April 2001 Questions

Digger Odell Publications 2001

Hello Digger: I am researching info for a film script that takes place during the California gold rush, 1849-1870. The miners would use the old stone bottles to cache their dust in. But what sort of stoppers would they use? I thought cork, but a friend mentioned glass. These would probably have been old whiskey or ginger beer bottles. Any info would be appreciated.
 Thanks. Michael/Pyramid Research.

Both stone and glass bottle were sealed mostly by cork especially during the specified time period.  Those whose contents were under pressure used wire bales over cork and later metal and cork or rubber and porcelain stoppers.  Many hundreds of stoppers were patented during those years but few gained any great popularity.  As for ground glass stoppers, those bottles would have been perfume, or chemical bottles.  I suppose it is possible someone in the gold rush area would stock such items but I'd think any empty container would have sufficed.  The limiting factor for clay bottles would be visibility.  SO...why not the leather pouch idea.  You drop a bottle clay or glass and what happens to your gold dust? Digger

Digger, My father has an old Victorian house in Madisonville KY and we have found hundreds of bottles buried in a part of the foundation that was, at one time, a cellar and then was filled in around the sale of the original owners in 1890. Pink, Blue, Green and Clear glass are the main colors. However at this time I only have one question for you.. . . It's about a bottle I found at my great aunt's house. The bottle is about 10" tall (including cork) and is of clear glass about 5" wide and 1.5" thick at it's thickest point. about two thirds the way up the bottle tapers to a slender neck which needs a cork for the stopper. There are a few bubbles impregnated in the glass and on the side it says GREAT SEAL, THE STYRON-BEGGS CO, NEWARK, OH. On the bottom it has a bunch of letters and numbers 877-S.B, 2?3 (the ? stands for an oval with and eyeball in the center???). If you get time please let me know about this bottle. I am not very high tech or I would send you a picture with this email. Thank You. Joseph Carter

Styron-Beggs Company are listed as Analytic Chemists in 1890.  The bottles are common and until you asked, I always assumed they were flavoring bottles but I have my doubts as they are not listed in any sources for this sort of bottle.  I found one puzzling entry in an old copy of Ohio Bottles that indicated it contained "Hine Syrup." I have no idea what that might be.  The bottles are very common and sell for $1-2.  Digger



I have a bottle with a glass ball in the top...is it a dosage dispenser of some sort? The words on the bottle are Cannington Shaw &CoLd Makers St Helens



You have a soda bottle of the Codd style.  A quick search on Ebay in the bottle section for "Codd" turned up about 30 different ones for sale.  Most were valued between $5-15.  Colored ones bring much more as do American and some Canadian Codds. Since many British dealers have started selling on Ebay more have turned up.  Many thousands were imported over the last 30 years.  Digger


i am emailing you because i have uncovered a cover mailed back in the 1800's from Dr. C.W. Roback. you should recognize him as the maker of the popular bitters bottles that you listed on your site (which is how i found you - by search engine). on the front is a bitters bottle with text in great detail and an old postage stamp as well as some c.w. Roback info. inside is a letter from c.w. roback about a shipment or something (can't remember what it was now as it is sealed up right now). I was wondering if you would have any info or interest on this rare item? the last time I saw a piece that crossed over between American postal history and advertising covers of the 19th century and bitters collectibles it went for more than i could afford. I found this in an old collection that has been locked away in a vault since the 1950's and was collected perhaps over 100 years ago ( I about turned a different color when I saw it. had to sit down, hehe) . i knew I had found something as some friends of mine used to collect bitters bottles. can't get a hold of them yet to ask them. curious as to your thoughts of this item. if need be I can send a scan of the cover. also would be interested if you knew of someone who might be interested in buying this if I decide to sell it. thanks for your consideration. - matt

I would expect such an item to bring a fair price.  Such letters are scarce and advertising appeals to a wider audience than bottles alone.  I would hesitate to make a guess on value.  Digger

Hello- got your email from the site www.antiquebottles.com and was wondering if you could answer a question about a bottle we have. We cannot seem to identify or classify it. It is made of what looks to be black glass, but is actually a very dark green when held to the light. It is a pretty regular shaped bottle, about 9 and 1/2 inches tall, with the base about 2 and 1/2 inches across. There are no markings on the outside, and looks to be a 3 piece mold (no seams until the shoulder, then a seam around the bottle and two seams the extend up and stop at the lip). The base is indented and has a 3 and a K embossed in the indentation. Also, there are bubbles in the glass. Any help would be much appreciated!!! Thanks, Dave Hawthorn

I expect the bottle you are referring to is similar to the one at the left.  They are very common and were made in both the United States, England and other countries. Typically one like the bottle shown would sell for $10-15.  Digger



We found an Old Mister Boston Whiskey bottle that is in great shape and was wondering where we could get more information about it. The bottle has a brass plate on it with BB Inc on it. If you know of a web resource we would appreciate any information or assistance you could give.

I do not.  I was able to find a McCormick Decanter made in the 1970s with "Old Mr. Boston" on it. Maybe a reader can help.  Digger

Dear Sir

My name is Shawn Grice and I am wondering if you could help me.I have recently obtained a bottle Calvados Vieux and I am trying to trace the history of this wonderful product and possible value. I have written to many Calvados Distillery's in Normandy France but, unfortunately my attempts have been well less than satisfactory . I am wondering if it would be possible for you or your organization to assist me in my search? The label reads as this:-Distillerie de L'abbue Calvados Vieux Grand Reserye Appellation Reglementee Foucarmont Seine inf On the back of the bottle is printed:- Produced and Bottled in France net contents: 26 Fl OZ  I hope that you may be able to help me if not possibly point me in the right direction on where I might be able to find some information about this fine product. One point that may be useful is that the top of the bottle has got a red wax seal with what looks like a hair type fabric underneath the seal. I eagerly await a reply. Once again thankyou for your assistance. Mr Shawn Grice Bridgewater Tasmania Australia 7030

Here is their web site.  http://www.chateau-breuil.fr/html/presentation.html  It has their phone number and fax number.  I'd suggest giving them a call. Best to brush up on your French however.  Another idea to play with is to try to find what you are looking for on a French search engine.  I was able to find a number of references to your product on http://www.francite.com/.  Digger


hello my son acquired this bottle when digging an old dump . the bottle is about 9 and 1/2 inches tall with the words embossed on the front-end back. they read "LINCO WASH trademark" along the bottom of this bottle it says"TO BE REFILLED ONLY BY LINCO PRODUCTS CORPORATION" The condition is good with 2 small chips. the color of the bottle is brown and the bottom bears the mark of the KNOX GLASS BOTTLE COMPANY KNOX PA(1924-1968). the top is a screw top. and the bottle seems pretty thick. well thank you for your time and good luck.

Your bottle is a product of this company.  Owner (REGISTRANT) LINCO PRODUCTS CORPORATION CORPORATION ILLINOIS 2155 W. 80TH ST. CHICAGO ILLINOIS produced  Liquid and Dry Bleaching Agents-Namely, Ammonia, Sodium Hypochlorite, and Dichloro Dimethyl Hydantoin. FIRST USE: 1928.  FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 1932.  Some of this stuff sounds dangerous so maybe that is why it had to be refilled by the company possibly it was used by commerical cleaners.  The amber color of the bottle was probably to protect the contents from light.  Digger

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