Dear Nora, I have an old family heirloom brown glass bottle that I was given by my mother. It is strange in as much as it appears to have a silver stopper (I don't think it is pewter) which is not hallmarked.
It seems to have some serious age because the bottom is worn very flat... party as part of the manufacturing I suspect, but much by usage. My great grandmother was the first in our family to own it and has never been used in the family so all the wear is older than about 100 years.
The bottle is crudely made with various bubbles and indentations from manufacture. Its quite misshapen. Seems odd that a low quality glass bottle would have a silver stopper unless glassmaking was in its infancy when made. I am really interested to know where it was made and how old it is. What purpose it is for. Value is of not much interest. I guess its £50 - 100.
No, but it tarnished just the same as other items that I have which are hallmarked and it doesn't tarnish like pewter that I have also. I do not know how to test it for silver. Is there some simple test? Not sure why it would be important to the age as to what metal it is?
OK, no problem. There is no particular hurry. I would imagine that this would require the services of someone specialising in glass.
I will wait to hear from somebody.