ANTIQUE 1715 SPANISH PLATE FLEET SHIPWRECK BOTTLE

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  • Item Category: Fine Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 03,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction
***PLEASE READ ENTIRE DESCRIPTION*** This is one of 5 bottles I have that was found at the site of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet shipwrecks. These were sunk on July 31st, 1715 by a Hurricane off the Florida coast. T were 11 ships in the fleet, that started in Havana and it is believed all went down. They were separated by several miles. Some say one ship survived. T were over 2500 men and over 1000 died. These were carrying gold, silver, jewelry and many other items. It was many years before treasure started being brought up. "Mel Fisher" was one of the divers participating in the recovery efforts. T are still items being brought up today. This is one of the bottles found at that site. It is a dark olive green in color. It looks black. Very few are found in this condition. T are no chips or cracks. It has a slightly textured finish from being in the water so long. It has a slightly indented bottom with an inverse smoothed pontil. The glass is a heavier glass. I have left it as I got it. I got all the bottles in the 70's from a diver who was working this site. I do not know exactly which of the fleet ship sites he worked. I did not keep track of his name. All I can tell you is that the recovery ship had the word "Eagle" in it somehow. When diving on these sites, sometimes other wrecks can overlap each other. This was recovered at the site of one of the 1715 ships, but if it is an overlap of another ship it could be dated a little later. I believe this is a later bottle. The top is still an applied top. You can see bubbles in the glass toward the top and swirls in the glass. Part of the bottom is rougher and duller. This is the part that was more exposed to the water. This is a Case Gin bottle. It is squared in shape. This could be around the early 1800's. When these were first brought up, they had a heavy coating of growth on them. The bottles I have are all cleaned. These were cleaned by the person who brough them up. I do not have a certificate for this because I never planned on selling them. My cat broke one and they have been in storage ever since. I decided to offer them to someone who might display them instead of being stored in a box in my closet. It stands 10" tall. Neck part is 1" tall. Bottom is 2.5" across. I am putting the last 3 on that I have left. Each one is different. They are all beautiful in their own ways. I have no reserve on this item. I have no idea of the value of such an item. Each one is unique and one of a kind. I will try to answer any questions you might have. Thanks for looking and don't forget to check my other auctions. You never know what you might find. Have a great day!

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