Green Glass Shard with a Giraffe Head?

by Heidi
(Atlantic City NJ)

Found green glass shard with a giraffe head (?) on it off the Atlantic City New Jersey Boardwalk.

Found green glass shard with a giraffe head (?) on it off the Atlantic City New Jersey Boardwalk.

I don't think this is all that old.

Thin and curved with a minimum of tumbling the inside still shiny.

The reason I think it's a giraffe is because it has a little horn on top of its head even though it doesn't seem to have giraffe markings on its neck.

There is a slight seam to the right where there a a shallow bend in the glass.

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I found one exactly like it
by: Nancy Stahl

I found a shard exactly like it at the Jersey shore on the delaware bay. It does not look like the tonsiline pictures on internet. I wish I could send a picture but this site does not allow that on replys. email me if you want to see the image.
raystahlx (at) gmail dot com


Nancy, if you send us photos we can post them for you. David and Lin - davidadmin at odysseyseaglass dot com

Atlantic City Green Mystery
by: Heidi

Thanks to all of you for your interest in my find.

I am happy to find some of my own people!
I wish it were from an old Tonsiline bottle, but I think maybe not.

The piece I have does not seem to match the district features of those antique medicine bottles.

I worked really hard to get good photos of it. The head and neck are disembodied (no shoulders) and the markings a very shallowly raised.

I found it at the mouth of the Abscond Inlet and there is a little bit of the old atlantic city still standing and some of it being tumbled around on the shoreline.

Perhaps my piece is from a newer bottle (liquor?) It was nearby the now defunct Revel. i somehow picture some "revelers" trying hard to create a good time throwing a bottle of expensive liquor into the sea on some moon lit night.

Am I being too romantic about the whole thing?

Animals in Glass
by: Momcat Christi

I was at the Wheaton Arts Center in Millville NJ today (abut 40 mi from Atlantic City; they have the most amazing collection of glass I have ever seen. (google it; no HTML allowed here)

I saw an old, intact milk bottle with a cow "pressed" into the glass like your giraffe/horse head.

I took a photo but I can't seem to post it with the text. Did they make milk bottles in green glass?

They also noted how animal "imprints" were common on spirits bottles.

One of the points they make a few times in the museum is how perfect the sand is in NJ for making green glass, due to the minerals in their sand. The area was a huge glass manufacturing center up until the early 1920s.

Giraffe with sore throat it is
by: David at OdysseySeaGlass

Diane said, "Looks like a Tonsiline Bottle for sore throat medication. Early 1900."

A quick search of Google images reveals that is exactly what it is. Copy and paste this link into your browser:

Great work, Diane!

by: Jim

The embossed animal on that beach shard sure looks like a horse to me. The "horn" is his other ear.

by: Bluehowler

I've nothing to add for identification purposes except perhaps it is a unicorn, not a giraffe?

Really nice!!
by: Dianne

Looks like a Tonsiline Bottle for sore throat medication. Early 1900.

Great find!

Interesting shard
by: David & Lin

I don't believe we've seen anything like this shard before. Does anyone recognize this marking?

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