December 2000 Questions

Digger Odell Publications 2000

Digger, I have a bottle I can't find a listing on: It is a soda bottle 3" Dia. x 7 " tall and is a light emerald green color. It has a nice iron pontil (lots of iron left). It has a tapered top and is embossed with 3 letters that are equally spaced around the diameter. The letters are J, V, F. I assume they are initials but I don't know what order they belong in. I have not found a listing anywhere. Can you help???

I am afraid I cannot.  I checked all my sources and found no reference to such initials in any order.  Sodas without a town embossed and with only letters like your will have much more value if a link to a town or state can be made.  While this is not much help, I suspect the bottle is from the Eastern part of the country.  Most likely places to begin are Pennsylvania or New York.  It is probably rare.  Digger


My father was the president of the Washington state Bottle Club in the mid "60"s. He passed away a few years ago and left me what bottles he had kept over the years. One that I would like to know about is a small beer that is 5 1/2'' tall and reads only (RAINER BEER SEATTLE USA) it is 1 1/4" at the base and amber in color. This is one of many that he never parted with and I would be willing to sell these to the right collector. . Thank You for any help in this Craig DeLacey

According to an article in the Seattle Times the Rainer Brewery was founded in 1878 in Seattle.  The brand appears to have a complicated history with Gottlieb Heileman of La Crosse, Wisconsin being involved and later still Stroh's. Rainier beer (also found listed as Ranier Brewing Co.) was produced in Seattle under that name from 1906-1915 which is probably the date of your bottle.  The short height of your bottle suggests a miniature.  The bottle is rare.  I'd estimate a value of about $75.00-$125.

Hello, I am not a collector, but have this old bottle laying around, It reminds me of a peppersauce bottle. About 7" high w/ small neck, screw top, 2" round, no chips. Mark on bottom "Collins Corp. 1826, Vidalia, Ga, 4oz. seams all the way to top and around neck. Thanks, David

Collins Corporation launched an unsuccessful attempt to share in the Kool-Aid market and produced a powdered drink by the name of Jolly-Aid in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Vidalia, George is the home town of Vidalia Onions.  which have played a big part in the town's history.  Your bottle may have some connection with that industry.  I doubt given your description is has much value without a label.  It certainly does not date to 1826.  Digger


I'm new to collecting glass and I recently purchased some glass that appears to be hand blown and hand painted. I know they're not bottles, but I'm trying to find out what kind of glass they are and where they might be from and I hope you might have a lead I could follow. I have one of each in green, amethyst, straw, and a ruby colored glass. They have no seams, just a bump (I forget the proper term) on the bottom. They all have a floral design and near the top they have a gold painted filigree design. I'd like to find out more information and maybe even get a book on them. The dealer who sold them to me didn't know much about them, but thought they might be pre-WWII Italy. Thank you for any help you may be able to give. If you want more details or need photos to try and identify them, please let me know. Kimberly Kaufmann

I can't help much maybe another reader will help.  Digger

I am not a bottle collector but I have been trying to find one particular product for many years with no results. The product was Coxey-lax, a bottled item from the late 19th early 20th Century. It was manufactured by Jacob Coxey, the idiosyncratic populist from Massilon, Ohio. The product was a cure-all, I suppose. I know nothing else about it: not the shape, size, color nor contents of the bottle used. I can only tell you that Jacob Coxey, oft referred to as General Jacob Coxey, lead a People's Army (known familiarly as "Coxey's Army") to Washington from Massilon, and served as Massilon's Mayor in the early 20th century spend many days searching around antique stores in the Massilon and Canton Ohio area asking around with nothing but blank stares and laughter for my efforts. I would be greatly appreciative for any information about Coxey-lax. Thank you. Ashley Adams

Ashley, Mr. Coxey never made it into the big time laxative sales.  He is not listed in any reference I can find.  Your best bet to find any trace of this product is to look for advertisements in the Massilon newspapers of the time.  The Ohio Historical Society in Columbus has a great collection if you are ever in that area.  Bottled laxatives were much rarer than boxed or pill varieties. Maybe a reader will help out.  Digger

I have a bottle that I bought from a man in western united states. It's a crude, dark brown 7" stoneware bottle that is debossed in an oval slug plate :J. KAMMITTER /411 N. 50th Street. I was told that it is an extremely rare bottle even though it was dug and has many chips on the base. I would like to know what its origin is and value if any. Thanks, Mike

Mike, Your bottle is probably rare but rarity does not always equal value.  I checked hundreds of stoneware bottles, almost all of which were stoneware beers popular in the 1850-1880 period.  Since you indicate yours is debossed,  I would expect it to date to that time.  I found very few with addresses.  The address suggests to me  it was produced in a major city.  Being purchased from a man in the western U.S. does not mean your bottle is from the Western States.  I'd guess Wisconsin, or New York as likely places.  Only the biggest cities had 50th streets in the 1870-1880 period. Given the damage, I'd estimate a low value of $20-30.  Digger.

I am trying to find out any information on the New York Pharmacal Association, which is listed on some of my bottles. could you please send me any information you may have or point me in a direction that may be helpful. thank you.

John E. Andrus who was renominated for Congress by the Republicans of Yonkers, New York, began in the drug business as a member of the firm of Reed, Carnrick and Andrus in 1866, in New York.  The partnership was dissolved in 1873, when he formed the New York Pharmacal Association, of which he was president.  The business moved to Yonkers in 1881.  He was also connected with the Arlington Chemcial Company and the Pallisade Manufacturing Company. The New York Pharmacal Association had several top selling products including their popular Lactopeptine which came in a beautiful cobalt blue bottle.

Hi Digger Odell, I'm a fellow bottle hunter and I'm wondering about the old whiskeys that say "Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle". Well I have to ask, is that law dead with the prohibition? Say I want to sell it on Ebay or something, will I get in trouble? What I really want to do is make art work out of it and sell it, cause they are not worth anything in the state they are in. Thanks, Silenthawk

Check out the link on my homepage which gives the dates for the "Federal Law forbids...."  The large percentage of the bottles from this era without fancy embossing or labels have very little value, if any.  Digger

Hi there, We are presently digging out a filled- in cave. We found a complete bottle with this description. It has Parker's Best Tonic Baltimore Md embossed on the side. It has 1902 (or is it 19OZ?) on the bottom. It's about 7 inches tall, 3 inches wide, a little on the blue- green side of color and looks to be machine made. We are attempting to get an approximate date of when this cave was filled in. No one in the area is still living that knew when it was filled or even its location; we located it from an old map. This bottle was found about 10 feet down in the fill. Could you help us in giving us any info on this manufacturer and when it might have made it's way to Florida? Thanks, Nancy Rueff

I was not able to find out specifically about your bottle.  I suspect it might be either a competitor or a successor to Parker's Tonic of the Hiscox Company of New York.  They were proprietors of a major seller, Parker's Hair Tonic and Parker's Ginger Tonic and an earlier medicinal simply called Parker's Tonic for stomach troubles etc.  I could not verify a link between your bottle and this company.  Given the color and the fact that is is machine made it likely dates to before 1920 and after 1910.  Digger


I have a small bottle, 4 oz, shaped like a flask; on one side is a round painted picture of a lake with mountains in the background and the printing "LAKE NORFORK MOUNTAIN HOME, ARK. " On the other side of the bottle is another sketch of a drunk man holding onto a light post and the following jingle is printed down the entire side of the bottle:

When your heals hit hard

And your head feels queer,

And your thoughts foam up

Like the froth on beer,

When your legs are weak,

And your voice is strong,

And you'll laugh like hell

At some damn fool song,


by gosh


What can you tell me about this little bottle? Thanks! Lesle

Mountain Home, Arkansas is the county seat and was incorporated in 1888. According to the local website, "The origin of the name came from Negro salves who referred to Mississippi as "our real home, but dis up heah, dis our MOUNTAIN HOME." The vote was cast by corn cob against the suggestions "Wild Rose" and "Claburn". The tourist trade and economic expansion boomed after the construction of the Norfork and Bull Shoals Dams in the 1940s. Lake Norfolk is a popular fishing, swimming, boating spot these days.  Today,  Mountain Home is one the fastest growing cities in the state. Your little bottle almost certainly modern and possibly dates to the 1960-80s.  It would have been a souvenir sold locally.  Value?  I'd guess $5.00 or so.  Digger


Dear Sir, I am trying to identify a bottle and was given your email address. I wonder if you could help me. 4 1/2" tall. Square, sloped shoulders, dark black-green in color. Green does not show up unless you hold it up to the light. No embossing. On the bottom is 782 underlined and a no. 4 underneath that. The lip is uneven. All my bottles are dug bottles and I have no idea what this is. I would appreciate your help. Can you recommend a trademark book that will tell me about the symbols and numbers on the bottoms of bottles. Thank you very much. SHARON MARSONETTE

Sharon, Your bottle is probably a shoe polish bottle.  It is possible it could be a food related such as pickles, relish.  The shape is characteristic of both types.  However, I feel shoe polish is more likely based on the deep color.  Value would $4-6.  Digger

We were given a bottle by a woman that said she has had it 50+ years. The bottle is clear. It is a design that I have never seen before. It is a bottle laying on its side that appears to be in a basket. The basket is in a weave design and the bottle has a handle that is located from the bottom of the bottle to about the middle, with no decorative or Writing on it. There is from the top part of the handle a raised decorative glass band. The bottle used to have a cork which is missing. Also the shape of the bottle resembles a soda bottle. Please reply and sorry I have no pictures.

I have not heard of such a piece and cannot without determining the age give you much help.  Maybe you can send a picture or even mail me a drawing.  Perhaps another reader will know.  Digger

To Whom it may concern, could you help. . I can tell you the attached Picture of a perfume bottle was dug up about 20 to 25 years ago in a creek in Maryland that was a dumping ground for colonel ships. this creek is not far from Fort Mchenery. The bottle has a label that seems to be paper and on the label it has: White Lilac Rich perfume New York On the neck it has the word Exclusive. Thanks for your Time Harold J. Hoffman

Harold, Your bottles appears to date between 1880-1920.  The most likely indicator would be the stopper.  If the mouth of the bottle and the stopper are ground, it was probably made between 1880-1900.  If the stopper has cork attatched to a glass stem, it was probably produced after 1900.  Bottles such as yours typically sell for around $15-30.  Digger

Many years ago my husband was given a 10 inch tall amber colored bottle. the bottom of which is embossed with CH Graves & sons Boston Mass. It originally had a cork, but the bottle was empty. It has side seams that run from the bottom to the beginning of its 4 inch tall neck. There are no side seams on the neck at all. It still has the paper label on it showing signature of Chester H. Graves. The label describes the Maryland Malt Whiskey within to be pure and reliable for the sick room. It also goes on to say that Physicians may prescribe it for Dyspepsia, Poor appetite and Lung affections. We have had this bottle in our possession for at least 30 years and are curious to its history Thank you in advance.

Your bottle is one of thousands of the so-called "Booze Medicines" described by the Holmes Commission Report.  Until the passage of the food and drug laws around the turn of the century, druggists and distillers could avoid taxes by selling these preparations as medicines.  The idea that alcohol has some positive medical benefits still rages today.  During prohibition doctors regularly would prescribe booze. Many bottles from the prohibition era have labels with similar embossing to yours.  Your bottle sounds earlier than those, perhaps dating into the 1880s.  I was not able to find specific information about the Graves Company but it seems an appropriate name for the product they were pushing.  I'd guess a $50+ value. Digger

Hi, my grandfather has a set of six collector's bottles. I don't believe they are very old. They are McCormick Straight Bourbon Whiskey 86 Proof 4/5 quart Collector's bottles (limited edition). They came in sets of six (Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, etc. ). Any help is appreciated. Thanks

The McCormic bottles are famous for their sets.  Your set lists in recent price guides in the $20-30 range per bottle.   Digger

Digger I have a bottle that is 2&5/8 across the bottom and is 10 inches tall it is a light aqua color and is an abm the only embossing is a picture of a beaver on the base. This looks like a beer or a soda bottle. Any info will be appreciated. Henry P. Staves

Henry, I do not know.  Maybe a reader will help. Digger

Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me about my bottle. It looks like a small medicine bottle. It is amber. It says "The Cutter Laborator". It has a cork that feels plastic. The seam does not appear to go all the way up to the lip. It is about 2 1/2 inches high. Can you tell me anything about this bottle? My husband found it while digging a sewer line and basement in Nome, Alaska on the oldest street. The town was established in 1901and burned down in the 20's. It is an old mining town. Thank you for your help, Jeanette

Your bottle might well be a polio vaccine bottle from the famous case cited below.  If not this is as good a story as any.  The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis began a mammoth vaccine trial in April 26, 1954.  the project involved the elaborate tracking of some 1,800,000 children who were either given the vaccine, the harmless "199" as a placebo, or were simply observed to see if they contracted polio or not. NFIP offered the Canadian government some surplus vaccine in May 1954.  But the lateness of the offer was not overly appreciated by Ottawa, or most of the provinces.

 However, the seriousness of the unprecedented 1953 polio epidemic in some provinces, especially in the west, pressured Manitoba and Alberta, and the City of Halifax to accept the offer. After 79 children who were vaccinated with the Cutter Laboratory vaccine came down with polio a lawsuit against the company resulted in a $675,000 judgment against Cutter Laboratory in favor of one child who received polio vaccine.  By the end of April 1955, Cutter's vaccine was forced off the market, and by May 8, the of the entire U.S. vaccine program was cancelled by the U.S. Surgeon General. The Cutter Laboratory suit about their polio vaccine set a precedent concerning  implied warranty suits.  As a result of the judgment in the Cutter case a whole host of other lawsuits have followed concerned with defects in automobiles, bread, canned food products, etc.  Digger

While remodeling the house (may have been built approx 1850) - I found a small med bottle, screw on metal top, and described as: Dr. Vincent's Dendan for Teeth. Proprietor is Dr. Walter S. Vincent from Burlington, Vermont. There is no date, but label is intact w/instructions wrapped around the outside. Approx. 4 in. Instructions has unbroken seal around bottle. We would like to know the approx value of this bottle, if any. Also have Log Cabin syrup bottle, non screw type, some chips on bottom, no top. Value?? Thank you for your help. Mary and Don Hoyt Canandaigua, NY

Don,  the presence of the screw top and the lack of listings for this product in earlier sources suggests it was made after 1920.  The bottle probably has a worth of $10-15.  You'll find information on the Log Cabin bottles in other months of Ask Digger.  Use the search this site feature to help.  Digger

I am writing to ask a question about a bottle, but by seeing the name Digger Odell, I have also got to ask another question. I used to go to the Ozarks and we stayed at a resort called Digger Odell's. Might that be the person I am contacting? That is why I chose you to ask the question to. Anyway, I have a bottle, (whiskey) I was told was made up of a Canadian Police and I was told when it was given to me that there were very few made. Also that it never had whiskey put in it as Canada disagreed with it therefore it never went out on the market. The following is imprinted on the bottom of the bottle. It is painted and not clear. BARTON DISTILLING CO. BARDSTOWN, KY. PRODUCTION SERIES A-1969 The cork is built into the hat and upon removal of the hat there is no sign of whiskey. What direction would a person go to see if this bottle might have a value to the right person. Sincerely Lynnie

I am not familiar with your bottle but it is possible. The Barton Distilling Co. is located in Nelson co., central Ky., SE of Louisville The Barton Museum of whiskey history is a short distance away. The distillery produces Old Barton and Very Old Barton bourbons, as well as Tom Moore along with many other contract and private labels. I'd estimate a value of under $20.  Digger


Digger, I've checked your web site to see if you've answered anyones question about this bottle! I have a case of 12 Hires Root Beer Extract in original boxes & case. The smaller boxes in side case says Copyright 1929 each bottle contains 3Fluid oz to make 5 gallons of Root Beer. (some are dried up & some are liquid & dry) Embossed on all 4 sides of bottle # on bottom of bottle 105. Also on one of the 4 sides it says For Home Use. Could you please give me an idea of what they would be worth? Thanks in Advance, Becky Thanks

Becky, It might take while to sell them but they ought bring $8-10 each. You might do better just selling the whole case as a lot.  Digger.

Hi. I don't see a category that my bottle would fit into so I'll start with you if you don't mind. I have an 8" cobalt blue bottle (has a pouring spout) with a label on the front that reads: "Government Standard Writing Fluid Manufactured for the United States Government by Russia Cement Co. Gloucester-New York-Boston" There is a small box of printing below this and if you want to know what it says I will send it to you too. My dad found this in the old post office in my hometown many years ago. Can you tell me anything at all about it? Sorry but I don't have a scanner. Judy Alcott

Judy, your ink bottle is probably not as rare as you might think.  The Russia Cement Co. made Le Page's Glue and a line of inks.  They were quite successful.  The label at the left is from a 1910-1915 era bottle. With a good label and in cobalt blue the bottle should be worth $75-85. 

Hi Digger!! You have the greatest site! It's been so much fun to browse through it. I do have a question on a bottle I picked up at a Flea Market. It is the aqua color. The bottom states "Federal Law Forbids sale or re-use of this bottle" . . . . . . so, I know it was made between 1932 and 1964. I would very much appreciate your opinion as to the value of this one due to the design. It is a tree in gold and white. I am not up on these things - but it seems hand painted. The seam does not go all the way over the top of the lip of the bottle. It stops just underneath it. The bottle is in excellent condition. I hope the picture will help. Do you think this is worth anything, or should I use it for my weekly fresh flowers!? Thanks so much!! Barbara Clifford

Barbara, if you saw the bottle, liked it and bought it then so will someone else.  Based on that, your bottle does have some value.  I expect these bottles from this period to eventually become collectible.  Save it for your children.  Digger

I found a bottle in Fargo, ND it's a Dr Kennedy's Medical Discovery Roxbury, Mass. aqua in color with a taper lip. It's about 8 5/8 inches tall. Any information on this bottle? Les Thank-you

The above ad is from an 1888 Wholesale Druggist Catalog.  Beginning about 1854, Donald Kennedy expanded his line of medicines through the turn of the century.  The Medical Discovery was advertised for skin diseases of various types.  The smooth based bottles like yours are quite common as are the pontiled variants.  Your bottle is worth $15-20. You can find more about this bottle and others of his in my Pontil Medicine Encyclopedia.  Digger.

I purchased a light pink bottle at a garage sale recently. It has a made in three parts. The top has been attached and the seam does not match with the bottle seam. The bottom also has a seam which run along the outer edge of the bottle. The bottle is approximately 10" high. The top is about 1 1/4" then there is a rim and attached to the neck. The neck drops down 2 1/2" h X 1 1/2" w and then it flares out and then straight down to the bottom. It has a glass glob attached with ROBERTS BROS. going around the top 1863 in the middle and PHILA around the bottom of the glob. It has a cork for a stopper. The bottle came with a pink liquid inside. Any information concerning this company and the bottle and what's inside will be greatly appreciated.

The value of your bottle depend heavily upon clarification of a few characteristics.  You say light pink, I think maybe purpled from the sun (originally clear) or a light puce color either could be old.  Pink as in Depression glass pink or rose colored is probably not old.  Is the pink a result of the contents?  The glass glob sounds like a seal.  My guess is your bottle is new...but...BUT if it is old and truly purple then you have a winner.  If it is old then it is probably rare as well. I'd need a picture to be sure.  Digger


I have just received something new!! need info, history , value, etc. . . round soda (??) bottle, app. 9''tall, 2 1/2 dia. , very light green color, bottle has molded letters-J. Roberts Castleford with picture of castle in circle -all on front. Back side --Codd's patent bottle- extra strong glass. Bottle almost closes together at the top where it has a small ball sealed in side of the neck. The neck has a trap on one side to hold the ball so the liquid will come out. The bottle has a very interesting look to it, any help you can give we would be grateful. Thank You:

Sounds like one of the many such bottle imported from Great Britain over the last thirty years.  You will find information on Codd bottles in other months.  I have no way to check on foreign bottles. Maybe one of our British bottle buddies has a lead. I'd estimate the value to be about $20-30.  Digger

 I have a round bottle 8 " tall amber in color seam goes all the way to the top of bottle which is weird because I found in this bottle pit the seam only came up to the bottom of the neck and I found around 50 bottles in that pit it is imposed with word Dazzle twice around the top 16 oz just below the word . on the bottom it says Passaic n. j. l Prescott Co. it also looks like it has an rx cup and grinder on the bottom any info would be greatly appreciated Dennis Tate Grafton n. h. thank you

From what I can tell, The J.L. Prescott Company manufactured liquid detergents.  Passaic, NJ had numerous Woolen Mills.  Dazzel was a detergent. The name DAZZLE  was trademarked for CLEANING PREPARATION FOR SMOOTH SURFACES, DISH DETERGENT, LAUNDRY DETERGENT, LAUNDRY SOIL & STAIN REMOVER, AND FABRIC SOFTENER FOR LAUNDRY USE IN LIQUID AND SHEET FORM. FIRST USE: 1949 FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 1949 Digger

Dear Digger, In 1965 I had a summer job working in New Hampshire at a lake outside of Keene. My boss told me a story about a treasure from the Revolutionary War days that was supposed to be buried at the corner of a house along the old Kings Highway. I spent all of my spare time that summer digging at the corner of every old foundation I could find. The only thing I came up with was an old whiskey bottle. I took it to an antique shop and the woman there told me it was very old and offered me $50 for it. She said that the glassworks that manufactured it closed in 1792. I decided to keep the bottle. It is brown with lots of small bubbles in the glass about 11. 5 inches tall. There is a seam around the base of the shoulder and two short seams that go to the base of the neck. On the bottom it says " WEEKS & GILSON. SO. STODDARD N. H. ". I would appreciate any information on this bottle. Thank You, Bob Wells

Well the antique shop lady was a bit confused.  According to American Bottles and Flasks and Their Ancestry by McKearin and Wilson, the South Stoddard Glass Manufacturing Company was established in 1850 with Weeks and Gilson along with three other partners.  Weeks and Gilson had also purchased  two packing houses (presumably for foods).  They continued in business until 1873.  Your bottle is pictured on Page 207 listed as olive-amber, smooth embossed base, circa 1850-1860+ referred to as a "Type 12" bottle which is a standard American wine bottle of that period.  Fifty bucks was a fair price. Digger.

Citron green GE water bottle for GE refrigerator? 

I believe these are depression era refrigerator bottles.  I suggest a value of $20-30.  Digger


From everything I have heard and read the numbers often refer to specific glasshouse machines, production lines or batch numbers.  Digger

To whom it may concern, My name is Phil M. I work for an excavation contractor in the Boston area. My company is excavating a site in Cambridge and we are coming across a large number of bottles. Many are glass and they appear to be quack medicine bottles - Hood Sarsaprilla, Burdetts's Cocoaine, Hair Restorer. Many are ink bottles. Many more are ceramic or pottery and their purpose is less obvious. In the attached photo there is one bottle type in particular that we are finding in large quantities. The cylindrical bottle to the right  is prevalent. The marking on this particular one is as follows upper marking "Taunus Brunnen", "By Appointment" (preceding surrounds a crest of the Prince of Wales).  Lower marking: J. Friedrich, Grosskarben, B/Frankfurt a/m. Do you have any information on what this bottle held? The history of these things interests me more than their value. Any help you could provide would be appreciated and if you were willing to put up with my questions we could probably send you pictures all day of bottles recovered from this site. Thank you for your time. Phil M.

Phil, the container in question (light tan one one the right) is a gin bottle. These are very common. They can be found with many different stamps. Most are Dutch. They date between 1880-1900. sounds like you have the ideal job for the bottle collector. I'd be happy to have more pictures and questions. Digger

From a reader

I came across an answer you gave to an inquiry of Nov. 2003 It is about a clay jug with the inscription: J. Friedrich Grosskarben Taunus Brunnen. Your answer was, that it was a

Gin Bottle of Dutch origin. I have several different of these bottles and know only that they are mineral water bottles, used for waters of certified mineral springs in Germany. These bottles are at least 100 years old and were shipped all over the world with healing waters. I have been searching, but not been able to find much more about it. Every spring has its own stamp and often there are different versions for a particular spring, depending on age or recipient. If you should happen to come across any more information, I would love to hear from you. Petra

Thanks Petra




Hi Digger: I have a bottle that maybe you or your viewers can identify. This bottle is a aqua color, heavy glass embossed bottle. Being originally from Wallkill, N. Y. , the bottle has raised letters. Walden Bottling works. Walden NY. Registered 752-2. What the kicker is about this bottle, is that it is similar to a Nehi bottle. Walden NY is 3 miles from my home town. My 95 year old grandmother and older Walden residents, never heard of this company or bottle. Once again, it is not the value but the background I am looking for. thank you Ken.

Ken, I looked hard but to no avail.  The easiest way to get the actual answer is by checking the Walden papers and directories from 1900-1940.  Because you mentioned the shape was similar to a Nehi bottle I wondered if they might have been a Nehi bottler.  I was not able to establish any link.  Nehi began operation in 1928 and rapidly spread its operations first across the southern US then to all parts of the country.  By 1931, few bottlers would be using the heavy aqua color you describe and more likely would be using clear glass.  You might consider a call to the local library in Walden to see if they have a file or would check the directories.  Thousands of Mom and Pop bottling works were established all over the country from the latter part of the 19th century through the 1950s.  Many were very short-lived.  Digger


Hello, I found a bottle and was wondering if it may have any value. Its brown in color, has a big what looks like horse shoe at bottom of neck, and it has words "BENEDICTINE, B and B, and MARQUT DEPOSIT" embossed on it. The bottom of it is sunken in about an inch. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanx, Mike O.

Mike it does not sound like the bottle has any great value. Your bottle contained a  liqueur produced by the Benedictine company since 1938. Digger

Hi; I have an old White House Vinegar bottle. The height from top to bottom of this glass bottle is 9 3/8". It has a 2 1/4" opening at the top with a pour lip. The top has the original cork in it. There is a glass handle that is 2 3/4" high. Around the neck of the bottle are 4 apple leaves embossed in the glass. There are raised lines around the larger part of the jug. The bottom of the jug says: White House Vinegar For A Generation The Standard 679-9 Patent Applied For The jug is in excellent condition---clean---no chips, etc. Could you put a value on this bottle, as I would like to sell it? Thank You----------Joan

Present value is $20-30.  Digger

I have been unable to find info on a Wm. H. Raubenhold Bottler Hamburg, PA. great condition and stopper inside. Can you tell me anything about this? Thank you very much Jim Richards

I can't, maybe a reader can help.  Digger


I suspect this is a prune juice bottle.  I would estimate a value of under $5.00.  Digger

Hi  Digger, Have another one for you. This is light to medium olive color, measures 2" (roughly), has a sheared top that has been smoothed or polished over, is absolutely loaded with bubbles, has a pontil mark, and is embossed "BERTINGUIOT" around the base. Anything you could tell me would be appreciated. I think I might be selling or trading this one, so could you give me an approx. estimate of value that would be great to. Thanks, Eric

Eric your French ink is well known and comes in several variants.  Your is listed in Covill's as #575 and come in several shades of olive green and olive amber.  I would estimate a value of $250-275.  Digger

I have a old fleecy white bottle, the name fleecy white is written on the sides of the bottle with a screw cap top, it is brown and has raised letters on it. The bottom has the company's name, which is Chicago ILL. John Puhl Products Company. I can not fine any information on this bottle. It has 1846 written on the bottom. Can you help me with any information. Is the company still in business, and what would be the value of this bottle. I have a gallon and 1/2 gallon both are in excellent condition.

The amber bottles are embossed around the shoulder and had a black plastic cap.  They contained bleach.  In the late 1950s the Fleecy brand owned by the John Puhl Products Company was purchased and merged with Purex. The Puhl Company was the fourth largest producer of bleach in the US at that time and Purex wanted to move into new geographic areas. the bottles have little value often selling for $1-2 or less.  Digger

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Hi, I am not a bottle collector per say but do love it when I run across something that I haven't seen before and was wondering if you may be able to help me identify this particular thing. It is a bottle stopper about 1 1/4 inches wide and about the same length including the part that goes into the bottle. It is shaped like a horizontal half moon I guess with a diamond shape embossed in the center. The stopper itself is frosted but the diamond shape is not. The color is clear. and the piece of bottle that I found with it has a flanged lip on it and maybe a band right underneath the lip. From what I have of the bottle top it appears that the bottle was pretty small. I have enclosed my best sketch of the stopper. (I am certainly no artist) but thought that maybe it will help. Actually the bottom part of this drawing us upside down lol. the part that goes into the bottle is wider at the top and then tapers off. Please email me for I may not be able to find my way back to your answer page thank you again Thank you Hope in Ga.

Hope, I seem to have lost your email in the transition from reinstalling all my software and wiping my hard drive.  I can only guess that the bottle is probably a perfume or possibly a chemical bottle.  Bottle with ground stoppers were quite commonly found in the drugstore.  Digger

Has anyone ever dug a Schinnerer and Hinckel bottle? My great great grandfather was Andrew Schinnerer, a partner to Hinckel from 1857-1864. Thanks Barry Schinnerer 

Barry, I would have no way of knowing this.  My sources indicate that Schinnerer and Hinckel of Albany, NY were in business from 1852-1867 under the joint name. After which it became Fred Hinckel alone and then the Hinckel Brewery about 1884.  I'd suggest that you place an ad in the Antique Bottle and Glass Collector Magazine for six months or so and see if anyone responds. I'd would not be surprised to hear you found one.  You can get to the Antique Bottle and Glass Collector Magazine through the links section of my web site. Digger.

Please, I want to know to something about this bottle because, I saw equal in saint Augustine in Believe or not Believe. Thank Alice

Alice your bottle is a refrigerator water bottle.  These bottles seem to have been popular from the 1930s-1960s.  It has a value of $15-20.  Digger. 



The Pharmaceutical Era November 24, 1904 states, "We have somewhere seen it estimated that more than 150,000 bottles of Pinaud's Eau de Quinine are sold monthly in the United States. At that time Ed Pionaud had been long since dead and the business was owned by one Victor Klotz who operated in America, Canada, Mexico, Cuba and other places.  The New York office was a million dollar structure of a most ornate architectural style. 

Who was Ed Pinaud? What did he do? Make? Sell?

I found an Ed Pinaud bottle on an archaeology dig at Tyler Park in Newtown, PA on a field trip. I am currently doing a research project on the bottle and its' history. Thanx, Bryan Nack Welch Elementary School Churchville, PA 5th Grade


Ed Pinaud was a perfumer who began business in Paris in the early 1800s.  His brand became very popular in this country around the turn of the century and continued well into the 20th century.  The bottles are very common and can be found with tooled lips and machine made.  His specialities included: Eau de Quinine for the hair; Violette Reine, Brise embaumee Violette, a subtle perfume, his Bouquet de Foscarina, Genet d'Or and a perfume called "Marie Louise." The House of Ed Pinaud, as it was called also made other perfumes, shaving soaps, creams, face and complexion powders and dozens of other products. Check September 2000 Questions for more information. The picture below shows the Ed Pinaud exhibition at the World's Fair (1904?).  Digger




From the stopper and wire bale, I would judge the bottle to have been made in the 1960s or probably 1970s. Hosl brewery made at least 11 different types of beer. The company was located in Mitterterich.  Digger

Im looking for info on coke bottles which were bottled in Indian territory - specifically Poteau, Oklahoma Indian territory. any you could share would be appreciated. thank you.

I can't help, maybe a reader will know.  Digger

When I was living in the state of Vermont I was cleaning out an old basement (dirt floor) and I looked through a crack in some sideboards put along the side of the stairs. I saw some bottles in there and to my amazement I found two of these HUGE bottles. Okay here goes the best description I can come up with. They are Amber which a site says is not very valuable but oh well. There are approximately 14" tall and about 4" wide. There is a topper on it like a mason jar. The rubber is really dry rotted but have been in that old basement for years. Can you tell me anything about these bottles? Were they beer bottles or wine? There are some numbers on it also. On the bottom of the bottle is oval shape with a triangle going through it and there is a 1 in the middle of it a 6 and an 8 on the sides of the design. In the middle of the bottom is a 14x. At the base of the bottle is the letter G 1400 the 00 could be 66 not too sure on that one. Any help would be great! Tina Darden

I can't tell if the mouth of your bottle is a wide mouth or narrow mouth.  The mark you describe might be the mark an embossed - I-in-an-oval-superimposed-on-a-diamond Owens Illinois Glass Company (1929-1954).  Other than that without a picture, I can't be much help.  Digger


Yes, it is a whiskey or alcohol bottle of some sort made after 1932.  Value is probably $2-3.  Digger

I can across a soda bottle put out by coca cola in Arizona with the name Big Sun embossed on it and I have been able to find any thing out about it. equs

Maybe a reader will have some information.  I wasn't able to find any.  Digger

I was wondering if you could tell me what this bottle might be worth. It is clear glass, no cracks, no chips, has blue printing on it with the Lakeview Dairy, devils Lake, ND stamped on it and it also has the raised glass writing along the bottom edge of it (along 1st inch of the bottom of the bottle.) Thanks for your help. Kris

It would be a shot in the dark but I'd guess $10-15.  Most of the better milk bottles have pictures printed or embossed.  On the other hand, there cannot be too many from North Dakota so I wouldn't trust my estimate to far.  Digger.

Hello, We used to live in an old farmhouse and while digging in the gardens, my parents found various bottles. I have two that I have questions on. The first is about 5 inches tall, rolled lip, seam down both sides, and aqua in color. THis one is marked Mrs Winslows soothing syrup, Curtis & Perkins proprietor with the number 12 on the bottom. The second has a coke style top, 7 inches +-, aqua in color, and marked Cornell & Stafford east Saginaw Michigan, e.h.e. 18. This one also has seems down both sides, but not through the lip. It has a few bubbles in the glass, a dipped bottom . Just curious if you know anything about these bottles! I appreciate your time! Amanda

You will find quite a bit about Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup on this site.  Use the search feature to help. Mrs. Winslow's sparked a great controversy since it contain opium and was regularly given to infants.  I wasn't able to help on the other bottle.  Digger

Digger, My stepmother gave me a glass bottle, and I would like to find out more information about it, and the person whose name is embossed on the front of the bottle. I would greatly appreciate any leads you might be able to give me. The bottle is 4 1/8 inches high and is rectangular in shape (with a circular neck and lip), made from clear glass. It appears to be BIM (mold seams stop before lip, possible faint concentric rings from twisting of lip tool), although I am no expert on this. The bottom is rectangular, with an indented rectangular middle. It is smooth except for what appears to be a defect, scar, or manufacturers mark on the back side of the bottom (on the part of the bottom that rests on a surface, not the indented part). The best description I can give of the shape of the mark is that it looks like a chile pepper or aspen leaf on its side. The embossing covers the whole front and says "Geo C Frye" then has a mortar and pestle surrounded by two branches of a plant with leaves all along the length and stems crossed at the bottom, then says "Portland ME". Again, I would greatly appreciate any information you can give me about this bottle (age, value, manufacturer, etc.), or on where to look for information about Mr. Frye. Thanks in advance for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Eric Boissonnas

You almost certainly have a drugstore bottle circa 1880-1910. Mr. Frye will be listed in the Portland City Directories which would be the most likely way to obtain any information about his business.  Such bottles are found all over the United States.  The more collectible ones have pictures like your.  Colored drugstore bottles (amber, cobalt, teal green) bring top dollar.  Western Drugstore and Plains state drugstores are worth more in clear than their Eastern relatives due to the great scarcity of older bottles from those regions.  I'd guess your bottle to be worth in the neighborhood of $12-15.  Digger

hi, I was digging in an field in Southfield MI today and come across an old brandy bottle that has a shield with a sword on the front of it( i know its a brandy bottle because it says brandy in raised letters on it). my question is how can i find the date of the bottle and its value. The bottle has already turned green from the sun thank you charles henderson

Charles, you might want to pick up a book on old bottles at the local Mall bookstore for some background information.  You can learn quite a bit about dating bottles from my web site as well.  the mouth and lip of the bottle along with the base are the best indicators of age.  Only clear glass bottles made prior to World War I will change color.  Those will change from clear to a light purple color. check out my page called Ask Digger for tips on describing your bottle which would help me determine a value. Digger


I don't know if you can help me, but I picked up an old brown glass bottle from a garage sale, and I am trying to determine if it's worth anything. It has a glass medallion on the front that says "Jno. Greenhow Wms.burg 1770." Can you help? It may be worthless, but it is a unique shape (not completely round) and is in perfect condition. The bottom is indented and smooth. There are no seams on the bottle at all. It is brown. It doesn't have any lid, but looks handblown. Can you give me any information? Your reply is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

This bottle was made as a reproduction at Williamsburg, Va.  The bottle was patterned after shards that were retrieved from a Williamsburg well.  An orginal would be worth thousands.  Your bottle probably has a value of $15-20.  Digger


Dear Sir, Im not quite sure of the type of bottle, but bear with me. I have a bottle that has a bar built in it, instead of a ship its a bar. It has a political theme and asks to find the missing man, which a figure of a man is hidden in the back. Its made of wood and has a broken cork in the top. Im trying to find out how to find the history of this bottle. Im looking for an organization, which might help. Any direction would be most appreciated. Thanks , Den

Sounds unique to me and probably is a piece of Folk Art.  Maybe a reader has heard of or seen something similar, I know I have not.  Digger

Hello I have a question about how old clear bottles turn purple. My understanding was that it results from ultra violet exposure (sunlight) reacting with manganese which was used in bottle making prior to around 1900. Is this true? An old pamphlet in my library said this about the manganese but I haven't been able to find it anywhere else. I also hear people are putting bottles in a closet with an ultraviolet light to speed up this process. If a bottle is turning purple is it an old bottle or can this be done with any bottle? I am very new to bottle collecting, but one day I bought a bunch at a garage sale and have been doing some research. I would very much appreciate an answer. Thank you very much Allen Tarson Santa Cruz, CA

Yes, it is true.  Clear glass made between about 1870-1915 will take on a purple hue if exposed to sunlight.  The process can be hastened by use of a UV light.  The reaction is also reversible.  Only clear glass that was made with managanese will turn.  Other types of early clear glass such as lead crystal will not.  Digger

I recently came across a couple of old bottles of whiskey and was wonder what the bottles value might be? The first bottle is a .750ml of A P H 100 proof Bourbon Whisky. The label it reads, "For Medicinal Purposes Only". It was distilled in 1916 and bottles in 1924 by R.E. Wather & Co. The bottle has never been opened and is about 3/4 full. The second bottle is a .750ml of Glenmore's 18 year old Kentucky Tavern Whiskey. It was distilled in 1917 and bottled in 1935. This bottle is also 100 proof and has a low shoulder fill level. Any information you might have would be greatly appreciated. I can be reach.  

There is interest in such items especially those dating to pre-prohibition times and advertising "For medicinal purposes...."  Value may depend upon the label (it colorfulness and subject matter often determine interest)  I have seen some go for over $100 and others for much less. I would think a minimum would be in the $30-40 range.  Digger


My name is Greg Thrasher. I live in the Ottawa Valley area of Ontario, Canada. While swimming, I have come across a number of antique bottles that I have found while swimming in the Ottawa River. This now has become a hobby of mine, and I now have a number of old antique bottles, and wanting to find out more information about them. I was wondering where I could receive more information about E.W. Hoyt and/or Hoyt's German Cologne. I have in my possession a bottle in excellent condition that reads: Hoyt's German Cologne and Co. Lowell, Mass. I was wondering if you could please give me some more input as to the history and origin of this bottle and many others. Thank You, Greg A. Thrasher

Eli W. Hoyt began as a clerk for the E.A. Staniels & Co. apothecaries.  About 1867 Hoyt is listed as a druggist in Lowell, MA.  He took in a partner in 1872 and began producing the German Cologne about 1877.  As the business grew the company moved  several times in Lowell.  They produced some other products, but none as popular as the German Cologne Both the bottle and the name were widely copied.  The advertisement at the left is circa 1880. It was advertised in both a nickel and a dime size. The product was still being advertised as late as 1948.  Digger.



We were digging in the yard and found a bottle in perfect condition its called tang-est, its a clear bottle ,on the bottom it says brooks, and the bottle its self was made by ball it probably used a cork its wide at the bottom and narrow and the top, any info would be great, thank you buster Wallace live in the north Georgia area

Ball Brothers later Ball Corp. of Muncie, IN was producing bottles from about 1887 until 1973.  That information doesn't help much but I could not find anything else with such a name.  The shape of the bottle might give some clue to the use.  Digger

Hi! I have searched the internet and can't find any information on my bottle. Maybe you can help me. I would appreciate it. My bottle is 4" in height. Amber, with a crown top. Manufacture type: ABM It has a smooth base with embossing. It is a square looking O with a pointed ellipse through the middle. There is no "I" in the center as I have seen for Owens Illinois. There are three numbers, To the left is a "6", right a" 4" under is a "2'". The bottle is covered with a spider web design, there are two blank spots for labels front and back. On what I believe to be the front, there is a spider in the web. There is also a small plant design, possibly wheat. Would the spider design indicate poison? I bought the bottle because of the interesting design. If you can point me in any direction for further searches or have any information for me I would appreciate it. Thank you so much for your time and expertise. Gail Orr

The design, especially the wheat makes me think whiskey or quite possibly ale or beer.  The amber color also suggests this as does the crown top which was almost exclusively used for soft drinks and alcoholic carbonated beverages.  Send a picture and I'll post it.  Digger

I have a old German beer bottle with a ceramic top its name is Dasultenmiineter brauer bier.  I can't help, maybe a reader will know.  Digger

I going through my late moms stuff we found a full bottle of Hadacol and the box it came in was wondering if it was worth anything stamped on the bottom of the bottle Duraglas 7 51 it is a tall bottle with a metal lid I would greatful of any info you could give me

Hadacol was a patent medicine consisting of mostly alcohol with vitamins added.  Coozan Dudley LeBlanc was the mastermind behind this preparation who advertised with a P.T. Barnum style using a traveling caravan - a cross between circus and traveling minstrel show.  The Hadacol Goodwill Caravan consisted of a fleet of blue and white trucks sporting Hollywood celebrities such as Mickey Rooney, Chico Marx and Burns and Allen.  The Hank Williams radio show was sponsored by Hadacol.  LeBlanc was a flamboyant character, a senator and a good ole boy from Louisiana who parlayed the product into one which claimed a $15,000,000 advertising budget for a single year. . Lest you think this was a 19th century patent medicine fad let me correct that thinking by pointing out that the drama unfolded in the 1940s and 1950s.  It is said that when asked why he called it Hadacol, Mr. LeBlanc responded,  "Well, I hadda call it something," Digger


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