April 2001 Questions 5

Digger Odell Publications 2001

The Dr. Miles Medical Company is now known as the Miles Laboratories. Check out the link for a good history of the company.  Your Charles Gulden bottle is scarce and is probably a caper bottle.  The design patent granted in 1897 pictures your bottle and is listed in a different section of my web site. Gulden is best known for mustard.  His father had operated a mustard plant in New York City in the 1860s.  Son, Charles, opened his own business in 1875.  Besides mustard he sold, olives, capers, cotton seed oil and catsup.  He patented designs for quite a few food bottles.  In 1891 Charles' son, Charles Jr., took over and managed the company until 1911.  As to a really good book I could sell you...all of my books are good.  However, you probably will not find most of your bottles listed in them. Keep digging.  Digger

Pleas advise the retail value of this ink bottle. 4"high x 1-7/8" across bottom. 3" from base to top of shoulder. 1" neck height above shoulder. 3/4" sheared lip 12 sides color-light yellow green rough open pontil. Numerous small bubbles in bottle from shoulder to base. Blown in hinged mold. Mold marks to neck bottom. Thanks, Ollie Schrank

Sounds nice.  I'd guess in the $400-500 range.  Digger

Digger, I just stumbled onto your site looking for information and a value for some antique perfume glass samples that I have. Could you help me? I was told they were samples of the early 40's or 50's for expensive perfume. I have 15 of the samples and all but 2 still have the perfume in them. They had to be broken open at the end to release the perfume. If you cannot help me do you know of anyone who might have such information? I am sending pics along to help identify. Thanks Sherrie

Sherrie I am turning your question over to my perfume expert.  Here's her response:

Digger-This is a fun question for me.  What the person has is called "Nips"
> which was patented name for a method of perfume sampling from the
> 1930-1950's.  The tubes were made of something called plasticine or sometimes
> glass.  The ends were broken off and the perfume inside was then one use per
> tube. Many perfumers used them just for their own scents and they were also
> put up in cardboard tubes in 1000's of different applications from Chevy
> dealers to Motels to airlines used this form of perfume samples.  They came
> color coded on the tips so if you used one that was pink it was Shocking by
> Schiaparelli. Currently the only ones of these with any value are the
> advertising items complete with tubes, boxes and paper ad folders.  By value
> I mean just a few dollars complete.  Most perfume collectors have a pile of
> these in their collection and are not the least interested in them.  There
> are a few very high end examples of these from the 1930's that might command
> a higher price.  I have a set of "Nips" as suit card indicators in bakelite
> for playing bridge that are just quite unusual.  But nips themselves without
> the packaging are without much monetary value.
> Helen

I have 2 McCormick Whiskey bottles they have a top that is round an the top has a cork on it. the bottles are 1 pint and 1/2 pint sizes. the color of the bottles is light brown on bottom and a dark brown on top. The neck also has a place to put your finger in when you drink. the writing on the bottles is as followed Platte Valley, aged in the hills, since 1854, 6 yrs. old ,100 proof 1/2 pint 6 years old, Straight Corn Whiskey, Distilled and bottled by McCormick Distilling Co. Weston, Missouri, TO.ME. Reg. UP.SO. Pat. Dfp. Also on bottom of bottle there is a number 135-68, 11-D16. Could you tell my how old and how much they may be worth. Thank you Tammy Burgess

These jugs are quite common because they were made over many years.  The jugs are made by the McCormick Company. Based on the trademark information below, I do not believe they were making the crockery jugs prior to 1955.  Most seem to have come from the 1960-1970s. The jugs come in a variety of sizes: pints, 1/2 pints and 750 mL. they appear to be dated on the base.  Early ones (prior to 1964) will have the words "Federal Law Forbids Reuse or Resale of this container" under the glaze. None of them seem to sell for much, usually under $10.




"During the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s, McCormick functioned primarily as a regional distillery, serving customers in Missouri, Kansas and neighboring states. The late 1970s saw the start of a dramatic period of growth as McCormick spirits became available to customers nationwide.  Today, consumers in over 50 states and 37 countries enjoy McCormick products.

While McCormick's geographical expansion was occurring, so, too was the company's development of a new product line. Keeping with the tradition of fine bourbons, McCormick's choice premiums, B.J. Holladay and Gold Label Bourbon , have remained popular favorites over the years. Stillbrook Bourbon , a smooth full-bodied whiskey and Platte Valley Corn Whiskey , packaged in authentic stoneware jugs, have joined in this tradition" 



As you know I am researching two seltzer bottles. I have been researching them for quite a while. I do know that the bottles came from a hotel in France. They are dated 1933. The name on the bottles is V.Planchenault. Enghien. It was supposedly a "gambling casino/hotel. The bottom of the bottles look like an upside down cross with an arrow. The letters on the bottom are sevb. One is light pink in color and the other one is light green. The tops look like they are pewter but they may be "pot metal" They are made of very thick glass and if you ever watched the "three stooges" and saw the seltzer bottles they used you will know what I am talking about. I am really more curious about the origin of them as opposed to their worth. The top unscrews and has a split nut and rubber washer and a glass tube that goes to the bottom. One has the name V. Planchenault 1933 stamped on the nozzle also. The other nozzle has dausse.enghien.and it also has an oval circle with s.i.m.a.c and in the middle of the circle there is stain and the bottom has 7ertitre. Any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank-you Marcia

I wish I could help but I do not have the resources to do so. It is interesting that the name on the bottle and the name on the nozzle are the same.  Most of the time the nozzles were designed and manufacturer by companies other the ones who put up the Seltzer. Digger



I recently found many hundreds of bottles in a ditch at my father's old office in TN. The office was used as a house before it was turned into an office, and it was around during the Civil War. This bottle looked liked the oldest of the ones that I found. Most of the others had a screw top. It is clear and it has 8 sides. It is 8" tall, 3" wide, and 2 1/8" deep. The bottom of the bottle has an embossed number 11 and a diamond with the letter I in the middle. The label says Doom's Mineral Water.  I would like to know the history and value of this bottle. Thank you. Joy

Joy, You have a interesting bottle.  the value of the bottle is probably slight given the extremely poor condition of the label.  I'd suggest you contact Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center  which has photographs, documents and other items relating to the history of the area. 127 S. Main St. Dawson Springs KY 42408 Voice Phone 270-797-3503.  someone there might have information relating to the his of your bottle.  the date of the bottle is probably about 1900 - give or take ten years. Digger


My son has recently been digging up bottles in our back yard and I was wondering if you know anything about a couple interesting ones he found. The first is a 6" tall round one with HYND'S TONIC embossed on it, with a flared top. Next is a 31/2" tall LITTLE BOY BLUE bluing bottle with a crown top. Also found, a 71/2" 8-sided bottle with PFIEFFER CHEMICAL CO. embossed on one side. Lastly a 5" tall SLOAN'S LINAMENT bottle. He also has found numerous medicine bottles with flared tops that have the cc markings on them with either Duraglass or Lyric embossed on them. Any info would make my son very interested. Thank you!


Sounds like you have a 1920-1930 era dump there.

Hynd Corporation was in Buffalo, New York in the 1930s. they sold a Muscle Oil and a Tissue Builder, a lotion for the skin along with some products for the hair. The trademark at the left was used by them since 1922, which may have been early in their business.  I could not find any earlier listing. .A. C. HYND CORP. UNKNOWN TIPP CITY, OHIO.  

Your Tonic is probably one of their earliest products. Your Little Boy Blue bluing bottle is a product of Holloway House, Inc. CORPORATION INDIANA they owned the last trademark on the brand. 

 Sloans Liniment was used in the Treatment of Muscular Rheumatism, Lumbago, [Bronchial Cough, Spasmodic Croup, Muscular Cramp, Neuralgia, Sciatica,  Neuralgic Headache, Toothache, Bruises, Stiff Neck, Sprain, and Stiffness and Soreness of the Muscles After Severe Exertion or Exposure. It was first used in 1890. You will find other references to Sloans in other months. Digger


I recently came into owning many beer bottles with brewery-or distillery names all in Chicago, Il, could you tell me how to get a hold of someone that would know more about "Chicago" bottles, Thank you so mush, Barb

Chicago has a very active bottle club and a great bottle show.  Try checking on the Federation of Bottle Collectors web site for someone to contact. www.fohbc.com  Digger

These bottles were found in Michigan and I would appreciate any help you can give me about their worth. First is one that is clear light green glass, 6 inches tall, the neck is 2" and the body 4". It is a cork top and says on one side "prepared by A.G. Groblewski & Co. Plymouth, PA. U.S.A. The next is clear glass, 5" Tall (body 3 and a half, neck 1" and a half) on one side it says F.A. d Richter & Co. with a line under the d. On the other side NEW YORK on it. And on the front "Pain-expeller, Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. For Rheumatism Gout Neuralgia Colds, Etc. and next to that is a picture of what looks to be a anchor? All of this is in raised letters, not a label. Any info would sure be appreciated. Thanx a bunch! 

Can't find anything on your Groblewski bottle.  Your Pain Expeller is a product of Frederick Richter.  He registered his anchor as a trademark for this brand in 1889.  The product was still for sale in the 1980s. The bottle is very attractive the embossing and the anchor but not especially valuable.  they sell for under $10. Digger

Hi Digger, we have a question for you regarding a 1932 Seagram's bourbon whiskey bottle. Description: 8" tall, 4" at base with rounded shoulders. It has a screw top. Bottle is amber in color. Raised lettering, with raised spider webs covering the bottle as well. We are interested in knowing if it is a commemorative bottle as well as the value and rarity. Bottle is in excellent condition. Thank-you for your time. Carol and Mike Rees

I do not think it was a commemorative bottle. Immediately after prohibition companies all started at the same time to begin again producing whiskey.  Spider-web type bottles were fairly common as a motif at time and even earlier. I have address this question in others months.  Digger

I found what I think is an old bottle today and was wondering how to date it. It is a medicine bottle and embossed on it is DR. KILMER'S SWAMP ROOT KIDNEY LIVER AND BLADDER CURE BINGHAMTON NY USA. on THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE IT HAS THE NUMBERS 55 EMBOSSED ON IT. It looks like it has seams on the sides and a rounded lip. Just wondering if you can help me date it. It is clear glass in pretty good shape. Just a little dirty. Thank you for any help you can give.

Here's a couple links to check out about your bottle. Digger


Hi Digger, I got your name from the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors - Could you help me out with a bottle I bought at an auction? It came up, nobody bid, so I figured what the heck? (which is why my house is full of junk) It is green in color, obviously hand blown with all the little bubbles, has no seams that i can see except where the spout and reservoir are attached. It came with a sort of straw cork plugged in the reservoir. And there are no identification marks anywhere on it. My suspicion is either a chemist's bottle or a fancy wine bottle, am I close? I didn't want to send you an attachment because some people won't open them from strangers, (i won't myself) but I did put the jpg picture up on my site if you would like to look at the bottle. Here is the URL http://www3.sympatico.ca/magnus/glass/bottles/sptbottle.jpg Yours Sincerely, Ron 

Ron, I have had this same question sometime back and I still do not know what the item is.  I am failrly convinced they are not very old.  My best guess was a decanter in which to cool wine. Digger

Mr.Digger Odell:

My first finds are three bottles found near a cranberry bog in Killingworth, CT; they were among other refuse. MARKINGS COLOR HEIGHT SEAM CHAS. M. HATCHER MFG CO CLEAR 9" TO TOP CAPACITY 20 OZ LEHN + FINK NEW YORK AMBER 9 1/2" TO NECK; POLISHED POISON CLEAR 4 1/4" TO NECK BOWKER'S PYROX 670 I THANKS FOR ANY INFO/EDUCATION MIKE GERITY

Honey and Almond Cream first sold it over the counter at his drugstore in Portland was originally  a family run business. Sold in 11 ounce, 4 1/2 ounce and 7/8 ounce sizes by Lehn & Fink Inc.(1925+), Bloomfield N.J. They also sold "Diastase of Malt", "Beef Iron and Wine", "Lister's Antiseptic", diabetic flour and many many other products..
Your jar embossed Bowker's Pyrox is an insecticide spray.  the jars are known in clear and amber and are relatively common. they might sell up to $20.  There is also a BOWKERS PYROX / THE ONE BEST SPRAY - BOWKER INSECTICIDE CO. / BOSTON, MASS printed in black on 9" stoneware crock with wire handle which usually sell for more.  I found one listed for $95. 

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