January 2000 Questions

Digger Odell Publications

Hello, I hope you can help. I have a bottle that is a dark yellow-olive in color. It is about 41/2 inches high. Has shoulder seams-and a horizontal bottom seam. The shoulder seams end at the bottom of the neck of the bottle. The number on the bottom reads- 773, with a line under the top number and a bottom number that reads 5 A. The body of the bottle is square with rounded corners and on one side of the bottle is embossed in capital letters (ECLIPSE FRENCH SATIN GLOSS). Have you seen any of these? Please let me know either way. I appreciate any info. Thank you for your time, Truly, I.G.

Your bottle is a shoe polish bottle. Not too rare and worth about 10-15. Digger

Digger: I have a question about a bottle I have that I hope you can help me with. It was called a Lotes bottle but I'm not sure that is the real name of it. I cannot find any information on Lotes and no one has recognized the bottle so far. I would like to sell the bottle but I have no info to base my sale on (name, value, age, etc.). It is 6" tall and has dimples all around. The top is metal crowned over the glass, silver I think. It is tarnished. There are no markings on the bottle anywhere. I have included a photo which I hope helps. Thanks in advance for your help, Ray Como Ray,

This sort of glass is a bit out of my league and I am afraid I cannot help much. From its look, it could be Art-Nouveau Period possibly between 1910-1920. It has some of those characteristics. It could be European and much newer say from the 1950s. I have no good idea on value, but if it is American and from the early part of the 19th century. It could be a very good piece. Digger


Hi, I'm looking for the age and value of one of my poison bottles. I cannot find any info on it. Here goes- Parke, Davis & Co. Detroit, MI. Amber, 3" high-1" wide, no seams on lip which is rounded, slightly over neck, base is embossed with PD&CO 172. Labels are very clean & legible on front and back of bottle. Label (green & white) on top of cork is somewhat worn but legible. POISON and hobnails embossed on both sides of bottle. Contents are, YES there are still pills inside!, Bernays (Blue) antiseptic pills (Mercuric Chloride corrosive and citric acid. Under the word Bernays is (T.T. No 695) and stamped at the bottom of the front label are the numbers 2075487, no letters. There are no chips, no cracks. Is this enough info? I sure hope so. Some idiot claiming to know what he was doing, told me I had a bottle worth $50,000 and I bought the bull. Talk about embarrasing when it hit EBAY!! Full bottle of Dr. Kilmers in NMT box. I don't think that thing was on auction for more than a few hours before I pulled the ad. Hopefully, won't let that happen again. Thank you for all of your time and info. I have a large (5500) collection, mostly pre 1900, and it's hard finding info. I really appreciate this time you are taking. Thank you, Sheri

Sheri, Your bottle is a good one. It is not rare, but with the label and contents it is scarce. Similar bottles in the larger sizes are bringing from $85 for the 5" size to $200+ for the 7" tall bottle. 4 inch goes for about $50. As you can see the smaller ones seem to sell for less.

Dear sirI have and old brown coke bottle that is in mint condition, the writing on the bottle is, Registered this bottle must not be sold roanoke VA. and on the bottom it says root, could you tell me how old it is and what its worth. thank you. I was going to put it on ebay, but wanted to find more about it first. Patty,

I do not think that your coke is one of the rare ones. Amber Coke bottles were made between 1905-1916. There are eight towns in Virginia that were believed to have been sites for these bottles. Of those Roanoke, Staunton and Clifton Forge and several others are known. I suspect that the Roanoke is one of the more common Virginia Cokes. Condition is very important. Many of these bottles have "casewear" which appears as tiny bruises, scratches, and nicks. Sometimes the casewear can be severe. Collectors want mint examples when they can get them. I’d guess between $30-55 dollars more for a pristine example or one in a very light amber color. Digger

Rene, Hi John, I am sending you the pictures we spoke about. The bottle measures 8 inches tall. Any information that you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Rene

I do not think is very old. Probably made in the latter half of the 19th century. The bottle was made with some care.  It was frosted and painted, possible enameled.  The motif seem to have an oriental influence but I doubt that it is from Asia. More Likely Europe. Value. I can’t hazard a guess. Digger

The bottle I am trying to learn about is a gallon bottle, long neck with the words Uncle Sams Distilling Co. Jacksonville Florida. It is kind of pink in color. It has a picture of Uncle Sam on it. It also has a square with a circle inside the square and stars from corner to corner inside the square. On the bottom of the bottle are the letters BOLTD. It appears to be blown in mold because it has seams. This bottle has been in the family for about 50 years. Jack,

No doubt the bottle is a whiskey. From the description I guess it to be from about 1912-1922. I am basing this on the fact that you say it is kind of pink. I am assuming that the bottle is clear and has turned slightly purple from exposure to the sun. Clear glass prior to WWI was made with maganese which changes to the light lavender color. James Montgomery Flagg in 1916-17 created the memorable poster of Uncle Same saying "I want you." The poster Although the Uncle Sam character was created over 100 before. It seems likely to me your bottle maker was inspired by the populoar poster and named his company on the character about the time period I am suggesting. There is not a great market for whiskeys from that period. However the picture certainly gives the bottle some value and if it is not machine made it could be a good one in $50-100 range. If it has a screw top I’d say considerably less. Digger



I have a couple old bottles of Scotch. (1) is a Pinch bottle half is left from New years eve that when removed from the box, the little wires tuned to dust. The CAP is tough to explain but since it's the same as the other bottle, I'll do my best. The base of the cap has little gaps around it with a wire running through it. Then there is a a lever that when pushed down, tightens the cap in place. The second is a bottle of Dewars white label that is still unopened and full. The bottle can be seen on my website. Here is the link... http://www.users.uswest.net/~pgary/scotch.htm Can you give me an idea to the possible worth? If you need more info please ask! Thanks Gary Pina

Well, Gary, I got some good news and bad news. The bad news is your bottle is probably not as old as you concluded it was on your website (1904 or before). The reason is because in one of the pictures of the bottle can be seen the words, "Federal Law Forbids the reuse or resale of this bottle." Those words did not appear on whiskey bottles until after prohibition. That dates your bottle after 1931. The good news is you got some great aged scotch . Another sure sign is the type of closure you describe on the bottle. I’d suggest maybe the bottle could be 1940s.


I am writing in regards of a beer bottle that I have in my possession for the past 20 years. Its a black glass beer bottle. I think it is dated back to the 1860-1900. Underneath the bottle, there is a name "Dow & Co."; there is also a half label on the bottle that says "Dow & . The date must have been the missing half. The glass is thick enough and inside the bottle there is a cork. It is so dark that you cannot see this cork but you can hear it. To my knowledge, this bottle was hand blown and it is in good condition. The reason why I think this bottle is dated that far: my husband was working for a construction company that was restructuring this original building that was built in the 1860's as a Hotel or Tavern and found this bottle between floors. We have always kept it and now I am curious to see if this bottle is of any value. Should there be anything else that I should look for on this bottle that could give you more information or that would indicate the value of this bottle. From the information that I have given you, is this bottle worth anything? I have a hard time getting information for this particular bottle. I have checked on some sites of the Internet but no information on black glass. Can you help. Suzanne Larue

Suzanne, Sounds like you have hit the nail on the head.  Your bottle is almost certainly an ale or beer.  the dark color was to protect the contents.  Without a better idea of the lip or method of manufacture, it is hard to judge, but it is unusual to have these bottles embossed.  I was not able to find any reference to the name.  Thousands of these were imported from England in the 1800s.  Your might well be an English import.  The label makes it highly unusual, even with it only partially there.  It is very rare to find ales and beers of that age with labels.  I would guess it to be closer to the 1860 period.  Value is tough without a better look so I'll give a broad range  $25-80 depending on its age and origins.  Digger  

I just discovered an old Guiness beer bottle still sealed with contents intact and the original label still on, although a small piece of the label has been chipped away. The bottle was sealed with a cork and there is a lead seal around the cork. The glass is a very dark green and the bottle was made in three pieces with a recessed bottom. There are bubbles in the glass. There is no date on the bottle but it was imported and the label says E.J.Burke. I am interested in getting it appraised but not selling it. I am a beer lover and Guiness (stouts in general) is one of my favorite beers. I also brew my own beer as well. I think I just died and went to heaven! I have a digital camera and could photograph it and e-mail you a picture if you want. Thank you for your time! 

Neil Miller

Neil, Very nice bottle.  Most of these were imported and as I said above finding them with labels is highly unusual.  I'd guess the value to be in $60-80 range. If only is was embossed as well... Digger

 I have a bottle that has the word "Vinol" on the front on the bottom it reads "PRIVATE MOULD PATENTED APRIL 18 , 1898 "can you give me any information on this bottle ?

Yes, your bottle is fairly common in turn of the century dumps. The container and presumable the product was begun in 1898. It was still for sale in 1948. A turn of the century ad indicates it was a cod liver oil preparation for coughs and colds throat and lung troubles.  Here's the rest of the Story: Vinol Bottles

I have a very general question. I'm not a collector but have had a lot of curiosity about the following. I recently retrieved four bottles from a reef in over 100' of water off the coast of Barbados. It is one of perhaps a few scuba dive sites that are referred to as the 'bottleground'. They seemed fairly common at this location in upwards to 140' The divemaster I was with said that this site was a former wooden ship mooring location. They all appear to have been hand blown, (I think), no seams (I think) and based on my superficial review of antique bottle web sites are made from 'black glass' (except for one which is clear), but.....I defer to the experts. They are all full of irregularites, air bubbles. None have any identifying marks such as letters or seals. (but I'm still chipping coral of a few of them) The folks in Barbados thought they might have contained wine or rum originally. These bottles don't seem terrifically rare in that most dive shops there seem to have a small collection. Just Curious ? 


The bottles you refer to probably are "Black Glass bottles". They are common on wrecks and in harbors around South America and the islands. Those without seals to identify them have the least value. They general date from the late 1700s to the early 1800s. The more common forms of these are called ‘Onions". The earlier ones will not have any mold seams. Later ones (after 1830) may have various types of mold seams (2 or 3 piece molds). Most recovered from wrecks are in need of cleaning. They almost certainly contained rum, ale, wine or some spirits. Many are Dutch. All are European. The ones on display you’ve seen are probably the most common varieties and sell for $60-120. $20-30 for the molded varieties. Seal bottled sell for much more. Digger

I have found an ABM bottle--clear in color with the following wording embossed. On two sides of the neck the letter B is raised. One side of the bottle has the word BIG raised, diagonal, while continuing diagonally around the bottle is the word BILL. All letters are clear and stand out from the bottle. Near the bottom is the statement TRADEMARK REG. PAT.APPLD. FOR PROPERTY OF W.B.TAYLOR AND C.T. LONG 8 1/2 OZ. What kind of bottle is this? It appears to have a lip that would have been opened with a bottle opener. This is the only bottle of this kind I have ever seen. Is it of any value? Carol Lunsford 

Your bottle is almost certainly a soda bottle from the 1940-1960 time period. Thousands of different soda bottles were produced. There is only a very small market for the clear embossed varieties. Collectors are more fond of the painted label sodas. Digger

 While clearing out an old house we found this old cough syrup bottle in the wall. It is in nearly mint condition with a little tear on the label. However all the words are still readable. It has raised lettering on the sides and back. The price on the syrup at the time was .50 cents the company who made this was D.W. Hatch & Co. Jamestown N.Y. The raised lettering on one side says Universal. According to the color chart I received from the internet the color of the bottle is an aqua green. The bottle base is key mold circa. The lip is I believe a double collar, it's like a crown top that's upside down. It does not have a lid or any contents inside. I would like to put it in a cabinet however would really like to tell the value and year of this item. I would greatly appreciate any information you can give me on this item. Thank You for your time. Sincerely; K. Latten 

Kim, Your medicine bottle is known in two sizes. One about 6 ½ inches and the other 8 7/8 inches tall. The bottle embossed as you described is the oldest variant. Advertised as early as 1876. A later variant has embossing similar to your but with the additional words, "Emry Davis / Sole Proprietor / New York // Emry Davis Successor to D.W. Hatch & Co., Jamestown, N.Y. The later variant advertised as late as 1915 when it was being sold by Emry Davis & Sons in Brooklyn, NY. I would place an $10-15 dollar value on your bottle. Digger


I have a milk bottle and would like to know if it is worth anything. It is a bell shaped bottle, with the words DairyLand creamery co. 205 south pine and the phone # 1330. Know anything about it? Brenda Richardson

Brenda, You probably have no idea how many milk bottles similar to yours exist. I would estimate the figure to be at least 5-10 thousand. Without a town or a place to begin it would be very hard to track down. If you knew the town, you could call the local library and since there was a phone number, we can estimate the date to be in the 1910s-40s. since it is a four digit probably the later date. Every town had a number of dairies. The bottle’s value is probably $3-5.

Hi, We have a 5" tall, amber glass, square bottle. Each side is appr. 3-3/4" consisting of 25 raised squares (which are indented on surface). Beautiful bottle-excellent condition. The mold lines are diagonal and end at the neck. The neck is slightly crooked. Any ideas? Also, we have hundreds of bottles from before 1900. Thank you for any information you can give us. Alan

Sounds like a poison bottle with raised ridges to warn the user of the danger.

Hello Digger, I need your help again with three ginger beer or ale crocks. First is a two tone Ginger beer glazed bottle 8" tall. The only mark is an oval circle near the bottom with the names of SRUSVENOR {?} GLASGOW imprinted within it. Do you have the correct spelling for the first name because the imprint is very hard to read on mine. I would guess the value at around $20. The second glazed crock is 9" tall and has an ear or small handle for the finger and imprinted under it in script is H=: NUM:109. The front has a circle with NIEDERSELTERS above NASSAU below and an EAGLE with outstreched wings in the circle center. Below the circle is something like ONIGLICH PREUSSIISCHE BRUNNEN-VERWALTUNG {Dutch?} Again I think there is more to the first word but can't make it out. Did this contain ale or gin? Possible value? The last one has a large oval circle with the imprinting H.W. SCHLICHTE and AELTESTE BRENNEREI and STEINHAGEN and what appears to be a small letter i or romam number 1 then /W. It's rather heavy and 12" tall. On the bottom is an EAGLE sitting on GLOBE with a banner in the center of the globe that reads SCHUTZ-MARKE {Dutch German?} It has a dark tan glaze to it. I have no idea as to what the contents were, how old it is or possible value. They were all dug in a private dump that closed before 1900. Any help would be greatly appreciated. My knownledge is strickly with bottles and the dozen or so books I have only list a limited number of ginger beers. Regards again, Allan Tiltti

Maybe one of our readers can help with these. I can’t tell you much.  Like you said, my knowledge is with bottles.  These sound like foreign imports.  Maybe a reader can help identify some.  Digger

Dear Digger, On your Website, I saw a request about Lestoil Flasks. I have some, and I am trying to find out their worth. In 1971, in "The Original Bottle Price List," I found the worth of these flasks. Last year, I bought the latest price list book and Lestoil flasks were not listed. Could you please steer me to a publication that shows the worth of my flasks, or any information on these flasks. Why would the Kovels list them in their 1971 book and not in their 1999 publication? Thank you in advance for your assistance. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Conrad Phillips, : 

Conrad, Like in all areas of collectibles, the price of any thing is determined by the supply and demand. When the Kovels wrote their book in the 1970s, bottle collecting was a relatively new hobby. As it has matured, people have become more selctive in their wants. Your flask are just too common to have much value to anyone except beginning collectors. You can establish a value by checking on Ebay and seeing what they are selling for. I checked today and found five Lestoil flasks (3 different types) being offered. All three had a minimum bid requirement of $5 with no reserve and after three days, none had had a bid. My guess is that if they do sell it will be for the minimum. Digger

Hello "Digger"  My name is Bill Haase, and I have a question for you! I began digging bottles about a year and a half ago. Living in Northern Iowa has many advantages, but a shortened dig season. I have recently gotten on the net, and am finding info on some of my finds. My question for you is as follows: Clear glass; 6 1/2" tall: corker; embossed on side: VALVOLINE OIL COMPANY (in an arc) USA TRADEMARK ; THE PENNSYLVANIA OIL WITH THE REPUTATION " It looks like it would hold about two or three ounces of oil. It did have some oil in it when I dug it but no cork, so I cleaned it up for display. Thanks again for any info you can forward on this bottle. Happy Diggin!

Bill, I’d give your bottle a value of $3-4 in bottle circles. You might have better luck with car collectors. I have not seen the bottle before. Sounds like it would date around WWI period. Digger

Hello, my name is Neil Lake, I live in Victoria BC. Myself and a few friends have found a treasure trove of bottles in a small harbour. Over numerous dives we have started to acquire quite a collection. To date I have not been able to locate a good reference book that would aid us in aging the bottles. We have learned quite a bit from the web but would like to learn more. Do you have any recommendations. I would also like your opinion about two bottles I have retrieved from a 1884 German shipwreck. They are 10", applied top, cork closed bottles (can't remember the bottom type as they are in Halifax in safe storage). What's unique about these bottles is that they still contain their contents, reportedly it is Champaign. Would these bottles be of any worth to a collector? Look forward to your response. Neil Lake

The web is probably your best source of information about dating bottles aside from going to shows and talking to other collectors. I have some information on this site and I known many others do as well. I suspect the contents of your Champaign bottles has been ruined by their submersion. My observations about the people paying big money for old booze is that it still be potable. Labels are probably also missing so I would say that the contents add little to value. Not much demand in the bottle collecting world for champagne bottle. I have dug hundreds and have sold less than a handful. Many times we simply pitch them back in the hole. The exception is if they are pontiled. However, yours coming from an 1884 wreck are not likely to be pontiled. They probably have the most value in the context they were found. Locally they might bring a good sum if you worked up a history to go with them. Digger


Help I have a small glass bottle vial in shape writing is Gebroeders Waaning Tilly color is light green can you tell me anything about this bottle . I also have a stoneware mug in shape no handle writing is not genuine unless bearing the W M P pharleys on bottom thanks Blkal1


Your glass vial contain a medicine called Haarlem Oil. Claas Tilly, claimed to be the inventor in 1672. I have written more on this subject in other questions I get. Your bottle is not nowhere near that old and probably is from the latter half of the 19th century. This medicine was imported from more than a hundred years. It was for colds, coughs, and a host of other ailments. The Holland Medicine Company was importing it around 1900.  The picture at the left is a Claas Tilly bottle but is probably the same medicine except put up by a competitor.  

I can't help with the jug. Digger.



I recently found an antique bottle embossed DOCTOR ROGERS LIVER WORT AND TAR this bottle is Aprox. 8 1/4 in. tall and is open pontiled its color varies from a light cobalt blue to a medium corn-flower blue depending on the thickness of the glass. Do you have any info. regarding a possible value for this bottle? Thanks for your time.

Great Bottle PrivyDigger!!. The bottle in aqua is scarce. I suspect it was a competitor of Scovill's Dr. Roger’s Liverwort bottle of Cincinnati. The darkness of the color makes all the difference. I’d be guessing but I’d say in the $800-$1200 range if the color is good. In pure cornflower, I’d revise that downwards to $350-450. Digger

Actually the bottle sold for $14,000.00 !!!!!!!!!!

Harold and Joan

We have a large, jug type, bottle. We have been told that it is a large wine jug. It is covered with wicker and has a handle on each side. It is about 16 inches across and 21 inches tall. It is covered from top to bottom in woven wicker. It has a cork type top which is about 2 inches high. Would be interested in finding out the origin and approximate value or age. Thank you, 

Harold & Joan, Covering large bottles with wicker is an old practice. It continued up through the 1890s and possibly beyond. Small and large demi-johns were wicker covered. Harper’s Whiskey had a wickered covered bottle from the 1880s. Many of these have not survived as collectors, wanting to see the age cut holes in the bottom to check for a pontil mark. Other times dealers removed the wicker so the color of the bottle could be seen. Yours could have been made anytime from the 1840s through the turn of the century. The key dating signs are covered by the wicker and would be the presence of a mold seam stopping below the lip and a pontil marked base. You can check to see if the bottle is machine made by closely examining the top of the lip for any sign of a mold seam. If the bottle is machine made, it probably has little value to collectors. Digger.

Value (if any) and information about bottle found in landfill closed in 50's or so. Green. Zitz on bottle. Guessing at last letter, it's a bit faded. Looks like a soft drink bottle. Thanks for your help. Cecon 

I have not heard of the bottle, maybe one of our readers can help.  My guess would be $3-5 Digger

Hello While down by the river fishing one day I found a little bottle I don't think its very old or worth much but I would like to know what it was its a light blue tint and on the bottom it is labeled L H Thomas Co Chicago in the middle is a number 57 and blow that 13 . I've looked through many pictures on the web and still can't find any similar. Just hoping you'd know what it was . Jennifer Denson Oregon

Jennifer, Your bottle is an ink bottle. L.H. Thomas was an ink manufacturer from the 1870s-1920? Being aqua yours is probably one of the earlier ones made between 1870-1890. Since the embossing is on the bottom the value is probably $3-5. Digger.

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A number of years ago, my grandfather gave me some bottles that he had collected in Mississippi. One I cannot find any information on is a 9" aqua bottle by Biedenharn Candy Co., Vicksburge Miss. All I know is he told me it was a soda bottle for the first coke. Those words are enscribed in a circle on the front of the bottle with the word Registered about 1 1/2" above that. There are no other markings. Bottom is smooth. There is no cap. There is a mold impression from bottom to top on the sides. I have several of these bottles, all in excellent condition, and I was curious about them. I have looked in bottle books since I got them, with no avail until recently. Kovels shows a 7" aqua bottle by Biedenharn. No where else have I ever seen the name Beidenharn listed. Thank you in advance for any light you can shed on bottles. Thank you, Christi Cooper 

Christi, The first company to put Coca Cola in bottles was the Biedenharn Candy Co. of Vicksburg, MS. In a recent Article in The Antique Bottle & Glass Collector Magazine January 2000, Harold Halcomb who probably has the world’s largest collection of Biedenharn Candy Co. bottles, indicates that he and his wife have collected 25 different Biedenharn bottles. I believe from the article I can deduce he has 15 different varieties similar to yours (without the words Coca Cola on the bottle). I’d suggest writing to the Antique Bottle & Glass Collector (you can find several links on my website) and contacting the author. I am sure he’d be glad to help you out. Digger

Hi Digger, I dug the following bottle out of an outhouse that was being uprooted in a downtown Salt Lake City building project. Please let me know what the age, rarity, value, and history is. I have an excerpt out of a bottle book--the bottle blue book--that says it may be worth 2000 to 3000 dollars. Am I dreaming? What is your estimate on value at auction? - embossing says - Miller's Extra Trade Mark E. Martin & Co. Old Bourbon - it is 7" tall - the parting line(mold seem) stops on the neck and the lip has no seem - the base of the bottle has a round indentation with no mold seem going across it (pontil marked?) - as I said before it has a horseshoe shape and is kind of flat - it is a medium amber color - the only imperfections or damage I see on the bottle is that it has some air bubbles inside the glass and doesn't have a completely smooth surface. it has some waviness to the glass and a few dimples. all these imperfections appear to be molded into the glass at the time of manufacture. otherwise there are no scratches, chips, fleabites, or stains of any kind and the surface looks "wet". I am sending a couple of pictures along which I hope can help you out. Thank you very much for taking your time to help me out. I hope you have good news for me!

Rich Stroebel

Rich,  Stories similar to the one you have heard about the value are common. Bottles worth $2000-3000 are not. Yes, someone did probably pay the price above, but not for the bottle you describe. The key here is color!! The really expensive Miller’s are in shades of green and olive green or olive amber. In July 1999, at the Reno, NV bottle show, There was a contest to determine who owned the best Miller’s Extra Old Bourbon Flask. Entered in the contest were 15 Large design Miller’s extra and 13 Small design flasks (obviously there are two varieties). The top example was a small design, nicely whittled in green. The top large designs were amber with olive overtones. You might want to subscribe to the Western Whiskey News (newsletter) by Roger Terry, P.O. Box 42, Morgan, Ut 84050. PS, this bottle is not pontiled. Your bottle is a good bottle and in demand. Western Whiskey bottles are hot and probably is worth $400-600. Digger

Sue and Steve Pack

Dear Sirs, I have a bottle of Whiskey I wonder if you could help me price. It is a bottle of Canadian Club distilled by Hiram Walker Importers Inc. The label reads: Canadian Club Distilled in 1948, the year Jack Wusick Joined the company. Bottled in his honour and presented to guests at his retirement dinner April 11,1975 The bottle is gold plated with all the seals still intact. It has a screw on top. It also has a pouch that it fits into. This bottle has never been opened and is in mint condition. The label is in gold with black lettering on it. It has the seal of Canada on the front label, and around it, it has by appointment to the late Queen Victoria 1898 1901:by appointment to the late King Edward VII 1901 1910: by appointment to the late Kong George V 1910 1936:by appointment to the late King George VI 1936 1952.Then under it, it reads by appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, suppliers of "Canadian Club" Whiskey. I would appreciate any help you can give me on this. If a picture would help let me know and I can e-mail you one. Thank you for your time and effort on this.  Earl Oswald II

I have no clue. My expertise is on older bottles. Wild guess…$30, Digger

Charles Farber

Hello- I'm an archaeologist digging at the Governor's Mansion in Chillicothe. So far we have recovered over 65,000 artifacts, including an assortment of medicines. Are you familiar with molded medicines from this area? If not, could you direct me to someone who is? I have already located some data about R.H. Lansing and G.W. Denig. However others such as: Whittlemore, Boston ASU, McKee & Co., Pittsburg and fragments: ELEGA LAV, G.S ) JACKS OWER HARMAC have elluded me so far. I will recognize your contribution in the finished report. Thank you Ed Faber

Ed, I’d be happy to assist. The R.H. Lansing is a fairly common 1880-1890 pharmacy bottle, while the George W. Denig bottle could be from 1850-1880s, depending upon the method of manufacture. The Whittemore is a shoe polish bottle from the 1890s and the McKee & Co. is a Pittsburgh glass manufacturer 1834-1886 Samuel McKee & Co. they were manufacturers of window glass and green glass. I have seen the mark on fruit jars and other bottles. In 1888 the name appears to have been S. McKee & Co. In any archaeological analysis the objective is arrive at a date range. Typically the ceramics you find may even pre-date the time of settlement or deposit by significant amounts of time. This is due to the fact that ceramics were kept around and thrown out when broken. Bottles and glass shards will often provide a tighter date range as they were less likely to be kept around for long periods. Together the ceramic and glass ranges overlaps should give a good estimate of dates of occupation as well as give indications of living style and habits. The analysis of 65,000 artifacts ought to keep you out of trouble for the next five years or so. Digger

Digger, I have a very unusual bottle that I am unable to find any information on and hope that you might be able to help me. I will try to give you a very detailed description. Light Aqua Green with matching glass stopper 9 1/2" tall without stopper 10" tall with stopper Shape: Body is shaped like a beer barrel with raised lines around and up and down Base of body measures 13 1/2" circumference On one side of the base is a 5 and on the other side is an L in an oval circle On the front of the bottle is a raised diamond - 3 1/2" wide and 1" tall with SPARKLETTS printed in it with the S's being the smallest and the KL being the largest to fit the diamond shape Middle (widest) part of body measures 16" circumference Neck measures 6" circumference Neck is 3" tall and has a tiny screen pattern that appears to have been hand-etched as the lines are not uniform

 There is a 1/2" smooth band that flares to make the lip. However, there are seams on each side, and the top nor the bottom of the seam lines extend into the neck or over the lip. Glass Stopper measures 3" across and has a raised screen pattern also but in a larger variation Sparkletts is written in cursive. It appears that it had been written previously, removed and rewritten. It is faintly visible if one looks carefully. Again, the lines are not uniform and it appears that they were placed individually on the stopper. 

The cap portion is 1/2" thick and there is a 1 1/2" diameter x 1/2" long neck that goes inside the bottle. Now, the base seems to have two circles. The outer circle has two tiny lines 1/4" long, the inner circle has two tiny spots that look like something was pinched off. The spots are no bigger than a wooden matchstick end. Also, in raised lettering on the bottom is the following: TELEP HONE PRIVATE EXCHANGE ALBANY 1171 OR ALBANY 117i I think it is ALBANY 1171 and the inner circle was placed over the last 1 making it appear to be an i This is clearly speculation. It appears to be in very good condition. There are no cracks, chips, breaks or stains on the bottle or the stopper. I would love to know its history, age, rarity and value if possible. Also, is this something that would sell easily? Thank you for your patience in reading this. I realize it is long, but I wanted to try to give you as much information as possible since I have no way to send a picture. Anything you can do to help me would be greatly appreciated. Alice Wilson

Alice, Your bottle is very likely a refrigerator table water bottle.  There was a Sparkletts Drinking Water Corp. in business probably in the 1930s-1950s time period (place unknown to me).  Your bottle's wide mouth and fancy design suggest a pouring mouth and the design would be pretty enough to set on the table.  There is an aluminum bottle opener designed for opening a container with a wide-mouth.  Quite possibly water was delivered in a large container and pouring into the smaller container which was kept in the refrigerator. This makes sense having the telephone number on the bottle so you could call for more water.  The company advertised on TV at some time (1980s)   The commercial showed a picture of a water truck delivering to a home.  I'd guess your bottle to be from the 1930-1940 period.  It probably is worth in the range of $15-30.  Digger

We found this bottle and we was wondering if you could tell us how old it is? Near the top it says Federal Law Forbids sale or re-use of this bottle. Near the bottom it has 4/5 quart. On the bottom it looks like this: 5227 70 2 Liquor bottle L16 T D-126 It's all raised letters, there's something else beside the T but we can't Make it out. It has a screw on lid. And its about 16-18" tall. If you could let us know anything it would be appreciated. Thank You. Regards, 

 Your bottle was made between 1932 and 1964. The words Federal Law Forbids….were required when prohibition was lifted in 1931. Digger

Michael Spencer Spencers97

Hi, I found a black bottle under a house in San Angelo Texas. It looks like a longneck beer bottle. On the bottom, in raised letters, it reads MISSON ORANGE DRY REG. It is so black that when you hold it up to a light, you cannot see through it. I would like to find out what it is worth if anything. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank You Micheal Spencer

Misson Orange Dry was a soft drink bottled in the 1930-40 period. The bottles usually sell for $15-25. They are rather unique being made of black glass. I wonder if the Design patent number is on the bottle. I think I recall it being 95156 or something similar which would date it about 1935. Digger


Hello! I have a bottle I’ve been carrying around for about 30 years. I found it as a child in Iowa in a stream. It looked like a Coke bottle at first, I wiped the dirt off and realized it was not. To describe it, it has an hour glass shape with a neck, was not a cork top, has raised letters stating drink delicious Blud Wine for your health's sake. Trade mark, 7FLD.oz. and at the very base 16 S 3. Flat bottom, color is clear with a green tint, has seams on both sides, about 8 or 9 inches tall. I don't know if this was an actual wine or what. I have looked all over and haven't found any information on this on. See what you can dig up I would appreciate it very much.

Mike & Sherry

I believe it was a soda type bottle but I couldn’t find any info about it. Maybe a reader can help.

Dear Mr. Odell,

The bottle I have came out of the Penn state university. My cousin was hired to refurbish the front of the school and there were three bottles in the walls. As close as I can tell the building was built in 1853-1855, My cousin told me back then they hired people called shakers to do the building.That's about all the history I've been able to find on it.The bottle is embossed with C SOLLER PHILADA the last a is barely there There is an S on the other side color is deep teal green I believe it was blown in a mold after reading your stuff. The seam ends part way up the neck. The top has a double collar. There was no closer with it. Not sure of the condition I would guess very good to near mint. I haven't got the dirt washed out of it yet. It has many colors in it when you hold it up to the light. It is 7" tall, the base is crooked. One side is 3" and one is 2 3/4. It weighs 1 pound. The whole bottle is crooked. One side is rounded out more then the other. There is some cracking on the inside of the bottle top but you can't feel it,There are bubbles in the glass. I would appreciate any information you could give me about this bottle.I haven't been able to find anything like it. I have attached some pictures for you to look atMany Thanks Sherry Cullen


Sherry, Your bottle is a soda bottle from the 1860-1870 time period. I base this on the form (called a squat soda) and the lack of a pontil on the base. Philadelphia had more soda bottles than just about any other city. Probably it was put there during a renovation. It is not likely that it was put there between 1853-1857. There is excellent documentation that Philadelphia sodas stopped being pontiled in 1857-1859. with the invention of the "snap-case", a devise for holding the bottle while the lip was formed. I would estimate the value to be in $30-50 range. I am not familiar enough with all the Phila. Sodas to comment on rarity. Digger.


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