Researchers found this fragile bottle in a St. Augustine historic well. Because it was found in wet soil, the vial must be stored in water to keep it intact.
This exquisite glass vial was found in a well at the Fatio house in St. Augustine. It dates to the second half of the 17th century and was likely used as a perfume bottle. Because it was found in a waterlogged deposit, it requires special conservation techniques. In order to protect this beautiful and fragile object it must remain stored in water. Even though the glass isn’t extremely porous, it’s still over time being submerged; water and salts from the water have leached into the glass and it would take a special conservation technique to slowly draw out the moisture and salts and replace them to keep the glass itself from shattering into hundreds of little pieces.
Collection Manager, Historical Archaeology
Florida Museum of Natural History
Glass Perfume Bottle
From St. Johns Co., Florida
Dates to late 17th century
Preservation and Preparation