December 2001 Questions

Digger Odell Publications © 2001

Hi Digger Odell,
My name is Caroline Lavenduski. I got your name and email address from Reggie Lynch's Antique Bottle Collector's Haven website as someone who might be willing to help identify a bottle. I'm doing a 5th grade project where we have to identify items we dug up at an old dump site in a state park in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, I only found a piece of a bottle, but there is some writing on it. I'm hoping that maybe you've seen something like this and can help me figure out when it was made and what was in it. I haven't been able to find much information on the internet or library. I've attached a picture of the piece to this email. It is clear glass and the bottom of the bottle reads: Armour's TOPNOTCHBRAND CHICAGO Any information you have or know would be great. Thank you very much. Caroline

Get your teacher to help figure out this trademark information I am sending. It is a list of some of the non-food products produced by Philip Danforth Armour's company. He also made a wide variety of food products. The Bottle you found is embossed on the base it comes in two sizes 5 1/2 and 10" and probably contained ketchup (another of your classmates also found a ketchup bottle) Digger

 Word Mark ARMOUR Goods and Services (EXPIRED) IC 005. US 018. G & S: MEDICINES AND PHARMACEUTICALS-NAMELY, MUTTON TALLOW; BILE PREPARATIONS AND DERIVATIVES-NAMELY, HOG BILE SUBSTANCE, EXTRACT OF HOG BILE, OX BILE SUBSTANCE, EXTRACT OF OX BILE, BILIRUBIN, DEHYDROCHLORIC ACID, AND SODIUM DEHYDROCHOLATE;BOVINE BLOOD PREPARATIONS-NAMELY,BOVINE ALBUMIN,BOVINE FIBRINOGEN,BOVINE PLASMA,AND HEMIN CHLORIDE;BONE PREPARATIONS-NAMELY,NATURAL BONE MINERALS FOR MEDICINAL USE,RED BONE MARROW PREPARATIONS,AND YELLOW BONE MARROW CONCENTRATE;BRAIN PREPARATIONS-NAMELY,BRAIN SUBSTANCE,LECITHIN,AND KEPHALIN;CHOLESTEROL;CHORIONIC GONADOTROPIN; DUODENAL PREPARATIONS-NAMELY,DUODENAL SUBSTANCE,AND ENTEROGASTRONE-HYDROCHLORIDE USED FOR TREATMENT OF GASTRIC ULCERS;GLANDULAR AND TISSUE ENZYME PRODUCTS-NAMELY,PANCREAS SUBSTANCE,PANCREATIN,DIASTASE,TRYPSIN,CHYMOTRYPSIN,PANCREATIN AND OX BILE EXTRACT,PANCREAS SUBSTANCE AND THYROID,RENNET,PEPSIN,LACTATED PEPSIN,PEPTIC ENZYMES,ESSENCE OF PEPSIN,ADENYL PYROPHOSPHATE,DIBARIUM ADENOSINE TRIPHOSPHATE, CATALASE, LYZOZYME, AND RIBONUCLEASE; KIDNEY SUBSTANCE; LIVER PREPARATIONS-NAMELY, LIVER SUBSTANCE, LIVER EXTRACT, PROTEIN FRACTION, LIVER LIQUID PARENTERAL, LIVER LIQUID PARENTERAL WITH FOLIC ACID, LIVER EXTRACT WITH IRON, LIVER AND IRON WITH RED BONE MARROW AND MALT EXTRACT, LIVER WITH FERROUS IRON AND VITAMIN B COMPLEX, AND LIVER WITH FERRIC IRON AND VITAMIN B COMPLEX; LIVER AND YEAST PREPARATIONS-NAMELY, LIVER AND YEAST EXTRACTS AND LIVER AND YEAST EXTRACTS WITH IRON; LYMPH GLAND SUBSTANCE; OVARIAN PREPARATIONS-NAMELY, OVARIAN SUBSTANCE, OVARIAN RESIDUE SUBSTANCE, OVARIAN LIQUID, OVARIAN CONCENTRATE, OVARIAN AND WHOLE PITUITARY LIQUID, AND  VETERINARIAN PREPARATIONS-NAMELY, ANTI-HOG CHOLERA SERUM; HOG CHOLERA VIRUS; PREPARATIONS OF UREA, SULFANILAMIDE, AND SULFATHIAZOLE; SOLUTIONS OF IRON, ARSENIC, AND STRYCHNINE; PREPARATIONS OF SALICYCLIC ACID, GINGER, AND CLOVES, USED FOR TREATING INDIGESTION IN HORSES, CATTLE, HOGS, AND SHEEP; IODIZED HYDROCARBON OIL; SCARLET OIL; SULFANILAMIDE; MINERAL OIL; PREPARATIONS OF DIPHENYLAMINE, BENZOL, AND TURKEY RED OIL, USED FOR TREATING WORMS IN ANIMALS; CALCIUM AND VITAMIN PREPARATIONS USED FOR TREATING DIARRHEA IN CALVES; GLUCOSE SOLUTION; PREPARATIONS OF ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, PHENOL, TANNIC ACID, AND METHYL VIOLET, USED FOR TREATING SUPERFICIAL WOUNDS AND SCRATCHES IN ANIMALS; LIVER, IRON, AND VITAMIN B CAPSULES; UDDER OINTMENT; PREPARATIONS OF BARIUM CHLORIDE, TARTAR EMETIC, AND NUX VOMICA; PITUTARY LIQUID; CANINE MINERAL SUPPLEMENT PREPARATIONS; CALCIUM PREPARATIONS FOR USE IN TREATING DIARRHEA IN CALVES; PHENOTHIAZINE SUSPENSIONS; THYROID TABLETS; STILBESTROL; PREPARATIONS OF EPINEPHRINE; COPPER SULFATE; PREPARATIONS OF MALACHITE GREEN AND FORMALDEHYDE, USED FOR ANTISEPTIC SOLUTIONS; PREPARATIONS OF CASTOR OIL, OIL OF THUJA, AND SALICYLIC ACID. PREPARATIONS OF ZINC OXIDE AND OIL OF THUJA, USED FOR TREATING WOUNDS AND ABRASIONS; SODIUM IODIDE WITH DEXTROSE SOLUTION; CHLORAL HYDRATE WITH DEXTROSE SOLUTION; VITAMIN B-1; MINERAL PREPARATIONS FOR TREATING MINERAL DEFICIENCIES; PREPARATIONS OF FERROUS SULFATE, ALUM, AND TANNIC ACID, USED AS LOCAL HEMOSTATICS; CAMPHORATED OIL; CALCIUM GLUCONATE SOLUTIONS; VITAMIN A CONCENTRATE; SODIUM IODIDE; PREPARATIONS OF ALCOHOL, GLYCERINE, BORIC ACID, TANNIC ACID, PHENOL, AND OIL OF CASSIA; PREPARATIONS OF CALCIUM AND DEXTROSE FOR CALCIUM DEFICIENCIES; SODIUM CACODYLATE; SODIUM PHOSPHO CARBONATE USED FOR SUPPLYING MINERAL DEFICIENCIES IN ANIMALS; PREPARATIONS OF BORIC ACID AND DODECYLAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE; PREPARATIONS OF PHENOTHIAZINE AND COPPER SULFATE, USED IN THE CONTROL OF WORM INFESTATION IN SWINE; PHENOTHIAZINE PREPARATIONS USED IN THE CONTROL OF WORM INFESTATION IN SHEEP, CATTLE, CHICKENS, AND TURKEYS; WHITE LINIMENT; PREPARATIONS OF POTASSIUM GUAIACOL SULFONATE, AMMONIUM CHLORIDE, AND GLYCERINE; POULTRY INHALANT; PHENOTHIAZINE POWDER; PREPARATIONS OF MINERALS AND VITAMINS; VITAMIN-CONTAINING PREPARATIONS COMPRISING FISH LIVER OIL, WHEAT GERM OIL, AND COTTONSEED OIL; LIME AND SULPHUR SOLUTIONS FOR MEDICAL USE; PREPARATIONS OF ALOES CURACOA, CALOMEL, AND STRYCHNINE SULFATE; PREPARATIONS OF CALOMEL AND ALOIN; STRYCHNINE SULFATE;  PREPARATIONS OF OIL CHENOPODIUM, TOBACCO, CROTON OIL, AND NAPHTHALENE, USED FOR TREATING WORMS; PREPARATIONS OF SANTONIN AND CALOMEL, USED FOR TREATING WORMS; PREPARATIONS OF CASTOR OIL AND OIL CHENOPODIUM, USED FOR TREATING WORMS; PREPARATIONS OF AMMONIUM CHLORIDE, STRAMONIUM, POTASIUM DICHROMATE, LOBELIA, AND ARSENIC TRIOXIDE; ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL USED AS A VEHICLE FOR VETERINARY PREPARATIONS; PREPARATIONS OF POTASSIUM IODIDE, IODINE, AND PROPYLENE GLYCOL;

 FIRST USE: 18870. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 1887 Filing Date September 7, 1950   Registration Date October 7, 1952 Owner (REGISTRANT) ARMOUR AND COMPANY CORPORATION ILLINOIS UNION STOCK YARDS CHICAGO ILLINOIS   Type of Mark TRADEMARK Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 1972
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Enclosed is a picture of two bottles that were given to me by my mother along with descriptions as best I can give you. She believes they were from her fathers store and we are wondering when they were made, where and how much they may be worth. The first seems to be some type of cream bottle. At the rim of this bottle it says "cop of the cream bottle Co." and at the bottom rim of the bottle it says ucp5 or s and then one quart liquid sealed- registered. On the bottom of the bottle is "patent number 108074 trade mark registered COP other patents pending". The design on the bottle is that similar to an anjimima face on syrup bottle and she is wearing a collar. Height of this bottle is 9 1/2 in and is clear in color. The next bottle is one that held or measured water and/or juice. It is square in shape, but the edges are not sharp but rounded . On one side it's printed "juice" on the opposite side is printed "water" on the two r remaining sides are measurements in ounces of 8, 16, 24, 32 and 40 oz. The bottom of the bottle is marked with a number 5 and a letter C with a letter H in the middle of the letter C. The height on this bottle is 9 in and has a green color to the glass. How much would these worth, when and where were they manufactured? Also are these bottles rare or are they easy to locate? Thank you .... Karen from Ottawa, Illinois

The bottle on the right is a baby faced milk bottle. The bottle had a creamer separator (the bulge with the face). These were made in great quantity and variety. These date in the 1930-1940 period. Without any other embossing, your baby-faced milk bottle is worth $20-25. I have put up a few pix of patent designs for other cream separators below. The other bottle I believe is a prune or other juice bottle that was intended to be a refrigerator water bottle when empty. Possibly, but I am not sure, the C and H could be Castle-Hanson Corp. or Rochester, New York. which made emerald green and amber narrow and wide mouth glass containers in the 1950-60 era. If so your bottle dates after 1963. the value would be limited - possibly $2-4. Digger.

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Dear digger, Wondered if you could help? I have an opp. to buy a Masonic eagle flask but am unable to gauge value. Itís very similar to the Keene bottles, but is from Lowell mass. The bottle is pure, meaning it checks out. The pontil marks are there, it just looks authentic....Wear ect. Is clear aqua green. Very similar to the first picture of Kevin a Sives web site but does not have the rays extending from the lower half of pyramid. Also has only one set of squares below the arch not three. I am totally confused. is this a circa 1900's repro or original? thanks, superjunkeur

I can find no such listing for an authentic Masonic Flask. A picture might sort it out. The subtle differences between the variants requires precise description but no known specimens have only a single row of "bricks" I'd be thinking reproduction possible from the 1920-1930s but I'd need a pix. Digger

Ever heard of Lee Quality Beverage Company? I have a bottle from them, and I haven't a clue about it. It's from Petersburg, Virginia, and has crossed Confederate flags on the front. It's either a soda or beer bottle. Thanks. Robin

There is a clear 1969 red and white painted label soda with a picture of a flag and the words LEE PETERSBURG, VA which has a value of around $5.00

Digger, Can you tell me why most wine bottles have a dimple in the bottom? Thanks for your help! Brent

I've heard dimples are associated with smiles so maybe it has to do with the alcoholic content. According to one source, "The kickup has two advantages, it takes less content to fill the bottle, and also any sediment in the contents tends to get trapped around the edges of the base." Now I have a few thoughts. First, wine is much older than bottles, or at least glass bottles. Ancient Roman Bottles of most types have some kind of kickups. The kickup was a function of the method of manufacture. After being blown the vessel was removed from the blow pipe and a pontil rod was applied to the base. This allowed the finishing of the lip. Then pontil rod was forcibly broken off leaving what we call the 'pontil'. This pontil would interfere with the vessel standing upright if it were not pressed upward and into the body of the vessel forming the 'kickup'. Early European bottles 1600s show this characteristic. So my first comment is that this a vestigial part which has taken on some functionality.

I can also guess that wine made 200-300 years ago was more likely to have various sediments than today's refine everyday varieties. That sediment was trapped in the edges of the kickup might well have been noted and by the 1700s deep exaggerated kickups can be found on wine bottles. These are sometimes called "conical kickups". This tradition was widespread in the European community. the introduction of the "snap" case. which was invented and widely adopted about 1857, removed any necessity of the base being "dimpled". Clearly, those bottles with a deep kickup held less than one without such a recess. By the 1800s people became more concerned with standardization of the volume of the bottles.

Form has a way of transcending time. People associate shape with function. You'd recognize a wine bottle from a mayonaise jar or even a soda bottle. Champagne bottles have changed little in form over 200 years and have the characterisitic kickup. Many modern bottles have no kickup or a molded button like base which I would say serves no particular purpose other than identifying the bottle as a "wine". Digger A&W  Bottle.JPG (13831 bytes)

 A&W Bottle This bottle stands about 8 1/2 inches tall. The long neck area looks sort of strange to me near the top. The Main part of the bottle has side seams and then when you get to the top there is a seam going around the bottle, almost like they set the top on it. On the bottom of the bottle there are raised hash mark type ribbing and then in the center of the bottom it has 90 VR (these letters are set together to look as one) 15. Hi Digger, I have a few bottles I picked up about 10 years ago but can't seem to find them in a directory. I am hoping that you can help me determine their value. I've attached pictures and will describe them the best I can. All the bottles I have don't have any chips or cracks in them. Thank you for your assistance and your time. Kandie Richards Klamath Falls Oregon Any ideas?Bromo Selzer bottles.JPG (54480 bytes)

Blue Bromo Selzer Bottles 7 1/2" tall Cobalt blue sort of frosted looking. The lids are metal and a bit rusted but you can still tell that at one time they were white. One of the bottles still has the painted label on it but it's really hard to read and didn't photograph well. Each bottle has a raised number on the bottom. One of the bottles contains some of the powder. There are no side seamsContinental.JPG (22128 bytes)

 

Continental Distill AC Corporation This bottle is clear glass with a coat of arms on the front with a raised circle around it. The number 11 in on the bottom. It stands 8inches tall. The bottom of the front has a recessed area which contains the words "Continental Distill AC Corporation Philadelphia P.A. There are side seam visible, sort of.

I guess none of the bottle above has a value of over $5. The A & W bottle is probably the best of the bunch. The name goes back to 1918. Digger

 

Dear Mr Digger, I am a herbalist and recently my husband dug up a bottle of Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup - empty. I was wondering if you could tell me what the ingredients were by any chance and any information about the bottle, uses, etc. please. Best Regards and wishing you a wonderful Christmas. Karen and Co.

The active ingredient in Mrs. Winslow's was morphine. You will find more on my site by using the search feature. Check out the story on Dangerous Drug Bottles. digger

I have an old bottle (flask) that measures about 5 1/2" tall with a ground lip on it but it is a screw cap top. On the front is an embossing of a money that appears to be juggling. Underneath are the words CHEST NUTS. The back of the bottle is shaped like that back of a woman wearing a corset. It is a very shapely bottle. Do you know anything about it or where I could look to find about it and the value? I was told that it might be a whiskey flask. I would appreciate any info you could give me or point me in the right direction. Thanks and have a great day! Jeff

It is a whiskey flask, I have seen them for sale for about $100-$125. The bottle is turn of the century period. Digger

I have a 9 inch high, green, four sided, tapered, beveled edges on bottom, case gin bottle I found while diving in Belize. It is embossed with Hoytema & C. on one side it has lots of bubbles in it and quite attractive. I am interested in where, when and who may have produced it, and if it has any value. I would appreciate it if you could redirect me for more info if you are unable to provide. Thanks in advance.

Most of the embossed Case Gin bottles come from the 1870-1900 period. Yours is a fairly common one. I had no trouble finding several for sale in the $30 range. It was likely produced in Holland in the 1890s. As you can see from the picture above case gin bottles come in all sizes and variants. Digger

Can you help? I have a bottle that is not a reproduction...it lacks the "Wheaton NJ" on the bottom. It's yellow and says "franks safe kidney and liver cure" & "since 1892..." It looks just like the reproduction except I'm pretty sure it's the real deal. It's in great shape. How old is it? How much might it be worth? Thanks, Joe bartle

Sorry Joe, no deal. No such antique bottle. It is new. Possible made in Asia soemwhere but definitely not old. Value $3-5. Digger

Hello again, Forgot to mention another bottle that I have. It is: 1. Aqua 2. 11 1/4" 3. The neck looks to be blown, but I can see a seam up to the top, however it has a strange appearance of looking stretched and has large bubbles in it. 4. The top is applied nicely. 5. Embossed just before the neck starts are the fancy letters of DBC, with a long squiggly line continuing from the C. 6. The base is smooth with the word REGISTERED embossed across it, along with what I believe is 397, and faintly can make out lettering beneath the word 'registered', which is ISTF. 7. Also in excellent condition. Can you tell what this bottle is and if it is worth anything also. Thank you again for your time. Clover

Sounds like a soda bottle. Valuewithout a town or firm name and only a monogram would be small say $3-5. Digger.

  Hello, I have an old bottle that I cannot identify. Maybe you can help me. Here are the specs on it: 1. It is aqua in color 2. It is 7 3/8" 3. Don't see any seams 4. The base is flared out and very concave like smooth pontil?!? A diameter of 2". 5. It is about 1 1/2" in diameter above the flared bottom and then reduces down to about 1/2" neck which is 2 1/2" to the top. 6. I'm not sure how I would class the top, because it neither looks applied or has seams, but does resemble an applied top. 7. I'm not sure if it is had blown 8. You can see marks in the neck that looks like it had been stretched, which gives me the idea that it was blown. 9. It does have the remains of a paper label but can't read a thing on it. It has black lettering for the most part, and is some red lettering that all I can make out is Exp. If you could give me an idea of what kind of bottle this is or if it is worth anything, I would appreciate it. Or even refer me to someone else. Thanks Clover

Without a picture I can't tell you anything. Your bottles lacks the main clue - no embossing. Digger

A friend has come upon a thermos( made by American Thermos Bottle Company US pat. 13093 3-15-1910 pat . no. for adjustor 995985 6-20-1911 original stopper and liner it is a green glass shaped somewhat like a wine bottle).-while going through some family belongings any advise on how I can research it for him. He is an older fellow, not very computer wise and neither am I. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Patricia Ann Gainer

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Here's the information on the thermos bottle from the United States Patent Office. You probably won't find out much more than this without an intensive search. Digger

Whilst walking my dog in a field I noticed a bottle in the mud. It is a Feb 1922 Schweppes brown frosted bottle. Patent number 196421 ( no.18) Can you tell me anything about it??. I would be very grateful your sincerely Chris and Mandy

I not able to find anything with that patent number nor anything about a brown frosted Schweppes bottle. Maybe a reader can help. Digger

hi digger my mother in law dug up many bottles many many years ago .I have one that has the same exact description as one person also ask you except for the color .It is a Dr. J.H. McLeans volcanic oil liniment bottle .Everything is the same as the other persons except mine is a clear bottle .You said the aqua one is worth about $100 to $ 150 .About what is mine worth ?

Actually the I might have said the aqua one with a pontil is worth about $100-$150 although I am selling one one my web site for much less. the aqua smooth base if they are crude and early hinge mold bottles usually are offered around $30-40. the later aqua smooth base bottles with a tooled lip circa 1890s sell for $15-20 and that is about what I would value your bottle. Digger

I am wondering the value of a Seagrams 7 Crown Whiskey Bottle that I have. The bottle is dark brown, is 1 gallon size and says American Blend or something. The label is paper and the bottom has stamps on it and I cannot make out what they say. Thank you Cody

I found about 13 Seagram bottles on Ebay today with very few having bids and none of the lgass bottles having a bid. My guess is the bottle has a very limited value unless is has contents and is at least 50 years old. Digger.

I HAVE A BROWN BEER BOTTLE FROM THE SCARBORO & WHITBY BREWERIES LTD. ON THE BOTTOM OF IT IS THE YEAR 1940..IN THE CENTER OF THE BOTTLE IT LOOKS LIKE A PICTURE OF A DART BOARD WITH 3 LEGS...THE #'S UNDER THE DATE ARE 537C I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF BOTTLE THIS IS AND WHERE IS THIS BREWERY LOCATED. ANY INFO WOULD BE HELPFUL THANKS KAREN

Your bottle is English. Here's a site which shows some of the bottles from this brewery. Scarboro & Whitby
I expect one of the bottles pictured is similar to yours. I am not certain the 1940 is the date since the bottles appear older than than to me. I assume you live here in the States so if you picked it up here then it was almost certainly imported as many English bottles have been. I'd guess a value of $12-15. Digger.

 

with much respect to your education in your field!!! my wife got given to her two (2) porcelain whiskey bottles that wind up in the bottom of them and play music, they are colored white with drunks on them!! what has she found here??? if you can be so kind as to assist me!! thank-you! danny r goins ohio

Hard to say Danny without a picture. Thousands of porcelain bottles have been made within the last 30 years. I'd say it probably is not worth over $25-30. Digger.

This one brought $24.00

Digger Odell, Hello! I am Amrita and I have a research project on the bottom of a bottle that I found. I am not sure what it held, but I was hoping you could tell me. It has a star in a horseshoe logo on it. Many people think that it held beer. I am sending a picture of my bottle with this e-mail. If you have seen a bottle like this, please send me an e-mail at the address above. Thank you very much! Sincerely, Amrita

Amrita, I was not able to find out anything about your bottle mark. From the picture is is hard to determine anything about the shape of the bottle or if you only have a fragment. Being clear glass, unless it is new, I doubt it would be a beer. Digger

 

Can you please offer any info on the old French soda bottle as below. As far as I can make out, the inscriptions are; D Fevre marque Deposer 5 Veritable Seltzogene D Ferve Paris Any thoughts on age, worth , history etc thanks Dan Mills

Dan, I love this bottle. It has great character and a wonderful form. I would guess it might be from the 1920s based on the Art-Noveau style design. It reminds me of other soda type bottles from that period- but there again it might be as early as the 1880s. It would be worth in my opinion $50-60. the only limiting factor is the clear color but the unusual form and condition make it very appealing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Digger, I have a 5 3/4 inch high oval medicine-type bottle, BIMAL, flat on one side, tombstone shape. It says CRAB ORCHARD WATER COMPANY, 2 leaves and a apple Trade mark, LOUISVILLE, K.Y. U.S.A. It is light yellow amber and in mint condition. Was this a sample water bottle or could it be a medicine with water? Any information would be gratefully appreciated. Also what is the value of the bottle if any? Jerry Tennant

Jerry, The information provide here comes from the book of the late Gene Blasi, Gene was a digger in Louisville who authored a book on the medicines of that city. He lists four variants of the Crab Orchard Springs Salts. Two of the variant look like prescription drugstore bottles and the other two look like the bottle at the right. Your is the oldest variant circa 1884.-1889. The J. B. Wilder company was a very successful medicine concern. They likely bought this brand or were as is embossed on one of the variants the "sole agent." The contained the distilled salts of the spring and not a sample of the water. the trademark was a crab apple and leaf. Digger

 

   

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Hi, Just saw a bottle I recently got at auction written up on your site. It is the amber Mckesson Laboratories cod liver oil bottle with the fish scales and fish. This one has a intact label, faded but still readable. It is unopened, and leaks a little. My question - Should I open and dispose of contents before selling? Is it worth much? and what is the approx age? Thanks tammy4302

I would not dump the contents unless it was absolutely necessary. These date to the 1920-30 period and with a label ought to bring $25-30. Digger.

Hello digger, I have a glass bottle embossed with a grape harvester man, grapes and basket marking H. Robinson corporation Hamilton Canada, it has wooden cork in it with red metal top saying Australia june1927 and other patent # could you tell me anything about this Denise

I checked the Canadian patent Office records and found no reference. Sorry. sounds like a wine bottle. Digger

Hello. I'm an undergraduate student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island working on my honors thesis in archaeology. I'm working with an Eskimo collection from northwest Alaska dating from roughly the turn of the century. In the collection is a small clear glass Vaseline jar with "Vaseline Chesebrough New York." I'm trying to find out more information about this particular jar and I was hoping you might be able to help me. When was it made, where was it distributed, how common was it, and any other pertinent information. Any information you could give me (including contact info. for people I might talk to, books to look at, etc...) would be greatly appreciated. Check out the web page below for a scanned photo. Thank you. Sincerely, John Whitney

  I have put up a number of references to this bottles. Here's link to what I have found. Chesebrough

hi, I mailed you earlier about a perfume bottle and I was also wondering about some pop bottles I have I have a big chief 6.5 ounce pop bottle, bottled by coke and a 6.5 orange crush pop bottle, bottled in moberly mo. can you tell me if they are worth anything and how much thank you James D.

There are hundreds of different Big chief bottles. Many Big chief bottles are very collectible. I would need a better description to give you a price. Quarts like the one at the right are usually pretty good money bottles. Same is true with the Crush bottles some are and some are not collectible.

I found a Tetlow's perfume bottle and was wondering what you could tell me about it. Its about three in. tall and says Tetlow's perfume 10 cents in the glass, thank you.

Around the turn of the century nickel and dime cologne became very popular. E. W. Hoyt Company of Lowell MA was probably the most successful due to their heavy advertising.. Their advertising and bottles were widely imitated. I found the Tetlow Perfume Company listed in 1904-1905 doing business in Philadelphia. They were in business at least through 1912. The products listed include Blanc Illusion, Gossamer Powders, Swan's down , Tetlow's Powder and Blue Moon Extract.. Your bottle has a value of $3-5 Digger

RE: Worth Perfume bottle:

Quick rule of thumb on Worth perfume bottles-they usually aren't "worth" bothering with in my opinion. HElen

John-Worth perfume bottle are a real quagmire and I would need a photo and the markings on the bottom and the markings on the stopper and a lot more information about this bottle before I can give a value. The Worth bottles can be valuable, but most ARE not. They can be Rene Lalique, but most are LATER and not as collectible. This is an area where hands- on should be the rule before a value can be established. It sounds interesting with the large size, but again sometime the larger bottles are not perfume and then are not valuable at all.

I will need a photo and more information here. The style of the stopper is also very important on this series. Helen

Well, my bottle says E. C. Booz, and from your site, I see it should be E.G. Booz, so I guess I have answered my own question...it is green, with tapered corners on the roofline. There are no seams..it appears handblown. At one of the roof tapers, there is a sharp point where it appears the glass was blown into the mold? There are no NJ markings...The front has the door and three windows, the back is smooth, no writings. The glass has little air bubbles in it. There is a round depressed mark on the bottom, no markings...no period after the "whiskey".. a fake, yes?

Yes. I get about 3-5 Booz questions each month. Have not seen a real one yet. Digger

Have you ever heard of a bottle of scooter juice its a harey Davidson 1903 wine cooler is it worth anything do you know I need to sell for the sake of my little girl please help Lisa

I found no record of it in the Patent Office records. the 1903 reference is on just about everything the company made and does not mean the beverage is of that age. The Wine Cooler apparently became popular first in California. They produced a number of different types about 1984-1986 and were sold four to a pack. I'd think it might have a value of $15-25. digger Check this link Scooter Juice

digger, I found a miniature "smile" soda bottle could I see a picture of it to confirm and what's it worth? chuck

I know of a 4 1/2" tall and a 6" tall. the smallest one sells for about $20-25. Digger

I have an old Clorox bottle that was made in 1950 how much do you think its worth.

Less than $10. Digger

HI IM DAVID FROM COLOMBIA. IíVE GOT A REALLY OLD BOTTLE, IT IS FROM 1575 AND IT SAYS ERVEN LUCAS BOLS AT THE BOTTOM. ITS WHITE WITH SOME DRAWS IN BLUE. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW MUCH IT COULD BE. IT IS NOT PERFECT BUT IT IS QUITE GOOD. I APPRECIATE YOUR INFORMATION. E MAIL ME WHETHER YOU KNOW ITS WORTH OR NOT. THANKS DAVID

my mother has a 1575 bols ballerina bottle. It still plays music. The top of the dress is gold and the bottom is red. Is it valuable. How much do you think its worth Thanks for your help y.buckner

Today I found eight Bols Ballerina bottles on Ebay for sale. The ones without contents, box and good intact labels were either not selling for bringing about $14-20. those with full contents, label and box were bringing closer to $40. Digger.

Hello, My name is Katy Rinker. Iím 11 years old and in 5th grade at Sol Feinstone Elementary School. Newtown, Pa. On October 8th my humanities class and I went on an archeological dig at Tyler Park on the grounds of Bucks County Community College. The area where we were digging was the townís old dump. We found pieces of pottery, glass bottles, cut glass, and even a potbelly stove! The artifact I found is a machine made glass bottle. It is 7 Ĺ inches high and 2 1/3 inches wide. Over the past month I have been collecting information about my bottle. So far I have established that the bottle was machine made during the early 1900ís but not much else. I know that you have a busy schedule but if you have any information that could be useful I really need it. I have included a picture to go with this letter as an attachment. Thank you, pixdavidrin Katy Rinker

Hi Katy Your bottle was probably made between 1910-1914. You see the slight purplish color indicates the presence of manganese (they stopped using this because they need it for the War effort (WWI 1918). The bottle has a crown top which most often indicates a soda bottle. But judging from the shape and the fluting around the base, I am going to guess food sauce of some type maybe even ketchup. Without any other markings it will be difficult to determine the exact use. One similar bottle with fluting around the base like yours was produced from the 1870s through the 1920s. It was Curtice Bros. Blue Label Ketchup. Digger

  Dear Mr odell, Thank-you so much for putting me onto your website - fantastic!!! We recently bought an old house and every so often we dig up an old bottle - 1 1976? Pepsi-cola bottle and 1 as yet unidentified, as well as the Mrs Winslow bottle. You have inspired me to keep looking - I think I'm hooked! This is really fascinating stuff! Thanks again. Karen and Co.

  Thanks for the kind words. Digger

This may seem off the wall but at our annual Christmas Party during a white elephant gift exchange we acquired an old 7up bottle decorated with old Christmas items. It's a round, green glass quart bottle that stands about 11 1/2 inches. The bottom of the bottle is flat and has 113 towards the top of the base circle and the numbers 4 6 towards the bottom. The complete label is covered in some sort of glue (almost looks like calking) so I have no information from it. The cap has been put back on and is a metal cap that says 7up REG.U.S PAT.OFF. The neck of the bottle looks to be a crown top. We are curious as to it's year and possibly history if it's not to much of a hassle. Curiosity struck hard when we realized the flag attached to it has only 48 stars on it. Thank you so much for your help. Curious in Montana, Cynthia

There is a good chance that the 46 on the base is the date.l The flag had 48 stars until 1959, I remember. Sounds like an interesting piece of folk art. Digger

I have a bottle of Triner's American Elixir of Bitter Wine. Is says on the bottom of the label Reliable Stomachic and mild laxative. There is a name on the bottle (engraved into the glass) of a Jos. Triner and Chicago. I am guessing it was made in the early 1900's. The label is in very good shape. Is this a collectors item? Please reply.

Bill Ham's Bitters Book lists three different bottles from this company, one round, one rectangular and one oval. It was listed around 1902 in Druggist Catalogs. With a good label depending upon the exact embossing, I'd say yes it has value. It depends upon which variant you have. Could be $30-60 or more. Above is the trademark. At the left is the trademark information.

Digger

Word Mark TK AMERICAN ELIXIR OF BITTER WINE HORKE VINO
Goods and Services (EXPIRED)BITTER WINE. FIRST USE: 1891.
Filing Date April 17, 1905
Registration Date January 2, 1906
Owner (REGISTRANT) TRINER, JOSEPH INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES NO. 799 SOUTH ASHLAND AVENUE CHICAGO ILLINOIS
Description of Mark THE SAID TRADE-MARK CONSISTS OF A REPRESENTATION OF A BUNCH OF GRAPES AND LEAVES AND A MONOGRAM OF THE LETTERS "TK," ASSOCIATED WITH THE WORDS "AMERICAN ELIXER OF BITTER WINE HORKE VINO."
Renewal 3RD RENEWAL 19660102
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD

  Ever heard of Lee Quality Beverage Company?

I suspect you are talking about the Wisconsin Company. Here's there address and phone number:

Lee Beverage Co., Inc.
3055 McMillan St., Eau Claire, WI 54703
715-832-2959

Lee Beverage Co., Inc.
3031 Oregon St., Oshkosh, WI 54901-7199
920-235-1140

Digger

Digger Just happen to have a 7up bottle I found a long time ago.. It is the 7 oz model with a girl in a bathing suit ,,, looks like.. Made in Nashville Tn.. Any clues? Thanks Rick

I do not think it is any thing too special. I the exact bottle..Nashville and all on Ebay today. No bids in the 7th day of a 10 day auction. First asking bid was $1.50 and no takers. Digger

I purchased this bottle for a gift. Any information such as age, rarity, value and history will be appreciated. Description: Size: 11 1/2 inches tall including porcelain stopper. The base is 3 1/4 inches wide. Mouth: Mold seam goes to top of lip. It has a wire fastener holding the stopper. The stopper has a hole in which the wire goes through. Base: Smooth, no pontil, no wording. Only the rim of the base sets on the surface of table. Shape: Round Label: Raise glass lettering. Description starting at top: It has the words "Trade Mark" with a sunburst type design between the words. The sunburst has an "X" type design in it. Next it has "CRYSTAL BRAND". Next line has "CRYSTAL BOTTLING CO." The next line has "85 ARTHUR STREET". Next line it has "MONTELLO, MASS." Next line it has "CONTENTS 1PINT & 10 FL. OZS". Color: Aqua Condition: Glass is like new. The wire that holds the porcelain stopper is a little rusty. The leather or cork around the stopper is still there. I have not tried to open it. Thank you.

I found Crystal Bottling companies in California, Mississippi and West Virginia but not yours. Sounds like a mineral water or beer. Nice condition might be worth in the $20-40 range, more if someone local wants it and does not have it. Digger

We recently found a clear quart size bottle in a garage. I've had no luck whatsoever finding info online....please help! As stated it is a quart size clear bottle with a rusted, but, intact screw spout on top. On one side is a logo.....The Huffman Mfg Co Dayton, Ohio USA Trustworthy Tools. Two arrows pointing upwards...then a statement...."Fill to line above arrow point one full liquid Quart".On the other side states" approved No.H-28" then just below a triangle with '60 MINN".Any ideas as to how old....it's worth...etc?! Thanks a bunch!!!! Tina Urizar-Hamilton

Your circa 1922-1935 oil can probably worth in the $20-40 range has a nice historic connection to the Huffy Bicycle business. "Horace Huffman had worked in the business (bicycle) since 1900 and by 1922 he was in charge of liquidating the assets of The Davis Sewing Machine Company. He used the profits from the liquidation to form the Huffman Manufacturing Company. To see the rest of this story see the Huffman information. Someone gave a better answer than I could here's the link Oil can Digger

a buddy that hunts and deals in old cars came up with a "quinine whiskey" branded bottle from the trunk of a model t. from Louisville, ky. no further info yet, but he wondered about the history. will try to get photo later when car comes in, any info would be greatly appreciated. tia, rick.

I found reference to an amber ladies leg whiskey embossed Quinine Whiskey Louisville. The style of this sort of bottle fits with the time frame you describe Placing it as a pre-prohibition era whiskey. I could only hazard a guess in amber of about $35-40 although I tend to be conservative in my estimates.

I don't understand. I have a "Udolpho Wolfe's Schiedam Aromatic Schnapps" bottle with a label on it. The label is quite thorough in describing the good properties of the contents, but, it also states that the contents are manufactured in Schiedam Holland. How come while reading your responses to other questions, you sat Udolpho was based in New York / New Orleans? The label is shown at the right.

He was an American importer. Here's an ad identifying him as such. San Antonio Express. the ad indicates he had been in business for 18 year from 1867. Putting him starting in 1849. Plenty of pontiled example exist to support this date. The ad further identifies him as the sole importer and manufacturer. Australian bottle diggers find the same bottles so he was exporting them all over the world. The down under diggers also find: P. Hoppe's Special Schiedam Schnapps, J.T. Beuker's Schiedam Aromatic Schnapps, N.P. Pollen & Zoon, Schiedam, Burke's Schiedam Schnapps. The bottles have also been found in Africa. Many companies were exporting "Schiedam Schnapps. The 1913 Webster's dictionary defines the word Schiedam as meaning, "Holland gin made at Schiedam in the Netherlands". Wolfe had the American market wrapped up as evidenced by how common his bottles are and how rare other schnapps bottle are.

More if you can stand it. United States vs. Holland Gin

This case gives good insight into just where some of the gin might have been made.

Digger

Wolfeís

Aromatic

Schiedam

Schnapps

A superlative

Tonic, diuretic, anti-dyspeptic

and

invigorating cordial.

this medicinal beverage

Is manufactured exclusively at Schiedam, in

Holland, and is warranted not only pure from

every injurious property and ingredient, but of

the best possible quality. Itís extraordinary

Medicinal properties, in

Gravel, Gout, Chronic Rheumatism, Incipient Dropsy

Flatulence, Colic Pains

Of the Stomach or Bowels, whether in Adults

Or Infants,

In all ordinary cases of obstruction in the

Kidneys, Bladder, and Urinary Organs;

In Dyspepsia, whether Acute or Chronic; In General

Debility, Sluggish Circulation of the Blood,

Inadequate Assimilation of Food, and

Exhausted Vital Energy;

Are acknowledged by the whole Faculty

And attested in their highest written authorities.

* The attention of Argents and purchasers are

invited to the signature and address of the Pro-

prietor on this label, and to the title of this

Medicinal Cordial embossed on the sides of the

Bottle as protection against inferior and pernicious

Immitations.

Digger Odell, I recently purchased three flasks and I'd like to know if they're worth more than the $10 I paid for each of them.

I have a few bottles I found in the back yard of my place one day. I was shocked when I unearthed them that they were still in pretty much perfect condition, because I live in Canada and winter can be hard on those things . I'm including pics of the bottles in this email. If you could tell me what they would be worth and what you think of them that would be great. I don't know much about the bottles . One is a Schweppes tonic water 28 ounce bottle and the other is a 7 up bottle. The Schweppes bottle has 1906 on the bottom and the 7 up bottle has 1920 . Thank you for your time. I can send you more pics if you need them. Kevin S Keller

Hi, I was wondering if you could help with a North Carolina bottle, I am from the coast of NC around Morehead City. The bottle is embossed: REGISTERED on shoulder only one side, HAYO-KOLA BOTTLING WKS. INC. MOREHEAD CITY, NC. these words form a circle, HAYO-KOLA is inside the circle. The bottle holds 7 1\2 FLUID OZS. below MINIMUM CONTENTS on back panel there are no other markings it appears the seams go about half way up neck. this is the first pic. and bottle. bottle is clear. The second bottle is MOREHEAD CITY on top of circle with MOREHEAD CITY ,N.C. on bottom of circle with BOTTLING WORKS in center of the circle on the bottom at the base THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE RESOLD in 2 rows on front and MINIMUM CONTENTS 7 FLUID OZS. bottle is Smokey in color under base on bottom is A.G.W 255 both bottles appear to be bim but could be and most likely abm, this bottle also has 6 stars around shoulder. Both were dug up on 11th Shepard in Morehead City, NC. All bottles have seed to medium bubbles and appear to be fairly crude. Could you tell me the value and maybe the history behind these bottles. These are the only two I have heard about .I have 9 bottle books and none of them are in there. While I'm at it here is another one I can't find anything on. This is definitely a mid 1800's bottle it is light green and 5 3\4" tall bottle is in mint condition with label about 99% in tact and very readable no markings and no pontil. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Thank You for Your help. Mervin Fulcher

Your Hayo-Kola bottle probably dates to around 1908-1910. The Brand possibly started in Savannah was was owned by James Ray & Sons. similar bottles are known from Norfolk, Virginia and Savannah, Georgia. I'd guess a value of about $30. The other soda I have no idea. The mark AGW is probably the American Glass Works of Richmond, Virginia in business from 1908-1935. Because there are literally tens of thousands of different soda and variants that were produced in the last 150 years no book could possibly list them all. You would be very unlikely to find them listed anywhere. Your Bee's Laxative Honey and Tar dates to the turn of the century. I found it listed both in 1912 and 1933. I'd guess a value of $15-20 given the completeness and the nice cork pull. Digger

Dear Digger, I have a couple of modern (late 1980's, Bohemian) 1 liter bottles with ground tapering stoppers. I've seen stoppers that -- in addition to being ground -- have a surface that seems to have been etched (?), to limit evaporation (e.g. of hydrochloric acid). Do you know how to treat a ground stopper to get such a smooth surface? If not, do you know a good keyword to search the net with? Regards, Mathias Bage

I do not have a good answer. I think the grinding process leaves the stopper looking as if it has been acid treated but I am not sure if that is the case or if they use a fine grit when grinding. Etching glass stopper would require hydrofluoric acid and would be unnecessarily expensive in my opinion. Digger

Hey... I do alot of scuba diving and find alot of old bottles. I was wondering if you could tell me a good way to clean them. I have been soaking them in vinegar, but it takes for ever and does not get all the barnicles off. Thanks for any help!

You might try dilute hydrochloric acid. I think what might work better is a compound designed to remove lime. Check out some products which could be used in the bathroom or try researching products for cleaning boat hulls. Barnacles are mostly composed of lime and there are non-corrosive cleaners out there. I have never had the need to use such so I cannot recommend anything specific. Once you find a product try it on an inexpensive item or on a small area. Digger

Hello there, I have a few questions on this bottle. I have a chance to buy a E.G. BOOZ'S OLD Cabin whiskey, but I also know that there is lots of reproduction out there. I have been digging bottles for about a year now, and I do not know much, but I will try and describe it the best I can. it has more of a olive color to it then amber, shows lots of wear on base and lots of crudeness to it , It is not open pontil.and a nice glob top on it. and in really good shape. it is not coming from a antique store, but a home the lady want's $100.00 for it. and IM not sure if it is the original E. G. BOOZS Cabin or not did they make reproduction with a glob top ? any help would be appreciated thank you for your time and I have booked marked your web site, love the story on night digging. thank you Lucky Cables Downieville, Califorina

I am sure by the time I have gotten around to answering your question if the bottle is authentic then it is long-gone. You'll need to refer to the article on this site or a copy of McKearn and Wilson's Book on American Glass to learn the subtle differences between some of the early copies and the originals. In either case, it might not be a bad buy. digger.

I have a French seltzer bottle from the 1930s. The chrome plated metal spout says R & H Dussud Thonon. It's blue glass, about 12 inches tall. Any idea what the history of this bottle might be? Thanks

Not much chance of me tracking down the particular company given the distance and reference problem. Seltzer bottles became popular in the mid 19th century. the ad at the right is from the April 1872 Druggist Circular. In the ad they picture their " French Glass Siphons." This company was selling their Mineral Spring Water in the glass siphons. The style and form of these changed very little over the years. Most changes were in the tops. dozens of imporvements and inventions regarding seltzers can be found in the late 19th century. the picture below shows and 1884 siphon top patent. digger

Amber bottle approximately 7 inches tall, markings G.P.Sanborn and Son, UNION across shield with star. Can you advise on value? Thanks for your time,

Nice bottle and very rare as well. Your bottle is a pickle bottle the design was patented by George O. Sanborn (no "e") of Boston, MA. He registered the design May 28, 1882. the original patent drawing is shown below. I guess a value of $250-300 in mint condition. Less with stain, chips or dings. the bottle comes in two sizes: 5"and 8" I believe you have the smaller size . Digger

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CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT MOROLINE WAS. I HAVE A JAR WITH THIS ON IT.

  THANKS

Several others have asked this question. Moroline Digger

I have a pint bottle of old Taylor still sealed with a label that shows distilled in 1913 bottled in 1918. This bottle has a metal cap on it and a label on it for a druggist RX . I also have the original box the bottle came in. The cap has a dent in it , but the seal is not broken. Some evaporation has occurred and the bottle is @ 80% full. Can you give me an approximate idea of its value. Thank You, Tony Fontana

Depends upon the graphics on the box and label. the more colorful and appealing the better the price. But yours sounds very original and ought to bring $50-100 maybe more. Digger

Hi. I recently purchased a saddle flask, supposedly antique and of Asian > > origin. I am trying to find an authority on this subject so that I might > > better understand the origin of this piece. I am wondering if you might > > be able to point me in the direction of such a person. > > > > I would be happy to send digital photographs if necessary. > > > > Thanks in advance for your consideration > > > > Tom Pesacreta

These so-called Persian Saddle Flasks have an obscure history. Not much has been written about them. There was some debate as to whether these were ever produced in America. One was found in a grave dating 1814. In general, these bottles date from the 17th and 18th century. Some were certainly used as saddle flasks. They are surprisingly common. Most, like yours, are crude and beautifully colored. Digger

hey digger I'm currently looking for a Delaware punch bottle 3 sided embossed ice blue - aqua crown top from 192?-30 with ipg in a diamond stamped on bottom and a city name. and would be looking to buy this item if you have any. also I came across a privy today that is wood lined but a few boards are gone and revealed a concrete wall I believe it was also all around the privy. the structure was in pieces around this at least 7 ft drop privy I donít know how deep it really is its currently filled with debris and i may go back with my partner - today we had no rope and i didnít want to chance it. I also found 2 wooden toilet seats and there appears to be a burnt down structure id say at least 40-50 yrs old home. there is also another older structure 70-75 yrs old on property but it just looks like it fell apart along time ago. is concrete lined privy common??? im in southern cal or would this be a waste of time. thanks mel.

Concrete lined privies are very common and a sure sign of a new hole. New by comparison. You will find most of these dating between 1925-1950. You can learn more in The Secrets of Privy Digging. Digger.

We're confused, Mr. O'Dell. I have two Mrs. Stewart's Bluing bottles...one old, one newer but is glass. The older bottle is clear but does not have a label. The older bottle has a red cap alright, BUT has a lady on the label with WHITE hair and no where near looks like the pictures on Mrs. Stewart's Bluing site bottles...new or old. We were under the impression that an ancestor devised this recipe, along with her sisters, to keep her husband's shirts white since he was a Marshal. The pictures are similar. I have looked at the Mrs. Stewarts Bluing site and we are more confused than ever now. Especially since these bottles do not resemble any of the ones pictured. We were told the relative sold her recipe outright for $500.00. I want to clarify as much as possible as this information is going in an archival family history album and I would like it as accurate as possible. There are 7 members left and all say the same thing. Would you know where to go to find what the label looked like for the bottle on the left? Here is our pictures of the bottles we have. You help is appreciated. Sincerely, Bill and Noreen Stewart

Your labeled bottle clearly indicates it is for automatics. I think this would indicate it is rather late possibly in the 1950s or early 60s. The product was first used in 1890 according to some trademark reference others give the 1883 date. Companies regularly update their labels especially when they show a human face and hair. Hair styles come and go and companies often promote their products with a "more-up-to-date-" picture. See below. The 1970 trademark says the picture of the woman's head is fanciful-meaning it is not modeled after a real person. So I am not surprised that the bottle does not look like the older ones. Here is the company that owns the trademark they might be able to tell you some additional history. LUTHER FORD PRODUCTS COMPANY DBA LUTHER FORD PRODUCTS CO. CORPORATION MINNESOTA 100 N. 7TH ST. MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA 55403 Here's their web site Mrs Stewart. Better still here is the history of the company they put online. Digger

First filed 1924

Filed 1970


  Digger Odell,
I recently purchased three flasks and I'd like to know if they're worth more than the $10 I paid for each of them.
The first flask has the bust of Jefferson Davis on one side and Robert E Lee on the other with their names as well. Around the busts is a design of stars and what looks like the Confederate flag. The color is amethyst and the height of this BIM bottle is 7 1/2". The top is a slight sloping collar that looks close to a smooth collar. It shows the horizontal marks of the hand tooling. The bottle has a smooth base and is in mint condition. The second flask has clasping hands in a shield on one side, with the word "UNION" and on the other side is what looks like a dove with some other stuff that I can't describe. The bottle is aqua blue and is about 9" tall. This BIM bottle is a calabash type. It has a sloping collar again with horizontal hand tooling marks. The base is smooth with a round upward indentation. It is also in mint condition. The third flask I think may well be a reproduction. It has a bust of Washington on one side also with the words "ALBANY GLASS WORKS ALBANY N. Y.". On the other side is a sailing ship. The BIM bottle is emerald green and is 6" tall. It has a smooth lip that looks like a tool was clamped on but not spun. There are slightly visible vertical lines on the neck. The base looks like an open pontil but seems too perfect. The indentation is like a perfect circle and around the edge of the circle it is not rough. There is a slightly raised roughness around the edge of the circle but it looks like if it was an open pontil it was smoothed out by heating the glass so it would melt and smooth out. There is also a faint indentation of an X on the bottom. If you look at the base as being the shape of a hexagon with two longer sides, make a line from two short sides to their opposite short side...that is what I see. I hope this isn't too confusing. I would like to send a picture but I have no way to do that. Thanks for any information that you can give. Andrew Beelen Allendale, Michigan

I'd give $20 and you can double your money. The first one sounds new. the second sounds old. the thrid sounds great. But as you said...I would like to give you a price estimate but without a picture to know if they are old I have no way to do that. There are interesting reproductions of the Albany bottle that would be worth the ten buck by themselves. digger

I have a large one gallon whiskey bottle made by Canadian Club whiskey. It is from 1965 because there is a sticker onb the bottle from it being imported. It is still unopened and in the original box. If you could help me price this bottle or point me to someone who could, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Dave

$25-30. Digger

i there, I happened across your website and was VERY interested in the "fish" bottles. However, do I see a mistake on your site??? The Eli Lilly "fish" Cod Liver Oil bottle came in an 8 oz size and a pint size. How do I know? Because I have a fish "salesman sample" bottle (the 3 " size) with everything original including the cork. On the flat underneath side which is what it would sit on IF not sitting on the end opposite the cork, the label which is in excellent condition (has some tiny marks) says that it comes in those two sizes.... I would be interested in knowing if it did indeed come in a four oz. size also and I would then wonder why the label on the salesman sample only says 8oz and pint. The bottle I have is exactly 3" long and is yellowish/med. goldfish - not dark amber. You can read thru it. It is one of 9 known to exist. That's why mine stays in my safety deposit box. I have not seen another one with the label, but I have had one in my hand that did not have the label or the cork. I recently asked a "known expert" online how much he thought it was worth without telling him just how much I know about it and he said $10!!!!! HAHA!

You seem to take some delight in others mistakes. Pretty much what I was able to find out, I put into the article. Perhaps you'd like to contribute and send a picture for the article. Digger

Hi Digger, I recently picked two miniature whiskey bottles that had been converted into lighters. An "Old Joe" bottle has a picture of Joe Peyton in the upper left corner and says, Founder of Original Old Joe Distillery 1818" and the information about the brand name, description of contents, and where it was bottled which was Old Joe Distilling Co. in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. On the back, it says that it is distributed by "21" Brands Inc. The label is painted on. The other one is "Stillbrook" It has an actual label on the front and a smaller label on the back. Would you know if these were advertising lighters or if they were whiskey bottles converted into lighters? Also, would you know when these bourbon whiskey companies were discontinued? I was told by the seller that these dated to the 1950s. Thanks much, Charles

I really am not sure but would suspect they were made as lighters not converted. Here's link about the History of the Old Joe distillery. The company changed hands about 1934. The name Stillbrook was registered about 1936. the 1950s date is reasonable. I found other bottle shaped lighters some for beer. digger

To Whom it May Concern; While remodeling a building in Kenosha, WI, I discovered a bottle inside the wall. The building was built in the 1800's, no exact date. The bottle is embossed with "W F MARTIN KENOSHA WIS." inside an oval. W F MARTIN is in the top 40% of the oval, KENOSHA is centered, and WIS. is the lower 40 % of the oval. I asked the Kenosha County Historical Society to help me date the bottle when I found it in the early 90's. They were able to find that the bottle came from a soda water company (W F MARTIN) that operated in Kenosha in the 1800's. This is consistent with when the building was built. They were able to tell me that the bottle was most likely manufactured in Milwaukee, WI for W F Martin. The bottle is in pristine condition, however the stopper (which fits inside the bottle) has dry rot on the seal which has only about 10% still holding, and the spring is cracked and has no tinsel strength at all. I believe it is a Hutchinson style stopper. The bottle appears to be made from 4 pieces, front, back, top, and bottom. Does this bottle have any value and could you narrow the age down some for me? Thanks.

Date circ: 1879-1915 Hutchinson stoppers were used. Value is probably $20-30. digger

I found this bottle in old out house, I want know about this bottle. I found it in glass but not in stoneware, its marked in raised letter. Atwoods Jaundice Bitters Formerly made by Moses Atwoods Georgetown, Mass. Bottle measures 5 5/8 tall, has 12 panel side, hold about 5oz of liquid. Any information would be appreciated what history, and value. Thanks Forrest

When I first read your letter, I did not believe it. I still find it hard and wondered if the bottle had been covered with some material. But if it is stoneware you have a unique and unlisted find. This is one of the most common bitters bottle around. they come in a wide variety of types ages and embossings. I would think yours would be about the best Atwood's around. I'd expect it to bring several hundred dollars at auction. Digger

I am trying to find information about a bottle. The bottle is a clear ABM with a crown top and smooth base. The brand name is Choc-O-Loc and it was bottled by the Choc-O-Loc Bottling Co. Grand Prairie, Texas. It is a 7 Fl. Oz bottle with the following embossed on the base: L-G 590-7 7 FL OZ 59 I have not been able to find anything on the brand or the Choc-O-Loc Bottling Co. Any information you could provide would be appreciated. Thanks, James Barnes

Not much I am afraid. This is tough one. There still is a bottling company in Grand Prairie, called Republic Beverage. They might be the owners but I could not establish this. digger.

HI DIGGER IM A NEW COLLECTOR I HAVE TAKIN A LIKIN TO MANY STYLES OF BOTTLES BUT MOST OF ALL I LIKE JUMBO PEANUT BUTTER JARS IF YOU COULD TELL ME A WEBSITE WITH INFO ABOUT THESE JARS I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT LIKE VALUE MAYBE A LIST OF ALL THE SAYINGS AND OTHER STYLES OF THE FRANK TEA COMPANY BOTTLES MANY THANKS SHANE HUTCHINSON

I could not find a site dedicated to these Jars. Tom Caniff has a book called "The Label Space" He has a whole chapter devoted to these jars and their history. He writes a regualr column for the Antique Bottle and Glass Collector Magazine. Get a copy today and learn more. Digger

Hi, Do you happen to know of a source for reproductions of old bottle labels? And is there a site that could help me identify bottles? I unearthed what appears to be a pottery flask in the shape of a tobacco pouch. It's so thin that I'm surprised my digging didn't harm it. Thank you for your time. Chuck

I know of no such source. Digger

Hi! I went to an estate sale and found a plate marked "Erven Lucas Bols. Anno_1575 Amsterdam. Mad in Holland." I know you deal with bottles but I was wondering if you have seen or know anything about this plate or manufacturer? Thanks! David Pope San Antonio, TX

I know this was a huge company and I get tons of questions about their bottles. Most of the bottles are very common. I do not know about other advertising collectibles for this company. Digger

I just found your site and am excited about discussing two "Ball & Claw" bottles I have. It's a bit late tonight for me to go into details, but I'm relieved to have found a resource to help me do my "detective work" as I find that is half the fun of owning interesting objects. It will be intriguing to discover if I have a repro or not. I also have a 1960 Jim Beam figural bottle , the Democratic Donkey in formal dress, I believe it is missing its pocket watch, but I'm still hopeful of finding the companion Elephant of that year eventually. I'll catch up with you when I have time to make photos and record details. Today I flew from Ohio to Baltimore with my new treasure, the security guy almost dropped it when he was re-wrapping it at the checkpoint. I think I made him nervous when I told him to be careful as it was antique glass. ha ha ! ,next time I'll just be quiet. Truly, Don Mullins,

Good luck on your search. Digger

Hi, Question: I found an old Listerine bottle. It is clear, with raised letters, about 6 in. tall, with what looks like a cork top opening. It is in good condition, about 3 in wide. #8 is on the bottom, Lambert Pharmacal Company in raised letters located near the lower part of the bottle. Do you know of a date of the bottle, and is it worth anything? Thank you for your time. Roberta J & R Rancho

About 1910-1930 and $1-2. Digger

HI,I HAVE A BLUE COCA COLA BOTTLE,ITS A HOBBLESKIRT WITH THE NAME REED AROUND THE BOTTOM,IF U NOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT COULD U EMAIL ME AND IF ITS WORTH ANYTHING.THANKS EDDIE

I am afraid i do not. Maybe a reader can help. Digger

Hi Digger, Researching your site and others believe these to be ink bottles, but not sure about the one on the right. The one on the left is 2 1/2" tall, and 2 1/4" across the bottom. It has two seams that go just below the lip. There appears to be a small polished pontil mark on the bottom about 3/8" across. Also small glob of glass inside the pontil. The other bottle is 2 5/8" tall and about 1 1/2" across the bottom. There appear to be no seams. There is also a "P" embossed on the bottom. Both bottles are a light green. Both have small bubbles in the glass. Whatever you can tell me would be appreciated. I know you are busy, so, if you like, I can come to your house for a couple of days or so, bring all my bottles, and you can identify them all. LOL. Thanks, Joe

I appreciate the offer Joe but I can't even handle all the questions I get on line. Now if you want to drop them off that might be another story. You are correct.. You have two inks bottles. The form on the left is called a cone ink and the other is a recorder type ink. The style is similar to the cabin inks which were made to look like a cabin or school house. Both are common and date to the 1890s. Neither ink would have a pontil. Digger

Dear Digger, I have just purchased a bottle embossed GEO. W. LAIRD & CO./OLEO-CHYLE. This bottle is listed in your book Volume5/Medicines, in the upper right corner of p. 43. I was wondering if you know what the label on this particular specimen read; specifically, where was the bottle/contents manufactured from? If you could send this information to me I would be greatly appreciative. Thank You, Charles Blake

I enlarged the label shown at right enough to be able to read that Geo. Laird was at 44 Park Place , New York. The contents were essentially Cod Liver Oil. digger

Can you tell me if these bottles are worth anything. If you need more information on them I will try to get it thanks a lot. Brenda

Brenda, I am sure they worth something they are typical of the ceramic decanter that have been produced as "collectibles." I'd guess a value between $10-20 apiece.

Hi, I am interested in purchasing amethyst sun purpled pumkinseed bottles especially from Oregon. I have an extensive collection of amethyst bottles that includes all kinds of whiskey, beer, and shot glasses. Do you know of any books that deal only in purple glass? I also have numerous lanterns, pitchers, mugs, jars, insulators, lamps and also anything that is purple. Garth Ziegenhagen

Garth, when collectors first began looking for old bottles in the 1960s. Finding the "desert bottles" was the thing to do. these bottles were purpled from the sun. As the hobby matured people began looking for other colors. You will not find such a book. Your specialty is a wonderful idea that will allow you to continue collecting and offer a wide variety. Caution some bottles recently have been irradiated and very deep purples have been a result in some cases much deeper than the typical sun-colored bottle. Digger

20 years ago my husband bought this bottle at a garage sale. It is totally covered with leather and has no markings. It has a cork with a square headed nail in the top. The bottle inside appears to be amber. The bottle is about 8-9 inches tall. I have searched without any luck. Any information anyone has would be helpful. I just don't know where to start there are no markings the leather goes all the way to the top of the neck. Whiskey bottle?? The cork also appears to have leather on it. Help. J

Most of the leather covered bottles were either canteens or spirits bottles. Without seeing a picture, I can't say much either. Digger.

Mr, Odell,
I have a "broken pontiled" light green or aqua 24 rib swirl flask I purchased about 5 years ago. The antique dealer here in Zanesville said it was a Zanesville bottle and he said he got it from a collector in California that also said this. Were 24 rib swirls made only in Zanesville, Ohio. I can send you a picture of this if you want to see it. Thank You,
Phillip Bohn

Mr. Odell, Thank you for writing back. I have attached two pictures of this bottle. Have you ever dug in Zanesville, Ohio? Just wondering. You probably know of the glass manufacturing history. Thank You, Phillip Bohn

You do have a nice piece of glass Phillip. There is a hard to find book called Zanesville, Ohio and the Glass Industry An Enduring Romance by J. William Barrett II. He has a short chapter on Club style bottles which is what your broken 24 rib swirl would be classified as being. The broken swirl variety is the more common style. Yours is swirled to the left. The bottle is possibly made in Zanesville circa 1840-1850. this 24 rib club style bottle is generally consider to be found in the Pittsburgh-Monongehela and Ohio regions. A bottle very similar to yours is shown in McKearnin & Wilson's Book American Bottles and Flasks. it has a label indicating it was from a drugstore. Xenia, Ohio. the 24 ribs mold was used at Zanesville, New Geneva and possibly Pittsburgh. This is the most common rib count number. Digger.

I bought this bottle about fifteen years ago at an old junk store. the bottle is more or less bowling pin shaped the inside of the bottle is divided into four separate chambers there are no visible seams on the outside of the bottle there is a thickened ring about 1 inch down from the top and another about 4 inches down from the top the base is about 1/2 inch thick the glass looks to be very light gray in color with a light rainbow sheen to it there are air bubbles in the glass there are no stamps or markings at all i was told that this was an old liquor or medicine bottle the bottle is about 12inches tall please let me know if you can identify this for me thank you roy

Sounds like the Bols bottle that had various liquers such as creme-de-menthe. they are quite common. You will find other questions through other months about the same bottle and several pictures of them as well. They routinely show up in flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales. Value is under $10. Digger.

I have a Leisy brewing co. of Peoria Il beer pitcher with six steins in mint condition I was curious as to how much they might be worth thank you for your time. nina

This is out of my realm of expertise Nina. I'd suggest Ebay for a price comparison. Digger.

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Hello! Just have a quick question, I found this bottle years ago while in the woods, I kept it because it was a neat find, I believe it is pretty old because of the way it was made. It looks as if it was a blown in mold, it has air bubble trapped inside the glass as well as having a blob top, I believe. The bottom of the bottle on the inside is uneven, thicker on one side than the other. It is an aqua green in color. It has raised letters on the front and on the back. The front has: D.L. Ormsby& Son, 423, West 16th St. The back of the bottle has: XX. I have attached some pictures to this e-mail to further explain the piece to you. Would you be able to give me an estimated year from when the bottle was made? Would you also be able to tell me what the ďXXĒ stands for in the back? Is it a symbol for some type of liquor? I am just very curious and was wondering if you would be able to help me. Thank you very much! Valentin Torres

Great question Valentin but I kind of got into trouble trying to do a search on XX on the internet. DO NOT try this at home. The XX as a trademark was generally meant as a symbol of EXTRA strength or maybe flavor. Your bottle appears to be a soda bottle not an alcoholic beverage although it maybe an ale. "XXX" was associated with beer and maybe have originated with the marking of Xs on the barrels to show a tax had been paid thus insuring the quality of the product. Similar origins have been suggested for XXX on whiskey barrels which could be reused only three times and each time an X was painted on the barrel. In your bottle's case, I tend to lean toward the trademark extra strength theory. Digger.

Hi, I have an old glass pitcher with measurements in gills, "t" cups , liquid and dry weights. It also has three sentences printed up the sides, including. Good milk contains 10% cream, 1 pound sugar makes 1 pint, and 1 pound butter makes 1 pint. It is clear glass with raised lettering. Can you tell me anything about this. It was given to me as a gift several years ago. Thanks , Susan Byington

No markings on the base? I can't be much help. I'd guess 1950s. Digger.

My father has a bottle, green in color, with the lettering John E. Lightbourn, Bermuda on it. The unique part is that it is shaped like a cod fish head and there is a marble in it as a stopper. Apparently, the bottles were stored upside down and the marble would fit in the opening to prevent liquid from escaping. When you wanted to have a drink, you would tip the bottle back and the marble would be caught between the cod's eyes. It's very different from anything I've seen and I can't seem to find any info on it via the internet. Any info you could provide would be appreciated. Thanks... L.M. Powell

If you do a search on the word CODD, you will find lots of information these days about your bottle. You can read my article on my Home page about Codd bottles to learn lots more. Digger.

hi I found your web site just looking around for my dad, Iím trying to find out some information about a Seagramís crown royal 1954 liquor bottle that it a full medium size bottle has the tax paid stamp on it and the seal has not been broken and has a book that is one it it says on the front of the book a gift for a king it just talks about the whisky dose not have the box or the bag that it comes in if it even had a bag at that time we were just wondering if you would know about what it would be worth. thanks Ashley.

I can only guess at the value. Perhaps $20. The bigger problem is where to sell it if that is the idea. Digger.

How much would a Casa Vento bottle from a Cleveland Ohio wine import company be worth it is about 3 feet 8 inches tall, the bottle is green and is kind of shaped like a sword fish.

Since I have had half a dozen questions on these bottles I am beginning to think the Casa Vento Company imported quite a few figural wine bottles over the years. Value would be $25-35. There is a small number of collectors for these very large figurals. Imagine trying to display them. Here's a link to some other of their bottles. Casa Vento

Hi digger! I found your site doing a search for pricing info. I have this same bottle someone wrote you about in March. Part of their description is as follows: The next bottle is 6 7/8'' long by 2 1/8'' wide the seam does not run into the lip and has another seam around the neck. This opening is not rounded like most it is more flat. It has California Fig Syrup Co. Califig, written vertically all in capitals. Sterling Products ( Inc) Successor written vertically in capitals but smaller case size. I have the exact bottle but one weird thing. I'm not sure if these like bottles I've found online are the same(maybe no one noticed) or if it was intentional but mine in the embossing has a misspelling. In the Sterling Products line they've misspelled "Products" as "Products". I know mistakes often make these old bottles more desirable, is this one of those cases? Thanks so much for your time and trouble. I'm sure you are swamped but I'd greatly appreciate any info/ response you might have! Happy New Year! Terri / Stormy

Depends upon the bottle in this case the bottle is so common even such an error would not make it valuable. I think I have seen this mold error. The bottle is worth maybe $5. Digger.

Hello - thank you for answering questions for us. I have a Jim Beam bottle with a drawing on the label of Norman Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post of a baseball player. The bottle is empty. Can you please tell the value of this bottle? The bottle was bought in the early 1970s. Thanks - Susan

Click HereI found this Norman Rockwell Beam bottle listed for $75.00. Digger

Hi I have an old bottle that I would appreciate some information on if you could do that for me----it's a cobalt blue, the top--below the neck, has "32 fluid oz." embossed on it; the bottom has "Carter's" on the outer rim, the middle has "C 11", and below that is a #1. Thanks for any help. Jim

Sounds like a quart sized Carter's ink. they made these for quite a few years and some were machine amde and some were not. The most popular of these with collectors are the 3 sizes of the cathedral master. They usually sell for over $75. The rest of the Carter masters probably sell (for the non-machine made ones) in the $20-40 range. Machine made screw top ones with labels can bring $20-70. Those without labels much less. Digger

Can you tell be where to find a good website or BOOK with information about crocks... makers, prices/value, etc.? Thanks, Lisa

Most price guides do not give much history about the makers. I do not know of a good general book on crockery. You can find general price guides at the mall book stores on this topic. Digger.

I found a milk bottle that has a name embossed of "Catalina Dairy (of) Artesia." I assume it is an antique milk bottle of this dairy company, but I am unable to find any information. If you can help, please let me know. Ricky

I was able to locate an Artesia New Mexico. but nothing about your specific bottle. Digger

how much are these bottles worth? they are milk of magnesia, 7 oz. Canada Dry, and two 6 1/2 oz. Dr Pepper bottles

  I say $10 for the group given the condition. Digger

Hello Digger, Could you please help me identify this embossing I found on a piece of beach glass in Grand Cayman. The attached Tiff File has a rather accurate drawing a full description of the glass and embossing. Thank you very much for the time and effort to assist me in this FUN mystery! Take Care and Happy Holidays! -Leigh Woody

What you have is a British Registration Mark. The Roman Numeral III indicates that the item is glass. A I was for metal, a II for Wood a II for Glass and IV for ceramics. The letter E is the month of May. The A might be the year mark which would be 1871 or 1845. The bottle is probably a food bottle. Digger

I have found a bottle that says Moonshine Chemical Co. It has a half moon with a man's face on it. Amber bottle, about 10" high. On the bottom it has 6 46 5 and a triangle in between these numbers. Once I clean it up I can send pics of it. I can't find any info on the Moonshine Co. On the top sides it is embossed full quart no refills. Is it of any value? Any info would be appreciated. Bill Haas bottle found in Pittsburgh PA area

Bill, I could not find anything on this company. Maybe a reader will know. Digger

Hi Digger, I'm out on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and I have just started digging bottles. I just found one with Pee Chee Cleveland, O. on the bottom can you tell me what it is? Thanks, John Doyle

No, I can't it might have something to do with glue or ink as the name is registered by companies making school supplies and was first used in 1943. digger

Word Mark "CANADIAN CLUB" BLENDED CANADIAN WHISKY DISTILLED AND BOTTLED UNDER CANADIAN GOVERNMENT SUPERVISION BY HIRAM WALKER & SONS LIMITED WALKERVILLE ONTARIO, CANADA TRADEMARKS AND LABEL STYLE REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. BY HIRAM WALKER & SONS, INC. IMPORTED IN BOTTLE BY HIRAM WALKER IMPORTERS INC., DETROIT, MICH. THIS WHISKY IS IS 6 YEARS OLD 86.6 U.S. PROOF
Goods and Services IC 033. US 049. G & S: WHISKEY. FIRST USE: 18910000. USED IN ANOTHER FORM THE REPRESENTATION OF A SHIELD, A CROWN ABOVE THE SHIELD, AND THE LETTER "W" PRODUCED UPON THE FACE OF THE SHIELD HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY USED AS A TRADE-MARK BY APPLICANT'S PREDECESSORS FROM WHOM TITLE IS DERIVED, SINCE JUNE 14, 1887; AND THE WORDS "CANADIAN CLUB" HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY USED AS A TRADE-MARK BY APPLICANT AND APPLICANT'S PREDECESSORS FROM WHOM THE TITLE IS DERIVED SINCE JUNE 14,1887. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 1891

digger, I found a bottle in Cotulla, tx that is from walkerville, can. and says its from Hiram and sons. it has the w seal on it, it is a one pint amber bottle. no where does it state Canadian club, so I think it was before walker changed the name of his whisky, do you have any idea of the value?

Mark registered 1935

I do not think your bottle is before 1935. the lack of the word Canadian club is explained by the fact they could not claim it as part of their mark as it was already in the public domain or previously registered. I' guess $3-5 without the label. Digger

I recently dug this bottle and can't seem to find any info on it, hope you can help me!? Bottle found while digging in a Paterson, New Jersey park. 6 1/2 inches tall with 2 1/2 inch bottom cylinder in shaped body. 2 seams running from neck to base. There is a brass type of stopper that looks like a figure eight which fits in the neck of the bottle with the rubber stopper at the bottle of the neck. If you push the stopper downwards the shape of the brass handle of the stopper fits into the shape of the neck of the bottle and holds it in place while pouring out the contents, whatever it was? On bottle embossed: Wm T ALLEN & SON PATERSON N.J. REGISTERED On the back of bottle in a circle design is the motto: "LIVE AND LET LIVE" Then there's a design which appears to have a A over lapping an S with a & sign beneath them. "TRADE MARK" I also found the remains of a much larger bottle with the same design. The park where the bottle was found is a very old park and I think I may have come across an old dump site!? Any info on this type of bottle and circa would be very appreciated! Thanks!

From your description the stopper sounds a bit like a Hutchinson style except I have never seen a brass one. I would love to see a picture. Digger

I have a thermos bottle it says on the bottom-thermos carafe. American thermos bottle co. ny u,s,a,patent no 13093,march 15 1910 June 20 1911 pat.no 995985 what is the value?

If complete, I'd think it might be worth $40-50 Digger.

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Hi, I have searched all over the internet for information on this Coke Bottle I have not been able to find anything. Its patent date is 1925 it was bottled in Kansas City Missouri. Each side of the bottle has a face of an Indian. Around the throat of the bottle it reads CC SODA. It is a 6 1/2 ounce Bottle. Thanks See below Digger your bottle sounds similar. CC SODA was a product bottled at coke plants but was not Coke. I found several with CC Soda embossed without the Indian head for under $8. Digger

Thank you for your info on the Big Chief. The bottle I have is embossed, not painted. There is an embossed big chief, feathers and all, and an embossed Big Chief name. Since I have both embossing and you stated "earlier bottles were embossed" do you have an idea how much earlier than 1940 they might have been manufactured? The Internet and folks like you continue to amaze this retired person! If you can let me know before Christmas, great, if not, after Christmas is ok since I will be able to get the information to the person. Hope your holidays a good also! Joyce

The earliest reference I could find was the a patent date of 1925. Below is the description of two from different cities. I know there were many others as well some clear and some aqua. The painted label ones come from the 1940-1950 period. Value

Hope this is an easy one for you. My husband works for Ace Paving out of Bremerton, WA and oddly enough he dug up a bottle with a 'textured' ace of spades with an A in the middle. Also says ACE under this. It is clear. On the bottom, 31/2 FL OZ and (maybe) an L with .5. Cap appears to be screwed on and is very rusty. We are wondering about history and value. thanks for any help, Nancy

No record of any trademark registration. sorry, I could not find anything else. Digger

hello digger, I was wondering if u could tell me the value and or history of a bottle I recently dug up. it is a clear cube shaped bottle with an offset neck. (the neck is in the corner) it is about 2 '' wide and about 2 1/2'' tall. good condition ,it says carters ink on the bottom and made in u.s.a on one of the sides. I m sure it isnít worth much but the curiosity is killing me. I havenít been able to find ANY information on it anywhere. thanks so much for your time. amber

Information about a very similar bottle is shown below. It has a value of $20-25. Digger.

Hello, I am asking this for my father, he has a 1971 Ezra brooks whiskey decanter never been opened, the whiskey was 12 years old in 1971, it is a football that says "Go Big Red" with a hat from the Nebraska football team serial number is 17 and is heritage china and also has a gold base that is 14k gold plated. He was curious of the price and would be interested in selling. If you could find out for me I would appreciate it kindly. Christy smith

I'd say say in the $20-25 range. Ebay would be the best place to offer this bottle. digger

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I have a case of coke cola bottles in org. wooden case dated dec.25 1923 is there any value on them. About $5-10 depending upon the city embossed on the base. Digger

Hi. You appear to be an expert on "bottles" can you recommend a site or place where I might purchase one or two, 1/2 Gallon Amber/Brown Milk Bottles in mint condition. Thanks...Ebay would be my guess. Today I found several gallon and several quart amber milks for sale...no 1/2 gallon but I'd expect they will come up. Digger

Hi Digger, I am not a bottle collector, but recently while on a hunting trip on a ranch West of Ft. Worth, Texas, I found a bottle in a freshly plowed field that before that had been a grove of mesquite trees. I have tried to do some research, but as an amateur I am somewhat confused. This bottle is clear, slightly stained, is 3 1/8" tall and 4" in circumference. I can make out slight measurement lines that appear to be marked 25 and 30 mils respectively. The top appears to be a square applied top that would use a cork stopper, however there are mold seams around the circumference of the base, up both sides over the top of the lip, and under the circumference of the lip. The bottom appears to be a smooth base with a possible "Owens" ring mark. There is no brand or name on the bottle, however the base is what intrigued me. It is marked with what appears to be a capital "I" inside a circle, which is then inside a horizontal diamond. On the left side of this is the number 7, on the right the number 9 and below the mark is the date 1845. I do not feel this an old bottle but due to the location of the discovery, and that Texas achieved statehood in 1845, I am curious as to what it may be. I would like to know the age , the rarity, value and history if possible.

The Owen's mark of the I inside of a circle has been in sue only since 1954. The I inside of the Cirlce surrounded by the diamond was used from 1929-1954. the number to the left of the mark is Plant number where the bottle was made. the seven is for Alton, IL. The number to the right is the year date number and the number (s) below in this case 1845 are mold detail. Digger

 

I FUND A TRASH PIT THAT WAS STARTED IN 1903 UNTIL ABOUT 1940. AT WHAT AGE ARE BOTTLES ANTIQUE'S? THANKS VERY MUCH. E HASKETT

Usually the term antique means something 100 years old. I think the better question is What bottles are collectible? there is many bottles even from the 1950-60 period that can command 100s of dollars. Often age is not the primary factor in value. digger

Dear Digger, Hoping you can help. Have searched the libraries and the web with no luck. Found a blue seltzer bottle in grandparent's basement. Would like to find approximate date and value. Attached are several pix. I do not know much about bottles but here goes: 1. EMBOSSING appears acid etched. It's not a deep embossing; it's almost flat. The front reads: "RIDGEDALE Home Service BEER DIST. RIDGEWOOD N.Y. CAP. 26 OZ. REG." The design is of a dancing show girl with a top hat, brassiere type top, short shorts, and wearing gloves and heels, and appearing as if coming on stage out of the curtains. There's also a man playing piano behind her, and two musical notes hanging in space. 2. SIZE is 9" high bottle only. It's about 3-3/4" wide side to side. There's a cap that I'm not 100% sure went with it but I believe it did. It's silver in color and sits about 2-1/2" high. It reads "RIDGEDALE BEER DIST. 58". The reason I'm not sure is that even with the metal/glass insert, it doesn't seat a tight fit. The metal and glass insert is 8-3/8" high. 3. MOUTH: I don't see a seam in the bottle at all but one of the photos may be helpful. 4. BASE: The base reads "BOTTLE MADE IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA". There is some scratching from wear. 5. SHAPE: The bottle is round and the base is somewhat flat. 6. LABEL, DESIGN (See 1 above). 7. COLOR: Deep cobalt blue 8. CONDITION: The base has scratches from wear. The bottle has various scratches and some dings. Thanks for all of your help. Mary Anne Corwin

Mary Anne, your seltzer is one of the most interesting a appealing I have seen. It is unusual to have so much design etching and even a picture. The advertising also not typical being for beer. Judging from the scene and the style, I'd guess a date between 1934-1945. I'd guess it to be post-prohibition. In 1934, after the prohibition against the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages was repealed by the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1933, the New York State Legislature enacted the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law which created the State Liquor Authority and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The fact that your bottle has "Beer Dist. 58" indicates it was bottled under that authority. If it were mine I'd hard pressed to part with it for less than $100-150. I love it. digger

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I have a clear quart jar glass milk bottle. It says Meyer's Blue Ribbon Milk, 55th Anniversary. I understand it was made in 1952 in Clarion PA. by Duraglass. Can't seem to find out much else. I also have a glass jar that had Moroline petroleum jelly in it. It is difficult to read the lid as it is pretty rusty. Would you know anything about this jar or the company? Would appreciate any info. Thanks csm

Could not find anything about the Meyer's Milk but the Moroline Petroleum jelly was made between 1931 and 1991 by St Joseph Laboratories of Memphis, Tennessee. Trademark for the name was first registered in 1931. Digger.

Hey Digger, I don't collect bottles, but I find a few metal detecting. I found a best foods mayonnaise jar where an old house was. They pick it up and moved it. It is holds about 8oz. has 4 flat sides. The label is faded and mostly gone. It looks as if it is painted on. The bottom reads "Best Foods DES PAT. 80918" it has an oval with a diamond through it and the # 's 2, 8, 8, around it. Just wondering about the age. And if it is worth something to someone. Thanks for you help. Snooks (Weaverville,NC)

It is an interesting looking jar which was designed by Walter D. Teague of New York assignor to Turner Glass Corp of Terre Haute, Indiana in 1930. Best Foods is (or was) owners of such famous brands a Hellmann's Mayonaise, Karo Syrup, Mazola. I'd think it might have a value of $5-8. Digger.


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Digger, we live in an old mining town in north central Colorado. We are always finding remnants from the miners. In the spring of 2000. my children and I became bottle diggers. Most of the bottle manufacturers I have been able to identify but the one I have been stumped by is FHGW. I know you have had questions about this one before and were not able to identify the manufacturer. Do you have any ideas on where I could research this? The bottles which were found with the FHGW bottles I have been able to identify as from the 1880's. This makes since because our town was a booming mining town during the late 1800's. Some of the other bottle manufacturers which were found were WIS. GLASS Co MIL., G Co, B G Co, L G Co, A & D H C, C.V. Co No 2. I am quit fascinated that these bottles were manufactured in other parts of the country and made it here probably by wagon. Anyway, if you could direct me on where I could research FHGW I would be grateful. By the way, we are hooked bottle diggers now.

The best source I have is Toulouse's Book on Bottle Makers and their marks in which he says, "The FHGW mark has been seen on several handmade beers, amber finished for corks as found in western ghost towns. The technique of the laid-on ring does not suggest an earlier date than 1880." Touslouse attributes the mark to Frederick Hampson Glass Works Salford 5 Lane, England, 1851 or Frederick Hampson Ltd. Digger.

HELLO, I HAVE A BOTTLE THAT IS 9 1/2" TALL, NECK IS 1 1/2" ROLLED LIP. IT HAS A PURPLE CAST TO IT WHICH I THINK THAT CALL SUN COLORED AMETHYST. THERE IS AN EAGLE IN A CIRCLE. THE EAGLE IS A SIDE VIEW WITH OUT STRETCHED NECK AND WINGS UP. THERE IS NOTHING ELSE ON BOTTLE EXCEPT A LITTLE PIECE OF BROWN PAPER ON BOTTOM. THE BOTTLE IS WIDE AND ROUNDED STARTING A NECK AND GET A LITTLE SLIMMER GOING DOWN TO BOTTOM. I HAVE SEARCHED BOOKS FOR THIS BOTTLE AND HAVE COME REAL CLOSE. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP ON THIS IT YOU CAN. I CAN SEND AN ATTACHMENT NEXT TIME IF NEEDED. THANKS SHARON NAULLS

I suspect this is your bottle. I had this one at one time. It is listed in the newest Mckearnin & Wilson American Bottles and Flasks. I have seen it in two sizes this being the smaller of the two. The bottle sells for $40-50. Not much is known about its origins. Digger

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Hello, I found this old bottle and have been unable to find one like it so far. It's about 9 1/4" tall. Front has embossed K and has a picture in blue and white of a city skyline and reads "TOPS" across the sky area. Below says "Enriched with Dextrose". Below embossed with Trade Mark Rec, US Patent Office.

Back side has large embossed K and blue and white lettering "Looks Are Deceiving". Then it has a picture of some 3-D type cubes and says "(are there 6 or 7 cubes)". Then it says "But.....This Flavor is TOPS and That's No Illusion!" "Property of Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. Joplin, Missouri. Enriched with Dextrose". Then embossed words "Keen Drinks Satisfy" 109 10 Fluid Ounces L-C 1. Bottom of bottle reads Dr. Pepper Bottling Co. Joplin, Missouri and has a 1 towards the top and then 48 towards the bottom. I would appreciate any info regarding age, identity, value, etc. Thank you.

The bottle is listed as being from Joplin, MO. as you stated and is rare and hard to find. It is a good one. I'd expect at least $50 probably a lot more. I would think the 48 on the base might be the date. Digger

Dear Mr. O'Dell, I am interested in collecting bottles. I live in Florida and have many fond memories of collecting with my dad. I am concerned about legality and collecting on beaches that could be parks. Would I be breaking laws if I found a bottle on a beach here? Thanks for your time and attention. Jim Hudson

Jim I am not lawyer and I certainly do not advocate breaking the law. From the tiny bit of research I have done there does seem to be some question about your picking up bottles on public land. Here's a brief quote from treasuresites.com, "Artifacts are a touchy and often bewildering subject here in Florida, where it seems every other scuba shop has an endless array of spearheads and pottery prominently on display, or offer routine "artifact dive trips," while the state's historical division threatens to prosecute anyone so much as looking at whatever it is they define as an artifact."

Chapter 267 of the Florida Statutes regarding Historical Resources. states: "Any person who by means other than excavation either conducts archaeological field investigations on, or removes or attempts to remove, or defaces, destroys, or otherwise alters any archaeological site or specimen located upon, any land owned or controlled by the state or within the boundaries of a designated state archaeological landmark or landmark zone, except in the course of activities pursued under the authority of a permit or under procedures relating to accredited institutions granted by the division, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s.775 082. and, in addition, shall forfeit to the state all specimens, objects, and materials collected, together with all photographs and records relating to such material.

Can you direct me to a source to purchase a 4 ounce Hygeia baby bottle by the Ball Co? Thank you, Glenna J. Boland

Subscribe to the Antique Bottle and Glass Collector Magazine for a year and get a free ad. Digger

December, 30,2001 I have a musical whiskey decanter by Mr. Tilford bottled by Park & Tilford distillers Louisville Ky. It has the words federal law forbids the sale or reuse of this bottle on it and is enclosed in a musical case. could you tell me anything about it? Dan

Several people have asked about this bottle. Use the search feature. I conducted a search on (Dec. 2002) Ebay and found one of these bottles that had been offered for auction. The beginning asking bid was $5.99 and there were no takers. The bottle went unsold, so I think they are not a high demand item. With the contents and box. I'd expect a better result. digger

Just a quick question. You say all the reproduction Wheatons have "Wheaton Village"on the bottom. What about the bottles that just have "Wheaton" all alone? Is there a difference in age that you can tell? Thanks, A Wheaton lover, Nina

  I do not know how the various base embossings break down. The word Wheaton alone has been used since 1920. Based on this I expect the word Wheaton alone is older than the wheaton Village mark. Just a guess. Glass has been made for a long time at Wheaton and I expect there were many variations. Digger

We found at a junk store a 101/2'' tall bottle with a small paper label stating BLANKENHEYM'S (print) Apricot Brandy (written). The top has a paper label over the top with a paper covering it with a "B" on it. It has a finger hold on the top with a cork thru it and held in place with a string to use when the bottle is opened. The bottle has a scene on the front of a windmill, cottage, canal with a small sailboat. Surrounding this scene is a flower design. On the back of the bottle is a stem with flowers on it and the bottom of the bottle has a blue band 1" high running around. The neck of the top also has a blue band on it. The bottom of the bottle has a handwritten #1140R on it before being glazed. It also states BLANKENHEYM DISTY ROTTERDAM MADE IN HOLLAND DELFT BLUE SCR HANDPAINTED. The bottom looks as if it is old but the bottle itself is in excellent condition with approximately 30% of the liquid inside although it has not been opened I think over the years some of the brandy has evaporated. I can not find anywhere this name BLANKENHEYM by itself as a bottler of spirits. Thank You for your time and could you email me with any information or someone who would like to purchase the bottle.

Your bottle is not rare and is worth about $15-20. Digger. I think it might be tough to sell you can try Ebay. digger.

Digger, Dr. Kilmer & Co. Swamp-Root Almanac (1935) A friend of mine asked to look up the value of this paperback book (see subject line). Where can I check this out? I found your Dr. Kilmer bottle site and thought Iíd check with you. Dave Sprik

A Dr. Kilmer Almanac of that vintage is probably worth in the $5-12 range. I found listed today (Dec. 2002) a 1918, 1929, 1936 and two 1943s. All under $10. Digger.

pixrawling

Hey digger, Could you please tell me the value of a square clear bottle embossed "KENNEDY'S EAST INDIA BITTERS" & "ILER & Co. OMAHA.NEB." It's about 9 inches tall, has two seams going up sides ending at bottom of neck. Looks like it took a cork or glass plug. Has round circle-imperfect bevel or indentation on bottom. Also a small aqua medicine bottle about 3-3/8 inches tall embossed "DOCT MARSHALL'S CATARRH SNUFF" Thanks, The Rookie

Ok Rookie. the Kennedy's is known in clear and amber. Yours goes for $30-40. the snuff smooth based goes $5. Open pontiled $30-60. Digger

hello, I have what is most certainly some sort of reproduction of an old log cabin (2x3") bottle that says "old log cabin bourbon whiskey", shows a log cabin and some pine trees, on the bottom is a symbol (a diamond with an o inside it). unlike the ones shown on your site it has a screw top. can you tell me anything about it? just curious as I found it behind my barn buried in generations of leaves and tree branches. thank you for any opinion you have. mike d'amico

Generations of leaves and tree branches huh. Given a generation is a year it might not have been there that long.. Just kidding. Diamond and a O is an Owen mark, machine made, Yours sounds like it was made before 1954. The bottle even with a good label and cap sells for about $10. digger.

BOTTLES, JARS, JUGS, DECANTERS, [ DRINKING GLASSES AND CRUETS, ] ALL MADE OF GLASS. FIRST USE: 1954

Owens-Illinois Glass Co, Toledo, OH. 1929-1954

Mr. O'Dell, I would appreciate any information you could give me regarding a bottle I recently found in my yard in the Keysville, VA area. It is a green 10oz. soda bottle labeled "76", I believe to be an applied color label. It was manufactured by the American "76" Company. The back portrays three cartoon like characters playing the drums (patriotic), with "Get in the Spirit!" written above. Underneath the picture is written "Drink ice cold 76!" Thank you for your time and consideration with my search! Bill Chambers

Made for the 1976 Bicentennial. Very common. Value is under $5. Digger

Dear Digger, I found a round dark amber bottle buried in the dirt basement of a ski resort here in Northern California back in 1956 when I had a Summer Job there. I dug it out and have kept it ever since. Don't know anything about it? It is large, made of glass 1/2 inch thick, 32" High, 49.5" around middle, long neck, 40" around bottom, 4" across top mouth, mold line stops, does not go over top of lip. It has a embossed glass label: Frankfort KY (Two hands facing each other in the middle) MD Distilleries It looks like I have a "Key mode" mark on the base of the bottle with the numbers 13 1 9 (with the 1 in a circle & triangle) embossed in the glass. It has a paper label: * * Paul Jones * * (A black picture-I guess of Paul Jones) A Blend of Straight Whiskies LOUISVILLE, KY FRANKFORT Distilleries Incorporated 90 Proof On the back of the bottle it has "For display purposes only" It is in very good condition, no chips, etc. I would like to know? The age, rarity, value and history... Thank you Digger... Terry R. Carlisle

Paul Jones whiskey goes back to the 1890s when it was very popular as evidenced by the number found by dump diggings.. Yours is a display bottle much rarer but being so large fewer collectors. Imagine having a collection of these. Your bottle probably dates in the 1940-1950 period. Value would be $50-60. Digger

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