Turtle bottles were the first animal bottle forms to appear on the pottery inventories of the Rudolph Christ Shop. Two different styles of turtle bottles were available. Christ’s original mold for the style presented here was created from an actual turtle shell. Moravian press-molded figural bottles were used to store dry goods, for decoration, and if glazed in the interior, might have been used to hold liquids.
Our Turtle Bottle was made by Old Salem Museums & Gardens potters using a lead-free green glaze. The bottle measures approximately 8″ length x 4″ width x 3″ height. This sweet turtle will arrive in a kraft-paper gift box with a “Handcrafted Salem 1766” tag.