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Antique French Demijohn or Carboy



The Demijohn or Carboy, also spelled Carbouy originally referred to a large glass vessel with a small neck, encased in wicker. The word Demijohn comes from the French dame-jeanne, (Lady Jane), first used in France during the 17th century. Others will say it derived from the name of a Persian town, Damghan, but neither is proven. Carboys were designed for transporting liquids, mostly water or wine. Top reads "VIRESA" and belly reads "15-LTS" One snail shell, but hard to see, (image 6) top center.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.5 in. (41.91 cm)Diameter: 12.25 in. (31.12 cm)
  • Style
    Country (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: J2249C1stDibs: LU824319520402

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    Ships From: Chicago, IL
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