PLEASE see pictures to get idea of overall appearance. Age : An early hand-blown bottle (Blown-In-Mold = BIM) with a tooled-top, ca.
This is just a GREAT LOOKING antique Tooth Powder bottle. Saponaceous is one of those lovely Victorian words that take the elaborate, poetic path to describe something quite common, in this case, soap. So in reality, Saponaceous Tooth Powder was, in common terms, toothpowder with/and soap. Using this product was similar to having your mouth washed out with soap. Antique TOOTH POWDER bottles as this contained nothing more than a powdered tooth paste, yet they claimed that they cured all types of diseases of the mouth, gums, throat, even things that they still can't cure today.
Many of the collectors of antique dental bottles are dentists, building small collections of quality antique dental bottles to display in their waiting rooms and offices and this is a prime example of just this sort of thing as it says so simply, " TOOTH POWDER ". This is a classic antique'tooth powder' style bottle, a fancy & attractive bottle, and in a spectacular purple color. About the deep purple color... You hear about old glass turning purple... This 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. 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 exposed to some concentrated UV rays which had 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 have 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 an item is old enough to turn purple as with few exceptions, only clear glass from before 1915 have manganese in them and will turn SCA. After this, with the start of WWI, manganese was no longer available as foreign imports decreased 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.
Generally speaking NO MORE purple glass after 1915! Not only does this deep purple/amethyst color make this a great looking little antique tooth powder bottle, but it also authenticates it as being truly antique, check it out! Our father was a dentist and we collected these bottles over many years' time. Some are quite rare and others are common but top end examples.Please check our listings as we will work at listing the whole collection over the upcoming winter. We put our 30+ years of experience in antiques to use in describing every item we list. The item "AMETHYST antique SAPONACEOUS TOOTH POWDER embssed 1800s DENTAL bottle BUFFALO NY" is in sale since Friday, February 12, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Bottles & Insulators\Bottles\Antique (Pre-1900)\Medicines & Cures". The seller is "clancy_kid" and is located in Libby, Montana.
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