Here’s a very rare deep amethyst or purple early hand blown glass huge demijohn bottle with its original wicker covering. I’m guessing it holds 3 gallons, but I’m not sure. We cut the bottom half of the wicker so that we could show the beautiful purple color of the glass. The wicker bottom can be put back in place so that the demijohn can be displayed with or without it. This fantastic big kidney shaped demijohn was used in the 1800s to hold wine, home brew liquors or water. It is hand blown in mold, bimal….. Applied big tapered collar…… 17 1/2″tall x about 14″across widest point….. Beautiful amethyst or purple color…… Excellent condition with no chips, cracks or damage of any kind. Some old content stain inside which would clean out, but we are leaving it as found. The wicker covering has a pair of handles which are real nice. Like I said, we cut the wicker above the handles so that it could be removed, but it can be put back in place. Other than that, the wicker covering is in good condition… Tight around the neck and bottom. We guarantee this awesome hand blown demijohn is authentic antique from the 1800s….. Very hard to find in this amazing amethyst color! THIS IS A FIXED PRICE BOTTLE FOR SALE IN MY STORE. Unless you contact me first. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for your business…. Your friendly fellow collector, Digger Dave Beeler. We stand proudly in support of our military men and women and their families. The beautiful amethyst or purple color of this glass is a result of the presence of manganese in the glass, which was a decolorizer to turn the glass clear. Glass that contains manganese, when exposed to ultraviolet rays of the sun or other sources of UV rays, causes the glass to turn amethyst. Some of my amethyst bottles and glass are purpled from years of exposure to natural sunlight. Others have been purpled with the use of strong UV lights in a boxand some have been purpled by running them through a water sterilization plant, which is a safe and permanent process which does the same thing as many years of exposure to natural sunlight, except much faster. To those “purists” who falsely believe that glass cannot turn this deep amethyst color naturally, I could take you to places where bottles and glass have turned this same shade of purple from being in the sunlight for many years. The item “1880s RARE AMETHYST PURPLE 17 1/2 KIDNEY DEMIJOHN BOTTLE WITH WICKER COVER” is in sale since Wednesday, October 4, 2017. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Bottles & Insulators\Bottles\Antique (Pre-1900)\Other Antique Bottles”. The seller is “diggerdaveb” and is located in Hillsboro, Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.