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274-year-old bottle stolen in 1958 is returned

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A rare glass bottle stolen 55 years ago from a Philadelphia facility has been returned to its home.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Delaware said Tuesday that the Caspar Wistar bottle, stolen in 1958 from the Wistar Institute, was returned to the institution. Officials say the bottle was made at a glass factory near Alloway, N.J. in 1739.

The bottle bears the initials of Richard Wistar, Caspar’s oldest son, one of only two known bottle with the RW seal.

The bottle was granted to the Wistar Institute in 1905 and was taken without permission in 1958. The bottle was found in 2011 in a museum exhibit, and its purported owner agreed to return it to the Wistar Institute.

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