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Up until the 1st century AD, glass was only available to the rich.  During the first century AD, glass blowing became the method of choice and significantly reduced the thickness of the glass and the finish work required to complete a piece.  This made glass ownership affordable to all Romans.  In the picture above and the items that follow, you can see a bit of the variety produced during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th centuries AD.  From tear vials to large containers, glass items were produced in large quantities.  With prices ranging from $35 to $975, I think there is something here for any budget.  Thank you for looking.

Roman Glass - additional pieces    [ without thumbnail images ]

Roman Glass bottle ca. 4th-5th century AD Roman Glass, ca AD 3rd-4th century
 height:  11.2 cm (4 3/8 inches)
 width:   2.6 cm (at widest point) 
 weight: 29.42 grams

Lovely blue/green glass vial, mold-blown with heavy external ribs and rolled mouth.  Fully intact.

$185.00

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Roman Glass bottle ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD Roman Glass, ca AD 3rd-4th century
  height:  7.4 cm
  width:   2.9 cm (at widest point)
  weight: 14.00 grams
 

Another blue/green glass vial, mold-blown with heavy external ribbing and rolled mouth.  This one shorter than the previous specimen but has a wonderful iridescence.  One rib has been damaged otherwise a beautiful specimen. 

$165.00

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Roman Glass bottle ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD Roman Glass, ca AD 1st-3rd century
  height:  5.8 cm
  width:   4.1 cm (at widest point)
  weight: 42.06 grams 

First the good news.  there is beautiful iridescence on this mold-blown, eight sided ink-well style specimen.  Now the bad news, some of the outside layer of glass at the mouth is gone and other places on the outer layer are cracked and weathered.  There is also a hole in the side which I doubt was part of the original design but am surprised that it did not completely destroy the piece if it was added later.  If you are looking for a piece with personality, this is the specimen for you.

$50.00

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Roman Glass bottle ca. 2nd-3rd century AD Roman Glass, ca AD 1st-3rd century
  height:  5.0 cm
  width:   4.4 cm (at widest point)
  weight: 19.99 grams

Nice ink-well style bottle with amber colored glass and very dark (darker than image suggests) sandy encrustation.  Fully intact.

$85.00

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Roman Glass bottle ca. 2th-4th century AD Roman Glass, ca AD 3rd-4th century
  height:  8.1 cm 
  width:   6.0 cm (at widest point)
  weight: 26.52 grams

Beautiful and almost clear mold-blown specimen.  Slight vertical blowing pattern on surface strengthens to the bulbous body.  Fully intact.

$115.00

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Roman Glass bottle ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD Roman Glass, ca AD 3rd-4th century
  height:  8.0 cm 
  width:   5.6 cm (at widest point)
  weight: 31.83 grams

Nice bulbous specimen of pale green/tan coloration with vertical ribs again adding strength.  Complete and intact.

$115.00

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Roman Glass bottle ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD Roman Glass, ca AD 3rd-4th century
  height:  6.8 cm
  width:   6.1 cm (at widest point)
  weight: 39.86 grams 

Gorgeous blue/green bulbous bottle with included base, wide neck and flared mouth.  Complete and intact.

$115.00

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Roman Glass bottle ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD Roman Glass, ca AD 3rd-4th century
  height:  8.3 cm
  width:   4.7 cm (at widest point)
  weight: 42.89 grams 

Pale green/tan  mold-blown bottle with external wavy ribs and slightly folded top.  Complete and fully intact.

$115.00

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Roman Glass bottle ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD Roman Glass Double Balsamarium, ca AD 3rd-4th century
  height:  11.9 cm (4 3/4 inches)
  width:   3.1 cm (at widest point excluding handles)
  weight: 36.09 grams 

Light-green glass with a thin layer of iridescence, the double-flask body decorated with applied horizontal spiral trail, two handles attached from upper-body to rim, the rim folded inward.  Some minor chipping at rim and fissure to body as shown in images.  Still a lovely piece.

For similar, see Ancient and Islamic Glass in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, p. 115, nos. 194-198

$395.00

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Roman Glass bottle ca. 2nd - 3rd century AD Roman Glass, ca AD 1st-3rd century
  height:  12.2 cm (4 1/2 inches)
  width:   20.4 x 21.2 cm (8 to 8 1/4 inches across)
  

Nice Aquamarine color to this large conical shaped specimen with folded rim.  A number of cracks and fissures but stable and intact.  Comes with its own stand.

$695.00

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