This is an example of Teal from the mid 50’s. Later examples were a little more “pastel’. (I was going to say washed out but that may have some negative connotations.) Blog Update-August 14, 2013-A recent email from an avid collector told me that this was the wrong “shape” for a bottle from the 50’s and that it probably has a raised ridge on the bottom and would be either Turquoise or a Teal from the late 80’s even though those are usually a lighter color. He was correct. There is a ridge around the bottom. The first post was posted right around the time that we were researching the raised ridge but it was written a month or more before it was posted. I was misled by the foil label which is most probably added long after manufacture. The color is too dark and slightly green so it can’t be Turquoise. I will stick with Teal for the time being. Many thanks to the sharp collector who wrote. This is just the kind of thing that I was hoping the blog would accomplish.
Blog Update November 29, 2013: During my most recent visit to Blenko I found out that the earliest Sapphire was more of a Teal/Peacock color but for some reason (safety with the colorants?) the formula was changed to a color closer to Cobalt, even though the name was kept the same. With this new information I believe that this water bottle is one of the earliest of the Sapphire pieces.