October 1999 Questions

Digger Odell Publications ©1999

Hi I have a question about bottles and hope that you can help. Digging in the woods today I found a bottle that no one around here has ever heard of. I live in West Virginia, the bottle that was found is similar to an early soda pop bottle, green in color, close to 7up bottle color, the label on the bottle says "a late one" ALE8 1 for bracing pep this is a 12 oz bottle. Can you tell me what this bottle possibly is and if it is maybe worth something? No one I have showed it to can tell me and we are curious as to what a bracing pep is? Thank you in advance for your time Pam

Around the 1930-40 period there were hundreds of green colored Painted Label sodas produced. Most are similar to 7up bottles and often were hangover remedies. Typically the earlier ones I have seen are 7-8 oz sizes.

Reader's Response: where the first question was from a person in West Virginia who had found a green bottle for Ale8-1 which has "bracing pep" and was wondering where the bottle was from, etc.  This is a soft drink produced only in Winchester, KY and has been around for a hundred years or so. They've been recycling the same bottles for a long time.  I don't think that their bottles have become collectibles in any way, but I could be wrong.  Hope this info is useful! Lesley

Thanks Lesley, Digger

Maybe you can help me. We just purchased an antique home and located an apparent old dump while doing some excavating. Near an old barn I found a Hood`s Sarsa Parilla bottle. It says C.I. Hood & Co. Apothecaries Lowell Mass. a number 83 is on the bottom. There are numerous air bubbles in the glass, and a turquois colored tint. There are other bottles as well, but I won`t bother you with the others just yet. Thanks, Sincerely, Everett

Hi, I found a Sarsaparilla bottle while digging in my back yard. I'm not interested in the value so much as I am curious about the date the bottle might have been made. I found the bottle on Reggie's Sarsaparilla page. This is the description: Hood's Sarsaparilla/C. I. Hood & Co./ Apothecaries/ Lowell, Mass Aqua-tinted glass, BIM with double collar top, 9" tall, smooth base with "24" in circle on bottom. Do you have any idea when these were made??

Everett and Karyn, Your bottle is probably the most common embossed Sarsaparilla bottle from the 19th century.  Charles I Hood, (1845-1922) began as a pharmacist's apprentice in Boston.  In 1870, he established his own drugstore in  Lowell, MA and 6 years later he became the sole proprietor. He was a prolific advertiser, putting out calendars, fans, trade cards and a tremendous amount of newspaper advertising.  Your bottle has a $3-5 value.  Keep digging.  Digger

Hello I use to collect bottles when I was younger and I was wondering what they were worth today. Is there a web sight with prices or values ? There is a picture of a scroll flask under historical flasks what is it worth ? I think I have one of those It had a lead pontil at the bottom . I hope it hasn't been broken ! Well I hope to hear from you soon : Larry D. George

Bottle values for desireable bottles have kept pace with inflation and in many cases done better. Common bottles have not appreciated at a rate to keep up with inflation. . Your aqua pint or quart Scroll flask is worth $55-75, depending upon the type On the other hand, colored scrolls have appreciated greatly. Digger.

I have an old ball fruit jar with the word perfect misspelled "perefct" . Are you familiar with this?

Your jar is listed in the Red Book of Fruit Jars in Pint and Quart Sizes. All list for $8-10. Digger

Hi: During a dig at our school in Buckeye Arizona I uncovered a bottle 4" high 2.5" wide 1"deep raised letters on the sides ASTRINGOSOL on the bottom of the bottle in raised letters Bottle made in USA. the bottle is clear. The school was built in the 20s and was found in the back yard of the main campus. If you have any ideas please contact me. Thank you Don Stevens 

I found a listing for ASTRINGOSOL in the 1913 Druggist Circular, the product was .50 per bottle or $4.00 a dozen and was produced by the Stephenson Chemical Company, Greenesburg, PA. I suspect it was an antiseptic like Lysol.


I recently purchased a large deep emerald green barrel jar, it has 7 rings on top and 6 rings on the bottom of the barrel. It is 9 3/4" tall and 3 3/4" across at the bottom of the jar. It is smooth based with the letters L A M. A & F embossed on the bottom of the jar! It has a applied top, the mold seam run's half way up the neck of the jar! Digger I have read your articles for years in the A B & G C magazine & know that if anyone can tell me what this jar was made for you can, as to Priority it is 3:3o A. M. here in Iowa right now. I really would appreciate your help with this problem  thanks for your time and trouble.
John P. Wales

Your jar comes in two sizes, only one size has the initials. they come in many shades of olive and green. These are pickle jars imported from France is the generally accepted theory. they date to just before the turn of the century


William C Halleck of Portland Oregon registered the words "Skookum Root Hair Grower" as a trademark in 1891.  Your bottle was a specific for dandruff and falling hair and a Preventive for baldness.  Your bottle is Listed in Fadely's book on Hair bottles where he has it priced $35. I'd say a bit more today. Digger

Here's a photo of a small flask that my husband found approx 3 1/4 in tall and 2 1/8 in. wide ground lip milk glass seam goes to the top..

Your bottle is turn of the century and was an "Elks Club" flask.  It should be worth $75-100 with the pewter cap and no damage. Digger

Hi digger I wonder if you could take a look at this and give me your opinion as to >what it is and age etc. thanks, Janice Bentley- Lawrenceville, a.

Janice,  I check both the Red Book of Fruit Jars and the book on Ketchups, Sauces and Pickles which covers foods.  Your jar is some kind of product Jar, possibly peanut butter, coffee, applebutter or something similar.  From the looks of the lip it is machine made you might send an email to the Logansport, Ind. Library to see if they can identify the name. Value would be $5-10  Digger

Hello, Saw your web page and thought I might ask for some help with an identification. I'm an archaeologist working at Historic St. Mary's City, Maryland. We are writing a report on some excavations at St. Mary's College of Maryland, a women's seminary founded in 1840. Several fragments of clear bottle glass seem to spell out MALTO ?\? BEEF, IRON ? WINE\BALT ? . . . Are you familiar with this bottle? I believe it is MALTO IRON TONIC CO. of BALTO. & LOUISVILLE, but haven't found any info on dating it. Other bottles from the layer seem to indicate a date range of 1876-1890. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Don Winter

I found a reference to this bottle in Fike's Bottle Book.  listing it as clear, 8 3/16 x 3 1/4 x2 1/16...Malto Iron Tonic Co. Balto. & Louisville.. G.L. Co. on the base.  I checked various drug catalogs 1888 and 1905 no listing but in the 1915 Druggist Circular, I found "Malto Iron", the manufacturer was listed as Howard Drug & Medicine Co., 308-310 S. Hanover St., Baltimore, MD.  Given that neither you nor Fike indicate if the bottle is machine made or not, I speculate that because of its clear color it is late 19th century and the above listing is probably your bottle.  Hope this helps. Digger

Hi , Sorry I sent an email before with no message. It was a bunch of pics of a black bottle. I was wondering if you could help me figure out it's value. It is 8 inches tall. Appears black but is olive green held to light. Has 8 sides which are not very equal in size. Top has 2 rings , lower one is not even around the bottle. It's much thicker in spots. Has glass imprint seal which reads: Jn o Greenhow Wmsburg 1770 (the small o after Jn is set higher than the n and there is a dot above the h in Greenhow and under the s in Wmsburg The W in Wmsberg is large and the ms is smaller and raised )I scanned my drawing of this. Has deep cone opening on bottom and the center appears to have been broken off of another piece of glass. No lettering on bottom. Item is practically perfect ,has slight very superficial scratches on front and side. Have to really look to see this. No chips or cracks other than the center of the bottom. (I understand that is supposed to be there.) I am looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Mary Norris

Mary, Your bottle is a reproduction made, I believe, by the Park Service.  These bottles are very convincing in appearance and are actually based on fragments found in the wells in Williamsburg.  If indeed your bottle was authentic (which it is not) it would be an important piece of American history and priceless.

Hi Digger I really enjoy your articles and you have been a real inspiration. I have a couple of questions one concerns a bottle which says Consumer's Brewing Company Norfolk ,VA. Amber in color a typical beer bottle.  

The Consumer's Brewing Company Norfolk ,VA. was in business at Church & Washington St. 1896-1918.  Digger.

Dear Mr. Odell, I am working on a archeological dig in Austoria, Washington. We came across this bottle, and I wondered if you could give us any info on it. It is a clear bottle, 4 5/8 " tall with "French gloss written on it. It is BIM with a rolled top and a smooth bottom. It is in relatively poor condition, with a few scrapes and no cracks. If you could give me any info you can about this bottle- significance, company history, or even the bottle making/collecting industry I would be very appreciative. The price of the item may be helpful, but only if that is possible for you to find easily.  Thank you.

Your bottle is a shoe polish bottle and fairly common also comes in aqua..  It is a product of the Whittemore Bros. & Co. of Cambridge, MA.  They were the leading polish company at the turn of the century.  Several different bottles are known from this company and some come in unusual color variants.  The Gilt Edge Dressing was also a Whittemore product.  They had a line of a dozen or more products. 

I am currently writing an article on the history of D. Ransom, Son, and Co., of Buffalo, New York. They thrived from about the mid-1860s to about 1941. They mainly sold patent medicines: "Anderson's Dermador," "Dr. J. R. Miller's Universal Magnetic Balm," "Dr. A. Trask's Magnetic Ointment," and "Dr. J. C. Tilton's Indian Balm Pills." They appear to have been the creator of "Dr. Ransom's King of the Blood," familiarly known as "K.B." I wondered if you had any information about any the above medicines, their bottles, or the Ransom operation. If your books contain information about any of the above, please advise and I'd be delighted to purchase them.
Andrew F. Smith




CIRCA 1855


David Ransom may well have begun his career in Boston in the firm of Ransom and Stevens doing business on Washington St.  That firm produced. Ransom & Stevens Dandelion and Tomato Panacea, The product was advertised 1843- 1845.   Wilson in his book on 19th Century Medicine in Glass refers to Ranson & Stevens in Buffalo. I am speculating, but it seems to me that for Ransom to purchase the name brands he was famous for, none of which he invented,  he must have had either money or backing and must have had some background in the business to be so successful.  Two of the three bottles you list above, the Trask's Magnetic Ointment, and the Anderson's Dermadore come pontiled, indicating they were being produced before 1859, which is before Ransom shows up in the Buffalo directories.  Miller's Magnetic began about 1859, but to my knowledge does not come pontiled, but has a smooth base. The first listing I found for David Ransom was 1864 in Buffalo.  An article in the Druggist Circular (about 1894-5)  suggested that David Ransom had died around the late 1880s.  His son, David L. Ranson, carried on the business after his death, but in the same article it indicated that the son died sometime shortly after his father and at a young age (30s or early 40s) at his mother's house. Other family members carried on the business. I found references to the business as late as 1948.  

Hi I have a Clorox bottle and can not find out its value, if any. Perhaps you could help me. It is a dark brown color with the word Clorox written several times. On the bottom it has the letters rec., u.s., pat and off. the bottle also has the cork in it. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

“The Electro-Alkaline Company in Oakland, California 1913 began manufacturing liquid bleach for industrial purposes in 5-gallon crockery containers. with the diamond shaped design and word “Clorox” in the center originated at this time….These five-gallon containers were the company’s only form of manufacture until 1918 when, in order to save the company from foreclosure, Electro-Alkaline expanded into the individual household market by manufacturing 15-ounce amber glass “pint” containers with rubber stoppers. This new household version quickly gained popularity and the company distributed their product throughout the country. From 1918 through 1928 the amber glass containers were used by many other companies, which bottled a variety of liquid products.” Taken from Clorox Bottles: A Key to Their Identification And Date of Manufacture By Linda C. Sandelin Associate State Archaeologist California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection June 11, 1998

Hello, I like your website.. About 20 years ago , there was a lot behind my house that was either a bottle factory or warehouse.  There was a stream that ran through this small piece of woods and all along the embankment were these old bottles.  I dug a few of them out and kept them and now I am trying to find out the value. One of the unique ones that I have is an old Clorox bottle with a
rubber stopper in the top. It is amber colored with the name and everything embossed on it. Do you have any Idea if these bottles are worth anything. I have never seen a glass Clorox bottle before.  Thanks

I get this question frequently and have answered in earlier "Questions I Get".  

raised lettering property of maui soda works side seams to top light green m on bottom 8 inch high 9. 3 on side bottom

I found a listing for your bottle in 1986 Edition The Handbook of Hawaiian Machine-Made Soda Bottles by Jim Millar.  His description indicates the size as 9 0z bottle with a "W" on the base (upsidedown M) The value at that time was about $5-10.  He lists 6 other varieties of Maui soda bottles.

My husband found a bottle while out in the woods hunting. He is trying to find out if it is worth anything. The following is the best description I can give you. Color: Med. to reddish amber Height: 10-1/4" BIM (blown in mold) Sloping Collar/Double Collar (not real sure on this) Open Pontil (not real sure on this either) Condition: Near mint (no chips, cracks or scratches - just some stains from being buried under leaves, etc.) Embossed on the bottom: PAT. AUG. 24 1886 and it looks like a capital I in the center of the bottom. Embossed on the body: THE DUFFY MALT WHISKEY COMPANY ROCHESTER, N.Y. U.S.A. There is a fancy design in the center of this writing that looks like a "D" on top of a "C". It also appears to have been some type of bottle that had a stopper type top. If you could tell us anything about this bottle or where we could find more information on it, we would be very grateful. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

In the 1870s, Walter B. Duffy inherited a cider refining business from his father, Edward, who had begun business in Rochester about 1842. In 1881 the Rochester Directory lists Duffy as a Distiller & Rectifier of Alcohol, French Spirits, Malt, wheat, Rye and Bourbon whiskies.  at 27 & 29 Lake Ave.  It was in 1886 that the company first boasted of itself as producer of the "Celebrated Duffy's Malt Whiskey", which it advertised as the "greatest known heart tonic." Duffy's claim, in an era of temperance movements was that "Malt" meant medicinal.  Indeed at the time alcohol was a widely used additive to bitters and other medicines. Duffy's was classified as a medicine and sold in both bars and in drugstores before the turn of the century.  In 1906, Samuel Hopkins Adams wrote an expose of the patent medicine industry for Colliers magazine.  Duffy was one of the targets of Adams' attack.  The result  was the "medicine" was eventually reclassified as an alcoholic beverage and taxed accordingly. Listings for the company can be found up to 1926 and it is believed that it never reappeared after prohibition was lifted. 
The bottles are very common.  I found 6 for sale on Ebay just recently, none of which had a bid or sold.  Despite the attractiveness of the embossing, the bottles are just too common to have much value.

I am looking for any info. you could give on an old wine bottle. It is a Bicentennial 1776-1976 the bottle is shaped like the Lincoln memorial, I cant find a seam on it, it says collectors item, Vento wine, Cleveland Ohio, made in ITALY,, on the bottom of it. in excellent shape. Thank you for any info you can provide. Stacey

Here's a link to a page about them Vento Bottles

Very little information is available on this company who made a wide variety of wine containers in many figural forms. They did several series, one of which is "Faces of the World". As far as I know, there is very little collector interest in these bottles

I would appreciate your giving me any information you may have on a whiskey bottle I have. The description is as follows: It is embossed on the bottom "Walkers Kilmarnock Whiskey 1804" The bottle is green in color and is 9 1/2 inches in height. It is a square bottle with rounded corners and has side seams that run all the way to the top on two sides. The writing is on the bottom which is square with a round pontil in the center embossed the letters above. Thank you for any information you can give me on this or any other place I might write to for information. Sheldon W. Smith

 Your bottle is not really from 1804 and the "round pontil" is an Owen's Ring, a mark left by an automatic bottle machine. Trade Mark JOHNNIE WALKER BLACK LABEL BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY DISTILLED IN SCOTLAND BLENDED AND BOTTLED BY JOHN WALKER & SONS LTD KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 033. US 049. G & S: Scotch Whisky Alcohol bottle labels; Bottles, labels for alcohol bottles; Labels, alcohol bottles Filing Date October 24, 1962

I have a bottle that is about 7 inches tall, round with a glass stopper with these words on the front in raised letters......Lundborg..(at the top of the bottle) and New York at the bottom. between them is a circle with a strange insignia within it. can you give me any information about it? Thank you........Ron Dimond It is made of clear glass

I recently located a city dump site dating back to the mid 1880's. I have found a Three in One oil bottle and a small Vaseline bottle embossed with the town of Cheesebourgh N.Y. I've got a Worcheshire bottle by Lea & Perrin dated 1885. A lot of the bottles have round bottoms and some are slender, aqua colored with a sort of mica look and have cork stoppers. Could you give some help with these bottles? Thanks, Robert Stow

I recently found a bottle in a creek bed that looked interesting. It is, what I would describe, as aqua colored. It looks like it used to have a cork top. The writing embossed in the glass on the side says Fellows & Co., Chemists, St. John N.B. If you have any information about such a bottle or know who I could ask, please let me know. Thank you very much. 

Hello jaok20! I have a couple of beer bottles that my brother dug up in Cuba. They are from the Hatuey Brewery in Cuba. They have an Indian pictured on the front. Any clues?

No, but they might be popular amongst Indian bottle collectors if they were pre-1900.  Digger

I just came across your web site and thoroughly enjoyed the information. We had a privy as a child and your site brought back many memories. Unfortunately most of them were of cold winter nights and long walks. I am contacting you about one of the paragraphs on your site (March, 1892) where you mentioned that the job of cleaning out the privies was contracted out to the Brosmore Company. I am a Brosmore from Covington, KY and was very interested in this information, since I am currently researching my family history. I was wondering if you could tell me where you obtained this information? I would greatly appreciate any help you could give me. Sincerely, Linda Brosmore McSwiney Raleigh, North Carolina.

The source was "Newport , Kentucky A Bicentennial History, Thomas L. Purvis, et al Otto Zimmerman & Inc, Newport, KY.  Digger

I have an old bottle that I am hoping you can give me some info on it is a small bottle measuring about 5 to 5.5 inches tall it is embossed around the upper part it says smile around the base it says cont. 2 1/2 FL ounces pat July 11 1922 it is an ABM manufactured bottle it has a cross hatch pattern that covers a lot of the bottle it has a crown top like a soda bottle the base has a small applied circle of glass that has a 7 and a 6 on it and a diamond and circle in the center it is clear glass and is in mint condition with no chips cracks or anything wrong with it at all some one told me once that they thought that it might have been a soda bottle but know one knew for sure any thing you could tell me would be more than helpful James Greenway 

Your bottle is certainly a soda.  The value of the bottle is probably around $5-6.  Digger


Hello, how are you doing I have lots of different kinds of bottles that I don't know anything about can you tell me about this one it is a orange crush bottle with pat.D july 20,1920. it is 6fl oz and LCW is on the bottom of it . thank you Kim

Your bottle is a soda.  A check on ebay showed three offered for sale the day I checked.  One with a $9.00 bid one with a $3.00 bid and the other with no bid.  These bottles were made with many different cities embossed on the bottle.  Of the ones offered one was Louisville, KY another was Lindenhurst, NY and the other was Portland, ME.  I do not know what city your is from.  I would expect the value to be under $10.  Digger

I don't have any idea about antique bottles, but I have an old "looking" White house vinegar bottle. It is clear glass with a floral design all around it. A crown neck of some type and a flat bottom. On the bottom it says "White House Vinegar" in a circular pattern. Also on the bottom in says "patent pending" with the numbers "650" and "1". This bottle also has two "handles" on the top. It is approximately 8"tall, and the seams on the side go past the lip of the bottle. This bottle is in perfect condition.

Check January 1999 Questions for the answer to the above.  Digger.

I found a White House Vinegar jug. It has a small pitcher type pouting spout at the top. The label White House Vinegar and the front of the White House are embossed on the clear 1 gal jug. It appears to be in good shape no cracks. You can see several small bubbles in the glass. Looks like it might be blown glass. The bottom has a distinct ring which might indicate and early factory jug. Can you tell me any thing about this jug??

Your White House Vinegar is the largest size of this set.  There is a quart and a pint size as well. They began making the vinegar in jugs about 1900.  All are machine made.  The bottles were designed to be reused and so they were saved and today there are many around.  They are often listed for quite a bit in some price guides ($40-60), but they do not seem to sell for that much on Ebay these days.  I would estimate the jug to be worth about $20.  

I would appreciate any information you could supply me on the following ink bottle; such as age, rarity, value, ie: Description. - Willeston Superior Indelible Ink Size. - 2" Lip - Flared lip Base - Pontil Shape of Bottle - Square Label - None Color - Aqua Condition - Excellent Thank You Very Much. Fran

I have not heard of your ink, nor have I seen it listed.  I would expect it to sell for between $175-275.

I liked your "Ted" story! I know lots of Ted's. Bought a lot out from under them at auction. First off, I love your books. No wading through a lot of common stuff, and though there's the occasional deal which makes some of the pricing inaccurate (not your fault, but there's always one or two that the wife and I are like, wow, someone got a great deal on that!) People constantly ask me "what's a good price-guide?" or "What's a good book on bottles?" Honestly? I used to say there really aren't any "good" books. Now I just say Digger. Most are as full of inaccuracy as anything. I hear people say Megura and I cringe. Cheap hack! I'll take him on for knowledge any day! All his price guides are is bullshit. They are totally copied from other bottle books. I can say this with conviction, because I can prove it beyond all doubt. I collect bottle books. I've done my best to memorize over 200 of them, all different. About half of them are "pricing guides" I have recently acquired a large selection of regional publications on specific US areas relating to bottles. In my reading, typos always annoy me and therefore usually are remembered. I don't know why I'm this way, I just am. I'm a typical Virgo. Anyhow, far too many typos in Megura's books are identical to typos found in many much earlier bottle books. Enough of a number so that I wonder if he ever really researched and cataloged anything, or just copied it all. He tweaks his prices in every one, with every new addition, whether that bottle/category has shown ANY activity in the past year. He knows that the majority of people will buy the price guide that shows whatever they are looking at, at the highest price. Far too many people see something in print and it's like they just read it from the Bible. There's a guy named M..... P..... (sic?) out there who needs to be horse-whipped. Unbelievable pricing in his books. It's like fishing. Some of us like to catch bass (if you're an Ohio native, then you know bass and trout) and others will settle for suckers! Anyhow, your pricing structure is the best. Proof. Where bottle people gathered to buy, this is what they paid. Lost my first bottle to breakage in the mail yesterday. I've been deflowered. Dealing 24 years. I didn't think there were any firsts, left. (They've arrived broken before, but I've never had one I shipped, break) I had one that was shipped to me one time, purchased on ebay, was posted w/picture. When I rec'd it, it was in pieces. Upon close examination of the pieces, it was clear it was dug broken, and not the bottle in the pic, as the lettering font was different and there was ground staining across the breaks on the base pieces. It's always something. Anyhow, Keep up the great work! Rob Mooers

Thanks for the testimonial.  Digger

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 We found a brown Purex glass bottle, mint condition, no lid. Says NW, 3 on the bottom of it. Worth anything? Thanks, Dave and Chris

Probably not.  Digger

I have A Carrie Nation whiskey bottle my Dad dug in the mid 1960s.  I would like to know an approximate value anything you can tell me will be helpful. Thanks Larry Griffith Rt.1 box 69 Montrose WV.

 I have seen several of these.  I think they have a value around $20-25.  Embossed on bottom is "DES PAT 81611" . That number was registered in 1930. It has been suggested that  Ben H. Wilson of Toledo, Ohio, patented the design for the bottle on July 15th, 1930 and it was produced by the Owens-Illinois Bottle Company of Huntington, West Virginia.  The bottle was used to dispense vinegar. The name "Carie A. Nation" was given to the bottle by collectors, but it had no specific name originally. (Carry A. Nation, was a temperance leader in the early 1900s. She gained national reputation delivering lectures and public prayers.) Digger


Lettering: United We Stand Old Bourbon Whiskey Wilmerding & Co. Sole Agent's S.F. Cal. Back: W & Co. (in oval circle) Color: Dark amber Size: l2.25 inches Diameter 3 inches Blown in Mold Crude applied lip Smooth Lip Iron pontil Excellent condition. Dug bottle. Would like to have identification and value.Thank you,K. W. Smith

I have no listing for such, but if it is really iron pontiled and has S.F. Cal. on it, it is a great piece. I have not heard of another pontiled Western Whiskey, but I am no expert on them nor do I have the best sources (living here in the Midwest).  I'd expect it to be worth a few thousand dollars. Digger

Hi, My name is Bernadette. I picked up a tiny bottle at a garage sale this past summer, and I can't find any information about it. It looks like it was made as a joke, but I don't know where to start searching, so here I am to ask you if you can help me. The bottle is four inches high and clear glass. The label is a dark yellow or gold color, and the words that I noticed first were "James the Peeper. There are some cute phrases and play on words on the label. I'll list them so you can see why I can't figure this out. 1. Bundled by Blondes 2. Under Gov't Snoopervision 3. Esta Blushed 1870 4. Warned by the Public 5. A picture of a man looking out a window with a long telescope and the words Non-Alcoholic on one side of the window and contents 1 3/5 Fl. Oz. on the other side. 6. Under the window it says "Plain Risky" 7. Spilled and Rebottled by 8. James the Sweeper 9. Leaks into Kentucky 10. Contents: Water,Glucose, Artificial Flavor, Caramel Color, Citric Acid, less than 1/4 of 1% Benzoate of Soda 11. Bottled by Par Beverage Corp. Cincinnati, Ohio Along each side are the sayings: 1. From Degeneration to Regeneration 2. Fine and Frisky for Extinct Characters The cap is a screw on type and is black in color. The label has some other colors besides the gold. Red, Black and some White writing. I hope you can tell me something about this bottle. It's cute and gets a lot of laughs, but I'd like to know more about it and if it has any value at all. It looks old to me, but I can't be sure. Thanks for your help, Bernadette

Your bottle definitely sounds like a novelty item.  Maybe one of our readers can shed some light on it.  Digger

Here's a response from a reader 12/23/2003

Dear Digger, I found the exchange copied below posted on your site (at http://www.bottlebooks.com/questions/1999miscel/questions_i_get_October.htm). You may be interested to know that my grandfather, Nelson Ronsheim, was responsible for the Par Beverages line of bottles. These included: "Daniel Booze," "Old Croak," "Sudden Discomfort," and others which were sold through Stucky's restaurants. Although not valued collector items, I am interested in acquiring these bottles.

Nelson Ronsheim was self-employed as a commercial artist in Cincinnati and wrote and designed these gag bottles. He was also a black & white photographer of note whose work was hung in galleries across the country in the late 30's and early 40's. Although under construction, there is a website where some of his photos may be seen at www.nero.com.

Michael Smith

Update: June 2001-These comments from Paul Murray

 Bernadette asked about a James the Peeper miniature from Par Beverage. This is one of many novelties produced by Par Bev. Others in the series are Hawg and Hawg (Haig and Haig), Sudden Discomfort, Daniel Booze, Blot and Wipe (Black and White), Old Snake Bite (?), Lord Culprit (Lord Calvert), Buffalo Bilge, Davey Crocked, Old Grand Gag, Old Croak. Most Par Bev minis came in flask shaped bottles, but I've seen a few in standard, round 1/10th pint. These aren't very collectible in mini bottle circles. Most Par Bev minis came in flask shaped bottles, but I've seen a few in standard, round 1/10th pint. These aren't very collectible in mini bottle circles.

I found a bottle while digging a foundation for an addition on an old house I own. The bottle is about 5 inches long, made of clear glass, and has mold marks running up each side and stopping about half a inch short of the neck. The bottom is broken off, but it did not have a flat base. The writing on the side says, "Prepared by Dr. Peter Fahrney Chicago ILLS USA". Can you tell me anything about this bottle? Thanks, Bruce Lessels 

Yes, your bottle is pretty common.  Fahrney had a number of products.  I have posted an except from some of his advertising.  Digger

Hello, I am not a bottle collector "yet". However, I did pick up a very interesting and pretty bottle from a Salvation Army store. I'll try to describe it the best I can. It has a blunt lip about an inch down from that is a pretty diamond pattern all the way around the bottle, then the raised wording, Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle then another pretty design can't describe but it's 1/2 inch all the way around under the wording, then squares with different sun patterns, a row of big diamonds then the squares with suns. The bottle is clear with a little iridescences to it. It's 10 inches high an amb is in mint or near mint condition and on bottom is an 1 below that is 05-99 below that is 01 0. I have done no research on this yet but am intrigued by the wording and what a pretty bottle it is. If you have any info on this bottle or can recommend a book to look it up in I would be very grateful. Thank you for your time. Lisa

Lisa you have one of hundreds of whiskey bottles produced between 1932 and 1964.  With a label it might be worth $10-15. Digger

Hello, My name is Pam Neilly. My question is, I would like to find a place where I can go and find pictures of bottles old and new in groups, with maybe a caption under the pictures to tell me a bit about the bottle. I can find places where you have to click on each bottle and that takes so long. I'm new at this and I found the best old dump on my land. I have found bottles from the early 1800's-up. I need to see groupings of pictures to see is I am finding anything or throwing away anything I should keep. I know the basics of what to look for. I just need a pictorial of sorts to identify my new treasures. This is so much fun. Any suggestions you may have would be great. Also I found a baby whiskey bottle that say's baby dear on it. It is very old and tiny, maybe 1" high. I don't know how to look them up. I have so many questions it would take me hours to ask them all. So I'll start with this. Thank you very much. Oh one more thing, do you know of a pictorial book? Well thanks again, Pam Neilly 

Pam, I'd suggest getting one of the generic price guides from one of the Mall book stores.  They have many listings with a variety of types of inexpensive bottles.  Digger.

I have a friend who is looking for this bottle; John Bush Beer Bottle from Washington Mo. If you find one please let me know, for he is wiling to buy it.

I have a strange little bottle that I can not ID and would like to know if you might be able to help? I found this link Ebays glass chat page and they suggested trying you first. The bottle is a figural bottle in the shape of a Indian women with long braids and she appears to be sitting. The strange thing is that the bottle is or has been coated with flat black paint? I don't know if it was done by the maker or some prior owner. If you could help, I will owe you a barrel of thanks! I've sent the photo url along with this message and hope it will display. bottle picture Thanks for your time and any support you can give. Dan Galbato 

Dan, I am guessing, but I expect the paint is original.  From the picture it appears the bottle is machine made and I suspect it to be a wine or spirits bottle (no pun intended).  On the face of it it appears to be a South American Indian.  The bottle is modeled on pre-Columbian art or something similar.  Perhaps it contained a wine from a South American country.  Maybe a reader can help.  Digger


Hi I have a bottle I bought in Vermont about 20 years ago that I would love to find out what it is. It's about 14 inches tall and what I think is called aqua colored glass. It's a bear seated with a bucket? in it's lap. There are little * stars? snowflakes? in a pattern around the bottom and top. I have been looking at websites and reading what I can find and I think it's what is called bim (the correct term is bimal which stands for Blown In Mold Applied Lip, Digger) as the mold marks stop below the top of the bottle. The antique dealer I bought it from said she thought it may be a maple syrup bottle. I don't mind researching things myself but since I don't know what it was for it's hard to know where to look. If you can give me any help or information or point me in a direction to look I would appreciate it. I have looked at some sites with figural bottles but I haven't seen anything that looks like mine. It has no patent or company information on it at all. Thank you very much for your time. Maureen Nimmo

From your description your bottle does sound like an old one.  I base that on the information about the mold and the fact that the bottle is aqua.  I'd suggest the possibility of a honey bottle since the figural is a bear, but a narrow mouth on the bottle would make this less likely than a wider mouth.  I have not seen such a figural.  Digger

I have found a triangular shaped bottle that is purple/blue in color with a picture of a Bee impressed on the front of it and McCormick 1902 stamped on the bottom. I can find no one who can tell me anything about this bottle such as its history or value. I would greatly welcome any information you may have on it. Thank You, Tony Compton 

I have found a triangular shaped bottle that is purple/blue in color with a picture of a Bee impressed on the front of it and McCormick 1902 stamped on the bottom. I can find no one who can tell me anything about this bottle such as its history or value. I would greatly welcome any information you may have on it. Thank You, Tony Compton 

You did not mention your bottle had a screw top mouth but I believe it probably does.  The later bottle of this style has the "Patented / July 8th 1902" in place of "Patent Applied For" as shown in the picture at the right.  The bottle is common, less so with the 'patent applied for'  embossing.  The bottle is sometimes referred to as the "bee poison" and is considered a poison bottle by most collectors.  The screw top variant would be worth $3-5.


The RC bottle is very common and hard to sell.  I was offered two cases of them and declined after listing one on Ebay and not getting even a single bid.  I am not familiar with the Marx Bros. bottle.  Digger.

I live in Rockland, Massachusetts, formerly East Abington. Last summer I discovered an old foundation buried under ten feet of earth. After researching the foundation, we learned it originally was a blacksmith shop owned and operated by John Kendrigan and family. (1870/1925) New owners purchased residence and blacksmith shop, early 1930's. New owners almost immediately tore down the shop and buried it to accommodate a new side yard. My wife and I purchased the house in October of 91. In June of last year my wife and I excavated the site and found approximately 1000 old bottles. Need information to place value on these bottles or any information on collectors who would be interested in purchasing these bottles. Note: Some examples found, Larkin Soap, Duffy Malt Whiskey, Local Milk Bottles, Bitters, Beer Bottles, Soda Bottles, Gin Bottles, Extract Bottles, Etc. Any information, 

All of the bottles you list would date around 1895-1910.  Sounds like items they through in when filling in the foundation.  Digger

Digger; I found a bottle in the wall of a house I am renovating. The house is at least 100 years old. The bottle is clear glass and has a cork and wire bale closing. It is marked Crone and Company, St. Louis in raised lettering in an arc. It is about 12 ounces in size, although not marked as such. I would like to know about its history and its value. thank you! Jan email:

 Are you sure it is "Crone" and not "Grone?"  I found a listing for Henry Grone & Company a brewery in St Louis in business under various managements from 1861-1934.  Your clear glass bottle with wire bale probably dates to the later period.  Value would be $5-8.  digger.

Hi, I have several light green embossed Jacob Schmidt and Theo. Hamm Brewing Co. bottles. I'm curious to know about when these bottles were in use. Thanks for your help. Jerry Dexter 

Jacob Schmidt and Theodore Hamm were beer brewers in St Paul,  MN.  The Theodore Hamm company was doing business under his name from the 1860s until 1975.  The Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company was in business from 1900-1972.  Now Schmidt is seems had business interests with a number of other brewers, but I found no reference to both Schmidt and Hamm together.  Guessing, I say the bottle, if a crown top and machine made puts the dates after prohibition probably before World War II (1932-1940).

Dear Sir: A bottle was recently "found" in a garden which my grandfather owned. I would like any help which you may give me concerning the age, rarity, value or history of it. Information concerning it is as follows: no embossing size' 3" from top lip to bottom, 1" neck smooth bottom label in the glass - front side "HIGGINS' N.Y." opposite side "2 OZ" color - clear, but appears cloudy and "rainbowey" after being in dirt so long-bottle appears to have been formed in mold no chips Thank you for any information or help. I am extremely sentimental and interested in the bottle because it was from my grandfather's land! ECox 

Your bottle is an ink bottle probably dating to the 1920-30 era.  It has a monetary value of $2-3.  Sentimental value - Priceless.  Digger.  

 Uncovering aqua blue old mason's food jar, circa 1860, with writing in > raised glass to include a symbol that looks like a horseshoe, and double J  and indication of "Patent NOV 30, 1858." Do these have value? 

I would guess that what you describe as a horseshoe and double J is the monogram for the Consolidated Fruit Jar Co.  The two Cs might look like the horseshoe and the F and the J the other part.  There are a few variants, but most have a value of under $6.  Digger.

This is not a bottle questions, but it is a demijohn crate question. Have you ever heard of this or know anything about it ? I have a crate that has information stamped into the wooden side, re; date, usage, patent..(1898) and I don't know which way to go for information. I keep running into dead ends. If you can help, that would be great ! 

Patent information can be trace through government records.  This can be very time consuming but you can find the information.  Many large City Libraries are repositories of Government records and will have Patent Office records.  Ask the librarian to help you get started.  Digger

I have a codd bottle that I can't seem to get a reply on. So I will describe it to you and see if you can help me to date it. First of all it is green and is not perfectly shaped. It looks as though it was not a perfect mold yet. On the front of the bottle is written EXTRA STRENGTH arched over the word GLASS. Under the word glass is the words SUPERIOR QUALITY. Under is a diamond shape with the letters KGF OR KCF. On the very bottom edge of the bottle it says BEST MAKE. On the back of the bottle is was appears to be an upside down 5 or S. Under that is an X. The off shape of the bottle mentioned in the beginning is because it has a curve in the bottom half that starts at the indentation and curves off to the bottom of the bottle, making me believe that it was blown before the shape was actually perfected. If you have any info on this bottle please help. Thank You. I am writing from Anahuac, Tx

I have a codd bottle that I can't seem to get a reply on. So I will describe it to you and see if you can help me to date it. First of all it is green and is not perfectly shaped. It looks as though it was not a perfect mold yet. On the front of the bottle is written EXTRA STRENGTH arched over the word GLASS. Under the word glass is the words SUPERIOR QUALITY. Under is a diamond shape with the letters KGF OR KCF. On the very bottom edge of the bottle it says BEST MAKE. On the back of the bottle is was appears to be an upside down 5 or S. Under that is an X. The off shape of the bottle mentioned in the beginning is because it has a curve in the bottom half that starts at the indentation and curves off to the bottom of the bottle, making me believe that it was blown before the shape was actually perfected. If you have any info on this bottle please help. Thank You. I am writing from Anahuac, Tx  

The bottle at the right is Codd bottle.  they were popular during the last twenty years of the 19th century.  Most are not American.  Many were imported from England.  They were more popular in Europe than here.  I cannot tell from the embossing if yours is American.  Generally the aqua ones do not sell for more than $20.  The exceptions are those in odd colors or with fancy pictures embossed.  Yours might be misshapen but the bottles have a very odd look about them.  Digger

I found a dark green bottle that has a seam all the way up both sides. On the bottom it states SERENADERS CLUB KANSAS CITY. It is 11 3/4" tall with a 2" diameter base. At about 4" above the bottom the diameter is about 3 1/2". It curves up from the bottom to the 3 1/2" diameter, then curves back down to a narrow neck. I found the bottle in northwest Oklahoma. Just curious about its origin, age, and value. Thanks, Tommy Roedell.

I have not heard of the bottle.  Maybe a reader can help.  Digger

Hi, My father went fishing and somehow pulled in a bottle. It is an old bottle of Scottish Whiskey. It is a square shaped bottle. I believe the bottle reads - Munro Dalwhinniy, Square Bottle Whiskey (I think he said it is blue in color?). Is there any potential value to this bottle? Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. -pjr  

I do not think your bottle is rare.  One advertising piece, a chrome lighter,  has Munro's 'Square Bottle' Scotch Whiskey stamped on it.  There is also a pottery mug with the advertisement for the whiskey that says "As supplied to the House of Commons."  I expect the bottle has little value without the original label.

Hi my name is Lisa and I have a bottle I would like to know about. on the side it says great seal Styron Beggs co Newark Ohio on the bottom it has a diamond with the number 813 on the right side of the diamond has a 2 on the left it has a L could you please tell me more about the bottle and if it is worth anything. thank you very much Lisa also have green bottle 8 inches tall raised letters on all 4 sides says chief Wahoo electric tonic/ cathedral brand /celebrated remedy / walbridge co dunsmuir.cal/ if possible please tell me more about it.  

Your Great Seal bottle is a flavoring extract bottle.  It is very common and has a value of $1-2.  The Styron Beggs Company listed themselves as chemists in Newark OH in 1898.  Your second bottle is a  new bottle.  See my article on reproductions.  Digger


Hey....I have this White Horse Blended Scotch Whisky bottle. I want to know if its worth anything. It looks old and it was back when Hawaii was a territory. If there is any way that I can find out how much its worth,  Mahalo. Chablis  Walt & Pam Michelson

White Horse whiskey claims to have been established in 1742. The bottle shown at the right is from a 1949 ad.  There are literally hundreds of collectibles, advertising pieces available from this company.  The distribution of these ranges from North America, Europe and Australia.  I found miniature bottles selling for $3-4.  Larger bottles with labels for $10-15.  Without a label and not a clear date I can't give much of an estimate, but I doubt that it has much value.  Digger


My husband found a bottle while out in the woods hunting. He is trying to find out if it is worth anything. The following is the best description I can give you. Color: Med. to reddish amber Height: 10-1/4" BIM (blown in mold) Sloping Collar/Double Collar (not real sure on this) Open Pontil (not real sure on this either) Condition: Near mint (no chips, cracks or scratches - just some stains from being buried under leaves, etc.) Embossed on the bottom: PAT. AUG. 24 1886 and it looks like a capital I in the center of the bottom. Embossed on the body: THE DUFFY MALT WHISKEY COMPANY ROCHESTER, N.Y. U.S.A. There is a fancy design in the center of this writing that looks like a "D" on top of a "C". It also appears to have been some type of bottle that had a stopper type top. If you could tell us anything about this bottle or where we could find more information on it, we would be very grateful. Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Walt & Pam Michelson 

You'll find information about this common bottle in other sections of Questions I get.  Digger.

I have a bottle that I got at a park and swap in Camp Verde AZ. It has no wording on it, deep green in color, 9 7/8" high, 2 7/8" in diameter, no seams, single collar, the base has a deep "kick up" with a blob in the middle of it, a few bubbles in the glass, it is very thick glass, with no cracks or chips, just scratches. I found something like it in a frontier bottle book. The ones that looked close to it (same shape, base) were french wine or champagne bottles. I would love to know exactly what kind of bottle this is. If you can't help me, please direct me to who can. It just seems this type of bottle it not in that regular categories I see. thank you for your help Susie 

Your bottle is probably a wine.  The deep kick up and lack of seams suggest this.  Many wine bottles around the turn of the century were made in a paste mold.  the bottle was turned in the mold while hot and the seams erased.  These green "picnic wines" are very common.  They come in a pint and quart size.  Value is $2-3.  Digger

Hi, I have some Famous Firsts Ceramic liquer bottles. Mini's , of a phone, phonograph, and sewing machine. I have the large bottles as well. They were hand painted in Italy, for the R.E.M. Co. Any info would be appreciated. Liz

I am not familiar with these.  Perhaps a reader can help. Digger

Dear Sir: Can you tell me whether Schaefer Beer company used been bottles in the years between 1840 -1850? I have a commissioned painting to do that includes a horse drawn cart loaded with wooden boxes supposedly containing bottles. Is this historically accurate? Thank you.

Unfortunately, without a bit more information I cannot be of much help.  I have listings for Schaefer Brewing companies in a dozen states.  Digger

I am looking for info on how to refill an old seltzer bottle. Do you have any ideas? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Lino

I get this question from time to time.  I think you are out of luck.  They were generally refilled at the factory.  Today CO2 cartridges are fitted onto the bottle tops.  I have not heard of a company still refilling reuseable bottles.  Digger.




Hay Digger & Sue Connie and Steve Frank here, we have a Borden's 1857 milk bottle. Says on bottle 1qt.bottle found in Clinton River what is the value if any? Also have a small bottle says GED. NORRIS&cCo City Bottling Works REGISTERED DETROIT MICH. on bottom GN&CO, thick glass .has a cap inside that pulls up to seal.Hieght is 6 !/2 dim.2 1/2 in. Next one looks like a baby bottle has a B with a circle around 1940 on bottom also a small s on bottom and no. 916 size is 2 in in dim and 6 1/2 tall with tapered neck. Steve & Connie  

The earliest patent for a milk bottle was in 1875 so I am not clear about your Borden's bottle. The standard shaped milk bottle did not come into being until the 1880s.  I could find not referecne to the company prior to 1910, although I think it is older than that.  Your George Norris Soda is known in cobalt blue and sells in that color for about $100.00.  Your description sounds much like what is called a Hutchinson soda bottle.  You didn't mention the color and that makes all the difference in the value.  The last one might well be a baby bottle.  Without embossing value is very limited.


These are very common and were made for Railroad companies primarily.  I have found dumps along railroad track with hundreds of these bottles in them.  They were used in batteries that powered telegraph and switching equipment.  They are very common.  I have seen some with label and contents sell for $20-25.  Typically the unlabeled ones sell for $3-6.  digger

Can you tell me if there is a site where their is interest in bottles after the turn of the century. I realize most bottles with value were prior. I am new to bottle collecting and while walking in the woods found an old abandoned log cabin. Around the outhouse where bottles of all sorts...most of which where whiskey or medicine. They are all embossed with different pictures etc... and are very unique, but unfortunately all around the turn of the century or later. Is their anyone collecting bottles after the turn of the century...or is their a web site I might search.  

Certain kinds of bottles produced after the turn of the century are in great demand.  One example is the Applied Label Soda bottles.  Some of these painted label bottles are bringing hundreds of dollars.  There are also many milk bottles selling for high prices that were produced after 1900.  The problem is that after the invention of the automatic bottle machine and the introduction of a new method of makeing clear glass bottles were mass produced and the sheer numbers of bottles produced in many categories such as whiskeys, foods, medicines, make them just too common.  There might be thousands of examples of any given bottle.  Collectors usually pride themselves on the rarity of their collectibles.  Demand and rarity are two key factors missing in these newer bottles. This might change sometime in the future but for now that is the situation.  Digger.

In an antique shop in California I came across a shot glass with the inscription Mendenhall's Medicine and Tonic. I'm curious to know any information about the glass since that is my fiancé's last name. Thank you F Dayoan

The J.C. Mendenhall Chill and Fever Tonic, and their Corn Cure Medicine were the products referred to on the medicine glasses.  The Company was in business around the trun of the century in Evansville, Indiana.  The earliest advertising found was around 1889 and They were still listed in 1930.  There is also an embossed bottle for the Certain Chill Cure with the company name on it.  Digger.

I have a cobalt bottle (round) with a screw-on top, so it's not very old, but is unusual in that it is 15" high with a diameter of 5". There doesn't appear to have been any kind of label on it and the only mark on it is an M or a W in a circle on the bottom. It came from a country drug store, I think. I've been unable to find another one or to find it in catalogs. Can you tell me what kind of bottle it might be and the approximate value? I would really appreciate any info. 

Sounds very unusual but without more to go on, I can't be of much help.  Digger.

Hello, I was wondering if you could help me find any information on a pair of bottles that appear to be crystal figures. They are in the shape of a matador and a seniorita and are marked DALMAU HERMANOS TARRAGONA (which I assume means Dalmau Brothers of Tarragona, Spain). They are most beautiful and I would love to know more about them. They have been in my friend's possession for over 40 years. I found your name several times as a bottle expert. Any guidance you can give me would be most appreciated. Thank you, Rich Gaines 

I am afraid I cannot help hopefully a reader will have some information.  Digger

Hello, I just returned from Wilmington, nc. While i was there I found a small medicine bottle that had been exposed by the erosion of the recent hurricane. It's a duraglas bottle with a 5 and a 2 on the bottom. Duraglas on the side in cursive writing. It's graduated in cc's on the right side and oz.(2,4,6) on the left with something that might be a cursive z and a plain small case I on the front. It also has a screw top lid. It's clear in color. Could you give me some idea when it might have been made.

According to one source, in 1940, Owens-Illinois Glass introduced a new product called "Duraglas." This durable bottle glass was designed for deposit bottles and could withstand repeated use by beer and soft drink bottlers.  Many other bottles including prescription medicine bottles have this mark on the base.  It was very popular glass and want produced into the 1950s and maybe later.  I suspect the introduction of plastic bottles played a part in its demise. Digger.

I found an old baby bottle - glass - marked PYREX. Wonder how old it is. From the 40's, 50's?

Pyrex was first made by Corning in 1915. The first items were clear glass ovenware items. The first Pyrex nursing bottles appear to have been produced in 1919.  The earliest models were fitted with a pull-on nipple and had the words "Corning Made in USA..." on the base.  A screw neck model, hexagonal, in 4 and 8 ounce sizes was introduced in 1935, base embossed "Made in USA", had the word Pyrex twice in a cross horizontally and vertically.  In 1942 a model was introduced known as the Air Vent Nursing Bottle and had a slight groove on edge of the lip.  the 1922-1940 bottles had Pyrex in a cross, hexagonal, 6, 8, and 10 ounce sizes until 1928.  A 4 ounce size was added about 1933. Bottles with Pyrex embossed vertically on the front and back panels and a screw top wide-mouth were patented in 1955 and discontinued in 1974 made in 4 and 8 ounce sizes. Digger

i have an old whiskey bottle. it is by Paul Jones & co. from Louisville Kentucky. it says four roses on the embossed label. it is a full corked bottle, it appears that the cork has never been removed. I found it behind a wall while remodeling.  The house was about 80 yrs. old I was wondering if you would have any info or know where I could get some. thanks for any help.  

Your whisky is pretty well known.  The oldest variants I have seen have an embossed seal on the shoulder of the bottle.  An early none machine made bottle  with a paper label, embossed seal and contents would be a good find.  I expect it would be worth in the neighborhood of $40-50.  Digger.  

I am trying to find information on Budweiser Beer Bottles(1800). Also any information on the "C.Conrad & Co's" that made these bottles. Any information will help. Thanks........Carol Stephens.  

My sources indicate Carl C. Conrad & Company of St Louis, MO were in business 1876-1883.  Those marked C.C.C. 1878-1883.  Digger.

I would really appreciate any information you could provide on the following bottle: Clear, with slight green tint, small air bubbles in glass 10 inches tall, 2.5 inches in diameter Crown top Automatic Bottle machine Words on bottom: B.N.P.C.O. in a semi-circle, then a "A" in the center, and 16 below the "A" Smooth Base No Chips or nicks Found north of San Francisco, near Pt Reyes. I am interested in knowing the value of the bottle for sale. Thanks so much for your help. I could not find the listing for B.N.O.P.C.O. which is almost certainly the glass company that made the bottle.  Iwould say the bottle has little value without more embossing.  Maybe $2-5.  Digger.

Dear Sirs,
I have a question about a bottle, the problem is that I do not have the bottle. I am doing research into a matter, if it is necessary for you to know the research objective, I would be glad to fill you in, but for brevity sake, I will forgo a detailed discussion. A State Dept. file has a very brief description of a bottle found in France in 1938. The description was supplied from a French Gendarme, and is very brief. " This bottle is of a content of 10 centiliters. At the bottom of the glass it is marked as follows : V.B.2. It was closed with a cork and covered with wax. The neck of the bottle has been capsuled with an aluminium lid and covered with cement." I know this is not a lot of information but it is all that I have. I hope the size, markings and that it was found in France with give some indication as to it's source, and contribute to solving the mystery. Thank you very much. Sincerely, Daryll Bolinger

About the only thing I can add is that the aluminum cap it probably is not much older than the time period in which it was found.  Determining the age of a bottle is dependent upon observing the neck, mouth and base of the bottle.  See my page on bottle basics.  Digger.

I have an old bottle that i have been trying to find some information about but have been unsuccessful. It says on the bottle Geo, w. Peverley co. Pacoima calif. it is a 6.5 ounce bottle with two eagles on the neck it is a soda bottle if there is any thing you can do to help me please do on the bottom their is a large P with a small 29 underneath it. Thank you. 

Sounds like a beverage bottle( soda or beer).  The local library might be of help.  i found no listings in my sources.  Digger


This may not be your area of expertise but my friend has a bottle of Triple Sec that seems to be very old. He has no computer & asked me to see if I could find out how much it may be worth. The "bottle" is really what looks like a ceramic water pitcher about 12 inches tall med/dark blue. The liquor is sealed in the throat of the pitcher & has a label on it. The main label is Marie Brizard & Roger, Curaco Triple Sec, Bordeaux. The only dates, on the lower label of the "bottle", are Paris 1865, 1874 and 1878. My friend has had this full bottle for over thirty years and said that the person that gave it to him told him it was very old at the time & guessed it to be worth $500.00 (thirty years ago) Can you help please? My friend is about 70 years old & not very well to do. It would be nice if this dumb old bottle he's been saving all these years brought him some financial comfort. Thank you,
Dan Smith

 I have my doubts about the value as I found this brown stoneware bottle with handle  9-1/2" which appears to be have been made about 1890-1915 for sale recently.   Label reads :LIQUEURS SUPERFINES.../CURACAO TRIPLE SEC/VERT/ with the signatures of BRIZARD & BORDEAUX. The middle label has pictures of eight medals (1866-1867-1876-1878-1883) . A standing lion is stamped into the body of the piece. The piece sounds very much like the one you describe, except for the glaze and the height.  I would not want to get up his hopes too far.  I'd love to be wrong however.  Digger.

Are you familiar with any of these bottles? They were found by some friends of mine. One was: royal blue and says Sanford's Radical Cure on it, and another is brown -like a hexagon shape and says A.L. Murdock Liquid Food Boston on it. Another really old looking one says patented MCH 6 83. Thank you, Janh

I am familiar with both of the bottle you describe.  The Sanford's is a nice bottle produced by Weeks & Potter Drug Company of Boston from about 1875-1885.  they sell, depending upon condition for around $35-55.  The Murdock Liquid Food bottle, while attractive sells for less, in the $12-20 range.  Digger.

Howdy!, Have you ever heard of the name WATERFILL and FRAZIER? It was on what looks like an old Whiskey bottle. The numbers on the bottom of the bottle were D913 64-56 . this bottle was found along hiway 97 in Oregon. any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Joe Horst

I have not.  Maybe a reader can help. Digger

I have been unable to locate any experts in the area of old hand-blown opium bottles. I have several 1-2 inch light blue hand-blown into many different shapes, some oblong, others rectangular. The condition varies, all were unearthed from sugar mills in Oahu, as most cane field workers were addicted. Can you please direct me to someone who will know something about them in terms of their value? Thank you, Gigi 

I am not sure there is anyone who is an expert on these bottles.  From my experience, they are common on the West Coast.  Many I have seen have Chinese characters on them.  Many are very pretty.  Being foreign, small and not especially rare their value is limited.  I'd guess a value of $5-20 apiece.  Digger.  

Hi, my name is Dave and I collect Lincoln bottle banks. I am trying to find any and all information I can get on them. I have several different varieties, I have been told their are at least nine different kinds? They come in three or four sizes that I know of, 9 3/4 , 9, 8 1/2 inches tall, also I have one I think is rare and it is 7 1/2 inches tall. Color is clear, and they are ABM. Tops are metal or plastic, with coin slot, except the 7 1/2 inch one. Condition is excellent on all. As far as I can tell nobody has written a book on them , although I am in contact with a guy that said he is writing a book on them, but it wont be out for about a year. Please help with any information you can, and if their is a cost then let me know and I will gladly pay . Thank you

Sounds like you already know a great deal more about these than I do.  Digger

dear sir,

I have noticed that bottles, after a certain date, have either a triangle or losange engraved on their bottom, with numbers on either side and over, also engraved. I would appreciate some general information, or if you could direct me to where I might find a book on that particular subject. Try a book search online.  There are a number of books that have some of the marks.  There are "Dictionaries of Glass and Pottery Makers marks.  I have book that has just Ohio Glass and pottery marks.  Some of the bottle collecting books in the mall stores have short lists of the glass makers marks.  The well-known book American Glass by McKearin has a lot of information on early glass companies.  There seems to be less written on the later companies (which is what i suspect you are asking about).  Digger.

Hi We recently bought a home in Sturbridge Massachusetts.  It came with 8 acres of woods.  While we were walking in the woods one day, we came along a pile of rusting metal, broken glass and whole glass bottles.  Some of these seem quite old. Early 1900s and then some seem more contemporary, 30's, 40's etc....Some have seems and some have dimples on the bottom of the bottles.  I am looking for information regarding identifying these bottles.  One in particular,  is quite fanciful and has the word "Kist" going up the bottle.  Some have threads for a screw cap and some seem to only need stoppers or corks.  Any info you can send me would be greatly appreciated. Thank You Bill and Jane Proulx

The bottle is probably one of the Kist Beverage Company.  The biggest seller was Orange Kist.  the company was popular in the 1940-50s and may have been in business in the 1930s-the 1960s possibly later.  They sold many flavors, including a chocolate beverage.  The early bottles appear to be like the one you describe with a fancy swirled design and the embossed word KIST.  Later bottles had applied painted labels.  Still later it was put up in cans.  I say yours was made in the late 30s to early 1940s.  Digger.

My son dug up a bottle in our backyard that states it is a Ste Pierre Smirnoff fls bottle. It has an etched label of what appears to be a crown and has a newer date of 1896 on a piece of the etched glass. The back of the bottle states 1818 which is also etched in as well. Any clues on the importance of a bottle like this? I live in Plymouth, MA and the house in which we live is approx. 100+ years old. Thanks for your response. Sue Hickey

Sounds like a new bottle to me. Smirnoff made vodka.  Check if your bottle has a screw top. They put the crown and the 1818 date on many modern pieces.  Your bottle probably is no more than 30 years old.   Digger

Hi Digger--
I have a bottle I hope you can help me with. A date and a price range would be great. description of the embossing (if any) The cobalt blue bottle is shaped like a squat fish, with the mouth of the bottle coming out of the fish's mouth. The scales of the fish are raised and small lettering on the left of the fish (underneath the fish's eye) reads "Tuscan Springs, Cal. On the right side (under the eye) it reads "Catarrh Cure." It is 3.5 inches tall and 8 inches in diameter at it's widest point (its center) mouth of the bottle, type of lip, whether the mold seam stops or goes over the top of the lip. The style and shape of the mouth is very important to telling both the age and the type of bottle. The round mouth of the bottle is almost exactly the size of a nickel and has a lip al the way around. The mold seam goes onto the lip. The bottle seems to have been cast in three pieces -- two sides and a base. The base is round and has stripes that are meant to look like a fish's tail. Under the round base of the bottle it has the copyright symbol followed by "WHEATON, N.J." in an arch. Beneath that is the number "1" or possibly the letter "I". There are no other letters or numbers on the bottle. The diameter of the base (APPROX 7.75 INCHES) is smaller than the center diameter of the bottle.shape of the bottle (round, rectangular, square) Round with a flared base. Squat fish shape -- tail down, mouth up.does it have a label, embossed design, unusual shape No label. Fish scales are embossed all around.
It is cobalt blue.  No stains, no chips, no damage. But there does appear to be a two-inch flaw in the glass on one side.  tell me what you would like to know about the bottle, age, rarity, value or history I am currently writing a book on the turn of the century mineral waters resort called

Tuscan Springs, which thrived from 1860 to 1916 near Red Bluff in Tehama County California. I have seen several bottles of mineral water, salts, catarrh cure etc. from the resort, but had never seen a bottle like
this. It is possible it might have been commissioned by an owner from 1945-1965, who rebottled a few of the items and made a failed attempt to reopen the resort. If you can let me know the date the bottle was produced, rarity, value and anything else you can tell me would be of great help. Also any info you might have on ANY other Tuscan Springs bottles would be fantastic!  I would be glad to also credit your antique book in my footnotes if you would send me all you pertinent info (title, copyright, publisher, page, etc). I will attach a poor picture of the bottle. It's all I have have, but hope it will help. Thanks so much--

Your bottle is a reproduction, not at all faithful to any of the 19th century originals most of which were inspired the the design shown below which was for a Fish Bitters bottles. It selss for $1-2 if at all.  You can find many examples on Ebay. Digger


Dear Sir, I have noticed that bottles, after a certain date, have either a triangle or lozenge engraved on their bottom, with numbers on either side and over, also engraved. I would appreciate some general information, or if you could direct me to where I might find a book on that particular subject.

Often times the marks are not easily identifiable especially if they are just numbers.  I no of no single book which covers this topic.  The meaning of these symbols for different types of bottles and different ages of bottle changed over the years. Sometimes they are glass company information such as mold batches and other times they might be a code for a date.  Many glass companies had unique marks which they put on their containers.  These types of marks are covered in an out of print book, Bottle Makers and Their Marks by Julian H. Toulouse.  Digger


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