February 2000 Questions

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I am on a quest to find out about a particular bottle. I have a bottle that I have had in my possession for 20 yrs. Dug out of Huntington Harbor L.I. N.Y. U.S.A., in 1978-1979 in 50 ft of water, about two feet of mud. Clear, foggy, Pearlescent in color. It looks to be poured or pressed glass with a pressed mouth piece. I say poured because it has a seam on opposite sides. About 8-9 ozs. "Rounded" at bottom. Thick! It reads: SEE THAT CORK IS BRANDED, at the bottom of the bottle it reads: BELFAST DUBLIN. It states Cantrell & Cochrane at base. I think this is an extraordinary bottle. I have searched 10 + sights and over 5000 bottles in auctions. Have not seen anything close to this bottle. Is there any information you can give me, or direct me to about this bottle. I am very curious of it's history, from the research I have done on the net, this bottle is OLD. I'm beginning to think this bottle was made was glass was invented! HA HA! Please e-mail me with your thoughts, interests or facts. In Advance, Thank You, Barry Page If you need or would like a pic of this bottle, I would not mind sending one when I get them online. Barry Page

Round bottom sodas are common in aqua

Barry, Your bottle is not rare. I have dug several here in the states, but the bottle is Irish (Belfast Dublin). The bottle is a round bottom soda. Very possibly holding ginger ale. They date from around 1880-1914. The type of lip will help narrow down the age range. If the bottle has a crown top which took a metal cap like modern soda bottles, it is after 1892. If the top is a blob top or a tapered top like yours, which took a cork, it is earlier. One reason you might not have found this bottle on sites is that it is so common. Try this: Go on Ebay and do a search in the bottle section on the word ‘Belfast’, I think you’ll get several hits of similar bottles if not one just like your. I have addressed round bottom sodas elsewhere in ‘Questions I Get.’ The value of the bottle is under $20.  Here's the rest of the story: Round Bottom Bottles

Good afternoon,  I have a question about a bottle I found on an island ...it is very thick pale green with a totally round bottom.  no printing that I can tell, in very good condition, short seam not to top, about 10" in length.  can you tell me something about this? I have never seen one like it. thank you. Valerie kieldsen

  See the above answer.  Your bottle is a round bottom soda without any embossing.  They sell for about $8-10.  Digger

Hope you can tell me about this bottle. It's clear 7 3/4 inches tall with a screw top. Embossed on it are the words CREOMULSION For COUGHS due to COLDS. On the bottoms are the numbers L8580 with a #3 sideways. Thank you. Steve Heath, Bunker Hill, WV steve

Your bottle is from the 1930s. They are not rare and can frequently be had with labels and contents. Value with a label and contents would be $5-8, less without. Digger

 

 

I found a clear bottle 7 1/2 inches tall, square base smooth base, with a thin neck with a small hole for an opening. Embossed on two sides are the words KREML in block letters. Also embossed on one side is the words RB SEMLER INC NEW CANAAN CONN U.S.A. 10 OZ.FL. Can you tell me about this bottle? Thank you. Steve Heath, Bunker Hill, WV Dkopp Do you know which book has info on KOPP'S BABY'S FRIEND...I have one of those bottles Thanks, D KOPP (NO RELATION)

Your bottle is a KREML HAIR TONIC bottle made by. RB. SEMLER. The company may have started in Connecticut and later moved to New York. There is a smaller 6 5/8 inch size of your bottle with the New Yrok address. It probably dates to the 1930s. There is no book that has your Kopp’s Baby’s Friend that I could find but I know the bottle and have found some interesting history about. Mrs. J.A. Kopp of York, PA was the sole proprietor of this product. My sources are not complete and the earliest listing I found for the product was 1904, although I believe it maybe a few years older than that. The preparation was a target of both the American Medical Association and the United States Department of Agriculture. In response to a request from a physician for information who had a case of poisoning from the preparation, the American Medical Association Journal analyzed the product and found it contained in 100 c.c. 0.0719 gm. Of morphine sulphate; or approximately 1/3 of a grain in one fluid ounce. They went on to list eight cases of death by poisoning from the use of Kopp’s Baby Friend. One example, R. Dodd, coroner of Oneida county, New York, reported the deaths of twin children, aged 1 month, in Utica Ny, March 3, 1906. The United States Department of Agriculture in Notice of Judgment No 1068 Took Mrs. J.A. Kopp to court in 1911 for "misbranding of Kopp’s Baby Friend." A circular enclosed with the bottle stated "This preparation is a valuable remedy for Wind Colic, Griping in the bowels, Diarrhoea and Teething Troubles…Removes wind and gas from the stomach and bowels, induces rest and quiet." The Bureau of Chemistry showed similar results to those found by the AMA and said that the ingredients did not possess therapeutic properties adequate to obtain the results claimed for it in the above statements. She pleaded nolo contendrere and was fine $15 and costs. The product soon afterwards disappeared from the market. Digger

 Found a bottle while out jogging on a hill beside a heavily wooded area in Florida, the side of which had been dug out for new construction. This bottle had fallen out of the woods and was laying on the side of hill. I will describe it the best I can using your given guidelines. It is brown glass with a few bubbles in the glass, approx. 3&1/2 inches tall, is an ABM, the top I can only describe as being a combo of a crowned top and/or rolled lip, has "Lysol" in cursive reading bottom to top, and three horizontal (measuring lines?) lines at consistent intervals through the word Lysol. How old is it and is it worth anything? Thank you for your time. Have a nice day.

We have found a bottle that is 4" tall. It's brown in color, has raised lettering on it that says lysol all around the top. It looks like it probably had a cork for a lid. On the bottom it has the words L. & F. PROD. CORP. BLOOMFIELD, N. J. There is also a capital A with a circle around it. If you could give us any information about this bottle, we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. jdon122557

You’ll find the answer to the Lysol question in earlier months (April I believe) of "Questions I Get". Meanwhile here is a link to the company site they have a little history about the brand which was created in 1912.
 Digger

Johnw wipke I have a 20" Coca Cola Contour bottle with embossing "PAT D105529." It is very old. Anyway, it has numerous rings, probably left from evaporation of water inside the neck of the bottle. They look like mineral deposits. I have no idea how to clean the rings. PLEASE if you know how to clean these off, email me. Thanks for your time.

The patent design number 105529 would have been registered in 1937. If the mineral deposits are "stain" they can only be removed by professional cleaning (cost about $15 per bottle). Stain is caused by the bottle actually deteriorating and the lime leaching out of the glass. It is a chemical change and cannot be washed out, only polished off.  Otherwise a cup of warm vinegar might remove them.  Digger.

 

Sgeiman found a bottle marked  LASSES FULL 1/2 PINT SAID BOTTLED BY SILVERGLADE & STEIN SAYS THE AUTO CAFE ON IT 616 WALNUT ST. CINN. OHIO. DO YOU KNOW ANY THING ABOUT THIS BOTTLE

I do not. Sounds like a liquor bottle either produced after 1964 or before 1932. I’d guess the later date. Digger

 Digger, I've had this bottle a number of years and have yet to find out any thing about it. I bought it from a Shreveport, LA digger. The bottle is abt 9 " tall, aqua, rectangular shaped with recessed panels. It has a smooth base, an applied double ringed collar, and is bimal. No damage but has a slight haze typical of dug bottles. The bottle looks to me to be circa 1880. It is embossed as follows: right side: "Dr. H. W. GLOVER'S" front: "BOTANIC" left side: "LIVER MEDICINE" I would like to know this bottles rarity, value and where it was manufactured. I would appreciate any help you can give. Bob Patterson Tomball, TX 

Bob, I’d say it is pretty rare. I couldn’t find any mention of one H.W. Glover anywhere. There is a well known H.C. Glover and he did put up liver pills, but I do not think there is any relation. Value is probably in the $20-30 range. Not knowing where the bottle is from is a limiting factor. I give the value based on the age and size of the bottle. However, if you were to find someone specializing in "Liver" bottles they might pay more if they really wanted the bottle. I expect at the typical bottle show or in the classified ads in the magazine to see a price closer to the range I suggested. Digger.

Barry graham Hello Digger, I really have found your site great and informative. I am very new at collecting and have a question about a bottle I recently acquired. It is an aqua, open pontil, medicine bottle. It is embossed, NEW ENGLAND COUGH SYRUP, on one side, and MOFFAT, PLUMMER & CO., on the other. It has a flared lip, it is 4 3/4 in. tall, it is loaded with bubbles, and the pontil mark is jagged and not safe to stand. It is in mint condition, has very thin glass, oval in shape, and I believe it has been professionally cleaned. If you can help me concerning the age, and value of the bottle I would appreciate it. Thank you very much and keep up the good work! Barry Graham

You have a very rare bottle. I have a listing in my Patent Medicine Encyclopedia for New England Cough Syrup but with a different proprietor’s name embossed. The originator of the brand was Daniel Goddard of New York City. He supposedly obtained the recipe for the medicine from a physician and began marketing the product about 1837. He continued advertising it until about 1841.  I suspect your bottle to be related to the Moffat of Moffat’s Phoenix Bitters fame.

 

 

John Moffat was also of New York City and I suspect his son, who took over the business in 1838, purchased the New England Cough Syrup. Because of its rarity, I’d say it was not very successful. Your bottle should be worth $125-200. Good find. I’d love a picture of the bottle. Digger.

 

Dear Sir; I have an empty clear glass (what appears to be a soda bottle) approx. 9 inches tall. It has raised lettering , "SANGER BOTTLING WORKS" across the front of it. It also has in raised letters, on the bottom, front of it,"9 FLUID OZ. , CITRIC ACID ADDED, ARTIFICIAL COLOR FLAVOR." On the bottle bottom it has in raised letters, "SANGER" and the following numbers, over the Sanger, there is 20 and 50, under it states 2473C.The bottle appears to be molded, I can see the lines running down the sides. Also it has a design of alternating smooth and then textured raised glass. I would say it is about 1/4 inches thick. There is no cap or cork with it. I have been searching for info on this bottle for about six months with no avail. Can you help? I thank you for your time and effort on my behalf. I await your answer. Thanks again . . . . *Sally

Sally, I am afraid I cannot tell you much except that your bottle is a soda bottle which might have been produced in the 1950s.  I'd estimate the value about $3-5.  Digger

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cape cod… I found this particular bottle as a young boy in Maine, the printing on the bottle is as follows. Dr. McArthur Maker, on one side . Syrup of Hypophosphites on another side . And finally the words Chemically Pure on the last side . Could you give me any info on this bottle i would greatly appreciate it. Thank you Doug Ferris 

Your bottle was labeled McArthur’s Syrup of Hypophosphites of Lime & Soda, supposedly the formula of Dr. J.A. McArthur of Lynn, MA and prepared by the McArthur Hypophosites Co. of Ansonia Ct about 1887. The product was quite successful and the bottles are common. The brand was later purchased or controlled by the Potter Drug Company of Boston Mass. It was still for sale as late as 1935. Digger

Dear Sir, I don' t know that much about this bottle, and was wondering if you could help me. I have a hand blown bottle, that is cobalt blue. It is about 5 inches tall. The base has five feet that hold it up. Also it has a handle. It has a stopper and the stopper breaks off at the end, someone told me that it breaking it off at the end of the stopper wasn't a defect. Also the bottom of the bottle has a mark on it, that I think is called a pontil. If you know anything about it, like the age and price, that would be helpful. Thanx

It is hard to tell you much without a picture, but it sounds like it might be a new or relatively new piece of glass. Many pieces were blown in both Mexico and Europe in the traditional method and were imported in the last forty years. Digger.

I have been in search of info on construction of log cabins using bottles and river stone. and i have spent hundreds of hours searching the net and as of yet have found nothing, any light that you could shed my way would be of the most help. i plan to take on this task this coming summer. I know that there must be something out there as i have seen such dwellings in the past but can't recall where it was although it was some time back long before I had gotten a computer. But this high tech highway does not seem to lead me to any thing. Look forward to hearing from you with any news you may have. Thank you Conrad Karasti Barrow Alaska

I read an article many years ago about a bottle house in the Western United States. The original article "The Desert Bottle House" was written by Jason Rubinsteen and published in the Nov./Dec. 1980 issue of Nevada. It was reprinted in 1981 in the May issue of Antique Bottle World Magazine. One was reprinted in Oct. 1990 in the Antique Bottle & Glass Collector Magazine. The town where the bottlehouse is located is Rhyolite, Nevada (see below). .Also in the 1970s I remember there was a fellow asking collectors to send him Castoria bottles (which are very common). He was going to build an outhouse of of them. Digger.

Taken from Antique Bottle & Glass Collector Magazine
Oct. 1990

I have an old Kentucky bourbon bottle, Bardstown Distillery, fiddle shaped, seamed down the sides, only a back label that gives a short statement about it being in commemoration of Stephen Foster, and that it's 86 proof,4/5 qt., 6 yr. old, with raised letters on the bottom of DES. PAT. , 7-0-112, 65 52, and a symbol of an 8 in a circle with a triangle on top and bottom, it's also corked, thank you for any info you could provide.

Two Bardstown Violin Whiskeys

 

These are common and can be found in two (or more) sizes as shown in the picture. I think they may date to the 1950s but I am not sure. Bardstown is most famous for being the site of Stephen Foster’s Old Kentucky Home. The Home, as it's also known, was built between 1795 and 1818, mostly by slaves. In the 1850s Stephen Collins Foster supposedly got the inspiration to write how "the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home." a ballad which is now Kentucky's state song.  Bardstown is also known as the "Bourbon Capital of the World," It is home to the bourbon history museum, the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and several distilleries  in and near Bardstown They also host an annual Bourbon whiskey festival. They have some  40,000 visitors a year. The pre-Civil War era historic distillery, listed as a National Historic Landmark, is home to Maker's Mark Bourbon .  Jim Beam Distillery.  It seems likely that your violin shaped bottle was produced as a tourist memento in Bardstown by one of the distilleries there (which may or may not still be in business). It could have possibly been produced on the anniversary of Foster’s song.  Because some have corks and other have screwtops they might have been made over a period of time or by different distillers. Digger.

 

 

Ralph v hi, can you tell me how I can look up ( on the internet) if possible, an old Heinz bottle I have. Thank you for your time. Ralph

Ralph, I do not know of any way to check the internet for such information. I have collected sources over the years and if you tell me the numbers on the base of the bottle I can probably tell you what it contained. Digger

 My husband has a whiskey bottle that was his father's, and he suspects that it might be worth something. I wondered if I sent you a picture of it, could you give us your opinion? It's a decorative bottle (unfortunately for him, I think it's ugly) of a hillbilly sitting on top of a barrel, shotgun and all. The hillbilly's holding a whiskey jug and wearing the big, floppy hillbilly hat and sporting the traditional hillbilly beard. The label says OLD CABIN STILL, Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, copyright 1939. Distilled and bottled by: Stitzel-Weller Distillery, Louisville, Kentucky. The other side of the label says: The old style sour mash bourbon in this whimsical Hill Billy bottle is identical in quality to our world famous brand in its conventional package. 91 proof. Like I said, I'd be happy to send along a picture, but I didn't want to send an attachment with this e-mail. I would appreciate any help you can offer. Thank you for your time and attention. 

 The ceramic bottle you have is common. The day I checked on Ebay, I found 8 listed and few that had a bid on them despite a low beginning bidding price. I would say there are more of these around than the demand for them. They appear to have been made in the 1960s (possibly in the 1950s as well?). The Old Cabin Still whiskey made by Weller Distillery, Louisville seems to have made a number of different variants of the hillbilly decanter. I found several glazes and designs. The original was inspired by the Mountain Boy character in Esquire Magazine. I guess, if you could sell it, it would probably bring under $10 (unless of course it was still full of whiskey). Digger

 Our house is about 125 years old. We turned the small garage into a bedroom and while doing that something dropped out of the attic. It was, I think, a very old baby bottle. It is flat with a small curved neck and it says "The Seaside Nurser". Have you ever heard of it? Much appreciation, Cindi Y

You have what one might call a turtle nurser.  It was originally fitted with a tube and nipple.  The Seaside Nurser comes in both clear and aqua and the earliest ones date to 1878.  In 1898, they were advertised as selling for 60 cents a dozen.  I have plans to do an article on nursers on the website in future and will go into more detail at that time.  Digger

Ryan Zerby, I was wondering if you could tell me a possible type of bottle I have. I have a cobalt blue bottle it is 2 7/8 inches high, eight sides, a very small sloping neck and I believe a tooled lip. The lip is very slightly larger than the neck, it has squared edges. It is seamed on each side. On the bottom there are what I think look like two crosses but could and probably are Xs. 

I am afraid I can't help much.  It could be a chemical bottle or a scent bottle or cologne.  A picture would be helpful  Digger.  

Mr. Digger, I have spent weeks researching a bottle of gin that I have and have been unable to find out anything about it. The bottle of Gin was acquired 25-30 years ago in Germany by my father. It is "Old Tom Gin" distilled by the Delva Distillery? There is a label on the back stating "Notice R.A.A.C. chemical tests carried out on DELVA LIQUORS showed all to be within standards of purity prescribed for use by allied military personnel". When my dad purchased it, he was told that it was gin that had been captured from a Nazi controlled distillery and had been relabeled for sale to allied military personnel. I have included two pictures of the bottle. The gin is still intact however, the cork is showing signs of deteriorating. Can you tell me anything about it? I can find no mention of Delva Distillery anywhere on the internet. I really appreciate your help on this one. Sincerely, Joe Lyons

Joe, I was not able to find out anything but a reader, Bill Richmond, recently sent this information. The page is all photos and will take a while to load especially with older computers. Digger

 

Blkal1 thanks for the help I have a mason jar 71/2 inc. tall cross embossed with patent Nov 30th 1858.  It is light green in color .the bottom is marked Nov 26 67 pat the v on Nov is upside down looking from the inside the jar it reads von in the center on the bottom is #63 it looks to have a ground lip the seam goes to the top I think its a three part made bottle because the base has a seam around it .Inside screw on cap reads genuine Boyds porcelain in the center of the cap is a cross. jar is in mint condition. I would like to know the value and year .I also have a cobalt blue 6inc. tall mint cond. seam stops below lip lip looks rolled. it is marked KEASBY& MATTIS CO AMBLER Pa on the bottom is # 32 could you tell me what it was and any value and the year thanks Blkal1

Your fruit jar is listed in the Redbook of Fruit Jars for $2-4.  The patent date on the base is Nov. 26, 1867 but they were probably made into the 1880s.  Two variants are listed.  One has letters in the four sections of the cross.  The other does not.  Often the Keasby bottle occurs a a very light color of cobalt blue called cornflower blue as well as the darker cobalt.. The bottle also comes in amber. The cobalt bottles come in both round and rectangular form.  The round form, embossed on the shoulder usually sell for $5-8.  The rectangular bottle says "chemists" and the embossing is on the front indented panel. They are all very common.  The company was located in Philadelphia about 1870 and moved to Ambler, PA in 1882 where they (Henry Keasbey and Richard Mattison) remained in business at least through 1930.  One with a label said "Antifebrin and Chocolate compressed," but they probably made a wide variety of products. Digger Keasbey & Mattison

Can you tell me the worth of this bottle? first edition, from Wheaton N.J amber republican campaign bottle Nixon/ Agnew 1968 shaped like an elephant height: about 7" thank you for your time Donna

An Ebay search in the bottle section produced three of the bottles like you are asking about.  Beginning bids were $6-8.  None had a bid.  Digger

 I recently came across a bottle of " Old Overholt " straight rye whiskey. the bottle is unopened, sealed, and the label has some wear. I cant find a date, but I am sure it is older than 10 years. I can have pictures of the front and back on request. I hope you can tell me what sort of little treasure I have. Jdon…

 I am not sure there is much of a market there is for the bottle you have.  I did find an advertisement for Old Overholt dated June 1914 so I know it could go back at least that far.  If the bottle is machine made and does not say "Federal Law prohibits the resale...." then it was made after 1964.  Digger

Update April 2001, This response is from Rod Sturtz. Thanks Rod! I noticed a question today about Old Overholt whiskey and the Old Overholt bottle.  Old Overholt was invented by Abraham Overholt of West Overton in 1810.  West Overton still exists and the original distillery where Old Overholt was made is now a museum.  You can reach it via e-mail at womuseum@westol.com or check out a web site at fay-west/westoverton.  Although Old Overholt is now bottled by the Jim Beam Co., Old Overholt continued to be manufactured at either West Overton or the Overholt Distillery in Broadford, PA until 1964.  By the way, Abraham Overholt was the grand father of Henry Clay Frick, the Pittsburgh industrialist.  I know lots more about Old Overholt because I am the Executive Director at West Overton, Scottdale, PA 15683.  Rod Sturtz

Hello! My sons recently unearthed some interesting bottles on our property and I was hoping that you could give me some info. on them! The first bottle is approx. 3 1/2" tall, it is clear, and it has clear embossing on it that says "DR. D. FAHRNEY & SON, PEERLESS LINIMENT, HAGERSTOWN MD.". On the bottom of this bottle is the number "324". The other bottle is also clear, it is approx. 2 3/4" tall, and its clear embossing says "BAUER'S COUGH CURE", with the number "37" on the bottom. Any info. you can provide me would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, Mary R. Raiford 

Daniel Fahrney, cousin to Peter Fahrney (see earlier Month Question for article) began marketing a teething syrup in 1872.  He had a dozen medicines by 1900 including a Blood Cleansing Panacea, Cathartic Tablets, Cough Syrup, Pain-Nocker, Peerless Liniment, Teething Syrup, and a Worm Syrup.  In 1904 the company was listed as Dr. D. Fahrney & Son.  Sometime around the turn of the century the business was sold to the Victor Remedy Company of Hagerstown, MD.  The second bottle is a product of John F. Bauer Co, of Mt. Morris, New York.  It is a bit more common than the first one, but still a good bottle.  It too dates to the turn of the century.  Digger

 We were wondering if you could give us some advice. A local farmer has been digging up one of the fields where we walk the dogs, and hundreds of bottles have been uncovered. We currently have about 50 here at home, but are unsure of what to do with them. We don't even know if they are worth collecting or are just rubbish. They are all different shapes sizes and colours and most have raised text on them. Here are a few of these texts. Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup - Curtis & Perkins proprietors Yorkshire Bottlers Association (This one has a stopper) The property of OT ltd Allsops Ltd. G.L. Greenwood & Co. Ltd Keithley Owbridge's Lung Tonic Hull Chest & Lung Mixture or Syrup of Linseed & Liquorice - G. Dutton & Son. Hagues 9 Highfield Rd. Doncaster Horlicks Malted Milk Lunch Tablet Fletchers Tomato Sauce 2 0z Bovril Ltd. Not be taken - Poisonous Sloanes Liniment - Kills Pain Patersons Camp Coffee & Chicory - Glasgow. They are all in a 'filthy' condition so we would like to know how to clean them properly. (Assuming they are worth keeping in the first place.) We look forward to hearing from you. Regards Debbie & Mark

Sounds like you've stumbled into an 1890s dump.  From what I hear of digging over there dumps can produce some pretty good finds.  From your list, you haven't won the lottery but you've got some keepers.  Look for bottles that have good color (greens and cobalt) and are in good condition.  Soap and water with a little sand or kitty litter inside will take out most of the dirt.  Several of the names you mention are American (probably made for export - Mrs. Winslow's, Horlick's Malted Milk and Sloans Liniment)  The others are English, Fletchers, Dutton & Son, Patersons, and Owbridge's.  Enjoy the finding while you can.

HYDROZONE PREPARED ONLY BY CHAS. MARCHAND NEW YORK U.S.A. COLOR IS AMBER. IT IS BLOWN IN MOLD TOP IS A ROLLED LIP BOTTOM IS A OPEN PONTIL THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME

IF THE BOTTLE IS AS YOU DESCRIBE, IT IS A GREAT BOTTLE.  If on the other hand there is no open pontil on the base then it is a different story.  I am familar with a bottle, clear, embossed Hydrozone / Prepared only / By / Chas. Marchand / New York / U.S.A., clear, 4 5/8" x 1 13/16 diameter.  I am also familiar with several other products of this company and the bottles including a Glycozone and a Hydrogen Peroxide bottle in cobalt blue.  All of the bottles I have seen from this company and all of the references I have found about this company indicate the time of manufacture to be the late 1890s. To have an open pontil on the base would mean the bottle was produced prior to the Civil War.  Charles Marchand & Co. were in business in NYC at 521 W. 23rd St in 1948.  The Hydrogen Peroxide was advertised in 1904-1897.  I found listings for your product in 1904-1905.  I found no listings for the product in drug catalogs of 1888 and 1879 (this does not mean it did not exist however).  The difference in value between this bottle with an open pontil and one without is substantial  - say the difference between $200-300 and $12-13.  Digger

 

B1kall I have a green bottle the bottom is marked Fitch it is rectangular in shape and is 4 1/2" tall by 2" wide it has no cap or cover . can you tell me what was in this bottle its age and value? It also has a oval mouth. Thanks Blkal1

There was a Fitch Perfumer in Des Moines in the 1920s. . An A. Perley Fitch & Co. in Concord New Hampshire making Fitch's Digestive Compound. There was a Fitch's Quinine Hair Tonic made by Fitch & Co. in Boone, Iowa in 1916. Check out my "Bottle Basics" to get an idea of the age of the bottle that would help. Digger

Carl To Whom It May Concern, This question may be an unusual one as I am not a bottle collector. However, I have recently had the most unusual thing happen to me in regards to a bottle. Let me explain. I work at a laboratory as a Chemist in Cape Canaveral, Florida. A few days ago a friend and I went walking on a beach outside our workplace that is not open to the public. While walking I found a beer bottle. This bottle is not what I would consider an antique, but you will be interested in the story behind it. The amber colored bottle was filled with several rolled up pieces of paper which explained that it was a bottle that was thrown into the Atlantic Ocean in Liverpool, England in 1959 in celebration of the Guinness Beer 200th Bicentenary. The embossing on the bottle reads exactly as follows: 1759-1959 Special Bottle Drop (Atlantic Ocean) to celebrate and commemorate GUINNESS BICENTANARY 1959 The bottle also has beautiful embossed images of a British Ship crossing the ocean from England to the USA along with maps of the World. There is also an embossed image of the Guinness logo of a harp. The papers inside of the bottle included: "A Message From King Neptune" which basically is a story of how King Neptune, god of the Sea allowed the "House of Guinness" to throw this bottle in the Ocean to celebrate their 200th birthday. It also explains that another thing in the bottle is a limited edition Guinness Beer label that would never be reprinted again. The label was included in the bottle. There is also a brochure telling how Guinness Beer is made. Another paper telling about their label. An advertisement for Ovaltine. (We have no idea why this was included!) This was a very interesting find. This bottle traveled all the way from Liverpool, England to Cape Canaveral, Florida and it took 41 years before it was discovered! Please let me know if you think this bottle and its contents would have any value. Thank you, Carlton Hall

Interesting story.  I really couldn't tell you if the bottle had any value, but the company might be able to tell you.  You might see if you could contact them.  Whatever the case, it gives you a great story to tell when the wife invites the new neighbors over.  Digger  

update 6/15/01 check out. http://www.guinnesscollectorsclub.co.uk/guinness-bottledrop.asp

Pix dkharmon Digger, Can you help me identify this bottle? I have had it for many years and have not been able to identify it. Thank you, Dan

Hi, don't know if you can help me or not, i have been trying to find out the origin, age, background etc. On a bottle that was left to me by my grandmother when she passed away. To no avail, I have not been able to find anyone who has responded to my e-mails on identifying this bottle. Thought you might know? Let me describe as best i can: the bottle is aprox. 12inches long is a music bottle with ballerina incased in side plays le bleu danube states:bols ballernina bottle on bottom has gold creme de menthe liquor in bottle (never opened) label states produce of Holland, picture of Lucas bols a0 1575 on label never been opened. Sure hope you can help me, it is quite unique. Thanks deborah :)

 

Deborah, I did a search with a search engine on "Bols".  Interestingly I got a question answer site on which a lady had posted a question exactly like yours. The lady (from the United Kingdom) indicated she had just purchased the bottle for about $10.  There were three responses to her question each one another lady with another Bols Ballerina bottle.  I have also done a search search on Ebay for the bottle and every time, I have found at least one for sale.  Add together that this is the third time I have had this question about this bottle, I'd say they are very common.  The sales price listed above is probably accurate for an empty bottle.  Full it might bring a bit more, but I suspect there are more sellers than buyers so the value is going to be low. I have not been able to find out the age, but I expect they were made in the last thirty years.  Digger

Pat galan I have a bottle I would like to know some history on but can't find any information. Can you help? It is a very heavy (approx 3 lbs) clear glass bottle that has 4 different chambers inside of it and 4 different openings. It has bubbles in the glass and has two glass rings hand applied on the neck. On the bottom of the bottle has Made in France in raised letters and around the bottom base the words *ERVEN LUCAS BOLS*AMSTERDAM etched. This can only be read when the bottle is standing because the word are etched backwards on the bottom. Can you give me any history on this? Value? I also would like to know what the value of a repro Madonna bottle is and a genuine Madonna bottle. Regards, Patrick Galan

Your first bottle sounds like a modern cordial bottle which might have contain various flavored cordials or liqueurs such as crčme d'menthe.  I have seen these still for sale in liquor shops.  Your second question about the Madonna bottle (a figural of a praying Madonna).  I am not sure what an original would look like.  The ones I have seen have been blown most often in blue glass.  To my knowledge these are Mexican in origin.  Some have a 1932 date.  I am not aware of any being made in this country at all.  The 1930s bottles sell for $20-30.  Digger

 Hello Digger, Could you provide some info on value and rarity of the following two bottles? Round, 3 1/4" tall, flat bottom with sunken center and the bottle has swirl marks around it as if turned in the mold, no seam, green glass, complete label and paper label around neck. Label reads: TRIKRESOL POISON, Manufactured by Schering Kahlbaum A.G., Berlin, Germany. Importers Schering Corporation 110 William Street, N.Y. Ortho Cresol, Meta & Para Cresol, Carbolic Acid Coefficient 2.6 Any history of the company is also appreciated. Second bottle is Amber, round 4 3/4" tall, BIMAL, no embossing, bottom has a sunken panel in a circle there is embossed P.R.4. and around the bottom edge are three raised dots. There are also two raised dots one on either side of the shoulder. Is P.R. 4 a trade mark name for the bottle maker or the brand of contents being sold in the bottle. Cannot locate any trademark info either foreign or domestic for P.R. Regards, Allan Tiltti

Tough question Allan.  I checked all my poison resources to no avail.  Poison collectors are usually very particular about having the word poison on the bottle or raised bumps to indicate a poisonous substance.  Many bottles containing Carbolic Acid are labeled poison.  Carbolic acid, an ingredient in Trikresol was a disinfectant used in many 19th century households, so it seems possible that yours was also a disinfectant.  I found listings for Trikresol from 1913-1917. I'd guess the labeled bottle to be quite rare.  I'd estimate the value about $30.

As for the second bottle, The P.R. could be the glass company or the proprietor's initial or just an in-house marking system for say the volume of the container.  The little raised dots are mold vents.  When companies began using compressed air to first blow bottle is was necessary to vent the molds with tiny holes.  the glass was forced up into these and left the little raised dots you see.  You will find these mold vent dots on bottles produced between about 1890 and 1910. Digger.

  Dear Digger Odell, Got a bottle here I need to get a value on. Hope you can help me. Here goes: VERITABLE EAU de COLOGNE Imperiale (There is a circular emblem with two swords through it and an eagle on it surrounded by a garland) Privilege 1890 Guerlain EXTRA DRY NET CONT. 4 FL. OZ. Bottle is 4" (with stopper, 5" x 2" around) clear paper label embossed on bottom, says GUERLAIN BOTTLE MADE IN FRANCE Also embossed on the skirt are 4 rows of what appears to be some type of fly or insect?? They encircle the skirt but stop at the paper label. Above the skirt on the neck are 4 rows of a nice, embossed scalloped or shell-like motif . The stopper has the same scalloped motif embossed on it. The stopper is a round, ball-like object. Any information on the DATE, or VALUE, if any, would be greatly appreciated. I hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Tommy Peak

Guerlain is one of the famous names in the field of perfume collecting.  They were in business (and my still be for all I know) about 1912.  They seem to have produced a wide variety of products and some sell for quite high prices.  I would refer you to one of the many perfume bottle books written (such as THE WORLD OF PERFUME by Fabienne Pavia. Hardback w/jacket, 10" x 11 1/2", 143 pages, 150+ color photographs covers the history of the Guerlain company and its bottles).  I am not going to make an estimate since my knowledge in this area is limited.  You can find the book for sale on Ebay.  Digger

Hi Digger, I recently found a bottle on the beach, it is 11 inches high blue green in color , a blob top and BIM, seams up the side to the blob. It has a very narrow neck, about 3/8 of an inch. On the front are the words Hartfelder and Haab, a picture of a Stag, and under that Brooklyn, under Brooklyn it says Registered. On the back it says This Bottle Not to Be Sold, all this lettering and the picture of the Stag are raised lettering. Do you have any idea how old this bottle is , its very beautiful and very heavy. Thank you for your time, 

Your bottle is a soda water bottle produced about 1880-1890.  The bottle is indeed a handsome one and I have owned a couple of them over the years. I do not know the history of the company, but the bottle sells for $25-35.

 

The bottle is obviously a dug item.  what could it be?

I looked everywhere and asked a few people about it so here it is the bottle is 2.5 inches tall, the seam runs all the way to the opening but not over the lip the opening is for a cork or something like that. shaped like a naked person with a head, two arm on bottle (not hanging from bottle), big belly with belly button, legs together with dots on knees, the back has buttocks shapes. the bottle was damaged at find it has a 6mm round hole in back of head. the bottle has no label no marks that I can tell. the color is clear but is milky (bottle has been washed in clear water a little, to remove the dirt that is all I did with the cleaning). just tell me what you can . scanned a picture of the bottle hope it goes through. Jim Lewis 

Jim, what an interesting bottle. It is definitely old probably about 1880-1910. It looks somewhat like a Kewpie doll. Rose O'Neill designed this fame doll.  It was as famous then as Mickey Mouse is today. The Kewpie first appeared in  the pages of turn-of-the-century monthly women's magazines.  Your bottle may have been a child's toy, a candy container, or even a perfume. Maybe a reader has an idea.  I think it is really neat.  Digger.

 

Omilarkdig I was tearing down a house in Tenn. and found an old medicine bottle and was wanting some info on it. It is clear with a swirly design. it has fluid levels on it #d with cc on the bottom of the fluid marks it appears to be a cork type. It has a circled 6 on the front or back which ever the case may be. On the bottom it has a rectangle with a capital I in it with Lyric under that and an 8 on one side and a B on the other. Any info and value would be helpful. Thank you very much, Omil 

The important clue is the "cc" this identifies your bottle as a prescription bottle.  I have posted a picture of a similar bottle on an earlier month of questions I get.  The bottle was probably made sometime between 1900-1920.  The value is probably $1-2.  Digger

hello digger, I recently dug up an old bottle on a construction site in Philadelphia Pa. It is olive green 8 inches tall single collar , not sloping seams up the side stop one inch from top. two dimples on base one on center the off to the side with swirling rings around them. The closure is threaded on the inside of the bottle ,the piece that is left seems to be maybe metal. The raised lettering on the bottle says, AACHENER KAISERBRUNNEN. The last word translated means emperors well or fountain, cannot find the translation for the first word .could it be the family brewery name ? Any info would be helpful thank you start up bottle collector. 

Interesting sounding item.  Inside screw threads are not common nor are they typically American.  This is not to say that they are never American (see the above illustration of the Whitney Stopper, patented in 1861 for an inside thread screw.  The stopper was indeed metal and screwed into the mouth of the bottle.  I know of only a few American bottles with this type stopper.  It is more common on European bottles.  The name on the bottle you found together with the olive color suggests a European probably German origin.  From your translation, I'd guess a mineral water bottle.  I check all my American sources and there was no listings for Aachener.  Digger.

Update from a Reader December 2001

Hi, I recently happened upon your interesting website answering questions about bottles. It turns out I have a bit of information about one of your questions. You were asked about, "an old bottle [I dug up] on a construction site in Philadelphia Pa. It is olive green .... raised lettering on the bottle says, AACHENER KAISERBRUNNEN. The last word translated means emperors well or fountain, cannot find the translation for the first word .could it be the family brewery name ?"  You answered, "The name on the bottle you found together with the olive color suggests a European probably German origin. From your translation, I'd guess a mineral water bottle. I check all my American sources and there was no listings for Aachener. Digger."  Aachener indicates that it is from the town of Bad Aachen )or usually called simply Aachen), a small industrial city tucked into the corner of Germany near the borders with the Netherlands and Belgium. The nearest big city is Bonn. Aachen is the birthplace of Charlemagne, and was his capital city.

 

Antique bottle bug We have attached a Polaroid snapshot of several of our antique bottles. Descriptions from left to rt are as follows: 1- 9-1/4" Cochran & Co. Belfast, light green 2- 7" Laxol A J White New York, Cobalt 3- 6-1/2" 66 or 99 on bottom, 8 sides, dark green 4- 6-1/2" flask, lime green (insides wavy "beautiful") 5- 5" (3-1/2" square) 25 indented squares on ea. side, deep amber color, seam stops at neck-NO bottom seam 6- 8-3/4" blob top, black (very dk grn) pontil mark on bottom We also have just dug a 8-1/2" Donald Kennedy & Co./KENNEDY'S MEDICAL DISCOVERY/ROXBURY MASS U.S.A. We would appreciate any feedback and/or prices that you may have on these bottles. Thank you. Alan & Nicki 

Sounds like you have a good start to a bottle collection.  Your Cochran bottle is a round bottom soda, quite common, attractive value $15-20 in mind condition.  The Laxol bottle is nice.   They come in other colors as well.  Nice window bottle.  One variant is embossed Patented April 10, 1894.  The company (Andrew J. White is much older and produce some good bottles from the 1850s.  This was a castor oil product.  Value $20-30.  The green flask could be a good piece, and unembossed bottles are tough to evaluate without see them, but most unembossed bottles of that age sell for very modest amounts.  The black blob with a pontil sounds interesting, but most black glass ales (which is probably what you have) bring between $20-30.  the Dr. Kennedy's comes pontiled and smooth based.  Donald Kennedy of Roxbury, MA supposedly discovered a miraculous plant which is commonly found in pastures and possessed great healing properties.  You can learn more about this one in my Pontil Medicine Encyclopedia. Value for a smooth based specimen is about $15 unless it is unusually crude and bubbly then a bit more.  Digger.

 I have a Hutchinson bottle metal stopper and on the front I think its called a slug plate is written W.H.Harrington Stanford N.Y. Its light green can you tell me the year and value? Could you refer and good bottle book im looking for description and value 

Your bottle dates between 1892 and 1910.  Probably has a value of $8-20.  Hutchinson sodas are so common some collectors have fifty state collections of them.  A couple of the states are very tough to get but you can get them all.  Some collectors are trying to get colored Hutchinson's from all 50 states.  That would be very difficult, expensive and probably not possible as every state did not produce colored hutches.  I assume by light green you really mean a shade of aqua.  Aqua runs from a blue-aqua to a green-aqua.  If it were really green even light green (apple green, emerald) it would be in ten times more valuable.  As for a book about Hutchinson's that would be very ambitious.  The book would be very thick because of the large number of bottles from many states.  I have seen a few books over the years that have included a few hundred, but I'd estimate there are probably 5000-10,000 different Hutchinson's.  I doubt we will ever see a complete listing.  Here are some guidelines for determining the value of these bottles 1) color = $$  2) clear and aqua are not colors under that definition. 3) A New York Hutchinson at a an Ohio Bottle show is worth less than at a New York Show.  4) Interesting pictures on hutches (some people are trying to amass a fifty state picture hutch collection) make them more valuable say in the $20-40 range.  5) The best price for most hutches can be gotten in the area from which they originated as that is where the greatest demand would be and demand sets price.  6)  If the name of the town is lacking and no ones knows where is is from it is probably not going to sell well.  7) dug, dirt, stained and damaged hutches will usually bring under $10.  Digger

Hi Digger, Ray E. I have two of your books about inks. I got a name on an umbrella ink that I just can't find info on. It is a twelve sided umbrella ink, open pontiled, 2 1/2" tall and aqua in color. It is embossed horizontally on four of the panels with "E. EICHELE" Got any ideas on this name? Also got an aqua bottle, open pontiled, 4 1/2" tall, 3/4" by 1". It is embossed "GENUINE ESSENCE" Can you tell me about this bottle? Thanks for any info you can forward me. Ray Emerson Vicksburg, MS 

Colored umbrellas are very collectible

For our readers who might not know what an umbrella ink is I have three different ones shown at the left. Yours is extremely rare and possibly unique.  Embossed umbrellas are few and far between with perhaps only a dozen or so different ones known.  I check a few sources and could not find the name you gave. A value would be just a guess but I'd estimate between $300-600+.  THAT'S A GOOD BOTTLE!  Your other one is very common for a pontiled bottle.  It probably contained Essence of Peppermint or something similar.  Value $20-25.  Digger

 

I have one decanter used for brandy that was given to me by my mother some years ago please just open the attached file and let me know whether it has a value, I need to know for insurance reasons I am sure that the decanter is silver plated it is getting rather tarnished and I am frightened to touch it on the bottom of the decanter there is an inscription that reads distillerie buton Bolongna Italia casa fondata 1820 plus another insignia I thank you and trust that if you can not give me an answer that you will pass this on to someone who can Malcolm

These are modern collectibles. Buton Decanter  

 

hello my name is Bob I have never been able to find any one who could tell me any thing about this bottle it is solid oak 15 inches tall with a solid oak top with cork glued to the bottom for a stopper

Bob your other picture identifies this "Old Oaken Bottle," as a product of the Southland Distributing Company, Chattanooga, TN, price $2.50.  I don't have much of an answer for you.  I found nothing in my references to the company.  I suspect it to be less than about 60 years old.  I have not idea about value.

 

Looking for any info on WHITE HOUSE VINEGAR bottle shaped like a lighthouse. The only thing I can find is that it was somehow connected to the Worlds Fair. Thank You Rick  

That is one I haven't seen.  Got a picture.  Maybe a reader will offer an idea.

I'm still trying to find information on a cobalt bottle I have. 15 inches tall, 5 inches in diameter. It has a screw-on metal top. There doesn't appear to have been a label on it. The only markings on it are an M or W in a circle on the (very thick) bottom of the bottle. We think it came from a drugstore. No chips, cracks or scratches. Any ideas on the type of bottle and value? Thank you.

It is tough to give you much information.  I can guess that the blue color is inspired by the likes of Bromo Seltzer.  These bottle came in large sizes which were inverted over a dispenser.  Your bottle sounds to be too large a diameter for such use.  Perhaps it held something like cotton balls or swabs.  Digger

Hi & help. I've got a bottle as described: It's a clear glass bottle [looks crackled}? not cracked, and is as follows: has the words MAMMY EMBOSSED on it raised, and a picture of a negro woman embossed and raised on it. Around the bottom it says MAMMY BEVERAGES CO.CONTENTS 60ozs. the BOTTOM ALSO HAS mammy EMBOSSED ON IT. Any help you could provide would be appreciated. Thanks, Japlmer

Mammy's Pale Dry Ginger ale was produced in the 1940s by the 20th Century Beverage Company of Philadelphia.  they registered the trademark of a picture of a black woman in an Aunt Jemima type outfit. Your bottle might be a bit earlier.  One sold on Ebay this week the last bid I saw was $49.  There is a great deal of collector interest in this type of collectible.  Digger

I hope you can help me. I am trying to find out some information about a bottle. It says "Sweet Bye & Bye Corning & Tappan NY" and is about 3 1/4" tall and 1 3/8" across. It is mold-blown and a lovely lavender shade. I am interested in finding out what was originally in the bottle and approximately how old it might be. Thanks! Terri 

So far Terri I have not been able to find anything but it is probably a cologne turn of the century in age.  Maybe a reader will know. A picture would help.  Digger

Dear Digger, while hunting a bottle dump the other day, my friend found a quart size Jumbo APPLE BUTTER jar with the picture of the elephant ,apple butter, Frank Tea & Spice Co , Cincinnati, Ohio on a clear bottle with swirls down the jar & a zinc top with glass insert. I have not been able to find it several books I have on bottles and another friend who collects Jumbo peanut butter jars says he has not heard of the apple butter. I would appreciate any info on the bottle, including age and value. thank you very much. Don Henderson

Your Jar is listed in the Red Book of Fruit Jars #7 for $20-25.  Age is around 1930-40s.  Digger

Digger, I'm not a collector of bottles, but curious as to the worth if any of a bottle someone gave me. Description: Dr. W. B. Caldwell's and below it says Monticello Illinois. Approx. 7" tall with rounded top and 2 1/4" wide. Thanks for a quick e-mail (Rob)

Your bottle is a product of Dr. William Burr Caldwell introduced in 1889.  It became a very popular seller well into the 20th century.  The bottle probably contained his Syrup of Pepsin.  embossed variants range in age from 1895 until 1962.  Bottles had a cork style mouth until 1942 when the screw cap replaced the cork top.  They are very very common with probably thousands of specimens known, hence the value of $1-2.  Digger

I have a one gallon whiskey jug from T.F. Bailey- Distiller, Ferrum, VA. Can you tell me anything about it? Thank you.

While I personally have never found the idea of collecting whiskey jugs appealing, I believe others might.  I really do not have a good answer about value.  It could be $10 or $200.  Depends upon local interest or some whiskey collector's whim.  My guess is somewhere in the middle.  It has appeal being from the South to some.  Digger  

Do you have any information on bottles and ceramic artifacts of St .Louis? Thanks, Chip Clatto 

There are many good antique bottle from St. Louis.  St. Louis, like Cincinnati a decade earlier was the last stop before a long trip West.  There are highly collectible inks, sodas and medicines from the 1840-1870 time period from St. Louis.  There are probably hundreds of collectible bottles from there.  You'll have to be more specific. Digger

Dear Digger,

My husband and I recently stumbled upon what we believe to be an old household burn pile. We dug up about eight milk bottles. Some had the painted lettering on them, some had no lettering, and one was embossed with "Chestnut Farms Dairy" "Washington D.C." We'd like to go back and dig some more, too. What is the best way to clean up these bottles? Some were actual terrariums. Also, do you know anything about this dairy in D.C. or can you tell us how we might find out more about it? It was really exciting finding these bottles and I'd like to start collecting. Are bottles that are dug up from the ground even valuable at all? Even if they aren't monetarily valuable it was still fun finding them. (Jody and Phyllis Armel)  Thanks so much for your help. Sincerly, Phyllis Armel

Sounds like you've found bottles from the 1930-40 period.  Cleaning them is best accomplished with soap and water.  Many will be stained from contact with the ground and water over many years.  This stain is not removable by hand.  It can be removed by machine cleaning, but that costs about $15 per bottle so it is not worth cleaning many cheap bottles.  The rule is if you like it then keep it.  You are correct about the excitement of finding them.  I have been enjoying digging for many many years and some of my favorite finds are bottles without great value.  Have fun.  Digger

I recently purchased a mini whiskey bottle from a digger at a show in Kansas City. Is is light purple in color. It stands 4-3/8" tall. Embossing reads "THE CRIGLER & CRIGLER CO. DISTILLERS COVINGTON, KY." The fellow bottle-head I purchased it from said it was VERY deep, and the color was not induced by the sun. It also has tiny scratches all over its exterior. Is there a way to remove the scratches without damaging the bottle? I have over 100 BIMAL bottles (mostly medicine's) but this little jewel is my favorite. What do you think about the color? Any info would be GREATLY appreciated!!! Thanks! Eric---

I have not seen this little beauty and I dig frequently in that area.  I can see why you are so fond of it.  I would tend to differ from what you were told about its color however.  Either, 1) it was exposed to the sun or  to a UV light, or 2) it was radiated.  Recently a few people have been exposing bottles to high levels of radiation, changing their color dramatically.  Yours appears to be natural.  The color comes from the ingredients in the glass (manganese) which reacts to UV rays in sunlight to give the purple color.  To me, from the picture, the bottle appears to have been dug.  The scratches (and light haze) can be removed by a professional bottle cleaner.  See my page about bottle cleaning. Digger

 

Hi, i have a bottle that came from the family of great uncle, described in book and history of Lemuel Blanch late 1700's. Very deep brown in color, applied wrap lip. . .pontil bottom hand blown, no mold. . .am interested in any idea you might have of price and who might be willing to buy. . . Thank you for your time and attention, look forward to hearing from you soon, van

 

Send me a picture.  I'll post it here.  List the bottle on Ebay if it has value it will sell.  If the bottle is of the age you describe it has value.  Digger

Digger:

I have about 30 Pepsi bottles and the wooden case to go with them. They are tall and slender with swirling up to the red and white label the says Pepsi-Cola and above that it has the words 16 ounce. At the bottom of the bottle it has a 0 B 62 and below the number code it has a 22. The "B" is circled. I also have some green Vernor bottles. How old are these and are they worth anything? Please advise. Thanks, Luisa 

Here is a link that will give the history of Pepsi.  www.pepsi.com.  Your bottle, I suspect is not too old.  I base that on the fact of it being a 16 ounce.  That size is odd for an older bottle.  Secondly the 62 on the base just might be the date.  Thirdly, if you have a case of them the value just went down, unless someone wants the entire bunch.  Sodas are value popular with collectors, but they frequently want the rare or unusual ones.  I thinks yours are probably worth $1-4 each. Shown below are several recent sales:
Pepsi-Cola: 12 Fl. Oz.9.75" tall. Good condition. Price: $4.00. SOLD
Diet Pepsi: Less Than One Calorie Per Bottle. 11.25" tall. Good condition. Price: $4.00. SOLD

Have you ever come across a dud milk bottle made I think in Texas around 1930

No, but maybe one our readers has.  Digger

Hi, my family and I just bought this bottle off the internet.  It fits the description of a 9 1/4 inch tall bottle and it weighs about 1.5 pounds.  With light shining on the bottle it appears purple.  There are no chips or cracks.  On the front is FRANKS SAFE KIDNEY & LIVER CURE, a picture of a safe and ROCHESTER NY. On the back is since 1892 works wonders.  This is not a polite way of drinking.  Nothing in this remedy will grow on anyone no danger of contracting the drink or any other kind of habit. On the bottom is Wheaton NY. So I am wondering if this is a reproduction?, because in a article I read it says some Wheatons are reproductions.  Thanx. 

You have a modern fantasy reproduction of a combination of old bottles (Warner's Safe Kidney Liver Cure and Spark's Kidney Liver Cure) Check out my article on reproductions.  Digger. 

This is a nice round 7 1/2 inch tall bottle and it weighs about 1.5 Pounds.  With an applied top with a flared tip for pouring and it appears aqua. The seem on one side stops at the neck and the seem on the other side stops before getting to the neck.  There are a few bubbles but not that many.  There are no chips or cracks, there is one small stain inside the bottle  from being in a hole for so long.   On the front there is raised embossing.  It says STUART'S INK MANUFACTURED ONLY BY STUART & HARRISON TOLEDO IOWA. The description of how the embossing is labeled is STUART'S INK is labeled above the word MANUFACTURED.  The word MANUFACTURED curves over the words ONLY BY.  Under ONLY BY is the words STUART & HARRISON. Under STUART & HARRISON is the words TOLEDO IOWA. n the bottom is smooth and it appears to be a hinged mold and embossing that says AnDHc.  The c is almost invisible to the eye, you can read it in the light only if tilted. o I would like to know the age, rarity, value, and history.  

You have an excellent bottle, not common at all.  Worth in the neighborhood of $150-200 maybe more to the right buyer.  The initials A & D H C stand for Alexander and David H. Chambers who operated a glasshouse in Pittsburgh 1841-1888. Given the key mold or "hinged mold" base, I think we can date your bottle to be somewhere between 1865-1875 give or take a few years. Digger

I have a question that is most likely "old hat" to you...I have a 1907 Wampole's sanguinaria cmpd. (opium) bottle with a great paper label on it!! Approx 1/2 gallon in size!! My problem is that it still has black tar gummy stuff in the bottom of the bottle that has apparently been rotting since 1907...perfect in all ways ....but when i first bought it the seller shipped it with the neck down and it now has runs inside the bottle....is there any safe way to clean this out without ruining the 93 year old paper label?? It stinks and i have no clue what to do in this situation?? Thank you for any help you may offer and i have bookmarked your site and found it to be very informative.....thanks byron hilton

Over the years I have removed much guck from the insides of bottles.  In the most difficult cases I have used Easy-Off Oven Cleaner (very potent stuff...use caution and common sense, safety eyeglasses,  lead apron,  OSHA approved splash guard, chemical proof exhaust hood with powerful motor for removing fumes.  Do not use with electrical wiring while standing in the bathtub. I assume no liability even if all of these instructions are followed. ...just kidding..).  You can take plastic wrap and wrap the outside of the bottle so that it covers the label.  Tape all the way around the plastic wrap so there is a water tight shield covering the label. Do not put the tape on the label itself.   Do not immerse the bottle, but you can safely rinse it out without fear of damaging the label.  Use the oven cleaner (it may get hot) several times if necessary.  Digger

Dear Sir, I was repairing the roof on our house which is over 100 years old and found an old bottle, the bottle stands about 8 or 9 inches tall and is about 2 inches thick, is has a pinkish cast or tint to it. The side seams stop at the beginning of the neck. There is no writing or numbers on it. there are a lot of air bubbles in it and it has a flat smooth bottom. Looking at the bottle from the front the top is wider than the bottom, the sides are rounded. Can you give me any idea on how
old the bottle is? Thanks for your help, Daniel Thomas

The bottle is almost certainly made between 1880-1910.  See my comments above about the pinkish or purplish color.  Digger

I dug this in a dump with 1860/70 era stuff. The house belonged to a surgeon in 1870. It is a pointed glass vial looking thing filled with liquid. It is sealed. ???   Thanks, Eddie

In looking through some old Druggist catalogs the closest thing I can find are called Hydrometers.  These were sued to determine the specific gravity of acids, beers, ciders, lye, milk, syrup alkali substances.  I also found something called leech tubes which may or may not be similar.  Any graduations or markings on the tube?  Digger


 I have a clear "Chaffee bottling Co. Pocatello Idaho NET CONT. 6 1/2 FLU. OZ, Bottle pat'd. Dec. 29, 1925." The seam goes around the bottom, up the side , and around the neck. The seam is real evident to the crown top then disappears, although it may "goust" up to the top. The bottom is smooth with a circle C and a 1 on it. The glass is clean and in good shape, except in two small rings where it rolled up and down on the beach. It has no cracks or chips. The bottle is 7 3/4" tall. Is this bottle rare or worth anything?    Thanks Dave S.

I found listings for Pocatello, Idaho drugstore bottles and milk bottles.  I also found lots of memorabilia from that city dating between 1910-1940.  It seems like it was a fairly good sized town for the region.  I expect the bottle is not that rare and has a value of $5-8.  Digger

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Dear Sir or Madam; I have four bottles, that I can't seem to find any info out there about.
1-  It's a glass baby bottle, 8oz, has a baby face in the front, and written "drink to your hearts content", underneath it has Samuel callet co., #3 and pch. pa . 

Samuel Callet Co. of Pittsburgh produced many baby bottles in the 1950s.  The list is over forty different nursery characters amongst which are Baa-Baa Black Sheep, Cinderella, Goldilocks, Old King Cole and many many others.  these were all pyroglazed (paint) some were made with just the name of the company others had the pictures which were made in a great variety of colors along with the variety of designs.   All were 8 oz, clear, rounded rectangle with five raised ridges on the curved sides.  They took a plastic cap.

2-  Also a glass baby bottle, 8oz humpty dumpty on the front sitting on a wall and written "humpty dumpty sat on a wall, humpty dumpty had a great fall! and then a picture of humpty dumpty on the ground fallen, underneath it the same info as the above, but, the number is too faded to know which one  This one is  also a Pyroglazed bottle dating from the 1950s  produced by the Samuel Callet Co.

3-  A glass baby bottle, 8oz with a baby on the front and "mother it's feeding time again", same info on the bottom but with #5 on it  Same as above.

4-  8oz, glass baby bottle, on the front it has DAVOL "anti-colic" brand nurser pat. pend. in blue writing, underneath it Davol rubber co. Providence RI, #1 made in USA do you know anything about any of the above or where I could find some info? Thanking you in advance, Shane
These blue pyroglazed bottles were produced in the 1960s, screw neck, wide mouth, clear, rounded square, made in four and eight ounce sizes. Digger


We have just dug up some old bottles and we have no idea how to find out information on them. There are 2 clorox bottles (glass) and about 30 others. If you could tell us where to start. thanks alot Ricky Purser Hartselle Al.

Ricky, This site will give you the background on Clorox and help you date your bottles. http://www.clorox.com/company/history/
http://www.clorox.com/company/bottleguide/


I would like to know what the value of an unopened led sealed bottle of pre-world war 1 COGNAC 

I have no idea.  Maybe a reader can help.  Check Ebay for such items.  Digger

Please help me. I have a light green bottle about 4 inches high. Molded up to the neck only (From what I read it is probably pre 1900).  It is about 2 1/4 inches wide at base and tapers slightly to about 2 inches, then bubbles out to about 2 1/4 inches wide again. (Bubble is about 1/2 inch high).  Then the 3/4 inch high neck starts, but has no mold mark. On the bottom:   BIXBY    and very faint number:  25 or 26 On the side:      Patented  MCH 6  83 Found Seaside New Jersey I have been trying to find a site to look up manufactures or a site to look up markings or symbols.  Can you help me. Sincere thanks for taking the time in reading this and returning any information you can give me! Glen

Glen, Your bottle is a shoe polish bottle.  It had a cork with a wire coming from it and a cotton ball applicator on the end.  These bottles come a a wide variety of styles and colors.  The bottle is known in teal, honey amber, dark amber, cobalt blue, green, yellow.  They are very common and always saleable in color.  Today there were seven Bixby bottles listed for sale on Ebay.  There are also several other bottle types put out by the S.M. Bixby Company of New York including a cone ink bottle.  Digger

Trevor Dear Sir, Well done on helping other people with their queries, it will come back to you a thousand times. I too am a collector and just love finding things like the following which I need help with.1. An ink container marked Calvert, James & Lovatt Langley Mill Notts. It is in the book of ceramic marks as 1865 1895. It is an impressed mark in an oval. Notts is printed in the centre with Langley Mill on the bottom of the oval and the name at the top. The ink container is dark brown glaze with a pouring lip and is 11cm high with a diameter of 52mm. the pouring lip or top starts at85mm from the bottom of the piece. The mark is on the outside of the vessel, not on the bottom but near the base on the actual container. Need Value and rarity already have year   

Have also found a Ginger Beer from H. Kennedy's Barrowfield Potteries, Barrowfield, Glasgow. It is in a light colored or creme salt glaze with a mark on the bottle itself near the base in an oval impressed with the no.68 in the middle denoting year of 1868. The bottle is22cm high with a diameter on base of 73mm approx.I need rarity and value. it is 145mm high with a diameter on base of 80mm it starts to taper to the pouring lip about 87mm from the base and has a really thick neck with a slight indent for pouring, need rarity and value? Once again keep up the great work, hope to meet you some day! Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Found a very rare Doulton & Watts Lambeth Medicine bottle of some sort have enclosed picture of mark which I'm sure will puzzle you as it has the curator of the museum at Doultons who had never heard of a mark like this before. I believe it is 1819 which would make it the oldest Doulton found in the world with a mark. It is salt glazed has an oval mark on the front of the bottle at the base saying "Doulton & Watts Lambeth" and the figure 19 in the middle!  Regards Trev and Sheryl Steptoe and Sons Perth Western Australia

Trevor,  Sounds like good digging down under.  I am a little uneasy about gioving estimates of value on bottles found  down there.  But I'll make a few general comments.  They all sound English (probably no surprise to you).  My experience here in the States is that pottery inks and bottles often do not command the kind of prices the glass varieties do.  That might be very different in England and Australia however.  Here the bottles you mention would all bring between $30-50 a piece.  One comment about your Doulton bottle.  The bottle may have been molded in a two part mold (top funnel shape joined to the base.)  If that is true, in this country is would mark it as a later piece.  It doesn't strike me as possibly being as early as you suggest.  I would also suggest it to be an ink and not a medicine.  Keep in mind I have no expertise in this area.  Digger.

Hi..these 2 are both dark green, smooth slopping sided bottles (look like 1/2 size wine bottles) anyway one is 9 1/2 " tall, has a seal on bottom but can't make it out. I don't see a line up the short blob type lip.  It has circular lines and curvy lines in it and somewhat different thicknesses.  The second is similar but 10 " tall, heavier and much thicker.  On the bottom is an indentation of about 2" w/a circular blob of glass pushed up into the bottle. Like an upsidedown U.  The lip is a sharp strip of glass that wraps it's way around the bottle's top but down about 1/4 ".  -I----I-L-----II I   this one has no markings, no lettering.  The first had the seal on the bottom.  A woman I knew who was a bottle collector gave them to me about 30 yrs. ago, I guess she dug them up.  She had hundreds displayed but I 've  forgotten anything she told me about them at the time.  Any ideas you might have would be greatly appreciated.  Like to know there age and any info. you would be kind enough to offer.  Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sherry

Sherry, The second one sounds a lot like a wine with a kick-up.  The kick-up was supposedly to collect sediment from the wine.  These bottles were made over a long period of time and similar forms are still being made today.  We dig them out of 1850 privies and also later privies.  They tend to vary mostly in their crudeness with the oldest ones being the most crudely made, often having many bubbles, may be misshapen and with very crude lips, very much like what you describe a a strip of glass.  The shape is important to the function.  Different type of alcoholic beverages came in different shapes of bottles.  Shape is also key to identifying age in many cases especially when dealing with very early bottles 1600-1820.  The first bottle sounds more like a late 19th century picnic wine with a blob top and no mold seams (circular lines).  Digger

Hello, my name is Kevin.
   I have a clear bottle that is embossed with the name T.M. Pilgrim and Sons mineral water, Hamilton and an  embossed lions head. Bottle is aprox. 10-12 in. tall and I think in good condition. Sorry details are not exact, but the bottle is not with me at this moment.  Could you tell me the value? Thank you, Kevin.

Sounds like it might be Canadian to me. Hamilton is between Ontario and Buffalo New York   north of Lake Erie.  Determining value depends somewhat upon its age.  A good early bottle (1850s) from Hamilton would have a much higher value than one from the 1920s.  Knowing what the lip, mouth, mold seam and base are like are key to telling the age.  I can guess from the fact that is it clear and not aqua or some other color is is probably later than 1880.  Given the information I  have I'd estimate the value around $10-15.  Digger


I am trying to find out the age of the following bottle: Purex - Amber color , 10 inches tall, the name Purex is made into the glass bottle, it appears that it had some sort of twist on top, it has seams on both sides and on the bottom the name Purex is printed also on the bottom is printed ( OES.PAT.APP.FOR) Your help would be very much appreciated. Thank you Jeanne

Your have a Purex bleach bottle.  Circa 1920-40.  Yours with a screw mouth is later.  A competitor of the Clorox bottle.  Very very common and not too saleable.  You can find them often for $2-3. The brand is still available.   Digger

What can you tell me? Inspector David M. Turno Public Information Officer Aiken Department of Public Safety

David, you have uncovered a torpedo soda.  these are similar to the round bottom sodas shown at the top of the page.  when these bottles have embossing or are in a color other than aqua, they are quite valuable.  Without either embossing or good color they sell for $8-15.  Digger

I am going to send you two e-mails w/attachments in hopes you can or direct me to someone that can ID this bottle.  Dennis

Dennis your bottle is a cider jug from the 1920-40s.  They are quite common, come in two styles (yours being the more attractive) and can be found in many antique shops.  Unfortunately your picture was not suitable for printing, but I happen to have one of them sitting around so I took a picture.  I have a $15 price tag on mine.  I have seen them for $15-30.  Digger  PS they make great lamps.



Hello Digger, Thanks so much for the help on the New England Cough Syrup.  I am seeking your help on another pontiled medicine.  It is aqua, 3 1/2" high, base is 1 1/2" across, deep open pontile, cone-shaped with rolled lip, embossed vertically with DALBY'S on one side and CARMINATIVE on the other, it is a very crude bottle and near mint.  If you can give me any info on the age and price, and also whether this cone shape or size is more or less desirable.  I would really appreciate any help you can give me.  Your site is great and thanks for your time.Barry Graham

Your Dalby's is covered in my Pontil Medicine Encyclopedia.  It is a very old medicine that was in production for well over 100 years.  Its origins are English, but it was widely produced and copied in this country.  The unique conical shape of the bottle was a easy to distinguish characteristic.  They are relatively common but still very collectible.  Price estimate would be $30-50. Digger

I need to know the value of a dysart square mason jar.; also would like to know the value of a chief soda bottle . Description of bottle is square etched indian chief head on all 4 sides . The bottling company is Springfield,MO. Coca Cola .

I could find no listing for "Dysart".  I need a more complete description to give an idea.  The Chief Soda is very common, but some bottling location are rarer than others.  I do not have good infomation on which are common and which are rare.  Digger


I have some glass bottles that state  "For victory buy united states war bonds" Is there any value to these ? 

Yes, I am sure there is.  The only bottles I have seen this on are pyroglazed (painted) milk bottles.  Condition is important as is the presence of pictures besides just words.  One round milk with a War slogan and picture of Statue of Liberty recently sold for $60.  Digger

 

I got this bottle from my Great Grandmothers house, I have no idea what it was as in cologne or  medicine etc.  It is called Natasha's Russian Root for Lost Manhood! Its in a white bottle with a cork top the writing is in blue and red! The cork has a word on it whether it has to to with anything or not I dont know! But the word is (Porteal A&F)! The words on the bottle seemed to be painted on by hand! The bottle does release an odd smell when opened which leads me to believe it was a cologne bottle! There is no other markings or years on the bottle.....it really is a mystery.!  I would just like to know if it is anything special or even if it really existed (the company) or was it made up...and if it is real what year, place, its from and its value! Anything you find out would be appreciated and I will be extremely grateful! Thank you so very much Adrienne

I could not find any listing in my sources for the name you mentioned.  The medicine bottle sounds like it should date to the 1930-1950 period because of the painted writing.  This painting on bottles was not done prior to those dates.  The decades of the 1920s and 30s saw many young men hoping to turn back the clock to the roaring days of their youth.  Mandrake root had an ancient reputation for sex-stimulating qualities reaching back into Biblical days and may have been what your bottle was advertsing.  It was one of the remedies heavily touted during that time period .  There were for sale an array of belts, rays, packs, jars, mechanical developers, salts, and glandular extracts to cure "Lack of Vigor" as it was often called.  Many of these items were advertised in the newspapers and sold discretely.  Most were short lived and left little trace. I'd estimate your bottle to be worth $10-15.  Digger


I am trying to ID any information about a bottle that has the following
markings. Alex. A Adams Chemist Alyth Reverse side of round bottle has Redfearn Bros. Barnsley The bottom of the bottle is marked  R   B   B The bottle is about 8-10 inches tall and light green color It has two creases along the neck that look like they were designed to allow the bottle to be held in a rack. There is a glass marble that seems to have something to do with dispensing perhaps a measured amount. At the top inside the glass is a cork or some other material washer or seal that the marble would close against if the bottle were held upside down. I have found that there is still a large bottle manufacturer in Barnsley called  PLM Redfearn Ltd. I presume they may be the current version of the manufacturer of this bottle. There is also a town called Alyth, which I would presume is where the chemist, Alex. A Adams practised. Do you have information on this type bottle, the estimated age, the manufacturer or the chemist? Any idea as to valuation of this bottle? Also, any idea if it was a dispensing bottle designed to measure specific doses? Thanks for any information you may provide or leads you may refer me to. Glen Horn

Colored Codd's such as those shown are extremely rare and south after.

Glen, your bottle sounds much like a Codd bottle (various types as shown above).  These were mineral water or soda bottles.  The chemist part might come in given the fact that to produce the carbonation  marble chips and acid were used.  If by light green you mean aqua (like the above bottles on the left) then your bottle is probably worth $20-30 here in the States.  True green would be a different story altogether. Typically the age of these runs between 1880-1910.  the marble was forced up into the mouth by the pressure of the carbonation. Digger
Here's the rest of the story: An Act of Codd


I have and old soda bottle that I need some information on. The embossed writing is BO No 5 DE (maybe BODE No 5?). The seam stops at the bottom of the neck. Its a light blue or aqua. If you could send me any information I would appreciate it. Bill Glodowski

I have no clue Bill, sorry.  Maybe a reader will help. Digger


Hello Digger, I found your address on the Antique Bottles Question website.  I'm very curious about a large stoneware jug that I found in my parents' cellar and would appreciate your opinion if you have the time. The jug is 18" high, shiny but slightly pitted light grey stoneware.  It has a stoneware screw-on top.  The handle was applied separately, like clay--large but graceful.  There are two bands of cobalt blue/white/cobalt blue that circle the jug, one band at the bottom, the other near the base of the handle. The word "Acker's" in blue is printed (stencilled?--it looks a bit smudgy) inside a blue rectangle, abt 7"w x 4" h.  There's an "A" logo inside a blue circle near the rectangle. Out of curiosity, I checked ebay.com for the name Acker's and there was an English Victorian advertising card for "Acker's English Remedy" for sale. There may be no connection at all between the jug and the card, but I thought it was interesting to note. Thank you for your help. Best regards,Jane Derosier

Jane, I am afraid I will not be much help.  Sounds like a late piece (1880-1930).  in some ways. 1) stenciling and 2) the screw-on top.  I do not think I have seen such a piece and would like to see a picture of it if possible.  I would agree that there is probably no connection with the Acker's English remedy.  Digger.


I know nothing about bottles especially old beer ones, anyway I have a Very nice Tivoli Denver Beer Bottle (Label if in great condition, no cracks, no lid) bought at an estate sale in Denver about 2 years ago, I don't know if there is a market for it or if it's worthless, just have no clue, if you could point me in the right direction, so that I could do some research I would appreciate it.  Renee, 

The company was in business for many years in Denver.  John Good began the company in 1900 it was also known as the John Good Brewery (1901-1904).  It became the Tivoli-Union Brewing Company through 1915.  during Prohibition is was the Western Products Co.  Then from 1933-1953 it was called the Tivoli Union Co..  From 1953 until 1969 it was the Tivoli Brewing Co. (also known as the Mountain Brewing Co.) Given the long history I guess the bottle is not rare.  If it is one of the older ones then it might have good value.  On the other hand Western Collectors may be interested.  Digger.


We found a brown bottle which has Uncle Jo in Brown Bottles. Would appreciate any information you might have on this. Thanks

My information is very sketchy.  There was an Uncle Jo's place in Ft. Worth Texas.  The name was also for a soda but I do not know if the two are connected.  The Uncle Jo soda bottle was made in 1929  is 6 3/8"  label on 2 sides in amber and sells for about $6-8.  

I live in an old creamery, it is now my house, and there isn't much left of the creamery.  I have found such nice treasures underneath the house as we have remodeled, etc. and one thing I found, among many milk bottles, was a bottle that has the embossed word MARLBORO twice around it's upper neck.  The bottle is about a foot tall and is narrow at the top like an old pop bottle.  It is larger in width than an old pop bottle, though being about 4" in diameter.  The word Duraglas in embossed in script at the bottom and underneath it in the center is a big circle with a capital M embossed in it.  Also underneath the bottle is 7037-G and 25 and 20 followed by a circle with something that looks like the shape of an eye over the circle followed by a 52.  Oh, it also says RECCAL. in the large circle that has the capital M. My dad and I just want to know what in the world was initially sold inside this bottle.  Was it a kind of soda pop or what?  Can you tell me or point me in the right direction to find this out? Sincerely, Karen Siverson of Custer, WA

Someone else asked about this same bottle and I was not able to help.  Maybe a reader will.  Digger

Dear sir,
    I have a bottle which I believe to be a whiskey bottle, it was found last summer on a lake bottom.  It is dark emerald green, 10 inches tall, ladies leg neck, applied lip, three piece mold and says "JOHN GILLON & Co's KING Wm IV" on the shoulder of the bottle. Any insight as to the bottle type and age would be appreciated. Thanks

Sounds like an 1860-1870 Whiskey (possibly Scotch Whiskey).  King Wm. Iv died in 1837.  I'd say from the description the bottle is much later than that date.  Digger

Hi there

I recently  found a Green glass Bottle for "Three In One Oil " with the raised lettering on the sides  no writing on the front or back. Its about 3 1/2 -  4 inches in Ht. and maybe 1/2 in wide. I was wondering when it was made .. and any value information? Thank You Bill Grimes

You have a a very common bottle.  They come in several sizes.  The date is probably 1890-1910 period.  Value is $1.  Digger.

Hi, have a collection of bottles that my parents passed down to me.  Have several that I feel would be of some worth.  Where to I start to look to find these, knowing very little, I don't know where to start. Have one in particular, blue in color, etched glass wording:  T.H. Hawkes & Co., Mineral Water, Thames Dillon, 10" high, very heavy glass.  Mint condition, no cracks or chips whatsoever. Can you assist me>  Please email me back.  Have lots more and could get pictures if you need them.  I don't know where to go to get these appraised. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Pamela 

 

I have been trying to find someone who can tell me something about a large bottle I found in an old warehouse. It is 17 inches tall and is shaped like the large plastic bottles used in water dispensers. It is clear glass and has raised letters that read "Blatz" when it is inverted. I have been told that breweries branched out during prohibition and distributed water. This could be one of those. Any information would answer some old questions. Peace
                                    Mongo

Your theory holds a lot of water....so to speak.  I would say the size and especially the inverted embossing suggests a water bottle.  Time period is okay also as there were many such water bottles made to fit in stands. Sound like a very unique item.  Digger


Hello sir,
Could you tell me the approximate value of these two bottles: large BOWDEN LITHIA SPRINGS GEORGIA, house and trees on the front, and ballpark of a small 3'' AVERY'S EYE CURE,   (pontiled) If you have time thanks, 

They both sound like good items.  If the Bowden's is a bimal bottle and not machine it is very good with aBall park embossed.  I'd guess $75+  The Avery's is exceptional.  Tough to price.  I'd say $300+  Digger

I have a bottle that my parents gave me a while back and I just had lying around for a while, Details as follows: Opaque white in colour, has a tinge of fluorescent green under strong light when angled. Mint condition no cracks or scratches Approx 7-8 inches high Arch shaped bottle flat base, 4 inches wide at arch, 1.25 inches thick from side. has rolled lip, with an indentation around and below it. base is indented ever so slightly and has another indentation in the center with the words Wheaton NJ in hard to read relief face I presume, has a relief of Benjamin Franklin with his name across the top of the Bust. The rear has a relief of a house with the word Glass House Wheaton Millville NJ 1888 the seam is where it gets weird for me it does not travel down the sides of the bottle rather starts at the side and travels slightly forward towards Bens bust. It also has a seam around the base which joins the above seam. Any help would be appreciated..regards Zoran

Your bottle is a new reproduction.  See my article on reproductions.  More accurately you bottle is a fantasy reproduction as no such antique bottle exists.  Your bottle was part of the Nuline series introduced in 1971.  The bottle originally had a gold cannonball type stopper.  All were machine made in milkglass. Digger

Hi Digger:  A question for you from sunny Arizona.  I have been fortunate enough to be in California and dug a "Needles Saloon, MB & Co., Needles, Calif." bottle with the metal top still on.  The bottom of the bottle has 345X.  It is a clear pint whiskey flask.  Do you have any knowledge on this or maybe point me to someone who would.  Thank you.  Sandy Crenshaw

I checked a few references and no luck.  I know a person who can tell you if you email me I'll give you his address.  He is shortly to come out with a book on Western Whiskeys.  Digger

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