April 2000 Questions

Digger Odell Publications © 2000

Hi Digger, I just recently acquired a Wood's Great Peppermint Cure For Cough & Colds, it's Aqua in color and has 1895 on it. There is nothing else on the bottle, it originally had a paper label, which is gone. In Kovel's Bottle Book they have it listed as being worth $495.00. Is there a reason this bottle is listed as being worth so much, is it rare or what? By the way I paid very little for it at a yard sale, so I'm wondering if I just got lucky or what. Later, Jerry Tennant

Jerry, someone got their wires crossed.  I hate to break this to you (sniff, sniff) but you do not have a $400 cure bottle.  Your bottle comes in  many sizes, 7", 6 7/8", 5 3/8", 5 1/4", 5" and  4 3/8".  It is most commonly found in two colors aqua (most common) and clear.  Some variants have the ampersand (&) while others have the word "and" spelled out.  Variants are known in both ABM and tooled lip styles.  Now the reason you might have seen that price is that the bottle is known in turquoise blue and another shade of blue.  The former being a unique one-of-a-kind.  One in that color, today would bring that figure or more.  If I am not mistaken, and I might be, I seem to remember that this is an English bottle.  It's a bit unusual in that it tapers slightly from the base to the shoulders so that the shoulders are a bit wider than the base.  Digger

I bottle maple syrup and I am trying to find a company that makes bottles in all kinds of shapes, characters, ie: snowman, lighthouse, cars etc. do you know of any? thanks Frank Dore

Try either of these if they cannot help you then they might know who can.  It is possible you might have to go out of the country to get what you want: Kopp Glass, Inc. 2108 Palmer St., Dept. TR Pittsburgh, PA 15218 2516 USA Tel: 412-271-0190 Fax: 412-271-4103 Product Description Hand Molded Pressed Specialties, In Clear Crystal, Clear Heat Resisting & Specification Grade Solid Color Heat Resisting Glass or Anchor Hocking Specialty Glass Co. 400-T 9th St. Monaca, PA 15061 USA Tel: 724-775-0010 Fax: 724-773-3241

Dear Sir, I bought this bottle today at an estate sale. It measures about 3-1/2" tall. It is made of pottery or porcelain. The only mark is 11043 on the bottom. It fits nicely in the palm, so I'm thinking maybe a flask. The colors are subdued, and the bottle has only production inconsistencies. It looks old to me. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you, Cynthia Swenson

My, what an attractive piece.  Yes, it is a flask, a whiskey nip to be precise.  It could be pottery, but more likely it is milk glass with a painted surface.  It is most unusual to find such an item with the original paint and cap so well preserved.  Often the paint is worn off entirely.  The style appears to be late 19th century. These flasks were made in many different varieties.  There are clam shells and other figurals,  Order of the Elks, Masonic, and others.  Several have been offered at auction, none as nice as yours. I'd estimate with the eagle motif and original paint that is was worth $125-175+.  


Mr. Odell,

I recently purchased a bottle in a shop and am looking for some information on it. I was hoping you could be of some help. The bottle is approximately 6 inches tall, diameter 1 1/2 inches. The label is oval with a crown at the top. It has a large "T" and "TUBORG" on the label. It also has "Brygget sider" and "1875" on the label. The bottle appears and feels to be wooden. It is indented at the base and has a metal plate over it with two screws. It is black in color and has a metal bottle cap on it. I collect bottles just as a hobby. I have never seen a bottle such as this and purchased it because it was different. Do you know anything about it or know of someone who might? I would greatly appreciate any guidance you could give me. Thank you, Ann Likens

Sounds like a promotional item from the Tuborg Beer Company (Denmark).  They used a crown as one of their company logos and give the 1875 date on their bottle labels.  Your item could be a tap handle.  I cannot picture how deep the indentation at the base is so it is hard to tell.  I do not think the item is especially old.  Could be from the 1950-60 period.  Digger

I was wondering where I might find some information about the possible value of some old Dr. Peter's Kuriko bottles. One even has a dried up bit of the "miracle substance still in it, it appears. Don't know which information trail to follow . Would appreciate some help if you know about this, or where else I could go for it. Thank you for your time and help. Sincerely, Steve Johnson

Dr. Peter's Kuriko was made by the Fahrney Company of Chicago.  The bottles are not rare and all were made around the turn of the century.  In other month of "Questions I Get" you'll find additional information. The 8 7/8 inch bottles are clear and may have "Pat. Applied for" on the base.  I'd estimate the value at $3-5.  Digger

Digger, I have a liniment bottle that I cannot find in any of the books I have. I wonder do you know of this bottle and what it could be worth. applied lip, 4-sided panel bottle, 5 inches high, aqua one side says - BARRELL'S  front side says - INDIAN back side says - H. G. O. CARY second side says - LINIMENT Has a smooth base. Can you help me? Jerry Tennant

Harrison G. Cary was a well-known druggist in Zanesville, Ohio when he started this brand, which was his best seller. He claimed to be physician, but probably never attended medical school.  He began making the Indian Liniment for rheumatism, sprains and other ailments about 1845.  The earliest ones are pontiled, but the brand was made through the turn of the century.  Your bottle comes in both aqua and clear.  they sell for about $15-20.   The full history of  this brand is in my book Indian Bottles and Brands. Digger.

I have found a plain lip, McKearin GII-142 in aquamarine. It appears to be quart size. The bottle is 8 1/2" tall. The design is identical to the drawing in Ms. McKearin's book American Bottles & Flasks (1978 edition) on page 587 but she does not list the plain lip variety. What can you tell me about my bottle? Kindest regards, Mark Kasal

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The bottle to which you are referring is often called the Indian & Eagle flask, because it pictures an Indian with a bow and arrow on one side and the American eagle and flag on the other.  This flask is often under-blown and hence has a weak strike or faint embossing.  It is not a common flask, but not rare either.  The lip finish as you mention is not listed with a plain lip.  I would have you check very carefully to see if your bottle is missing part of the lip.  Sometimes bottles are dug broken and unscrupulous people may grind and polish the neck so it appears undamaged.  This flask is known to have a dropped collar about 1/4 inch below the top of the lip.  If the neck looks suspiciously short or strangely finished it might have been altered.  If not then you have a variant.  This minor difference in this flask probably wouldn't make a great deal of difference in the value. The flask is often hard to sell (because of the weakness of the embossing for one) and being aqua and relatively late period for flasks, it is not in great demand by collectors.  The typical value of this bottle is $125-175. Digger


Hi, I have an antique bottle that was given to me by an older relative to get appraised. I would appreciated if you could be of some help with a general price range. It has a pewter color to it. Embossed on it is the American Eagle in the center, 1776 above it, and 13 stars surrounding the eagle. It has a black screw top. The full height is 6 and 1/2 inches with 3 of those inches taking up the neck. The bottle is in very good condition. However, the black top has a few scratches on it. I am inclosing a picture. Sorry that it is not a very good one. Please let me know if you have any info on this bottle. Sharita Whitehead

Sharita,  your picture was very blurry and so I can only make a guess. The bottle is unquestionable modern and not an antique.  I believe your bottle is a commemorative flask, one of a series of five, which were made for General Foods in 1975 for the Bicentennial of the United States.  the designs include: a Cornucopia, a Spirit of 76, a Liberty Bell a Log Cabin and an Eagle.  The bottles originally contained Log Cabin Syrup.  The various designs were manufactured by a number of different glass companies: Thatcher Glass, Brockway Glass and Anchor Hocking were amongst them.  At present these bottles have a value of only a few dollar, but may be worth more as collectibles in years to come.  Digger

hello, I recently came across late 1800 Listerine, Colgate and a halls bottle. the Colgate bottle still has the cork and pump whole and all are in great shape - no cracks. would you be able to let me know how much you think these might be worth and how I would go about selling these? Kristina

I would say the bottle are worth $1-2 apiece.  Selling them would be easiest at a flea market or on Ebay on line auction.  Digger

Hi, Have been trying to find out anything about a bottle, what kind? Is it worth anything? Happened to stumble onto your name for general questions. It has no letters or numbers that I can find. It is sort of a see through medium green. Cannot find any seams, has a smooth lip. It is 26 inches tall. the bottoms measures 34 1/2 inches and tapers up to a 6 inch neck. The bottom seems to be a large open pontil. There are no cracks or chips but I believe there is a bubble in one place. If there is any help that you can offer I surely would appreciate it. If you can't help then thanks anyway for reading this rambling e-mail (smiles) Thanks much, Rosemary

Rosemary, Without any embossing bottles have a very limited audience unless they are very early.  I am trying to picture your bottle and am not sure if your dimensions are the diameter or the circumference of the bottle.  I will guess that you have given me the circumference otherwise this is a very big bottle.  I am not sure about your description of the pontil mark on the base from your wording.  But assuming it is medium green and pontiled, it might be a demijohn of some kind or a display bottle.  If is is as old as it sounds it probably has a value of $50-75.  If it is not pontiled it would be newer and less valuable.  Digger


Digger Odell, I recently found a bottle, but can't find any info on it. It is a clear bottle that measures about 5 1/2" tall. It has the words THIS CONTAINS MRS. STEWART'S BLUING embossed on it. It is sealed with a cork and contains some kind of blue liquid. Thank you for your time. Lisa Spencer

Your bottle is a product of the Luther Ford company of Minneapolis, MN.  It dates the 1920 period.  Bluing was a laundry product to counteract the yellowing of white fabrics.  You bottle without a label like the one shown, would be worth $1-2 at most.  Digger


Hi Digger, love your site especially the questions. I have some bottles I have been trying to get some information on but haven't been able to find much maybe you or your readers can help out. 1) bottle is clear with a green tinge to it and stands 6" high. Embossed on the front of it is WHEELER'S TISSUE PHOSPHATES. I have managed to date it around the turn of the century. 2) bottle is brown and stands 10". It has a white horse silk screen on the front 3" and on the back near the neck there is an embossed horse 1". It still has the cap on it (metal with a twisty tab that you pull up and the top comes off) I believe it is a White Horse Scotch bottle from around the 1930's. Letters embossed on bottom of bottle are R 109 KX U C B. This bottle is in great shape although a little dirty on the inside but I don't want to clean it because I would have to take off lid which is rusty. 3) bottle is brown and stands 11.5". It has a paper label and is from the Hudson's Bay Company. Label reads Ye Old Hudson's Bay Demerara Rum. It is from around the 1930's I was told. Embossed on the bottom are the letters S662 P 6 U C B. Thanks

Your Wheeler's Tissue Phosphates is a product of the Mildredina Specialty Company of Boston MA.  It was advertised from about 1896-1917+.  It was probably a product to counteract the deleterious effects of "wasting" diseases like consumption.  Your analysis of the White Horse Bottle is probably correct.  I wasn't able to find out about the Hudson Bay bottle.  Digger

We have an old style "cannon" looking container. I am not sure what was in it. I am sure it was something like gin or whiskey. It is brown with cream color raised scroll work and a knight and a dragon on the back part of the barrel. It is on wheels and is about 13 inches long and 7 inches tall. The wheels are a spoke type and have scroll work on the outside rim. The wheels are mounted on an axial and they do turn. I know nothing about this except it was given to us by my Wife's mother and she got it from an old lady years ago. I really don't know enough about this type of thing to give you a proper description. If you think it might have any value at all I will try and send a picture or what ever you need. The opening in the end of the barrel is 1 inch and it has a cork in it. Thank You So Much For Your Time Billy

Avon and Jim Beam along with numerous other company made whiskey and cologne in cannon shaped containers.  I wasn't able to find about any which matched the description you sent.  You do not mention what the container is made from (ceramic or glass).  Maybe a reader can help.  Digger

We dug up in Roxbury Mass at a site of an old brewery a green aqua bottle approx 12" tall, with a blob top and it seems to be made separate from the bottle. there are no patent numbers on it and it reads on the front W. Smith & Co, Revere Brewery, Lager Beer, Boston, Mass on the back it says This Bottle Not To Be Sold, also near that we found a blue aqua medicine type bottle with rim top ( flared with cork still in it) and it says F W Kinsman, Druggist, Augusta ME so maybe he drank too much and needed some medicine...Can you shed some light on this for us. Thank you...Ross

Ross, I found a listing for Wm. Smith & Co.  200 Marginal St., East Boston (no mention of the Revere Brewery by name) Wm Smith & Sons were heavily involved in the beer business from 1890-1903.  They were one of dozens of such concerns in that city at that time.  It is common to find the "This Bottle Not To Be Sold" embossed on both beer and soda bottles to discourage reuse by other manufacturers.  The druggist might be 1880s period but could also be later.  Sounds like you were in a end of the century site.  Interestingly, there was a brewer, by the name of J. M. Smith & Company listed in the 1870s at 44 King St. Roxbury, MA (he also had a Boston location).  Any chance is that where you were digging?  Maybe...just maybe a bottle was returned to the J.M. Smith Brewery from the Wm. Smith Brewery and they threw it out.  Digger

Hi there!!! A friend sent me the below note, and I was wondering if you could help me answer the question. I will make sure that I mentioned that you helped me find the answer. Thx alot!!! "I have a dark-amber colored bottle retrieved from 15 feet under the street in front of the Old Hudson Bay trading post which is in front of the Fraser River in Quesnel, B.C. The bottle is about 8 inches tall with a small neck and little lip on it. On the bottom is stamped "169A" and "21" or"2I" beside a horizontal diamond shape intertwined with a vertical long oval shape with a tiny "Y" in a tiny circle in the center. To the right of that is the number "6" stamped. I would like to know the value of this bottle."

Value is easy.  Without embossing and probably not more than 100 years old the bottle has little value.  If it was any earlier, it wouldn't have all that embossing on the base.  I was not able to find out the glass company which used the symbols you describe.  A construction crew in a large city near here once found a bowling ball down forty feet.  You'd think because something was buried deeply it would be old, but that is not always the case.  Digger

Hi Digger My name is Larry and I would like to know more about this bottle I found It is Appx 4" tall by 1.5" by one half inch wide On the side the words E.R. Durkee & Co molded on the side nothing else NEW YORK The bottle has a blue tint to it and the seams end below the top which looks like blob Found it on a beach on the Sainte Mary's river just out side of Sault Ste Marie MI

Aqua medicine shaped bottle embossed E.R. Durkee / New York circa 1880

Eugene R. Durkee began as a druggist in the 1850s selling spices and extracts.  He began business in Buffalo but shortly moved to New York to expand his operation.  He was located in Brooklyn by 1870.  He was one of the first to take advantage of the ability to register trademarks.  He sold spices, mustard, peppersauce, curry powder, vanilla and other extracts, salad dressing, chili sauce and dozens of other products including food for birds.  Your bottle is probably similar to the one I dug shown above.  It probably contained vanilla or some other extract.  Digger.


I have two round bottom bottles. I was told that they were for shipping wine in slow moving vessels. They can't stand on their own. The bottom was rounded to keep the cork wet and save the wine. 

See my comment about these bottles last month.  They were soda bottles.  Digger

I recently purchased two bottles at an estate sale, thinking that they were whiskey flasks. Upon showing them to some friends, I was told that they were early perfume bottles. In retrospect, I remember seeing a lot of bottles at the sale that I know were perfume bottles, due to the fact that they still had labels on them, and some still had perfume in them. Can you help me in identifying these bottles - their intended use, and where they might have originated? I have posted some pictures at

The first two are of a "horn of plenty" or cornucopia shaped bottle, and the last picture is of a crescent-shaped one. I also bought a couple of items at this sale that I know for sure are 1910 and 1876 in origin, of course that in no way means that these are old, but this elderly lady did have some old things. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, John

John, I'd say these are cologne bottles and probably are American in origin.  The horn of plenty was a common motif and design for glass.  The bottom two are  powder horn figurals. I have seen both with strings to hold the horn.   They date to the 1880-1910 period. The design was intended to imitate the fancy and early pressed glass designs or the similar cut glass glass designs.  Value-wise I'd  guess about $40-60+  Digger 

Dear Digger, I continue to enjoy your site. I was seeking some information on another pontiled medicine bottle. It is McLEANS VOLCANIC OIL LINIMENT. It is aqua, 4" high, rolled lip, open pontil, square in shape, and each corner at the base is angled off. The bottle is near mint with slight haze on the interior. I was inquiring about the history and value of this bottle. I love the volcanic wording. Continue the great work and stories. Thanks for any help, Barry Graham.

You have a nice bottle there.  James H. McLean was making his Volcanic Liniment beginning about the 1850 in St Louis.  He later added his "Strengthening Cordial".  By the 1880s he had a string of medicines.  The company was in business into the twentieth century.  More about this company is found in my latest book "Pontil Medicine Encyclopedia". I'd estimate the value to be $100-150 range.  Digger


We have been made keeper of several old bottles. The ones I am most interested in are the spring water bottles. Three of them are 9 1/2 inches tall and are from the Missquoi Springs in Sheldon VT two of them are a very dark olive green one embossed with VERMONT SPRING SAXE & CO. SHELDON, VT The other green one says MISSISQUOI SPRINGS with a large embossed A in the center and an embossed Indian on the back. The third one is a dark amber and has the embossed MISSISQUOI SPRINGS and large A on it. The 4th bottle we have is an aqua green with a metal bail on the top and is about 13 inches tall. The lettering again is all embossed on the bottle. It says BERKSHIRE SPRING WATER FROM THE BERKSHIRE HILLS BERKSHIRE SPRINGS CO. Then there is a street address in NY At the very bottom it says THIS BOTTLE NEVER SOLD. In the center of the bottle is a what I would guess is the logo it is a large B and C sort of intertwined with and O hanging off the top of the C. If there is someone who can shed some light on these pieces and there value I would appreciate it. I can also e-maiL pics if that would be helpful Thank you Marsha Phillips

Marsha, you have been blessed with some nice mineral waters to be custodian over.  All date to the 1860-1875 period.  Your Vermont Springs bottle is known in a variety of colors from emerald green to yellow with an amber tone.  Green is more common and they usually sell for around $100 in that color.  The Missisquoi Springs is more common and they usually bring under $50.  the Missiquoi Spring with the Indian on the back is the better one and they often bring $250-325+ (at left).  The last one I am going to guess is less valuable and slightly newer (1880-1890) probably about $50-70 or less.  Digger. 


Hello, We have a Blatz beer bottle that was found in Phoenix, AZ.. Here is a description--can you provide some historical information and/or value? measures 9" in height, 2 1/4" in diameter @ its base Raised embossed lettering: Blatz - located at middle of bottle Blatz Brewing Co. - base of bottle Contents 7 1/2 fl. oz. - base of bottle (1/2 is shown as you see it here) Blatz logo is also raised, embossed encircled by a 6-point star. Also has a raised "checkerboard" or "scalloped square" design. Mold is BIM - seam stops below the lip. Glass is clear, no cap, no cracks. Fairly clear except near top of bottle where it looks like it set in a rack with other bottles - like it rubbed on the rack.

Judging from the color and the fact that the mold seam stops below the neck, I'd say the bottle was a product of the Valentine Blatz Brewing Company of either Milwaukee or Chicago.  They were located at 609 Broadway from 1890-1911 which is the period during which your bottle was produced.  The bottle has a unique over-all design with the embossed monogram and star.  I'd estimate it value about $3-5.  Digger


Hello. Thanks for offering help. Do you know anything about (or know where I can go next to find out) a bottle I got this weekend? It's clear (turned purple by the sun), the square body of which is 31/2 x 3" with an attached 1 7/8" neck with a smooth lip. It seems to be a BIM, although there aren't any seam marks up the sides, just on either shoulder of the square running Ĺ way up the neck. It's embossed with "U.S. Mail" and an eagle on one side and "U.S.," an eagle and what appears to be the side of an anvil over what appears to be a round clock face. The bottom is embossed with "Patented 1891." The width is 1 7/8". Can you tell me anything at all about this bottle? I surely would appreciate any info or leads. I've looked on the Net and in a couple of books I have, with no success. There are no symbols or letters on the front & back, except for what appears to be an embossed empty sign on one side. Thank you very much. Julie Chandler 

You are probably surprised I found this photo of your bottle.  Looks like it would be a cologne or less likely a whiskey nip.  It is almost certainly American.  Around the time of the turn of the century hundreds of figurals like this were produced. It has a value of $50-75.  The bottle dates from the same period as the powder horns shown above.  Digger



Thank you for taking the time to read this. My mother has a commemorative bottle and she is interested in receiving information about it. I don't know if either of you can help but any information would be greatly appreciated. The description she has given me is as follows: Condition = Very Good (to the untrained eye) 10" tall, 2 1/2" across base Standard soda bottle shape Clear glass - all but bottom painted white Embossed on bottom = 3 (symbol for Owens-Illinois) 57 6. Duraglas G-137 Design = Capitol Building in red at neck Eagle in blue and gray at shoulder Signs "U.S.A.", "Virgin Islands", "Alaska", "Puerto Rico", and "Hawaii" Red, white and blue shield on front with donkey and elephant facing each other with background of donkeys and elephants around bottle "ABCB Convention Washington, D.C. 1957" around base of bottle Red Plastic Cap = "Resealable Cap" "An Owens-Illinois Product" in white Mom's questions -

Your mother has one of a number of painted soda bottles given away at A.B.C.B. Conventions.  Her bottle is from the 1957 Washington D.C. Convention.  The first year I could find such  bottles was  from the 1941  convention  when it was held in Philadelphia. They appear to have been made from about 1950-1970.  Although I am not sure that they made one for every year.  Shown in the picture above are bottles from the 1952-1954 conventions. The value of your is listed by one source as $35, but it might be hard to get that much as the bottles are not that difficult to come by.  Digger. 

I found an old bottle and would like to know how old and how much it is worth. It has seems up the side but does not go over the mouth. It is aqua, has quite a few bubbles in it. The letters Edelweiss 13 oz contents are on the side and on the bottom it has written Property of Schoenhofen Brg. Co. Chicago. Around the bottom of the bottle it has initials N B B C CO 735. If you could give me any information on this bottle I would appreciate it. 

The Schoenhofen-Brewing Company of Chicago was doing business under that name from 1879-1925.   The Initials on the base are the name of the glass company (North Baltimore Bottle Glass Company, North Baltimore, Ohio) that made the bottles.  The glass company was in business from 1885-1930.  Peter Schoenhofen, for whom the brewery was named was a brewer in Chicago from 1860-1879.  His name was associated with a number of concerns including the Atlas Brewing Company and the National Brewing Company. It sounds like we can narrow the date range of your bottle to the turn of the century. Digger

I have found an old bottle, don't know anything about it, please help, its about 6in.tall and clear it has on it" the name St. Joseph assures purity". awaiting information, thanks,

Your clear flask shaped bottle is very common.  Dates to around 1930.  Value is about $1.  Although the bottles contained various substances one label read Genuine Witch Hazel and another Spirits of Turpentine.  It was a product of the St Joseph Co. of New York and Memphis.  Digger.

Dear Sir I found a bottle last weekend in Bath County Va. I was wondering if you could help me price it. It is a small bluish bottle reading, Dr. Kilmer's Swamproot kidney, liver, bladder cure. any info would be appreciated. P H Padgett

The bottle is a sample for Dr. Kilmer's Medicine.  Check out the story here on this site.  The samples are fairly common.  The large size has a kidney shaped panel with the same embossing as your bottle.  Digger


While researching an old Coca-Cola bottle online I came across your site it is very nice. I noticed you have a section on fire grenade bottles , I believe I have one of these bottles. Could you be so kind to e-mail me back and tell me what you think, please. It's clear glass, approx. 7" high is a no deposit no return Coca-Cola with embossed letters and embossed diamond shapes on both sides in the middle, one side has a picture of a bottle with the word Coca-Cola and trade make sign, the other is the some but only has the word coke on it, these are in the diamond shapes and around them is embossed texture. At top it says contents 10 FL. OZ., at bottom of side with Coca-Cola is the words no deposit, the other side says no return. The bottom of the bottle has the words not to be refilled, a C in a circle, the #'s 36 2 68 and two circles of dashes. I hope this description is adequate. Any help on this matter you can give me is greatly appreciated.

I think you have an empty coke bottle not a fire extinguisher.  Digger

I found a bottle in the bottom of a dried river bed about 10 years ago. I would appreciate any information regarding its age and possible value. The bottle has the following labeling " JOHN SCHWEYER & CO. / DISTILLERS/ CHICAGO" it is of clear glass, and the seam runs up three quarters of the neck. Any information received would be greatly appreciated. THANK YOU, JDJ

I could find not information about this company.  Sounds like a 1890s bottle.  Value is probably $15-25.  Maybe a Reader can help.  Digger

Hi, I know where there is a 1760 (or 1780?) Champagne bottle (light greenish? in colour). It has a funny "flip-top" and an outer cardboard loose cover. The writing on the bottle is: Produce of France. Champagne Lanson... Pere & ???. Maison Foncee en 1760/80? Reim? You don't seem to mention much about wine bottles? I understand you're probably not into giving free appraisals (you do have magazines to sell huh?). However, one never knows unless one asks. I'm curious as to its value. Thank you for your time, Anne Dalton :-)

Anne,  Wine bottles from 1760 would be extremely valuable with label and contents.  No bottles from that period have embossing on the glass.  Your bottle is probably much much newer.  I can't quite tell from the description of the "flip-top" what it is, but it sounds modern to me. You can check out the Lanson website at (www.ichampagne.com).  Lanson champagne, one of the leaders in the Belgian champagne market, is traditionally sold via supermarkets, vintners, distributors and wholesalers. Founded in 1760, Lanson is one of the oldest champagne houses. I'd guess that if the bottle is full, you have a good champagne.  If it is empty, you probably have a recyclable bottle. Good thing I didn't charge you for this appraisal huh?  Digger

Greetings from beautiful Maine! We live in a small coastal village in Midcoast Maine. We have found any wonderful bottles washed up on the shore (or just under the surface) and hope you can help us categorize them for a school project. What kind of bottle is WARRANTED OVAL? How about SOLE ACT-H.H. HAY... on the bottom, a nice embossing of LF Atwood. Barton's Dynashine? Emerson Bromo Selzter (not old?) cobalt blue. Hires Root Beer (3") squarish. Lambert's Chemical Company-Listerine! There are so many I wouldn't want to ask you about all of them! Thank you for any help! The Fisher kids

Could be 1890s.  Could be 1930s.  It all depends upon the style of the lip and method of manufacture.  Check out the bottle basics on my site to see about non machine made bottles.  If the bottles have screwtops then they'll date after World War I.  The Warranted Oval is a whiskey-very common-generic bottle.  Emerson Bromo can go back to the 1890s as can the Hires Root Beer (see the article about hires on my site).  Lambert's Listerine can be 1900 + or - 5 years.  All are commonly found in dumps around the turn of the century.  Dynashine sounds like a shoe polish. Digger


Dear mr digger, i'm looking for information on the above embossed bottle. it was mention in you April 2000 ask digger. you answered questions about the other bottles the person was asking about but nothing about the L F Atwood bottle. the bottle i have is aqua, round, aprox. 6 & 3/4" tall, the mould seam goes about half way up the neck. i also found a ref. to it ( Ring 1980: 64) but i don't know what it means. Also I purchased an old house built between 1900 and 1920 about 3 months ago. In the woods behind the house is where they dumped all there bottles and trash. so far i have found a soda water bottle by coca cola pat. dated 1920 & 1923 and more recent bottles 1949 , 1950 and all types of bottles and jars. what book do you have that would help with what i am finding. thanking you in advance . sincerley, rhona Garden Queen

You are right.  The bottle is listed in Ring and Ham's Bitters Book as L.F. Atwood's Improved Vegetable Physical Bilious Jaundiced Bitters. It was on the label only with the embossing you describe around the shoulder and on the base.  It comes in  round shape in aqua and clear.  The product was advertised 1870s-1890s relatively common except with the label. More about Bitters bottles http://www.bottlebooks.com/bitters.htm  Digger

Dear Sir, I found a some cases of small fully petrified coke bottles into a cavern in the South American Andes. Is not a joke. I donít know how, but looks like the exposition to the rare climate and gases of the cavern petrified the bottles! Some cases are full bottles, some are empty bottles. I think I have a small fortune here, but I have no idea how to sell or offer them. Can you help me? Thanks Henry Albert

Henry...I've heard bat guano can have that effect on soda bottles.  I think you have an original approach here, just put them on ebay just as described.  I'll bet someone will bid on them. If you sell them,  I have some cases of Royal Crown Cola bottles I can't unload. Just be careful coming across the border.  Digger. 

Digger Odell: Just the other day I uncovered a clear glass soda bottle on my property that unfortunately is not intact. Within the glass mold reads SQUEEZE and below that TRADE MARK. Near the base is PATENT NO 7411...the rest is missing. Can you please tell me the approximate date of this bottle and any history? Thanks, Dave

There is a painted label Squeeze bottle with a cute picture of a boy and girl sitting on a bench with 2 hearts (the company trademark) in a 10 oz. size marked the property of Coca-Cola Bottling Co...on the back it also states bottled under the license from the National Fruit Flavor Co. New Orleans, U.S.A.. The National Fruit Flavoring Company produced the Squeeze soda bottles in a number of flavors (orange strawberry and other flavors).   The bottle you found, being embossed, is earlier than the painted one described above which date from about 1949-1952. I'd guess yours to be from 1930s, a period during which many fruit flavored sodas in embossed bottles appeared. The Patent No 7411....probably is a design patent number.  those numbers reached 74,000 in 1928.  Digger

Mr. Odell, I wondered if you could tell me if the broken bottle necks that I have found are collectible. I recently began digging on my property and have found numerous pieces of old glass. These include some with embossing, but unfortunately none are complete. I have found several tops of bottles that appear to be from the 1800's. I have found amber, aqua and clear. Some of the tops appear to be applied bob, some appear to be applied taper and some in rolled lip. I have also found two glass stoppers that are unfortunately chipped but I can read on one "New York" and on the other "C.R.. Bailey Perfume". I have read your articles and I have seen one book that had a few tops "blob, applied crown, Hutchinson" may be collectible. If you have a book listing these and there value would you please let me know? Also I have read your digging tips but I have found only pieces of this old glass. Do you think I should keep digging or give up on finding the old trash dump? Thanks for any info you can provide. Brenda

From your description the bottles sound to be prior to 1900 in age.  It is not unusual for find surface dumps where shards are scattered over an area, but no bottles are buried.  I am not sure if you are asking me if the necks themselves are collectible or the bottles.  I have a large collection of necks from many dig sites which I have saved as examples of the variety of lip finishes from the 1800s.  Glass stopper are also an indication of the late 19th century dumping and many perfumes and some chemical bottles had ground glass stoppers.  Most bottle books (at least those from the 1970s and 80s) usually had a page showing lip styles.  since it is your property, it won't hurt to dig a little deep in both respects-in the dirt and into more books.

Why was beer stored in brown bottles?

To protect it from light. Digger


Dear Digger,

First of all I would like to compliment you on such a great site! This is the first I have ever come across that is so informative and friendly. I commend you for answering so many questions in such detail. So unique! Now for my original intention... I have a few bottles that I have come across that I would greatly appreciate some information on. I apologize for the limited details I give. The oldest of which is an amber CRUSH soda bottle. The letters are embossed. It was found in a ditch not far from some green dumpsters. Another bottle that I happened to find in the back of the cupboard is a small glass bottle with a glass stopper. The glass is clear and has a label on it which says ONE A DAY. I also have come across some 2-liter clear glass soda bottles with metal lids. They have approximately the same shape as their plastic counterparts. And finally, I would like to know a little information on some bottles that I have acquired through thrift stores and antique shops. The heights are approximately 2 feet tall. Bumps cover the bottles from top to bottom. They are shaped sorta like a genie bottle -- large at the bottom and tapering off towards the top. Some have a glass stopper. The colors that I have found them in are blue, green, and amber. My mother has said that they were popular when she was growing up, which would place them somewhere in the 1940's -1960's. I wish that I could supply you with better details or, at least, pictures, but at this time I cannot do so. I do know that none of these bottles are very old. But any new information on they're history or value would be thankfully accepted. Thank you, Cindy in S.C.

The oldest Orange crush bottles were amber with the wording embossed in the glass.  These bottles were made in the late 1920s.  They changed to a clear bottle until about 1940 when the amber bottle is again seen, except this time with a painted rather than an embossed label.  Yours is probably the painted label variety of the 1940-1950 period.  I am not sure what to say about the others except that if you like them then that's what collecting is about.  Value is very subjective for new pieces.  Often they are in great supply but little demand.  Once a number of people begin collecting a certain item, the price goes up.  Your One-a-Day and glass soda bottles probably have little value.  The Genie type bottles are difficult for me to picture so I'll hold any comment.  Digger

Hello this is mike I have a Waterman's ink bottle it says on the bottom this container 8 made in USA 3 the side of it just says Waterman's ink if you could write back and tell me how much its worth I'd appreciate it the only reason Iím asking is theirs a antique shop next to my house and they say its only worth 2.00 dollars thanks a bunch Mike HAll

Mike, the guy at the shop is probably fairly accurate in his valuation.  The L.E. Waterman Ink Company got a late start in the ink business.  I think there is only one type of 1890s aqua non-machine Waterman's bottle.  Almost all of them are machine made and date about 1920. Even with label and contents, you be hard pressed to get more than about $15-20.  The lot of inks at the left include some Waterman's.  These sold for less than $1 each.  Digger


Hi there, I recently found several Hiram Walker & Sons Limited ornamental bottles. The front having a plain panel between columns resting on a fluted base. At the top of the panel there is an arc in which a circle containing a shield bearing a "W" surmounted by a crown. The back depicts an ornamental-iron gate with the same "W" in a circle and two "W's" as either handle of the gate. Any info on this? Hope this message reaches you well!

There seems to be very little interest in whiskey bottles of modern vintage, with the exception of miniatures or samples which seem to sell regularly.  I cannot tell you much without knowing the age of the bottle and that is determined by the type of mouth and base it has.  Here's a link to some history behind the man who began the business maybe this will generate some interest in this category.  Digger.

While digging a playground for a church preschool, we found several bottles. One is a cobalt blue, 4 inches high, on the oval base, the word Bourjois is found and the # 5. The bottle is shaped in a sort of diamond shape. It is in fine shape except for the dirt. The top is a screwed on type.

Your bottle most likely contained the Evening in Paris cologne. This was a product of the Bourjois Perfume company of New York and probably dates between 1930-1949.  The brand was heavily advertised in magazines like Life and Look.  The company produced a number of different cobalt bottles all with the word Bourjois on the base, amongst them a cobalt blue ribbed talc bottle measuring 5" tall x 3" wide with a screw-on type top with a mechanism that slid to open/close over the holes and a mini perfume in blue cobalt glass with gilded cap and mint gilded label which was the container for the popular  Evening in Paris Cologne.   The bottles sell without labels and caps for a couple of dollars.  Digger

The other one is a soda bottle from Topp Soda Bottling Company in Savannah. There is a # on the bottom that says G-1936. Do we have trash or treasure??? Thank you for your time. Renee Dickhute Buford Methodist Preschool

Topp soda was a cola and still in business as late as 1959 (maybe later).  The mark on the base might be a date 1936.  If it were of that age is would like be an embossed bottle not a painted label bottle.  I am going to guess it to be embossed and of about the same date as your other bottle listed above.  Sounds like you are digging into the 1930-40 era.  I'd say the bottle has a value of a few dollars. Digger

I see you are bombarded with questions, but have you ever heard of Dr Bakers Medicines? I have looked for information about this traveling medicine man company, from the old days of the horse and buggy traveling salesmen, I come up empty handed. Thanks. Alice

Alice, nothing is as simple as it seems.  I know of a number of Baker medicine products.  Many used the name "Dr.".  I could list twenty or more products that might fit the description such as: Dr. Baker's Pain Panacea, Baker's 5 minute Balsam, Baker's Orange Grove Bitters, Ira Baker's Sarsaparilla, Baker's Turkish Liniment and so on.  I need a little more to go on such as the name of a product or a city or even a region.  I have information about companies under the Baker Name literally from Boston to San Francisco and many points between.  Digger.

Howdy Digger. we've chatted before. I am new to this stuff and was wandering, In all my books about bottles, I've never seen mention of this. How were flasks purchased ? Full or empty? Did they come with a cork or stopper ? Where would you go to purchase a flask in the 1850-1870's? Were there special orders for flasks or did one always purchase from the available stock. Thanks Digger. Eddie

Good question Eddie.  I have seen numerous flask examples from the 1860s and 1870s with proprietors labels on them.  To me this indicates that the bottles were purchased from glass factories and then filled by individuals selling their particular spirits.  This is further supported by the excavations from glass houses which show us that certain glass houses produced a limited number of flask types (dependent upon both the whim of the public at the time and the call for such goods). One can find a number of glass house flasks, that is flasks bearing the name of the glass house which made them.  Such goods could be purchased from Dry Goods dealers in large cities by smaller entrepreneurs who could get just the amount needed and also buy a supply of corks to seal the bottles. Newspapers of the day often carried advertising indicating a "new shipment" of glassware, flasks, greenware etc.  Larger merchants or companies probably just ordered them from the glass houses  themselves. Digger 

I have an old water bottle that I found in my grandparents attic several years ago. It has a quilted glass design, silver cap and pink labels with a man dancing on one side and a woman dancing on the other. I can't find any information on this bottle anywhere! Any suggestions???? Kevin Johnson

Water bottles for the refrigerator were popular 1930-1950.  Many of these were very plain, bottles having some raised decoration, ribs, flutes, quilted design to prevent it slipping out of the hand.  They often were oval shaped and some had offset mouths.  Others were very fancy simulating cut glass with intricate molded patterns and vase like shapes.  Some had glass stoppers and others metal caps. The quality of the glass the and design makes the difference between one worth $10-20 and one worth $50-100+.  You might judge for yourself if the item looks like a utilitarian item or a designer item.  You also can probably tell the age by the clothing of the dancers.  Digger.

Hi I have a Heinz catsup bottle that is dated over 100 years ago it has a cork in it , could you tell me how much it is worth?

Your bottle is worth $1-2.  Check May 1999 for more information about Heinz and your bottle.  Digger

Digger, I need some help! I was digging in ST Louis today and dug up this bottle that is cornflower blue .The bottle is 8 1/4th inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide and has in panels M. McCormick's,number2 panel, Celebrated,#3 panel Ginger ale,#4 panel Nashville then TENN under Nashville. Running around the bottom of the bottle, this bottle never sold, Then around the top under the blob the letters A,L,M. Its round like a Belfast but the panels at the top are like a cathedral windows have been digging the Metro area here for 20 years and never seen anything like it. I have bought bottles from you in the past on Ebay and figured you could help or send me the right direction. I also dug about 30 different long neck blobs from St. Louie so I figure the age to be 1870s.I thank you Digger Jerry

Gotta be a great bottle with the panels, the age and the color.  I have the bottle listed in my Soda and Mineral water book in medium cobalt blue.  It sold in 1988 for $180.  I know they have dug more in the last few years (I sort of recall an urban renewal project and a bunch of colored sodas coming out down there.  I can't remember if it was Knoxville or Nashville however.)  Condition is very important Most of the specimens dug down there have been badly stained.  I would expect one to bring more these days.  Digger.

Hi everyone... My name is Luanne and my sister-in-law just thinks I'm a wizzzz on the web...but, I have disappointed her. We both thought I could find info on here about "her" bottle...but I have been unable to do so. So, I'm asking for your help here! The attached pictures shows the bottle as blue in color when actually it is a very dark green. It is approx. 8" tall and about 6" in diameter at base. Notice the neck in the bottle is off-center. The bottle was found about 4' in the ground...under a VERY old house that her hub tore down. This was in Marion County...state of South Carolina. If you have any CLUES on what this bottle was for...dates...ANYTHING, or even a guess...please let me know....I'D APPRECIATE ANY HELP YOU COULD GIVE ME!!!

Hi everyone... My name is Luanne and my sister-in-law just thinks I'm a wizzzz on the web...but, I have disappointed her. We both thought I could find info on here about "her" bottle...but I have been unable to do so. So, I'm asking for your help here! The attached pictures shows the bottle as blue in color when actually it is a very dark green. It is approx. 8" tall and about 6" in diameter at base. Notice the neck in the bottle is off-center. The bottle was found about 4' in the ground...under a VERY old house that her hub tore down. This was in Marion County...state of South Carolina. If you have any CLUES on what this bottle was for...dates...ANYTHING, or even a guess...please let me know....I'D APPRECIATE ANY HELP YOU COULD GIVE ME!!!

Luanne, Your sister-in-law's husband has found a very old bottle.  I would date it between 1690-1715.  The black glass "onion"bottle as it is called is a very early form.  The bottle predates the Revolutionary War by half a century.  It probably was made in England.  This "pancake onion" form is quite rare and they sell for about $375.  Historically speaking, you might want it to be recorded  and documented by the local historical society.  You have a very unique find.  Digger.

We have found a amber bottle about 10 inches high, embossed with Scott & Gilbert co. at top and San Francisco USA at bottom. seam goes to bottom of lip. numbers at bottom are 341 H. Location Somoma county ca. Found a design no. on list of 341 which indicates 1851 but not sure of anything else. Thanks.

I was not able to find a listing for you bottle.  I have my doubts that the number, unless it says "design Pat.", is a patent number and not a mold or glasshouse number.  I also find it unlikely that a bottle made in 1851 would have those markings on the base.  You can determine the age somewhat by examining the lip to see if the tapered collar is applied or tooled (see bottle basics on this site).  A tooled lip would put the date to 1880+.  Western Whiskeys are very collectible and it could be a good bottle but I do not know for sure.  I will keep checking and post anything I find.  Digger

Hello I first want to say a great site and that I really enjoyed your soda book. Last Sunday I was Digging at the old Baltimore city trash dump and I found some nice stuff. including a nice 1 gallon crock jug. but the reason I am here is that I have a whiskey bottle from New York. And I would like to know what it is worth. It is 9 3/4 inches tall about 1 quart bimal with a tooled lip medium yellow in color smooth base with a deep kickup. it is Embossed on the front Sheffield Co./ New York. I collect bimal Baltimore bottles but while digging I also find a lot of bottles from other places (i have a closet full) most of which I donít know much about. Thanks Chris

Eastern whiskey bottle have never commanded the kind of prices Western ones have. This probably due to two facts.  First there is a romantic association with the old West.  Second, they have fewer old bottles to choose from than Eastern collectors.  Color is king when it comes to prices and yellow is a great color.  I'd estimate the bottle to be worth $40-60. Digger

Dear Sir; I've tried doing research on this bottle I found a few years ago with no avail... All I've seen is information on a Milk Glass Hatwig Kantorowicz... The bottle I have is an Amber 8 sided bottle that is 9 Ĺ" high. The main panel is 2ľ" wide with a Star of David with H. K. above star and a Fish centered in star... The 2 side panels are 1Ĺ" wide with Hartwig Kantorowicz on the right side and Berlin-Posen-Hamburg on the left side thereof. The other 4 panels are blank except for the left side facing front has Embossed Germany thereof. I would appreciate any information on this bottle that is possible, or someone who knows something about it. If you need a picture of it please feel free to ask...I enjoy the articles I've read in some magazines I purchased at a yard sale with you as the author of the articles. (Antique Bottle & Glass Collector).If there is anything that I can help you with let me know, I'm a Land Surveyor and have access to old Seborn Fire Maps of Northern Lower Michigan, and other old maps, I'm also a Coin Dealer...With luck I will hear from you...Tyrus Swenor

Tyrus,  Even though it is difficult to discern any detail from the pictures, I believe your bottle is unlisted.  However, unlisted German Bitters from this company seem to surface fairly often. One reason they are unlisted is they ar not American and the American Bitters books do not cover them.  My price on Bitters lists three or four different bottles from this company.  Several of them have the star and fish embossed.  Two of them sold in the $1000s of dollars.  The reason, they were in yellow-green and unlisted.  The amber unlisted ones have sold for much less.  I'd estimate your bottle to be worth between $125-200.  Not bad for a yard sale find I'd say.  Digger.

HELP!! Can you tell me how old she is and whether she is collectible. She is a wine decanter that looks like a head vase. The label says Santa Lucia, Italian Red Wine, produced and bottled by A & F Borghini, Certald (can't make out the last letter). The bottom is stamped what looks like Seito Fior, Made in Italy. There is another word, too, that I can't make out. She is about 9 1/2 inches tall. An old antique dealer, who knows nothing about decanters, said he thinks she is about 50. I can't find anything out about her! Thanks for any help that you can offer. Here's a photo:

Fratelli Borghini was importing Chianti wine in those familiar round bottom wicker covered bottles as early as 1930.  I was able to find three ceramic wine containers made by this company to hold their wine. One of a Cardinal, another of an old time car and the third an ornate gilded mirror all made in the 1960s (1969 for two of the three).  They were described as Italian Art wine Pottery.  None were selling for over $15.  Your piece, I assume comes from the same time period.  Digger.

Thank you for taking the time to research my Borghini lady head decanter. I found out some additional information: It is listed in the "Encyclopedia of Head Vases" by Kathleen Cole as "Licas, Italy" and valued at $60.


Where might I look to find out more about U.D. co. (with a 3 in a circle) lavender rounded rectangular bottle with a lovely glass stopper? Is it perfume? How do you tell what kind of bottles you have? What is the difference between medicine and apothecary? Am I driving you crazy?? HA! Sorry...thanks for your site! Glenda in Maine

Glenda, the mark U.D. Co. refers to the United Drug Co., which I believe was a glass company not a drug manufacturer.  The mark is often found on poison bottles.  The company made stoppers for some of the poison bottles as well.  You generally can tell the type of bottle by its shape. Without seeing you bottle I couldn't tell you what is was used for.  The name apothecary is the old word for drugstore.  It also often is used to refer to druggist equipment such as apothecary jars. Digger


Hi there, I was digging on the side of my garage yesterday and came upon a bottle that blew my mind. I think it is an old "childrenís bubbles" bottle. It is clear, just under 4-1/" tall, screw top (lid missing of course) 1-3/4" wide, on the bottom it has the numbers 9-71-43-D, above that a single #4. The design directly in the center of the bottom of the bottle is a hexagon I believe (6 sided) with the letter F inside. The words that go around the top of the bottle are in cursive and say "Wonder Bubbles". Pretty cool, huh? Even if not worth a dime, it's so neat! Would it be worth something and is it common? Thanks for any help.....Cathy

Cathy,  If you like it then it is worth something.  It probably has very little monetary value.  Digger.  

I found a brown quart size bottle embossed with "F. Chevalier & CO. Liquor Dealers San Francisco" It also has and embossed logo of "FC&C" in fancy letters with the F largest and the two C's and the & symbol consecutively smaller. It has two mold lines up from the bottom to the lip but not in the lip, a line around the bottle where the neck begins, and lots of fine lines all up and down the neck. Do you know anything about this kind of bottle or of someone I can ask about it? Also I found a clear bottle of 12oz size embossed with "Geo. M. Curtis Pure Olive Oil." It has two seams from top to bottom which end at the lip, not going through it. It has many air bubbles and the bottom on the inside is thicker on one side than the other. Do you know anything about this kind of bottle or someone I can ask about it? I found both these bottles in a river near Fort Bragg, CA. Any information you can give I would greatly appreciate. Thanks, Sean Gallagher

I am familiar with a whiskey bottle similar to yours embossed F. Chevalier Co. / (picture of a castle) / Castle Whiskey / an Francisco that sells for about $75.  I'd expect yours would be worth less.  Your other bottle might be a product of the Curtis Bros of Rochester NY.  they were in the food business beginning about 1870.  Digger

Dear Sir, I have a Drambuie Liquer C:L and it was made in Edinburch Scotland, this inscription is on the bottom of the bottle. Q 471 then under that is a P 5 and below that is UGB and the bottle was made in United Kingdom and maybe the whiskey itself was in the Edinburch Scotland. Both names are on the bottle. The bottle is brown. About 81/2 inches tall. The inside of the bottle of the bottle is indented on the inside about one inch. The top was made for a cork.. The side seams run top to bottle and has two side seams. It is in mint condition and we think it is in mint condition. If you can help us determine the value of this bottle we would really appreciate it. Thank you very much.Rosa Young

I'd estimate $10-15.  Digger


Hello, I was hoping you knew what this bottle is and/or it's age or origin. I purchased it from a man who said it was a back bar bottle. I thought it may be an old master ink bottle because of the spouted lip. Perhaps you might shed some light on this mystery bottle for me. I would really appreciate it! The bottle is blown and has a pontil scar on bottom. It is thin glass except for the stopper which is a heavy, and faceted. The design on the bottle reminds me of inverted thumbprint or some such pattern. It is not felt on the outside surface though. There are no apparent seams or mold lines. It measures approx. 8 1/4" to top of neck and 10 1/4" to the top of the stopper.  I hope you can help! Thanks for Looking!  Kind Regards, Herb

While the bottle is pontiled that doesn't make it old.  I do not think it is any older than 30-40 if that.  It could be European or Mexican.  It is not a 19th century American form.  The Thumbprint design is often associated with turn of the century pieces but the pontil suggests a newer date of manufacture to me.  I suppose a back bar bottle is possible.  It may have been a gift shop decanter for your liquor stand.  From the picture is seems that the stopper is a slightly different color than the bottle.  I can't tell if the stopper is ground.  the lack of grinding would suggest a new piece as well.  Digger

Dear Digger, I am a beginner in bottle collecting, but I have referred to your site various times to find answers to basic questions. I have been unable to find an answer to my latest one, however, anywhere on the web, and would appreciate any input you can give me. I purchased a jar from an antique dealer in NC that labeled it a "change jar". Aside from that, he could not tell me what it had been used for, but I still found it interesting enough to purchase. It is 8 1/4" high, 4 1/2" round, with an opening 3" wide. Looks sort of like a big Mayo jar! It has a screw-on type lip, an ABM seam on each side, a flat bottom with 3 symbols (an O being the middle one), then a 4, and beneath that, C-2953. It is clear glass in what appears to be mint. What makes it intriguing is its leather holder (worn), which makes the jar look like a lantern -- a leather base with four side straps, a leather top and handle. The top has a brass coin(?) slot in it, and the top flap hooks over a metal eyelet which is secured with a small lock (like a suitcase padlock) which is stamped with "Made in the USA". Can you give me any clues as to what I have? Thanks so much! Kay

I have no clue.  Maybe a reader can help.  Digger

Dear digger, I discovered a bottle a couple years back and have been looking for info everywhere but can't seem to find one anywhere. It is a Amber 9-10 inch Wine, whiskey type Flask. It has six different monks, wearing hooded robes, embossed around the bottle. They all have a different style cross and are all in a different position as if they were each representing something. They are separated by a system of columns and arches which have extreme detail The bottle is a strange three piece mold, meaning that all three seam lines run from the bottom to about half way up the neck ,then you can see where they tooled the rest of the bottle. The top is like a sheared lip which has been rounded off as not too cut anyone and it also has a raised ring about a half inch down. The bottom has an awesome scare and whittle marks. The bottle also has some awesome bubbles, stretch , seed and etc. It definitely appears old and I have had some local people tell me they believe it dates between 1830-1860 due to the style of glassmaking and tell tale marks. Have you ever heard of anything like this? If you want I could figure out a way to get you some pics!!! Please help me figure out what it is that got!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, BUCKBUSTA

Buckbusta,  I think I have seen your bottle somewhere over the years but cannot recall.  I'll bet the bottle is a Benedictine or cognac bottle.  Check out the pictures below.  The form of these two modern bottles is very similar to yours.  Cognac is made from Benedictine (I think).  the monks are appropriate because the liqueur is made at the Abbey of Fecamp today as it was 100 years ago.  If it is as old as you indicate it could worth $75-$100+.  If it is pontiled (which I doubt judging from the picture it might be much more.)  Digger.

Benedictine - Liqueur formulated in 1510 by Benedictine monk Dom Bernardo Vincelli, in the Abbey of Fecamp The abbey originally used it to combat malaria.  It contains 27 flavorings extracted from fruit peels, herbs and roots. The flavor of honey is balanced by the tartness of citrus peel and mild herbs, especially basil, sage, and rosemary.  



The form of bottles sometimes
Changes little over the years.

Hi Digger, I just dug a bottle that says Wm. F. KIDDER/&CO/NEW YORK The bottle is 7 1/2 inches tall and holds about 10 ounces. The color is yellow topaz, same color as Dr. Soule's Bitters. It has lots of bubbles in the glass,. is BIMAL. I can't find it in any of my books and was wondering what kind of bottle it is and what it could be worth. Later, Jerry Tennant

Jerry, Sounds like a very nice bottle.  Wm. F Kidder sold  Digestylin, a remedy for indigestion & Dyspepsia.  He advertised such in Harper's Weekly August 28, 1886.  By 1905, the Digestylin was doing business under the name of Winslow Laboratory at 99 Maiden Lane in NYC.  There was a whole line of Kidder products (Kidder's Balm ointment, Kidder's Cordial, and several others) being made in the same year by Wetmore Chem. Co.  also at 99 Maiden Lane. The color makes this an interesting item.  Digger.

Someone brought a bottle to me this week. This person didn't know what he wanted for it and I didn't know what to offer. I was hoping you could help me out with this. The bottle is a 12-sided soda, cobalt, iron pontil, SUPERIOR/MINERAL/&/SODA WATER/PREPARED BY/CLARKE & GREEN/DAYTON O.//RETURN THIS BOTTLE/C & G/DAYTON.

That is a very rare sided pontiled soda worth in the neighborhood of $500-700.  Digger

Digger, Thanks for the outhouse lesson. I never even thought about this. I'm looking to sell items I own on ebay to raise money. I dont want to sell something that may be of high value for too cheap a price. Can you help me to determine the value? I have a green hand blown California found, wine bottle? It was found excavating on Cannery Row at Monterey Bay, with pontil. It is 15" tall and 7.5" at base with a thin neck, and the opening is smaller than the width of a pencil. There are no seams, and there are numerous air bubbles. Bing Crosby National Pro-Am 30th. (1971) Jim beam whiskey bottle. (1970) Beam bottle, Blue flowers and gold on spout and base. (1970) Zodiac Beam bottle, green Capricorn. Any information would be appreciated. MILO

Milo,  One thing about Ebay is you will probably get what the item is worth.  The way to get the best price is to have an excellent picture and full and accurate description.  With the newer items you can probably find examples just like yours that are being offered to help give you some idea of what to expect.   Reserve auctions often do not do well if you set the reserve too high.  A high price only comes if people want the item being offered. Digger

Have you ever heard of Horseford Baking Powder bottles, It is blue about 4 inches tall. I can find no one that has ever heard of this brand before, except it is from New York State. It also had a cork in it at one time. Can anyone identify this bottle? CA Musial for H.Knight

Eben N. Horseford was appointed professor at Harvard University by Count Rumford . The Horseford's Baking Powder Company was founded under the name Rumford's Chemical Works in 1855 and incorporated in 1857.  He sold his Acid Phosphate (baking powder) and was hughly successful.  the bottles common in several sizes with the Horseford's Baking Powder around the shoulder.  They are common and bring $2-4.  The Rumford Chemical Works of Providence RI was closed in 1975. Digger

I have a bottle that has been in my family for as long as I know, and no one knows any thing about it, may-be you can help. It stands nine inches tall, has a glass stopper three inches long, color I would say is a frosted aqua green and has a blue flower embossed on the front and on top of the stopper. It also has GARGY ROUSSEA lettered on it. I would sure appreciate any help you could give

I am afraid I can't help on this one.  Maybe a reader can.  Digger

Hey Digger while digging around this old house in Bath County I found a few bottles one is 7 inches tall clear reading CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUP CO. SAN FRANCISCO.CAL, LOUISVILLE, KY. THE OTHER ONE IS 8 INCHES TALL READING GILBERT BROS. & CO.BALTIMORE MD. Just one more it is 4 inches tall reading MEXICAN MUSTANG LINIMENT LYON MFC CO NEW YORK. Also one from the Homestead dairy, Hot Springs VA and the Glade valley dairy Arlington VA . thanks RICK

The California Fig syrup is one of the most common turn of the century bottles.  It was a remedy for constipation. In 1897, an office was opened in Louisville so your bottle is newer than that.  The Gilbert Bros. is a sewing machine oil bottle and fairly common as well.  Mexican Mustang Liniment for man and beast was a popular seller from the mid 1850s through the turn of the century.  Sounds like you are digging in a late 19th century era dump.  Digger.  

I have an old bottle, from J.M. Oliver and Sons. I would really appreciate your help in determining the value and history on this bottle. Some details on this bottle are as follows. Size, 7" tall, Rolled lip, Large open pontil, This bottle registered April 12, 1897, and must not be sold. We are very new to the internet, and would very much appreciate a response. Sincerely, Vince

Something about your description does not follow.  Open pontil bottles were made prior to the Civil War and your bottle has a register date of 1897.  The "must not be sold" embossing is almost always on soda or beer bottles but they have blob tops not rolled lips.  Check bottle basic on this site and others to help you give a better description.  Digger

i found a bottle I hope you can help me with. description ; long neck, brown color, on bottom says; 6, a 1 with a circle and diamond around it, 47 at top, in the middle it has a 9, under that " Duraglas", on bottom CX-2130. there is no label. need help if possible. thanks TB

Duraglas was first marketed for soda and beer bottles in the 1940s.  You probably have a beer bottle from the 1940-60 period, very possibly 1947. Digger

I have several bottles made by Wheaton, honoring famous men. Enclosed is one of the (2) Kennedy bottles. Others I have are T Roosevelt, T Jefferson, (2) F Roosevelt, DD Eisenhower, W Wilson, (2) G. Washington, Can you tell me what they're worth, and where I can find a buyer for them? I also have a Warner's Safe Kidney & Liver cure, photo enclosed. Can you give me the same info on this one? I went through a bottle collecting phase and have many others packed away in the basement I'd like to sell.

Your Wheaton bottles are part of the Presidential series begun in 1967 by Wheaton Glass Company of Millville, New Jersey.  Between 1967 and 1974, they made over 600,000 of these flasks for the Nuline Products Company. The flasks commemorated Kennedy, Roosevelt, Washington, Jackson, Grant, Hoover, Adams, Johnson, McKinley, Truman, Nixon, and Gerald Ford in 1975 (21 in all).  In no way could they be thought of as rare.  

Your Warner's bottle is an 1890s bottles that believe it or not probably was produced in greater quantity than the Wheaton bottles.  Millions were produced and thousands have survived, but it is an attractive and interesting bottle that bring up to $20 these days.  There are over 100 different Warner variants coming from a dozen countries around the world.  Keep you eyes on my site and eventually i will put up an article about these bottles.  Digger.

Hi, I'm trying to find out more about an old bottle I have. I did take the time to go through your info on bottle characteristics. This bottle is 5" tall [3-1/4" to the shoulder]. None of the colors on your color page matched it. I would call it dark amber, maybe even brown. It is a glass bottle [well, maybe that's obvious]. It has the glass stopper still intact. It is BIM [seam goes almost up] and has a flared lip [if I've interpreted the info on both those pages correctly]. On the bottom it says [oval shape to the bottom/bottle]: W T CO. [curving along the upper edge]

E [in the middle]

U. S. A. [curing near the lower edge]

PAT. Jan. 24, '88 [curing along the lower edge].

In a round circle right below the throat of the bottle [I don't know anything about bottles, so don't take that as a technical term], there is a drawing that is hard to describe in words. If you have a fax machine, I could draw a picture and fax it to go. It's very stylized. Here goes: You could say it is an "H" superimposed by an almost "W", where the bar across the "H" meets the bottom points of the "W". Running up vertically through these points are two straight lines, with an arrow at the top and an arrow at the bottom. The design incorporates four triangles. Across the bar of the "H" is a design that looks almost like an ampersand [might have spelled that wrong]. There are four dots in the design, as well. Well, unless you already know what I'm talking about, that description isn't going to make a bit of sense, but it's the best I can come up with. Anyway, I'd like to know more about the bottle, who made it, what it was used for, when it might have been made/used. I don't normally collect bottles or know about old bottles. Just have this one. I will truly appreciate any feedback you can give me. Helen Phillips

Helen, you were very thorough in your description of your bottle.  W.T. Co. Was the Whitall Tatum Company (1857-1935), a glass manufacturer that made mostly medicine and chemical bottles which is what you bottle probably was.  It might have contained iodine of something similar.  The embossing in the circular area sounds like a monogram of the company initials.  The patent may have been for the shape (sounds like a prescription oval).  The stopper is unusual and makes this an attractive piece.  Digger

Whitall Tatum Company


My husband is from Pennsylvania and on a nature walk of an old mining town called Weirham we stumble across a bottle that is light green in color with the words Registered E. E. Goss Twinrock PA. This bottle not to be sold contains 8 FL. OZ. 21N 2 on it. It is about 8 3/4 inches high with a crown top. It has seams on the side but not all the way to the top and the bottom has a seam around it. The bottom is flat in the middle with a slit raised flat lip around the edges of it. The bottle has been in a fire it seems because on one side of the bottle it has black ash stuff on it, other than that it seems to be in good shape not chips or cracks. We were wondering if you could tell us about this bottle. Maybe what it used to have in it and when it may have been made. My husbands grandmother who is 98 years old and used to live in Weirham when before it was burnt down in 1934 remembers the name Goss but cant remember what they made, she did say though that the town of Twinrock is no longer a town anymore. Any help you can give us would be greatly appreciate, because our kids who are 7, 6, and 4 would love to know more about their bottle. Thanks in advance and look forward to any help at all. Sincerely Tammy Rager Sorry for the rough description I am bottle challenged. We are new to all of this, but the kids are fascinated so hope to learn more as we go.

The bottle is probably a soda or mineral water bottle.  The crown top and "not to be sold" were commonly found on sodas.  the bottle dates right about 1900.  You might try the local historical society for newspapers between 1900-1910 for the area, he might have advertised.  Digger.

I have a 1952 Blatz beer bottle. Was wondering if it was of any value. Would  appreciate any info that you could give to me about the bottle. thank you,

I doubt it has much value beyond a couple of dollars unless it is ruby red color.  Digger.

I have a seltzer bottle, looks like three stooges type. BH bottling company, 812 home St, Bronx NY, is etched on face, made in Czechoslovakia on bottom. does not appear to have any seams. has a metal top with a glass tube extending down into the bottle, trigger mech seems to work. just really wanted know if this ones a keeper. thank you for time, sincerely randy anderson

You don't mention the color.  In clear it probably has a value of $20-25.  In blue, probably $40-50.  The bottle probably dates to the 1920-40 period.  Digger

I also have 2 bottles as follows: brown, front side on neck it reads ca redemption value, below neck SARSAPARILLA, picture on front is a cowboy which appears to be walking into a saloon, opening saloon shutter doors. Bottom rim reads CT.DE.MA.ME.NY.OR.5c. Back side below neck it says SIOUX CITY, picture shows cowboy's backside entering saloon. Bottom rim reads VT.IA.-5c MI.10c REFUND. On the bottom of bottle it reads 90 V with a circle around it, 8.The other bottle is exactly the same except the numbers on bottom: 90 V with circle, 24.Can you help out identifying these bottles and possible value, if any? Thanks again. TB

Sioux City Sarsaparilla was sold both in 12 ounce bottles and cans.  The cans have the same picture as the bottle but in color.  The cans are steel flat tops with a pull tab probably indicating their being made in the 1960s.  One side shows the cowboy going into the saloon the other coming out.   I easily found several for sale being offered at less than ten dollars but no takers.  Digger

I am hoping you can give us some information on these bottles we recently found while tearing down a building on our property located in Wynantskill, NY. We believe this building was originally built for the trolley which ran through our property, later it was used as a church. This is to give you an idea of where these bottles were found. Bottle 1 Height - 8 1/2" Width - 2 3/4" x 1 1/2" Color - light aqua green Top - rolled lip Bottom - Rectangle, flat with round plug (No words but a double triangle shows) Near Mint Condition Bubbles within the glass Lettering - (raised) Side 1 - DR. MILES RESTORATIVE NERVINE Pieces - two pieces, top to bottom with a plug in the bottom      Bottle 2 Height - 9 1/2" Width - 2 1/2" Color - brown? Top - Crown Bottom - Round, indented with circular mold mark Good Condition Bubbles within the glass Pieces - two with bottom Lettering- (raised) Side 1- EVANS STOUT Side 2 HUDSON , N.Y. Bottom - CONTENTS 13 OZ.      Bottle 3 Height - 8 1/2" Width - 2 1/4" Color - light aqua green Top - crown Bottom - round, indented Bubbles within glass Pieces - Two with bottom Lettering - (raised) (In a round emblem) Front - J.J. McGRAW & BRO. TRADE J.J.McC MARK ALBANY, N.Y. (Below that) CONTENTS 8 FLO.OZS. THIS BOTTLE IS REGISTERED NOT TO BE SOLD Back - D . O . C.26-2     Bottle 4 Height - 2 3/4" Width - 1 1/4" Color - Emerald Green (almost looks iridescent) Condition - Good Bubbles in Glass Bottom - Flat with indent Top - Rolled lip Pieces - 2 with top and bottom added Lettering - (raised) Side 1 - RED DRAGON SELTZER Co NEW YORK     Bottle 5 Height - 14" Width - 3" Color - Deep Emerald (Forest?) Green Top - rolled lip with a band located about 1/4" down Bottom - flat with deep indent Bubbles within glass Pieces - I cannot find a seam anywhere on this, which appears to be an old wine bottle Lettering - None We are not collectors but would like to know anything you can tell us about these bottles including the value, if any. Thank you for your time with this! Lorraine

The first bottle is very common it was manufactured between 1882-1979.  Today the business is known as Miles laboratories of Elkhart, Indiana.  Yours is one of the earlier ones as the name was later changed (1906-1910?) to Dr. Miles Nervine.  The second bottle I am not familiar with but it certainly dates to the turn of the century as well. I found no reference to the name Evan in the brewing industry.  Third one is a local soda bottle the letters D.O.C. stand for D.O. Cunningham a Pittsburgh glass make who made many soda and beer bottles in business 1883-1937.  The Red Dragon Seltzer was a competitor of Bromo-Seltzer.  It is a nice little bottle worth about $15.  The wine is probably a common picnic wine.  these were made in a paste or turn mold which erased the mold seams.  They have little value as so many were produced and no one seems to want them.


Hello,I am trying to find any info on a bottle that my husband just found. Here are the details: It is called 76 soda and was put out in 1976 (I think) to commemorate the anniversary of the American Revolution. It is medium green glass and has a crown top. On both sides of the neck there is a white square with a white 76 in it. The front label has a white square border with the inside being red. It has a big white 76 in the middle. The bottom of the label says refreshing lemon-lime drink. The back label says Get in the Spirit and has a picture of three soldiers marching, 2 with drums and one with a flute. Under the picture it says Drink Ice Cold 76! Then it has the ingredients and contents. Under that it says bottled under authority American "76" Company. Any info you can give would be greatly appreciated. We are curious to know if it is worth selling or saving and giving to our 2 year old daughter when she is an adult. For all we know it isn't worth the space it takes on our shelf. It is thick glass and heavier than other bottles. It only held 10oz of soda. IF you need any more info let me know. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for your time. Cheryl

Cheryl, I was not able to locate much information.  I found a company in Washington State making a soda called 76 and put up in green glass bottles that is probably the same company.  Since i found no listing for the bottle you describe, I hesitate to to give a value, but it is probably worth hanging on to for a few years.  Maybe it will help pay for her college education.  Digger.

Hi Digger I am seeking info on a cobalt DuPont chemical bottle 12 in high 16 in round embossed DuPont established 1802 a pontil on bottom what can you tell me? Sam Fuss Thank you in advance.

The history of the Dupont company can be found at this link.  There first product was gunpowder.  I have not heard of nor seen such a piece and wonder if it might be contemporay.  Without a good look at it to determine when it might have been made it is hard to say. It might have been a commemorative item made for the company. If if were a period piece it would date between 1840-1860 when embossing became common on glassware.  Most such companies would not have made the glassware used in house.  I doubt gunpowder would have been sold in glass jars.  Digger

I have two items I need help identifying. Perhaps you can help. a. Japanese amber bottle 4-5/8" with cork, the name Wakamoto is embossed on the front and there is Japanese writing around the neck. The bottom is embossed with NAGA 10 9 8(or B). b. Brown water/soda/beer bottle, 9-1/4" tall, embossed with "Cold edge Bottling Works, J.F. Denninger, Vallejo (California). c. The third item is a copper cup etched with "Miller, High Lite, Milwaukee". On the bottom it says "solid copper WB". Thanks for your help.

I have no good sources for Japanese bottles so I can't help much there.  The J.F. Denninger bottle is from the Vallejo Brewry.  This concern was started by Fred Denninger about 1870.  Jacob (probably a son ) shows up in 1892 and is running the business through 1909.  Western bottles being as popular as they are, it could be a good item.  Although probably worth in the $15-20 range.  Can't help much on the Miller items these companies produced thousands of promotional items to advertised their products over many decades. I have no idea about value.  Digger.

Hello Digger, I have found an old bottle and wonder if it is as rare as it looks. It is round, aqua, 3 1/4" tall and has the #485 on the bottom. The seam does not go over the lip. The lip is flat, the outer edge of the lip is out of round. The bottle is in excellent condition having no chips, breaks or cracks in it. Any information you can give me will be appreciated. Will try to get a picture and send it at a later date. Regards, Alice Wilson

Alice your bottle maybe rare, maybe not, but it is not valuable.  From your description it sounds like it would date about the turn of the century.  But age is not a sufficient factor to create value.  The lack of writing on the bottle (embossing) limits its value.  The uniqueness of being out of round is one of the attractive features of old bottles.  It probably would sell for $1 or less.  Digger

I have a flask shaped bottle that is cobalt blue with the words marie josef la fayette and a head a shoulders picture of a man. it has a flared lip, and the seam runs to right below the lip. The bottom is smooth and it is about 10 inches tall. Any price info or history would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, kerrie

Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier Marquise de Lafayette, his full name, was an American hero commemorated on numerous American flasks.  Most of these were made at the time of his visit to the United States about 1824-1825.  All are pontil marked on the base and none are known in cobalt blue.  While I could not find any specific information on your bottle, I believe it to be made in the last 40 years or so.  Digger.  

well digger I have investigated, explored, researched and even contacted the archives dept of Kellogg's corp. The bottles I have range from 6-7" clear ABM and with either stopper or screw. All are embossed on bottom either Kellogg or Kellogg's. These are not the alcohol bottles listed in Kovels. not even close. There is even a question of copywrite infringement here. all found in the Hudson valley of New York State. Near a frequently visited Kellogg brothers favorite retreat. the movie Road to Wellville was shot there. so how about settling this once and for all.I am sure that even the archives of Kellogg's Corp. would appreciate a positive I.D.Good luck. Ken

Well Ken, maybe this isn't as much of a mystery as you think.  There were several Kellogg companies who might have produced your product.  The first, although not most likely candidate, is the Henry Planten & Son company of Brooklyn NY who made a product called Kellogg's Worm Tea. (1888-1915) A second and also unlikely candidate is Dr. J.D. Kellogg's Asthma Remedy, (also advertised as Dr. Kellogg's Asthma Cure) made by Northrop & Lyman Co. (1905-1915) in Toronta, Canada.  The most likely candidate in my opinion is the company that made Kellogg's Menthol Drops, Kellogg & Hitchcock & Co. of Syracuse, NY.  They would have been close to you and may have made other products besides the one reference I found.  They were in business at least from 1905-1917.  My sources do not go much beyond that date, but it fits with your information.  You might conduct further research by calling the Syracuse Library to see if they would check the city directories to which might have more information. One must be very careful in assuming that because you found a given name you can associate a given product with that name. Listed below is a bit more of a mystery.  Kellogg's Food Company had a relative or competitor selling medicines using the Kellogg name.

Kellogg's Charcoal Tablets...by the Kellogg Food Company, Battle Creek
Kellogg's Vegetable L. & B. Pills, Mrs. Jas. D. Kellogg, 390 East Main, Battle Creek (1905-1915)
Kellogg's Columbian Oil, Mrs. Jas. D. Kellogg, 390 East Main, Battle Creek
Finally, to complicate it even further I had a bottle many years ago from Battle Creek Mich.  with the Name Kellogg on it a something like Indian Specific embossed was was from the 1870s.  Digger.

My grandmother recently gave me three bottles that look like something out of the 70s but she insists they are very old and "valuable". Could you please provide any information or point me in the right direction to keep looking? The bottles are deep emerald green and approximately 30-36" tall. Each of them are different shapes. One looks like a genie should live in it---it's full at the bottom and comes to a point with a glass top. The bottles are etched with a design on the exterior (kind of like cut glass) and do not have any markings on them. I value the bottles b/c my grandmother cherishes them and would like more information if you can help me out! Thank you! Natasha

Natasha, without a picture I can't help much.  I have a few ideas but I need a better description.  Digger.  

I found a bottle that I would like info about. It looks like it is a Codd bottle. There is nothing on the bottle except a small 5 pt star on the bottom, aqua color, appx 8 1/4" h, BIM no seams, top is rounded and smooth, six sided, has 4 indented places above slit where marble rests. Any help will be appreciated. I am not a collector but this was so unusual. I've and everyone I've shown it to have never seen anything like it before. Thanks, Glenn

Glenn, there are a number of unusual Codd style bottles.  I published a picture a few months back showing some different styles.  Check out the picture to see if any look like yours.  Without embossing, even an unusual style bottle would have a limited value.  The bottle is almost certainly not American.  It could be English or Australian.   Digger.

Dear Mr. Odell, I have been a poison bottle collector for some 23 years now. And I did a trade with a fella for this poison item, and Iím very curious as to the age of this item. It is 1" 1/16 diameter it has a center opening with 3 screw turns where a screw cap once went, It is all made of lead it is 1/16" thick, It has the word poison in caps. a skull and crossbones below that and 2 stars each side of that, I thought it could have been brought over in this country during the British and French revolution. So I would honour your true opinion on this matter. It was found in Vicksbugh Ms. Thanks Kindly for your help Its a new one on me? Lawrence Bircham.

Sounds like a unique container.  Being made of lead is an interesting idea as lead itself is a poison and can contaminate you by handling (although as a kid I used to bite lead weights to apply them to my fish line)  I am not sure why you think it might be so old as to have been brought over so early or why you think it might be foreign.  I'd guess more like WWI and I base that on several things.  First the use of the Skull and Cross bones was not widely used until the late 19th century.  Secondly, you might know of a machine poison with the stars along side the skull and cross bones.  Your description reminds me of that bottle (pictured on this site under the skull and crossbones article).  Thirdly, the presence of a screw-cap mouth is likely to be a later invention.  Fourth, the notion that lead as a protection from poison makes me think about the early experiments with radioactive materials. How about this theory?  The container was made to hold a glass vial of of radioactive liquid.  Digger

I have a case of beer bottles from the first Indy car race in good cond. what would they be worth?

A week long drunk for someone. Actually I have no idea.  Maybe a reader can help.  Digger.

Hi digger, I have recently acquired a pontiled medicine bottle. It is aqua, almost 6" tall, open pontil, 3 sides are sunken, inward rolled lip, it is embossed JARVIS & WOODMAN on the front and NEW ORLEANS on the left side. It has a 1/2" sliver chip on the back base corner-very superficial, but the rest is near mint. If you can give me any information on the price or age, I would appreciate it. I continue to enjoy your site, Barry Graham.

Jarvis and Oliver O. Woodman were listed selling medicines in New Orleans in 1854 at Common & Magazine Sts.  Oliver Woodman was probably the biggest  medicine man in the South selling Woodman's Sarsaparilla, Woodman's Syrup of Liverwort and his Fever Cure.  I have not seen a listing for your exact bottle.  It is probably rare.  Digger

Digger, My name is Marvin Reese. I have been collecting bottles for about three years now. I came across this bottle at a flea market a couple of years ago. I bought it from a dealer that I trust, who said that he got it at an estate sale in the northeast. It is 29 inches tall, 10 inches in diameter, weighs a little over ten pounds and hold nearly 5 gallons of liquid. It is smooth based, with a sheared lip. The seam stops where the paper wrap (original, I think) begins, about two inches below the lip. I am sending 4 images, and I can get you any view of it you need. Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks much, Marvin

Marvin these large display bottles range in age from the 1920s up until today.  Today they are made of plastic.  I'd guess yours to be about 1940-1950s.  The lack of embossing on the bottle itself and the deterioration of the label as shown in your other pictures hurts the value.  I'd say it was worth $30-50.  These are often hard to find buyers for because of their size. To date, I have met only one person who actually collects these.  Digger


Mr. Odell, I just received a seltzer bottle from my daughter as a gift. This was real nice, because I had expressed interest in having a seltzer bottle to use when I have a scotch and soda !! Much to my amazement she bought me a seltzer bottle. Now I need to find the seltzer tablets that you put in the bottle (this is what I was told). Can you help me in this quest (to get my seltzer water bottle working). Its an older type with a pewter or aluminum top (3 pieces) and a glass rod running down into the bottle. I should have asked this first :) " Do they make seltzer tablets, and where can I buy them " Thanks for any help in this matter, good or bad!

I hate to take the fizz out of your present, but I do not think you will be able to get this bottle in working order.  I have had other people ask the same question and I believe these bottles were filled at the factory and then returned to be filled again.  Modern ones use compressed CO2 cartridges to power them.  I do not think anyone every used tablets to make them work.  Digger.


There is an old home site on our place here in Arkansas way out in the Ozarks. We have found a cache of old bottles of various kinds .....mostly no more than 80 yrs old. One bottle is a "RAWLING"S" medicine bottle

I coud find no listings for Rawling's.  I found Rawleigh's.  Digger.

hey my name is Gary (13) and I was wondering if you had a bottle or info on the Haefner's Dairy. I would really appreciate any direct you could lead me in, thanks, Gary

Gary,  Without a state, there is little chance of finding out about your bottle.  there were thousands and thousands of dairies that produced collectible bottles.  If you know the state and city you might get somewhere.  Most of the milk bottles (round) date from 1890-1950 period.  Maybe a reader can help.  Digger.

Hello, I was not sure where to go for the bottle which I have found. First off I would like to start by Thanking you for your time with my Question. I was curious to find out about a bottle that was in a box that I purchased at a sale last week. Its kinda cute. Its Brown and about 3.5" high. The top, I believe, is a Pinched Pour Lip, with a cork still in it ( the cork is a little rough). The base is a rectangular shape with a sunken rectangle in it. It is a Whiskey Bottle. I associated it with a bottle that I would would get on a plane, The label is still in tact. It reads: DIAMOND MONOGRAM SCHUETZ, RENZIEHAUSEN & CO. COPPER DISTILLED (the last two line are in a circle trade mark) PURE RYE WHISKEY SCHUETZ, RENZIEHAUSEN & CO. PITTSBURGH, PA also on the one side of the bottle there is a trading stamp. it reads: SPERRY & HUTCHINSON NEW YORK CITY (and it has on the stamp the # 10) On the back of the bottle is a diamond shape in raised glass with the company name and logo. The bottle itself has no chips in it, I would say that it is in excellent condition. If you have any Idea what the price range for such a bottle is, or if you know of any one who may be interested in it please let me know. Once again I would like to thank you for your time and knowledge. Debby

Debby, it sounds like a nice miniature whiskey.  If it is not machine made then it is a good piece with a label and embossing.  The addition of the pour spout is nice.  I'd say for a non-macine made bottle like that you are talk $50-75. It would considerably less for a machine made one.  Digger.

I would like to ask about some bottles I got at a junk yard about 3 years ago.  I probably paid about 15 cent for the lot of them. The yard lost its lease and didn't want to pay to clear the lot. So, whatever they couldn't get rid of was thrown away.  After I dug through the mildewed boxes and rain water and mosquito filled barrels, I gave them about a $1.50 for about three boxes of dirty, grungy, moldy 'stuff', mostly vases, what-nots, and the bottles.  I have 8 bottles.  There were originally 10 or twelve but I gave some to my mom.  Nevertheless, I stuck them in a box - dirty and all - and until today while deciding to clean them, I noticed something on the bottom of each. . .At the risk of sounding ridiculous, they all have what appears to be Braille dots on the bottoms -and every bottle has a different pattern except 2 of them.  There are no other markings whatsoever.  All 8 are dark amber, 4 of them are just under 4 1/2 inches high and 4 of them are 4 inches high but they all look alike. All are 8 inches round, with a rectangular shape and rounded at the corners.  I can't tell if the seams stop under the lip.  The neck is only about an 8th of an inch high and so is the lip (lip is rounded & smooth).  The, what appears to be, Braille is within the indented, smooth, 1 5/8 circle on the bottom. I was curious and found your site and others.  In all of the information I've seen, nothing I've read has helped me to identify what these markings are.  I've attached a sketch to resemble the markings, hope your able to view it. Any ideas what these were used for or who they are manufactured by and do they have any $$$ value?  Thanks so much for this forum Daphne Bell-Wills Houston, TX

Daphne, After reading your letter, I went began looking at the base of some bottles I had sitting around.  I found one bottle with a set of dots similar to yours.  I also check in a fruit book and found a jar with a six dot design.  My opinion is that these are maker's marks.  They may relate to specific molds or machines.  Many of the marks  on bottle bases are related to glass manufacturer.  they do not add any value, but certainly some interest. Your bottles probably are worth $1-2 a piece.  Digger

I have a wine bottle that I would like to know something about.  It is approx. 11" tall,  clear and in excellent condition.  It says A.M. SMITH 1907 249 HEN Av. MINNEAPOLIS MINN. CALIFORNIA WINE DEPOT ESTABLISHED 1872 FULL 1 QUART.

I was not able to find out anything about your bottle.  I can say that if the bottle is embossed and not machine made it might be a good piece.  Embossed wines are rare (mostly found in amber).  I estimate the value to be about $35.  Digger.

Digger, I have a Bayer Aspirin bottle with a misprint. It's approx. 2.5" tall it has a 3 (circled M) and 69 on the bottom, one side of it says BAYER ASPIRIN, the other says BAYER ASPIRIN . It's in excellent condition, we dug it up in the back yard. Did I waste my time picking it up and washing it?

Probably, I'd guess the bottle to be a screw-cap machine made bottle.   Bayer did not become a strong seller until about the 1920s.  Your bottle probably is from the 1930s.  They do not have much value.  Digger 

I have found an unusual bottle and am hoping to find information on where and possibly when this bottle was made. It has a number on the bottom of it that reads PAT.D.1759866. I have checked out several different sites and have not been able to come up with any information, if you can help I would appreciate it very much. Thank You! Phyllis Dilley

Phyllis, if you copied that number correctly, then the bottle is not too old.  My table of patent numbers on this site stops at 1940 when design patent numbers were only in the hundred thousand range.  I'd be guessing but I'd expect your bottle was made in the 1960-1970 period.  Without see the shape or having a better description, I can't help much.  Digger.

Please can you tell me about a bottle that my son-in-law found digging? It is about12in high, green and with seams going down both sides. It has the Letters KC & Co. on it.  The lettering is kind of pretty.  Also when he found it, it had a crooked screw in the bottle with lettering on the screw, which I can't read?  Thank you for your time.  Hope you can
help?                 Pat Hughes

I was not able to locate any information.  I thought that the KC & Co. might be the name of a glass company, but I couldn't verify that.  Maybe a reader can help.  Digger.


Jim, There are a great many old bottles around with labels that have been put on them recently.  It is very hard to tell from the picture, but it almost looks like stain on the inside of the bottle.  If there is stain inside, I would be VERY suspect.  The purple color also is a clue.  The purple comes from exposure to the sun.  One would think the label would fade.  the label looks authentic, but I do not think it is on the correct bottle. the bottle looks like it might be machine made, but I can't tell.  You could do some research on the name "Gunter" to see when he was in business.  It may or may not jive with the age of the bottle (1915-1920).   Recently Jack Daniels bottles have been bring some pretty good money.  I hope you didn't pay too much or you can check with the seller to see where the bottle came from.  I have seen on Ebay, auctions and at bottle shows many examples of this type of  fraud.  Digger.

I am searching for a particular bottle. It is light green in color, and has raised letters that read: Candy Bros Confections St. Louis Missouri on it. If you could help locate some of these or tell me where I might have luck locating some, please let me know. thank you.

Probably the most likely place is at the St Louis, MO bottle show.  You could survey the dealers and see if they know of the bottle.  This year it was on March 19, 2000.  Digger

Thanks in advance for taking the time to read and hopefully answer my questions about my bottle.  I only pick it up at a garage sale because the name on it was to have been mine had I been born a boy.
                TRADE  JD  MARK

Colour:  Aqua green        Height:  7 3/8"       Type:  ABM Top: very nicely shaped blob Closure:  none but two very deep indentations near the bottom of the blob, where the wire ends would have been placed. Bottom:  smooth Condition: Near Mint to Attic Mint Questions:  What would have been in it?  Where was it from?  How old? Company still in business?  and Worth anything?  Thanks Again.  Janet Dufton, Thorndale, just north of London, Ontario, Canada PS - The antiquebottles.com site is excellent.

The bottle is almost certainly a soda bottle or mineral water.  An ABM blob top would probably be in the 1915-1930 period.  Stirling is a city in Scotland and I suspect the bottle is Scottish. I have no way to check the company name. 

Like many people you probably got my name from the Antiquebottles.com site.  Hopefully you'll enjoy the rest of my site as well.  Just click on the Home button below to begin.   Digger


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