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Snuff Bottle Dot Marks Mystery

Through the years of bottle collecting I have never bought a snuff bottle. I have looked at them, fondled them, but never got the bug to buy one. Now I have done it.

I have heard and read in eBay listings that the dots on the bottom of these jars, were an indication of the strength of the snuff. I have been studying vent dots on old bottles for about 15 years and I have a good explanation for them. But I haven’t read in any of my reference books about the dots, being an indication of the content’s strength.

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This first snuff bottle has six dots on the bottom. For the size of the bottle, I am sure that two would have been enough to let the air out of the mold below the parison expansion in the final blow of the jar.

So I am looking for your help…

Red Matthews [1]

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