June 2001 Questions

Digger Odell Publications © 2001

Hi Digger, I have a bottle that I think is a whiskey bottle, it's 11 1/2 inches high and clear. 3-piece mold with a ladies leg neck, double collar lip, mint condition. The bottle from the bottom tapers in, then flares out, almost like a buoy or a upside down old street lamp globe. One side of the bottle says - 1 Qt Fred Kalina 409 Water St. Pittsburgh, PA Can you give me any information on this bottle and what it may be worth? Jerry Tennant

Jerry, your bottle is a product of the same company that produced the Devil-Cert Stomach Bitters.  He is listed in the Pittsburgh City Directories as a liquor dealer from 1909 until 1917.  At the left is a picture from Bill Ham's Bitters Book showing one of the variants of his Stomach Bitters.  I had a similar question in February 2001.  Digger.

I have a "George Wright La Porte, IND. bottle with "This Bottle is never sold" on the back. Do you know what it's worth. In fact I would like to find out how I can see what others are worth too.

Finding out what your bottle are worth can be difficult. Educating yourself about old bottle is the best bet to being able to estimate the value of a given item, but many times factors that one is not aware of come into play.  Your bottle on a national market would probably have a value of $10-20.  Of course this is a guess without knowing what color the bottle is or whether it is machine made.  I'd suggest checking out my article on determine prices to get a n idea of the factors involved. I have a library of bottle books I have acquired over the years, and many years of digging and going to bottle shows.  Even then, sometimes a local bottle will generate lots of interest in the area but not elsewhere.  There is no easy way to find this out.  Over the course of the last 150 years Millions of different bottles have been made and no one could list them all or know them all.  Digger.

I have an antique bottle that came from San Juan Bautista, California that, most likely, dates before the Plaza Hotel and Saloon was built. It is embossed on the front, in letters about 2 1/2" tall, with what appears to be a company name: B L Co. The bottle is about 10" tall, with a round mouth, square lip, BIM, with an outside seam that stops before the lip. There is an open pontil on the base with a diamond mark in the middle. The bottle is an oval or rectangular shape and is clear. The condition is excellent. I would like to know if you could tell me the company name, approximate age, its rarity and, possibly, it's value. Thank you for any help you may be able to give me. Kathy Pearson

There is no way to determine where you bottle is from despite that fact it might have been dug in the area. Local research at the library or historical society would be necessary to determine if that is the case.  Typically pontiled bottles do not have marks in the center of the pontil so something sounds wrong in the description.  I wish I could help more.  Digger

Dear Digger:

I am trying to identify the origin of a bottle said to have been found in the West Indies. It's a small, light green, flat octagonal bottle with a wide mouth and a seal marked "WAYRE'S GENUINE MUSTARD." Without the seal, the bottle looks just like your typical early 19th-century snuff container.  I assumed at first the bottle was British, but none of my contacts in England have seen or heard of the bottle. I am now wondering whether the bottle is American. Have you seen or heard of the bottle in question, and if so, what can you tell me about it? If not, can you direct me to someone who might be able to help me? I look forward to hearing from you.

I'd still bet it is English and it sounds like a great item.  I have not seen it before.  Mustard was first exported from the British Isles by Jeremiah Coleman in 1814.  I do not think that mustard was being exported from the United States at the time it sound like your bottle dates from. It was popular during the 1700s but its origins are murky. I found no reference to the name.  Digger.


We recently cleaned out a grandparents house in Waterville, VT and found several bottles of interest. Extract bottles of every kind including checkerberry. I was told that people drank extracts during prohibition. Some still have the paper labels on them, Crescent Brand, VT and Schlotterbeck & Foss Co., Portland, ME. But, more interesting were the veterinary medicine bottles. Dr. A.C. Daniels' cough, cold, distemper and fever drops for animals (single bottle in cardboard box, original cork and full of medicine). Dr. Daniels' colic drops (two bottle set,1 missing but still in the cardboard box). The boxes are in great shape. I have not been able to find any Dr. Daniels' information and do not know how old these are, can you help? Robin Comeau - Avon, Mass

Dr. Daniels produced a line of about 30 veterinary medicines many of which where very popular. Several of the items came in boxes of a set of two bottles like you describe.  Yours sound newer and I am assuming they are label only. If embossed, then they might date prior to 1900, if label only they could date into the 1920s or later.

Digger, I have a baby bottle that is aprox 8" tall and has a baby's figure embossed on the side....Any info as to an age? or Value? Also, I have a tall square bottle that reads Drake's on one side and "Palmetto Wine Compound" on the others...Same questions...Ben

Ben, There are a number of different baby bottles with babies embossed.  One with a baby lying down dates from the 1930s another with a baby sitting cross legged also from the 1930s and some from the 1890s.  I'd need a better description.  I have had one of the Drake's Palmetto Wine compound bottles.  It was a remedy for catarrh and the label on one indicated it was manufactured by a Wheeling W VA company, despite some of them being embossed with Chicago, IL on one side. 1905 Pharmaceutical Era lists the manufacturers as Drake Formula Co. 100 Lake St., Chicago, IL.   Looks like it was made from about 1900-1935. Value is $10-15.  Digger.

Hello, I have a little bottle that has the words "Heatherwood Farms, golden Guernsey" on it in black ink. The bottle is clear and approx. 5" tall. The bottom has 1846 imprinted in the glass and it also has Duraglas imprinted on the bottom. Any idea of it's worth? Thank Heather Pierson

I'd be guessing but I'd say under $20. Digger

Hello, I have a bottle that is approx. 5" tall. It is clear.....it seems to possibly have a very, very light pink tint to it but it may be because I have never washed it. It is square shaped but the edges are not hard they are more rounded. The seam does not run over the lip of the bottle....it stops and the lip has notches on it....I imagine for screwing a top on it. The front of the bottle has the words "Heatherwood Farms" in cursive writing......black ink. It also has an emblem that looks like a bottle of some sort and a square over the bottle that says "Golden Guernsey" in the square also in black ink. Under that is says trade mark. On the bottom stamped in the glass it says 1846 and Duraglas. Around the bottom it also has stamped into the glass something on each side. The front has ML S43 REC. One side has SEALED BB 48. The back has HALF PINT. And the other side has LIQUID. Can you tell me the possible worth and how old it is? I am thinking it is from 1846 but only because that is stamped on the bottom.Thanks Heather Pierson

The trademark information indicates it is nowhere near that old.  The words "GOLDEN GUERNSEY DAIRY" were for milk, flavored milk, buttermilk, sour cream, dairy-based snack dips, half & half, whipped cream, creamers, cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, cheese, butter, and egg nog".  ice cream, ice milk mixes and ice milk, fruit juices, fruit drinks, fruit punch, lemonade and mineral water". First used in  1930.  Filing Date March 15, 1996.  Owner (APPLICANT) FOREMOST FARMS USA, COOPERATIVE COOPERATIVE WISCONSIN Route 3 Baraboo WISCONSIN 53913.  The trademark is still active which I assume means they are still doing business.  



I inherited a piece of furniture with the Larkin Soap company seal on it. I can't make out what it says inside its faded writing all I could read was that it was certified. But it s a desk the top fold down then that is used for the desk. then there are shelves inside very unique. I cant seem to find it anywhere or even find info on it please help.  

 Larkin furniture was a part of a giveaway program by the Larkin Soap Company.  You can read about this company in an article on my site.  Digger.

I have a blue or aqua rectangular medicine bottle about 5 3/8 inches tall it looks like its lip is applied square band and the mold line does not go over the lip. Looks like the bottom is smooth. It has the words National Remedy Company New York embossed on the front. No lid and seems to be in good shape. I want to find out if it is worth anything. I also have a clear rectangular medicine bottle that is about 2 1/2 inches tall the lip is square band 1 1/4 inches wide and the mold line does not go over Th. lip. It has a smooth bottom. One side says A. Trask's and the other side has ointment embossed on it. The bottom has a number 7 on it. No lid and bottle is in great shape. I do have more of these bottles with different numbers on the bottom and some are little taller. I wanted to find out if they are worth anything? Thank You, Angela Michael

Angela, The National Remedy Company was located in New York City at 115 Fulton St. in 1912. It was started about 1884. They were proprietors of a number of products which did fairly well on the national market.  One of these was called Japanese Oil (1904).  The Name was later changed to En-Ar-Co Oil (1912-1933+).  They also were proprietors of Herbert's Tonic Extract of Cod Liver Oil, a malaria medicine, Ascariden (1912-1933).  The bottles retaining their embossing even after the change to a screw top which is somewhat unusual. the comapny was still in business in 1974. The name National En-Ar-Co was used as the brand name for a lubricating oil beginning in 1941.  I am unsure of the connection if any. Information about your Trask's Magnetic Ointment can be found in an article I wrote sometime ago about Magnetic Medicines. You can also find out about others who have asked the same question check October 2000 and 1999 misc. questions. That your bottle is clear and you do not mention your bottle as having "Magnetic embossed" suggests it is a later period example possible 1915-1920.  Digger.

Dear Digger:

I have a full bottle of Leroux, Kummel. It is a fifth, has a Missouri tax label on it, made and bottled in Philadelphia, PA. Z321 is on the front label at the bottom. It is a product of the USA. The back label is in German. The bottle is sealed with what looks like a wax seal. The bottle is brown and has embossed on the back, not to sell, etc. My family has had it for over 60 years. Any information you can give me regarding the above and its value would be very much appreciated. Thanks, Sue Jaeger Thank you.

The Leroux Liqueur Company was started in Brussels, Belgium. After prohibition they apparently began operating the Lerous & Co. Inc. at 1220 Spring Garden, Philadelphia.  Seagrams was the owner by 1940 although their web site says they acquired Leroux Liqueur Company in the 1960s. 1997 Jim Beam is listed as the owner. They trademarked the following names:  LC (1933), CLARISTINE (1933), FIGARO 1933), IRISH MOSS (1939), NIKOLAI vodka (1941) Gold-O-Mint Creme de Menthe (1944),  CHERRY KARISE (1954) ABISANTE (1949). 

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Dear Digger,

I retrieved your address from the Antique Bottle Website. I was wondering if you could help me with a bottle I cannot find any information on. It is a clear glass bottle about 7 inches tall and has a marble-sized glass ball in the neck. On the front it has embossed: C.GATCUM, ALDERSHOT and a "G" with a "C" super embossed on top. On the backside bottom it has: A. ?????ANDER & Co., LEEDS & LONDON. The top is straight as if it was corked, there is no lip for a cap. I was told it may have been used for Lemonade. Any ideas of what it is and date it could be from? Thanks for you help, I do not know where else to look for the information on the unusual find. karen in St. Louis, MO USA

Yes, it is an English Codd bottle.  These marble stoppered bottles were very popular in England from 1880-1910.  Many have been imported into this country and many are currently being sold on Ebay.  I do not have the resources to tell you if it is rare but typically ones like you describe sell of under $20.  Check April 2001, March 2000, May 2000, February 2001, December 2000, October 2000, for questions similar to yours and for more about Codd bottles. Digger

Sir, My name is Marc, I'm looking for information about how a Codd bottle was made. was it made in 3 pieces or more? Did they use a mall or was the glass blown. sorry for the spelling. Can you help me with this? thank you m.H

That is a good question and one for which I do not know the answer.  Maybe one of our English friends has researched this topic.  Digger

Hi My mother find a bottle when she was tearing out her wall it is about 10" to 12" tall has raised lettering it has a seam on the one side of the bottle. It was made by Norwalk City Brewery Theresa Ott Proprietress Norwalk, Ohio. That is what it says on the bottle. It was made between the years of 1850-1906. The glass color is like black but has a brownish tint I can't really describe it. It is in excellent condition and it has no scratches or nicks. Please let me know what you think it might be worth or if it is not.

Having a woman's name embossed is in and of itself unusual.  My sources show the Ott Brewery going back to 1874 but it was listed with Theresa Ott only from 1880-1905.  Your quart beer bottle is listed in the Ohio Bottle book in both aqua and amber for $15-20 in the pint size and only with the initials T. Ott in the quart. Locally yours being an unlisted variant might be worth $30-40.  If the color were really black then maybe more.   Digger


Is it possible for you to shed some light on this bottle?( 2pics inclosed). What kind it is and an approximate value on it. I appreciate any info you can supply. I must add that I've enjoyed reading both the questions and the answers on your site. Thanks Bill


I have a bottle with an embossed monkey on it, could possibly give me some insight on it. Any info would be greatly appreciated. What kind of bottle is it and approx. value. Thank you for a fine site. I've learned a lot today. 2 pics are enclosed. Thank you Bill

Bill it is definitely a wine hock bottle. the letter below I received quite some time ago (Oct. 2000) and never answered. I have seen these bottles at shows and I have always assumed they are 20th century and foreign.  They bottles I have seen have had the original gold paint on the monkey.  I'd guess a value of $30-40.  Digger  Now I know they come in two colors.

Hi Digger! I've just stumbled across your site! I see few references to European bottles, but wonder if you could help? I have a green German wine bottle (Arthur Tallgarten, Rhein), with a gold coloured monkey "embracing" the bottle. The monkey is an integral part of the bottle's construction and its 'fur' effect achieved by a 3 D relief effect. The foil which once extended over the cork is a buff colour, with red bands top and bottom. The bottle is a sort of momento from a wine shop that was owned by my grandfather up to the 1950s in Birmingham, England. We have always assumed that the bottle was made as for promotional purposes or in a limited run, Any information would be very much appreciated. Thanks for a fascinating site! Colin Shields.


Hi there, I was wondering it you might be able to help me. I have found a milk glass bottle measuring about 11 3/4" tall. It is a figural woman in long flowing dress, wearing a head dress and carrying a fan. Her head is the top or stopper, though the cork is now inside the bottle. She is hand painted. Very heavy, thick wall milk glass, mold blown, though the head looks like it might have been pressed? Around the base it reads "M. Quiles Benetuser Valencia". I was told this is an early bitters bottle but have typed my fingers to the bone trying to find anything like it. I have uploaded picture of the piece to the web in hopes that you might recognize it.  Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. If you need any more info just let me know. Thanks, Anita Russell

The inscription around the base is in Spanish and names a person and I believe a town in Spain.  Maybe a reader can help.

 Hello Digger, Schweppes bottle is brown in colour (clay or some other sort of product) seamless, with crown top left corner of logo with also words (to H.M. the King). Any info. please. Deborah

I found quite few Schweppes bottles for sale from a wide range of periods but none of clay.  The presence of the crown top indicates a relatively recent origin (20th century). In 1988 Schweppes introduced a short-lived brand they called Schweppes Royal Seltzer which was put up by The United Kingdom Schweppes company.  This could what your bottle contained.  I'd guess some collector out there might be interested for a modest price.  Maybe a reader will help.  Digger.

Digger- Had 2 recent finds along the Kankakee River. One is a milk bottle--"John F. Uhde, Joliet,IL." I cannot find anyone in the area who has ever heard of that particular dairy. The other find I would consider a jar because of it's wide-mouth, screw-on top. It's 4-sided, 10 1/4" tall, 4 1/2" wide, 3 1/4" deep. The corners are beveled, and the base is slightly flared. Any help with either would be appreciated! Sarah

Sarah every milk producing state had thousands of dairies and many of these dairies had numerous bottles.  Call the Joliet Library and ask them to check in the City Directory for 1920, 1930 and 1940 to see if there is a listing. the jar could be about any thing but most likely is a food item. Digger 

Digging in my backyard I found a 21/2 inch bottle that at one time had a cork in it. The bottom of the bottle reads. AM APOTH NEW YORK USA- The glass is clear and in good condition. It looks like it may have had something brown in it at one time. We live in Minnesota. Terrie

Druggist bottle it may have arrived by mail in the last century or been an item offered at the local drugstore.  Apoth could stand for apothecary, unless it is someone's name.  Shape is important in determining function. Digger

Hi, my name is Brenda I found a sample bottle of vicks drops in my garden. One side has vicks the other side has drops on it you have the exact same bottle on your page. It is cobalt blue I would like to know its value if any. The bottle does not have a lid on it. It also has a little indent on it like for holding it, not sure if that is from all the years it has laid in the ground or if it was made that way ??? Please let me know.Thanks, Brenda

First one small,cobalt vicks drops bottle the odd thing is that the d on drops is backwards. Second one about 5 inches tall looks of a soda bottle reads in cursive Smile around the bottom it also reads pat July 11,1922 cont 2 1/2 oz. Thank You very much.


Your error bottle for Vicks is a neat collectible.  Check June and August 2000 Questions for additional information on your Vick's bottles.  I'd say it probably does not add much to the value but it is interesting.  The Trademark below  was filed in 1908 for the word "Smile" for a carbonated non-alcoholic beverage.  The trademark was filed by Hollis H. Morris of Atlanta, GA.


I have five "Last Chance" cologne bottles manufactured and distributed by National Porcelain Company. The five bottles are all different and when lined up make a western bar scene. A label on the bottom says "Japan." The figures all look like characters from the time of Buffalo Bill and the wild west shows. Any idea where I can find out more information about them? Thanks, Jerry Lee

I found a set of your figures for sale on an on line auction.  The company apparently solicits distributors (or did) in this country.  One item I found referred to a seminar put on by the National Porcelain Company to recruit salespeople to sell dolls.  They must have been in business a while, I also found reference to a set of Scotch Terrier  and Scottie Dog Salt and Pepper - circa 1940s made by National Porcelain, Trenton New Jersey.  I expect the Trenton connection is (or was) the main distributor in this country. Digger

I have a stone bottle can you tell me what it is, the age and the price if I wanted to sell it. John Shuley & Co 34 Dame St Dublin, colour of bottle is honey/brown, 6cm diameter base 15 cm in height, the bottle is in the shape of what some one described as a "Norman building", brick effect with windows and door, the roof is cone shaped with a pouring lip protruding from the side, there is a registration No on the bottom, Rd No 540737. Regards, Tommy Kelly

Sounds like an interesting figural bottle but I can't say much about it.  It is possibly a Ginger beer.  Maybe a reader will help.

Dear Digger: This is in response to my phone call about the Clorox bottle my daughter found. The following is the measurements you asked for. Height approx 7 1/2 inches Mouth approx 1 inch in diameter Diameter of the bottom of bottle approx 3 inches For the shape of the bottle see the enclosed photo's. The bottle was found in excellent condition with the cork still intact near the river where we fish. We believe it to be a 1931 bottle but are unsure. Your help and opinion would be greatly appreciated. We would also like to know the approximate value if any. Thank you Pamela Gregory

Pamela, I have not investigated closely enough to determine if you are correct about the date.  Here is a great link on the Clorox company site which goes into great detail about the cork top bottles.  The value is $2-4.  


Hi Recently at a garage sale I found a wine bottle that was manufactured as a lamp. Made by Centro Esportazone Vin Italian Nobili, Pontectdera Italy. It is dark green glass approx. 12 in high, (20 in with shade) (bottled bottom & long neck) with a large green glass "Victorian" style shade, eight sided with vines and grapes on it. Is it much of a collector item and does it have any value other the 20 bucks I paid for it? At the same sale I found a Michter Whiskey bottle. Four sided ceramic with a large clover leaf with two re and green birds on one side, blue and yellow birds on the other side and designs on the other two. It is marked Michter's Hex Bottle. Rare or not and any value Thanking you in advance C t Collier

I can't say much about the lamp.  I know that when people make lamps from old bottles and they drill the bottle is loses much appeal to collectors.  Yours is another story.  Maybe a reader can help. I'd think it was worth the money you paid.  Your Michter bottle could not have been made before 1957. The company produced all kinds of souvenir items, shirts, caps, glasses, bar items and even books.  The company made whiskey, brandy and wine and was run by a fellow operating the Michter Jug House in Philadelphia.  Your bottle would have been made between 1960-1980.  I am not sure of the value.  Digger.

Hello Digger; I found a bottle at a garage sell today. My questions are what was this bottle used for? Is it old? Do you know what this bottle is? It is clear in color it has a screw top no lid was with the bottle it is about 2&1/2 inches tall, and has a pocket near the top of the bottle. the pocket is about 1 inch long by 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch deep. The markings on the bottom say PAT'D.1759866 There is also a small circle on the bottom with two marks one looks like a raised triangle and the other one looks like a long s or a backward z. the mouth of the bottle is about 1&1/2 inches wide. Please advise. Thank-You for taking the time to read my letter. God Bless you. Gloria

Yes, Gloria I do know what your bottle is.  It is an ink bottle with a well for filling fountain pens..  The original patent Office drawing is shown at the left. The little pocket, as you describe, was used in the manner shown in the drawing.  One would invert the bottle, catching some ink in the well, then dip the pen into the captured ink.  The well prevented the pen from being dipped too deep. The bottle was Patented in 1927 by Owen Rabb of Seattle, Washington.

Hello my name is Jason and I have a dr. d. Jayne's Tonic Vermifuge bottle. it is clear in color. I don't know much about the bottle as far as describing it to you. it reads DR. D. JAYNE'S TONIC VERMIFUGE 242 CHESt St PHIL a. it has an oval shape. The words are stamped on the bottle. size- 8 1/2 inches x 2 inches. thank you for your time.

Your bottle is very common.  Yours probably was made around the turn of the century or later.  A vermifuge was a worm medicine. It was one of their best sellers. and was sold for over 100 years. The value of your bottle is $2-4  Digger



Hi, My Swiss immigrant great-grandfather, Charles Schriber, worked for the W.H. Hutchinson "soda water factory" located at "Randolph & Peoria St." and / or "8 N. Peoria" (Chicago City Directory 1860-61). (There may have been other locations as well.) We have a photograph of a snapshot taken in 1867 of the drivers of nine teams pulling bottle delivery wagons. My grandfather appears in the photo with a wagon load of bottles. He worked for W.H. Hutchinson in the years just before and just after the Civil War during which he served in the 8th Illinois Cavalry. I'd like to find a source for Hutchinson soda bottles (or beer?). Do you have such for sale or can you suggest where to look? I'm also interested in sources for additional information about W.H. Hutchinson in Chicago. Thank you, Jim Foster

It was actually Charles G. Hutchinson that invented the Stopper that became the industry standard for a few decades. Your relative would have probably worked for W. H. Hutchinson and & Son at 196-198 So. Desplaines St in Chicago. I'd suggest the Chicago Public Library or The Historical Society for more information on W.H. Hutchinson. Digger

While trying to find some information on a newly purchased seltzer bottle I came across your web site. We purchased on old seltzer bottle and etched into the bottle it reads "Jack Beverages Sparkling Water Reg Conts 26 ozs Rockaway Beach, LI" There is also an image of a water holding a tray that contains a seltzer bottle and glass. On the bottom of the bottle it reads "Made in Czechlosovakia." I am most interested in finding out about "Jack Beverages" - any tips? Thanks in advance. Sincerely, Allison Dhuy

I was not able to find anything out about Jack's Beverage.  The local library would be the next best bet.  Digger

Help Digger! We have an embossed Purity Beverage soda bottle from Home Bottling Company, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The bottle has an embossed swastika on its bottom. Any information you might be able to dig up on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Joe & Sherry Mathieu

Sherry, prior to World War II, the swastika was considered to be a symbol of good luck.  It was used by many companies as a trademark.  I found a listing for your bottle I would guess the value to be $10-15 range.  I was not able to pinpoint a date but I would be fairly certain to say it was probably in the 1910-1930 era.  Below are two medicine companies which used this symbol.  Digger

I have a Bottle of Carlsberg Lager commemorating the visit of the Prince of Wales to the Denmark Brewery on 26.09.1932 how can I find out how much it is worth to a collector Thanks

I'd guess offering for sale on Ebay would be about the only way I would know.  It sounds like a scarce item the value would depend upon the demand.  Digger.

Dear sir/madam, I wonder if you could help me. I found a bottle while digging in my garden in the Arizona desert. It is clear glass, around 4" tall and has the words (in raised lettering) GEBHARDT EAGLE on one side and CHILI POWDER on the other. It has a diamond shape embossed on the bottom of the bottle but I can't quite make out the symbols inside. Can you suggest anyone who can help me with identification or just some information. Thank you Sindi Christensen

My husband recently found another small bottle for me on the edge of the Rio Grande here in Eagle Pass, Texas. The bottle is clear and screw top, BUT it reads "Gebhardt Eagle" down one side and "Chili Powder" down the other and the front has an eagle crest and the words "Trade Mark" underneath. How do I find the historical significance of such a bottle? Leigh Volcsko

The name brand "Gebhardt was first used in 1896. It was owned by the Gebhardt Chili Powder Company of San Antonio,  Texas which was later bought out by Beatrice Foods Corp. of Chicago. They in turn were assimilated into Beatrice Hunt-Wesson Foods of California.  At one point the company was owned by Conagra Brands of Omaha, Nebraska.  Numerous  products including barbecue sauce, canned chili, and other chili related products have been made under the name Gebhardt. To my knowledge the chili powder is still being made. the diamond shape on the base of your bottle is probably the Owen Glass company mark. Your bottle might date to the 1940-1950 period. Digger

I have a bottle that is brown 9 inches high and says "Fleecy White" on the top side. On the bottom it says John Puhl Products Co. Chicago Ill.Can you tell me something about this thanks -- Julia Underwood Knoxville Tn. Go Vols!

You will find information about your bottles in April 2001, December 2000 and December 1999.  The bottle contained bleach.  Digger

I'm glad I found someone that may be able to help me. I found a bottle at my grandmothers that has the name BOTL-O. On the back of the bottle it has COPR. 1939 BY B.T. FOOKS MFG. CO. Also on the back it has TASTE THE DIFFERENCE. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you could give me a value also. The label looks to be painted. All the labels are in excellent condition. The label is in red and white. Thank you for your time, Shane Fielder

Shane, Botl-o was a soda brand distributed in Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina from 1939-1955.  All of the bottle I found listed were Applied Color Label (ACL) and all were clear.  The sizes range from 8 to 24 ounce sizes with 10 and 12 ounce sizes being the most common.  Most have a value of about $3-5.  Digger

hi digger, I too have the same park & tilford musical bourbon bottle. There was a cork in them, the label is paper. any idea of a price? see original question below which I found on your cool website: thanks, Andrea

Andrea, last month I did a search on Ebay and found numerous musical bottles.  Only a few were getting bids and most were under $10.  I expect if you keep your eye on the category you will see one of yours offered.  Digger

I have an old bottle can you help me find out ANYTHING about it? Here is what is on the bottle : 1- Mr. Tilford of Park & Tilford 2- Founded P&T in 1840 3- Signed by John Tilford 4- A product of Swiss Harmony Inc, Chicago Ill. Design Pat. Pend. 5- It plays "How Dry I Am" when lifted. 6- Kentucky Straight Bourbon 7- Parks & Tilford Distillers Corportion Louisville, KY. 8- 4/5 Quart 9- 5yrs old, 86 Proof Whiskey Please email me back if you know or have any information on this bottle: Kay Ogle / Lake Lure, NC

Kay several people have written in about whiskey bottles with musical tops. I am gathering that they are post-prohibition and probably date to the 1940s or 1950s. You do not mention if the bottle is embossed or labeled. Maybe a reader can help Digger

Hi! I found an old bottle. The name on the bottle is SPEY ROYAL WHISKEY. Writing on the bottom is: 14 Z something & A GILBEY LONDON ENGLAND I C P On the front of the bottle around the SPEY ROYAL WHISKEY part it says" FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS SALE OR REUSE OF THIS BOTTLE" I found this bottle out in the desert in New Mexico. I like to collect old bottles and this on really interest me. Do you know anything about this bottle? 

Well, I can't say much except your bottle was made between 1932 and 1964.  The name Spey is named after Scotland’s famous River Spey. I found an advertisement which shows a picture of the 1948 bottle. Digger


Hi, I am writing again because my father has this bottle he would like to know the value of. It is a medicine bottle with ENTd ACORd TO, on one side and ACT OF CONGRESS , on the other side, and RRR RADWAY & CO NEW YORK on the front. Could you please tell me the value? Thank you, Janie Boughner

Radway's Ready Relief  was a pain killer and nervine.  It is an old brand first produced about 1848 by Richard Radway who formed the company J. & R. G. Radway & Co.  By 1877, the business, still owned by the Radway family, changed the company name to Radway & Company. In 1924 the family filed for a trademark registration for "RADWAY RRR" for a preparation for the treatment of dyspepsia, indigestion, heartburn, constipation and similar ailments.  The diseases for which they advertised the medicine changed after the passage of the 1906 Food and Drug Act. The value depends upon the age, pontiled specimens bring in the $30-40 range while early smooth based bottles might fetch $15-20.  You can find out more about this bottle in my book, Pontil Medicine Encyclopedia. Digger

I have a dark amethyst figural Madonna bottle. It has a glass stopper, applied handle, rough pontil and stands lopsided. The neck is shorter than the cobalt reproduction I've seen. I understand these were made in Mexico. In what other colors were they made, what date, and do you know the value? I searched books and the internet but I cannot find anything on it. Thanks in advance.

I am not sure I would classify any of these contemporary bottles as "reproductions."  The Madonna bottles have been made in Mexico for many years probably back into the 1920s or earlier.  In Mexico they are known as the Virgin of Guadalupe.  More than one company has been involved in their production and more than one mold variant exists. They are known sizes sizes from seven to eleven inches tall.   While cobalt is the most common color, they can be found in amethyst, amber, green and clear glass. Digger


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Dear Digger, I'm writing to you from Italy. Mr. Dale Massiasta, Director of the BLAKHUD MUSEUM of Klikor (Ghana) would trace the origin of bottles he collected from old shrines and historical sites.

I surfed on your web-site looking for "J.J. Melchers". There are in Klikor several bottles of Melchers Schnapps, as the one reported in your page <http://www.bottlebooks.com/questions/August2000/august_2000_questions_ask_digger.htm> But are these Melchers bottles from Danemark? Germany? Holland? So many people came to Ghana with spirits ... May you give me an answer about the origin of e Melchers bottles??? Or may you give me the e-mail address of Mr. Joe Preast?

Mr Massiasta is organizing the bottle collection of Blakhud Museum, it's a village institution and not so much rich (you can visit their website at http://utenti.tripod.it/blakhudrc ). I dare to suggest you to send him a book of yours... you could easily get a bottle for it. Shipping a bottle from Africa might be azardous... but several students and researchers from USA come to visit the Blakhud Research Center. In the case you decide to send your book, youshould not indicate anything of the content on the envelope, otherwise thr book would be stolen...


Well, thank you Luciano

Luciano,  I am betting with Melcher being a German surname and Schnapps being a German invention, my guess is Germany.  Unfortunately I do not any longer have Mr. Preast's address.  Maybe he'll find this and contact you. Digger

I have a 1912 metal round hot water bottle. can you tell me anything about it? rojeanne hoes

Dozens of hot water bottles were patent in 1912.  Without specifics about yours I cannot say much.  Even with specifics I probably could not give an accurate estimate of value but here are two of many bottles that were patented the same year as yours.  Digger  Thermos 1  Thermos 2

I have 2 bottles that I think were whiskey bottles. They are about 12 inches tall, light blue in color with Aristotle, Socrates and Plato pictured in which with the Roman columns in the back ground, with white glass stopper. Can you give me the year and value of these? I also have a emerald green khalua bottle that's like a budda. Thank you.

I would need a bit more to go on to be much help.  Maybe a reader has heard of these.  Digger

Mr. O'Dell: I am not a bottle collector (yet) but I do have an interesting bottle I would like to know more about. The bottle is for Dad's Neurilla (a product of the Dad Chemical Co., New York) which claims to be a remedy for "the blues" (among many other things). I found this bottle in an old building so there is no staining from being buried and it is completely intact including the contents, cork, lead foil seal, and paper label. The paper label is in very good condition (only minor discoloration and minimal tearing). On the bottom of the front paper label is a reference to the 1906 Food and Drug Act so, obviously, the bottle was made sometime after 1906. The bottle itself is about 6" high, amber, with the words "Dad Chemical Co." embossed into the glass just below the neck and immediately above the front label. Mold seams stop at the shoulder and do not extend up the neck so the neck and lip were apparently hand-tooled. The bottom of the bottle is smooth and only slightly indented. Although I am curious if my bottle has any monetary value, I am much more interested in the historical aspect (see below). I have been unable to find any information on the "Dad Chemical Company" - love that name! Can you provide any information about good ol' Dad and his Chemical Company? In particular, was Dad producing "Neurilla" BEFORE 1906? The history of the patent medicine industry is fascinating reading. This history (and my Dad's Neurilla bottle) got me to thinking about how the patent medicine companies reacted to the 1906 Food and Drug Act. Surely many companies quickly went out of business but others must have tried to keep going but had to change their labeling and advertising. I have been thinking that a collection of bottles produced before and after the 1906 Food and Drug Act for the same product would be very interesting. Would you be so kind as to provide comments on this "before and after" situation and the feasibility of compiling such a collection? Thanks for your help, knowledge, and excellent web site. Tod

You could amass an very interesting collection of before and after bottles.  Some bottles to consider would be the major players like Warner's Safe Kidney Liver Cure which was changed to Warner's Safe Kidney Liver Remedy.  Dr. Kilmer's Swamproot Kidney Liver Bladder Cure was changed to "Remedy" as well.  In fact, nearly all of the bottles embossed "Cure" either went out of business or changed the name to conform to the 1906 law.  About your Neurilla bottle. I found it listed in the 1913-1917 Druggist Circulars, sold by the Dad Chemical Company located at 23 Commerce St. New York.  I also found the product listed in the 1905 Pharmaceutical Era same company but at a different address, 105 Chambers St., New York. Digger

Hi Digger, I found a bottle in my lawn buried under some dirt. It's about 6" tall and it says "Kreml hair tonic" on two of the sides and "RB Simler inc NY usa". Do you think it's worth anything? can you send me a picture of it so I can see if it matches mine? Thank you.

Kreml Hair tonic has been around since 1911.  The company has undergone a number of changes in ownership. From what I can tell it was first owned by Beechan Corp of Bristol, Tennessee in 1928 when the brand name was first registered the owner was Ernst Schaufler from Wurttemberg, Germany. The name was registered again in 1947 under the ownership of R. B. Semler Inc. of New York doing business in New Cannaan, Connecticut. They owned the brand name at least through 1972.  It was reregistered as late as 1992 by ) Menley & James Laboratories, Inc.of Horsham, Pennsylvania.  Your bottle then seems to date to the 1940-1950 period.  I do not think it has much monetary value as the bottles are quite common. Digger

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Hi, My name is Julie Bauman, I have an advertique whiskey jar from the prohibition era, I know this because it has the label "Federal law Forbids Sale or reuse". But the thing about my jar is that it has a little saw made inside the jar. I believe it was made much like people make ships in a bottle, as it is to large to be placed in the jar. It has no other labels, besides the federal law statement, it is clear (colorless) and still has its original cap. Please let me know the value of my item.Thanks, Julie Bauman

Julie actually your item is not prohibition era.  the "Federal Law Forbids...." was not used until after prohibition and before 1964.  I'd guess as a piece of folk art your items might be worth $20.  Digger.

Greetings, I was doing some work on a turn of the century cottage when I discovered a couple of old bottles buried in the ground. Across the top of the bottle it says "Federal Law Forbids Sale". There are 2 pint bottles, one brown and one clear, and another larger clear bottle. Are these prohibition bottles? If so do you know where I could find out more information about bottles like these. Thanks, Adam

Adam see the above comments.  Ebay always has a good listing of contemporary bottles. Digger

I don't know if this is the type of Question you were looking for but oh well. I found a Green bottle that says "Dr. JGB Seigert & Hijos" around the top, I was wondering if you could tell me the age of this bottle please. Thanks

The word mark, Angostura was used for Bitters since 1831 so claims the trademark registration.  They filed for registration of the name in 1905, 1912, 1953, 1974 and renewed in 1987. I have answered this question before, check in July 2000 for more details about the product. Your bottle probably dates to the turn of the century.  Digger

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The "Crownford China Company" is an old Staffordshire, England company. I do not think they made glass. I suspect an import company is using the name for their reproductions, but I do not know, maybe a reader can help. Digger"

I recently bought a pink milk glass powder dish. It has a 'Crownford China, Made in America" label. I realize this is not a bottle but it may give you some insight on whether Crownford China was involved in the glass business. I am curious about this myself because I thought Crownford China (US) only made pottery. I have owned several pottery pieces with their mark "Crownford China, Made in USA") .. Louis

Louis, after a bit more research I have found only a few clues. The original English Crownford China Company is not connected with these glass reproduction items. The impostor  Crownford China Company is an Italian firm with a New York connection.  They do not still seem to be in business.  They were responsible for a number of reproduction items including: WARNER'S SAFE KIDNEY LIVER CURE bottles which they produced with labels and in fantastic colors; cookie jars such as one jar has raised clear lettering on two sides; one side says IF MOMMY SAYS NO, ASK GRANDMA (HEART SYMBOL HERE)and the other side says "COOKIES 5 POUNDS; Another jar is embossed P.N. SMITH FAMILY GROCER DRY MEASURE 7 lb.; They also made THATCHER milk bottles (MAN MILKING A COW) beginning about 1964 in amber green, dark blue and clear complete with a wire bale and glass lid. I am sure that this list is by no means complete.  They must have had help in this country to determine the styles and kinds of items to reproduce.  Digger



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We recently found a bottle with a cork. It is small, aqua and has several inscriptions: "Catarrh Remedy", "Buffalo" and "Orsages". Does this bottle sound familiar? We look forward to hearing from you.

Yes, these little bottles are very often so poorly embossed they are not easy to read.  The bottle actually says, "Dr. Sage's / Catarrh Remedy / Buffalo and was a product of Dr. R. V. Pierce.  you will find many references to Dr. Pierce on my web site.  (Articles: Patent Medicine History, Dangerous Drug Bottles; Questions: May 2000, March 2000, Sept. 2001, March 2001, February 2001).  My belief is that this was a product that Pierce purchased from Dr. Sage.  The product was first advertised in 1869 which would make it one of his first products.  I have seen several dark emerald green specimens of this bottle over the years that were quite crude and possibly produced early.  Later embossed bottles I have seen date up through the turn of the century and all I have seen are aqua.  The product was still being offered for sale as late as the 1940s.  The Pierce name was used in a trademark registered in 1917 and was renewed as late as 1977.  Among the diseases listed in association with the name was "catarrh." The little bottles usually sell for $8-10.  Digger


I have two unusual bottles. One appears to be hand-blown, about 10 inches tall with a cork. The cork has a star-like design on the top in black paint. The neck of the bottle (about 5 inches) is wrapped in some type of brown and red twine. Below the twine, the bottle bulges out. At the top, the twin forms two strands that have wooden beads on the end. The other bottle is kind of squatty. It is clear (as is the other) and has a stopper that is glass surrounded by cork. On the bottom it says, "Federal Law Forbids Sale Or Re-Use of This Bottle." It has the numbers 55 55, 0-8 and a 4 off by itself. It also has an oval with a line through it that is shaped like a dog's bone. Thanks for your help.

A picture would help on this one. Digger


We've unearthed some stoneware from our garden when we removed a tree trunk and hope you can help identify them. The first is a stone bottle, approx. 8 inches high, marked slack & Cox (Western) Llandudno. The second is blue-green glass with a marble in the neck , approx. 9 inches in height and marked William Hill,registered trademark, Llandudno , with a bird in the centre of the lettering. We've found some interesting stone marmalade jars from Hartley's and a few inkwells also.

Llandudno is a Victorian era resort town in North Wales in the United Kingdom.  I do not have the resources to do any research on your items but they sound like 1880-1900 era bottles.  Your second bottle is a Codd and again I lack the resources to be of much help except to say that most aqua Codd bottles sell for under $20.  Digger


Dear Sir, I own what I believe to be a mid-19th century, clay bottle-jar, with swan-neck handle, which held mineral water from the Apollinaris Spring of Georg Kreuzberg, a vintner in Ahrweiler, Germany. The bottle is of light reddish-brown clay, approximately 12" tall, and bears the circular inscription "Apollinaris-Brunnen, M-W," approximately 2 1/2 to 3 inches below the bottle neck. Inside the circular inscription is a logo that appears to be a half boat sail, the mast of which descends to a semi-circular anchor. Below the circular logo, in three slightly arched lines is the inscription, "George Kreuzberg, (second line) Ahrweiler, (third line) Rheinpreussen." The bottle is undated; however, very near where the handle is the hand-wrought inscription "No. 28." The bottom of the bottle bears concentric "tear drop" markings, emanating from one edge of the bottle, getting larger toward the opposite edge, indicating that they were made by a potter's device instead of a mould. The bottle bears no seams, and while I've not weighed it, it is unusually heavy. I have not measured its holding capacity. The inscriptions appear to have been cut into the clay while it was wet, either with a hand held sharp device, or with a pre-cut, crudely made, die. The Apollinaris mineral water company in Germany cannot give me specific information on the bottle, only saying that they have "imitated" the clay bottles and have approximately 100 of them in the company. However, I don't believe this is an "imitated" bottle, since it is believed brought to the United States after World War II. Georg Kreuzberg began bottling Apollinaris mineral water in "clay jars" in 1853 in Ahrweiler, and I believe this is one of his originals. Can you assist me in properly identifying this bottle? If not, can you refer me to someone versed in these types of bottles? Any help you can give me will be appreciated very, very much. I came to your link via Antique Bottle Collectors, whose referral I appreciate equally as much. Yours sincerely, W. C. Bryant Tallassee, Alabama


Your bottle sounds very similar to the one shown which we dug here in Southern Ohio. I am wondering what it is that makes you feel this might be one of the "original" bottles and exactly what you mean by that.  I will give you my opinion for what is it worth.  I have dug many of these over the years they often have variations in their embossing.  Some appear to be Gin bottles from Holland while others are mineral waters like the one shown at the left. Never in my 30 years of digging have I found shards of this style bottle in a pontil age privy(1840-1860).  They always seem to occur in later holes - 1880-1910 period.  I believe that these bottle were not imported in any significant number until the latter part of the 19th century based on my own findings.  To bolster that argument, I offer as evidence the Patent Office Trademark which was registered in 1905.  You can see from the photograph of the clay bottle that the exact same trademark (the one you also describe) is stamped on the side of the clay bottle.  The bottle shown at the left is one of the originals but not one that dates prior to 1890. The marks on the base of your bottle are found on most and I believe they were formed as part of the process of removing the bottle from the wheel.  these bottles are very common and usually can be purchased for $18-25, although I have seen them priced much higher.  Digger

I have an old Apple Pie Ridge Vinegar glass bottle in the shape of a rolling pin. Most of the labile is intact and the lid has "Shenandoah Vinegar Corporation" on it. It is very good condition and I would like to know the value. Thank You, Terry Wills

Terry, I cannot give you much of a reliable estimate on your collectible as it is a bit out of my area of expertise.  I can tell you a bit about the age and the company however, the word mark "Shenandoah was first used in 1910 probably for apple cider vinegar.  The company also made, flavored dessert puddings, cheese sauces, apple cider and apple juice. Several trademark registrations exist for this name.  In 1965 the Shenandoah Valley Apple Corporation of Winchester, Virginia registered the name and the last listed owner was the National Fruit Product Company of Winchester, VA. In 1988 it was listed again this time with the National Fruit Product Company only. Your item sounds older

Hi Digger: Hope you can help with this... Found a bottle in my backyard. It's brown glass and has what appear to be cursive initials embossed on the bottom "R. V W." Not sure about the "V" but definitely is "R." and "W." There is no period after the "V" so I thought the name is R____ van W_____ - or something like that. Also, I live in the Baltimore, MD area and have found other bottles that have turned out to be from Baltimore area breweries from after 1900 or so, but pre-prohibition. That's all the info I have. If you can be any help, I'd appreciate it. Thanks in advance, Jeff Man

Jeff, that is not much to go on but your clearly leading me to the idea of Rip Van Winkle. The name OLD RIP VAN WINKLE  was a whiskey first used in 1960 by the Stitzel-Weller Distillery Corp of Louisville, Kentucky. Interestingly enough the names of the owners wrre San Van Winkle Campbell and a Julian Van Winkle. Without knowing the size and shape of the bottle I can only guess.  Digger.

I have two bottles that I can not seem to find information on. My mother gave them to me a while back and I was interested in getting the background for them. The first one is what looks to be a BIM. It says in bold letters on the front HARRIS PURE FLAVORS 2FL OZ BINCHHAMTON N.Y. . It is 5 3/4 in tall and 2 in. wide and rectangular in shape. On the bottom it looks as though it has two H's in a triangle within a wide-rimmed ring. It is clear and in good condition. The second one is a ABM. Written sideways on the front is: FOSS' 2 OZ. FL. LIQUID FRUIT FLAVOR PORTLAND. ME. On one side is FULL STRENGTH and the other side is STANDARD QUALITY. On the bottom in a crude circle is 6 0(within a square) and 9 . It is 5 1/2 in tall and 2 in wide and rectangular in shape. It is also clear and in good condition. These are probably not rare or worth much but it is always nice to know the history of an item you enjoy. As a child I used to go into the creek behind my house and I found so many neat and unusual bottles there. A couple of them were cobalt blue and beautiful. I now wish I had kept them! Thank you so much for any help you could give me in this matter. I really have enjoyed your site. Again thanks for your time.

Augustus Schlotterbeck and Charles Foss joined forces in 1890 to begin a partnership which lasted at least through 1919.  they were both chemists and were located at 36 & 38 Brown St. in Portland, Me.  The bottles are common and come in varying sizes.  It seems like the Harris bottle is scarcer.  I was not able to locate any information about the company.  Digger

I found a partial stoneware bottle base in Washington State, USA, from H. Kennedy's Barrowfield Potteries with a "28" in the middle of the maker's mark. I don't believe this denotes the year of 1828 because I found other bottles dating to ca. 1904. Can you provide any information on this company or bottle? Thank you Kurt Roedel

Check Feb. 2000, March 2001, and May 2001 for other similar questions and my skimpy answers.  Digger

Hello. I was wondering if you would be able to help me out. My sister has found a bottle in her backyard that seems to date back to the late 1800's. It is a Northrop & Lyman Co. bottle dated to be manufactured in Toronto, Ontario - Canada. Would you happen to know what it's value would be?? Thanks in advance for all of your help.

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Judging from the picture above, I'd say the value was $2-4.  Northrop & Lyman Co.'s Family Almanac, Guide to Health and Recipe Book was published 1897-1913.  They are listed in 1933 American Druggist Price book  doing business in Buffalo, New York . They are also listed in the 1912 Druggist circular at 21 Front St. West Toronto, Canada.  One of their products was Kellogg's Asthma Cure.. Digger


I have a bottle it's pretty old the is Victoria Brunnen.it comes from Oberlahnstein I think estimated value and a bit of history if possible thanks alot !!!!!!! Remi Benoit

Remi, I need a better description to give an estimate.  The bottle is a Mineral water bottle from Germany. The German word Brunnen translates as "well." "Victoria Brunnen" is in Lahnstein. Germany.  Victoria-Brunnen is presently owned by the Beck´s Brewery and is a well known producer of mineral water and other beverages like lemonade. Digger

Hello, I recently found some old bottles in the desert. One had a flare lip with a cork still in it but hadn't changed color and the other one right next to it had a screw top that said on the metal top: purity accuracy, abbots, guaranteed. The screw top portion of the mouth begins about 1/2 half inch from the top and the opening of the bottle is about 1 inch in diameter. Both bottles were found on the surface but both bottles are clear without any color changes from exposure. I stumbled across an odd dump in the desert with lots of tin cans and these two unbroken bottles. any input would be greatly appreciated, Diane

If the bottles were not changing color then they probably were made after World War I when the formula for making clear glass changed and selenium was used in place of  manganese. the only bottle related item I could find with the name Abbot's was a used used since 1915 but from your description the bottle does not seem like a whiskey.  Digger.


Error bottles are fun to collect.  My experience is that they often do not bring much of a premium and their prices tend to follow the price of a normal specimen.  The only exception I can think of is when someone might specialize in collecting a certain bottle then they might be prepared to pay a bit more.  Your bottle might be a result of a clogged letter on the mold.  I have not seen your error bottle listed before. the colored Swaim's (not Swain's) are popular with collectors so selling it would not be a problem.  Virginia has a number of good shows you could attend to learn more about your bottles. Digger. 

I was wondering if you could tell me the value of Atlas mason jars with the #13 stamped on the bottom? I've heard they were worth more because of an old superstition that they used to throw them out . I'm not sure on the age but they are very old. 1-1/2 gallon size and 2- Quart size thank you

I could find no listing for the jars in the size you describe.  I found dozens of variations of Atlas Mason's some with the 1858 date others with Atlas Mason Improved,  some with Atlas Mason Patent and no date, others with Atlas Strong Shoulder Mason... etc.  They come in clear, aqua and apple green, olive green, cornflower blue, and amber.  But I found no jar larger than a 1/2 gallon. Neither of the quality sources I consulted indicated that the number 13 on the base was of any significance.  It was noted that many different numbers appeared on the bases.  To give an estimate of value on your jar it would be necessary to have the exact embossing and color both of which are probably more important to their value than the number on the base.  I could be wrong, but I don't think so.  Digger.


I have 3 bottles I am trying to find out about. one is an old Mr. Boston "rocking chair", clear glass, looks like it was hand blown. the second is a baby bottle square in shape with ounce lines on one side and rabbits and trees on the other, with the number 5 on the bottom. the third is as log cabin syrup bottle that has the statue of liberty on one side with "give me your tired" ect. in the top right hand corner. on the bottom is log cabin syrup with a 3c on the right and an s on the left. if you can tell me how old these bottles are and if they are worth anything , i would very much appreciate it.stacy estes

The trademark "Old Mr. Boston" was first used about 1937.(top left). When it was owned by the Ben Burk Inc. Corp of Boston, MA. Over the years the company changed hands and about a half dozen marks were registered.  In the early 1950s- 1970s the mark was owned by Mr. Boston Distiller Inc. and later still in the 1980s the owner was Glenmore Distiller Company of Louisville. If your bottle has any of these names you can probably date it easily but my guess is somewhere between 1960-1987.  Value I'd be guessing at $5-10.  the Nurser  dates to 1930-1944 period. I'd expect it to be worth $20-25. The Log Cabin Syrup bottles come in several colors.  I found two for sale today on Ebay one had a bid of $3.99.  You can find out more about them in other month's questions.  Digger

Hello Digger,

I would appreciate any information on some bottles that I have acquired. Some of the bottles are called Horlick Malted Milk and are embossed with the same. They come in three different sizes Gallon, quart and Pint sizes. Some with labels and stoppers. I also have a number of pickle , ink, and miscellanous Liquor and moon shine type Jugs.Cheers, Clayt

The Horlick's jars are very collectible especially with original labels.  There is quite a bit of information published about the company you can find online. Here's an article from the Pharmaceutical era August 24, 1905 that gives a bit of the history:  During the first half of the last century certain foreign inventors succeeded in evaporating a part of the water from milk, and with the addition of cane sugar made the product now known as condensed milk.  Still this was only the beginning, after all, or the first step for the more complete method, which would be removing all the water and reducing it to a powdered form, compose a product which could be transported to all parts of the world and be used as desired making it sure that the remainder would be available whenever wanted, and not, like ordinary condensed milk, spoil soon after the container was opened.
The solution of this problem was accomplished by Mr. Wm. Horlick of Racine, Wis., some twenty-five years ago (about 1880). By combining pure rich milk with the extracts of malted barley and wheat, it wa found possible not only to preserve the milk indefinitely, but also to do this by special process, so as to obtain in powdered form a product far more nutritious and digestible than ordinary or condensed milk.  All the useless water in condensed milk has been removed and instead of cane sugar, so often objectionable to the delicate stomachs, the nutritious extracts of the malted grains are used to enrich the milk- taken from Scientific American Export Ed. July 1905

The motivation for the invention was to produce a dried food for Infants and babies.  James and William Horlick were the founders of the company.  James was a qualified pharmacist working in England. In 1873, he was working with the Mellin Company, who promoted a dried infant food prepared from Malt and Bran to mix with milk and water, called Liebigs Extract. However in London, James could not raise the necessary capital to market and produce a new drink, and so left to join his brother in America. the company started in Chicago selling James' product which he patented in 1873.  They moved to Racine in 1875.  James was busy with the selling aspects of the business and the invention of the malted milk was achieved by William  and patented in 1883.  James returned to England and controlled the English and world trade while William managed the United States and North and South Amercian trade.   James died in 1921 and William died 1936.  The company was still operating in 1969. The word Malt Milked was dropped in the early 1930s.  Digger. 

i have a coke bottle from 1966. its from highlands county fla. avon park. its a 12 oz bottle but only held 8 oz of drink. was hoping you could give me some info on it. thanks debbie matthis

I can't but maybe a reader can help.  How could a 12 ounce bottle hold only 8 ounces? Digger

I have some hand blown beer bottles (Kieran I believe) the writing is in Japanese. They are brown/amber approx 1 quart. What would these bottles be worth. They are in relatively good to excellent condition. I presume they are from the 1940's timeframe. Fred Noren

My Dad dug a number of bottles out of a dump in Southwestern Pennsylvania. They include: HJ Heinz bottles--one is nine inches high with the number 255 on the circular bottom, one is 8-1/4 inches high with 251 on the circular bottom; one is 9-3/4 inches high with 111 on the bottom, this one is also wider at the top than at the bottom; one is 5-1/2 inches high with 422 on the bottom, its opening is 2-1/4 inches wide. Soda Bottles: I have two, pale green, 7 oz. bottles identified by "North Side Bottling Works, Latrobe Pa. I have one pale green 6-1/2 oz. bottle labelled Gazzosa Bottling Wks Jeannette, Pa ; and one clear glass 8 oz.(?) bottle labelled Big Stick Quality Beverages. The words "Big Stick" are embossed on a raised area in the shape of a club, with the words "Quality" and "Beverages" above and below the club. On the opposite side of the bottle is Will G. Keck Kecksberg, Pa. Liniment Bottle: The bottle is clear glass with the words Our Home Liniment up one side the base of the rectangular bottle is 1-3/4 inches by 7/8 inch. It is 4 inches tall with a 1-1/2 inch neck extending above the body. Polish Bottle: The bottle is clear glass with the words Liquid Veneer on the bottom. It has a rectangular base 2" x 2-3/4 and the body is 5-1/2 inches tall, with a 1-1/2 inch neck extending up from the body. I've been told the date from early in the 20th century. Is there anything here that might have any value??

Heinz bottles are collectible and depending upon the age and number might be worth a bit if they are unusual.  Most sell for only a few dollars.  The bottles sound like low end bottles having minimal values up to $5.  Digger 


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The brand was owned by Joseph S. Finch & Company of New York.  First used in Commerce in 1869 and trademark registered in 1935. In pristine condition, I'd estimate a $50-100 value with the box and contents.

This is the markings on a 4 oz Hygeia By Ball Baby bottle. Is this dated May of 1957 by the numbers on the glass.?

It is possible, but I am not sure.  the Ball Hygeia bottles were patented in 1944 and marketed beginning in 1953.  Digger. 


Smooth based specimens can date from the late 1860s through the turn of the century.  One clue is to look closely at the neck and lip.  Earlier smooth based bottle will have an applied lip while later ones will have a tooled lip.  the tooled lip will have circular marks (faint concentric rings) where the tool was applied to the lip then rotated.  You can find out more on my site under "Bottle Basics."

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I found a bottle that I am interested in finding out more about. It's from J. Roberts Castleford, it has raised lettering with a picture of a lighthouse. The top of the bottle has a cork o-ring, and a steel ball that when poured from one side plugs the spout, for dripping (maybe like for vinegar). The other side has two stoppers which hold the ball in place for pouring. It has a very thick bottom maybe 3/4 of an inch in glass, also it has written on the back lower back side Codd's Patent Bottle, Extra Strong Glass. Could you send me any information you have on this type of bottle, and any value it may have.

Check on Ebay.  I do not have resources to identify English Codd bottles.  Most sell for under $20 unless odd shaped or unusually colored.  Digger

Hi. I recently came across a 3.25" clear bottle labeled KO-KANE TRADEMARK. I can't find it mentioned anywhere. Ever heard of it? Thanks. Mike in Mass.

No I have not nor could I find out anything about it. Sounds like a good item.  Digger

You recently answered a question about a bottle found with "Kuntz Brewery Waterloo" -- and said you'd seen references to a Kuntz Brewery in NYC, but not Waterloo. Waterloo is a city in Ontario, Canada, where there were a number of breweries -- type "Kuntz Brewery" on any Internet search engine, and you'll find out plenty about this brewery and that area of Canada. My question is: what do you know about the Kuntz Brewery in NYC? I am descended from those Kuntzes, and I've been unable to find out anything about the Kuntz Brewery. Do you know of any books that mention it? I'd love to find out more about it. Thank you!

It is listed in American Breweries II by Wieren.  Digger

Hi, In the early 1970's I inherited my grandmothers' bottle collection. Most of the bottles I have been able to find in books or on the internet. I have two decanter wine bottle (cork intact, full of wine) that are in the shape of an Italian (?) soldier. One is carrying a gun the other one is playing some drums. The bottles have much detail to the soldiers. The gold base has the letter N on the front of it. On the very bottom of the bottle is a emblem of a shield, crown and branches. Do you have any ideas on what kind of bottle these could be? I could e mail you photos. I also have a large bottle in the shape of a beautiful vase with what appears to be Romeo and Juliet detailed and painted on the bottle. I appreciated your time on this matter. Any advice would be helpful. Thank You, Bill

Bill, I do not without a company name and detailed description to go on it is very difficult to track these type bottles down especially if they are foreign.  Digger

I have found a bottle that is shaped like a kitten, upright, with a metal lid with a slit to be used for a penny bank. The "tummy" of the kitten is flat for a label of some sort. Can you give me any ideas about what kind of bottle this is, the age, or worth? thanks Coleen

Lots of food companies made collectible banks.  Many of the syrup companies do so.  Most seem to date to the 1940-1960 period.  digger. 

I found liquor bottles shaped liked books that are labeled "Gin", "Bourbon", etc. My dad guessed that they were from the prohibition and were used to conceal liquor. Are they worth anything? Stephanie

Stephanie, book shaped flasks can be very early or very modern.  If they are glass, I'd guess they would be fairly new.  Some of the early forms were pottery. The most valuable would be the pottery ones with a "Bennington Glaze" dating to the 1850-1870 period.   There are many different form of these.  I have also seen a milkglass book bottle that would be worth $30-40.  I'd need a better description or picture to guess about the value.  Digger

I have this clear bottle that's 3 and 1/8th inches high, and has an approx. 3/4 inch base. Its capped with the loco of Coca-Cola, and filled with what appears to be Coca-Cola. Its exterior has white print. Any clue?

I am not well versed in Coke items.  There are some good internet sites.  It sounds like a give away or souvenir item but I do not know.  Digger

I found a Unopened Bottle of Seagram's V.O Canadian Whisky A Blend. Since 1857. 86.8 proof. There is a number on the seal #A8062494 and the date is 1956. I would like to find out how much is it worth and find out about the bottle. My boyfriend found this bottle in the walls of a very old house. Please write back as soon as possilbe. Thank You Sincerely, Yours Agnes

I'd guess it would be worth in the $20-30 range.  Digger.

I found a bottle in the waters off of eastern Rhode Island. It is amber color, 9 3/4" tall, round, the embossing says "Beadleston & Woerz Empire Brewery and in the center is the letter B with the W over it on a shield and on either side of the letters are, what looks like mermaids, one holding an oar and the holding an ax , above the lettering it looks like a seagull and below the lettering is the word Excelsior (on a banner)" and under all this is "New York". It seems to be very old but I have no idea. Can you tell me the history and approximate age of the bottle and if it's worth anything? Thank you.

Beadleston & Woerz Empire Brewery was in business under that name from 1877 until 1920.  the style of the lip and method of manufacture would distinguish between one made between 1877-1900 and 1900-1920. If the bottle is a blob top it might be worth $20.  If it was an early bottle say 1870s then it might be more.  Later bottles would probably be less. .Digger.  

Dear Digger:

A few years back our son was digging and found this unusual looking bottle. We are just presuming it is an old soda bottle. It's approximately 9 inches in length. From the bottom of the neck for about and inch and a half or so is almost diamond etchings. The the glass is smooth until the raised lettering which is approximately 3 inches from the top of the bottle it has raised lettering on it saying WHISTLE under it (registered) 6 1/2 FLD OZS . Then diamonds start again for a few inches then more writing with the words WHISTLE then under it REGISTERED DOMINION PAT.NO. 34.FOLIO 7216 . Then the diamonds start again until it runs into the smooth bottom with raised letting on the bottom that says.R VESS JONES 1926 with a 2 in the middle. There is seams that run from the bottom where the etching start to the neck of the bottle where there is a seem going horizontal. But it also looks like there is a seam going up to the first lip..... Any information you can find out would be greatly appreciated. I have tried in the past to find information to know prevail. Thank you so much for your time. Sincerely, Verna

Verna, Check July 2000 questions for some information about your soda bottle.  Apparently the same fellow who invented 7 up invented Whistle.  He never managed the brand however.  It was first made about 1916-1919 according to the source consulted. Somehow the Vess Beverage company of St. Louis (circa 1930s) became involved I am not sure of the story.


The above trademark was registered in 1916 by Orange whistle co. Corp. of St. Louis, MO.  The mark was renewed for the 4th time in 1996 and is still active although not owned by the same company. Your bottle being embossed would be one of the earlier ones.  Value would be $5-10.  Digger

I found a bottle with the words engraved in the bottle HALITOSINE antiseptic  was reading your digger questions and noticed someone else inquired about the same thing. What did you find out about this? Thanks! Joyce

Joyce,  check April 2001 for my answer.


We are looking for information on this dug Turlington bottle.  Light aqua with a pontil.  Embossed: BY THE KINGS ROYALL PATENT GRANT ED TO // ROBT TURLINGTON FOR HIS INVENTED BALSOM OF LIFE // LONDON // JANY 26 1754 (BACKWARDS J) 2 1/2"

Robert Turlington of Lombard St in London's exporting district was the center for the production of this medicine in England and in the Early American colonies.  Very early variants have been found in Virginia, larger and of a different embossing and color than yours which most certainly dates to the 1840-1859 period.  The patent specifications for Turlington's preparation listed 26 botanicals, some from the Orient and some from the English countryside.  These were soaked in alcohol, and boiled down to a syrupy consistency. The London pharmacopoeia introduced a recipe for "Balsamum Traumaticum" which eventually became Compound Tincture of Benzoin with the official synonym of Turlington's Balsam. This recipe no doubt varied from time to time and year to year.  By the 1790s given the cost of imported English medicines, American profiteers were making their own bottles and selling it locally.  the unique shape of this medicine bottle endured for more than 150 years. Digger.

Digger, I have been acquiring clear glass whiskey decanters for my mother's collection for years. We seek out the ones with cork stoppers, instead of the glass on glass type. We have accumulated quite a bit about the bottle ages and original labeling, but can find little to nothing on the bottle makers themselves. Any ideas/sources? One I am looking at now is a Walker's DeLuxe Bourbon bottle. It is oval shaped with six starbursts around its centerline. On the bottom, it says "liquor bottle" with an additional "65", "73", "7"(in that order). There is a symbol, an I in an oval between the 65 and 73. It is these markings, and similar information on other bottles, that I am seeking to understand and trace. Any help and sources you might be able to point me to would be appreciated. Thanks. Mark Janzen 

The companies themselves might be the best source of information about who actually made their bottles.  Sometimes the glass maker has put identifiable marks on the base.  Identifying these marks can be difficult and there are not many sources of information about them.  However, the "I" in the oval is probably Owens Glass.  At least one of the other numbers might well be the date the bottle was made. You can find out more about Owens in other months.  Use the search page on my site to help. Digger

Please see attached pic of E. Anheuser bottle I would like to know age and value. E. Anheuser & Co. St louis Mo. Quart? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Bill Jackson Weatherford, Texas

Bill, Eberhard Anheuser was using that name apparently between 1875 and 1879. From 1860 -1875 he was associated with Wm. D'oench usder the name Bavarian Brewery.  It appears this later became Anheuser-Busch in 1879.  Judging from the look of your bottle, I can believe the 1875-1879 date range.  Value....hmm could be $100-200 in mint condtion (yours is dug with stain.)  I guess it depends upon how many of these are around (I do not know) and the demand.  It certainly has pedigree going for it and I would think given the interest in beer collectibles it might be worth that kind of money.  Digger.

Dear Sir, my grandfather Victor Van Alstine was the owner of VANS DAIRY, in Adams Wisconsin, or Friendship Wisconsin. Recently I found two Quart sized milk bottles with the name VANS DAIRY on them was wondering how much they were worth, and where I could find more of them if they exist. The bottle was a clear, square bottle with the name painted on the bottle. Thank you so much for your time, Sincerely B. Van Alpine Waunakee,Wi

I expect you would pay more than most people since it was your relative so I would ask what would you pay?  Price is set by demand.  In general a milk with only two words might sell for $5.  You could certain find more on the family farm.  I expect bottle collectors in the area especially milk bottle collectors would be a good source. Digger

My family has recently been given a bottle by our grandmother and we are curious to its value if any. The maker of the bottle is Bols, a date on the bottle is 1575, and a bottle number 1012B. The bottle has no seams, its color is clear, its height is nine to ten inches, it has a smooth lip, with a cork used to seal it. The cork has a tassle protruding from it. On the bottom of the bottle, encased in a glass bell is a ballerina/dancer. When full the wine or drink would flow around this dancer and the glass encasing it. A wire protruding from the bottom activates the dancer when the bottle is set down. Any help or assistance you can offer would be appreciated greatly, as we are at a loss with this bottle. and ask any question you like of the bottle, thank you for you time Joe Summers Jr.

I have been asked numerous time about these bottles.  I'd say the value is about $10.  You can find them regularly on Ebay.  Digger

Digger, I have a question on a bottle I obtained in a recent purchase of a small collection. The bottle is clear glass and I believe if I read things properly it is an ABM. On one side running vertically up the bottle is Thomas A. Edison's signature, embossed. On the other side it says:(top to bottom) EDISON,

BATTERY OIL MADE IN U.S.A _____ THOMAS A. EDISON INCORPORATED BLOOMFIELD.N.J. U.S.A. The bottle is 4 1/8" tall and on the bottom has: 400 on one side and 8 on the other. Would it be possible for you to tell me a brief of what this was used for?

Like the label says...battery oil.  Used in batteries which operated railroad switches. the product was first used in 1910 and registered with the Patent Office in 1911 by the Edison Storage Battery Company Corp. of West Orange, New Jersey. The mark was renewed for the third time in 1971 but is no longer active. Digger

While renovating our yard we found a bottle with ABM side seams, clear glass, 8" tall, it has embossed medical symbols on both sides as says: Solution Citrate Magnesia Dose - Adults one half to one bottle as desired Children in proportion to age The bottom is embossed is two symbols. What appears to be a 7. The other an oval with a diamond across it and an "x" in the middle. The lip of the bottle seems to read - registered patented " Can you tell me if this bottle has any value? Thanks for taking the time to look into this.

Being common, clear and machine-made it has little value, maybe $1-2.  Digger

Garnier creme de menthe decanter distributed by Julius Wile I bought an old decanter at a garage sale. It has a rounded bottom and shows an old fashioned gentleman in formal wear sitting and holding onto a post. He holds a flower. What can you tell me about this? Lana and Piglet

The word mark "Wile" was registered in 1967 by the Julius Wile Sons & Company of Park Ave. New York City. the mark was renewed again in 1989. the company claims it was established in 1877 but the Wile name was not used until 1933. They produced all manner of brandies, cognacs, whiskeys, gins, rums, cordials and liqueurs and wines in 1987. the company appears to have been sold to Whitbread North American Inc. in the 1980s and possibly again in 1987 to Golden State Vintner Napa Corp. of California. Without a picture or other help it would be difficult to date your bottle but I am guessing it probably dates in the 1960-1970 era.  Digger

Can you give me the age , history, and value of an American porcelain limited edition Gen lee straight bourbon 86prf 4/5ths quart whiskey bottle? Gen Lee is standing with a rebel flag in the background. It is not drawn on, the whole thing is molded. The head had to be broken off to drink. However the head is still on it. It is from the McCormick distilling company. Thanks ...

Your bottle is part of the McCormick Confederate Series one of four different.  It lists for $25-35.  Digger

Hi, my name is Bryan. I have a ship in a bottle that was handmade and given to me years ago by my great great grandfather. The bottle is marked C.S.& Co #731. I have no idea what kind of bottle it is. I am just curious. Thnx for any help Bryan

Bryan, send a pic and I will try to give an answer.  Digger

Digger, I was riding the four wheeler in the woods yesterday and found a bottle. Amazingly it has no chips or cracks and is in perfect condition. It has two seems going up the each side of the bottle and the kneck. The seem doesn't go over the lip. Its 7 3/4 inches tall including the neck and 2 3/4 inches X 1 1/2 inches wide. Its rectangular. On one 1 1/2 inch side it has "THE CHATTANOOGA MEDICINE CO." embossed and on the other 1 1/2 inch side it has "McELREE'S CARDUI" embossed. It has a greenish tint to it and on the bottom has a "C" in a cirlce and a "5". Could you please give me an estimate on what you think its worth and anything else you would know about it. THANKS, Carl PS: IT HAS A SCREW ON LID AND IS EITHER GREEN OR CLEAR-I THINK ITS GREEN

You can find the history of your bottle in February 2001 Questions.  Value for a screw top would be $1-2.  Digger

I have an unopened whiskey bottle labeled Three Feathers and the date in the back is Pre-War? Any thought of the worth of this item

The word mark "Three Feathers" was first used in 1919, filed in 1935 and registered in 1941 by Oldetyme Distillers Inc. Corp, New York.  The brand was purchased by Schenley Industries who renewed the mark as recently as 1981. When you say pre-War, I assume you mean WWII.  I'd guess unopened it would have a value of $35-40.  Digger

Very interesting web site. I am finding it very informative. I do have a couple of questions about bottles i have found while digging in my yard. One is a square, about 4 1/2 inches high and says "fitchs" on the bottom. The other is heart shaped sitting on a small pedestal. It is about 6" high and says nothing on it anywhere. Got any ideas. Thanks

             Circa 1948

The Fitch bottle was a hair bottle the other sounds like a perfume.  In the 1940s they were producing hair tonics, hair dressings, brilliantine, shaving cream, cleansing cream, shampoo and many other products.  The name is very old and has been used for hair related products for 130 years or so. By itself the name was used beginning in 1893. Pontiled hair bottles for this company can be found.  If yours is machine made it may be from the 1950s.

Cari I found a bottle of a fat guy sitting on a keg and holding one (a keg) over his head... on the bottom it looks like a sailor logo and it says Vento wine, made in Italy and Cleveland, Ohio.... any ideas? Christy

I do not know much but other people have asked similar questions.  Check March 2001 and October 1999. Digger

Hay man thanks for taking time to help me. I found two decanters 1) Stitzel 1969 on bottom with seal in tack label has tiny tear in right top corner. The seal is partly missing 2) It has seal in tack and the numbers on seal are in full. Its from the Shrine National Convention #104 Imperial Council Serrion. Partly missing label on label it has EZRA BROOKS. Has detroit 1978 Thanks Again David McGuffin

I'd guess the Stitzel would have a value of $3-5.  I would expect $15-20 on the other.  Digger.


have two bottles with the raised letters Buffalo Lithia Water arced over a woman with a pitcher and the words Natures Materia and Medica in raised letters goin down the side. Across the bottom is Trade Mark. The color of the bottles is aqua and they are 10 inches tall. The ridge is BIM and I believe the bottom is open Pontil. Any information concerning age and worth would be appreciated. Thank you very much. Tom Blankenship.

Check August 2000 and April 2001 for more.  The bottles are not pontiled. Value is about $25-40.  Most date to the turn of the century.  See the trademark below.  Digger.