Lyric Prescription Bottle
Yesterday afternoon a construction worker gave me a dirty old bottle - well after searching online line I think it is a c1915-1929 lyric prescription bottle from the Alton Ill glass plant 1906. There is a diamond pattern with a I marking in the middle of the diamond, which is at the bottom of the bottle. There is a number 2 and a letter S also on the bottom of the bottle. I think the #2 is the size, about 4", my guess the S denotes a location of a factory, perhaps San Francisco, a lot of merging going on in those days. I see that the bottle has opposing seams and it is machine made with Flint glass nice rainbow colors) I read prescription bottles used a reflective glass. On the neck area there is a 2 in circle with a squiggly embossing on each side of the 2. The bottle has cc units on the right side of the face and 1-3 markings on the left. Do you know what the markings are for? What kind of medicine would require such measurements? Because of the embossing I know the bottle is machine made (suction circle marking surrounding the diamond )-
I could not find any more specifics about the bottle but I had a lot of fun learning about our early American glass making history. The bottle is dirty inside, just cleaned outside. The embossing side is nice but there is a 1" horizontal scratch on the back side. A historical house, early 1900 was removed from the construction site. The bottle was found near a old orange tree on the property (tree still alive). How much is it worth? See pics-any info greatly appreciated - hey have you got any large photos of the factory? Thanks
The Diamond with I mark on the base is for Owens of Illinois glass. By 1928 pharmacists had a choice of machine-made, washed, and corked Lyric Ovals or metal-capped Lyric Ovals. Apparently some druggists still preferred the old cork style bottles as they probably had supplies for them.
Prescription bottles manufacture red after 1915 were often marked in CCs (cubic centimeters) indicate the capacity of the bottle. The Pharmacist would have filled and labeled the bottle. Many types of prescriptions would have used this marking e.g. cough syrup. Earlier examples of Druggist Prescription bottles can be found here; Prescriptions
The clear glass with rainbow colors are stain from the decomposition of the glass from being buried -not reflective glass.
Despite the fact I found one listed on an antique site for $35, the value is very limited $1-2 is a more realistic price. Prescription bottles can sell for lots of money if the bottle has a town, pharmacy or picture and is in an unusual color - amber, cobalt, teal or greenDigger