Next to the discovery of fire, some of the more important inventions to mankind were the development of techniques for the long-term preservation of food without rapid spoiling.  One of the earliest distinct bottle styles strongly identified with foods were the “gothic” or “cathedral” types.  Now when you think of cathedral or gothic design perhaps Europe comes to mind, however these pickling bottles were in fact American designed. Designs of this nature were commonly seen in the mid 1800s. Being a container for relatively perishable food products, these bottles were usually discarded shortly after use. Unlike most gothic pepper/pickle bottles from this era ours comes complete with a rarely seen stunning lead label. Adding further to its personality is a scare base pontil.