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THE MADEIRA BOTTLE
Madeira bottles tend to come in many shapes and sizes. The modern bottles are often not as heavy anymore as they were like until the 1960ies, and in my opinion the color of the glass also has gone to the brighter side. There are two main shapes of bottles: Burgundy-shaped bottles and Bordeaux-type bottles, the latter often with a little bulge in the bottle neck. There are also many other shapes or variations of the two main shapes, especially when it comes to hand blown bottles. Before 1900 the bottles were sometimes stronger in thickness.
The color of the typical Madeira wine bottle is often a dark green, but there is almost any color possible, you can even find a few clear glass bottles. All in all this variety shows, that bottling Madeira wine obviously was a day to day business and it also reflects the sometimes poor and hard conditions of wine making.
Pre-Industrial Manufactured Bottles
As said above, you could blow the molten glass into a mold, thereby shaping the outside of the glass container. This was done manually at first, later there where automated blowing machines that used molds and the blowing technique to make bottles. The molds where usually made of three parts, sometimes even four parts. The bottles are easy to recognize from the rather rough seams where the parts of the mold got together.