January 2001 Questions

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I'm not a collector or an experienced antique bottle person. I live in Lyndeborough NH near the site of the Lyndeborough Glass Company, which operated from 1866 to 1886. Glass bottles manufactured there had a distinctive blue-green color. I believe they were sold for medicines in the post Civil War period. We can still pick up chunks of slag from the old factory site. How can I go about a web search for these original glass bottles? Liz Todd, 

Liz, not everything can be researched on the web.  I did a quick search a found these sites. I have no references which mention the glass works.  The local library and historical society would be the best places to start.  Local newspapers 1866-1886 probably had advertising for the glass works which might give clues to the type of wares they produced.  Sounds like a great project for your next book, Liz.  Digger

Hello,  picked up some bottles and containers this weekend and have no idea if they're worth anything or what they are. Thankfully I only paid about ten bucks for the lot: 2 clear or "aqua green" bottles, with sealed glass stoppers, marked with JOHN BARRITT & SONS HAMILTON BERMUDA on the side, and on one of them, on the bottom, there's a date which I can't really read and lettering all around the bottom.

 There's a raised seam up along the sides of both. And the bottles are shaped into a face of some kind--a pig's? The other containers are 11 in number in all sizes and have some pretty stoppers that are completely glass. I've attached pictures for you. I hope you can open them. Any advice you can give would be appreciated. If you're unable to help, I understand. Have a happy new year! Thanks! Oota Olsen

Your bottles are Codd Stopper bottles.  You'll find quite a bit about them by using the search feature for this site.  Codds never caught the American public's interest and are very rare with American names.  Mostly you'll find they are from Canada, England, Europe and even India.  Some are quite modern but most date to the 1880s-1900 era. Your stoppers appear to be old probably dating about the same time period as the bottles.  They may have been for apothecary, perfume or candy jars.  sounds like you did well for the money.  Digger

Hi Digger! aqua bottle with embossed design.  Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!! I will keep a look out at your site.I have tried to attach two pictures.....hope it works, and that they help. Thanks! Barb

 

 

Barb, Your bottles look new to me. Judging from the pictures, especially the bottom of the bottle, it appears to be new.  The mark on the base is not a pontil mark and I can see some embossing around the rim of the base but cannot make it out. It does have a cork top, but I'll bet if you look closely you will see the mold seams go up and over the lip.  I do not have an idea of what it contained however and I cannot tell from the picture what the design is made with or is supposed to represent.  Maybe a reader will know.

 

Hi. I am not per say an extensive bottle collector but I do grab a few from different cola makers that I knew around my central Florida area. However, a friend of mine was hunting in central Georgia and found an amber to dark brown jar, about 10" in height and about 4" diameter with wide mouth and threaded side. The fire or mold marks are on each side almost to the shoulder of the jar and at this point I am using jar instead of bottle thinking I know the difference. On the bottom is the embossed name of P then Lorillarlard. There is a rounded circle which almost looks like it was glued into place but I would believe it was from cutting a blow from the bottom instead of the top. Anyway, we were wondering if someone might be able to give us a hint as to age and use, origin or what specific source we may find it in. Thanks for any information you may provide. Erney --- Ernest Alewine

P Lorillard was a snuff manufacturer and is the oldest tobacco company in the US.  Pierre Lorillard established a "manufactory" in New York City for processing pipe tobacco, cigars, and snuff. During the occupation by the British army, Lorillard was slain during a fight with Hessian soldiers. His widow and her two young sons, George and Pierre (Peter) moved to the to a site along the Bronx River in 1792 and built a home and mill.  In the 1950s, the P. Lorillard Company financed the restoration of the snuff mill.  Check about half way down the page on this link for more information. If the lip is ground, your jar probably dates to the 1880-1900 era.  If not then it is probably later.  Digger

Hi Digger! Hopefully you can answer 2 queries about 2 bitters bottles recently found in Melbourne, Australia. The first is the well regarded paneled ladys leg embossed: "Bryants Stomach Bitters". Do you have any info on the company? I gather its a western bitters which makes sense because a lot of the expatriate miners from California created a market for American exports to Australia in the 1850s - 1860s gold rush. The other bitters is an ice blue cylinder with a blobby top and sand pontil embossed in 2 lines near the base: "Dr Conquests Health Bitters" and dates about 1865 - 1870. I've never heard of the company, have you? Have a great 2001 Regards Robert Broadhurst

I wish I knew more about the Bryant's. The information around is mostly speculation to my knowledge and is suggested by the bottle being found in the Western United States.  There is an Eastern bottle with similar embossing but  no one has made a solid connection between them.  For our readers who do not know,  it was reported that the Bryant's sold recently for well over $50,000.  Not bad for a day's digging.   There is no listing for your Dr. Conquest's Bitters in Ham and Ring's Book which is the authority or anywhere else I could find.  I'd say that makes it unlisted.  I'd hate to hazard a guess on an ice blue unlisted pontil bitters.  Keep up the good digging down under.  Digger

I have an aqua DeWitts Sarsaparilla bottle from Chicago, 8" tall, smooth base with hinge mark. I would like to know rarity and possible value. I can't find any information on this bottle, your help would be appreciated. JIm Rogers

In his book American Sarsaparilla Bottles, John DeGrafft describes an aqua, 9 inch bottle embossed" DE WITTS / SARSAPARILLA / CHICAGO, rectangular with a narrow square collar.  Elden C. DeWitt & Co. owned numerous brands several of which were giant sellers.  DeWitt was partners with Charles W. Beggs from 1886 until about 1890 when he went into business for himself.  Begg had several top selling brands as well such as his Begg's Dandilion Bitters and a Cough Syrup.  DeWitt was the owner of Kodol Dyspepsia Cure, De Witt's One Minute Cough Cure, De Witt's Stomach Bitters (1891), another top seller was his Little Early Risers Pills.  He also sold  De Witt's Soothing Syrup, and De Witt's Colic & Cholera Cure along with others.  He continued in business well into the 20th century.  Your bottle is scarce.  Apparently the Sarsaparilla was not a best seller.  I'd estimate a value of $40-50.  Digger

hi my name is Shannon and I have a friend who has a bottle that no one seems to know much about. we found it in a book but it didn't say much. the bottle was made by anchor hocking it was made for wine lovers but the company who it was made for thought it looked too much like a pregnant women. its called Damiana wine bottle it's 8 1/2 tall there was 10 prototypes made and were all to be destroyed there was a fire and one was saved. there is another one and my friend has it. i tried emailing anchor hocking but my mail was sent back. Can you help me find info out on it? thanks Shannon

Maybe a reader will have the rest of the story.  I can't help much. Digger

I have a glass bottle with a slight bluish tint. The name "Billy Baxter" is written across the bottle near the bottom in script form. The shape is somewhat like a small coke bottle. Any clues as to what this may be ??

I found reference to Billy Baxter Ginger Beer which came in a Seven-Up green colored bottle and a Billy Baxter Ginger Ale (aqua glass), Billy Baxter Self-Stirring Billy Baxter Quinine Soda and Billy Baxter Club Soda (clear glass), earliest reference I found was 1932. I found a Billy Baxter Lemon soda for sale for $6.  The company appears to have been in Red Raven, PA.

Hello, I have a medicine bottle and would like to know the value. It is embossed on one side: CHOLERA MIXTURE. There are some letters beneath Cholera Mixture, but they are not legible. I do know that the last two letters are EN or IN or LN. There are little raised dots - a single row on top (12 of them, with the first, the fourth and the 12th dot lower than the others). There are two rows of dots in between the two sentences. (14 dots on top, 15 on bottom). The base is rectangular, and the top of the base- each corner is rounded. You can see little ridges on the bottom of the bottle where it was blown. The neck is about 3/4 inch tall, a little bowed in the middle of it. It has a lopsided lip, but made flat on top. From the bottom to a little over half way of the neck is a ridge (a thin raised line) running up the corner, with another ridge on the opposing corner. The color is a somewhat cloudy light aqua green color. I hope this is enough info. I have had this bottle for a long time, and I found it on a dig in Southern Alabama. I know you don't normally e-mail, but if you remember to cc a note to me that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, PS there is a little fleabite on the lip of the bottle. It looks like the seam stops under the lip, kind of like someone just plopped the lip on top of the neck. Thanks :) Angie Angie Blackmon

Without a name it will be impossible to attribute your bottle to a specific product.  Here's some listings for you to mull over:  Brewster's Cholera Mixture, Brown's Sun Cholera Mixture, Cady's Warranted Cholera Mixture, Edward's Cholera Mixture, Goll's Asiatic Cholera Mixture, Hamlin's Cholera Mixture, Hermit Cholera Mixture, Mason's Cholera Mixture, Schiefflien's Sun Cholera Mixture and Wetherhill's Cholera Mixture. These were all for sale around the turn of the century.  From your description, I'd estimate your bottle to be about the same age. Value? Without a nameit  is probably less than $10.00. Unless it is a very big bottle, then it might be $15-20 range.  Digger

 

I have a very pretty milk glass flask, with a diamond pattern all around it, and small plus's in each diamond. (12-pattern, 6 rows on each side.) It has a flared lip and open pontil mark on the bottom. I have estimated it's age to be between 1880-1910. I have another flask, exactly like it, except with a straight neck, which I have identified, and it is medium amethyst. Both bottles are 5 & a half inches tall, and 3 inches wide; with "Plump" bodies. I think it may be a "Stiegel" type bottle, pattern mold. Both bottles are in PERFECT condition, with strong patterns. The amethyst bottle is around $5000. There is no listing for ANYTHING milk glass like this, and flasks, to my knowledge, are almost unheard of in milk glass. Do you have any idea of it's rarity, value or who exactly made it? ANY information will be greatly appreciated. Sorry for no pictures, they are really beautiful bottles. Thanks, Peter Poole

Clevenger Reproduction with Pontil

Early pattern flasks like those above are extremely rare.   

P.S -- Could these be "Diamond-Daisy" pattern flasks, and if not, what is"Diamond-Daisy?"

Your description of the bottles having a "plump" body suggests to me that they are not big dollar bottles you are hoping they are.  They are mostly Clevenger reproductions 40-50 years old.  Daisy diamond pattern was a uniquely American pattern attributed to Baron Stiegel circa 1765-1774.  Without a picture I am just making a guess.  The milkglass bottle sounds like a Clevenger bottle as well.  Digger

Have found Un-opened bottle of beer ABC trademark of Aberdeen Brewing Co. (Aberdeen Wa. is where bottle was found) it is about 10 inches tall with a long neck, brown glass, and a crimped style cap. some label is left & it has a raised lettering on glass, vertical seems) do you have any suggestions on finding out any info on this company ? when it existed etc? Dave J

Dave, the Aberdeen Brewing Company was in business in  Aberdeen, Washington under that name from 1902-1915.  Prior to that time was known as the Harbor Brewing Company.  The company was located at River and Lincoln Sts.  After Prohibition the company resumed under the name Pioneer Brewing co. aka Aberdeen Brewing Co.  It operated from 1934-1944.  Digger 

I have an old bottle that appears hand blown. It is a flask type whiskey? bottle with a glass cork that still has natural cork on the glass stopper. its embossed with josa Magnus & co. Cincinnati o. USA. The neck is crooked and the bottle and glass cork are amber. any value?

Your bottle is quite common is is known in several variants.  The trade mark is usually embossed on the bottles and was a sea serpent with a crown.  Of the six variants listed, the one that most  closely matches yours is a bottle 7 1/4", oval with a 2 1/8" neck and glass stopper listed in amber and selling for about $8-10.  Digger.

 

Trying to find value on a Paul Jones red star gin. Randy

Randy, you do not indicate where the embossing is so I will assume it is on the bottom.  Your bottle is a classic gin bottle shape.  This shape is very ancient with many examples dating to the early 1800s and even earlier.  Your bottle however is much newer dating to the late 1880s or 1890s and is probably related to the Paul Jones Whiskey from Louisville, KY.  From the photo it is hard to tell what color the bottle is but if it is a light blue that would be a great color.  Clear would be much less valuable.  I'd guess in light blue the bottle would sell for $25-30 (maybe more).  In clear, $15-20.  Digger

 

I found this whiskey bottle under the steps of our old church while doing demolition of it. I feel that it is very old. The church was built in 1881. The bottle should be older than that date. I would like to sell it and put the proceeds in the building fund for the new church. Thanks for any input or help you may be able to provide. I am open for any reasonable ideas.

Well, I'd say the bottle is not older than the date of construction of the church.  In fact they must have redone the steps in the early part of the 20th century.  The bottle dates to the 1910-1918 era.  It does have a nice label.  I'd estimate on Ebay it would bring $20.  Digger

 

 I have a Mathersons horse remedy bottle . It is definitely a pontil bottle . I am wondering if you could give me some history and possibly a value. Lloyd Hammond

Lloyd, Your bottle is one of those I have long been trying to track down without success.  The bottle is scarce to rare but not extremely rare.  Value estimate would be $250 plus or minus.  

Hi! I have a 15.5 inch tall, purple glass bottle with a metallic silver label on it that looks old & reads "Rossini hand made genuine Empoli glass Italy". Can you tell me what, if anything, it might be worth? Thank you! 

The working of glass, an art craft tradition that dates back centuries, is still one of the most important activities in Empoli in the Tuscany area of Italy. They are known for , white, colored, crystal and the traditional Empoli green.  They are still in business and making products. Check the above link for more information.   I'd guess from other articles I have seen your item might sell for $30-40.  Digger.

Good day I have a few old bottles that I had acquired. I would like to know about two that I have they are brown javex bottles with Javex printed in the top of the bottle. The caps are still on them how ever the caps are rusted and almost off. Could you tell me something about them and their value.

Your bottles are bleach bottles.  I have covered this question before in other months.  You can learn more by reading those responses.  The bottles have very little value.  Maybe $1-2 if you can find a buyer.  Digger

WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THIS BOTTLE? IT MEASURES 6 & 3/4" AND HAS SOME CHIPPING AROUND WHERE THE CAP WOULD HAVE BEEN. OTHERWISE IT HAS NO DAMAGE. WHAT WOULD IT'S CONTENTS HAVE BEEN AND HOW OLD DO YOU THINK IT IS AND DOES IT HAVE ANY VALUE. I'VE KNOWN OF YOUR SITE FOR SOME TIME BUT YOU SEEM TO GET SO MANY LETTERS THAT I HESITATED TO BOTHER YOU. I'VE TRIED LOOKING AT THE BOTTLE COLLECTORS SITES BUT ALL OF THEIR VIOLIN SHAPED BOTTLES LOOK LIKE THE COMMON KIND (LACKING THE DETAIL OF THIS ONE) AND NONE DISCUSS WHAT WAS ONCE IN SUCH A BOTTLE OR VALUES. I ADMIT THAT, LIKE EVERYONE, I WANT TO THINK I'VE FOUND SOMETHING SPECIAL BUT REALIZE JUST BECAUSE I HAVEN'T SEEN MORE DOESN'T MEAN THERE AREN'T THOUSANDS MORE LIKE IT. EVEN IF IT'S NOT ANYTHING IT GIVES ME A LOT OF PLEASURE JUST LOOKING AT IT. BUT STILL...IF YOU CHARGE FOR YOUR INFORMATION PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO DOCUMENT WHAT OTHER'S ONLY SEE AS TRASH. The Violin is amber in color and is embossed around the upper edge of the body "Pat. Apld For". I hope this time I've done it right. SINCERELY, JEFF PERRIN

Jeff, your picture did not come through so I am at a bit of a loss to tell you much.  Violin bottles have become rather collectible these days and there is even a book out on the subject.  Unfortunately I do not have copy. Many violins were made by the Clevenger Bros. glass although none of these had the patent applied for mark.  The newer ones have a screw top and are less valuable.  I need a better description including the height and mouth type. Digger

Dear Digger: This past summer while diving near my home in the 1000 Islands area of the St. Lawrence River I found a blob top round aqua colored round bottom bottle. The bottle is 9" high (23 cm.). The bottom is round (convex) so it won't stand up. The mold seam does not extend up through the blob top. Any of these bottles that I have found before have been smooth. This bottle has embossed lettering on it along the lower section of the side and also on the rounded area of the bottom. On the bottom is DUBLIN & BELFAST. At the very bottom of the side is CANTRELL with COCHRANE on the opposite side. Above that is SEE THAT EACH CORK IS BRANDED. I would be interested to know anything you can tell me about this particular bottle such as history, use, manufacturer, age , rarity, value, etc. Thank you for your efforts and input. John

John, You would not believe how many people have written me to ask about your bottle.  I have posted numerous responses including at least one advertisement for the company in other months.  You will find more information about your round bottom soda.  They are common and sell for $15-20.  Use the search feature on this site to learn more.  Digger.

Update Sept. 2001 from a reader

Hi, In reference to your numerous replies about Cantrell & Cochrane mineral water bottles. I've been in touch with Cantrell & cochrane (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

Could you tell me anything about a Heather Blossom BHR Whiskey Rhode Island Bottle

No, Maybe a reader will know.  Digger

Hello, I found your web site and I was wondering if you could help me. My Great-Great-Great Grandfather was named David W. Herman. He was a medicine show man after the civil war, that is how is he made money to move his family west. My Grandmother said he had his own bottles with his name on them have you ever seen one? I very much appreciate any help you can give me. I know he had a Punch and Judy puppet show to bring in the crowd. A distant cousin of mine has the puppets, but no bottles. Thanks.

I could find few references to the Herman name as a patent medicine manufacturer.  I did locate one bottle known to be embossed Dr. Herman's Vegetable Catarrh Cure.  That bottle was produced in the later 1800s.  I was not able to discover where the bottle is from or any other reference to it. Digger

 

Digger, Just came across your web site and thought I'd throw a question at you. I just bought this bottle today because I thought it might be a 19thcentury Ohio-type ribbed bottle. It is amber in color, has a lot of bubbles in the glass, a swirled high neck that is a bit lopsided and uneven outwardly turned lip. The pontil mark is a bit rough, but had also been sanded a little. I'm really skeptical about this bottle. How can I tell if its a real one? Ps Sorry to forget a few things, the height of the bottle is 9 1/2" and is approx. 5" at widest point, the flared lip is 2 1/4" wide. The bottle is hand blown and is in perfect condition, no cracks or chips thanks, Seth

Seth, your bottle look to me like a reproduction,  possibly Mexican. The form and style are not right for an Ohio swirl but it could fool a few people. 

Update from a Reader 1/21/02

Digger:  In your January, 2001 questions a reader named Seth asked about a bottle he had purchased.  In your response, speculated that his bottle was possibly Mexican in origin.  I think you were right on target with that guess.  I have a set of 12 glasses that could be part of a matched set with Seth's bottle (which to me looks like a decanter).  My glasses are the same color and have the same twisting swirl pattern as Seth's bottle.  My glasses were purchased by my parents in Guadalajara, Mexico during a trip they took there in the 1950's.  My glasses also have a pontil mark on the bottom of each one and they were clearly hand-blown - each one having its own unique irregularities in shape.  They are very attractive and distinctive glasses. If you could put me in touch with Seth, I might even want to buy Seth's "decanter" to complete the "set".  TKA

Hey Digger, My mom gave me a bottle several years ago and I can't identify it! It looks like a perfume bottle with a stopper. All done in glass with silver overlay. The word Topeka is done in the silver overlay across the front. The bottle is approx 4" in ht and is round with thinner and flared neck. I can't find any marks on it. Thank you for any help you can give me. Kimberly Trufant

Kim I was not able to find any thing about your bottle, but it sounds like a nice one. Perfumes decorated with silver overlay are common and so is the from itself.  The name makes yours a bit more unusual.  I'd estimate a value of $100+  Digger.

Dear Digger, I have two Mennen skin bracer cologne hand bottles. Are they collectable? Thanks, Cathy K.

Cathy, I don't think so.  Maybe in a few years.  Digger

Hello. My name is Deena. I live in New Jersey. I found a clear glass bottle about 5 inches tall with no label, but it has raised print on it that says "Marion Kay" in script. Any idea what it is??? Thank you.

I found a listing for a "Marion Kay Cocoanut Imitation Flavor Bottle" Described as 6 1/2" high, paper label. Raised named lettering on the back. "House of Flavors. Brownstown, Indiana." I'd guess yours was from the same company. The family operated business sells extracts and spices.  The founder, Marion “Bill” Summers, started the business in 1922, in St. Louis, Missouri.  In 1949, Marion-Kay moved operations to Brownstown, Indiana where they are still in business..    Digger

Digger, I have a bottle that I purchased in an antique store near my home in South West GA. I have searched for similar bottles and have come up short. The closest I found was a seltzer bottle on ebay with the same name and place as mine. The bottle is eight inches tall, shaped like a ten pin. It has a flat bottom that sinks in some. No writing on the bottom. Raised letters on the side read as follows: CARL H. SCHULTZ C-P (Monogrammed Bee Hive) M-S PAT. MAY 1868 NEW YORK The lip is blob topped and there are two seams, one on each side starting at the bottom of the lip (BIM). The bottle is in near mint condition. It has two very small chips on the bottom. The color is greenish clear. I would appreciate any information on the bottle and how much it may be worth if any. I have enclosed a picture and word document if you can open it.

I found a listing for your bottle in the book called "More Pop" unfortunately no other information other than a picture and listing was offered. Several things make this a nice soda.  First the embossed date and picture add to the value as does the ten pin shape.  I'd say unless it is more common than I would expect, it ought to be worth $75-100  Digger

Dear John, I notice my description  as it appeared in the jan 2001 "ask
digger questions" was somehow cut in half in your column so would like to try again. I have an amber Bloch Bros Gold Thimble Scotch Whiskey bottle with a ship in it. It says E B & Co Ld 1736 on the bottom. It is triangular. It has bubbles in the glass. the ship is 15 mast and rather simple. The length from bottom to top of bottle is about 8" and each
triangular part is 4 1/2 inches high. It has a lip that is covered with
red. It came from my grandfather's house. (born in 1880's) but no idea how long or for that matter how recently he might have acquired it. I wonder if this is the same as Black Brothers. I did see a Bloch distillery listed in the Glasgow records. Do you know about Gold Thiimble scotch or this bottle?

I found a reference to another bottle with the EB & Co. embossed on the base.  That bottle dates to about 1905 so I would expect yours could be that old as well.  The company might well have been located in London but I was not able to confirm that theory. I'd be guessing but I'd expect your bottle to be worth in the $40-60 range.  I was not able to find out about Gold Thimble Scotch.  Digger

Please help me find the value of my bottle. my bottle is clear and it is 11.5inches tall on the front it has a crown looking thing on it which has 4 symbols with dates under it, and under the symbols it says in small lettering puryetors to the imperial Russian court 1886-1917 then it has a fancy signature that says Ste Pierre Smirnoff Fls and that's all that's in the crown under the crown it says Ste PIERRE SMIRNOFF Fls under that it says four fifths quart and that's all on the front except a weird little bump towards bottom on the back it says in bold 1818 and on the very bottom it says R-105 then 101 then a circle with a one in it then a 68 then 10047-L 18AA that's all i hope you can find out how much it is THANKS

I doubt that your bottle has much value.  Similar dispenser bottles measuring about 21" tall with a plastic dispenser, with full labels are selling for about $10-15.  Digger

Hello i was wondering if you could tell me how much this is worth it is almost 6inches tall the bottle has a lip that looks like it holds a cork on the front it has in bold letters C E R T O and under that it says REC.U.S. PAT.OFF. on the back it has five arrows pointing down on a line about half way under the line there is one arrow pointing up then it has letters upside down which says FOR 1/2 BOTTLE POUR TO HERE then on the bottom it says MADE IN USA 3514 66 but above made there is the number 10 with a weird symbol then a s if you can find anything out please tell THANKS

Certo is fruit pectin which is used to thicken jams and jellies.  Robert Douglas, born 1859 and his brother Charles came to America and settled around Rochester, New York where they opened their business. Their father had a jam making business in Scone, Scotland where they learned the basics of the trade.  Douglas discovered fruit pectin,  which he extracted from apples to make his product.  Robert Douglas was president of the Certo Corp.  In 1919 the Douglas Pectin Co. of Fairport, New York, took over a steel plant in Cobourg, Ontario, and made it the first pectin plant in the British Empire to manufacture CERTO.  A 14 pp booklet described as "Certo (Surejell) Recipes for Making Perfect Jams, Jellies and Marmalades" printed in 1922 Rochester, NY: Pectin Sales Co., Inc. advertised Certo as "Mother Nature's Jell Maker." The booklet had  recipes for making jams and jellies in a hurry. Similar booklets can be found dating through the 1940s.  In 1929, General Foods emerged as a leader in the food industry as a result of a series of acquisitions by the Postum Corporation (Post Cereals), the business started by Charles William Post.  By the 1940s Certo was being advertised as the Certo Division of General Foods Corp. It was a huge seller and millions of the brown bottles like you describe still survive.  They have a value of $1-2.  Digger

 

I HAVE AN AQUA, JOHN ROOT BITTER, DATED 1834, NEW YORK, EMBOSSED EXCELLENT CONDITION DIGGER, NEED INFO. AND APPROX. VALUE ON A " JOHN ROOTS BITTERS", TEAL GREEN, DATED 1834, BUFFALO, NEW YORK. (ALL EMBOSSED) SMALL HAIRLINE SCRATCH 5'' LONG ON BACK SIDE, REST OF BOTTLE IN MINT CONDITION. 

Original Labels on Bitters Are Extremely Rare

John Root appears in the  business directories in Buffalo, New York as a grocer about 1859.  He is first identified as the manufacturer of the John Roots Bitters in 1866. The product was still being advertised in 1916. It was a sure cure for fever, ague, small pox, jaundice, liver and kidney complaints amongst other ailments.  Yours is not the earliest of the three variants nor the most valuable, but it is a good bottle.  It is known in a wide variety of colors including, clear, aqua, teal, amber and amethyst.  The aqua bottles without the Buffalo embossing are thought to be the oldest.  Your bottle in teal and in mint condition sells for $1200-$1600.  Digger.

 

I have a bottle from 3 in one oil company. It is about 4 inches tall,1.5 inches wide and about 3/4 of an inch thick. It appears to be bimal (blown in mold applied lip). On the bottom it has an S 28. in raised letters. On one side it says 3 IN ONE OIL CO. and on the other side it says "THREE IN ONE". Can you help me at all with dating, and if there is any value I can tell you what I know about the condition. I found the bottle in Iowa if that makes any difference. Thank you for your time. Kurt Duis Duis Construction

Kurt, About once a month I get someone asking about the Three in One Oil bottles.  Check in past months using the search feature for more information on this common 1890s bottle.  Value $1-2.  Digger

 Digger, Thank you in advance for your help. I found a bottle while digging in the yard. It is clear glass and 7.5 inches in height, 4 inches in width, and about 1.5 inches deep. It is shaped almost like a flask with spider webs, spiders, and flies embossed on it all around except for a place on the front for a paper label, which is missing. The bottom only has the # 2 on it. There are no other markings on it. The screw-on lid is missing. Side seams run from bottom to top of lip. I don't imagine the bottle to be very old. But I am curious as to what it mighty have contained and it's worth. Thank you, Ashli.

Sounds like a whiskey to me.  Seagram's made an amber bottle with spider webs on both sides about 1932.  Another amber whiskey circa 1916 from Frankfort Distillery embossed, GEO.T.STAGG CO. DISTILLERY # 113 Dist.of KY has a spider and web on the bottle. The value of the amber bottles is about $8-15.  I'd guess yours to be about the same age and value.  Digger.

My wife's grandfather has owned a small store for the past 60 years. He had this bottle sitting on the shelf and recently gave it to me. Can you tell me some history of the bottle and it's approx. value? Thanks. Steve Heath Bunker Hill, WV 

Steve, I have covered the history of this company several times in past  Questions.  Use the search feature to look for 'Caldwell'.  Your bottles dates 1930-40.  It is probably rarer than the older ones. Value I'd guess at $8-15.

Hi, I have a bottle that I found in our home when I was a little girl. Our home back then was built during WWII. The bottle I found is a Bromo-Seltzer bottle that is almost 3 inches tall from the top of the lid to the bottom. Its almost 3 inches in diameter with a screw on lid. The color is dark blue still has the label attached. The label is very readable and the condition is good. The top of the label reads War Package Tin for tubes not obtainable due to war. Dose one teaspoonful Emerson's and then it continues with the rest of the instructions. My question to you is, is this bottle worth anything? I'm sorry I don't have a picture at this time. If this bottle is worth something how much? I know you have a lot of people to answer, but I would greatly appreciate it if you could send us an email. Thank you for taking the time to read this and answer. Yours sincerely, The Alexander's

I cannot reply personally by email due to the volume of questions I get.  Your bottle is very common and I get a Bromo question frequently.  It has a value in the range of $5-10 because of the label.  The bottles are loved because of the dark blue color and have been found by the thousands in turn of the century dumps. You can find out more about the company by checking other months.   Digger

A few years ago I purchased a Prince Albert tobacco jar. I have never seen a glass Prince Albert jar before or since. It is made of Duraglas. I am very curious of the age. It has numbers on the bottom. They are an enlongated diamond with a circle in the middle. A 7 and the left a 6 on the right and a 9 on the bottom. Any way of telling the age? My guess is 1940's Thanks

I'd say your guess is probably as good as mine.   Duraglas was made after 1940. Beyond that I cannot pin point a date.  Digger

Hi, I am Bert Lane from N. Eastern NC. I have a question that I hope you can help me with. I found an old bottle in the river. It is abt 4.5" tall.... a very light aqua green in color.... it has the following going around the upper section of the bottle DAVIS 0 K BAKING POWDER The bottle has little bubbles in the glass as if it were blown.... yet there also are two mold lines on two sides of the bottle that run through the lip of the bottle.... I do not see a third mold line..... I am sure that I am being very vague about the description of the bottle.... I am not a collector and was just intrigued by the find... if you know anything about the bottle or could point me in the direction of some helpful information I would certainly appreciate it. Thanks so much, Bert Lane

Your bottle is not common and lists in one book for $20-25.  It was made by the R. S. Davis Company in the 1890-1930s for distribution in damp areas (other powders probably clumped).  Eventually R.J. Reynolds bought the brand about 1967.  

What can you tell me about a 20 fl oz "Dawson Vinegar" aqua colored with 12 sides on a smooth embossed round flat base. It has a crown top, but the seams do not extend into the top. I found it while digging out my driveway to pour concrete, in South East Georgia. Any info would help. Thanks Paul E. Chamberlin Jr. Training and Development Rep. Lockheed Martin Space Systems

Dawson Brothers were manufacturers of cider, vinegar, extracts and other goods in Memphis, TN from around 1909-1918.  One R.E. Dawson was manager and Derwood Dawson was president. It is not common.  Value is $3-4.   Digger.

Please help identify. The bottle is embossed with "Forni's Alpenkrauter Blutheleber", and what appears to be hanging tulips. On the other side it is embossed with PREPARED BY DR. PETER FAHRNEY 7 SONS CO., CHICAGO, ILL. U.S.A. On the bottom of the bottle it is embossed with PAT. APPLIED FOR 1. I am unable to locate any history and seem to have exhausted my search capabilities. 

From what I can tell from the German name embossed on your bottle  refers to herbs from the Alps for the Blood.  I have posted a number of entries about Fahrney and his products.  He sold them under both English and German names.  This was not at all uncommon around the turn of the century.  The descendents of the original Dr. Peter Fahrney who was born in 1767 and died in 1837 in Maryland.  It was there in Washington County that the family in 1896 organized the Fahrney Museum Association and preserved the original log cabin which had been his "medical shop." It was preserved at that time by a new roof and siding.  The Fahrney clan had patent medicine businesses in two locations.  The David Fahrney group was in Fredrick, MD and the Chicago clan operated the business from which your bottle originated.  The Chicago firm was most active about 1890-1910  Use the search feature on this site to learn more.  Digger

 

Please help. hi digger, i have found some old bottles in a riverbed in florida, one in TOPP COLA,1936, savanna ga.any value?? are they still made? thanks, Robin

You'll find information in the April 2000 questions about this company.  Digger

Hello- Can you tell me anything about this bottle- embossed on the bottom Wheaton NJ with a c in a circle above- The bottle measures 6" tall - has 4 mold lines that look like they stop half way up the bottle. Thanks Cindy Hughes

You have one of Wheaton's "decorative decanters" made in the mid 70's. There were eight designs in two sizes: large and medium. Each design was produced in four colors: blue green, ruby and topaz. The large decanter measures 9.5" tall by over 5" wide.   There is a 1" opening at the top. Yours is the smaller size. The decanter is a pine or Christmas tree with embossed branches.  Digger

 

I have a clear whiskey bottle that I would like information including value if possible. It is 7&5/8 inches tall with side seams running all the way to the top. It is embossed on both sides and front and back. On the front it is embossed with a log cabin and the words "old log cabin bourbon whiskey and a square that measures 3inches by 2&1/2inches that appears once had a label. On the back is a log cabin and tree and a square that measures 3&1/4 inches by 4 inches. This square contains the words bourbon whiskey. On both sides there is a tree that runs from the bottom of the bottle to the beginning of the neck. On the bottom there is either a six on nine and a triangle that contains what appears to be a "c". There is a scratch on the bottom and otherwise excellent shape. I have no top for the bottle. I have seen one other like it several years ago at a museum in Nebraska but was unable to inquire about in. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Danny

Danny, You might have a very interesting piece of history and then again, maybe not.  About 1927, Al Capone decided that so much liquor was flowing into the United states across the Canadian border at Detroit that he decide he wanted in on the action.  After some negotiations, he formed a partnership with the "Purple Gang" of Detroit. They took Canadian Club Whiskey labeled it "Old Log Cabin" Whiskey. "One of the people that Capone sold Old Log Cabin to was Bugs Moran. Bug Moran decided that he wasn't making enough money off his liquor sales and decided to buy from some hijackers who had an inferior product which Moran was actually selling at a high profit, but his distributors started complaining about the quality and when Moran called Capone and said that he wanted to start selling Old Log Cabin again, Capone said that he was sorry, that he had already sold Moran's consignment to somebody else. So Moran started hijacking the Purple Gang supplied trucks."  The dispute that followed eventually ended in Moran's death in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. (you can more on the Internet on the subject))

At one time some companies put up their whiskey in bottles insides of tins similar to coffee cans.  I found reference to a whiskey tin described as follows: "a federal tax stamp present. the bottle inside is to hold 16 fluid oz.8&1/4 in. tall and 4 in. wide. the tin has a rounded shape. On the front is a diamond with a log cabin . under that the words OLD LOG CABIN in black followed by the word (in red) Bourbon (then back to Black ) Whiskey. double copper distilled matured in charred Oak casks in heated warehouse houses 50% by Volume /100% proof (American standard} "Distillers Corporation Limited" distillery #6 Port #10d Montreal Canada. and Bottled in Bond under government supervision 16 fluid oz.... On the side are the words "Perfect protection package insures agents fraud the contents of this package are genuine."

Now I suppose it is possible that your bottle came in such a tin or that it was connected with the Capone operation.  The evidence certainly points in that direction.  However, I found a reference to a product called Old Log Cabin Whiskey and the date of 1979.  If I owned the bottle, I know the story I'd be telling.  Digger

 

Hello, Digger! As an avid bottle collector, I could not pass this oil & grease sample kit up. Each bottle has a paper label that identifies it as follows: COLUMBIA OIL & GREASE CO; CLEVELAND, OHIO. Under that, the content of each bottle is either typed or hand written. I'm assuming that is was a salesmans case from the turn of the century. With your obvious WEALTH of knowledge, could you give me an idea what it's worth? Each bottle still has at least a portion of its original content in it. The case itself is in fair condition, with only one of its latches still remaining. I am completely stumped! Any information would be greatly appreciated!!! This service your providing to the public is invaluable!! Keep up the fantastic work!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Eric

The Columbia Oil and Grease Co. of Cleveland was listed in the 1896-1897 Williams Ohio Directory.  They were among 100 such companies listed in Cleveland for that year as compounders and wholesalers. Value estimate would be $85-125 range.  Digger

Hello, My name is Monica Gatcomb, and I have a bottle that I dug up in an old jumkyard when I was little and I am trying to trace it down. I am not interested in selling it but curious what it is worth and history on it just for knowing. I say your E-Mail address on Antiquebottles.com and I am going to tell you what the bottle is like from the list that is one that page (this is my first time researching any of the bottles I have found over the years....) 1. The bottle is Embossed With the words "Dr. Haynes' Arabian Balsam, E. Morgan & Sons, Providence, RI 2. It is a clear bottle that measures approx. 3 1/2 " tall, 1 " Wide. 3. The bottle is a blown in mold, With an applied square band. 4. It has no closure, and has a smooth base with no embossing. 5. The bottle is in mint condition...there are no cracks..scuffs..anything. Lots of air bubbles..and the embossing is not worn at all. Thank you for your time. This is just a thing that I am curious about. I used to dig the bottles up for fun as a kid...and found this one while packing for a move. I am more curious on the history then the worth..love to hear about these things. Thank you again. Monica N. Gatcomb

Hayne's Arabian Balsam is one of the most common balsam bottles.  The name was trademarked in 1877 by J. Austin Rodgers.  The small size comes in at least four variants. one aqua, one clear, one ABM and one with 'Providence' misspelled.  A later variant is known as Miller's Hayne's Arabian Balsam.  It was for sale well into the 20th century.  It was advertised for piles, deafness, croup, diphtheria and rheumatism.  Your bottle is worth $3-4.  Digger

I have a bottle that is regular soda bottle shape painted green with images of locations in Chicago, ILL on it. The bottom is marked Duraglass Bottles G-137. The Bottle is marked ABCB Convention 1953 Chicago ILL. What can you tell me about this?

Over the years, the National Soft Drink Association originally founded in 1919 as the American Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages (ABCB), produce a  number of commemorative bottles including salt and pepper shakers and the soda like you have Most of these were produced by Owens of Illinois.  Your bottle was obviously made for the 1953 ABCB convention.  Other city conventions that had bottles were: San Francisco 1950, Wsh. D.C. in 1951, Atlantic City 1952, Chicago 1953, Wash. D.C. again in 1957 and Detroit in 1960. Yours sells for about $15-20.  The 1941 Phildelphia brings about $70.  I answered a similar question in April of 2000.  Digger

Hi, Hope you can help me. I am looking at purchasing a sarsaparilla bottle called "Quality Soda Works of Oakland". The actual bottle is a Codd type bottle with a marble stopper. Embossed on the back of the bottle is a star. Is this a genuine type of bottle? What year would it be from? Would it have come in a Codd bottle or did someone slap this label on an empty Codd Bottle? Anything you can tell me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Darren 

I assume from your description that the bottle has no embossing other than the star.  I would guess (without seeing it) that someone had put a label on the bottle.  This is more common than you might think.  Signs to look for would be stain on the bottle indicating it was dug. while it could be genuine, I would be suspect and not pay much for the item.  You can find out lots more about codd bottles in other months of Questions .  Digger

Good-evening, Are you able to help me with the history of a black glass bottle I have had for about 50yrs? It is a I think, a brandy promotional piece from the early 1950s.In the shape of a knight with gold lion, sword,etc it is a decanter-bottle from Castagnon Nagaro France.The notion'' Federal law forbids etc....''would indicate the U.S.a market objective. The capacity is only about a pint or so & it stands about 12 inches. I have always liked the piece & if the same company produced other models I would be keen to collect them. Thank you for any help you may be able to give me,Regards, Rayo

I could not find anything.  Obviously with the "Federal Law..." the bottle was made between 1932-1964.  Digger.

Dear sir, I have a bottle that comes from the Garnier liqueurs company, its actually 4 bottles stacked one on top of each other, each bottle has its own liqueur in it. each bottle is labeled as following liqueur d'or, cream de cacao, triple sec and creme de menthe. there is another sticker on it that reads Julius wile sole agents for the u.s. the bottles are molded glass with a gold colored metal arch holding them together, each bottle has its own spout to pour out of, and the caps are gold with the company name printed on them. two questions why is so hard to find info on these bottles, and how much would this be worth ? the liqueur is still in 3 out of the 4 bottles thank you for your response ray fowler

Ray, See the comments below.  Finding out about foreign bottles. Gardnier is a well known brand of French liqueurs.  The Gardnier has produced many modern collectible liquor bottles.  Your bottle is probably similar to the one pictured below.

I have a strange bottle that has 4 separate "bladders" in it with 4 separate stoppers on top of it. The bottles only marking is "MADE IN FRANCE" on the bottom. It's about 12" high and looks to be hand blown. Any ideas what it was used for and the value? Thanks Dennis

Dennis your bottle is relatively new, having been made within the last forty years.  It contain various liqueurs. It might well have been produced by the Gardnier company of France.  It looks handblown and it may be, but the plastic stoppers suggest a much newer origin.  I can remember such a bottle in my house as a kid.  It had a very small label on the shoulder.  The idea of putting several bottles together into one is an old one.  The early "gemel" bottles were probably the inspiration for this piece. I say the value to be in the $10-15 range.

Dear Digger, Just found your site. Have found a bottle in the shape of a Greek maiden. It was filled with Metaxa brandy five star. It was made in Cunardo Italy by Coronetti. It is hand painted in blues and grays and white. It has to be the most beautiful bottle I have ever seen. Could you give me any information on it Thanks.

You can learn more about the contents at Metaxa.  The brandy, which comes in 3 star, 5 star and 7 star ratings is put up by many different bottlers.  this has resulted in a wide variety of containers.  I found a half dozen on the web.  Most of the bottles were priced full in the $18-30 range.  Digger

Raymond Weir My father-in-law has several seltzer (soda fountain) bottles. They have embossed letters - and I think the name is Goldberger. It may be a local business (New York). Some are clear glass and some are green. I am trying to find information about them. Could you help me or direct me? Thanks.

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I recently purchased three old seltzer bottles off of ebay. My question is, how do they work? I know nothing about bottles, just was attracted to their odd coloring and beautiful lines. They each hold 26 oz, and seem to have come from Brooklyn. They have their original machinations, but I am looking to find out how, or IF, I can make them work again. Can you help me at all? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siphon bottles have a long history dating to the early 1800s. Early bottles were mostly European until American manufacturers got in on the action in the 1870s.   Hundreds of patents for different bottles, fillers, and heads were filed with the U.S. Patent Office between 1870 and 1940.  

Siphons work by means of pressure but not from the carbonated water they hold. The bottles were filled with water holding as much carbonation as possible.  They were then inverted and put on a filler.  The filler was a contraption which forced up to 200 lb pressure of gas in the form of carbon dioxide into the bottle through the head up the glass tube.  When righted, the gas exerted pressure on the surface of the water. When the lever was depressed it forced the liquid up the glass tube and out the nozzle.  Unless you have a filler, you are out of luck.  Modern seltzers use a CO2 cartridge to pressurize the bottle.

The colored bottles are mostly imported but American ones are known in blues and greens.  Other colors are rare.  Many seltzer bottles were imported from Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungry, Austria, and France between 1850-1940.  Many of those made in the 1880-1910 period were acid etched with company names.  In the 1930s the applied colored labels were more commonly used to identify the company.  Typically the later ones with applied labels sell for $20-40 depending upon bottle color, the name and condition.  Recognizable names like Coca Cola sell better.  Earlier ones with etched labels might bring $30-70+.  Unusually shaped or colored ones bring a premium.  Digger

I am at I have what appears to be a very old Tullamore Dew whiskey bottle. My bottle does not match the descriptions of the many bottles posted on the internet. The bottle has a milky color base and a green colored top part. The bottle also has a cork. The top part resembles a upright tea kettle (the bottle has a arm.) A picture of two animals appear on the front and a circular flowery design appears on the back with the inscription, This jar contains UISGE BAUGH blended Irish whiskey shipped and bottled by Tullamore Dew Company, Dublin Ireland. Also, on front of the bottle it states the liquor was 86 percent proof. The size of the bottle is 4/5 quarts.

I cannot say how old your bottle is except to guess given that it says 4/5 quart that it is fairly modern and probably made in this century.  I'd need a picture to give a decent estimate.  Digger.  Maybe a reader will help.

 

 I would sincerely appreciate any information you can provide about the origin, era, and value of a bottle I came across. The bottle itself is brown with a raise rose pattern front and back. I believe the top is corked but can't tell for sure because it is still wrapped tightly in a paper of some sort. The liquid is still in it. The neck of the bottle is tied with a cloth on which a Scottie dog hangs. The bottom of the bottle is marked 6,6,7 with intersecting circles. I have attached a photo of it. Thank you, Todd S.

The bottle appears to be a 1920-30 era piece, possibly a Four Roses bottle.  I am undecided if the wrapping is original or something that was added later.  The Scottie could be a symbol for Scotch?  Nonetheless it is interesting.  I would expect if the paper was original that it would have some printing on it.  It was not uncommon for kids and adults to decorate bottles as a craft or hobby.  I suppose you could use a hypodermic needle to extract a sample of the liquid to decide if it contained booze.  I can say the bottle itself is not especially valuable, but as a piece of folk art, it has some appeal.  I would think it should be worth $10-20.  Digger

HI, DAN HERE. I RECENTLY CAME ACROSS A BOTTLE THAT I THINK WAS MADE IN 1847. ON THE BOTTLE IT HAS MISSOURI IMPRINTED ON IT. ON THE BOTTOM IT HAS MISSOURI SODA, ST. LOUIS, MO. , CAP AND 10 OZS. ON THE SIDE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE IT HAS 1847. THE BOTTLE IS BENT AT ABOUT A 15 DEGREE ANGLE AND IT IS TINTED LIGHT BLUE. CAN YOU GIVE ME ANY INFORMATION ON IT. I HAVE ENCLOSED SOME PICTURES OF THE BOTTLE.

Dan, I can say with certainty that your bottle was not made in 1847.  1920-1940 would be a better guess.  First the mouth of the bottle has a crown top (1892 at the earliest).  Second, the shape of the soda bottle is consistent with those being produced in the late 1920s and 30s. Judging from the other pictures, I would say the bottle had been in a fire and melted.  Hence the bend neck.  Value would be $5-10 at most.  Digger

 

Dear Digger, we have a bottle that we have been trying to look up in books and on the internet and have been unsuccessful in finding anything. This is the description: It has an open Pontil bottom it stands 4 inches long and appr 1 inch 7/8" wide, on the front it says" Pratt & Butcher magic oil, Brooklyn N.Y. it is light aqua blue in the light , there are rolled scars on the neck, any information would be helpful Thanks, Mike & Dina

Your bottle is scarce, but not rare.  It was advertised in New York papers in 1858-1859.  The company of Pratt & Butcher was located at 100 Middagh in Brooklyn, NY.   Value is $50-60.  Digger

I inherited my grandmothers collection of Wheaton bottles. I believe it is the entire collection of large Presidential bottles and the mini version also. There are several for the Apollo Space missions along with various others (religious, etc) that Wheaton Glass of Millville, NJ produced as Commemorative bottles. Is there anywhere to find the current value and to sell these? I have considered Ebay, but not sure of the true value of these as individual pieces or an entire collection. 

I have written on these bottles frequently in other months.  Value is a funny thing.  Your bottles are limited edition modern collectibles.  These items were made as collectibles.  The scarcity of them was totally determined by the Wheaton Company and their decision on how many to produce. A decision based on how many they probably thought they could sell.  The hook for the buyer is always that these things will go up in value over time.  While that might be true, it may not be within your lifetime.  The value of such items depends entirely on the public's fancy. In many cases you can presently buy these collectibles at yard sales or on Ebay for less than the original purchase cost. Given the huge numbers that were produced it will be a long time in my opinion before these have any great value.  Your best estimate of what they are worth is to do search on Ebay and see what they are selling for, if they are selling at all.

While cleaning out an old smoke house on my husband's parent's farm, we discovered several boxes of old milk bottles. Most are round quart bottles but there are also a couple of pint bottles. Some have the names of the dairy embossed on them. There are two Brinkley dairys "Whitson Dairy" and "J.A.MORDIC". There was also two from "Jersey Farm Dairy W.V. HOPPER & SON MEMPHIS, and one with "FLORIDA STORE BOTTLE" on one side, it has 3 cents embossed around the top, and the shape of the state with FLORIDA embossed on the other side of the bottle. It also has a large 3 cents embossed on the bottom and "Duraglas" along with the numbers 17, 1, and 4 around a small oval figure. Most of the bottles have Registered and Sealed 52 around the bottom edge except the pint bottle. It has Registered Sealed 1-11-14. The bottom of it has "ARK. DAIRY SUPPLY CO LITTLE ROCK ARK." and the letter "S" and the number "42". I would appreciate any information you can give me about these bottles. Sincerely, Betty Medford

Betty, there are so many milk bottles around that it would be impossible to even list them all.  Every state had hundreds even thousands.  I'd estimate the round embossed bottles to have a value of $5-15.  Yours being from the South might bring more, but I do not know the market.  Digger

 

I HAVE A SMALL BOTTLE THAT HAS WHAT LOOKS LIKE A DOG SITTING UP, THE BOTTLE HAS OUNCE MARKINGS ON IT, IT IS ABOUT 2 1/2 INCH TALL. THE DOG LOOKS LIKE A COLLIE. THE BOTTLE IS CLEAR GLASS. CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THIS BOTTLE HAD IN IT. 

Sounds like an extract or perfume bottle but I have not seen it before.  Maybe a reader will help. Digger

To whom it may concern, I am seeking someone who might have the knowledge of the age of a bottle I recently found. It is a rectangle shaped bottle approx. 4" x 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" (body) it is clear, no square corners (liked notched) and has raised test on it that reads: TARRANT & CO. DRUGGISTS NEW YORK. The top portion is broken so I am not sure what was at top. At any rate I am just curious as to its possible age? Thanks and I would appreciate any insight. Linda P. Young

James Tarrant began this drug company in 1834.  He was succeeded by John Tarrant who built it into a massive concern.  They specialized in imported druggist sundries, essential oils and pharmaceuticals.  Their most popular product which was heavily advertised was the "Effervescent Seltzer Aperient" a medicine for the bowels, a laxative.  They claimed it to be made with the same mineral content as the Seltzer Spring in Germany.  John A. Tarrant & Co. was located in New York City on both Greenwich and Warren Sts.  Your bottle is quite common and no much in demand by collectors because of its clumsy wide rectangular shape and the clear color of the glass.  Digger.

What can you tell me about this Four Roses bottle? Tammy

What can you tell me about this Four Roses bottle? Tammy

Not much, it is an interesting one.  The company produced many bottles with the decorative embossing.  I see your has a date which I am guessing is in the 1930s or before.  The bottle appears machine made to me. I'd estimate a value of $3-5.  Digger

I have an old "Golden Wedding" liquor bottle (carafe style). Is this desirable to collectors ? 

I am very familiar with a  "SCHENLEY'S GOLDEN WEDDING BOURBON" manufactured by  Jos. S. Finch & Co., Inc. Frankfort, KY. I have never seen a caraf style bottle from this company but only the familiar carnival glass ones which because of their color are popular. There is also an English ceramic bell shaped decanter that has the name "Bell's Golden Wedding" made commemorate the golden wedding of the Queen. This bottle sells for $40-60.  Digger

Hi, My father found a bottle and I have been trying to search it but am having no luck, if you would be so kind to tell me what to look for or where to look I would greatly appreciate it. It is clear in color, has a screw top with silver cap that use to have a cork liner in it the bottle is 6 1/2" tall and 3" wide and seems to be a flask type bottle. The words FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS SALE OR REUSE OF THIS BOTTLE on front along with the face of a man in a oval shape to the left of the face are factories with smoke coming out of stacks and to the right of the face is a house. The sides of the bottle have wheat shaped stalks(3) coming out of a leaf like shape at bottom on the bottom of the bottle the numbers read D9 55 some type of circle with points on sides 7 M845C around the bottom of bottle there are names written out that look like Harry Wilken Sr. and Harry Wilken Jr. starting from one side and goes around back to other side. If you have any info on this or site I can go to please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank-You Bonnie Kiss

I was not able to find out about your whiskey bottle Bonnie. From the "Federal law...", we know it was made between 1932 and 1964.  Digger

You write that Fahrney bottles are common but don't give a price. We have eight one missing a cap. They say: The reliable old-time preparation for home The other side reads: prepared by Dr Peter Fahrney & Sons Co. Chicago, Ill. U.S.A. On the bottom is Fahrney Chicago in the middle are the numbers 9 an O with a I inside it, then a 3 and under these numbers are the number 10. They are clear class. They are about a pint or more. I have an old Perex bottle half gallon. I also have a Clorox bottle in the quart size. They are both brown and made to have cork stoppers. Are they of any value? would you consider selling them for us? How does this work?

You comments about the Fahrney bottles suggest they are newer than the ones to which I have referred to in earlier month of questions..  I'd guess they might be $2-3 each. The others probably are worth less.  I do not sell bottles for other people. Digger

We have found a bottle here in Saint Paul Island Alaska that has E.R. DURKEE & CO NEW YORK in a circular pattern around a picture which seems to be an object with bubbles of some sort coming out of it. Along with TRADE MARK around that. On the bottom of the bottle there is bottle patented April 17 1877, it also includes a diamond shaped diagram with 31 on top L on the right corner, R on the bottom, and 16 on the left tip. If this seems at all interesting we would gladly send a picture. We were wondering if it may have a monetary value or if you can help us find the company that manufactured this bottle. Thank You for your time. Peter and Cindy BourdukofskyI

Cindy the Durkee bottle is some type of extract for cooking.  They are very common and difficult to sell even for $1-2.  I have some early aqua ones I have not been able to sell myself.  I think I addressed this question in earlier months.  Use the search feature to find those questions and answers.  Digger.

Hope you can help me. I have a bottle That's called Quick cure Injection It has a metal syringe built in to the top, I looked in all kinds of books but I can not find it any where, If you no of this bottle please let me know Thank you

I have not seen such an item but did find this interesting bottle offered in a Drug Catalog in 1888. I am not sure of the age of your bottle but it could be a good item.  Digger

Hi there, I'm looking for a "Ant Catcher" bottle. I found one once at the swap meat in Santa Barbara, but I have lost it. The "Ant Catcher was dark green translucent in color, maybe 5" or 6" in diameter. Any ideas, or input? Thanks Lesa Fleet, VA.

Lesa,  there is a common small green ant catcher bottle which is rounded on one side and flat on the other.  They can often be found at bottle shows for $10-20.  the cap had a small triangular hole in it for the ants to go in.  the bottle is embossed and the earlier ones are dated.  I have not seen a larger size like you refer to only the 2-3 inch variety.  Digger

I have a themos bottle. It is from American themos bottle co. ny. pat no 995'985 other pat no. 13093 march 15 1910. could you tell me the value of it. or where to research it. thank you.

I can't maybe a reader can help.  Digger

Could you please help me to solve a crossword clue? The clue is "wide-mouthed bottle stopper" It is a five-letter word and I have the following letters:- S_A_E Your help would be greatly appreciated as this is the only unsolved clue out of 142! Sylvia Guest Bournemouth England

I looked an looked and found nothing, sorry.  Digger

Dear Digger, I live in Berkeley County (near Charleston, S.C.), and I am lucky enough to have an old family trash dump that dates from about 1915. It covers about three acres, and I have been probing the ground with a screwdriver, and uncovering some old bottles. Most of them are screw-caps--I like them anyway! I find the general things like old whiskey bottles, sodas, pickles, etc. During a day-long search, I found an old, light green screw cap bottle that is embossed with ODELLS ( twice on each narrow side) and the number 814 on the bottom. It has a very small hole as you would find on an old baby oil bottle, or on a Vitalis bottle. I have looked everywhere I know to look, but can't seem to find out what it contained. I can identify almost all my other bottles, but this stumps me. Are there any books anywhere about NEWER old bottles? If you can help me with any information, I would appreciate it. We did not renew our aol, and I think tonight is our last night online with them, so I am sending my mailing address. I will send the bottle to you to have, if you can give me any information, since when I saw the ODELLS on the side, I immediately thought of " Digger Odell" when i dug it up! Thanks! Marilyn S. Smith Summerville, S.C.

Marilyn,  The bottle is a hair bottle.  I am aware of and have another bottle from this company which produced hair products.  They appear to have been in business sometime around World War I or after.  All of the bottles from this company I have seen or heard of have been machine made.

What are old selzer bottles worth? Frank

Frank, I just addressed old seltzer bottles last month. The value of them depends upon color, etching, or the painted label.  Odd colors bring the most money.  Clear and green shades of blue are fairly common..  Most sell between $20-50.

I have what I think is a whisky bottle. It looks like a fat man. His arm is raised, like he's saying "cheers"- that is the pouring spout. His head comes off, that's how you re-fill him. It was made in Japan. I think it's about 40 years old. Do you know where I might find out more about this? Thanks.

I can't help much on this one.  Digger

Hi, I have an unopened 40 year old bottle of  'King of Kings' rare old scotch whiskey. How would I get this valued? Serena

I found a seller on Ebay who advertises he buys such items.  You might check with him.  His Ebay name is "ccm.wine@btinternet.com".  Digger

Hi Digger, I recently bought what was called a "fruit canning jar" on e-bay. On the front it says, "Mason's patent, Nov 30th 1858. On the bottom is written Moore Bros (under that the # 2) then Clayton, NJ, Glass Company. I was born and raised in Clayton and my grandfather was a glassblower at the Clevenger Bros Glass factory. I know that the Moore Bros glass factory was in existence before Clevenger Bros. My question...How old is this bottle and what is it's value? Thanks, Susan

Your bottle is listed in the Red Book of Fruit Jars exactly like you describe except it has the number "21" instead of just "2". P. Wilson Moore and John M. Moore ran the glass business under that name (Moore Bros.) from 1864 to 1880.  After that date it was known as Moore Brothers & Co. and remained in business until World War I.  In 1912 they employed 600 workers.  Digger

Do you have any information on the value of an amber colored Clorox bottle and what year they were made?

I was upbraided by David concerning my attitude about Clorox bottles:  Here is his contribution: > Hi there Digger,
 I am a bottle collector, and have some of your books on "classic" antique
 bottles. I am also interested in the newer American bottles, even the
common ones. I know you have this elitist idea that "Nobody" collects clorox
 bottles, but you are just unaware of the slowly growing ground-swell of
 interest in them. (And just because they are not 100 years old, don't be
 snobby). Clorox bottles can all be dated (most of them to the individual
year  made, when the date codes are understood) between 1929 and 1962, when the  last glass ones were made. This is one of those "despised & degraded"
bottles that, a few years from now, people will be less likely to frown on, and
take more interest in. Check out one of the detailed bottle collecting pages about old Clorox bottles at www.clorox.com:

http://www.clorox.com/company/bottleguide/cork.html
Best regards,
 David
(Thanks David, Digger)

 

 tell me about this bottle eagle on one side , ladies photo on other side cameo style

Although the picture is of such poor quality I cannot make out any detail, I believe that the bottle you have is a GI-79.  The portrait is supposedly that of General Grant.  In the present condition with the heavy stain I'd estimate the bottle's value to be $80-100. Digger

I have recently found a wine bottle with seal. We find many that look like this with no seal so were hoping that maybe this one could give us a definite date, see the pictures. We actually find a lot of cool stuff, strange like mustard bottles that are embossed from the inside four sided but all wonky with a pontil mark on bottom so I imagine an old embossed bottle. If you ae interested I could send you pictures, also snout nose case gin bottles with pontil marks, and ships ink wells anyway I will send off the pics of the seal and bottle, thanks, Max.

Unfortunately Max I cannot open your pictures.  They are not of a file type I have software to open.  It is best to send JPG or GIF files to display on the Internet.  Digger

Hi, I have a clear 7" high bottle that has "Dr. Viertel's Blackroot Honey" made on the bottle with raised letters. I have looked for hours and can't find a thing on it. Any help at all would be great. Thank You

I could not find any listing for the medicine either.  Sorry.  Digger

 

I found this in my girl friends basement. supposedly it was a hospital during the civil war. I would like to know a little about this bottle and if it is rare and what its uses are. I know that Westminster is a local town here in Carroll county Maryland. but there's no sites that i can find that have any information. What you have is not Civil War period but a turn of the century slug plate whiskey.  These have become more popular for collectors lately and some from the Western and Southern states can bring big bucks.  They are usually not too common.  I'd guess yours to be worth $35-45 range, possibly more to a local collector. Digger

 

I have a"morland Abingdon" beer bottle transparent green in color with a marble in the top to control flow of beer can you date or give information.

I can't tell you anything except the bottle is almost certainly a soda bottle and not a beer.  You can find out about these bottles on this site by using the search feature and looking for "Codd."  Codd bottles had a marble stopper. Digger

 

I found a pint bottle that is approximately 8 inches tall and clear in color. On the front of the bottle in has imprinted in the glass, Gold Seal Liquors Chicago non refillable. On the bottom of the bottle it says Wine, with a date of 1877. All letters and numbers are imprinted on the bottle. The bottle is in excellent condition. What is the history and value of the bottle?

I was not able to locate any information on this company or this bottle.  I would guess a value of $10 for a such a bottle.  Digger

 

I'm looking for any information on an Old Quaker whiskey bottle. Any information would be appreciated.

See earlier months for information on this common brand.  Use the search feature to find the correct months.  Digger

Digger, Hi, I hope you can tell me a little about a bottle of mine, I couldn't find any relevant links on the net....thanks in advance! My name is Patrick Holland. I'm from Amhersburg, Ontario (near Detroit) and collected a number of old bottles while I was in England which I still have with me. However, I gave it up when I got back...but subsequently purchased an historical Lincoln flask bottle at a flea market in Monroe Mich... It's hard to describe it's color, but it is kind of a rosey amethyst with an embossed picture of Lincoln on one side and a log cabin with a fence in the front. The wording is "with malice toward none" on the Lincoln side and "with charity for all" on the log cabin side. The neck appears to have been rolled inward and one can see the thicker end, and feel it, on the inside of the neck. The shoulders and sides are ribbed and the base appears to have a dimple to one side, as thought the base were heated when the pontil was removed with a twist. This doesn't make sense to me since I don't believe one would have used a pontil for a flask but instead a blown in mold, but I can't think of any reason there would be a dimple on the bottom and it looks as though someone heated the bottom and twisted it on the base. The flask is fairly heavy. I'm not familiar with American flasks and bought this one simply because it looks so nice. I'd like to know more about it and wondered if you could add anything to what I have observed...date, for example, or where it was made. On the surface I thought it looked like about 1870 or so but I wondered about reproductions and then I thought no-one would go to so much trouble to make it look hand-worked...but what do I know? Can you help? Thanks Patrick

Patrick, Sorry to say your bottle is a commemorative bottle and not an early historical flask.  the lip was indeed made in a pseudo-old fashion (the neck was reheated and tooled to simulate an old finish. The bottle was probably made as a Civil War centennial souvenir in the 1960s.  They were made in green, amethyst and yellow amber.

 

NEED INFO ON A BOTTLE OF DUFFYS PURE MALT WHISKEY. FOUND IN OLD BASEMENT. STILL HAS LABELS ON FRONT AND BACK. HAS ROCHESTER N.Y ON LABEL. PAT. ON AUG 24 1886! 10" BROWN BOTTLE.

I have addressed this question in other month but here is a 1915 circa add showing the Duffy bottle with its complete wrapper. I have seen offered for sale a number of Duffy's with original labels but have never seen one like shown above with the outside wrapper in tact as well. The company was targeted early by the Food and Drug Administration because they advertised whiskey as exclusively a medical preparation and apparently were doing so long after the passage of the 1906 Food and Drug Act.  The bottle themselves are extremely common.  With a good label however they are more desireable and ought to sell for $15-25 depending upon the completeness of the label. Digger

pixMy mother found this bottle a couple of years ago and we have always wondered if it was worth anything. I tried to scan it, but it didn't work very well. I made a rubbing of it and I have attached an image of the rubbing. On one side of the bottle are the words, "Oxien, Tablet, Pills, The Giant Oxienco, Augusta Me, Sole Proprietor. On the opposite side is a figure holding something over its head and the words "Trade Mark" in the lower right corner. This is what I would call a small bottle. It is only about 2 1/2" tall. I would assume that the pills that it held were also very small. I guess you get plenty of e-mail like this. People wanting you to identify their bottles for them. I am not a collector, so you can understand why I would not want to purchase a book only to not find it listed. If you are familiar with this bottle, could you tell me anything about it? Is it worth anything? What kind of medicine did it hold? Where/When was it manufactured? Thanks for your time, Kirk Arthur Tuscumbia, Al.

Kirk, The picture at the left showing the box and the bottle to which you are referring should answer some of your questions.  I have always thought this was a great little medicine.  The company was in business about 1890 through the turn of the century.  As stated on the box, the pills (oval) were for the Liver and Bowels. The figure with the Ox head was probably inspired by the American Indian Medicine man. The value without the box and label is $10-15.

Per page 6 of your bottle books web page entitled "February questions," you say the company Keasbey and Mattis was located in Philadelphia around 1870. Please clarify the history of them for me. Henry Miller Keasbey was born in 1859, so 1870 would make him 11 years old. Am i confusing him with another Henry Keasbey? Was it a pre-existing family business in which Henry Miller Keasbey joined in the 1880's, in his twenties? The keasbeys were a prominent family in New Jersey in the area of Morristown. Then in 1880, Henry Miller Keasbey went west, supposedly a town called Pueblo. Apparently he came home to marry his old girlfriend Charlotte "Lottie" Lewis. Henry wanted to study medicine, and then asked an uncle about the drug business. I know these latter points of my last five sentences from Henry Miller Keasbey's handwritten diary from 1879. I bought this diary on the internet at a very good price!

You are confusing two Henry Keasbeys.  It was Henry G. Keasbey and Dr. Richard Mattison who began the firm in 1873 in Philadelphia.  About 1882 they moved to Ambler, PA.  Your diary is probably that of a son or cousin. Digger

it is a Betty Jane Nurser bottle. at the bottom front it says "It Tilts" pat.pending. And on the back it has oz. up to 8oz. it is clear and on bottom it says national baby products co. Denver Co. Just wondering if you could tell me a date and or worth of it. thanks Sheila

Sheila,  Your nurser design patent was for 1933.  It was advertised in the 1934, 1937, 1940 and 1947 Sears catalog. Value is $15-25.  Digger

I have an aqua blue hobnail decanter and have been unable to categorize this bottle or find any information on it. It is approximately 6-1/2" tall with mold marks from bottom to neck but the mold marks do not line up. The "stopper" does not have a cork and has an unusual mold mark running around the ball which is irregular. It is in very good condition (without chips) and also has an unusual mark on the bottom of the bottle, which is smooth. I have seen this bottle in a few books I have done research in and was only able to find out it was a hobnail decanter. I have not been able to date this bottle or even find an estimated value. I hope you can help me. Thank you for any help you can possibly give me and thank you for having such a "coooool" website. It was extremely interesting to see some of the older bottles and know there is a place where I can go to find information on any more bottles I might encounter in my travels. Thanks again. Josie

Josie, this is a little out of my area so I hesitate to make a guess.  I have seen hobnail pattern in blue dating from the turn of the century and some dating from only a few years ago.  Digger.

hi, I found a bottle at work the other day, about 30 feet under the ground. it was at the sewer plant for the city of Detroit. we are repairing parts of it and I found this bottle, it says Peoples beverages and on the bottom it says registered Detroit Mich. I have asked lots of people some over 80 years old no one has heard of this. I find a few every year but I can usually guess were and when they came from. thanks for your time. bob 

Bob, I once talked with a construction worker who told me of finding a bowling ball more than forty feet down.  The depth does not necessarily prove its age.  I can't say much without a description of the lip.  I am guessing it is a crown top and is clear and would have been made in the late 30s or 40s.  Digger.

Rare or unknown Never saw this brand? Sorry wrong name Hampden est 1868 Harvard Breweries' Willimansett, Mass.Permit #M.4 ? Brown Temperglas 5 2326 OB63

I doubt it is either rare or valuable.  Hampden-Harvard Breweries in Willimansett listed 1961-1962, same except Inc. 1957-1961, Hampden Brewing Co. 1933-1957.  Digger

Can you help guide me for information on a bottle I found under my house. The house was built in the 30's, we're remodeling and I found a tall amber bottle, like a Bud tall neck, no label, but it has a "Ball" stamp on the bottom. I found others with numbers and symbols. Thanks

Ball Bros. was making glass from 1887-1973.  Check the mold seam to see if goes over the lip.  The bottle is probably about the age of the house.  It has little value.  Digger

Hi Digger, I was digging out the crawl space of my house and found a root beer extract bottle. It reads, "HIRES IMPROVED ROOT BEER / MAKES FIVE GALLONS OF A DELICIOUS DRINK / MANUFACTURED BY THE CHARLES E HIRES CO / PHILADELPHIA, PA. U.S.A." The bottom of the bottle has the letter "C" with the number "17" immediately below it. Dimensions are: total height 4 9/16" width of large part of bottle 1 9/16" height of the lip 1/4" (included in height above) This lip is higher than the lip of the bottle shown at the bottom of your Hires root beer page. This lip looks most like the lip on the bottle in the top row all the way to the right on your "19th century bottle page" except that this lip in higher and doesn't protrude as much from the neck as the one in the picture. The height of the neck from the top of the large part of the bottle to the bottom of the lip is 13/16" (incl in the height above) The seam goes up the large part of the bottle, up the neck and stops at the bottom of the 1/4" lip. The bottle is square in shape but it actually has 8 sides as each corner is a side that is 1/4" in width. The bottom of the bottle is not flat. It has a square inset with sides that are 7/8" There is something on the surface which shines blue and green in the light. The blue and green looks like the inside of an abalone shell. Whatever the blue and green is, it keeps flaking off. 1. What is the blue and green stuff? If I scrub this bottle clean, all of the blue and green stuff will flake off. 2. What impact would that have on its value? It looks to be a clear bottle except for the blue and green stuff. 3. Would you be able to estimate the age of the bottle? 4. What is the approximate value of the bottle? What about with a 1 inch crack running lengthwise on the large part of the bottle? 5. Do you know anything interesting about the history of this bottle. Any help that you could give me would be appreciated. Jerry P.S. Have you ever found hollow bamboo in or around a privy? I found a length of bamboo buried in the area where I found this bottle.

Jerry, there is a nice article on my site about your bottle.  The bottle is very very common and sells for $1-2.  You can also use the search feature.  Many others have inquired about this bottle as well.  Digger.

 

Do you have any knowledge of a patent medicine distributed by Etta Branch some time during the late 1800s to early 1900s, possibly in the area of Fort Wayne, Indiana ? Thank you

I found no reference in any of my sources.  Do you have a name of the medicine? Digger

I found several bottles of Guinness on an island in the Canadian Arctic. They are made by United Glass Ltd, England, and are brown, embossed (in raised glass) with an illustration of a ship sailing from Ireland, to North America. It has a lead sealed cap and is also embossed with "1759 - 1959 Special Bottle Drop (Atlantic Ocean) to celebrate and commemorate GUINNESS BICENTENARY 1959". Inside each is a special label and a certificate for a free case of Guinness. I would appreciate any more information you could provide me with (where they were deployed, how many were dropped, rarity, collectors value, etc.) Thanks in advance. Great web site! Dave

Dave, Check out the Feb. 2000 questions and read the story of another man who found a similar bottle. Here's a link that tells the story: Apparently A.W. Fawcett, the Managing Director of Guinness Exports Ltd was a bit of P.T. Barnum promoter who devised a number of appealing advertising campaigns.  Bottle drops were among his inventions.  The first drop of 50,000 bottles was in 1954.  In 1959, 150,000 bottles were dropped from a ship in the Atlantic Ocean to make their way to the North American shoreline.  Digger

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