February 1735 't Vliegend Hert left from Rammekens for Batavia [now Jakarta]. She was carrying a cargo of wood, iron, gunpowder and wine, as well as gold and silver. However, the ship ran aground (together with a companion vessel) on sandbanks and were lost with all hands. In 1736, a British diver salvaged some cargo but because of difficult conditions attempts were abandoned. In 1981 the wreck site was rediscovered and artefacts including wine bottles, bullets and gold were recovered. Acquired from a collected who purchased the bottle at auction.
16.5cm in height
13.5cm in diameter
18th Century & Earlier
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