June 2000 Questions

Digger Odell Publications © 2000

I've seen many items on ebay described as Wheaton bottles, for example, with images of famous people on them. What is a Wheaton bottle? I know they are not really antique, just collectible. But what are they?

The Wheaton Glass company of Millville, New Jersey, a division of the Wheaton Industries began producing "collectible" bottles and flasks about 1967.  It was at this time that the bottle collecting hobby was gaining momentum.  The first series was the Presidential Series of eighteen flasks and bottles with the likenesses of presidents made for Nuline Products Company.  By 1974 more than one and a half million had been produced.   In 1975 the responsibility for producing the bottles fell to the Wheaton Village Historical Association at which time they began to limit the numbers of each item produced.  Ironically, as their popularity grew, An Italian company and other companies began reproducing the Wheaton bottles.  Other companies like the ones shown in the ads below began making their own reproductions.  The most famous of which had been doing so for many years, the Clevenger Glass Works.  Digger

These ads ran in bottle magazines in the 1970s.  Numerous Clubs and organization had their own bottles made.
The Holly City Bottle Company also of Millville, NJ
offered its own bottles.  The ad indicates a free Mint Presidential Bottle with the coupon.

Need info concerning this bottle. Dark green, 6 in. high with name "COSPORT MUMBY & Co." also on bottom are the initials RCB and #4923. Picture Thanks Norm

Need info concerning this bottle. Dark green, 6 in. high with name "COSPORT MUMBY & Co." also on bottom are the initials RCB and #4923. Picture Thanks Norm

Neat bottle Norm.  I'd guess it to be English or Australian, more likely English.  Probably a soda but possibly a Citrate of Magnesia.  It looks to date about 1880 or so.  I can't tell you anything about the company. I'd guess its value around $20-30.  Here's more: Round Bottom Bottles Digger

I hope you can help me. My father was a bottle collector (actually, he collected a lot of stuff!) and I have found some bottles amid his things. I admit it, I know nothing about bottle collecting, but one in particular got my attention. It is a trapey's bottle that is a series of "globes" (4, counting the top and bottom) with short "necks" in between. It has Trappey's 371 embossed on the bottom. I don't recall seeing any bottles like this, but I haven't really paid any attention. Well, I thank you in advance for you assistance.

Your bottle is probably a pepper sauce bottle.  Trappey's is the name brand of a line of hot pepper products.  I suspect your bottle to be from the 1930s but can only guess without knowing the type of closure on the bottle. Digger.

found a bottle while digging. 12 foot down in an old dry well. Whiskey bottle. amber. 9 1/2 " embossed on melted glob of glass below neck, Paul Jones whiskey Louisville KY. any Idea

Your bottle is well known and common.  I have even seen a few with original labels.  The melted glob you refer to is called an applied seal.  While this sort of seal is often found on very early bottles, the Paul Jones company used it on theirs in the 1890s and perhaps even later.  The bottle has a value of $10-15.  Digger

Digger, I wrote you about the Kessler bottle. The bottle has Federal Law Forbids Sale or reuse of this bottle. The label lacks the words SMOOTH AS SILK and the new bottles say they have used this saying for over 50 yrs. I went back to the lady that gave me the bottle and she said she is pretty sure it is from the mid 30s. I have tried without success to find the Kessler distillery. It states on the new bottles that it's in Frankfort and Clermont KY but according to sources there no Kessler dist. is in either place. Maybe one of your readers can help me out here. Thank you so much for your reply to my question and your excellent web site. Bob

Anyone have any information? Digger

 I have bottle professional baseballs 100th j beam what is worth, also elephant in helmet on football j beam the same 

Ebay has both bottles for sale this week.  The Beam Professional Baseball has an asking starting price of  $9.95 with eight days left and no bids.  The Elephant in helmet on a football could also be found this week for sale beginning at $9.99 six people looked at it no bids with one day left.  Like with most Beam bottles the supply exceeds the demand, Today Ebay had 401 Beam bottles for sale.  The most popular Beams that were selling for over $10 seem to be the automobiles.  Many were bringing $30-60.  The I dream of Genie Beam is also very popular two were offered one had thirteen bids. About half of the Beams for sale did not sell. The average asking price was about $7.  Digger

Hi, Maybe you can help me............I have been recently going through some of my grandfathers things...............and came across an amber flask type bottle with and S on the bottom. the bottle looks to have an applied double collar with a double ridge coming from the bottom just to the base of the neck.. Would it be at all possible to tell me something about this bottle. I would really appreciate it. Thank you, Sincerely, Pam Boswell

Pam your bottles sounds like one from the 1880-1890 period.  These flasks seem to show up both in the Eastern and Southern part of the country.  I have dug for years in the Midwest and never found one.  The bottles were stock bottles purchased from the Glasshouse or a jobber who specialized in such things.  Proprietary labels were pasted on and they were filled.  The only reference to the letter "S" I could find was for the Southern Glass Work but the dates of its operation do not match the age of your bottle.  Usually in amber these bottles bring $10-20.  Digger

Hi, I'm a dealer who's bottle illiterate. A friend brought me a bottle to identify and I could really use some help. The bottle is 10 1/2 " high and says "contents 64 fl. ozs. Embossed on the bottle is an indian getting water from a spring and it says "Chemung Spring Water"...at the bottom it says "trademark". The bottom of the bottle has a manufacturers mark which I found in one of my reference books as the Thatcher Glass Mfg. Co. There is no pontil. Other numbers on the bottom are 479, S1, and 55. I thought maybe the bottle is a reproduction, but it does have wear on the raised picture/letters which indicates some age. I would appreciate whatever information you could provide. Thanks, Bonnie Darling

Bottle illiterate huh?  Hopefully that doesn't mean you can't spell bottle.  Your bottle is not a reproduction.  I cover the history of this company and its bottles in my book Indian Bottles & Brands.  The business was founded about 1900 in Chemung, New York.  I have seen at least four different variants of the bottle the earliest ones are aqua.  The oldest is a two quart bottle with a ground glass stopper.  Another similar aqua one is found with a tooled lip.  Newer ones are clear.  In 1931, the bottles got a screw cap.  One from the 1940-50 period has the same Indian but it is a painted label. The earlier bottles sell for $50-75.  The spring became a popular tourist spot.  Mr. Holbert, the founder, who liked horses, allowed them to drink all they desired, but the tourists were charged ten cents a glass.  Digger.

I am tring to find some information on Soda Stream bottles. On the bottom it says "MADE IN U.K. 3 UO 81" Do you have any information or just a place to start looking? Thank you, K. Nelson

I wish I could help.  Maybe a reader can.  Any of you blokes heard of this? Digger

I am enclosing pictures of a bottle that has been in our family for some time. We cannot find it in any books. It is 8 1/2 inches tall pale green in color one side has a picture of a corn cob and says "corn for the world" the other side has a picture of a lighthouse and the word "Baltimore" There are no dates Please me if you know of this type of bottle

Your bottle is a historical Flask made in the 1860-1870 period.  The "lighthouse" is really the Washington Monument in Baltimore, Maryland.  It has been suggested that the Ear of Corn and slogan "Corn for the World" was an appropriate one for a Baltimore, Maryland flask.  Baltimore's economy was heavily dependent upon the shipment of corn and other grain.  The flasks are known in a quart, pint and half pint sizes and come a some wonderful shades amber, yellow, green and copper. The aqua like yours is the most common and least valuable.  Yours is probably worth $125-175 range in mint condition.  Digger

Find out more about historical flasks and check out my price guide on them.  Click on the flask book on my home page to learn more.


Hello, I found a bottle just a little something to maybe catch your eye. On the front it says 1776-1976 with the liberty bell 5 stars under the bell. On the back in a circular shape it says 1776 and on the bottom it has a picture of a log cabin and says Log Cabin SYRUP with a m in some shape rectangle like shape. And an arrow pointing towards the front of the bottle.. and it has 8 stars on each side of the back.. if you can tell me anything can you please tell me someone that could…Thanks, Matthew Blue

I discussed these bottles within the last two months.  Check my comments about their history in earlier months of "Questions I Get".  I found about fifteen of them for sale on Ebay today.  Only one had a bid.  It was $3.50 and that was for two bottles.  I expect I could easily assemble a set of empty ones for around $2-3 each.  Buying them will be easier than selling them.  Digger

HI. I have an unusual looking bottle. It is about 7'' tall, with a round bottom, it can not stand on its own. It is Aqua green in color and may be a BIM mold. It could be a smooth lip or a sloping collar? It is shaped like a light bulb. And the embossed letters say: H F VCP PIEGARO. There are no other marks or numbers on the bottle. Can you tell me what I have found? Thank You for your time. Sue Payne

Sounds like a Chianti wine bottle that is missing its wicker base.  Piegaro is a town in central Italy not far from the famous Chianti region. The bottle is probably relatively new and does not have much value.  Digger.

I Have this soda from Massillon Ohio, on the bottom has a iron pontil not in pic but I can take one and send the link , if interested. I was just wondering if you had any info on this bottle Thanks much for you www.portup.com/~cdweber/ohio.jpg this bottle is very pretty thanks again

You have a beautiful and rare soda bottle dating from the 1850s.  Three variants, all iron pontiled are known.  the first one has the same embossing as yours:  Terry & Baril / Massilon, O (Massillon misspelled).  Second one is your bottle with the correct spelling. The third bottle has large doubel outline letters spelling TERRY completely around the circumference of the bottle and then John Terry / Massillon. O. in smaller letters.  Judging from the values, I would guess the John terry bottle to be the oldest and rarest.  It is likely he took in a partner after getting established or retiring.  No smooth based bottles are known so they apparently went out of business before the Civil War.  Your bottle is obviously in pristine condition.  Most soda bottles are dug and the iron pontil wears off.  I can see from the picture yours has its original graphite pontil.  This enhances the value greatly as undug bottles are even rarer.  Your bottle is probably worth $275-300. Digger



Value-wise the bottle is worth $2-4 but the story behind it is worth much more.  Herbert E. Bucklen purchased a line of medicines from Dr. Z. L. King and moved from Elkhart, Indiana to Chicago, Ill about 1878-1879.  Bucklen spent lavish sums on advertising and created the "New Discovery" as a nationally known brand by 1885.  He also had several other top selling medicines including Dr. King's New Life Pills (see last month) and his Electric Bitters.  The "New Discovery" was a medicine for consumption (Tuberculosis) which at the time was killing millions of people.  Many companies offered cures and remedies for consumption all were frauds.  the "New Discovery" was targeted by Samuel Hopkins Adams in his attack on the patent medicine industry in a series of articles in Colliers Magazine in 1905. Of the 'New Discovery," Adams said, "It is proclaimed to be the 'only sure cure for consumption.'  Further announcement is made that 'it strikes terror to the doctors.'  As it is a morphine and chloroform mixture, 'Dr. King's New discovery for Consumption' is well calculated to strike terror to the doctors or to any other class or profession, except, perhaps, the undertakers.  It is a pretty diabolical concoction to give to anyone, and particularly to a consumptive.  The chloroform temporarily allays the cough, thereby checking Nature's effort to throw off the dead matter from the lungs.  the opium drugs the patient into a deceived cheerfulness.  The combination is admirably designed to shorten the life of any consumptive who takes it steadily."  Digger


We have just found a brown glass bottle that says the following: Roman Cleanser Bleach. Reg. Pat. Pend. 14 1/2 Gal 64 oz. At the top of the underside there is a 6 with a capital I in a circle with a 7 on the other side. Can you tell me about this? We have also found a greenish-clear glass that says ATLAS E-Z SEAL. It has a 3 on the bottom. Thank you so much for your help.

Your Roman Cleanser and Atlas jar are both on the low end range of collectibility.  Both are the sorts of items you would find in an antique mall for under $10.  The amber glass jug would have been used in 1930-50 period.  I was able to discover that the Roman Cleanser Company filed for bankruptcy in the 1980s.  The Red Book of Fruit Jars lists about 22 different Atlas E-Z Seal jars almost all valued at $1-2 in aqua.  the Atlas Glass Company was in business from 1896-1965. Digger

I'm Trying to find out some information, or history on a bottle. The Bottle says Fort Smith Steam Bottling Company on it. Do you know anything about it When it was produced what was product and the era. Any information would be helpful. Thanks Doug

While I do not know specifically about the company, I feel fairly confident in telling you the bottle is a soda bottle.  Fort Smith, I'd guess is Fort Smith, Ark. Steam bottling works were the new technology in the 1880-1890s for bottling soda. Digger

We have a cobalt blue seltzer bottle acid washed with "FOUNTAIN MINERAL WATER BRONX NY " on the bottom it says made in Czechoslovakia. We would like to know about its value and who we might sell it to . Thank-you for taking the time to read my e-mail. 

Sounds like a nice mineral water from the 1920-20 era.  The color, if accurate is unusual, these are often found in a shade of blue lighter than cobalt. I'd expect $75-100 for the bottle.   I would suggest Ebay on line auction as the best place to sell it.  Otherwise, you might try the Yellow Pages of the Antique Bottle and Glass Collector Magazine.  You can find out about the Magazine on my links page.  Digger

I have three bottles I would like appraised. 1. The bottle says " Dr. Miles Restorative Nervine" aqua ABM 8 1/2 in no closure the top is round 2 inches long the base is rectangular no numbers of mark on the bottom 2. the bottle says " Bromo-Seltzer Emerson Drug CO. Baltimore, MD" medium cobalt 4 in BIB rolled lip top round base near mint "2" on the bottom 3. the bottom has no print on it but the label says " Superior Drug Company Liniment..." olive amber 7 1/4 in ABM top is round and 2 inches tall bottom is rectangular it says 6 0 8 in the bottom with a square around the 0 near mint

1) Dr. Miles, ABM $1-2.  2) Bromo $2-4  3) Superior Drug $5-8.  Digger.

Digger, I recently bought the above flask at an attic sale. It is a green, Qt. size flask with the pontil mark on the bottom. One side of the flask has the sheaf of grain & the other side has a tree with a bird in it. It is in mint condition. Kovels code mark for it is McKG XIII-46. I would like to sell it, but I have no idea what A fair price would be. Could you please help me with this one? Charles

Charles, you have watch that word green. In the bottle collecting vocabulary, I think you mean aqua.  If the bottle were green (e.g. emerald, olive, forest, etc.) it would be worth 10 times the estimated $50-75 dollars your bottle is worth.  The bottle you describe is called a calabash bottle.  Unfortunately, these flasks are not as sought after by collectors as other flasks especially in aqua. Digger


Dear Digger: Would like some information on the following bottles, please. (Left) Dr. LeGears Antiseptic Oil, with original contents and box, screw cap intact. (Center) P.D. & Co. Almond Cream, empty, 6 1/2" tall, clear. (Right) Creole Hair Pomade, with original contents and box, and instruction sheet, screw cap intact. Any information on value or age would be appreciated.


Many of Dr LeGear's products were veterinary products.  His early product to which yours may be related was Dr. LeGear's Healing Oil.  He also had a Hoof Oil.  These were advertised about 1900-1912.  Your bottle looks newer to me possibly dating in the 1930-40 period. Your second bottle is a product of the Park Davis company.  They were one of the giant chemical companies that gained market dominance after the turn of the century.  They produced thousands of products.  Yours appears to be date to the 1915-1925 era.  This products was put up to complete with Hind's Honey and Almond Cream a top seller around 1900.  I found a listing for the Creole Hair Pomade for 1912, but the graphics on the box suggest a later period about 1920+ Value-wise all would be in the $8-15 range.  Digger


Dear Digger -- I bought a large amber poison bottle with label and contents a few years ago at an antique store. I think I paid 10.00 for it. I'm aware now that poisons are rather collectible, so I'm curious about its value. It's 8 inches high, three sided (two flat sides and one curved side). The three corners are ribbed from bottom of bottle to the shoulder. The word "POISON" is embossed vertically on each of the two straight sides. On the curved side is the label, which reads, "Poison. Diamond Antiseptic -- Large, White. Eli Lilly & Co. Each tablet contains Mercury Bichloride, 7.3 grams." The bottle still has the cork and doesn't appear to have ever been opened; I don't intend to try to open it. The seam stops at the base of the neck. Thanks for any information you can give me.

The above ad shows your bottle.  Yours is unusual because of its size, but it is one of the most common type poison bottles.  The ad circa 1913 indicates they were made in two sizes at that time but other sizes are known.  Yours is not the largest they made.  There is a 10" tall one with a label which sold for around $200.  I'd have to guess yours might bring between $100-125 given the complete label and contents. Digger

Hi! I thank you for fielding such questions in this category as I find old bottles to be very interesting. I'm not really sure how to go about describing this particular bottle so your form on characteristics was very helpful. I hope it is equally helpful for you. First off the wording embossed on the front says, TAMAROLA BOTTLING WORKS REGISTERED DETROIT, MICH. THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD CAPACITY 7 FLUID OZS. It is a deep teal green, about 7 1/2 inches tall. The side seams appear to run to the top of its crown top. The trade mark on the front and bottom are TCo intertwined. I hope this helps. Thank you for your time and expertise. Anything you can tell me about this bottle would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Kim

Kim, I am afraid I am stumped on this one, mostly because of the color.  If by teal you might what I would call emerald green as in an old 7up bottle green or Irish green I'd be sure you had a soda bottle.  A bottle in that color would not be uncommon.  If you mean a bluish green then that would be unusual.  I am going to assume it is 7up green in color and probably given the ounce size, style and color suggest it was a ginger ale, lemon-lime or tonic water bottle.  The date could vary from 1920-1960. I was not able to find a reference to the glass company embossed on the base.  

Hi! I'm writing you again hoping you can tell me a bit about another bottle I've found. I really appreciate your time and thank you in advance for all you could possibly tell me about it. Embossed on the lower part of the bottle it says REGISTERED. Above that is a large circle and on the bottom 33. It is a clear bottle about 7 inches tall and rather heavy. The seams stop below the blob top and it has a small wire closure within the mouth. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you, Kim

Your bottle is a generic blob soda or beer made about 1900. Value about $1-2.

Hello thanks for taking the time to help people like me! Well I bought this bottle at a shop for twenty bucks but not sure what it is . first off its 12 1/2 inches tall its looks to be cobalt blue .its a cork type and has many air bubbles in it . it also seams to have a seam but cant make up my mind on that because it has a air bubble in what looks like a seam now what's weird to me is it has a pontil on the bottom so I can tell it was blown . on the bottle their seems to be a nun or the virgin Mary with a man at the bottom holding her up and their is a few letters on the side at the bottom but you cant hardly make them out it look like to me its pier but not sure. also their is a small handle or picture grip on the side that's weird also the bottle is 10 inches in diameter measured by a tape measure around the bottle well that's it I guess and thanks for any help that you can give me I love those bottles thanks from Darrell Dodgens in North Carolina

You bottle is known as a Madonna bottle.  These bottles have were blown for many years in Mexico.  They are not antiques but may be thirty to fifty years old. They are pontiled and most often found in cobalt but also in other colors.  The bottles are typically full of bubbles (a characteristic of Mexican glass) and are blown in the old fashion.  I'd suggest you paid about what the bottle is worth. Check out the link below which tells the story behind your bottle. Digger
Madonna story
Thanks for getting back with me what I found out was it was a Madonna bottle but not sure if its fake. however it does have pontil bottom lots of air bubbles and blue. I'm not sure if its worth anything or not .however if you could tell me if their is a way to tell if fake or not I would appreciate it.  I like your book section . thanks much Darrell.


About a year and a half ago, you graciously responded to my e-mail with the reply below. Since that date, I have acquired a scanner, and I was able to scan the bottle in question. As you can see, some plaster is still attached to it, which I'm reluctant to try to remove because of the risk of damaging the bottle. Digger Odell wrote: > David, > > It is unlikely that the beer you found has much value. I would guess it to > have a crown top (one that took a crimped metal cap like a coke bottle). > There were so many different breweries around the turn of the century that > every town, and especially one the size of Chicago might have hundreds of > them. The earlier style (blob top which took a cork or similar rubber > stopper with metal base) is usually worth more, but even those can be worth > only $2-10. Should the bottle turn out to be very rare, there is still the > problem of finding a buyer. There aren't many collectors for the later > crown tops. Your best bet for selling the bottle is to put it up for > auction on ebay online auction.

The bottle is very attractive. I recently looked a several collections of beer bottles and you would be surprised at how many are available with labels and many with contents.  I'd guess yours might bring $5-10. Don't let the estimate of a low value determine how much personal value a collectible has.  I have many many items in my collection which do not have a great monetary value but are priceless in my estimation.  Digger



My name is Jennifer. I have an amber glass Javex bottle. It has a very interesting handle and the letters are raised. It's 10 inches high and has a screw top, although I do not have the cap. It's in very good condition with two small chips at the top. It has raised rings around the bottom and the top before the neck. On the base it has a diamond with the number 3 with Javex underneath. Under that is the word Trademark, under that there is a small diamond with a dot in it followed by the number nine. I've never seen anything like it before and I wonder if it is worth anything.

Your bottle is a bleach bottle.  Some of them are embossed with the words "Whitens and Brightens." Bleach bottles like yours and Clorox and others are an unappreciated category of old bottles.  There just aren't any collectors.  It would probably sell for $1-2 but it would be hard to find a buyer. Apparently the product is still made.  It was acquired by Colgate Company (Canada) in 1990. Digger

I also have an amber wine bottle. It's about 10 inches high, BIM, and I believe it is a single collar top. I don't know about the base. It is in Mint condition. If you could tell me anything about these bottles I would really appreciate it. I pulled these bottles out of a friends recycling bin. Even if they have no valve they are beautiful now that they have been dusted off. Thank you again for taking the time to read this. God Bless, Jennifer

Your bottle might be what is termed a "Hock" wine. Hock wine was that which was held in high repute.  The attractiveness of this form (long slender tapering with no shoulder) is attested to by its long history.  Bottles with similar shapes can be found from the 1820s to the present.  They can be found a a wide range of colors and make a great window display.  They are are not particularly expensive because they are 1) almost never embossed 2) are very common but they have a certain appeal. I know several people who have made beautiful collections of these bottles.  Digger

Good Morning, I need help. I have a ceramic? container with the following embossed on the bottom. "Not Genuine Unless Bearing Wm.P Hartley's Label" Over the word Not is a plus sign, and under the word Label is a logo?-The letter M with a backward F on one end and an F on the other. It measures 4.25" high with a 3" base. Since I don't know what it originally contained, I'm stuck finding a catagory to search. Any Ideas? I have taken some photos, and I will give you my location so you can find them. http://members.home.net/zorba3/z.jpg  http://members.home.net/zorba3/zzzz.jpg Thank you for any information you can supply. Have a good day, Carole Fogarty

Carole, Think food.  I am reasonably certain your crock contained something like apple butter, preserves, honey, horseradish or marmalade.  It probably had a wax seal with a tin or lead cover.  I was not able to find a listing for the company ion my sources.  Digger.


I am sorry, I can't tell you much maybe a reader will know.  Digger

I have an original E.G. Booz's whiskey bottle dated 1840 it was passed down to me from my Grandmother, Do you happen to know a round figure of about what it might be worth? 

In round figures $700-900 BUT identifying it as an original is not easy.  See my article on Booz bottles. A reader just sent in more information I plan to add to the article.  Digger.

Hi, I have a two bottles that I would like to know a little about. The first is an 8 1/2" inch high square bottle that is embossed Rochester Germicide Co. Rochester NY. Pat Jan 25 1888. The writing on the bottle is also upside down when stood upright. The back of this bottle is 3 1/2" and tapers to 3" in the front. The bottle is clear. The second bottle is 12 3/4" tall, clear, and has the words S.N. Pines Magnolia, The Fleischmann Co. Cincinnati. The mold seam does not go over the top of either bottle. Thanks, Vince Boff


I have at present one of the Rochester Germicide bottles I have seen them in aqua, clear and amber.  They contained, I believe, toilet disinfectant. Germicides were advertised as disinfectants.  The bottle was hung upside-down for the fluid to run out.  The odd not quite rectangular shape may have been to fit into a holder of some kind.   It seems that more than one company was doing business selling "Germicide"  in Rochester New York.  I found the Gilmore's Germicide Co., 197 West Ave. selling Gilmore's Germicide.  The W.H. Moore at 179 Emerson St. selling Moore's Germicide.  Your bottle might be related to one of these companies or a third operation (so to speak). 
 Today in Cincinnati the Fleischmann Company is well known for the yeast it makes.  Information provided by the company indicates they had been in business for 125 years.  But I cannot imagine yeast in a 12 3/4 inch bottle. Nor am I able to locate anything about the S.N. Pines Magnolia.  In fact, the bottle is not listed in the Ohio Bottle Books which has thousands of known Ohio bottles listed.  You got me on this one.  Digger.

Digger, Enjoyed your site. My sons, ages 9 and 7, have found some bottles at the bottom of the river near our house. They have a 1943 Pepsi bottle, as well as RC Cola and others. Could you recommend a site where I can find estimated values? They found the bottles due to a severe drought in our area, which has left the river little more than a stream. Thanks for your help, Eileen Taylor

The best place to get the value of these is by checking on Ebay on line auctions.  Let the kids do it, it will be fun for them.  Digger

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hello, I have a bottle that i recovered from the sunkenship R.M.S. Rhone which sank in 1865. The bottle is grey in color and it's about 91/2 inches in length, round shape which lays on it' side. it is embossed with the words Double soda, Webb's, Livington. if you have any information on this bottle please let me know. Also I would like to know how much it is worth. Thanks, CLt

The Rhone was a British royal mail steamer that sunk in about 80 feet of water  in a hurricane in October 1867 according to one source.   She first tried to anchor in the protection of Peter Island's Great Harbour Bay, but the Captain decided to abandon 300' of chain and his 3,000 pound anchor in an attempt to reach open waters. The 310' long Rhone crashed upon rocks of nearby Salt Island and the boilers exploded the ship into two parts - the bow section and the stern.  Only a few of the 125 people on board survived.  It is a popular dive spot in the Virgin Islands, best  known as the backdrop of the adventure movie "The Deep."  
The picture above is dated 1871 and shows what I believe you are describing.  What throws me about your question is the color of the bottle.  Either it is badly stained and discolored from being underwater or it is made of stoneware.  I cannot remember seeing a stoneware torpedo soda before but I would not be completely surprised at the existence of one.  Your bottle was one of those "celebrated English soda waters" that were imported in the middle of the last century. Quite possibly it was brought by one of crew members or possibly is was part of a shipment which seems less likely on a mail steamer. As for the value, if it is glass it probably has value of $30-40.  I wish to point out that the value of your bottle might be enhanced by the context in which it was found and the story behind it.  


Hi, I am so happy I may have found a resource to my question. I bought a lot of about 300 miniature bottles at an estate sale. Many are from the 30's. I have quite a few that say "Bottled in Bond". I have been trying to find out what this means. I will be listing these on Ebay around the end of July and I am trying to find out information on them. I have tried to find a resource book on them, but can't seem to find anything in print, exclusive to miniatures. Any information would be great!! Thanks!! I hope you can help. Thanks Karen Hurley

Karen, the phrase, "Bottled in Bond," refers to "the state of goods manufactured, stored, or transported under the care of bonded agencies until the duties or taxes on them are paid." To my knowledge there is not a book on this category of collectibles despite their popularity.  Most sell for only a few dollars.  Digger


Hi, My name is Vicky. Recently I bought this bottle at a yard sale, and I wanted to identify it. I think it would be considered golden yellow in color (possibly olive amber). It is approximately 9 3/4inches in height. I think it might be a figural. It has arms that meet in the front like its hands are clasped, and it has a stopper top that is 2 1/2 inches wide and about 1/2 inch thick that has a face on it. It has 9 lines at the top for hair, 2 eyes, nose, lips are together, and there is a line to make it look like it has a chin. There are no numbers, letters, etc. It has a couple of air bubbles in the glass. At the base in the back there is a hole that appears to have a tunnel that connects it to a hole on the base. There is a seam on the front and back. I think it has a flared lip and the seams on it are opposite of those on the bottle. I don't know much about bottles, but I saw this one and it is so cute. I was hoping to find out more about it. I'm sorry if the information I gave you sounds confusing, I was just trying to describe it the best that I can. Any info would be appreciated. I haven't been able to find it in a book. Thank You, Vicky

A picture would help a lot on this one Vicky.  I am curious about the holes.  It sounds like someone might have made this bottle into a lamp or perhaps it was a lamp of some sort.  The color is also unusual.  If you could send a picture it would be helpful.  Maybe a reader can help.  Digger

Dear Mr. Odell, I have acquired a bottle that is about 14 in. tall, it is clear and appears to have a seam up the middle of the back. It has what I think is a Spanish bull fighter from the 1 inch round base to the top, with the lid on his head. The label around the base has: Spanish Burgandy Red in red letters on blud label. Below that in black lettering is: Dalmau Hermanos & Co. Suc. Tarragano (Spain). On side is: Reg EMB No. 2153. On the other side is: Vintage 1959, established 1830. The base is round, forming a oval shape tapering down in size up to the butt of the man. Bottle is in good condition. My question is, is this bottle of any value and if so, $ value.

I estimate the value around $5-7.  However there are not many collectors in this category.  Digger.

My inlaws work in timber. Recently after dozing a tree we found several old purex bottles. They are brown glass. There are 3 different sizes. I have been trying to date them. I am sure they are pretty old because the tree was very big and old and the tree literally grew over and around the bottles. They came up from under its roots. If you can help me or have any links that may help me please let me know. Thanks Benny

Hey Digger, My husband found a brown, one gallon, glass purex container with the word Purex molded into the glass. Could you please help us date this bottle and guestimate the value. We would appreciate your input. Thanks, KGSA

Your Purex bottles are bleach bottles mostly dating in the 1930-50 period.  the amber color was to protect the contents from light.  As commented on in one of the above questions bleach bottles have little value as there are no people collecting them (to my knowledge).

As for the tree roots, I can only say I am confident the bottles are not older than the 1930s still that is up to seventy years ago.  Digger


Hello. I found a Johann Hoff bottle the wall of my house. It is green and the same shape as the bottle you have but not embossed. It has a very dirty label and it is in German. It says Johann Hoff sches MALT-EXTRACT. Can you tell me anything about it and possibly how to restore/clean a label w/o ruining it? Thanks. Also if you know of a guide to identification of bottles that is user friendly to the novice digger, please let me know. Sincerely, Steven Brost

July 1897 druggists in Carlisle, PA tired of "cut rate" patent medicine sellers.  Agreed not to sell Johann Hoff's Malt Extract for less than 35 cents and His Malt Extract with Iron for less than forty cents. It was not uncommon for labels and instruction in patent medicines to be printed in more than one language.  This product would have been marketed at the German population.

I have used a Q-tip with water to carefully clean off dirt.  Test a small area to see how it reacts.  You do not want to rub off the ink.   Believe it or not, sometimes you can get the label completely wet without damage.  You might try a small area, say one corner.   It depends upon how sturdy the paper is.  If it begins to flake and is brittle,  you are probably out of luck and would be best just to leave it. I have also used diluted bleach and water.  Be certain to rinse it well to remove all bleach. again try a small test area before plunging ahead.  

You might try one of the Mall bookstore general price guides. Digger

I have a bottle that does not seem to fit any of the categories on the bottle web site. It is a square bottle, about 6 inches high and 1 1/2 inch square," Winchester" is embossed on the side. It is bluish-purple in color, Blown in Mold, rolled lip top and a smooth base. I think maybe it held oil used in the maintenance of Winchester firearms. Any ideas if this might be correct and its value? Thanks, Tim

I tend to agree with you that this was probably a gun oil bottle.  They are quite popular with collectors and usually sell for $30-50+.  It would be a challenge to get a collection of gun oil bottles together.  Digger.

Found a good one yesterday, was wondering if you have heard of it. It's an early smooth base square probably l860's. It is 91/2 inches tall with a long tapered collar, a deep green color and nicely whittled. Embossed on three panels as follows, Lediards-Old Dominion-Mint Julep? I am familiar with the Lediards Celebrated Stomach Bitters and the Lediards Morning Call Stomach Bitters but I have not heard of this one. Any info regarding the rarity would be appreciated.

Charles Lediard was a liquor dealer in New York advertising as such In the New York Daily times in 1859-1860.  I have not heard of the bottle and would judge it to be extremely rare but obviously less valuable than the bitters by virtue of its category.  There is a bottle embossed C. Lediard / New York that is 11 inches, six sided and in red puce coloration.  He obviously had a number of products not all of which were winners.  Looks like his loss is your gain.  Digger.


Attached is a picture of the jar. The patent no. is 91993, Lot # F1614, there is a mark on the bottom of the jar, but not a pontil. The mark, is a round, embossed circle with earth-type symbols inside (clouds, round circle that could emply the sun, a fish, etc.). Hgt. appx. 10". The lid shown in the picture is not the original picture. Also, the picture shows more amber than the original color which is clear with a faint amber tint. The picture shows the detail of it's condition quite well. It obviously needs cleaning and has scratches from many years in the ground. We know it's appx. age by the patent number, but have no idea as to rarity or value. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Charlee Isaac Bokoshe,

Your Jar is listed in the Red Book of Fruit Jars #8 for $4-6 without the original lid and $8-10 with the original lid. Judging from that estimate, I'd say it must not be rare.  


Hey I'm curious if you know anything about a pair of old bottles I found, rectangle with raised lettering "Dr. Wb. Caldwells, Monticello, Illinois." I'm trying to date old midden...trying to decide if I should dig the rest of it (exposed in a creek bank). In the upper layers I found a Coke bottle..."Patented 1929" which only means the upper layer can't be older than 1929...closer to the bottom were the Caldwell bottles...and a bunch of them...only 2 intact though. I've found a reference to "Dr. Caldwell's pepsin syrup" (1860-1870)...my bottles don't mention pepsin syrup, the reference doesn't mention a location. Could they be the same Dr. Caldwell from the same era? I'm sure you get a ton of questions...any info would be helpful...if the bottles turn out to be 20's or 30' s I may not decide to dig it...I'm interested in recovering 19th century artifacts and there's plenty of other old, old farms around that might have their own middens. (In fact I know one that dates to 1790...I'm currently trying to get permission to dig it's midden, which is huge.) Thanks for your time, Jim Nemeth

From left to right in the pic: Type 1) Small bottle. Embossing- Face: "Dr. W.B. Caldwell's syrup pepsin" Left side: "Monticello Illinois", right side "Pepsin Syrup Company", Bottom: 5 and a P in a circle. Type 2) Larger size, 9". Face and left side embossing same as above. Right side embossing: "Dr. W.B. Caldwell, inc" Bottom: 1 and a circle P Type 3) Same size as above. Face embossed: "Dr. W.B. Caldwell's Monticello Illinois" Though side panels are recessed as the previous two bottles, there's no embossing. Bottom only has a 6. These are "abm" bottles...the seam runs all the way the way through the lip, down opposite corners then around the square base and end in an oval on the bottom. For a more complete disscussion of the date refer to: http://jimisdarkstar.com/road/3mdate.htm

According to Richard Fike, The Bottle Book, 1987, Dr. William Burr Caldwell did not introduce his Syrup Pepsin until about 1889.  Dr Caldwell sold his name and interest in the product to one William Moore in 1899.  Moore then sold out to Household Product in 1924.  the embossed bottles date 1895-1962.  The bottles changed from cork top to screw cap in 1942.  Labeled variants can be found through 1979.  Cork top ABM (automatic bottle machine) varieties exist with the words "Pepsin Syrup Company." I'd suggest although I have no evidence to back it up that the change involving the dropping of the "Syrup Pepsin" came about 1924. All the above mentioned products are from Monticello, ILL.
Other products with similar names include: Dr. J. Caldwell's Cough Balsam and Dr. J Caldwell's Cough Drops, Manchester, NH (1854), W.C. Caldwell's Cough Cure Medina, NY (1874), Dr. M.  Caldwell's Dyspepsia Remedy, Lockport, NY.  None of which appear to be related to the Monticello concern. Digger

Help Mr Wizard. I have an 8 1/4 inch tall Medium to dark cobalt bottle, the body being 6 inches and the neck & lip being 2 1/4 inches. It is crudely embossed on one side J & C MAGUIRE CHEMISTS & DRUGGISTS ST LOUIS Mo It has a tapered lip. The base has a slight circular swirl mark to it in the center, and the bottom is sunk in slightly towards the back. The bottle lacks any visible seams. Additionally the neck displays stretch lines in almost a candy cane fashion. Although the body is rectangular in shape, it also has some crudeness regarding uniformity of the front and back panel (i.e. slight depression as though squeezed during production). When I first dug it in New Orleans my friends said that there was a book listing for a pontil and non-pontil. Didn't say what type pontil. Do you know if the pontil version was iron or open? Unfortunately the N.O. soil was not kind to the bottle so it has a bad case of white hazyiness all over when dry. There is some iron oxide residue on the bottom but it is situated to the side of the round swirl mark, and may well just be hardened rust scale. I did not attempt to clean the bottle as I know it will need to be handled by a professional. I am in the process of searching EBay for a suitable digital camera, so I apologize for lack of picture. Was trying to find an email address for any bottle clubs in the St Louis area, but that has been an exercise in futility. Thanks for your help. Dug

This bottle is discussed in my latest book, Pontil Medicine Encyclopedia.  Your bottle is known both in smooth based and iron pontil variants apparently made from the same mold but some with and some without pontils.  Sometimes an iron pontil can be subtle, especially after sitting in the New Orleans soil.  I could not tell much from the picture of the base you sent.  James Jr. and Constantine Maguire were chemists and druggists.  They first appear in the St. Louis Directories in 1847 when they were located under the Merchant's Hotel at the S.W. corner of Second and Olive Sts.  The rectangular bottle like yours likely was used to hold several different products all of which began to be heavily advertised about 1852.  There was Maguire's Ague and Fever Mixture, Maguire's Compound Extract of Bone Plant and Maguire's Expectorant Syrup.  A smooth based oval bottle with similar embossing is also known in cobalt.  My guess is that given the scarcity of pontiled specimens, the products did not become good sellers until the late 1850s or early 1860s. Your bottle, in mint condition without a pontil,  would bring $175-200. Digger


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Would you please be able to assist. I am trying to identify a cobalt blue 'shear top' bottle - believed to be a castor oil bottle. It has only one mark on it "T 5" in a vertical configuration on the base. It was located on an archaeological site on the south-coast of New South Wales, Australia. I am trying to find out where this bottle was made and approximately when. Is there a web site you could recommend where castor oil bottles are identified? Thanks in anticipation. Kind regards, Jen

I know the type of bottle to which you are referring.  The presence of the sheared top indicates to me that it was manufactured in Great Britain or in Australia. The only 19th century Australian manufacturer I could identify was "Australian Glass Manufacturers (AGM) in Spotswood Victoria.  Since it is still in business under the name I. C. I. you might be able to contact them. The Castor oil bottles typically have a long neck, and round body.  They are known in at least three sizes. They are extremely common in Great Britain and your was likely imported. Digger

We have a large Listerine bottle with a cork in the top. We believe it may have been used to dispense the Listerine in smaller bottles. Do you have any information?

From at least 1912-1917, Listerine was being sold in 14 oz., 7 oz. 3 oz. and 1 oz. bottles by Lambert Pharmacal Company in St Louis.  Often times products were made in what was called "hospital size," although this is not indicated.  The larger size would be more scarce.  Digger.

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I found a green whiskey bottle on an old lake front property in Franklin, Mass. and the bottom reads....."Walker x Kilmarnock Whiskey 1734" and I was wondering where on the web can I find information about this bottle? Can you help me?

Your bottle is likely the common, light greenish aqua rectangular with rounded corners shaped bottle with a double collar cork type top.  I found one for sale in an on-line antique mall asking $15 (too much in my estimation)  The bottle is machine made (check the mold seam). They are common.  Kilmarnock, Scotland is the home of Johnny Walker whiskey. The date signifies only the date the company was established, not the age of your bottle. Try a search on line under Walker Whiskey or Kilmarnock, Scotland for more information. Digger


L.G.W. is the Laurens Glass Works 1913-1970+.  It is often possible to tell the exact year of manufacture.  For example, 1940 would be indicated by a small "4" to the left of the "L" and a small "0" to the right of the "W."  the presence of and aqua embossed bottle suggests to me an earlier date as does the notion of a 3 cent drink.  I wasn't able to locate the type of beverage. Maybe a reader knows.  Digger.

I have a bottle need info 7 1/2 tall green kelso on the side trademark registered a middle masthon a marble in the bottle.

Sounds like an English Codd bottle.  See earlier month for more information. Digger

Hi: We have several of your books and use them as guides when buying bottles. Our question is about a bottle we have never seen. It is listed in Ring's first book on page 106. The entry reads: "B 250 BUFFALO BITTERS//SMITH& HAMILTON//KANSAS CITY, MO.//f// 9 X 3 (6 1/2) Square, Amber, Exceptional UMB 394, WAT 401" My question is: Does this bottle exist? and Do you know anything at all about the company that produced it? Thank you, Marilyn McCormick

The latest Ring and Ham Bitters book says the bottle was found in a cavalry fort in South Dakota in the 1960s. The UMB 394 and WAT 401 refer to two earlier bitters books authored by the Umbergers and Richard Watson.  Likely all four bitters authors up through Ring and Ham have used the same reference.  I checked Richard Watson's 1965 edition of Bitters Bottles and the bottle is not listed.  This suggests to me that there is but a single example of this bottle reportedly known.  Given the details of the description, I tend to believe it does exist.  You can check the paper trail by combing the Kansas City Directories for the names of Smith & Hamilton and the newspapers for advertisements to verify the information.  I checked numerous wholesale drug company listings from 1879-1917 and did not find any reference to the product or proprietors.  Will you ever see one? Hopefully, but there are literally thousands of bottles for which only a very few whole or broken specimens are known. Digger


Hello Mr. Odell, I recently purchased some bottles for my collection from an older gentleman, who unfortunately has fallen on bad health. There were some extra bottles "thrown in" on the deal and there is one in particular I was hoping you could help me with. Being a flask collector (new to this category and plan on buying your book :)), pontiled medicines aren't my category. So, I was referred to you by quite a few people to pose the question of identifying this bottle. It is a pontiled medicine, embossed "J.A.GOODALE/NEWTON & DOVER/N.J". It has a rolled lip and measure's approx. 3 1/4" and has unembossed indented panels. I can send you a picture if you wish, anything you can tell me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and good day. Eric

Eric,  I have not heard of your bottle.  It is undoubted rare but no listed in my book.  I'll take this opportunity to do so.  A picture would be great.  Likely they were druggists in Dover, NJ. Value is limited by the lack of a product name.  I'd guess $40-60 range.  Digger

Hello, I was wondering if you or anyone knows anything about a medicine called Fosgates Anodyne. I know anodyne means pain reliever but I was trying to find out if this was a teething medicine or just a general pain reliever Thanks for any help Tom

Tom,  the full name on the original product put up by Dr. Blanchard Fosgate of Auburn, New York was Dr. Fosgate's Anodyne Cordial (put up from 1823-1905).  The label in 1842 indicated the Anodyne was for diseases of the breast and lungs, summer and autumnal diarrhea and cholera morbus. Reportedly it contained fluid extracts of rhubarb, rhatany, ginger, paregoric, syrup and alcohol.  It was not uncommon, especially in brands with longevity like this one for the proprietor, formula and uses to change over time.  This was true of thousands of products affected by the 1906 Food and Drug Act which resulted in Federal prosecutions of companies advertising false claims. Digger

I was wondering if you could provide me with some information on a Budweiser Syrup Bottle. It has a paper label that reads: Bud Waffle Syrup (Picture of a waffle) Anheiser Busch, St. Louis I can get a digital pic if you like.

The red and white jar label reads "Bud Brand Crystal White Syrup". Manufactured by Anheuser-Busch, Inc. The jar clear and is 8 1/2" tall with a metal lid and has net weight of 5 lbs and net contents of 1 quart 1 pint 8 fluid ounces. Has a graphic picture of a barefooted boy in bib overalls and cap with fishing pole. The label reads "Formerly A-B Brand Crystal White Table Syrup- Now Bud Brand Crystal White Syrup." Contains pure corn syrup, granulated sugar syrup and vanilla flavor. The bottom of the jar has a crackled appearance. Sounds like Anheuser Busch brought the rights to this brand which looks to date in the 1950s period.  The bottle to which you are referring is for sale on Ebay this week and with six hours remaining it had one bid at $24.  Beyond that, I can't help much.


I don't think it makes any difference. Today four were being offered for sale on Ebay with asking bids from $2-9 and with no takers.  Digger

Dear Sirs,  I found this old bottle 15 years ago on a 1500 acre island that was primarily used to graze cattle for the last 100 years or so. Both Cornell University and Corning Glass Works took a look at it, neither could find a reference to it. Maybe you can help me out. The bottle is 6 3/4" tall, 1 7/8" in diameter, the seem goes up the bottle and the neck to within 1/2" of the top. The glass has a light purple tint and is fairly thick, there are several bubbles in the glass. It is hard to see in the pictures, but besides PASTEUR LABORATORIES OF AMERICA and RAT VIRUS, 180 C.C. is embossed across the top. Now you know as much as I do, can you help? Thanks, Jack Wentworth

Jack, I love your bottle. Here's some information to pass on to Cornell and the Corning Museum.  According to the Druggist Circular Biological Department Price List, The Rat Virus was a product of the Pasteur Laboratories of America located at 443 South Dearborn St. Chicago, IL in the years just prior to the First World War.  The product was for " the scientific destruction of rats, mice and field mice with a contagious disease fatal only to these rodents."  It was furnished in two forms gelatin and liquid.  The liquid form which your bottle contained was sold in three sizes, small, medium and large. Another branch of the company Pasteur Laboratories of America was located at 366 West Eleventh St. New York. They put up Pasteur's Treatment for Rabies, Pasteur's Antibubonic Plague (to prevent and cure Bubonic Plague (liquid or dry), Antidiphtheric, Antidysenteric, Antistrangles, AntiTetanic and a dozen or so more similar type biological agents for the immunization, prevention and cure of a wide range of diseases from Canine Distemper to Scarlet Fever. Your bottle dates from about 1910-1913. Digger

Mr. Odell, Hello, I have a couple of Coke bottles that I know nothing about and would like to know if you might be able to guide me to some answers. The bottles in question are the 6oz. and 7oz. green glass coca cola bottles. the 7oz. bottle has Hgb. with an arrow pointing right next to it. the 6oz. bottle has stars in the glass around the top and the words SODA WATER property of coca-cola bottling co. under that and then pillar like raised glass going down to bottom of bottle. Both bottles are empty and do not have caps. If you could give me any information I would be very happy . Also the 7oz. bottle has an arrow on the bottom and the 6oz. bottle has Akron Ohio on the bottom. Thank You. Kevin L.Hartshorn

Kevin, unless the bottles have the well known "hobbleskirt"coke bottle shape and design, they probably did not contain Coca-Cola but contained some other flavored soda that was licensed by the company.  Bottles with SODA WATER, PROPERTY OF COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO., CON. 6 FL. OZ" and "SODA WATER" on both sides are very common but note it says property of Coca-Cola.  Those containing Coke have the words Coca-Cola embossed - on early bottles it is usually in script.  There are a number of straight sided bottles with the "Coca-Cola" in script that do sell well from $20-???.  I am not an expert in this category and there are some excellent referecne books which could answer you questions.  Digger

Yes I have this old bottle that is shaped like arrow head or fish that at one time was covered completely in leather with is now deteriorated some what. It was hand blown and was either used for a canteen or flask I think during the civil war or late 1800 to early 1900 where could I find this out. Clyde Smith.

Clyde, If you can send a picture it might help.  Check out my section on bottle basics to help identify the age.  Mostly flasks were covered with leather.  A glass canteen would be quite fragile I would think. Maybe a reader can help.  Digger

Hi, I found this bottle last summer at a jobsite in Lockport, Il. I forgot about it till today. Could you tell me anything about it. The markings on the bottom got my attention. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks, T Zachariah

Your bottle is a whiskey flask made about 1915-1918.  Clues to the age are the presence of the Owens Ring (a mark left by early automatic bottle machines) and the purplish color which indicates the addition of manganese to the glass.  Two events also help date this bottle.  First, the use of manganese was discontinued so that it could be used in the War effort for the First World War.  Secondly, prohibition ended the production of whiskey flasks rather abruptly at the end of the War.  Despite interesting background, the bottle is worth only $1-2. the marking on the base, which I can't quite make out is probably the glass company. Digger

UPDATE READER'S RESPONSE: This is concerning your reply to the question (June 2000) about the light purple whiskey flask (pictured) that you estimate to be between 1915 and 1918 vintage.(sent in by T. Zachariah).  I am possibly confused: Is the photo displayed there (of a base with the "owens ring") the actual bottle to which you are answering the question about, or just a "stock photo" of a bottle with the owens ring? The reason I ask is because you mentioned you were not sure of the glassmaker's mark. The mark shown on the base of that bottle is the Owens-Illinois Glass Company trademark ("O" and an "I"  with a diamond superimposed), and from what I have been able to glean from several books, that mark was first used in 1929, after the Owens Company and the Illinois Glass Company ( of Alton, IL) merged to form the new company. The diamond was removed about 1954, and so from then on, (and even now), many, if not most Owens-Illinois bottles carry an "I" inside an "O" trademark
marking. Thanks for your time, and I really appreciate reading your question/answer forum. I just recently ran across your site, and have been immensely enjoying reading the material! ( I have most of your books, or the first 9 or 10 volumes, I should say).  Thanks again!!!! David Whitten  Clarksville, Indiana

Thanks David,  Digger can't know everything.  The bottle shown is the actual bottle base.  Your insightful comments and participation are appreciated. Digger  

Salutations from Boston! Please bear with me...I'm new at this and unfamiliar with the bottle world of terminology. I have in my possession a clear glass bottle which stands 4 1/4 inches tall, holds 2oz. of liquid, and bears the name "BURNETT" embossed on one side and "BOSTON" on the other. The bottle has a rectangular base and the front and back sides are blank. I believe the lip of the bottle falls in the single collar category (a 1/4" lip atop a narrower 3/4" neck. It feels like there are seams that run from the corner of the base up to the neck and then fade away (only on two of the four corners). The bottle appears to be very old and possibly hand blown? (since the base is thicker on one side and curves/slopes downward towards the other side). My husband dug up this bottle while working on a construction site in the South End of Boston 15+ years ago. It has no cracks, a very tiny chip on the edge of the lip that doesn't interfere with the collar, and a spotty (soap-residue-from-the-dishwasher) appearance to the inside that I haven't attempted to clean. Was it possibly a toilet water bottle? Or was it a medicine bottle? It appears to be too small for a liquor bottle. Is it from the 1800s? Like I said: I'm new at this. Any help or leads would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! DONNA from BOSTON

Donna, You did an excellent job of describing your bottle.  Joseph Burnett was born in 1819 and died in 1894.  He began business clerking in a drug business.  About 1837 he set up his own business which he eventually built into Joseph Burnett & Co. of Boston.  His best selling and best known product was Burnett's Cocoaine a compound of Cocao-nut Oil for dressing the hair.  He also produced Burnett's Coltsfoot Rock for coughs and colds, Burnett's Kalliston in the 1850s.  The business continued after his death.  In 1905, they were selling Burnett's Almond Meal, Burnett's Cocoaine, Burnett's Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic, Burnett's Florimel Water, Burnett's Lavendar Salts, Burnett's Water, Burnett's Oriental Tooth Wash, Burnett's Rose Water and Glycerine and probably others.  I suspect from the shape (I have dug several of the bottles you have described) that the bottle was his Oriental Tooth Wash.  The shape is characteristic of a toothwash bottle. Digger

Hello, My name is Erin Nedell, and I acquired 2 bottles about 4 years ago at a garage sale in Norwalk, Conn. I researched them a bit on the antiquebottle.com website, and the site offered your email as a place to turn to for questions. Here is a description of my bottles: The first one is a 'repro' I believe from the Empire Glass Works. There was a picture of it on the website--"The Father of His Country" and "General Taylor Never Surrenders" emerald green, near-mint, 6" high, BIM (I think), smooth bottom. Sloping collar. The second one is a 'repro' too, yellow-amber color, with a bust of a man (looks like Washington). Written on it is "Continental American Army General" on the front of the bust (about 7.5"). Again BIM (I think). On the rim on the bottom on the front it says "Simmon's Centennial Bitters," and on the back rim it says "Mt. Vernon, Virginia 1832". There is a pontil the size of a dime on the upside down bottom of the bottle, as well as "Wheaton" and what might be "N.J." with what looks like a copyright symbol. the word edition is also on the bottom. A flared lip on the top. They both cost me about one dollar total. I was wondering if you had any idea as to when they might be from and how much they might be worth. Thank you so much for your time. Sincerely,

Erin,  The Father of his Country flask probably is worth about $20.  I'd say the Simmon's about $5-7.  Check the first letter for this month and the article on Reproductions on this site.  Digger

Hello, I've found an old 6oz. clear glass beverage bottle with the brand name "Tiny" on it. The product was produced by the "Tiny Beverage, Inc." The (painted) label has circa 1940 on it. I can't find any info on this company. I would appreciate any information you can give. Thanks! Pat Cherrie Newport News, Va. ps. I am not a collector. I work by some old warehouses and I find old bottles from time to time.

Nor was I am to find any info.  Maybe a Reader can Help.  Digger.


I recently bought a bottle at a yard sale for a dollar.  It looks old to me, but I'm not really sure.  Hopefully you will be able to help me.  It's a clear glass bottle, one pint, with a label on the front which reads the following (on the left side of label): Dr. Guertin's Nerve Syrup
A valuable remedy for Epilepsy,  ST. Virus Dance, convulsions, hysteria, nervous debility, nervous prostration, insomnia, neurasthema, and disorders of the nervous system. Prepared and guaranteed by Kalmus Chemical Company, Kalmus Building, Cincinnati.  Under the food and drugs act June 30, 1905 No: 16345 On the right side of the bottle, (upper), there is a picture of a very angry man, it looks as though he has devils flying around his face.  Below that picture, is the same man, only smiling this time with a bottle of the syrup in his hand.  The devils are now flying away. I don't know what I have, if anything, but with three kids, if it is worth anything, I would want to put it up.  Please let me know at your earliest convenience.  Thanks so much.

Angela Dixon

Digger, I have another question for you about my bottle. I'm attaching a pic of it and was wondering if there is any way you can tell me about what the value of the bottle would be. I'd very much appreciate it. Thanks for all your help! Angela Dixon

Angela, When I answered your question last month, I had not seen the bottle.  I have a different thought for you today. There is something not right about your bottle.  First, the label does not go with the bottle.  The bottle is a Post Prohibition era bottle made sometime between 1932 and 1964. Judging from the mouth, I guess about 1930-1940 period.  This conclusion is based on being able to see the wording "Federal law Forbids Sale or Reuse of this Bottle.  Secondly, the label is fraudulent. it certainly looks old...BUT It advertises two different products.  Look closely and you will see that the angry man with the devils flaying around his face is holding a cork top bottle.  The wording on the label of the bottle he is holding says "Wolcott's Instant Pain Annihilator."  This wording is also printed above the top man. Part of this is visible in the photo you sent.  I was able to trace the Wolcott's back to 1888 and found it still listed in 1913.  The graphics and style of the two men is characteristic of art work from 1870-1880 period. In fact it was originally printed by the Endicott Lithographic Company of New York.  The exact same picture appears in Gerald Carson's Book on Patent Medicines, One for a Man Two for a Horse. To the left of the two men advertising Wolcott's Pain Annihilator is a second label for Dr. Guertin's Nerve Syrup an entirely different product.  They appear from what I can see to be printed on the same paper. One is in black and red and the other in black and white. Just where someone got these graphics and whether the graphics are really old or faked I cannot tell from the picture.  It may have been pasted on back in the 1930s. Knowing that the bottle and label do not belong together but granting you that you have an interesting "collectible"  I'd estimate the value about $10.  Digger.

Hi I am Greg Kacprzak and was recently given a bottle from my grandmother. The bottle is a Pheasant perched on a log, the bottom of the bottle has the following info...M DELE ESCLUSIF GARNIER Liqueurs ENGHIEN - FRANCE N233 ANNEE-1968 Made in Italy I haven't been able to find any info but was told it is worth a lot of money, any info you may be able to supply me with or additional links to where I may be able to go is appreciated. Also the bottle was said to hold Garnier Liqueur at one time. Thanks for any help you can give me... Sincerely Greg Kacprzak

Garnier bottles were first made by a French company Garnet Et Cie in 1858.  Some credit this company with being the "pioneer of modern collectible liquor bottles" because they introduced the first Garnier figural bottles about 1899.  The really  "valuable" Garnier bottles are those from the early years. They include a figural cat, clown, penguin, greyhound and others.  Your bottle was listed for 1969 and was priced for $25-35.

Dug a narrow, 2 inch wide, a bit smaller at the bottom, 8and 1/8inches tall, green bottle yesterday, it has bubbles and the seam stops a half inch below the top, nice looking bottle, haven't even seen a broken one before here in northern Minnesota, I think it is a peppersauce, it is eight sided also, no embossing, just the number 619 on the bottom, how do you price something like this, it was a good day, also found a DrJGB Siegert and Hijo, which is a bitters. Found a Chamberlains Colic Cholera and Diarrhea Remedy, which brings me to my second Question. Was it common for these Chamberlins to have a misprint in Diarrhea, a C or O underneath the E. I have the 5and1-8 size my digging friend has the smaller size, that one has the misprint too. Me and my friend will be buying a couple books from you in the next couple of weeks. I have a few pictures of snuff jars and bottles on my website, check it out. WWW.lakenet.com/~dusterb

Dusty, I can price it based on the age, lack of embossing etc but seeing it would tell me what it was.  If it were a green not aqua peppersauce ridged...$40.  If it were a green (emerald) capers bottle $8-10.  Without embossing the value is limited.
I do not think your Chamberlain's bottles have misprints.  The way "Diarrhoea" was spelled back then was with the "O" and the "E" run together. Digger

Hello my name is Brenda I live in Erie Pa, I have a bottle dated 1775 Paul Revere it is cobalt blue could you please tell me if is worth anything. I have collected several different items and got kinda curious .thank you Brenda

There was never an antique flask with Paul Revere on it. Yours is a modern fantasy bottle is one of the Wheaton series.  See the article on reproductions and the comments in this section.  Digger.

Vick's Drops bottle.  In 1913 the Vick Company was selling Electric Hot Drops and Toothache drops.  The name was later changed to  Vicks Nose & Throat Drops.  I think your bottle was probably a sample.  Their most famous product was the Vick's Vapo Rub.  Its predecessor  was originally called Vick's Croup and Pneumonia Salve circa 1912 by the Vick's Manufacturing Chemists, Greensboro, NC.


This is a cobalt blue bottle very small missing the lid on one side it has the word in the glass Vicks and the other side says Drops the bottle also has threads and is not corked please e mail me with the approximate value if you know what it is at



Found an ornate Virginia Dare wine (?) bottle while scuba diving. All lettering is raised, has a crest in the center of the bottle. Seam goes all the way up. Any value here? (It's clear) Richard White Lake, MI

Virginia Dare wine bottles, while attractive are just too common to have much value.  They are pretty and sell for $3-5. The exception is one offered recently with label and contents (unopened) circa 1946 that sold for about $35.  Digger.

Everyone, I have 2 full cases of Lone Star beer bottles in the original boxes and the labels are in great shape but I can't figure out what the age of the bottles are. I have included pictures of the bottles and close ups of the labels. Stamped on the bottom of both bottles is a number. Looks like a 60 on one and 83 on the other. The one with the 60 appears to have a number stamped on the back of the label. I can only read the last three digits, 162. Pictures are attached. I think they are from 1960 and 1983 respectively. Can anyone provide a history on Lone Star Beer bottles and maybe a value on the bottles, as singles or as the entire case? If not can you direct me to someone who can?

The Lone Star Brewery has a long history in San Antonio beginning in 1884 and believe it or not with Adolphus Busch as President although it wasn't part of the Anheuser-Busch Company.  The brewery changed hands many times over the years.  Your labels identify G. Heilman Brewing Company as owners.  They are listed as owning the company beginning in 1983. I'd say they could not be older than that.  Digger


Hello, I've tried to find out something about this bottle, but can't find a thing. Any information you might be able to provide would be most welcome, especially as this item was accidentally broken by our cleaning lady. Even worse, she threw out the broken pieces, rather than leaving it for me to repair, so I'm trying to find another just like it. Since I no longer have it, my measurements are not exact. The bottle was approximately 7 inches tall. I was never able to find any sort of identifying mark on it anywhere. I am almost certain that the two mold seams, running vertically on each side, went all the way over the lip, so it would have been post-1900. The lip is harder to describe. It was perfectly plain, like a sheared lip, about 1" to 11/4" tall. The bottle itself was in the form of a nude girl, carrying an urn or something on her shoulder, which formed the top of the bottle. She had a drape over one shoulder that flowed down around her, but breasts and buttocks were exposed. The lines and detail were beautiful. The bottle was clear pink (not opaque)-- light pink at the top shading gradually to dark pink at the bottom. It was also rather slender, could not have been more than an inch or two around. Interestingly, the inside of the bottle was not smooth and round, but was molded and curved like the outside. I even wondered for a while if it wasn't a candleholder, since it could not have held much, and also because the lip was smooth inside and out, no threads. But if it was meant to hold a candle, I think, it would not have been hollow inside a tall. It was really a striking, graceful, lovely piece, one of my favorites, and I'm absolutely sick that it's gone (and boy did I want to fire that cleaning lady!). If it helps, I purchased it at a flea market in New Orleans. Anything you can tell me would be GREATLY appreciated, and if you need any more information please do not hesitate to ask and I will try to answer. Thanks so much, and have a pleasant day! Lora Duncan

Lora, I wish I could help, it sounds like the color pink you might find for 1930 depression era bottles or for some foreign perfumes.  I recommend regular checks on Ebay.  Maybe a reader will have one.  Digger.

I have found an old medicine bottle with the following wording on it. W. L. BOND DRUGGIST FREDERICKSBURG, VA Do you have any knowledge of this particular bottle? Thank You, Robert Williams

I do not.  there are far too many druggists even in one or two cities for anyone to list them all.  Your best bet would be to check the Fredericksburg Library or in their City Directories to find listings. If the bottle is a clear druggist bottle then you might ask them to check from 1890-1900.  If it is aqua, then 1870-1880. Maybe a reader can help.  Digger.

I dug this bottle up about 25 years ago in Maryland along bear creek in Dundalk. The bottle is about 7 inches tall I think it is a medical shaped bottle. It is some what flask shaped . Writing on the flat side says Burnett's Cocoaine. on the short sides one says Burnett the other says Boston it is a aqua green color  and has a cork top any help would be great thank you in advance.

There has been a good deal of confusion on the part of many novice collectors about the name.  Sometimes the bottle is misrepresented as a Cocaine bottle when in fact it was made with cocoanut oil not cocaine. The remedy was first advertised about 1859. Digger


Hi, First off I would like to mention that your website is great. I have a couple of your publications. I have a question, can you compile a database of categories of bottles and current price listings. In addition, offer an identification service for all categories of bottles. I guess what I am trying to ask, if there is a website that a person can log onto that has a complete database of all types of antique bottles. A person can log onto the site and pay a yearly subscription to the site, and in return reduce the paper associated with several different reference books. Not all collectors have the resources to afford a complete library of bottle reference books. It would be easier and less expensive for many to use the internet as a reference source. I would gladly pay a yearly subscription for this type of service. If you are interested in something like this, please let us know. We have been giving this much thought. We are avid collectors and have an extensive collection. We find many publications do not have a complete listing of known antique bottles. As I live in Boise, ID, resources in this state are slim and it doesn't have a bottle club. 

I, too, have given this idea some thought.  More than anything, it is the sheer size of the task that prevents this from happening.  Let me give you several examples.  First, to complete the first eight volumes of my Price Guide Series took two years.  Four years later, I am now up to eleven volumes which include a total of about 10,000 bottle pictures, descriptions, and prices.  Secondly, My last book on pontil medicines took thousands of hours to complete and has three thousand listings.  At present I am working on a new Medicine book on smooth based medicines 1860-1912.  I have nearly 30,000 medicines identified from that period.  I expect it will take the next year and longer just to catalog them and get them into the computer.  Then there are the descriptions, the prices, the advertising.  You'd be surprised at how few will be willing to plunk down their money for all that time and information.  Thirdly, as an example, I will cite the tireless worker, Don Z. who, with the help of hundreds of collectors,  has been cataloging Ohio bottles for I would guess the last fifteen years.  Every few years the Ohio Bottle Club reprints the book.  This latest volume has 13,627 entries.  Over 5,000 of those are Milk bottles.  In the soda category, he has only catalogued blob top bottles, if he were to include the crown tops I expect he'd have over five thousand from Ohio alone.  Now multiply that by the number of states.  The reason no one has ever published a comprehensive soda book is because of the numbers. We have a book devoted to just Coca-Cola another one to Pepsi bottles, still another one that lists painted label bottles, and those don't even begin to make a dent in what's out there.  We are dealing with 150+ years of soda making.  What about the English sodas? Australian and European ones.  They show up in this country.    Even if you were willing, you couldn't get the information.  How could you contact all the collectors?  How would get the photos?  How would get prices?  There are simply too many bottles for anyone to record them all.  The scope of the effort would in no way be commensurate to the compensation in the form of annual subscriptions.  And so it will be that most beginning collectors who want a general price guide will continue to be disappointed when they don't find their bottles listed.  Frankly, bottle books aren't expensive, they're cheap when you realize the huge effort that went into them.   I, too, would gladly pay a yearly subscription for what you advocate. Your offer to help is greatly appreciated. Digger


Thank you for your time. I just have a question, A few years ago I found a bottle approx.4  1/2 inches tall that blown with the bottle is marked Sample Bottle Dr. Kilmer's Swamp-root kidney remedy Binghampton N.Y. Still has part of the cork in the bottle do you know anything about these I didn't see any on your web page.

Sample Dr. Kilmer's bottles are very common.  Variants with the word "Cure"  come in several sizes: 4 3/8", 4 1/8", and 3 1/8."  All are known in aqua and a clear 3 1/2" is also known.  Also two different sizes are known with the word "London." Samples with the word "Remedy" are rarer.  The word "Cure" was dropped sometime after 1906.  Value-wise I expect there is less demand for the remedy.  It would be of interest to a smaller segment of collectors that the "Cure." I'd expect $8-10 value. Digger

Hello, My name is Andrew Johnson. I am a scuba diver and I found an old Pepsi-cola bottle in Green lake, Tully N.Y. It still has some of the original labeling on it. On the bottom is written 15 a armstrong18 56 On the back is written (underneath the Pepsi logo) 613 underneath that is some neat engraving with pepsi-cola written all around the bottle. And finally underneath the engraving is written on the back Bottled under authority of Pepsi-Cola Company New York, N.Y. The bottle is 12 fl. oz. MY question about the bottle is how old is it, and is it worth anything. Any help is appreciated .thank you, Andrew Johnson

Andrew, I am no expert on Pepsi bottles. I can see from the picture you sent that the bottle at one time had a bright red and white painted label.  I suspect the bottle to be from the 1950s.  The 12 oz. bottle of that time had the red and white painted label and the embossing all around the bottle.  I'd suggest a value of about $3-5.  Less if the label is in poor condition like your bottle.  Digger.

Hello, I recently found, by chance, I don't normally collect bottles, a clear glass soda bottle about seven inches tall. It has a white and cream colored label with from the Champlain Carbonated Beverages company of Burlington, VT. There is some other marketing printing on the back such as "The 'Champ' of beverages. Any idea on value? Thanks

Painted label soda collectors prefer bottles with pictures.  If your soda had a picture of a ferry crossing Lake Champlain it would be of great interest.  The large majority of painted label sodas do not have pictures and hence are much less collectible than those with pictures.  A second fator involves the number of colors on the label. three color labels seem to command good prices too.  There might be some local interest on the part of Lake Champlain collectors.  I'd estimate $3-8.  Digger.


Your bottles sound English to me. I do not have the references to be much help with them.  Maybe a reader can help.  Digger


I recently found a bottle on the banks of the Wando River in Charleston SC near an old plantation graveyard with headstones dating from 1750-1840's. The area was apparently near brick kilns and the remains of the old freight dock are in the marsh. II found a bottle with the words RIGAUD and PARIS in a circular design on the face with a five pointed star in the center. The base has a 13 pointed star cast into it. The bottle is about 6-7 inches tall with two rings at the shoulder, and another on the lower part of the neck. it has a flared lip. The casting (seams) seem to indicate 20th century manufacture but I am not sure. Any info?? Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide. Peter Coleman

The bottle is obviously a perfume bottle given the description probably from the 1920-30 era.  I am afraid I can't help much beyond that.  Perfume collectors prefer the fancy bottles and stoppers rather than the common every day bottle type.  Digger.


Hi I recently purchased 2 bottles that I found at a flea market. I mainly bought them because I thought they were "neat" looking and then decided to try and research them. I have been unable to find any info relating to them. I have enclosed a few pictures of both. The first is a ceramic type bottle, very thick, with a light brown glaze, 11 inches in height, and some areas have a grayish glaze. Near the top it has "federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle" stamped into it (i have read that most bottles with this stamping are valueless, but I really am more interested to know its age and origin) and at the bottom it has "N.V. AMSTERDAMSCHE LIKEURSTOKERY't LOOTSJE DER ERVEN LUCAS BOLS AMSTERDAM" stamped into it. So, any info whatsoever on this one??

This is probably a gin bottle. From my digging experience these first begin turning up about 1880 in an identical style but slightly different type of pottery.  They are quite common and always imported from Holland.  Lucas Bol is a well known distiller in that country.  Your bottle was made between 1932-1964.  I was not able find a language translator to interpret the writing.

The second bottle is some type of cognac bottle from Spain. It is 14 1/2" high including the cap and is covered with leather. It is very intricately carved with very nice designs including a man on a horse waving his arm and carrying a long pole in his other hand. There is a metal chain around the base of the neck with a leather tag which says CONAC one one side and ESPANA on the other. The chain is attached to the cap which bears more elaborate carvings. Its a striking bottle and in excellent condition. The bottom of the bottle has "Genuine Leather 'JEYPE' Made in Spain" stamped into the leather. Any ideas on this one?

I have not seen anything like this before. Maybe a reader can help.

Thanks in advance for your help...I saw your email address on a website and decided I would try writing. Thanks again and in the meantime I will try to decode the Dutch ( i think) that is on the ceramic bottle.

Sincerely, Robert Clark


Hello again Digger. I have recently dug some bottles from Privies here in Cinci and was hoping you could give me an idea of their value, etc... First is an aqua Mineral/soda bottle that says "Best and Lothes Cin. Oh" with a smooth base. 10 oz. Second is a clear/aqua bottle with a small ball base and a double applied lip that says " Lewis and Holt 152 Chatham St. N.Y." Its about 6 inches tall and round. Thanks in advance Digger. Check out my web page at http://hometown.aol.com/artyfact1/privy.html. Eddie.

The Best and Lothes is well known 1870s  mineral water valued about $25-35 depending on condition.  I wasn't able to find out about your other bottle, but without a product name it probably is worth $5-10 range.  Digger.


I am inquiring about the current value of an antique flask, flattened chestnut form, deep amber colored, pontil scar, applied top and applied handle, and about eight inches tall. I would appreciate any information you have about this particular bottle. Thanks, Linda

Flattened Chestnut bottles such as the one at the right are often found with applied hands.  Check the area where the handle meet the body as this is often where unseen cracks can affect the value.  Typically such flasks bring $75-125.  Digger.

I just bought a house built in 1886 that still had the original outhouse. We tore it down and it has been filled in. I have never done a privy dig but I am an avid metal detectorist and thought it would be interesting to dig. I am down about 5 ft. and I am still pulling out lots of red brick and stone. I am assuming this is all fill. I also am finding pieces of broken glass, rusted nails, leaves and pieces of paper, etc. I am also having to wait to dig any more as there is water in the bottom. My question is, how deep can I expect to dig and do you have any info. that may help with the dig? Thanks--Rick

Rick, in short you would do well to invest the $10 in my privy digging guide.  If you are waiting for the water to leave, you might have a long long wait.  Best get yourself a pair of hip waders and a bailing bucket.  I give lots of tips in my guide to answer just the kind of questions you have.  You also have to consider that there might not be any bottles in this privy.  Wet holes are the worst.  Digger.

Recently found old bottle trying to identify clear-pint size-in cut spider webs-in middle on front and back spider in web Thank you Carol F Mercer

Carol, you did a great job of photographing the bottle to show the intricate design. The bottle is definitely a whiskey bottle. Instead of being cut into the glass, the design is molded from an iron mold which was cut with the design.  Your bottle dates to the 1930-40 period.  despite its handsome design, it has little value to collectors at this time.  In this category (post prohibition whiskey bottles) there just are not many collectors.  

I found two salt and pepper shakers that have Durkee New York and a patent number on the bottom. They were found in an old burnt out stump at a former mining site. Can you tell me anything about it. Jerri

Eugene Durkee began selling spices about 1850.  His first products wee pepper, celery salt and curry powder.  He moved from Buffalo to New York City and was in Brooklyn NY by 1870.  He trademarked many brands and patented his own bottle designs.  He was one of the first to register trademarks getting numbers 603-605 in 1871.  If your bottles has a ground lip (rough and unpolished) they probably date prior to the turn of the century.  If not they are likely machine made and from the 1920s. I'd guess they contained celery salt.  The salt came in a salt shaker type tapered bottle with a small shoulder about 2/3 of the way up the bottle. Digger

Hello. Your listing seemed to be the most general out of all the categories and I hope you can help me out. I have 2 beer bottles, dark amber glass with metal tops intact, circa late 1940's. My grandparents owned a restaurant in middle Tennessee right after WWII and these were empty display bottles for either the counter or window. They stand about 2 and a half feet high, are painted (but the paint is in bad shape, you can read it but it is cracked & peeling) with the name "Sterling Beer" bottled in Terra Haute, IN. Both bottles are in excellent shape with the exception of the paint. They were stored in a cellar for right at 45 years until my grandmother moved. They are very dusty and I am afraid to try to clean them until I find out what their value is. No chips or cracks in the glass & the bottle tops aren't bent or scarred. I can send a picture if you think you can help me out with these. Thanks in advance, Jena Pate

Jena, the label and paint are probably the most important part of the value of these display bottles.  Without a good label they lose most of their value.  You might try restoring the damage or preventing further damage by spraying them with lacquer.  Sadly this will detract from their value as well but keep them from becoming unmarketable.  I estimate they might bring $10-15 in the present condition.  Digger.

Hi. I recently obtained a box of bottles from my dad's estate. I have been reading books and websites on bottles, and am finding this very interesting. However, a lot of my bottles aren't listed anywhere. I was wondering if you have ever heard of "Sperm Sewing Machine Oil"? I have a few others as well. I have no idea where these came from, but I believe he told me he dug them up in his yard, in Big Prairie, Ohio. Which is in Holmes County. Thank you so much for your time. Amy

Yes, your Sperm Sewing Machine Oil bottle is very common.  Yes, ti contained Sperm Whale Oil.  The oil was taken from the head of the spermaceti whale and is a fine machine grade oil.  It was widely bottled and used during the last century.  Your bottle dates from the late 1880-1890s period.  They usually sell for $3-5. Digger

Recently I came across a soda bottle with a marble in the top of it, it has Star Brand Super Strong on it. Any information on the bottle would be appreciated. Thanks Connie-

Your bottle is known as a Codd soda.  They are almost always foreign, predominantly English.  Many have been imported into this country along with other English antiques over the last forty years.  If you check out other months of "Questions I Get" you'll find more information about them and their value.  Digger


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