Crafted to resemble a glass water vessel excavated at Mount Vernon (1760s-1800s), this Hand-Blown Textured Glass Water Bottle is a unique piece that will add character to any room of your home. This versatile 18th-century reproduction water bottle is fabricated by Phil Gilson, a master glassblower in Lawrenceville, Virginia, using techniques handed down by generations of artisans in Gilson's family. Use it to serve beverages or as a vase to display fresh-cut flowers. Great for historical re-enactments, too, when historical accuracy is required or desired.
- Measures 8.5” tall
- 20 oz. capacity
- Hand-made in the USA
- Historically accurate 18th-century reproduction glass water bottle
About the Artist
Phil Gilson might be the last colonial American-style glassblower working full-time in the traditions developed in the 18th Century. A cousin of the Wistars, owners of America's first successful glass operation, Gilson's craft is not only a passion but a family legacy since the 1730s.
Gilson focuses most of his work on producing and perpetuating designs for historic homes, museums, schools, and the living history and re-enacting community. He makes many pieces using original molds and hand tools handed down for generations.
Gilson is the last of two known master chippers in the country. Chipping is the trade of carving directly into cast-iron glass molds to re-create embossed bottles and flasks of the past. The custom carvings enable Gilson to produce modern commemorative interpretations by placing interchangeable inserts in antique molds.
His work includes custom free-blown, pressed glass, and dip-molded pieces. All of his work is made in well-documented historical bottle-glass colors.
Early American Life magazine's esteemed directory of Traditional American Crafts includes Phil Gilson as a member.