All these bottles were found in Normandy, I find it rather incredible that after nearly 300 years they are still found very near to where they were made. Word of mouth has it that these bottles were used for Cider and Calvados ( an Eau de Vie distilled from Cider), no doubt this is true, but I am sure that they were also used for Wine and Champagne . In fact in the Moët et Chandon bottle collection there are many of these bottles, one even has a  label for ‘vin mousseux’ dated 1743, the year Moët was founded . What better bottles than these for the bottling of Champagne, they must be one of  the toughest bottles around and would have been able to take considerable internal pressure. On this note, if you look at the string rim of 2.139 you will see some indentations, other bottles have them too. Some people tell me that they were made on purpose to prevent the wire that held the cork down from slipping. I am not totally convinced  about this, it could just be the result of buckling when the molten string rim was tooled.
   The sealed bottle below is a magnificent example C. 1740-60. The seal is big ( Diam. 5cm) and its positioning on the bottle is lower than  on the bottles on page 1. Seals on French wine bottles of this date are extremely rare and what’s more this bottle still contains some Calvados. I must say I think I would have opened it and tried some by now ! ---- Cheers Yvon.
Weight with liquid 1930gms. Height 28.5cm. Width 11.3cm.
  
2.139 -- Weight 975gms   -- Height 28.2cm -- Width 11.2cm -- Capacity 945cc.
2.137 -- Weight 1085gms -- Height 30.4cm -- Width 11.2cm -- Capacity 965cc.
2.23   -- Weight 1165gms -- Height 28cm    -- Width 11.8cm -- Capacity 1035cc.
2.124 -- Weight 1255gms -- Height 29.6cm -- Width 11.3cm -- Capacity 945cc.
2.162.  Weight - 960gms - Height 28.9cm - Width 11.3cm - Capacity 1010cc
2.167.  Weight 1170gms - Height 29cm - Width 11.4cm- Capacity 950cc
2.170.  Weight 910gms - Height 28cm - Width 11.4cm - Capacity 1030cc
2.175.  Weight 1090gms - Height 30.3cm - Width 11.1cm - Capacity 1050cc
2.183   Weight 920gms - Height 27cm - Width 11.1cm - Capacity 950cc
 
Averages -         Weight 1059gms - Height 28.8cm - Width 11.3cm - Capacity 987cc
Average last two pages 1061gms               29cm                 11.3cm                 971cc.
MORE NORMANDY BOTTLES
2.139 -- 2.137 -- 2.23 -- 2.124 + SEALED BOTTLE
+OTHERS
2.139.
2.139.
2.139.
2.137.
2.137.
2.137.
2.23.
2.23.
2.23.
2.124.
2.124.
2.124.
SEALED CALVADOS
BOTTLE
SEAL
NICE BLOWPIPE PONTIL SCAR.
SIDE SEAL
2.162.
2.162.
2.167.
2.167.
2.167.
2.170.
2.170.
2.170.
2.175.
2.175.
2.175.
2.183.
2.183.
2.183.