Two glass fragments of an irregular shape appear twisted and feature the same type of folded edge or rim. These fragments were identified as pieces from the brim of a glass hat, based on comparison with other more complete examples from other parts of the I-95 project. This hat probably started out being blown into a mold for a cylindrical utility or medicine bottle, similar to some of the bottles recovered from this feature. Instead of finishing the neck and lip to form a bottle, the glassblower reshaped the upper portion to create the brim for the hat. 1 Glass hats formed in this manner are known as “whimsies,” since the workers handcrafted them usually not as part of the advertised production of a glassworks. Mid-nineteenth-century glass hat whimsies may have been used as small containers or simply as ornaments to decorate the home.
- Ruth Webb Lee, Victorian Glass (Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1985 reprint from 1944), 328. ↩