September 2001 Questions

Digger Odell Publications © 2000

I have a old wooden school desk that has the ink well hole. I have been trying to find an ink bottle that will fit. Do you know what kind of bottle was used in these desks????

I have been asked this question over the years I cannot tell you how many times. I have never seen one of these desks with the original bottles. The factory manufacture of desks apparently became popular about the turn of the century and many models had holes for inkwells. The school desk inkwell used primarily in the 1920's and 1930's fit into a hole in the right top section of the desk were often made of Bakelite and glass. Some are marked, "American Seating Co." or "A..Heywood-Wakefield Co. Bakelite, Gardner, Mass. U.S.A." (This is also embossed in the glass, on the bottom: "Heywood-Wakefield, Gardner, Mass. USA) or "Gledhill Bros., Boston" or "Edward E. Babb & Co., Boston" and probably others. The most commom is: "Bakelite 60".

Shown below are several patents and one of the school desk inkwells. Digger

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Inkwell designed "for schools"

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Device for holding inkbottles on school desks

Hi, Thanks for your kind offer to answer bottle questions. I have a friend who has a Redington & Co. San Francisco bottle. It is an unknown type of bottle to me. It has what appears to be possibly a ground polished pontil, applied ring top, is amber, about 10" tall by 3" wide at base, is tapered and cone-shaped overall, has a monogram, is embossed Redington & Co. San Francisco. I have done a little research on the Redington & Co. name and found it in the first San Francisco phone directory at 529 Market, listed as "druggists", and on the SF assessor's list of 1857 valued $8,000, apparently the value of the building. Can you tell us the relative rarity of the bottle--which incidentally is in wonderful condition--and what a ballpark fair price would be for it, and any other info you could kindly provide. Please let us know of further questions you may have. Thanks Again. Sincerely, Skip and Sharon Miller Yuba City, CA

Skip and Sharon, sounds like you have done the basic research. A polished pontil would be rather unusual. An iron pontil would be more understandable but I will go with what you have said. If the bottle is as early as it sounds, it could bring $400-500 maybe more at auction given the locale, age, color and unusual shape. I would love to see a picture of this bottle. Digger

Digger, I hope you can help me. I have 2 bottles, they are both identical except for color. One is emerald green, the other is aqua blue. The height of the bottles is 7".The 2 things that makes them unusual is one, they have an upper and lower compartment separated by a glass slot. And two, each bottle has 1 glass ball of the same color in its upper compartment or neck area, the ball will not come out because of a gasket built into the top. Do you have an idea of what the bottles are? Thank You Kyle

You have a Codd bottle. A special type of soda bottle. You can find quite a bit about them in other months. Your question sparked me to investigate Codd type bottles further. Here is a new article on the topic: Codd Bottles in America? Enjoy, Digger.

Hi digger, I have recently started to collect bottle and I have a few questions. My husband was working on an old rock wall, and came across an old Hinckel Brewing Co. bottle it is eight inches tall, and says Saratoga NY, and this bottle not to be sold . It is a clear bottle with with bubbles in the glass. The seam goes to the neck, and it appears that the top of the bottle or lip was put on at the end of the glass making process. The label Hinckel brewing Co., and Saratoga N.Y. are imprinted in the glass as a circle. It also says registered on the bottom. Any history and value would be greatly appreciated. The latest bottle I picked up was at a flea market in Stowe, Vermont. It is a mineral bottle that is 7 1/2 inches tall , light green with several large bubbles in the glass. It has a seam up to the neck as the previous bottle I discussed does and a bubble like wide lip top. It says mineral waters Troy, N.Y. on the front and C & Co on the bottom and CCC on the side. There is a lead stopper in the bottom also. Both of these bottles are round but the Hinckel one definitely looks like a beer bottle but more round than todays do. I am more interested in the age of this bottle because I am from Troy, N.Y., but the value would be nice. I read the question from Lorraine in Wynanskill, NY ( Two towns from myself) I also have a James J McGraw Albany, NY bottle, it is made much like the Troy mineral water bottle but from clear glass and has J.JMcG Trademark on the back side, with the metal s cork like structure stuck in the neck. You were unable to find information as I have on this, any idea where to go from here??????????????????/ Well, I love your website, and you've made me a digger! Thank you. MaryAnn Troy, N.Y.

The Hinckel Brewing company was actually in Albany just down the road from Saratoga. the firm began in the early 1850s as Schinnerer & Hinckel, then later became known Fred Hinckel Brewery and finally in the 1880-1920 period as Hinckel Brewery Co or Cataract Brewery. Exactly how your bottle fits into this is not known to me. I suspect they had a branch in Saratoga. Being clear, I suspect the bottle has a crown top rather than a blob. It could bring $15-20 being from the famous Saratoga Springs area. Your second bottle, the mineral water might be from the C. Cleminshaw Company which as producing mineral water in Troy in the 1860s. the presence of the "lead stopper" indicates a Hutchinson bottle. Those date to the 1880-1910 period. In fact, I found a picture of your bottle in an old soda book called "More Pop." I'd guess a value of $10-15. I can't say much about the McGraw bottle.  Read more: Understanding Beer Bottles Digger

We found a bottle downtown Toledo while excavating for the new baseball stadium. about 3.5" high, rainbow sheened clear glass, possibly a milk or cream bottle. "U SERVE IT, TOLEDO, OHIO. Also name is stamped on the bottom along with the number 56. Thank you, Lise Hartman

The 1999 Ohio bottle Books lists over 6,000 milk bottles from the state of Ohio. I did not see your listed but did not search extensively since I could not be sure of the name. If the bottle is a pint or half pint milk bottle it could be worth anywhere from $3-30. Digger.

HI MY NAME IS TOM IM WRITING FROM ANCHORAGE ALASKA . WE JUST FOUND A BUNCH OF OLD BOTTLES WHEN WE HAD OUR FOUNDATION DUG UP FOR REPAIRS THE GROUND WAS FULL OF OLD BOTTLES ONE I HAVE IS A "CURE" BOTTLE IT SAYS CHAMBERLAINS COLIC CHOLERA AND DIARRHEA REMEDY EVER HEARD OF IT OUR HOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1939 THANKS TOM WISEMORE

Tom your bottle is common and has been addressed in this column before. Here is a link to other pages on my site which might have more information Chamberlain Digger

On a recent family vacation to Charleston, we were taken by boat to Morris Island, near Folly Beach. My 7 year old son found an old intact bottle buried in the sand. We are curious as to its probable age and use. I will do my best to give a clear description. The bottle is: approximately 11 and 7/8 inches tall, the bottles base is 3 and 1/2 inches across (from side to side), the width of the neck is a little over an inch it is a dark green that almost appears black and is very heavy it has a deep pontil scar that is nearly 2 inches deep (up into the bottle) and as you look at the bottom of the bottle, the outside of the bottle to the inside of where the pontil begins to go up inside (what i would call the outside rim of the pontil) is approximately 1/2 inch wide. inside the middle of the pontil scar is a sort of convex bubble (that bubbles back out of the bottle) that appears to be the same size as the neck (as though you could stack one bottle on top of another without the lid on) as far as the top of the bottle, it appears to have a collar around it about 1 cm in width, and about a 1/4 inch from the top of the bottle. I cannot find the appearance of a seam anywhere there are no distinguishing marks although there might be the residue of some sort of stamp or crest in the upper neck, beginning approximately 2 inches down from the collar the shape of the bottle looks somewhat like a wine bottle. the bottle is straight from the bottom up to about 5 inches where it begins a gradual angle for the next 5 inches until it straightens back up the last 2 inches or so. the bottle is in good shape, there is about a 1 cm chip out of the bottles collar and the bottle is obviously worn by years of sand. a few barnacles remain inside. We have looked through books, checked the libraries and even looked through some of the old bottles on display at Fort Moultrie, but have not found one like this. We are not interested in selling it, although we would like to know if it has any value. Mostly we would like to know what type of bottle it is and how it was used or might have come to be on that island. I appreciate any information you can give me on this and sincerely thank you for your time.

Several comments. I question whether the bottle actually has a pontil (open rough glass) or simply a "kick-up" which would be a deep indentation in the base of the bottle. Sometimes on very early wines and similar spirit bottles one finds a pontil at the end of the kick-up, but the pontil is unmistakably rough and may even be sharp from where the blow pipe was broken off. Secondly, the absence of mold seams suggests possibly a turn mold bottle most likely a champagne bottle. The dropped collar, also typical of champagne bottles would have been to reinforce the neck to receive a cork. The "convex bubble" is typical of non-pontiled more modern champagnes probably 1900-1920. Digger

Do you answer mail? I sure hope you do! I just bought this 6" greenish colored bottle that has embossed on one side FOR PIKES PEAK over a figure of a man with a sack of tools at the end of a stick over his shoulder. The other side has a eagle, like waving a banner from beak. It is a very clean bottle, no chips or scratches, the top, neck is slightly out of center and has an added on irregular lip. The bottom is smooth with a circular indention, not too deep and the level of the inside bottle is very uneven. I got this bottle at a flea market for 5 dollars. oh, and the seams on side are very faint and just go up to the shoulders, it has several bubbles. Under the figure of the man and eagle there is oblong indentions (labels?). Any information of how old this bottle is? For what was this bottle used? I will be anxiously waiting for a reply. thanks!!! Ramona

Ramona, I do answer mail it just takes me a while. You got a great buy there. You bought what sound like an authentic historical flask dating from the 1860-1870 like the one shown below period for $5. the bottle was a whiskey bottle the oval panel may or may not have held a label. Sometimes you find similar flasks with embossing in that oval. The bottle are typical of the type blown around Pittsburgh, PA. These days if the bottle is in a color other than aqua they can bring some pretty good money. depending upon how "greenish" yours is, it could be worth $90 in aqua to $400+ in a good deep green. Digger

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I want to purchase some glass bottles with rubber stoppers and swing tops (LIKE GROLSCH Bottles) to put flavoured oils in to use as gifts. Please help. Thank you

I would only be able to guess to try a store like Pier I imports. Digger

Hello! I have found a bottle embossed with kellogg on the bottom. I'm not a big collector, but my family would like to know it origin. Thank You! Barbara

A number of people have inquired about Kellogg bottles. I do not think they are connected with the famous Battle Creek Mich. company. Other possibilities are a Kellogg Incorporated: Seeds and Supplies CORPORATION WISCONSIN P.O. Box 684 322 East Florida Street Milwaukee WISCONSIN. They made bird food, hamster food, gerbil food, rabbit food, guinea pig food, mouse food, ferret food, fish food, and reptile food as early as 1927. Then there was KEL-VI-TOL LINSEED OIL. First used in 1945 by SPENCER KELLOGG AND SONS, INC. BUFFALO, N.Y. They also made paints, vanishes, lacquers 1939-1940s. Another possibility was KELCO GENERAL DISINFECTANTS AND CHEMICALS USED IN EMBALMING. First made in the late 1930s by L. H. KELLOGG CHEMICAL CO. CORPORATION MINNESOTA 1401 THIRD AVE. SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS MINNESOTA. Even yet another would be Lucky Pop made in the 1950s by Edward S. Kellogg Company, Los Angles, CA. Believe it or not there are more but for lack of time I cannot go into them. the shape of the bottle should give some clue as to the function. Digger

Round-bottomed Hamiltons Hi, In reference to your numerous replies about Cantrell & Cochrane mineral water bottles. I've been in touch with Cantrell & Cochran (still exists today as the biggest beverage manufacturer/retailer in Ireland). I needed to date the round-bottomed soda bottles more accurately, as I'm trying to identify a shipwreck packed full of crates of these bottles. They have confirmed that these bottles were in use from 1870 onwards, which helped me to identify the shipwreck. Most references I've seen to these bottles state that they were introduced in the 1890's or 1880's (from your site). This has puzzled me for a while, but now that I have the answer direct from C&C, I feel that the 'history' of round-bottomed cylinders should be updated. Hope this is of some help Rgrds Callum

I guess if I stated that and I might have I would revise it to say that they gained popularity through the 1880-1890. The 1877 U.S. Patent shown below is a good example. The bottles were never as popular here in the United States as in the United Kingdom. Strickly speaking the term round bottom Hamilton is a misnomer. the Hamilton bottle was a specific "egg-shaped" bottle we might call a torpedo soda here. The round bottom, sometimes called the cucumber bottle replaced the Hamilton which was prone to roll around thus more likely to break. Digger

Hi, I'm interested in some history on a bottle: It's made of glass, approx 3-inch diameter and is spherical with a short shear top. Small flat on bottom of sphere to allow it to stand, although bottle stands slightly squint. Diamond embossed pattern all over, with a strip around the 'equator' embossed: 'NB Glassworks' and 'Perth'. Colour is aqua. No cracks or blemishes. Am I right in thinking that this is an old target ball? And if so, how old? I have about 10 of them, all fished out of a lake in Scotland over the last 20 years. Is there a market for these items, and are they rare? Bad photo attached. Rgrds Callum

Callum, you are correct in assuming the item to be a target ball and yes they are very collectible here in this country. The Perth balls are one of the more common target balls and come in cobalt blue, light cornflower blue, and pale aqua. The aqua ones sell for $80-$110 here. Digger.

I've acquired a glass bottle and I'm trying to determine it's value: - Amber glass - scalloped pewter on spout and bottom - about 8 inches high - triangular in shape - On the bottom it says: "Made in Holland, Royal Holland Daalderop" There is a stamped royal shield that says KDM. I can email you a picture if it would help. Thanks, Tammy

Sorry, I do not have a good estimate. Maybe a reader will help. A picture would be helpful. Digger

Greetings from the North Country We believe this 6-1/2"tall x 4-1/2"wide (at it's widest) black bottle, with cork top may contain a wine/liqueur or perfume/cologne. We think it's age is over 25 years. The letters "HRARAL" are the only remaining marks on the bottle, near the base. We believe it had a paper 'seal' over the cork, and maybe a paper sticker on it's base, now long gone. One face is flat, the other protrudes. There are mold tabs on sides. If you feel you can help us identify this bottle (& it's contents) please respond. If you have suggestions of where to pursue more information please let us know. With appreciation, Jim & Joyce here are some snaps of the "mystery bottle'

You got me on this one, I gave it good try. My inclination is to say a liquor bottle of some sort. Digger

Found you website while surfing for information on antique hot water bottle. Can you help me with any info? I have a Portland Hot Water Bottle which I believe was manufactured in Portland, Me. sometime around 1908-1912. It appears to be chrome plated and perhaps copper lined. Thanks Dave Zoni Southington, Ct

Dave, I wish I could help. There were quite a number of companies that patented designs for hot water bottles in the time period you described. One such item is shown above. I was not able to locate any information on the company. Digger

ok well ill start out and say Iím looking for a cork type bottle that contained spirits of pepsin , or oil of pepsin for some research Iím doing.. donít know if it was a type of alcoholic substance or a get well product .

Theodor Schwann discovered the digestive enzyme pepsin in 1836. Pepsin an enzyme that digest proteins. Pepsin was produced from pig stomachs. It was easily isolated and present in large amounts in digestive juices. Pepsins are also extraordinarily stable, because they perform their jobs under the harsh conditions present in the digestive system. Early clinical studies from 1833 onwards had shown that the digestive activity of stomach juices lay in the enzyme called pepsin, rather than the stomach acid itself. Medicinally various compounds were used to either inhibit or encourage the production of Pepsin in the human stomach. Ginseng, for example, increases pepsin secretion. It became a popular additive to stomach remedies. Literally 100s of products listed in their name or as one of their ingredients. Dozens of bitters were stomach remmedies with Pepsin in the name and formula. There was Dr. Russell's Pepsin Calisaya Bitters. Bettman and Johnson of Cincinnati made a Pepsin Magen Bitters.Francis Cropper of Chicago made a Pepsin bitters as did Golden Gate Medicine Co. there was Dennin's Pepsin Mixture, Parker's Dr. Comp Pepsin Mixture, Schlotterbeck's Pepsin Comp Mixture, Howellís Oil with Beef & Pepsin, Bryan's Bromo-Pepsin, and Mueller's Pepsin Compound just to name a few. Every major Chemical company had numerous products which were sold in bottles similar to the one shown below. here's A list of such Pepsin products. Pepsin was added to many other products as well.

Turning from his practice of medicine, Dr. Edward E. Beeman, an Ohio doctor, focused his attention on the manufacture of a pepsin powder to aid digestion. It was his bookkeeper, Nellie Horton, who suggested he put pepsin into gum "since so many people buy pepsin for digestion and gum for no reason at all." He blended his pepsin compound with chicle. Dr. Beeman took the picture of a pig that had graced the bottles of his pepsin compound and put it on the wrapper of his new gum ("with pepsin, you can eat like a pig"). It sold well, but it did even better after a financier reorganized the Beeman company and replaced the pig on the wrapper with Dr. Beeman's bearded face (http://www.prodhelp.com/historyofgum.html)

Even the "Pepsi part of the Pepsi-Cola name comes from Pepsin. Perhaps the most successful product of the last century was Dr. Caldwell's Syrup of Pepsin.

But one product I am sure you will recognize got its namesake from the enzyme that is Pepto-bismol. Digger

Hi, I found a clay bottle in the St-Laurence River in Quebec, Canada. It has the following inscriptions on it:

Apollinaris Brunnen - M Ė IV / GEORG KREUZBERG / AHRWEILER RHEINPREUSSEN / Do you know where I can find information on this bottle. Thank You. Marc-Andre Octeau

You will find numerous inquiries in other month Questions I get about similar bottles. They are quite common and appear to have held a number of different products including spring water and gin. Digger

I'm getting into old bottles but don't know were to find old bottles in my state (California) were can I start to find info on were to look. Thanks James

Join a club, subscribe to the magazine, order my "Secrets of Privy Digging." Digger

ok I have a four roses bottle adopted July 1914 on the bottom it says capacity one full quart what is the value of this bottle if any? Thanks for any info

In excellent condition with the tin or aluminum lid and a label but no contents they usually bring $15-20. Less if missing any of the latter. Digger

Hello Digger! I'm writing to you on behalf of my brother. He is currently "sick to his stomach," as our Mother recently opened a SEALED, vintage bottle of 1858 cognac and DUMPED IT DOWN THE DRAIN!!! I am a bit queasy myself, but on with the story. I have no photos, as my brother has the now empty bottle, but will try to describe the label to you. The label is gold with a white "double" C (two c's, overlapping, the top one larger than the bottom, I believe). There are scroll-looking wings atop the large C. There is a Horseshoe at the bottom and a wing on the label also. The bottle said vintage 1858. My brother mentioned something about a black C also. Could this have been Camus Cognac? If so, what is the now empty bottle valued at? Do you know what the sealed bottle would be valued at? I am not having good luck finding anything about this vintage bottle, save for some poor soul offering 1,700 British pounds for the return of his full bottle of stolen Camus Cognac in Canada. He claims there were only 8 sealed bottles in all of Canada. Obviously, now there are 7! If you can't answer without a photo, do you have any ideas where I might turn up information for my brother? I sure appreciate your time! Your answer will determine the severity and type of torture we shall inflict on Mother. (Just kidding). Thank you! Vicki

Well, I have my doubts that you had one of the eight. First, I could find no evidence that Camus every used a CC logo. Second, Camus was founded in 1863 and remained family owned and managed since its creation. The Camus family lived in Cognac in France. the name "Camus" was not added to the brand until the 1890s. ther are dozens of possible candidates from which your bottle might have been produced. The words Vintage 1858 do not mean the same to me as "bottled in 1858." Digger

Hi I really hope that you can help me I have been looking for someone to tell me how much some very old Whiskey and other alcohol these bottles have never been open.1 of them is Old Stagg Whiskey 1944 it say that it was aged for 5 yrs before selling so I guess it was made in 1939 it says Kentucky Bourbon. I also have a bottle of Champagne It is Bollinger 1970 the bottle has never been open It says on the bottle that it was given to queen Elizabeth. and I also have a half pint vats 69 from queen Elizabeth and a bottle of Israel SABRA Liq. can you tell were I can find out about these unopened bottles of liqure. thank you Candi Myers

If you read through this web site and the questions I get, you will se that I get dozens of questions about full bottles of whiskey dating from 1930-1970 period. Some of these can be good if you can find the right buyer. Most I would say would be in the $20-30 range. Nice graphics or a famous name might jump the price considerably. Digger.

Dear Digger,

Though this is not a question about an individual bottle I am hoping you can help me out. Am looking for any information at all -- even if it is in Japanese -- on Japanese bottles dating from the latter part of the 19th century to WWII. I have a collection from the Pacific where Japan occupied many of the islands at this time. I can't find any information. Do you know of anything? Thank you, Lisa

Lisa, I have no idea, maybe a reader will help. Digger

I have a brown glass bottle that looks like it may have been a whiskey bottle or something. It is about 7 1/2 in tall, 4 1/2 in wide, and 1 3/4 in thick. The front of the bottle has what looks like some sort of sailor or discoverer with a large blank oval (2 1/4 in wide, 1 1/4 in tall) that looks like it may have been a place for a label. It has a sail, clouds, water, rigging, and 3 other sailors. On the back, it has a 2 X 2 3/4 in open space (possibly for a label) and a space below it (2 3/4 X 3/4 in) possibly for a label. It has two large ships, one on each side of the large blank. Water below the blanks. On the bottom is a sideways diamond with a dot in the center and a zero or an oval over the diamond. There is a zero on the left of the symbol, a 7 below, and a 7 to the right. The mouth of the bottle is a circle. It measures 1 in from outside to outside of the mouth and the opening is 5/8 in wide. The mold seam goes over the top of the lip. The bottle is corked, but we are not sure if the cork is original. A little over an inch from the top of the bottle, it has threads. We would like to know what this bottle was used for and how old it is. RGM

The mark on the base sounds a lot like an Owens mark used from 1929 through the 1960s but I am not sure. I would also guess without seeing the bottle that it is a whiskey bottle. The reason I think so is the presence of both a cork top and threads. the threads would have been to hold a tin or aluminum cap which could have functioned as a shot glass. This style top would have been found on whiskeys. The lack of the "Federal Law Prohibits the Reuse or Resale" statement suggests the bottle to have been made either over seas or pre-prohibition. A picture would be helpful. Digger

Hi. My son found a bottle with the following embossed words on the side: C.R. Bailey Perfumer New York It is made of clear, thick glass that measures 3" high, almost 1.5" wide, and just over 1" deep. It is approximately rectangular, but three of the sides are slightly convex. The side with the embossed words is concave. The top stem is about 1" long, and the very top has a large, overhanging lip. It seems to be in great condition (no chips or visible scratches, only tiny pock marks that I am guessing were there when it came out of the factory). Do you have any guess on how old the bottle may be, and how much it might be worth? Thanks for answering my question. Scott A. Kaufman

Clear glass perfumes wre very popular in the 1890-1915 era although some go back to the 1870s. Typically these bottles bring $5-20 depending upon how ornate they are. There are literally hundreds of companies that produced them. Digger

I'm looking for a "Teal Dentifrice" bottle for sentimental reasons. I don't even know exactly what one would look like. Can you be of any help?

I could find no reference to such a product. I assume "Teal" is part of the name and not the color of the bottle. Digger

Thanks for reading this, bottle, crown top, aqua 6 1/2 ounce embossed Pluto Water and on bottom picture of alien with word pluto. On side at bottom ROOT (bottle made there?) Also on side states "America's Physic" -??? Thanks Bobby....

Your bottle is well known numerous others have asked about the same bottle. Here's a link to the other pages on my site for Pluto Water. the "alien" is really a representation of the Pluto, God of the underworld . Digger  Read even more about Pluto Water Bottles

Hi Digger I wonder if you could give me some information on a bottle I saw recently. It is about 12 " high, light green in color, has the British coat of arms embossed on the front along with what appears to be a shield below it. All the bottle is embossed with stars. On the bottom of the bottle is the words " B & C Co Ld. Below these words is the letter K. Below the K are the numbers 1720. I would appreciate any information you could give me on this bottle. Marion S.

I am thinking food bottle. The "British Coat of Arms" sound a lot like a English Registry Mark used between 1842 and 1883. You should find a Roman numeral III indicating the article to be made of glass, a month letter and a year letter. the 'K' signifies the year 1883.

Dear Digger, Upon cleaning out my parents cellar, I found a wooden box with a lift-up top (no hinges, but wooden pegs which guide the lid when opening and closing). The wooden box is labeled:

Distilled Water /

Eli Lilly and Company /

Indianapolis, Indiana USA /

Inside is a large jug in excellent condition with I think the original cork. The jug is probably 10 gallon size. There is a number on the bottom either #1327 or #1927. It is hand blown, blue tinted glass. If you have any information on this jug or can direct me on finding information, I would appreciate it. I do no that the Lilly Co. is still in existence. Thank you for your help. Sue

Lilly

Hello Digger, I am a collector of old pharmaceutical paraphenalia and I have a question about a small pill bottle........I have no way, at this time to send you a picture via email. So, I will explain it to you the best I can. It is a clear bottle about 1and ahalf inches. It sits on its side because there is a very interesting inscription on it. The inscription is raised on the bottle. It reads "DR. KING'S NEW LIFE PILLS". The bottle has a cork top opening, not a screw on. The inch of the bottle is rectangular shaped and the half inch neck is round and a little thinner in width than the rest of the bottle. The bottom of the bottle, which is square shaped because that part of the bottle is rectangular, has an indented circle with a diamond shaped emblem in it that contains a little line through the shorter width of the diamond shape. I hope you can get some picture of what I am saying........Any information from you would be greatly appreciated......Hope to hear from you soon.....Thanks so much, Gina Davis

You will find numerous other questions about this bottle and their products in other months. Here's a link Dr. King's Digger.

Hello; I was hoping someone could help me in just identifying or classifying a bottle I recently acquired. It is a short square looking glass bottle with a top, one side says LAVORIS on it. It measures apprx. 3 1/2" tall and apprx. 2 1/2" across, clear glass with simple pressed design on it. I have looked in collectible books on bottles and find absolutely nothing about this. I am now wondering if it in fact would even be considered a bottle. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me on this. Lynn

LAVORIS trademarked for oral hygiene products; namely, mouth wash and gargle. First used in 1901. Trademark for the name was fiiled in 1905 by Lavoris Chemical Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. the trademark is still live having had its fourth renewal. The ownership of the product has changed hands three or four times over the years. The early bottles sell for $3-5. Digger

W e have a Grolsch amber colored beer bottle with cork and porcelain top, it has the same pattern on all sides with gb on them, where do I find the value of this bottle?

These were made in the 1970s and sold at most beer and liquor stores. I think the main value is to people who would like to reused them because of the wire bail and porcelain top. They sell for $1-2. Digger.  

First of all, really enjoyed your website.....even though i don't collect bottles..... Can you tell me what the purpose is for the hole in the bottom of a champagne bottle?

The reader shortly replied. I did find the answer.....it is called a 'punt' and it helps the bottle withstand the 90 psi, pressure inside the bottle.....aerosol cans have it too.

Hello. We have an unopened bottle of Bols Ballerina Gold Liqueur. It has a dancing ballerina and plays the Blue Danube. It was purchased in 1961. We are unable to determine what year it was bottled. It was distributed by Brown-Forman Import Company. Do you know anything about this item? We would appreciate any information you could give us. Thanks. Derek and Shelley Marker

At least once a month I get this question. I have published about all I can find about these bottles in previous months. You can always find one for sale on Ebay. Today's Ballerina was an empty bottle the music box had been wound too tight and did not work. Asking price was $14.99. No bids with one day remaining. I saw one with a great label and in excellent condition at a bottle show. I think it might have been an early one (1970s??) the asking rpice was $95. It did not sell. Digger.

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Hi there... this is a 1973 bottle of Chianti bottled by Fratelli Borghini. It's almost 3 feet tall and contains a gallon of wine. Is it worth anything as a bottle? Do you know anything about wine... is it worth more as a vintage bottle of wine?

I do not know anything about wine. I'd guess the bottle would have some value but finding a buyer might be difficult. the close up of the label you show indicate this was made for import into this country. I'd guess at least a $30-40 value. Digger

Hullo Digger, I recently wrote asking you about a pikes peak bottle and you, thanks, answered very quickly. I checked out your questions page hoping to find out about this bottle. It is square, 81/2" medium amber, with the seams on the corners diagonally to the neck. The corners are beveled, the base is smooth. The mouth is applied square band. Epilepticide is embossed in script on the side with no other markings, besides bubbles. Could you, would you tell me the history, age and value of this bottle?? I am guessing it must be a "cure" for epilepsy. After reading information on your site, and other links, it fascinates me there are so many antique bottles out there and I just started collecting to have some nice colored glass in my porch windows. flea markets, here I come... I sure do like your sites, thanks much. RAMONA

I did find two references to the product. First was in the 1904 Pharmaceutical Era which listed it as Peck's Epilepticide. Usually the company manufacturing the product is listed but in this case it was not. I also found a listing in the 1912 Druggist Circular supplement. Again no company listed and the name Peck was not shown. Odd because they did give a reference number to a company in the index but it was missing. the product was no longer listed in the 1913. I am guess this product was scared out of existence by the Food and Drug Act of 1906. I'd say you have a neat piece of history there. Value?? I'd guess in the $20-25 range. Digger

Looking for information on "DANA" beverage bottled by the Coca-Cola Bottling Works Company. Can you help? Thank you very much.

The word mark Dana was registered in January of 1954 by the Cleveland Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Cleveland, Ohio. the mark was for soft drinks namely, Gingerale, cream soda, lemon-lime, lemon soda, grape, orange, and rootbeer. The name was first used commercially in 1954. Although the mark is now dead, it was renewed in 1976. Digger

Hi, My name is Alfredo Fonseca, I am not really into bottle collection but I found a bottle that looks old, it has a rounded bottom, it is not flat so it can not stand up straight, The bottom is irregular, one side is thicker than the other one, it has a clear-greenish color and it has the words BELFAST embraced on one side and the word ROSS on the other side. It has 2 lines going from the bottom and they end just were the collar of the bottle starts so I believe it is one of those blown in mold type. I also believe it is a beer bottle but I really do not know it might just be a bottle from 1 yr ago or it can be a bottle from many years ago. please respond I might be able to take pictures of the bottle and send them to you if you wish. Alfredo

Your round bottom soda is very common. they were imported into this country beginning in the 1870s through the turn of the century. They usually contained gingerale. the bottles sell anywhere from $8-25. You will find other reference to this product in other months. Digger. Here's more about Round Bottom Bottles

I'm trying to identify a bottle of Aberlour-Glenlivet scotch whisky that once belonged to my grandfather.

It's an oval, dark amber bottle with a large wax seal over its entire neck. The front label has hardened and has partially broken off, but the back label is fully intact. The contents fill at least 75% of the bottle, but since it appears to be sealed, I assume the balance evaporated. I see neither a date nor a proof anywhere. W. H. Holt and Sons Ltd. is listed as the distillers. Here's what it looks like:

I'm trying to identify a bottle of Aberlour-Glenlivet scotch whisky that once belonged to my grandfather.

It's an oval, dark amber bottle with a large wax seal over its entire neck. The front label has hardened and has partially broken off, but the back label is fully intact. The contents fill at least 75% of the bottle, but since it appears to be sealed, I assume the balance evaporated. I see neither a date nor a proof anywhere. W. H. Holt and Sons Ltd. is listed as the distillers. Here's what it looks like: James L.


James, Your bottle most likely dates from 1890-1915. I would say in the present condition it is worth in the $20-30 range. The name however, Aberlour-Glenlivet was not trademarked in this country until 1979. the Aberlour-Glenlivet Distillery Company is still doing business in the United Kingdom in Kilwinning, Ayrshire Scotland.

Greetings, wondering if you have any ideas where I could do some research--I have 24 - 3 oz bottles of Eli Lilly Liver cure in the original box, all bottles are empty, most have the original label on the bottle. I'd like to price these and possibly find a buyer. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. Peggy

Labeled drug company bottles without embossing sell for $2-$50 or more. The color, the size and condition of the label, the presence of contents are all factors. Being small as yours are is likely to restrict the value. I would guess they are either clear or amber and I question if the word "Cure" is printed on the label. Give that, I'd estimate a value of $8-12 each.

I have two clear glass bottles that have threaded glass stoppers and the inside of the bottles are also threaded. Can you give me any information? Thanks

Well it is unusual for bottles to have internal screw stoppers. Yours I assume are more modern being clear but I would hazard a guess without knowing the size or shape they might be chemical or perfume bottles. The Internal thread stopper has a long a varied history. I have research a few of the earlier ones and looked for something I thought might be yours but was not successful. Shown below are some pre-1900 internal thread stoppered bottles. Most of them used a rubber than than glass stopper. There are a few well know bottles with internal glass stoppers. One is the Chapin Gore Whiskey, an amber barrel shaped bottle with a glass stopper. The Whiskey bottles sell for about $100. Your bottles, without embossing, are probably less valuable.

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Thank you for the information about my Pluto bottle. Today I found a bottle that was clear, and says on the side Geo. H. Weyer Inc. on it. It also lists two cities under writing that says Kansas City and St. Joseph MO. It's around 6" tall .

In 1927 George H. Weyer Inc was making a hair dressing called Sweet Bonne. The company, located at 1219 Main St, in Kansas City, MO continued making the product through the early 1960s. That same year they also introduced Lilac toilet water. In 1937 the company began making "Parfum De Boone Odeur" which translated means "perfume of good fragrance." The perfume was made into the 1960s. Style set was another product of the Weyer company. this wave set lotion was first made in 1942. In 1957 they introduced "Beauty-Foot" skin lotion. The company ceased doing business under the Weyer name about 1962.

Hi, my name is Ana and I would like to know why beer bottles have 4 start threads ? thanks Ana

When did Jergens lotion quit putting lotion in small clear glass bottles

I do not know the exact date but the 1960s and 1970s saw the beginning of the change from glass to plastic containers. In the last twenty years most glass has now been replaced. I guess collectors will now start getting PET plastic bottle collections. Digger

I have a unique soda bottle. It is a brown 7up bottle. It says for medicinal purposes only. Can you tell me anything about this bottle. Thank you. Marilyn

Shortly after prohibition ended the fledgling 7up company began marketing it's drink as a cure for a hangover. The earliest bottles are squatter and mention in the name "lithiated". the slimmer version began about 1936. Digger.

Hello Digger, color:navy">Can you tell me the meaning of the dots that are found around the bottom edge on many bottles- color:navy">I note that these dots are in some type of sequence which differs from bottle to bottle- color:navy">Thanks for your help color:navy">Maria .

Hi--I have a lot of amber bottles--these are short with a square shape--there are raised dots on the bottom --some with one dot--some with three in a row--or spread out--some with four dots--almost like braille. No other markings.What are they? Gwen

Maria and Gwen, I cannot. often these markings are unique to the glass company and have meanings about lots or batches or molds. Other dots are sometimes mold vents. Digger

good day sir i have a bottle that is 6 and a half high. It has DR.A.C. DANIELS,LINMENT (OSTER-COCUS OIL) BOSTON MASS , USA WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT IT. thank you Craig in jersey

Dr. A.C. Daniels had a long line of Veterinary medicines. Of the 20 or so medicines he produced the Wonderworker Lotion, the Colic drops and the Oster-Cocus were the more common. Ther are at least four variants of your bottle, one of which says Dr. Daniels' Veterinary Oster-Cocus Nerve and Muscle Liniment. Another is embossed: Dr. Daniels Oster-Cocus Nerve & Muscle Liniment Rheumatism Neuralgia & Lameness.

I found four of these and have looked through bottle books and collectible books and haven't found anything. They look like some sort of whiskey decanters. Do you have any idea on where I can identify these and find some approximate values? 1) CLF / M & G 2) Private Stock / A. Breslaur pictured below 3) Old I W / Harper 4) White Hill

Yes, they are whiskey decants and yes they do have value. Collectors like the ones with multicolored enamel more than those with simple golen gilt or white enamel. Pictures add to the value as well. Yours are a common type. the Harper might be a little better because it is a common name. Typically bottles like these are listed for $40-80. digger.

Dear Digger, I would like to know if you have any information on a cobalt blue, Bromo Seltzer bottle that has the following molded on the bottle; Bromo Seltzer Emerson Drug Dr UC Co Baltimore, MD The bottle also has the number 20 molded on the bottom of it. The "C" in the Dr UC on the bottle could possibly be a "G" I am not sure. Any information that you could send concerning this bottle would be very much appreciated. Thank you, Kim McDowell

Kim, When I went to the Baltimore bottle show this last March, I drove past the landmark Bromo-Seltzer building which still stands in downtown Baltimore. I learned that at one time the building was topped by a huge replica of a Bromo bottle 8-10 or more feet tall made of iron. the replica was taken down because of fear of it falling. Now the Bromo company was highly successful and the bottles can be found in great quantity. Here is a link to other reader's questions about the same bottle: Bromo Read more about Bromo Seltzer bottles

The picture below was taken from the September 2001 Antique Bottle and Glass Collector Magazine from an article "Has Anyone Ever Dug More" by Steve DeBoode. The article told of a dig during which the diggers found 3011 Bromo bottles. The bottles are laid out to Spell the name of the Magazine.

Hi Digger, I know the bottles you're used to dealing with are much older than the one I have. While cleaning out my parent's basement, I found a bottle of 1968 Crown Royal in the purple bag and held securely in a stand. It looks to be a gift item or a collectable. I know nothing about such things and would like to find someone who can appreciate it, but have no idea where to start. That's where you come in. :-) I have several pictures. The seal is unbroken, marked 1968, the bottle still full, perfect condition. It's really beautiful, but I have children who will likely destroy it and I don't have the appreciation that I should for it. Any ideas on who I can contact? Any ideas on value? I'm hopelessly clueless on this one. I hope you have high speed access... I'm attaching several pictures. Thanks in advance for any help you might provide. Penny Dobler

Saratoga Springs, NY

I got the same question in November 2001 and March 2002. The November question was about a 1947 bottle of the by the same company. The stuff was not cheap. A quick search online I found several for sale, some used some new. You can still buy the stuff for $40-60 for the gift set. I think it might be a tough item to sell because 1) it can still be purchased 2) there are probably many available.

I have just came into two gun shaped Barsottini Chianti wine bottles in green color vintage 1962 with serial numbers d877764 and d877275 imported from Italy both bottles in very good shape are they worth anything?

I would think less than $10. Digger

Dear Digger:I remember in the 60's Buying Barq Product known as Cream Soda, It . was rather tart, the bottles would read Barq's It's Good Waco Texas.

Coca-Cola now has a product known as Barq's Famous Red Creme Soda Since 1898.I do remember Barq's Changing the name Cream Soda to Big Red in the 80's or 90's.What happen to the Barq Company? I have some friends that say, that I wrong about about Barq, Cream Soda, and Big Red . HELP! Thanks Bruce

The wordmark "Barq's" was first used (according to the Trademark information) for soft drinks, syrups, extracts, compounds and flavors in 1915. In July of 1951 the name was registered by "Barq's Inc Corporation by assignment by assignment, by assignment by assignment Deleware one Coca-Cola Plaza, N.W. Atlanta, Georgia." The name Barq's Red was only briefly used if the trademark information is correct. The name was registered by Barq's Inc. Corporation Mississippi published for opposite and abandoned November 26, 1991. In 1988 the same company registered the name "Red Creme". That mark was dead as of February 1995. The same company registered the name "Red Rattler" in 1992 for a carbonated red cream soda. Name was dead as of January 2002. Now it gets more confusing. In 1982, the Mississippi Company trademarked the above symbol which reads: BARQ'S FAMOUS OLD TIME ROOT BEER SINCE 1898 IT'S GOOD!. The first use of this name for root beer by this company was 1978 and the mark is still live. In 1939 they registered Barq's Sr which the Mississippi company had used since 1939.

You might be confused about another Texas drink: "Big Red was invented in a Waco laboratory in 1937 by Grover C. Thomsen and R.H. Roark, 52 years after Dr Pepper's birth in the same city. It was originally called Sun Tang Red Cream Soda and was marketed exclusively in Central and South Texas and around Louisville, Kentucky."

Here is more about Barq's which may shed some light on your memories. They likely had a bottling plant in Waco. "The drinks popularity was unstoppable. By 1937, 62 bottling plants had been established in 22 states. The numbers peaked in 1950 at about 200, but by that time the "root beer" had been forced to undergo changes. The first came in 1938 when the federal government banned caffeine in root beer. Barq simply changed the name of his drink to Barq's Sr. and then set about developing a caffeine free root beer." Digger

Here's a reprint of an article on Barq's which appeared in the June 1983 Antique Bottle World Magazine.

I'm not even a collector (yet), but wanted to know the origins of a bottle I've found. It's got the name "Thrill" embossed diagonally on the side, in a cursive typeface. There is additional embossing around the bottle, in sort of a grid. The color is kind of an emerald green, it has a crown top, and a smooth base with embossing (a series of numbers, I believe). Looks like it held approx 10 ounces of something. If you need more info, such as height, seams, etc, I can get that too. Just thought you might be able to tell me something by the brand name alone. Thanks in advance, Jim Green -

Jim, The name Thrill was registered with the U.S. Patent Office December 22, 1925 for Non-alcoholic maltless beverages and syrups. It was first ued in 1924. the name was registered by Green & Green Firm in Houston, Texas. the name was renewed in 1965 but is no longer active. I guess a value on your bottle of $8-15 Digger

Hello. I just found you on the internet. Have also just found a clear glass bottle, 3 7/8" tall, flat, rectangular, with a cylindrical neck and metal screw cap. Embossed (raised letters) on the bottle is: HINDS HONEY AND ALMOND CREAM A S HINDS CO. BLOOMFIELD N.J. U.S.A. Also some markings on the bottom and the letter H in script on the top of the lid. Found buried in my front yard this afternoon. House was build circa 1926, northeast Ohio. I'm not a collector but am interested in this specimen. (Glass is in new condition, lid is chipped.) Can you tell me about the bottle? Thanks so much. JLSharp

Your bottle is very common and can be found both machine made as yours probably is and non-machine made. The skin cream was very popular. The tiny bottle like yours was a sample bottle. Digger

My name is Sam Houser. I recently broke a very large bottle of mine that was given to me by my grandmother. She brought it back from Italy about eight years ago. It is a red wine bottle made by Borghini, it was a Chianti bottle. Well it was about two and a half feet tall and in the shape of a shark standing on its tail. A beautiful bottle it was, and now I am looking for a replacement. Do you know what magazine might have this information or do you know where I could find one. I would be very thankful. Thank you for your help, Sam Houser

I will leave your message posted in hopes someone will know, I do not. Digger

G'day I was wondering if you could give me some idea of the value of an old marble/codd bottle I have in my possession? One side reads: G.E.ELLIOTT, TRADEMARK E,CARLTON the other side reads: ESTABLISHED 1845 MELBOURNE Tom Marshall 12 King ST, Zeehan, 7469 Tasmania, Australia

I'll guess about $8-15 USD. I would not know what it might bring in your country. digger

Hi, I work at the public library in Louisa, Ky and a patron brought a bottle in and wants to find out if it is anything to brag on. It's a clear glass bottle and on the side in raised glass it says "The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company" Now on the bottom of the bottle we can make out "324W". If you have any information It would be greatly appreciated. ===== Tony Roberts

The Great American Tea Company is founded as a mail order business by tea and spice merchants George Huntington Hartford and George Gilman. they opened their first store in NYC selling coffee and tea and other sundries. In 1870 The company was renamed The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, in honor of the transcontinental railroad. Bottles like your likely containing flavoring such as vanilla. 1890s dumps often yield many of these as they are quite common. They began in 1887 puttting up canned vegetables with the A & P brand. In 1912 they operated the nations first "grocery" stores. In 1919 they introduced their grape juice brand. the chain is still in business but operate under different names in different states. Digger

I have a bottle of 1939 Canadian whisky 1/10 u.s. pint, never been opened, bottled in 1933. I've been searching to see if it holds any value, hopefully you can tell me something? thanks for your time.

I'd guess $20-40 to the right buyer. Digger

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Digger: Do you know if the Jos. A. Finch & Co. Inc. made the Old Moe Straight Bourbon Whiskey? Sincerely, Billy-Ace Baker

The Joseph A. Finch company was associated with 67 trademarked names but I did not find that one. digger.

Hi my name is Julia, I have this bottle that i can't find any information on. It is a brown glass javex bottle .It is about 8 inches tall with the >word >Javex embossed four times around the top of the body of the bottle and >around the base of the bottle. The bottom has the word javex again and the >numbers 3591.For interest sake I would appreciate any information you could >tell me. I live in a small town in ontario I dug the bottle up at the back >of our cottage property about 7 years ago.

Here is a link to other questioners who have asked about Javex Bleach Digger

I found a bottle about 30 feet down in Seattle, it has two seams and a plug in the bottom. On the front it says Citrate of Magnesia in the middle of a crest. What was that stuff and how old is the bottle? Please let me know.

Early citrate of Magnesia bottles can be found dating from the 1840s. Citrate of magnesia is a laxative which works by withdrawing water from the body. Such substances are sometimes known a cathartics or purgatives. In the 1869 The Physiomedical Dispensatory by William Cook, MD, he describes citrate of magnesia: "Citrate of Magnesia is a fashionable laxative at the present time. It is prepared by dissolving 450 grains of citric acid in four ounces of distilled water, and into this dissolving 120 grains of calcined magnesia. This solution is filtered, and poured into a strong twelve-ounce bottle with two fluid ounces of the sirup of citric acid. The bottle is then nearly filled with water, forty grains of bicarbonate of potassa added, and the bottle quickly corked and the cork tied down. It forms an effervescing solution of citrate of magnesia and potassa, the excess of free carbonic acid remaining in the water. From half to the whole of the contents of this bottle are needed as a dose; the cathartic action is brisk and often griping; it is too much like epsom salts to be a commendable purge, and has nothing but its pleasantness to recommend it."
The bottles themselves have a distinctive style. They often have an unusual lip which was necessary to hold a wire which would secure the cork thus preventing leaking from the pressurized liquid. some of the bottles when found in an unusual color such as amber, cobalt or emerald green can have a high value. Most however are the later bottles which were clear, often with the words Citrate of Magnesia embossed in a shield or with fancy script. These sell for only $2-6.

I have a clear (I assume soda) bottle which stands just short ot 12 inches high. It has painted on the top "SUSSEX" red letters on a white background. On the bottom of the bottle the following is written in raised lettering. "SEVEN-UP SUSSEX LTD 2 A O SAINT-JOHN N.B." It has raised letters near the bottom "26 FL OZ." The poor quality photos attached may be of help. Sorry, I have yet to purchase a good digital camera. It is unique (at least to an amateur collector like me) as it has a spiral design. The glass is molded similar to the way the stripes run in a barber shop sign. It has a "pop" top - not a twist off. It was found on the 3rd floor of my neighbors barn about 5 years ago. She said that no one has been up there since the mid 1960's Any idea what era it is from? or if it's from the US or overseas? My apologies for any improper collector lingo.... .Thanx in advance, Mike Kull

SUSSEX TRADEMARK CIRCA 1958


SUSSEX TRADEMARK
CIRCA 1962

Your soda bottle is neither from the United States nor from overseas. Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada is the origin. The slogan "Get a Lift with Sussex was used in Canada as early as 1954 and registered in 1955 by the Maritime Beverages Limited in Saint John. . In 1958, The owner was SUSSEX GINGER ALE LIMITED, 67 Pleasant Avenue, Sussex. NEW BRUNSWICK. The mark was filed with the Canadian Patent Office in June 1958, registered in 1959 and renewed in 1989. The same company experimented with a SUSSEX COLA in 1948. The brand has had various owners including Great Pacific Industries Inc., Canadian 7up and Crush Canada Inc.. Sussex Ginger Ale is now owned by Cadbury Beverage Canada Inc.


Digger, I have a clear glass bottle about 3 & 1/2 inch with a red-orange seal top. Has a dog begging with curled tail on one side and 1-8 measures on the other side. Bottom has: 3 & B with circle around it. Seam goes to the top of bottle. Do you have a clue about this bottle and the worth. thank you

I do not have a clue but it could be a veterinary bottle. Maybe a reader can help. Digger

what can you tell me about an emerald green bottle 81/2"x21/2" with green marble inside. The one side is embossed Extra Strong Glass. The opposite side embossed Codd's Patent Bottles. On the bottom of the bottle is embossed Made in Japan 8 oz. It has 2 smooth side seams which go just to under the top. The top is slanted. The glass has what appears to be little bubbles in it. Thank you Lou

I never heard of a Japanese made Codd bottle but since they were produced all over the world, I beleive it. You will find my article about Codd bottles here: American Codd Digger

Hello Digger, I live in NC and found some small cork clear glass medicine bottles.They have measurement markings of glass on the outside of the bottle........Any idea? Also a North Wilkesboro,coca-cola 6oz bottle

The clear glass bottle is a druggist prescription bottle the marking indicate the doses. Can't say much about the Coke bottle without more information. Diggerr

HI I FOUND A SYRUP BOTTLE DIGGING UP A SEWER LINE IN ORLANDO FL .IT SAYS CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUP CO. CALIF FIG STERLING PRODUCTS INC. SUCCESSOR. ITS 7IN IN HIGH GLASS IS CLEAR HAS SIDE SEEMS .THE TOP LOOKS LIKE IT TOOK A CORK LID .IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THESE KIND OF BOTTLES PLEASE LET ME KNOW .I HAVE ANOTHER BOTTLE ALSO. I WILL GET YOU MORE INFO ON IT LATER. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO ON THIS BOTTLE. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME JEFF.

You got a common one there. I get lots of questions about the bottle. Here's a link to more information about the history and label and dates. California Fig Syrup

Hello, I am looking for some info on some old bottles my son and I found while hunting in an old timber in IL. We talked to the owner of the property and he says that he lived there over fifty years and never dumped junk where we found these . We found several bottles that look like the old traveling medicine shows. One in particular had a name on the front and sides. On the font it says Dr. PIERCE'S FAVORITE PRESCRIPTION and on one side it says BUFFALO N.Y. the other side says R.V. PIERCE M.D. We found others that we think are old perfume bottles that may of had the squeeze bulb tops like powder or perfume used to have. The medicine bottles we found were about 8" tall 4" wide 1.5" thick and apparently had cork tops. I really don't know anything about bottles but these we found were kind of interesting. We left a lot of bottles out there but can go back if we find they are worth anything. We found them in an old stream bed where a tributary fed into it .We know that it had to be a dump from at least the previous owner which lived there over sixty years ago because of it's location and info from the present owner. We also found other bottles that look like small milk bottles that once emptied it could be used for a drinking glass or possibly a bottle for jams or jellies. I am trying to get my camera up and going so I can get some pictures on here to help but if you might have some info on maybe a time period on these bottles or value I would definitely appreciate it thank you . Charlie and Christopher

Sounds like you better get back there. the Doctor Pierce's probably dates to the turn of the Century. You never know what else you might find. You can find out lots more about your Pierces bottle on this site. Dr. Pierce. Have fun let me know what you find. Digger 

I was just looking at your website and see that you are very knowledgeable about bottles. I'm hoping you may be able to help me with something else. I have several small Christmas plates dated in the 1980's and I think they were made by Ed Johnson, Holly City Bottle. Each one is a different color , with a different holiday picture on it, they are about 3 1/2" in dia. , and has Christmas and the year on it with the design. If you are not sure maybe you could tell me where I might find this info. I am so glad I found your site, I have so many questions about bottles and haven't been able to find the answers, I think your site will help. Thank you so much, Penny Hee Millville, NJ

About all I can tell you is Holly City Bottle was making reproduction bottles in 1976. I found some bottles they made but nothing about the plates. Digger

I found a coca cola bottle - it even has the initials cc as well as coca cola and is 6 1/2 fl oz, pat appl for 8497F Morehead City, NC I did a patent design and patent search for the no. but nothing matched. I've found similar on the web for Charlotte NC, but have not found a record of a bottling co. in Morehead City. Any idea as to its age and value? Thank you very much TL Herbert, Charleston, SC

There are many authorities who have far more knowledge about Coke bottle than I do. Here is what I could find out. The earliest Straight sided amber cokes were made in NC in four locations. Fayetteville, Greenville, Washington and Wilmington. North Carolina had 61 locations for hobbleskirt type coke bottles (post 1915) but only two known locations for non-amber script straight sided bottles. Unfortunately I was not able to find a list of those locations. Please note however, If your bottle merely says property of Coca Cola that does not make it a bottle which held coke but rather a "flavor bottle". Assuming it is a hobbleskirt then the bottle would date post 1915. Various authorities have place the number of Coca Cola plants at different numbers one collector shows a list of 1420 locations since 1928. Digger

Hello Digger, My husband was digging in our back yard and found a very unusual bottle it is a tad bit bigger than a baby food jar, but it had a pattern on ht bottom #P.A.T.O179866 AND THE NUMBER 22 IS IN A CIRCLE. WHEN I LOOKED IT UP ON THE US PATTEN WEB SITE I HAD SOME INFO FAXED TO ME. tHE OATTEN WAS DONE IN YEAR 1927. THE BOTTLE IS CLEAR AND LIKE I SAID A TAD BT BIGGER THAN A BABY FOOD JAR. It also has a well build into the jar that goes at an angle down one side. I was wondering if you might have any info on its value ect... Thank You so much Misty Oakley

You have an ink bottle with an inkwell inside. These date from about the 1920-1960 period. I can remember them as a kid. Value without the label would be $1-2. Digger 

 Hi, my name is DiAne and I know nothing about bottles. I live in a 100 year old house in Memphis, TN where I recently dug a small pond. This area was previously used as a burn pit and has yielded several interesting items. I am trying to find out about a clear bottle about 6 inches tall and 2 inches wide. It has a cork closing type top and one mold seam on the side. The only markings are a tall narrow elongated arch shaped ridge on one side and some numbers? inside the top of the arch. The first number looks like a 3 with an extra line above it and then three lower case L's that are about one half the size of the 3. I'm thinking hair tonic or medicinal product. Do you know what this bottle contained? thanks for reading, DiAne. Please respond

Your bottles are drug prescription bottles. The marks are measures. A number of people have asked the same question. Here are links to the months Apothecary Apothecary System Digger

I am trying to find out what type of covers there were in 1900 and of what material they were made out of. I found on the census where someone was a demi john cover maker, and went to school for 2 months. Thanks for whatever help you can give me. Leeanne

Wicker. Demi-johns were often covered with wicker basket material. Other times they had boxes built around them to protect them. The bottles were sometimes advertised as "wickered" bottles. According to McKearin and Wilson in American Bottles and Flasks, in 1875 Carlton Newman patented covering for demi-johns was made of rattan woven over a coat of soft elastic tule reed. These were made at the San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works. Very early bottles in the 17th century may have been covered with leather.

Hello I recently found a bottle in the woods of Newaygo County Michigan. I was hoping you could help me identify it. It is a two-piece mold with a turned neck, a flattened lip and rounded corners and shoulder. The mold seam is slightly raised and is located at the corners of the bottle. The bottle is slightly rounded on the front side and slightly indented on the backside (you can see evidence of the glass flowing/slumping in on the backside inside bottom). There are bubbles in the glass and the occasional raised bump. The bottle has a slight amethyst tint indicating magnesium (I believe). There is no makers mark on the bottom. It measures slightly over 19.5 cm tall and 4 cm deep and 8 cm wide. There is a small chip inside the neck. This might indicate a glass topper rather than cork. I also have a brown glass Roman Cleanser Jug style bottle. It has a G in a square as the maker's mark. Did the Glenshaw Glass Co. make any Roman Cleanser bottles? If they did then my guess at the date would be 1932 - 1950. Can you narrow it down? Any help or any clues you can give me (especially for the amethyst bottle) would be greatly appreciated. Thank You Ken Davis Archeologist Huron-Manistee National Forest Baldwin Ranger District

Ken, In order to identity your amethyst bottle, I would need to see the shape. In the illustration at the right, you can see a small sample of the types of generic bottles that were available to anyone. Many entrepreneurs opted to use a generic bottle for cost reasons. Over the period of the 19th century, certain shapes became associated with certain types of products. For example, the "French Square, Wide Mouth was typically used in the 6-8 oz size for shoe polish. the wide mouth would accommodate a stopper with a dauber attached. The "O" panel and Ball Neck Panel often were used a flavoring bottles. If you bottle is ground inside of the neck, then it would have had a glass stopper - otherwise it would have been cork.

You Roman Cleanser bottle could not date before 1919 when the Roman Cleanser Company of Detroit Michigan first began using the name "Roman". the last registration date was 1971. They used the name "Roman" for Bleach-Disinfectant, starch, ammonia and fabric softener. The Glenshaw Glass company first began using the G inside the square in 1932 as you stated. Beyond that I was not able to find anything. Digger

HI DIGGER, DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT A COLLECTION OF DECANTER BOTTLES. THE COLLECTION IS CALLED "FIELD BIRDS. THEY ARE MADE OF WHITE MILK GLASS. I THINK THEY WERE MADE IN ABOUT 1969. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THEM. THANKS, SAM

Sam, I do not, maybe a reader can help. Digger

Dear Digger,

 When we lived in Silver Lake, IN my husband found several of the L. Pierre Valligny bottles in the backyard where the outhouse had once been. It was an older house that was originally a boarding house. These bottles were mentioned in your questions for July and Aug. 2000. We are curious as to what they contained. Maybe someone somewhere will know something about them. G. McDairmant

A picture would help. I am guessing blind that it would be wine or perfume based on the name. Digger.

hello I have some soda bottles they are 6 oz clear glass with smile on them the cap is orange with smile on it too they have a patent date of July 11 1922 they are still sealed with the soda in them could you tell me what they would be worth or where I might find a collector in Missouri around the St Louis area

I would suggest putting an ad in my classified section to find a buyer. Smile soda bottles are common but not with the cap and contents. I would estimate $25. digger. 

Digger, I have a Jumbo Peanut Butter (Frank Tea & Spice Co., Cincinnati, OH) 2 pound jar with a metal screw lid (glass insert) and bail handle. The maker's signature is that of an "A" in a circle (Armstrong?). Questions: 1) was it made by Armstrong; 2) when was it made; 3) what is the lid called; and 4) would is it worth? I followed your link to peanut butter. The bottle is listed, but there is no link that enables me to get further information. Love your site! Thanks. Joan

Tom Caniff has long been the guru on food related bottles. In his book, privately published, The Label Space, The Book, he gives loads of information about Jumbo Jars. He does identify the Dunkirk Indiana glass company, Armstrong Cork as the maker of the 6 1/4" tall jar which the label identifies as containing Apple Butter. Based on the half ribbing design and the "new-style Jumbo with the Chef's hat," the jar appears to date in the 1950s. the exact jar was pictured in a company booklet for 1956. The red and white metal cap. I would not think it would bring the same price as one of the earlier jars. My guess is $30-35. Digger.

I recently found a brown glass bottle that says Clorox on it. Can you tell me how old it is? Also found a bottle that is brown and says Squibb on it....any ideas?

Here's a link to all I have written about Clorox. The Squibb bottle is obviously a drug bottle of some sort. The E.R. Squibb company of New York goes back to 1858. The were producing: ANALGESICS, ANTIACIDS, ANTIEMETICS, ANTIGONORRHEICS, ANTIPYRETICS, DIURETICS, HYPNOTICS, LAXATIVES, MOTOR-DEPRESSANTS, NUTRIENTS, SEDATIVES, ASPIRIN; CHLORAL, HYDRATED; LANOLIN; MAGNESIUM COMPOUNDS, NAMELY: MILK OF MAGNESIA; OIL, CASTOR; OIL, COD-LIVER; SUPPOSITORIES; ZINC COMPOUNDS, NAMELY: ZINC OXID; BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS, NAMELY, THE FOLLOWING: VETERINARY PRODUCTS. their earliest trademark was not until 1919. I do not recall having seen a non-machine made bottle with their embossing. Digger

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