November 21, 2013
Demijohn Neck - This dark-green glass bottle neck, encrusted with marine concretion, was found on a shipwreck believed to be the 1827 Cuban pirate-slaver Guerrero, sunk off Key Largo. It is from a large bottle called a demijohn. This example is primitively made; hand-blown, with the edge sheared from the blowpipe and Òfire-polishedÓ to smooth any jagged edges. A crude string of molten glass was then wrapped around the neck as a finish. Demijohns were almost always used for wine or liquor; making is easy to imagine that this bottle once held a pirateÕs rum.