October 2000 Questions

Digger Odell Publications 2000

It is green glass. If I sent a picture would that help? I sure would like to know what it is. Denny 

Denny, You've got me on this one.  Obviously the object was attached by the straps and was used to dispense liquid of some kind.  Maybe a reader will know.  Digger

 

I was wondering if this is the correct place to inquire about a bottle I dug. I would like to know what this bottle's contents were used for. The bottle is 4 & 1/4" tall and is aqua in color. It is embossed with: ANDERSON"S DERMADOR. Any help on this would be appreciated. Thank you, Tom Gillette in IL

Tom, Professor Homer Anderson was a professor of chemistry and mathematics at Clinton Liberal Institute iin Clinton, NY.  About 1850 he introduced the 'Dermadore' which was an external remedy for for wounds, cuts, bruises, sores, inflammations and similar complaints.  The earliest bottles were round.  Later is was put up in oval bottles in fifty and twenty-five cent sizes.  Many variants exist. The brand was eventually purchased by David Ransom, who owned other well-known brands such as Trask's Magnetic Ointment. Digger

Bogardus Target Ball. Value?
 

My picture lacks color is the very thing than determines the value.  In the more common diamond pattern, amber colors like your and the ball at the far left sell for $200-300.  In cobalt, the same ball sells for  $800+.  The bead pattern ball at the right is rarer. Digger

Hi, I have a bottle that I have no idea what it's worth is if any. It is green. On the bottom it is stamped "Wheaton, NJ" and also "Nuline, NJ." On one side it has a flower imprint, on the other side it is stamped "Glassboro 1850." Please help me if you can. Thank you.

Your bottle has a value of under $5-8.  You'll find it listed under the article on reproductions on this site.  Go to Digger's HomePage to check it out. Digger

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Hello, I have a Seagrams bottle titled "Seagrams Kings Plate Whisky" bottled in 1939 and still in the prohibition brown paper wrapping, seal unbroken. All I have been able to find out is that it is a commemmorative edition for the running of the Kings Plate in 1939, no idea of value etc. Can you guide me on where I can find out more on this bottle. Thanks Karin

Karin, Ebay would be the place to see a similar item.  In such mint condition it certainly has some value.  I think in the future, with the availability of many items like yours that collector's interests will eventually increase prices.  I not sure about what you mean by the prohibition brown paper wrapping since prohibition ended before your whisky was bottled.  Digger.

I have a milk glass lid to a fruit jar embossed NEW YORK CONSOLIDATED FRUIT JAR COMPANY and 25 on the back. Can you tell me what it might be worth?

I suspect what you have is the glass insert for a zinc screw top.  It was used on the Mason Patent 1858.  Many of which are marked with a CFJ monogram.  It has little or no value.  Digger.

Aloha, I have found 4 bottles embossed Lamplonugh's Effervescing Pyretic Saline. The bottles are about 6" x 2 1/2" x 1 1/2". The each still had the glass top and cork insert. It has the numbers 153 on the bottom and the top is applied. Can you tell me anything? Also, a while back you answered my questions about the B. Dentons healing balsam. I have found about 50 of them now from the same digging area! Most of them full! Mahalo Bob

Bob,  The Lamplonugh's Effervescing Pyretic Saline was I am almost certain, an English product. The style and lip are clearly no an American style.   I know that the E. Fogera Company of New York City, that specialized in imported English and other foreign medical products, was the primary distributor of the Saline in this country.  The word "Pyretic" means fever reducer.  I found listings for as late as 1916 although your bottles look slightly earlier. Digger

 

DIGGER: I RECENTLY PURCHASED AN EMBOSSED MILK BOTTLE WITH SOME LITE STAINING ON THE INSIDE. IS THERE A PRODUCT I CAN BUY TO ELIMINATE THE STAIN? THANKS, DAN

There was at one time a product that would help some, but I have not seen it for sale for many years.  Tumbling is the only real solution.  I sell a set of plans for building your own machine. Digger.

Dear Digger, thank you for your devotion to a bunch of nuts out here! I recently bought an amber 8,1/4" tall bottle with a longish crude neck, glop type top (like a whiskey), seams running up to within 3/4 " of the top. The neck of the bottle runs down into rounded shoulders and into 4 slightly indented side (like a bitters) that make the bottom of the bottle a slightly tapered square about 3" square on the bottom. The base is not hinge mold but there is a round impression ( not a pontil). The embossing is Mond'or in a semicircle, above Russian Tonic the below that skoo-kum! All In Capitol letters. It's a fantastic find, I believe, needs cleaning but in great shape beyond that. Skoo-kum I have found out in native American (chinook) means powerful! Tonic is related to bitters so I am wondering if I have found an Indian type bitters. Mond'or, I have found on the Internet is French. Never-the-less, this is one I have never seen, have you heard of a skoo-kum bottle beyond this one, do you think it's a bitters and do you have any idea of any history of a Mond'or company or Russian Tonic Company? It has many bubbles and looks to be around 1880's or so. Thank you so much for any info you may have!!! Blessings, Lianne PEtersen

Your bottle does sound like a great find.  I was not able to locate any information about it.  Obviously it must be rare.  The only other bottle I can think of which has the word "Skookum" is "Skookum Root Hair Grower."  I could not establish a connection between that company and your bottle. Bitters collectors would not consider your bottle to be a bitters.  There are thousands of products which used the word "Tonic." Digger

Is there any information concerning an embossed 1858 Mason Jar with PATENT spelled PATETN? crichter

I did not find the error jar listed in the 40+ number of embossing errors listed in the Red Book #7 of Fruit Jars.  I can tell you that of the 30 or so quart 1858 Mason's in aqua with errors only one sold for more than $30.  Most were priced in the $20 range.  Digger

My neighbor found a bunch of old bottles while digging a well in Darrington WA. The settlers of that area are from the Carolinas. Most of the bottles are made by machine but I couldn't find anything about the numbers on the bottoms. Ex 1-Clear bottle one pint says across top Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle. Has a DI bottle of front and laurel leaves around the whole thing at bottom. # 56-41 on Bottom and ^ going up and down with a o turned sideways inside the ^. Ex 2-Amble one pint no screw top and a A in a circle. also, on bottom 3-d-2 12 42 and a #5 Just curious about what they are. I'm assuming whiskey bottles. Thank you Melody Harrell

Your assumption is correct.  Check out the Federal Law Prohibits link on my homepage. Digger

Hi John: I thought I would see if you know anything of this square counter jar. "Dr. Kings / NEW / life pills / always satisfy" 13" tall with wide mouth ground glass internal stopper. Square 5 1/4", and clear glass. 4" X 3 1/4" BLACK ON WHITE LABEL UNDER GLASS IN A RECTANGLE. Jar and label under glass are perfect, with hand finished square lip. Any idea on what I might get? Picked it up in central Illinois. Thanks, Keith Leeders

Keith, Terrific find!!  I have not seen the jar before but similar items usually bring in the $275-$400 range.  Digger

 

First, I must say to you that this is BY FAR the best website I've come across pertaining to bottle collecting. It's very informational, easy to follow, great pictures and descriptions, etc. Wonderful! I'm hoping you can help me out or forward this email onto some who can: The bottles I have probably aren't considered 'antique' but I thought I'd give this a shot. I recently came upon several old empty wine bottles dated 1949 to 1951. In this bunch of bottles, there are 2 types. One type of bottle is a -pint chianti wine labeled "Spalletti". It's a small round bottle and a sample of the wording on the back label of this bottle reads: Sole U.S.A. Agents French Italian Wine And Liquor Corp. Brooklyn 22, New York Import Permit No. NY 1 76 The other type of bottle I have is a 1-pint Italian Light Rose Wine labeled "Verona - Chiaretto del Garda". This bottle is flat and round and a sample of the wording on the label of this bottle reads: Sole Agents: Tempesta Import Corp. Long Island City, New York Import Permit 2-1-439 I have a total of about 14 bottles - all of which are in very good shape and all the labels are like- new. These bottles also have chianti-style bamboo cases wrapped around the bottom of them and some of the bottles have bubble flaws in the glass that give them more character. This was a very fun find for me! (To bad they're empty.) Can you tell me a little bit more about these bottles? Does this sound like something anyone would be interested in? I really appreciate your time. Very truly, Brenda

Brenda, thanks for the nice words.  I wish I could tell you something about your bottles.  Billions  bottles have been made in the last fifty years and because the collector interest isn't there, no one has written much on the topic. Hold on to them for enough time and they probably will have some value.  Digger

Hi Digger. I check your site regularly. A friend of mine has what I think is a unique bottle to sell. It is Tubular Open Pontiled and Ice Blue Aqua. Its embossed Russian Liniment on it. Have you ever seen this bottle? There may be other embossings as well but I do not have it in front of me right now. The bottle stands about 5" to 6" tall, and measures 2" x 2" roughly. It has a perfect applied lip, and appears to be mint. Any information would be much appreciated. Thanks s-malloy

I wish I could tell you the bottle was unique, but it is fairly well known but not at all common.  In aqua the bottle is very scarce.  It also comes in olive green!  In that color it is extremely rare.  I am fairly sure the bottle is a New York City bottle.  Interestingly, it was still around in 1879 under the control of the Manhattan Medicine Co.  There must also be a smooth based variant, although I have not seen one.  I'd estimate a value between $150-250.  Digger

Hello I have a bottle that I purchased while in Suriname and was wondering if anyone might help me ID it? I do not collect bottles but this one caught my eye Because it has a glass ball in the neck of it. The Bottle is very thick and about the size of a 14 oz soda bottle. Also, it has the following writing elevated on the glass: TJON POEN GIM (with a man holding a flag SURINAME pictured over the words) and on the back I can make out the following: THE NIAGARA BOTTLE BARNETT&FOSTER MAKERS LONDON.N The bottle is clear glass with air bubbles in it. The bottle is 9" tall with a smooth base and a chip in the neck. I believe it has a pinched pour lip. Any help you may offer would be greatly appreciated Fred Teribury

Fred your bottle is a Codd bottle.  I have covered these in some detail in earlier months.  I cannot tell you much about your bottle except the form is common.  In clear glass it probably has a value of $8-10 max.  Digger

Hi Digger, I recently acquired an apothecary globe from an old pharmacy. I attached some pictures so you can get a better idea of what I have. The total height of the hanger, up to the part that fits into the ceiling mount is approximately 33.5". It seems to have been painted black, as in places on the ceiling mount and chain the paint has peeled off. I am not sure of what kind of metal it is, but looks to be some sort of white metal. The glass globe is approximately 18" high with the stopper, and has a 32" circumference at the widest point. There are no chips or cracks. The inside of the ceiling mount is imprinted with Riddle Co Design Made in USA (see picture) The inside of the part that attaches to the ceiling mount reads 1869 (see picture) I would appreciate any information you can give me on this globe, (value, age). I have been searching for info, but can't seem to find a heck of a lot about them. I am hoping you can help me. Thanks, Marianne Iaquinto

Marianne,  Originally these were decorative items filled with colored water and common to nearly every apothecary and drugstore.  These globes, especially the hanging ones are highly sought after by drugstore  collectors.  Yours has several features that make it stand out.  First, it is a hanging globe rather than a standing one.  Secondly, you appear to have all of the components.  

The design is not especially rare and reminds me of a common standing one with similar metal holder but lacking the chains. It has little decoration on the body itself.  Some are wheel cut with fancy designs or have controlled bubble designs.  The second limiting factor is that the globe is only one tier.  Multitiered apothecary bottles like the two tiered ones shown here increase the value. I'd estimate the value of your globe to be $300-600.  digger

 

How do you clean bottles? I found a few different types at work but don't know how to get them clean. Thanks Joe

Joe, It is a fairly complicated process to remove stain.  Dirt and such can removed by washing but not stain.  I spent years learning the secrets of cleaning antique bottles.  I sell that information.  You can find a brief description on my cleaning page.  Digger

Dear Digger, Have you ever heard of this brand? It was in a square shaped bottle like many bitters came in, so I suspect it is. I can't find any info anywhere on it. Here is a picture if you'd like to see it. Any information on this would be appreciated. Thanks. Oh and the bottle is about 8.75 inches tall and 3.75 inches wide. Thanks so much. Debbie Kelly

Hi Debbie,
Your bottle was a "Female Regulator" put up by the Andrews Mfg. Co. of Bristol Tennessee from at least 1900-1917.  It was billed as a cure for all women's diseases.  The company sold a companion product to be used with the liquid Life Root called Andrew's Wine of Life Root Powder.  Digger

 

 

Dear Sir, I have a bottle of Wiser's Canadian Rye Whiskey that is full of the golden product from during the Second World War, complete with a pristine label and an intact Canadian Excise Label sealing the lid dated 1944. I have searched the net extensively and was unable to find any type of price list for as much as even a similar piece. Is it possible for you to appraise it for me and further, might you be interested in purchasing it or would I possibly be better simply to place it on auction with e-bay or some other world-based auction platform? Thank you, Lorne Barnes

Lorne, Your question is similar to one above and the one below.  There are lots of complete and intact whiskey or alcohol bottles around from the last fifty years.  I would not be interested in purchasing it, but recently I saw a similar item on Ebay bring some good money.  It only takes two people wanting something to make it collectible.  I would suggest an on-line auction as a means of selling it.

 

Hi Digger, My great uncle has two very old whisky bottles that are still sealed with the original contents. The Geo. A Dickel "Cascade" is dated 1917 and the "Old Ennis Owen" is dated 1918. His dad was a moonshine runner in the prohibition days and stashed these when he saw prohibition coming. Uncle Roger is curious to know what kind of value these bottles of whisky might have. He would love to hear an offer. Thanks. Todd Ronning Two Harbors, Minnesota

I'd guess in the $30-40 range. Digger

Hi Linda here..... Wondering if you ever heard of Elephant Peanut Butter... I have a rare find of a elephant peanut butter jar.... & cannot find it in either libraries in NJ. & PA... Believe me I have been all over the internet & in the library antique jar & bottle books & cannot find anything on Elephant Peanut Butter... It has a picture of an Elephant on the front of the jar.... Pretty neat piece with spirals of outer raised designs in the glass ... Any inf. would be appreciated... Looking to sell..... Thanks Linda

Linda, I have not heard of your jar, nor did I find reference to it.  It was clearly a competitor to the highly popular "Jumbo" Peanut Butter jar which is well known and documented.  I expect Jumbo collectors would be interested in your piece.  

Dear Digger, I found a bottle on some of our property yesterday, and was just curious about it. I ran across your questions, answers, and pictures and have been in heaven reading and looking at your stuff. This bottle says: H.J.HEINZ CO. on the bottom of it.  PATD.JUNE 17 1890  On the side there is a circle...inside the circle is a emblem  that looks similar to what I tried to draw with the keyboard, well anyway there is a skeleton key inside the emblem. On the outside of the circle,and around the circle, (at the top it says) H.J.HEINZ CO. The bottom half of the circle it says PITTSBURGH.PA. There is another circle that goes on the outside of the writing. Then between the top and bottom half is a little banner that comes off each side,the left side says TRADE the right side says Mark. The bottle itself is 9 inches tall. It has seams on the side and has a bluish-pink color to it in the sunlight. I remember the old glass ketchup bottles but they didn't look quite like this. I would appreciate any information you have on it. We haven't had a computer for long but I hope there is a picture included. After looking around your site I am really curious about a few other bottles we have found or that have been given to us. Several years ago I went to the library and found a little information on a few bottles that I have. Now that I have access to the Internet I will see what I can find. My husband used to wreck old buildings, I finally told him to bring ALL glass home. So I have boxes of stuff out in my barn that he brought home and we saved but have no clue about any of it. He brought home Depression Glass, bottles, and all kinds of other old stuff. Sorry about my rambling on, hope to hear back from you and Thank You for your time. Debbie Jenkins

Debbie, Your description is excellent but your keyboard drawing was not reproducible.  The one important detail on Heinz bottles is the number on the base.  Your bottle which I suspect has the number 56 on the base was not ketchup but pepper sauce. They are scarcer than the ketchup bottles and sell for about $5-6.  Digger

 

I found a bottle which strikes me as being unusual. It may not be old, but would just like to find out what it is. It is about 14" tall, light blue, in the shape of a grecian urn. It has a handle and a white fluted stopper about 2" tall. It has a pour top with a smooth embossed bottom. It is pressed glass with a seam running top to bottom on both sides. Both sides contain a painted or pressed on white scene of  Socrates & Aristotle seated and Plato, standing behind a desk with a white and cobalt blue background of greek bldgs. The bottom reads, around the edge, "Federal Law Forbids Sale or Re Use of this Bottle". The center reads D-334 119 61 4. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Kelly

Kelly, I am not familiar with your bottle, but is was a whisky or alcoholic beverage of some sort produced between 1932-1964.  Maybe a reader has heard of it. Digger

If you could please help me. I have done research on this bottle for quite some time now.A friend of mine asked about the value of her old baby bottle. The bottle has a naked baby boy on it and the words sonnyboy in capital letters. If you can tell me the approximate value of this bottle and a little history I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

Your clear oval Nursing bottle is circa 1930-1944 and is made by the Knox Glass Co.   The bottle comes only in ABM (automatic bottle machine) in an 8 ounce size but can be found with both a screw top and a cork type lip.  There is a 4 ounce bottle embossed Sunny Babe which is probably a minature of the eight ounce.  I'd guess the value to be in the $20-30 range.  Digger

Dear Sir, I have an old bottle in my possession. It is a bluish green color with a cork type top. Inscribed on one side Wm Emken /136 &138 / Rochester Ave./ Brooklyn On the reverse side are two old type anchors with the word REGISTERED printed near the bottom. I found it about 30 years ago while diving off the Rockaways in Jamaica Bay. This is just south of Coney Island , New York. Thank you for any help with this matter, Bill Simberlund

I suspect your bottle is a soda.  It is quite typical for divers to find them especially near an amusement park.  Without a picture or better description of the body style I cannot be of much more help.  The presence of the word "Registered" make me think it is probably 1880-1910. Value is probably $8-10.  Digger

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 I would very much like to have the attached bottle identified. It was found about 25 years ago in Klamath California ( Northern California) near an ancient Indian Village. Thank You for being Available for Questions. Marilyn Strasser

Despite its being found near an ancient Indian Village, I doubt that the contents ever passed the lips of any of the inhabitants.  Your bottle is a torpedo soda, so named for the shape.  They are close cousins of the Round bottom soda bottles.  Many of these were imported, but they were also made in this country.  Such bottles are common and worth $5-8 in the condition yours is in.  With embossing or in a good color it would bring more.  The odd shape always catches people's attention.  What I have been told is that by forcing the bottle to lie on its side, the cork remained wet and the contents unspoiled.  Digger

Hello, I found a aqua blue bottle while dredging the Mississippi River in St Paul ,MN the names on the bottle are Wells Miller Provost, I was told it is a pepper sauce bottle from New York. It appears to be a molded bottle with a seam from top to bottom. Would like any info if you or your club members have heard of it dates from mid to late 1800s... I have found several different sizes, colors, and shapes. Some are brown medicine bottles. Thank you. Bernie. 

Bernie you dredged up a pretty good find.  The bottle is indeed a New York bottle.  The three gentlemen, John B. Wells, Ebenezer Miller and Stephen H. Provost were in business under that name from 1844-1852.  Miller left the business in 1853.  Together, they ran a pickling concern and put up a good variety of products such as vinegar and sauces of various sorts,  judging from the number of different styles of bottles bearing all or some of their names.  I hesitate to say that your bottle is a pepper sauce without seeing the form first. Digger

I have seen a bottle and would like to know what it was used for. The bottle is very heave, about 12 inches tall. The color is light tan but not solid tan. The neck is very short with a thick mouth. The bottle is not round but has about 6 sides to it. It is not very smooth but rough looking. This rough look is not from wear but the way it was made. There are about two very small chips on the bottle. The bottle is in good shape. The only description on the bottle is ARNOLD AND GREEN. Have you ever seen anything like this before? Thank you

I am taking a wild guess here that it is a beverage bottle of some kind.  These are often made of heavy glass (I wondered if your bottle was pottery and not glass from the color description "tan").  Pottery bottles are often stamped or "debossed".  Maybe a reader can offer more help.  Digger.

I found an old bitters bottle the name is D Hoofland's German Bitters also it says C.M Jackson Philadelphia and it says liver complaint on it . I want to know what its worth.

In mint condition with a smooth base about $10-15.  With an open or iron pontil the bottles sells for $50-75.  They are very common.  Digger.

I have a bottle marked Sutton's mead. It is not glass-looks like pottery. Do you have any information?

I am sorry I do not.  Sounds English.  Over the last thirty years many old English pottery bottles have been imported to this country.  Maybe one of my English readers will help out.  Digger

Hi, I haven't started collecting bottles yet, but I ran accross something on Ebay I hope you can tell me something about. Ebay #458470520 is a full case of "Dropping Bottles". What are they? How old? Are they worth anything? Thanks for your help, John

The bottles you saw were chemistry bottles made by the Wheaton Company, which by the way still manufactures such items.  I could not tell from the picture the age, but I suspect they were made within the last forty years. You might well still be able to order them. Digger.  

 

Hello Digger, I have some pictures of an interesting figural bottle that is about 11" tall, has a faint pontil mark (looks like a blown in mold) about the size of a quarter, clear, bust of a distinguished gentleman that I can find no reference to in any book. Do you have any info? It would be greatly appreciated!! Your Friend, Brent

Unfortunately, I cannot tell from the photos you sent if it matches any of the figurals I have listings for.  One thing I suspect is that the stopper does not go with the bottle. Digger

Hey Digger, I recently came across some clear machine made Distilled Water bottles in the attic of an old building. They are 13" tall by 4" wide. The metal hanger is intact and works fine and the cap is still on with four plastic tubes running down to the bottom of the bottle. On the bottom reads: Property of Baxter Laboratories Bottle Made in U.S.A. 1 and the number 7 and 2 with a I inside a diamond inside a circle in the middle of these numbers. On the backside are embossed CUBIC CENTIMETERS running longways in the middle of two rows of embossed numbers. The left side numbers are upside down and graduate from 1900 down to 0 in sequence of a hundred. The right side starts at 2000 and graduates down to 200. On the front of the bottle is embossed TWO LITERS right above the label. The label reads U.S. Army Special Vacoliter No. WA 195551 STERILE, NON-PYROGENIC DISTILLED WATER If contents are to be used for parenteral therapy, add ingredients and use within 3 hours after removing diaphragm. CAUTION: To be used only by or on the prescription of a physician. List No. 70 Baster Laboratories, Inc. Glenview, Ill. College Point, N.Y. Any info on age/value sure would be appreciated. By the way, the brushes my wife bought from you for part of my stocking stuffer last Christmas really are great! This year I'm hinting around to her that I want your Secrets of Privy Digging and Medicines books. :) Thanks Digger!!! Southern Regards, Eddie Nichols

Eddie, Thanks for the kind words.  A short bit of detective work turned up this information. Baxter Laboratories was founded in 1931 as, "the first manufacturer of commercially prepared intravenous solutions....  In 1933, the company opened its first manufacturing facility in a renovated automobile showroom in Glenview, Illinois. There, six employees turned out the complete line of five solutions in glass containers." When WWII broke out they were the only company producing such solutions that met with Armed Forces Specifications. They still sell the sterile distilled water which is advertised for irrigation (I don't want to know) but not in glass bottles.  I'd guess you bottles were made between 1940 - 1960.  Interesting, but they probably do not have much value...maybe $2 - 5 each.  Digger

Hi Digger! Love your site. I have a small cobalt blue bottle- 2 1/2" high. It has a slightly indented smooth bottom with CL C CO imprinted. The attic kept bottle has a label (about 95%) that reads Quinine Sulphate, Eighth ounce, Powers & Weightman, manufacturing chemists, Philadelphia. There is a cork in the top and it looks like some of the contents may still be inside. Any value or information you are able to contribute to this bottle would be most appreciated. Thank you, T.Kline- PA

Powers and Weightman were the successors in business of the firm of Farr & Kunzi, established in Philadelphia in 1818. On January 11, 1838, two years after the retirement of Mr. Kunzi, Mr. Farr took into partnership with him Thomas H. Powers and William weightman under the name of John Farr & Co.  Three years later it became Farr, Powers & Weightman and upon the death of Mr. Farr in 1847 it became Powers & Weightman.  They manufactured opium and cinchona alkaloids, mercurials and a general loneof medicinal and photographic chemicals.  Quinine, used to battle malaria,  was one of their staples.  The Quinine works was was at 35th and Moore St.  Mr. Powers died in 1878 and Weightman purchased his interest and continued the firm under the same name. Three years after Mr. Weightman's death, the firm became Powers - Weightman - Rosengarten Co. I do not know the exact date of his death but by 1908 it was Power - Weightman - Rosegarten Laboratories.  Now I have a bottle with the C L C Co. mark on the base and it is possible the second "C" is a "G" (it is very hard to tell) which would make it the Carr Lowry Glass Co. in Baltimore, MD in business in business between 1889-1920.  Given all that, I'd guess your bottle dates between 1889 and 1908.  Given the very small size, I'd estimate the value at $20-30.  Digger

I am in Ephraim, Utah and was cleaning out my bosses back field when under a pile of old farm equipment shrubs and old car parts I found a 1 gallon jug. The bottle is in good condition and you can still read the lid it says Roma Wines California, and a signature that says B. L. Cella established in 1890. On the neck there is a ring to put your finger to carry it with and it is brown in color. The opening is about as big around as a quarter and the lid has minimal rust. I was just interested about the history of these kind of bottles and if it is worth anything. Jim Robertson

Jim, your bottle sounds to be about 1930-50 period.  These large one gallon amber jugs are common from that time period.  I do not know specifically about yours but there are not too many collectors for similar bottles so the value is probably minimal.  Maybe a reader can help.Digger.

Digger, I know it says on the web page where I got your address not to ask questions about Chlorox (all too common bottles); however, I would like to know if you know how many 2 and 1/2 inch cobalt blue Bromo seltzer bottles from Emerson Drug Co. are embossed with Balticmore MD.? There is a C between the i and the m in Baltimore. Also, there is a larger gap between the m and o in Bromo as well as in between the u and g in drug(as apposed to other bottles that I have seen). Is this just a flaw when it was blown? Please forward your reply. Thanks for listening. Best Regards, Jim

Jim, error bottles are more common than you might think.  Sometimes foreign material could get stuck in the mold lettering and letters were omitted, run together or otherwise made unrecognizable.  Given the millions (and I mean millions) of Bromo Seltzer bottles that were made in the decades around the turn of the century I be surprised if there weren't such odd-balls as you describe.  Under-blowing could result in problems as well.  Sometimes letters were ghosted as if the bottle after having been blown, touched the mold while still hot.  For the most part, such idiosyncrasies raise the bottle's interest more than its value.  Digger

Was wondering if you could tell me what in the glass makes the glass turn purple, is it lead? ,Gail Meyer Kilgore Casa Grande, Arizona 

Gail, No, actually lead was used in the making of clear glass.  The substance is manganese which bleach out the nature aqua color most often associated with "bottle glass," but was unstable and reacted to the unltrviolet rays of the sun and turned the purple hue to which you refer.   By the end of World War I other substances were used to decolorize the glass. 

I have a general question about antique medicine bottles: Is it illegal for an individual or a museum to possess bottles which still are originally sealed and retain their contents? I am asking especially about some of the many patent medicines which contained opium, morphine, heroin or other substances that are now controlled. Thanks for all your wonderful information.

 I am not a lawyer but, I have never heard of anyone being arrested for possession of such items.  I can image it being illegal however.  I would be more concerned with the sale of these rather than the simple possession.  The bottles of illegal substances are very popular among collectors and often bring large sums of money. I doubt the police are going to raid your collection.  Digger

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Hello! I am a fairly new collector..well sort of..lol my question is this: the bottle is clear, 4 sides with the side edges being on a slant, seam to top of lip on 2 sides, bottom has sunken circle (actually 2 circles), raised lettering: HYNSON WESTCOTT DUNNINE...the word being staggered from top to bottom long ways one word per line.. the stopper for it on top is 7 sided curving in an smooth back out, seams on 2 sides, cork around glass and narrowing into tip (such as iodine back in 70's. any help you can give would be appreciated. thank you! willa

Unfortunately, I was not able to find anything.  Clearly from your description the bottle is machine but I can't date it much beyond that.  The cork around the stopper is typical of the 1920-40 era.  It might be a cologne.  Maybe a reader knows.  Digger

Hi Digger. I was an avid digger/collector/dealer many years ago in my boyhood home in eastern PA. When I grew-up and moved away I sold all but the very best stuff. I now think it's time to clean house. I have about a dozen colored soda/mineral water/beer from the Seitz company in Easton PA. A few have graphite pontils, some are plain aqua-marine, but some are the 8-sided cobalt; I have some F Seitz, JA Seitz, most are Seitz Bros. I also have some Seitz accessories (tip tray, coaster, opener, stoppers). I also have a commemorative Charles Gardener milk-glass flask made for the Sommers club in new England and a commemorative EG Booze made for the Baltimore club. I know I've been general in my descriptions.I am out of touch with value and markets. Can you help? Also, do you have address for the New England club or for club or people in PA who might want the Seitz stuff? Dave Miller Boise, ID

Dave,  I have one word for you "EBAY."  If anyone contacts me about the items I'll let you know.  Ebay will set the market value.  The Seitz bottles are good bottles but not especially rare so damage and stain will hurt their value.  The accessories might be very desireable but that is out of my area of expertise.  Digger.

Do you know anything about golden tree pure honey bottles? New England maple syrup company in Boston 1909? thank you if you can help me.

The bottles clear, round cylinders 6 inches tall are fairly common. The New England Maple Syrup Company is first mentioned in the business directories in 1904.  Trademarks were issued in 1909 and they were advertising as late as 1920.  they sold syrup, honey and mustard.  All of their bottles are common.  I'd estimate a value of $5-8.  Digger

I found what I believe is an antique bottle at a thrift store. It is green, shaped like a snare drum (with snares) on the bottom and then has "bubbles" embossed on the top half. The neck is tapered. There is a very obvious mold seam. The bottom has a pontil mark. Around the top of the "snare drum" the words "McGivers American Army Bitters Bottle" followed by three stars. I will send a picture if you think its worth it. Thank you.

The bottle is modern reproduction of a real old bottle.  Yours is probably a Wheaton bottle.  See the article on my home page about them.

How about a black glass turn or paste mold bottle with applied seal that says Paul Jones Pure Rye Louisville Ky. Rare or valuable? Condition is dug 2 small dings

Common and not particular valuable especially with damage. Value is $10-20 if you can find a buyer.  Digger

I do not know where to turn as I would like to find out exactly what I have here and thought you may either know or could send me to the right place. I have a metal liquor bottle stopper that plays "How Dry I Am" when turned upside down. It has the word "Silverite" on the inside. Attached is a photo. I would be interested in selling it to someone should it fit into someone's collection. Thanks.

I do not think the item is extremely rare.  I have no idea of what it might be worth.  The one shown at the left is incomplete.  Digger

 

Hello, While remodeling, we found a bottle hidden in an old ceiling. It is in perfect condition, and seems to be a nurser. It appears to be a cork (or nipple) style, flat-bottom, clear glass, head-characature of a crying baby. Approx. 7 inches tall, the glass is bubbly and irregular. There are no chips, flaws or discolorations. On the bottom of the base, the emboss reads, "T.P.S & Co". On the back, it reads, "Patented June 2nd, 1874".  Please communicate with me if this crying baby interests you.

From your description your bottles sounds like the one pictured on the right. It is not a nurser, though many have suggested such.  It is known as the Crying Baby Figural.  The 3 bottles sold at auction for $50.  Sounds too low to me, but that was the price. Digger

I have not been able to find any info on this bottle any where. Perhaps you can help. The bottle appears to be free blown and has the name Jn Greenhow, Wms,burg 1770 , stamped in a blob on the side. I will send some pictures So you won't have to rely on my description. Any insight would be helpful. Thanks, Tony

Tony the bottle is a Williamsburg reproduction.  I believe it was modeled after some shards dug from a Williamsburg well.  They were sold in the Williamsburg gift shop.  Were it real it would worth thousands.  Digger

I recently saw a bottle which was in the shape of a hand, clear glass, with the cork? opening in one of the fingers. I am trying to find out how I might locate a bottle like this. Can you give me any pointers. I am not a bottle collector, I collect hands and hand-shaped items. Thanks for any help you may be able to give.

Three places - a local bottle show.  Check my show listings for one near you.  Secondly, Glassworks Auctions, you'll find a link on my links page. Thirdly, keep an eye on Ebay auctions. Digger

I have some bottles I found at an old homesite. On is a bottle pat. Nov. 30 1858 mason jar with a 1/2" by 1/4" chip in the threads, the rest of the jar is in great shape. The color is hard to describe its kind of a teal color. Also found a 6" tall whisky flask w/ no embossing, BIM, very light green color. I would appreciate any info on the value of these thanks in advance -CDH

Well, if the jar is truly teal and not just a dark aqua it might be worth $20+.  The deeper the color the better the price.  The damage would reduce that value though.  In aqua it would be worth $2-4. The unembossed whisky is probably worth $3-5.  Digger.

P.S. any valuable bottles to come out in the 1940's

Some War related milks and ACL sodas can bring big bucks. Digger

My daughter has found 2 little bottles, one clear and the other one blue. They are about 7" tall and look like a little man. the opening is about an inch wide. Could you please let us know what they were used for and if there are any other ones available from a particular buyer? Thank you very much.

I'd need to see a picture.  Check out "Ask Digger" for tips on describing your bottles to get the best answer.  Digger.

Hi I have a fairly short and simple question: How does one go about preserving the paper label on the bottle? My label is brittle and flaking, the bottle is dirty (I got it at an auction) and I would like to clean the bottle but the label just keeps flaking more and more. Any help would be appreciated ; ) T. Grogg Ps: by the way, the bottle is nothing special but just in case you're curious, its a Mrs. Stewarts bluing bottle with a wooden/ cork? stopper.

The apparently simple question may be more complex that you imagined.  There is an entire science of paper conservation, preservation and restoration.  Paper made since 1850 has a very high acid content which acts as a "slow fire," destroying paper fibers and making pages yellow and very brittle. Additionally, there are three environmental factors that affect the preservation of paper: humidity, temperature and light. An excess of moisture softens the size and leads to the formation of acids derived from salts and other products used in the manufacture of paper or ink. Sudden and frequent changes in temperature and humidity subject paper to great strains that may rupture its fabric. Extremely high or low humidity levels, heat and light cause rapid oxidation of paper, deterioration of the cellulose, brittleness, and fading of inks and color. The most dangerous radiations to which paper can be exposed are those of short wave-length (ultra-violet rays). This sort of damage from light is not reversible. So, what can you do?  1) Cleaning of the label of dirt and other surface materials can be accomplished using erasing powders such as Opaline or Scum-X.  Test a blank parts of the paper item prior to begin the whole operation. Pour erasing powder directly on the paper in small areas and gently rub with a soft brush. Brush away residue. Paper tears easily so work carefully and slowly. Erasing powders are sold by art and stationary stores. 2) Professional conservators mend tears with a patch of thin pieces of Japanese tissue and a neutral or slightly alkaline paste or adhesive. "Dry" wheat starch paste or rice starch are used carefully. Ordinary cornstarch paste made at home can be used. However items mended require pressing with weight until dry to avoid bubbles, etc. Using adhesives with an acid content may worsen the condition. 3) Many times I have seen a temporary fix where clear plastic wrap is used to cover the label and bottle to prevent further deterioration from handling or moving.  Some have, and I do not recommend it, used clear lacquer sprays or paints to cover the label, but in extreme cases this encapsulation might be the only resort. 4) Without addressing the acid problem the damage will probably continue.  Paper conservationists treat the paper with a slightly alkaline solution to prevent future damage. 5) Stains can be treated by bleaching, but there are destructive effects of this process as well.  I hope this helps.  Digger

 

Can you tell me anything about this old wine bottle? I can't find anything like it on ebay and I am thinking about putting it up for auction. A lot of the big label is torn away and the one on top is missing the lower left corner. I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks, Don

Don, That's one wild bottle.  You've got me on this one.   Perhaps ice was to be put in the hole with the red cork to cool the wine. Clearly some effort went into making it.   Maybe a reader has an idea. Digger

 

I am not sure if i am in touch with the right people or if you can even help me, but I have several bottles that I won at an auction. I have had several people tell me they might be worth something, but I think they are all reproductions. One says Owens and it looks like a medicine bottle, while the others all vary in color, they all have a molded seem that goes all the way up and say made in taiwan on the bottom. One has ball and claw bitters (but does not say Wheaton any where on it, none do), one has Ben Franklin, one has a horse shoe on it and the other has chief Wahoo Electric tonic on it. they range from purple, green, blue, brown and clear. There is a lot more on each bottle, but I don't know what would be important info. None are chipped or damaged either. I really can't find anything about them anywhere!!!!! any info you could give me would be greatly appreciated. michelle

Michelle, See my article on reproductions off  my home page. Digger

Are snuff bottles of value any longer? I have had no luck finding information on the internet about them. I know they used to be valued by the markings on the bottom of the jars, but I cannot find out. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, Barb

Collectors like crude and 
early snuff bottles

Barb, Yes, there are some very good snuff bottles and then there are some worth only $2-3.  The pontil age snuff typically in olive and shades of olive amber or olive green are popular and usually sell for $75 or more.  There are a few early embossed snuff bottles which can bring many hundreds of dollars.  Early ones (before 1860) with labels command good prices.  The prices decrease as you move into the smooth based unembossed snuffs made after 1870. The least valuable ones are usually amber and may even be machine made.  

 

I have dug in the backyard of our home and come up with about 50 complete bottles. I am trying to find current prices on some of them. I would greatly appreciate any information you could give on any of them.

I will type the embossed letters that appear on the bottles in CAPS.

1) DR. D. JAYNE'S TONIC VERMIFUGE 242 CHEST ST. PHILA The two "T"s and the "A" are smaller letters and underlined. I have information on this bottle, but haven't been able to find a current price listing. Here is some information I have found or already knew: -circa 1868 -rectangular with rounded sides -aqua -5 1/4" -very common -"O" with a square around it embossed on the bottom.  $3-5

2) CALDWELL'S SYRUP PEPSIN M'F'D. BY PEPSIN SYRUP COMPANY MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS -circa Turn of Century -rectangular -aqua -3" -very common, this was a sample size $1-2

3) FOLEY & CO. CHICAGO, U.S.A  $1-2

4) SAMPLE BOTTLE DR. KILMER'S SWAMP-ROOT KIDNEY CURE BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -circa Turn of Century -cylinder -aqua -very common -3 1/4" $3-5

I believe the manufacturer's mark on the bottom of these last three bottles is the Illinois Glass Company's (the "I" with the diamond around it). I have found price listings of some of Dr. Jayne's and also Dr. Kilmer's bottles in Kovels' Bottles Price List books, but never the bottles I own. I would be thrilled to receive a reply from you with information about these bottles, or information on even one of them. Thank you so much for your time. Hope to hear from you soon. THANKS!

Gee, you do not have far to travel to dig.  Sounds like fun!  I gave my estimate in red above.  Digger

I am not into old bottles (yet) but I couldn't resist this one. I am attaching photos for you to take a look at if you would. The bottle probably isn't that old. It is approximately 4" in height (including the rubber fingers) and is dark amber in color. The bottle has a partial label that reads: Van Ess Special Dandruff Ma_______ Net Contents 4 Fluid Ounces Alcohol Not Over 20% Van Ess Laboratories Chicago Copyrighted 1922 The bottle has a screw top and I think the interesting thing about this bottle is the cap. It has a rubber insert on a metal screw cap that has "fingers" sticking out all over. I have to assume it was to scrub the scalp to get rid of dandruff. The bottle itself is in good condition but one of the rubber fingers has fallen off. (I have it.) The bottom of the bottle has "Van Ess Bottle Patent Applied For" embossed on it. Obviously, there is quite a bit of information about the bottle on the label. Can you tell me what the value of this bottle might be, if any? I have done a search on ebay and have yet to come up with a hit on a Van Ess bottle and every time I go to the library, the books are all checked out. Any help is appreciated. Susie.

Susie, You do a a funny look item there.  I suspect the wording on the label is Van Ess Special Dandruff Massage. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to track down any information for you.  Hopefully a reader will know something.  I'd guess a value in $10 -15 range.  Digger.

Howdy Digger. Would you be able to tell me the value of the following bottles, and anything else you might know about them ? First is a six sided aqua cathedral pepper sauce embossed " Harrison and Wilson Cincinnati" 2nd is an aqua squat soda embossed " J. Forshag Lawrenceburg IND., And finally, an aqua hutch embossed L. Schulte Brookville IND. These are all recently excavated privy finds. Thanks again for taking the time to provide this wonderful service. Check out my web page at http://www.hometown.aol.com/artyfact1/privy.html. Eddie.

Eddie, I'd guess the value of the pepper sauce to be in the $85-150 range.  It is probably connected with Harrison and Bros. who ran a rather large concern out of Cincinnati and New York.  It is rare.  I do not have much to go on on the Indiana bottles.  The squat I expect to be worth in the $30-50 range, depending upon the rarity.  I know some guys are digging over in Lawrenceburg so others might show up or are already known.  To get any money out of the hutch beyond $20 would require a collector looking for Indiana items.  Digger 

I have seven 2.5" glass Pepsi bottles from an old grocery set. Any idea how much they're worth? Only one has a Pepsi decal on the front, but all of them have a metal cap with Pepsi written on them. I have searched many places to find out their value. Also part of the set is a blue windex bottle, glass, 2". Any ideas? Thanks, Laura

Laura, glasses are out of my area of knowledge.  I wouldn't think the Windex bottle had much value and would be hard to find a buyer for it. Digger

Digger, I am hoping you can give me some information about a bottle I recently unearthed. The bottle has embossed writing reading Eich and Graf 1325 & 1327 S 7 TH ST St. Louis On the other side of the bottle is printed THIS BOTTLE IS NEVER SOLD Near the bottom of the bottle are the letters A & DHC The bottle is approx. 11 inches high and amber in color and appears seamless. Judging by your descriptions (I am a neophyte) the lip appears to be tooled with applied ring. The 1870-1910 time period would also coincide with other bottles found at the same site. If you could supply any information on the company history, age or value of the bottle, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Jamie J. Schuh

Jamie since I can't find any listing for your bottle as a beer, but given the color and the embossing "This bottle is never sold," it is most certainly a beer or less likely a soda.  I have a pretty good source for beers, but yours did not appear.  It might be rare, but that does not mean necessarily valuable. The A & DHC is the Pittsburgh glass works that made the bottle. I'd guess a value of at least $20, maybe more if local collectors were interested.  Digger

Hi Digger, Great site! I concur with your 12 tips, 100%. Thanks for the advice. Got a price/value question. Last weekend, while scuba diving a fresh water lake, I found a bottle of Healy&Bigalow's Indian Sagwa. The glass is in real nice shape, and get this ... the cork is intact and the dark brown contents fill the bottle up to the neck! I have been harvesting surface dumps for years and this product is spotty to our area (Maine) It'll stay in my collection, but I gotta wonder, about it's value. Got any idea? Ron

Ron, You'll find one for sale on my site under Bottles for Sale I want about $30 for mine.  Digger

18 October, 2000 Hello- I obtained your email address from antiquebottles.com. I bought a colored bottled a few months ago. I don't know how to classify it (bitters, cologne, whatever). It has no "advertising" or maker's marks, with the exception of a possible mark on the bottom. The bottle has the following characteristics: Shape: slightly flattened round from front view. From side view slightly tapers toward top or slightly flairs at bottom, which ever you prefer. Size: height (excluding neck) approx 4 1/4 inches; neck: 1 1/4 inches. Side measure: about 1 1/2 inches at shoulder. About 2 1/2 inches at bottom. Top of neck has no lip or ridge at the top. (Maybe had a cork closure at one time?) Seams: one on either side. No top or shoulder seam. Two halves were put together. Pontil: rough, but not dangerously so. Mark on bottom: (if it is a "mark") a raised diagonal line, possibly part of a '7' figure. There is a horizontal line above the diagonal line, but where they would connect if it is a '7' is worn or broken away. Color: blue tending toward aqua, but definitely not the aqua of canning jars. At the bottom where the glass is thickest, it is beautiful, like the Carribean on a sunny day. Possibly light cobalt. Design: Embossed or raised diamonds formed by intersecting diagonal lines. Within each diamond is a cross (or plus-sign). The design does not carry through to the sides. The sides are smooth with the exception of the seam mark and lines where the design stops. In other words, if looked at from the side, there are three vertical lines. Bubbles: quite numerous in neck; fewer in body. Contents: somewhat cloudy residue which I have not attempted to clean yet. Condition: very good. one rough spot. No chips or cracks. I paid only $13.00 for this bottle, so it's worth that at least. It's very pretty and has some age on it to be sure, but how much I can't say. I own other antique glass inherited from family, so I know it's authentic. The glass in this bottle is comparable to 1880s pattern glass and the like, in my un-expert opinion. I have looked through half a dozen bottle books and couldn't find this shape, so I don't know how to classify it. If you have any information or can point me to a good research source, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. Julie Weiss

 

Julie,  In this case a picture is worth a thousand words.  You did an excellent job of describing but I am still having trouble visualizing the bottle but I have an idea.  It sounds like the bottle shown at the left.  If so, it is a Clevenger reproduction (actually no such antique bottle exists but it is based on characteristics of serveral 19th century pieces.  You say you know it is old and it could have been made in the 1930-50 period.  check out the article off my home page called reproductions.

Digger

"The Wearin' of the Green"...design and poem, very Irish Original from the Old Fitzgerald Collector's Galllery genuine porcelain, 1968 from Stitzel Weller Distillery, any knowledge, also 2 lovely Jim Beam collectors, Grecian design, Wedgewood blue. Thank you, Marion

I get my information about Jim Beam bottles off Ebay.  I am not an expert in this area.  Digger

Hi John, Long time no speak! Tom Owens here.....still alive. Hey, I bought an interesting bottle today and was wondering if you might help guide me as to its value. It is 9" tall, yellow olive, two large rounded panels (front and rear) and three side panels on each side. It reads on front panel "MANDER WEAVER & Co/ WOLVERHAMPTON". I'm quite sure it is English. Its a really crude bottle, the base does not have an obvious pontil scar however it looks like it may be a refired one? I've attached 3 pics. Hope all is well with you and yours. Thanks for your help. Tom Owens

Tom, From the photos I guess your bottle to be quite early (a photo of the base was sent but is not shown).  The bottle obviously looks like a medicine bottle.  English bottles can be unpontiled and be much older than their American Counterparts.  Your could be circa 1840s.  In 1832 the area around Wolverhampton was struck by a sever Asiatic Cholera epidemic and many hundreds were killed.  Perhaps your bottle contain a Cholera remedy.  Great find.  Maybe a reader will know. Digger

I have 3 bottles I have questions on a blue bottle that says Milk of Magnesia/ genuine Phillips ,a brown bottle that says Certo and upside down its says for 1/2 bottle pour to here and also a old milk bottle that says Walnut Grove Dairy, phone 1373 . All are in very good shape any insight on these would be very helpful. also any webs on these would be great . thanks!!!!

The first two are very common.  The Phillp's has a value of $1-2 and the Certo, a preparation used in making jelly has less value.  Both of them could date from 1920 to well into the 1940s.  The Milk bottle has a four digit phone number.  Your local library could help  date that bottle.  Without a town on the milk the value is lowered unless you can establish where the dairy was located.  The Milk might bring $4-8.  Digger

Hi - I found a bottle and would like to know the approximate year that the bottle was produced. Here is some information on the bottle: clear glass 6 ounce bottle with a crown top and side seams from bottom to top of lip "Manhattan Special Coffee Soda" on white and red front painted label "Manhattan Special" embossed in top front and back shoulders of bottle "Manhattan Bottling Co. Brooklyn, N.Y." painted white wording on back of bottle along with some other words on ingredients Embossed on bottom "G" in square followed by "59" on one edge and "1134-4" on other edge I would like to know the dates that this bottle was manufactured or at least when the Manhattan Bottling Company closed so I could estimate the last date it would have been made. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jim Peronto

Jim, While I do not know you bottle specifically.  I have seen an embossed Manhattan Bottling company bottle.  Your bottle, being an applied color label almost certainly dates after 1940.  I would suggest that the "G" might be the Glenshaw Glass Co. of Glenshaw, PA. and dates to 1959.  I also found a listing for an applied color label (red and white) showing a picture of the Manhattan Skyline and saying "Manhattan Beverages".  That Manhattan Bottling Company is from Woonsocket, RI and dates to 1971.  I do not know if the two are related.  Digger

I HAVE A OLD BOTTLE FROM THE DATES OF 1892 TO 1907 FROM A BOTTLE CO. IN BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA CALLED ELEPHANT BOTTLING WORKS IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1892 AND IT CLOSED 1907 AND I WANTED TO KNOW HOW MUCH THE BOTTLE IS WORTH THANK MELVIN STEPHENS BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA.

I need a bit more information about the bottle to give a reasonable estimation of the value.  If it was a colored Hutchinson soda it might be worth $500+ if it is a machine machine rather drab looking crown top soda it might be worth $3-5.  Digger.

I just ran across an old bottle with the raised letters "PLUTO'S WATER - AMERICA'S PHYSIC. Ever hear of it? Its shaped like a soda bottle only bigger. On the bottom is a raised picture of a devil (horns, tail, etc) and underneath him it says "PLUTO". On the side along the bottom are the numbers 1092E G21 Bottle is a light aqua color, 11 inches tall, with a crown top. Two side seams run straight thru the lip. Bottle is in good condition, no chips but has wear on the high points of the bottom. Could you tell me anything about this bottle? Such as what company put out this product? Where it was located? How old it is? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you very much for your time and effort. Sandy Ciszewski

Sandy, Check other months for more information.  I think you'll find this excerpt from the 1915 Druggist Circular interesting.  Digger

January 1915

French Lick Springs Hotel Co., French Lick Springs, Ind.

We are experiencing ,a most gratifying increase in our sales, our business is good, and the outlook for business was never better than for, the coming year.

One of the most prominent and permanent evidences of the advance of civilization that we have in our possession today is Pluto water. No home, hospital, private office or sanitarium is complete in its equipment that lacks a supply of this desirable commodity.

Most retail druggists are familiar with the expression, "I don't know how to keep house without it," and when an article has become a household word its popularity has been assured. "Success" has fallen to the man who was fortunate enough to produce it.

The action of Pluto water is truly remarkable. In less than an hour after taking a dose, diluted. in hot or cold water as directed, the pent-up system gets relief, the heavy sluggishness is dispersed. the dun-colored cloud that hung over the patient assumes a silver edge and soon passes out of sight: new energy is almost immediately apparent. This is due to its prompt action on the mucous membranous linings of the stomach and intestines, on the liver and kidneys. There are well authenticated cases where, after constant use for weeks (a dose each morning) the rheumatic pains that afflicted the patient disappeared and were forgotten. It would seem that Mother Nature has supplied this water with the requisites to meet all the needs of tired or inactive body and brain. and the citizens of this, or any other country, who are not yet acquainted with this saline have our sympathy.

There is no reason why every druggist should not corral his share of the big profit to be made on Pluto water. Its, price is within the reach of all; it is easy of administration and pleasant to take as compared with other laxative waters, and there are none of the disagreeable after-effects which accompany so many of the mineral waters and salts; hence, we repeat, that if the druggist advertises liberally and properly, keeps the bottles in full view on the shelves and puts in a good word at the Psychological moment, success may be his also. The druggist who is not handing it over his counter in large quantities is ;it the rear of the, band-wagon and will be left far behind in the run for business.

Among the many good wishes which we are inclined. at this season, to tender our fellow men for the year 1915. is a sincere desire that all may become familiar with the benign influence of Pluto water before the close of the year.

 

Hi Digger, I have three soft drink bottles and would like your opinion regarding their values. 1. A Kik bottle that has something like raised fluting down the neck. The name Kik is in red. On the bottom of the bottle is the word Kik in raised lettering. Looks like it may be from the 50's. It is in fair condition, with some scratches. 2. An Orange Crush bottle, dated July 20, 1920. Front has date, with the words " Orange Crush Co. Bottle. The back has "O C Beverages, Artificially Colored, 7 Fl. Oz." The bottle is in excellent condition. 3. A small 7UP bottle from Gaza, Palestine. It is a green bottle with the red and white 7UP logo and the words "You like it- it likes you" . It has Arabic writing along with English. Thanks, Digger. Chuck F.

Chuck, I believe the Kik bottle might be Canadian.  the one I have seen has a picture of a person kicking a 5 cents that looks like a circle on the front of the bottle.  That bottles sells for about $40.  If yours lacks the picture and just has the words, then I'd expect much less. The Orange Crush bottle, I'll assume is the one with rings or ridges down the bottle.  I really think it depands upon where it was bottled.  Is there an identifying town on the base?  These bottles seem to see between $4-20.  I can't tell you much about the foreign 7up. Digger

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

Colin, 

Hello, First I'd like to thank you for setting time aside to help a beginning bottle collector. I have a bottle with the following details Color: clear with hint of green Shape: Decanter Lettering body: Raised lettering in an elongated diamond "SPARKLETTS" Lettering bottom: Raised lettering "TELEPHONE", "PRIVATE", "EXCHANGE", "Albany 1171" Bottle details: Wide mouth, the neck has very tight raised checker pattern, the body has raised checker pattern and the squares are about 1" wide and 1 1/2" high. Please let me know what you can about this and what it's value may be. Thank you, again Christopher

Christopher, you'll find this question was covered in an earlier month.  You have a refrigerator water bottle.  Use my new search feature off my home page to find it.  Digger

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It is green glass. If I sent a picture would that help? I sure would like to know what it is. Denny 

Denny, You've got me on this one.  Obviously the object was attached by the straps and was used to dispense liquid of some kind.  Maybe a reader will know.  Digger

 

I was wondering if this is the correct place to inquire about a bottle I dug. I would like to know what this bottle's contents were used for. The bottle is 4 & 1/4" tall and is aqua in color. It is embossed with: ANDERSON"S DERMADOR. Any help on this would be appreciated. Thank you, Tom Gillette in IL

Tom, Professor Homer Anderson was a professor of chemistry and mathematics at Clinton Liberal Institute iin Clinton, NY.  About 1850 he introduced the 'Dermadore' which was an external remedy for for wounds, cuts, bruises, sores, inflammations and similar complaints.  The earliest bottles were round.  Later is was put up in oval bottles in fifty and twenty-five cent sizes.  Many variants exist. The brand was eventually purchased by David Ransom, who owned other well-known brands such as Trask's Magnetic Ointment. Digger

Bogardus Target Ball. Value?
 

My picture lacks color is the very thing than determines the value.  In the more common diamond pattern, amber colors like your and the ball at the far left sell for $200-300.  In cobalt, the same ball sells for  $800+.  The bead pattern ball at the right is rarer. Digger

Hi, I have a bottle that I have no idea what it's worth is if any. It is green. On the bottom it is stamped "Wheaton, NJ" and also "Nuline, NJ." On one side it has a flower imprint, on the other side it is stamped "Glassboro 1850." Please help me if you can. Thank you.

Your bottle has a value of under $5-8.  You'll find it listed under the article on reproductions on this site.  Go to Digger's HomePage to check it out. Digger

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Hello, I have a Seagrams bottle titled "Seagrams Kings Plate Whisky" bottled in 1939 and still in the prohibition brown paper wrapping, seal unbroken. All I have been able to find out is that it is a commemmorative edition for the running of the Kings Plate in 1939, no idea of value etc. Can you guide me on where I can find out more on this bottle. Thanks Karin

Karin, Ebay would be the place to see a similar item.  In such mint condition it certainly has some value.  I think in the future, with the availability of many items like yours that collector's interests will eventually increase prices.  I not sure about what you mean by the prohibition brown paper wrapping since prohibition ended before your whisky was bottled.  Digger.

I have a milk glass lid to a fruit jar embossed NEW YORK CONSOLIDATED FRUIT JAR COMPANY and 25 on the back. Can you tell me what it might be worth?

I suspect what you have is the glass insert for a zinc screw top.  It was used on the Mason Patent 1858.  Many of which are marked with a CFJ monogram.  It has little or no value.  Digger.

Aloha, I have found 4 bottles embossed Lamplonugh's Effervescing Pyretic Saline. The bottles are about 6" x 2 1/2" x 1 1/2". The each still had the glass top and cork insert. It has the numbers 153 on the bottom and the top is applied. Can you tell me anything? Also, a while back you answered my questions about the B. Dentons healing balsam. I have found about 50 of them now from the same digging area! Most of them full! Mahalo Bob

Bob,  The Lamplonugh's Effervescing Pyretic Saline was I am almost certain, an English product. The style and lip are clearly no an American style.   I know that the E. Fogera Company of New York City, that specialized in imported English and other foreign medical products, was the primary distributor of the Saline in this country.  The word "Pyretic" means fever reducer.  I found listings for as late as 1916 although your bottles look slightly earlier. Digger

 

DIGGER: I RECENTLY PURCHASED AN EMBOSSED MILK BOTTLE WITH SOME LITE STAINING ON THE INSIDE. IS THERE A PRODUCT I CAN BUY TO ELIMINATE THE STAIN? THANKS, DAN

There was at one time a product that would help some, but I have not seen it for sale for many years.  Tumbling is the only real solution.  I sell a set of plans for building your own machine. Digger.

Dear Digger, thank you for your devotion to a bunch of nuts out here! I recently bought an amber 8,1/4" tall bottle with a longish crude neck, glop type top (like a whiskey), seams running up to within 3/4 " of the top. The neck of the bottle runs down into rounded shoulders and into 4 slightly indented side (like a bitters) that make the bottom of the bottle a slightly tapered square about 3" square on the bottom. The base is not hinge mold but there is a round impression ( not a pontil). The embossing is Mond'or in a semicircle, above Russian Tonic the below that skoo-kum! All In Capitol letters. It's a fantastic find, I believe, needs cleaning but in great shape beyond that. Skoo-kum I have found out in native American (chinook) means powerful! Tonic is related to bitters so I am wondering if I have found an Indian type bitters. Mond'or, I have found on the Internet is French. Never-the-less, this is one I have never seen, have you heard of a skoo-kum bottle beyond this one, do you think it's a bitters and do you have any idea of any history of a Mond'or company or Russian Tonic Company? It has many bubbles and looks to be around 1880's or so. Thank you so much for any info you may have!!! Blessings, Lianne PEtersen

Your bottle does sound like a great find.  I was not able to locate any information about it.  Obviously it must be rare.  The only other bottle I can think of which has the word "Skookum" is "Skookum Root Hair Grower."  I could not establish a connection between that company and your bottle. Bitters collectors would not consider your bottle to be a bitters.  There are thousands of products which used the word "Tonic." Digger

Is there any information concerning an embossed 1858 Mason Jar with PATENT spelled PATETN? crichter

I did not find the error jar listed in the 40+ number of embossing errors listed in the Red Book #7 of Fruit Jars.  I can tell you that of the 30 or so quart 1858 Mason's in aqua with errors only one sold for more than $30.  Most were priced in the $20 range.  Digger

My neighbor found a bunch of old bottles while digging a well in Darrington WA. The settlers of that area are from the Carolinas. Most of the bottles are made by machine but I couldn't find anything about the numbers on the bottoms. Ex 1-Clear bottle one pint says across top Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle. Has a DI bottle of front and laurel leaves around the whole thing at bottom. # 56-41 on Bottom and ^ going up and down with a o turned sideways inside the ^. Ex 2-Amble one pint no screw top and a A in a circle. also, on bottom 3-d-2 12 42 and a #5 Just curious about what they are. I'm assuming whiskey bottles. Thank you Melody Harrell

Your assumption is correct.  Check out the Federal Law Prohibits link on my homepage. Digger

Hi John: I thought I would see if you know anything of this square counter jar. "Dr. Kings / NEW / life pills / always satisfy" 13" tall with wide mouth ground glass internal stopper. Square 5 1/4", and clear glass. 4" X 3 1/4" BLACK ON WHITE LABEL UNDER GLASS IN A RECTANGLE. Jar and label under glass are perfect, with hand finished square lip. Any idea on what I might get? Picked it up in central Illinois. Thanks, Keith Leeders

Keith, Terrific find!!  I have not seen the jar before but similar items usually bring in the $275-$400 range.  Digger

 

First, I must say to you that this is BY FAR the best website I've come across pertaining to bottle collecting. It's very informational, easy to follow, great pictures and descriptions, etc. Wonderful! I'm hoping you can help me out or forward this email onto some who can: The bottles I have probably aren't considered 'antique' but I thought I'd give this a shot. I recently came upon several old empty wine bottles dated 1949 to 1951. In this bunch of bottles, there are 2 types. One type of bottle is a -pint chianti wine labeled "Spalletti". It's a small round bottle and a sample of the wording on the back label of this bottle reads: Sole U.S.A. Agents French Italian Wine And Liquor Corp. Brooklyn 22, New York Import Permit No. NY 1 76 The other type of bottle I have is a 1-pint Italian Light Rose Wine labeled "Verona - Chiaretto del Garda". This bottle is flat and round and a sample of the wording on the label of this bottle reads: Sole Agents: Tempesta Import Corp. Long Island City, New York Import Permit 2-1-439 I have a total of about 14 bottles - all of which are in very good shape and all the labels are like- new. These bottles also have chianti-style bamboo cases wrapped around the bottom of them and some of the bottles have bubble flaws in the glass that give them more character. This was a very fun find for me! (To bad they're empty.) Can you tell me a little bit more about these bottles? Does this sound like something anyone would be interested in? I really appreciate your time. Very truly, Brenda

Brenda, thanks for the nice words.  I wish I could tell you something about your bottles.  Billions  bottles have been made in the last fifty years and because the collector interest isn't there, no one has written much on the topic. Hold on to them for enough time and they probably will have some value.  Digger

Hi Digger. I check your site regularly. A friend of mine has what I think is a unique bottle to sell. It is Tubular Open Pontiled and Ice Blue Aqua. Its embossed Russian Liniment on it. Have you ever seen this bottle? There may be other embossings as well but I do not have it in front of me right now. The bottle stands about 5" to 6" tall, and measures 2" x 2" roughly. It has a perfect applied lip, and appears to be mint. Any information would be much appreciated. Thanks s-malloy

I wish I could tell you the bottle was unique, but it is fairly well known but not at all common.  In aqua the bottle is very scarce.  It also comes in olive green!  In that color it is extremely rare.  I am fairly sure the bottle is a New York City bottle.  Interestingly, it was still around in 1879 under the control of the Manhattan Medicine Co.  There must also be a smooth based variant, although I have not seen one.  I'd estimate a value between $150-250.  Digger

Hello I have a bottle that I purchased while in Suriname and was wondering if anyone might help me ID it? I do not collect bottles but this one caught my eye Because it has a glass ball in the neck of it. The Bottle is very thick and about the size of a 14 oz soda bottle. Also, it has the following writing elevated on the glass: TJON POEN GIM (with a man holding a flag SURINAME pictured over the words) and on the back I can make out the following: THE NIAGARA BOTTLE BARNETT&FOSTER MAKERS LONDON.N The bottle is clear glass with air bubbles in it. The bottle is 9" tall with a smooth base and a chip in the neck. I believe it has a pinched pour lip. Any help you may offer would be greatly appreciated Fred Teribury

Fred your bottle is a Codd bottle.  I have covered these in some detail in earlier months.  I cannot tell you much about your bottle except the form is common.  In clear glass it probably has a value of $8-10 max.  Digger

Hi Digger, I recently acquired an apothecary globe from an old pharmacy. I attached some pictures so you can get a better idea of what I have. The total height of the hanger, up to the part that fits into the ceiling mount is approximately 33.5". It seems to have been painted black, as in places on the ceiling mount and chain the paint has peeled off. I am not sure of what kind of metal it is, but looks to be some sort of white metal. The glass globe is approximately 18" high with the stopper, and has a 32" circumference at the widest point. There are no chips or cracks. The inside of the ceiling mount is imprinted with Riddle Co Design Made in USA (see picture) The inside of the part that attaches to the ceiling mount reads 1869 (see picture) I would appreciate any information you can give me on this globe, (value, age). I have been searching for info, but can't seem to find a heck of a lot about them. I am hoping you can help me. Thanks, Marianne Iaquinto

Marianne,  Originally these were decorative items filled with colored water and common to nearly every apothecary and drugstore.  These globes, especially the hanging ones are highly sought after by drugstore  collectors.  Yours has several features that make it stand out.  First, it is a hanging globe rather than a standing one.  Secondly, you appear to have all of the components.  

The design is not especially rare and reminds me of a common standing one with similar metal holder but lacking the chains. It has little decoration on the body itself.  Some are wheel cut with fancy designs or have controlled bubble designs.  The second limiting factor is that the globe is only one tier.  Multitiered apothecary bottles like the two tiered ones shown here increase the value. I'd estimate the value of your globe to be $300-600.  digger

 

How do you clean bottles? I found a few different types at work but don't know how to get them clean. Thanks Joe

Joe, It is a fairly complicated process to remove stain.  Dirt and such can removed by washing but not stain.  I spent years learning the secrets of cleaning antique bottles.  I sell that information.  You can find a brief description on my cleaning page.  Digger

Dear Digger, Have you ever heard of this brand? It was in a square shaped bottle like many bitters came in, so I suspect it is. I can't find any info anywhere on it. Here is a picture if you'd like to see it. Any information on this would be appreciated. Thanks. Oh and the bottle is about 8.75 inches tall and 3.75 inches wide. Thanks so much. Debbie Kelly

Hi Debbie,
Your bottle was a "Female Regulator" put up by the Andrews Mfg. Co. of Bristol Tennessee from at least 1900-1917.  It was billed as a cure for all women's diseases.  The company sold a companion product to be used with the liquid Life Root called Andrew's Wine of Life Root Powder.  Digger

 

 

Dear Sir, I have a bottle of Wiser's Canadian Rye Whiskey that is full of the golden product from during the Second World War, complete with a pristine label and an intact Canadian Excise Label sealing the lid dated 1944. I have searched the net extensively and was unable to find any type of price list for as much as even a similar piece. Is it possible for you to appraise it for me and further, might you be interested in purchasing it or would I possibly be better simply to place it on auction with e-bay or some other world-based auction platform? Thank you, Lorne Barnes

Lorne, Your question is similar to one above and the one below.  There are lots of complete and intact whiskey or alcohol bottles around from the last fifty years.  I would not be interested in purchasing it, but recently I saw a similar item on Ebay bring some good money.  It only takes two people wanting something to make it collectible.  I would suggest an on-line auction as a means of selling it.

 

Hi Digger, My great uncle has two very old whisky bottles that are still sealed with the original contents. The Geo. A Dickel "Cascade" is dated 1917 and the "Old Ennis Owen" is dated 1918. His dad was a moonshine runner in the prohibition days and stashed these when he saw prohibition coming. Uncle Roger is curious to know what kind of value these bottles of whisky might have. He would love to hear an offer. Thanks. Todd Ronning Two Harbors, Minnesota

I'd guess in the $30-40 range. Digger

Hi Linda here..... Wondering if you ever heard of Elephant Peanut Butter... I have a rare find of a elephant peanut butter jar.... & cannot find it in either libraries in NJ. & PA... Believe me I have been all over the internet & in the library antique jar & bottle books & cannot find anything on Elephant Peanut Butter... It has a picture of an Elephant on the front of the jar.... Pretty neat piece with spirals of outer raised designs in the glass ... Any inf. would be appreciated... Looking to sell..... Thanks Linda

Linda, I have not heard of your jar, nor did I find reference to it.  It was clearly a competitor to the highly popular "Jumbo" Peanut Butter jar which is well known and documented.  I expect Jumbo collectors would be interested in your piece.  

Dear Digger, I found a bottle on some of our property yesterday, and was just curious about it. I ran across your questions, answers, and pictures and have been in heaven reading and looking at your stuff. This bottle says: H.J.HEINZ CO. on the bottom of it.  PATD.JUNE 17 1890  On the side there is a circle...inside the circle is a emblem  that looks similar to what I tried to draw with the keyboard, well anyway there is a skeleton key inside the emblem. On the outside of the circle,and around the circle, (at the top it says) H.J.HEINZ CO. The bottom half of the circle it says PITTSBURGH.PA. There is another circle that goes on the outside of the writing. Then between the top and bottom half is a little banner that comes off each side,the left side says TRADE the right side says Mark. The bottle itself is 9 inches tall. It has seams on the side and has a bluish-pink color to it in the sunlight. I remember the old glass ketchup bottles but they didn't look quite like this. I would appreciate any information you have on it. We haven't had a computer for long but I hope there is a picture included. After looking around your site I am really curious about a few other bottles we have found or that have been given to us. Several years ago I went to the library and found a little information on a few bottles that I have. Now that I have access to the Internet I will see what I can find. My husband used to wreck old buildings, I finally told him to bring ALL glass home. So I have boxes of stuff out in my barn that he brought home and we saved but have no clue about any of it. He brought home Depression Glass, bottles, and all kinds of other old stuff. Sorry about my rambling on, hope to hear back from you and Thank You for your time. Debbie Jenkins

Debbie, Your description is excellent but your keyboard drawing was not reproducible.  The one important detail on Heinz bottles is the number on the base.  Your bottle which I suspect has the number 56 on the base was not ketchup but pepper sauce. They are scarcer than the ketchup bottles and sell for about $5-6.  Digger

 

I found a bottle which strikes me as being unusual. It may not be old, but would just like to find out what it is. It is about 14" tall, light blue, in the shape of a grecian urn. It has a handle and a white fluted stopper about 2" tall. It has a pour top with a smooth embossed bottom. It is pressed glass with a seam running top to bottom on both sides. Both sides contain a painted or pressed on white scene of  Socrates & Aristotle seated and Plato, standing behind a desk with a white and cobalt blue background of greek bldgs. The bottom reads, around the edge, "Federal Law Prohibits Sale or Re Use of this Bottle". The center reads D-334 119 61 4. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Kelly

Kelly, I am not familiar with your bottle, but is was a whisky or alcoholic beverage of some sort produced between 1932-1964.  Maybe a reader has heard of it. Digger

If you could please help me. I have done research on this bottle for quite some time now.A friend of mine asked about the value of her old baby bottle. The bottle has a naked baby boy on it and the words sonnyboy in capital letters. If you can tell me the approximate value of this bottle and a little history I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

Your clear oval Nursing bottle is circa 1930-1944 and is made by the Knox Glass Co.   The bottle comes only in ABM (automatic bottle machine) in an 8 ounce size but can be found with both a screw top and a cork type lip.  There is a 4 ounce bottle embossed Sunny Babe which is probably a minature of the eight ounce.  I'd guess the value to be in the $20-30 range.  Digger

Dear Sir, I have an old bottle in my possession. It is a bluish green color with a cork type top. Inscribed on one side Wm Emken /136 &138 / Rochester Ave./ Brooklyn On the reverse side are two old type anchors with the word REGISTERED printed near the bottom. I found it about 30 years ago while diving off the Rockaways in Jamaica Bay. This is just south of Coney Island , New York. Thank you for any help with this matter, Bill Simberlund

I suspect your bottle is a soda.  It is quite typical for divers to find them especially near an amusement park.  Without a picture or better description of the body style I cannot be of much more help.  The presence of the word "Registered" make me think it is probably 1880-1910. Value is probably $8-10.  Digger

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 I would very much like to have the attached bottle identified. It was found about 25 years ago in Klamath California ( Northern California) near an ancient Indian Village. Thank You for being Available for Questions. Marilyn Strasser

Despite its being found near an ancient Indian Village, I doubt that the contents ever passed the lips of any of the inhabitants.  Your bottle is a torpedo soda, so named for the shape.  They are close cousins of the Round bottom soda bottles.  Many of these were imported, but they were also made in this country.  Such bottles are common and worth $5-8 in the condition yours is in.  With embossing or in a good color it would bring more.  The odd shape always catches people's attention.  What I have been told is that by forcing the bottle to lie on its side, the cork remained wet and the contents unspoiled.  Digger

Hello, I found a aqua blue bottle while dredging the Mississippi River in St Paul ,MN the names on the bottle are Wells Miller Provost, I was told it is a pepper sauce bottle from New York. It appears to be a molded bottle with a seam from top to bottom. Would like any info if you or your club members have heard of it dates from mid to late 1800s... I have found several different sizes, colors, and shapes. Some are brown medicine bottles. Thank you. Bernie. 

Bernie you dredged up a pretty good find.  The bottle is indeed a New York bottle.  The three gentlemen, John B. Wells, Ebenezer Miller and Stephen H. Provost were in business under that name from 1844-1852.  Miller left the business in 1853.  Together, they ran a pickling concern and put up a good variety of products such as vinegar and sauces of various sorts,  judging from the number of different styles of bottles bearing all or some of their names.  I hesitate to say that your bottle is a pepper sauce without seeing the form first. Digger

I have seen a bottle and would like to know what it was used for. The bottle is very heave, about 12 inches tall. The color is light tan but not solid tan. The neck is very short with a thick mouth. The bottle is not round but has about 6 sides to it. It is not very smooth but rough looking. This rough look is not from wear but the way it was made. There are about two very small chips on the bottle. The bottle is in good shape. The only description on the bottle is ARNOLD AND GREEN. Have you ever seen anything like this before? Thank you

I am taking a wild guess here that it is a beverage bottle of some kind.  These are often made of heavy glass (I wondered if your bottle was pottery and not glass from the color description "tan").  Pottery bottles are often stamped or "debossed".  Maybe a reader can offer more help.  Digger.

I found an old bitters bottle the name is D Hoofland's German Bitters also it says C.M Jackson Philadelphia and it says liver complaint on it . I want to know what its worth.

In mint condition with a smooth base about $10-15.  With an open or iron pontil the bottles sells for $50-75.  They are very common.  Digger.

I have a bottle marked Sutton's mead. It is not glass-looks like pottery. Do you have any information?

I am sorry I do not.  Sounds English.  Over the last thirty years many old English pottery bottles have been imported to this country.  Maybe one of my English readers will help out.  Digger

Hi, I haven't started collecting bottles yet, but I ran accross something on Ebay I hope you can tell me something about. Ebay #458470520 is a full case of "Dropping Bottles". What are they? How old? Are they worth anything? Thanks for your help, John

The bottles you saw were chemistry bottles made by the Wheaton Company, which by the way still manufactures such items.  I could not tell from the picture the age, but I suspect they were made within the last forty years. You might well still be able to order them. Digger.  

 

Hello Digger, I have some pictures of an interesting figural bottle that is about 11" tall, has a faint pontil mark (looks like a blown in mold) about the size of a quarter, clear, bust of a distinguished gentleman that I can find no reference to in any book. Do you have any info? It would be greatly appreciated!! Your Friend, Brent

Unfortunately, I cannot tell from the photos you sent if it matches any of the figurals I have listings for.  One thing I suspect is that the stopper does not go with the bottle. Digger

Hey Digger, I recently came across some clear machine made Distilled Water bottles in the attic of an old building. They are 13" tall by 4" wide. The metal hanger is intact and works fine and the cap is still on with four plastic tubes running down to the bottom of the bottle. On the bottom reads: Property of Baxter Laboratories Bottle Made in U.S.A. 1 and the number 7 and 2 with a I inside a diamond inside a circle in the middle of these numbers. On the backside are embossed CUBIC CENTIMETERS running longways in the middle of two rows of embossed numbers. The left side numbers are upside down and graduate from 1900 down to 0 in sequence of a hundred. The right side starts at 2000 and graduates down to 200. On the front of the bottle is embossed TWO LITERS right above the label. The label reads U.S. Army Special Vacoliter No. WA 195551 STERILE, NON-PYROGENIC DISTILLED WATER If contents are to be used for parenteral therapy, add ingredients and use within 3 hours after removing diaphragm. CAUTION: To be used only by or on the prescription of a physician. List No. 70 Baster Laboratories, Inc. Glenview, Ill. College Point, N.Y. Any info on age/value sure would be appreciated. By the way, the brushes my wife bought from you for part of my stocking stuffer last Christmas really are great! This year I'm hinting around to her that I want your Secrets of Privy Digging and Medicines books. :) Thanks Digger!!! Southern Regards, Eddie Nichols

Eddie, Thanks for the kind words.  A short bit of detective work turned up this information. Baxter Laboratories was founded in 1931 as, "the first manufacturer of commercially prepared intravenous solutions....  In 1933, the company opened its first manufacturing facility in a renovated automobile showroom in Glenview, Illinois. There, six employees turned out the complete line of five solutions in glass containers." When WWII broke out they were the only company producing such solutions that met with Armed Forces Specifications. They still sell the sterile distilled water which is advertised for irrigation (I don't want to know) but not in glass bottles.  I'd guess you bottles were made between 1940 - 1960.  Interesting, but they probably do not have much value...maybe $2 - 5 each.  Digger

Hi Digger! Love your site. I have a small cobalt blue bottle- 2 1/2" high. It has a slightly indented smooth bottom with CL C CO imprinted. The attic kept bottle has a label (about 95%) that reads Quinine Sulphate, Eighth ounce, Powers & Weightman, manufacturing chemists, Philadelphia. There is a cork in the top and it looks like some of the contents may still be inside. Any value or information you are able to contribute to this bottle would be most appreciated. Thank you, T.Kline- PA

Powers and Weightman were the successors in business of the firm of Farr & Kunzi, established in Philadelphia in 1818. On January 11, 1838, two years after the retirement of Mr. Kunzi, Mr. Farr took into partnership with him Thomas H. Powers and William weightman under the name of John Farr & Co.  Three years later it became Farr, Powers & Weightman and upon the death of Mr. Farr in 1847 it became Powers & Weightman.  They manufactured opium and cinchona alkaloids, mercurials and a general loneof medicinal and photographic chemicals.  Quinine, used to battle malaria,  was one of their staples.  The Quinine works was was at 35th and Moore St.  Mr. Powers died in 1878 and Weightman purchased his interest and continued the firm under the same name. Three years after Mr. Weightman's death, the firm became Powers - Weightman - Rosengarten Co. I do not know the exact date of his death but by 1908 it was Power - Weightman - Rosegarten Laboratories.  Now I have a bottle with the C L C Co. mark on the base and it is possible the second "C" is a "G" (it is very hard to tell) which would make it the Carr Lowry Glass Co. in Baltimore, MD in business in business between 1889-1920.  Given all that, I'd guess your bottle dates between 1889 and 1908.  Given the very small size, I'd estimate the value at $20-30.  Digger

I am in Ephraim, Utah and was cleaning out my bosses back field when under a pile of old farm equipment shrubs and old car parts I found a 1 gallon jug. The bottle is in good condition and you can still read the lid it says Roma Wines California, and a signature that says B. L. Cella established in 1890. On the neck there is a ring to put your finger to carry it with and it is brown in color. The opening is about as big around as a quarter and the lid has minimal rust. I was just interested about the history of these kind of bottles and if it is worth anything. Jim Robertson

Jim, your bottle sounds to be about 1930-50 period.  These large one gallon amber jugs are common from that time period.  I do not know specifically about yours but there are not too many collectors for similar bottles so the value is probably minimal.  Maybe a reader can help.Digger.

Digger, I know it says on the web page where I got your address not to ask questions about Chlorox (all too common bottles); however, I would like to know if you know how many 2 and 1/2 inch cobalt blue Bromo seltzer bottles from Emerson Drug Co. are embossed with Balticmore MD.? There is a C between the i and the m in Baltimore. Also, there is a larger gap between the m and o in Bromo as well as in between the u and g in drug(as apposed to other bottles that I have seen). Is this just a flaw when it was blown? Please forward your reply. Thanks for listening. Best Regards, Jim

Jim, error bottles are more common than you might think.  Sometimes foreign material could get stuck in the mold lettering and letters were omitted, run together or otherwise made unrecognizable.  Given the millions (and I mean millions) of Bromo Seltzer bottles that were made in the decades around the turn of the century I be surprised if there weren't such odd-balls as you describe.  Under-blowing could result in problems as well.  Sometimes letters were ghosted as if the bottle after having been blown, touched the mold while still hot.  For the most part, such idiosyncrasies raise the bottle's interest more than its value.  Digger

Was wondering if you could tell me what in the glass makes the glass turn purple, is it lead? ,Gail Meyer Kilgore Casa Grande, Arizona 

Gail, No, actually lead was used in the making of clear glass.  The substance is manganese which bleach out the nature aqua color most often associated with "bottle glass," but was unstable and reacted to the unltrviolet rays of the sun and turned the purple hue to which you refer.   By the end of World War I other substances were used to decolorize the glass. 

I have a general question about antique medicine bottles: Is it illegal for an individual or a museum to possess bottles which still are originally sealed and retain their contents? I am asking especially about some of the many patent medicines which contained opium, morphine, heroin or other substances that are now controlled. Thanks for all your wonderful information.

 I am not a lawyer but, I have never heard of anyone being arrested for possession of such items.  I can image it being illegal however.  I would be more concerned with the sale of these rather than the simple possession.  The bottles of illegal substances are very popular among collectors and often bring large sums of money. I doubt the police are going to raid your collection.  Digger

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Hello! I am a fairly new collector..well sort of..lol my question is this: the bottle is clear, 4 sides with the side edges being on a slant, seam to top of lip on 2 sides, bottom has sunken circle (actually 2 circles), raised lettering: HYNSON WESTCOTT DUNNINE...the word being staggered from top to bottom long ways one word per line.. the stopper for it on top is 7 sided curving in an smooth back out, seams on 2 sides, cork around glass and narrowing into tip (such as iodine back in 70's. any help you can give would be appreciated. thank you! willa

Unfortunately, I was not able to find anything.  Clearly from your description the bottle is machine but I can't date it much beyond that.  The cork around the stopper is typical of the 1920-40 era.  It might be a cologne.  Maybe a reader knows.  Digger

Hi Digger. I was an avid digger/collector/dealer many years ago in my boyhood home in eastern PA. When I grew-up and moved away I sold all but the very best stuff. I now think it's time to clean house. I have about a dozen colored soda/mineral water/beer from the Seitz company in Easton PA. A few have graphite pontils, some are plain aqua-marine, but some are the 8-sided cobalt; I have some F Seitz, JA Seitz, most are Seitz Bros. I also have some Seitz accessories (tip tray, coaster, opener, stoppers). I also have a commemorative Charles Gardener milk-glass flask made for the Sommers club in new England and a commemorative EG Booze made for the Baltimore club. I know I've been general in my descriptions.I am out of touch with value and markets. Can you help? Also, do you have address for the New England club or for club or people in PA who might want the Seitz stuff? Dave Miller Boise, ID

Dave,  I have one word for you "EBAY."  If anyone contacts me about the items I'll let you know.  Ebay will set the market value.  The Seitz bottles are good bottles but not especially rare so damage and stain will hurt their value.  The accessories might be very desireable but that is out of my area of expertise.  Digger.

Do you know anything about golden tree pure honey bottles? New England maple syrup company in Boston 1909? thank you if you can help me.

The bottles clear, round cylinders 6 inches tall are fairly common. The New England Maple Syrup Company is first mentioned in the business directories in 1904.  Trademarks were issued in 1909 and they were advertising as late as 1920.  they sold syrup, honey and mustard.  All of their bottles are common.  I'd estimate a value of $5-8.  Digger

I found what I believe is an antique bottle at a thrift store. It is green, shaped like a snare drum (with snares) on the bottom and then has "bubbles" embossed on the top half. The neck is tapered. There is a very obvious mold seam. The bottom has a pontil mark. Around the top of the "snare drum" the words "McGivers American Army Bitters Bottle" followed by three stars. I will send a picture if you think its worth it. Thank you.

The bottle is modern reproduction of a real old bottle.  Yours is probably a Wheaton bottle.  See the article on my home page about them.

How about a black glass turn or paste mold bottle with applied seal that says Paul Jones Pure Rye Louisville Ky. Rare or valuable? Condition is dug 2 small dings

Common and not particular valuable especially with damage. Value is $10-20 if you can find a buyer.  Digger

I do not know where to turn as I would like to find out exactly what I have here and thought you may either know or could send me to the right place. I have a metal liquor bottle stopper that plays "How Dry I Am" when turned upside down. It has the word "Silverite" on the inside. Attached is a photo. I would be interested in selling it to someone should it fit into someone's collection. Thanks.

I do not think the item is extremely rare.  I have no idea of what it might be worth.  The one shown at the left is incomplete.  Digger

 

Hello, While remodeling, we found a bottle hidden in an old ceiling. It is in perfect condition, and seems to be a nurser. It appears to be a cork (or nipple) style, flat-bottom, clear glass, head-characature of a crying baby. Approx. 7 inches tall, the glass is bubbly and irregular. There are no chips, flaws or discolorations. On the bottom of the base, the emboss reads, "T.P.S & Co". On the back, it reads, "Patented June 2nd, 1874".  Please communicate with me if this crying baby interests you.

From your description your bottles sounds like the one pictured on the right. It is not a nurser, though many have suggested such.  It is known as the Crying Baby Figural.  The 3 bottles sold at auction for $50.  Sounds too low to me, but that was the price. Digger

I have not been able to find any info on this bottle any where. Perhaps you can help. The bottle appears to be free blown and has the name Jn Greenhow, Wms,burg 1770 , stamped in a blob on the side. I will send some pictures So you won't have to rely on my description. Any insight would be helpful. Thanks, Tony

Tony the bottle is a Williamsburg reproduction.  I believe it was modeled after some shards dug from a Williamsburg well.  They were sold in the Williamsburg gift shop.  Were it real it would worth thousands.  Digger

I recently saw a bottle which was in the shape of a hand, clear glass, with the cork? opening in one of the fingers. I am trying to find out how I might locate a bottle like this. Can you give me any pointers. I am not a bottle collector, I collect hands and hand-shaped items. Thanks for any help you may be able to give.

Three places - a local bottle show.  Check my show listings for one near you.  Secondly, Glassworks Auctions, you'll find a link on my links page. Thirdly, keep an eye on Ebay auctions. Digger

I have some bottles I found at an old homesite. On is a bottle pat. Nov. 30 1858 mason jar with a 1/2" by 1/4" chip in the threads, the rest of the jar is in great shape. The color is hard to describe its kind of a teal color. Also found a 6" tall whisky flask w/ no embossing, BIM, very light green color. I would appreciate any info on the value of these thanks in advance -CDH

Well, if the jar is truly teal and not just a dark aqua it might be worth $20+.  The deeper the color the better the price.  The damage would reduce that value though.  In aqua it would be worth $2-4. The unembossed whisky is probably worth $3-5.  Digger.

P.S. any valuable bottles to come out in the 1940's

Some War related milks and ACL sodas can bring big bucks. Digger

My daughter has found 2 little bottles, one clear and the other one blue. They are about 7" tall and look like a little man. the opening is about an inch wide. Could you please let us know what they were used for and if there are any other ones available from a particular buyer? Thank you very much.

I'd need to see a picture.  Check out "Ask Digger" for tips on describing your bottles to get the best answer.  Digger.

Hi I have a fairly short and simple question: How does one go about preserving the paper label on the bottle? My label is brittle and flaking, the bottle is dirty (I got it at an auction) and I would like to clean the bottle but the label just keeps flaking more and more. Any help would be appreciated ; ) T. Grogg Ps: by the way, the bottle is nothing special but just in case you're curious, its a Mrs. Stewarts bluing bottle with a wooden/ cork? stopper.

The apparently simple question may be more complex that you imagined.  There is an entire science of paper conservation, preservation and restoration.  Paper made since 1850 has a very high acid content which acts as a "slow fire," destroying paper fibers and making pages yellow and very brittle. Additionally, there are three environmental factors that affect the preservation of paper: humidity, temperature and light. An excess of moisture softens the size and leads to the formation of acids derived from salts and other products used in the manufacture of paper or ink. Sudden and frequent changes in temperature and humidity subject paper to great strains that may rupture its fabric. Extremely high or low humidity levels, heat and light cause rapid oxidation of paper, deterioration of the cellulose, brittleness, and fading of inks and color. The most dangerous radiations to which paper can be exposed are those of short wave-length (ultra-violet rays). This sort of damage from light is not reversible. So, what can you do?  1) Cleaning of the label of dirt and other surface materials can be accomplished using erasing powders such as Opaline or Scum-X.  Test a blank parts of the paper item prior to begin the whole operation. Pour erasing powder directly on the paper in small areas and gently rub with a soft brush. Brush away residue. Paper tears easily so work carefully and slowly. Erasing powders are sold by art and stationary stores. 2) Professional conservators mend tears with a patch of thin pieces of Japanese tissue and a neutral or slightly alkaline paste or adhesive. "Dry" wheat starch paste or rice starch are used carefully. Ordinary cornstarch paste made at home can be used. However items mended require pressing with weight until dry to avoid bubbles, etc. Using adhesives with an acid content may worsen the condition. 3) Many times I have seen a temporary fix where clear plastic wrap is used to cover the label and bottle to prevent further deterioration from handling or moving.  Some have, and I do not recommend it, used clear lacquer sprays or paints to cover the label, but in extreme cases this encapsulation might be the only resort. 4) Without addressing the acid problem the damage will probably continue.  Paper conservationists treat the paper with a slightly alkaline solution to prevent future damage. 5) Stains can be treated by bleaching, but there are destructive effects of this process as well.  I hope this helps.  Digger

 

Can you tell me anything about this old wine bottle? I can't find anything like it on ebay and I am thinking about putting it up for auction. A lot of the big label is torn away and the one on top is missing the lower left corner. I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks, Don

Don, That's one wild bottle.  You've got me on this one.   Perhaps ice was to be put in the hole with the red cork to cool the wine. Clearly some effort went into making it.   Maybe a reader has an idea. Digger

 

I am not sure if i am in touch with the right people or if you can even help me, but I have several bottles that I won at an auction. I have had several people tell me they might be worth something, but I think they are all reproductions. One says Owens and it looks like a medicine bottle, while the others all vary in color, they all have a molded seem that goes all the way up and say made in taiwan on the bottom. One has ball and claw bitters (but does not say Wheaton any where on it, none do), one has Ben Franklin, one has a horse shoe on it and the other has chief Wahoo Electric tonic on it. they range from purple, green, blue, brown and clear. There is a lot more on each bottle, but I don't know what would be important info. None are chipped or damaged either. I really can't find anything about them anywhere!!!!! any info you could give me would be greatly appreciated. michelle

Michelle, See my article on reproductions off  my home page. Digger

Are snuff bottles of value any longer? I have had no luck finding information on the internet about them. I know they used to be valued by the markings on the bottom of the jars, but I cannot find out. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, Barb

Collectors like crude and 
early snuff bottles

Barb, Yes, there are some very good snuff bottles and then there are some worth only $2-3.  The pontil age snuff typically in olive and shades of olive amber or olive green are popular and usually sell for $75 or more.  There are a few early embossed snuff bottles which can bring many hundreds of dollars.  Early ones (before 1860) with labels command good prices.  The prices decrease as you move into the smooth based unembossed snuffs made after 1870. The least valuable ones are usually amber and may even be machine made.  

 

I have dug in the backyard of our home and come up with about 50 complete bottles. I am trying to find current prices on some of them. I would greatly appreciate any information you could give on any of them.

I will type the embossed letters that appear on the bottles in CAPS.

1) DR. D. JAYNE'S TONIC VERMIFUGE 242 CHEST ST. PHILA The two "T"s and the "A" are smaller letters and underlined. I have information on this bottle, but haven't been able to find a current price listing. Here is some information I have found or already knew: -circa 1868 -rectangular with rounded sides -aqua -5 1/4" -very common -"O" with a square around it embossed on the bottom.  $3-5

2) CALDWELL'S SYRUP PEPSIN M'F'D. BY PEPSIN SYRUP COMPANY MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS -circa Turn of Century -rectangular -aqua -3" -very common, this was a sample size $1-2

3) FOLEY & CO. CHICAGO, U.S.A  $1-2

4) SAMPLE BOTTLE DR. KILMER'S SWAMP-ROOT KIDNEY CURE BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -circa Turn of Century -cylinder -aqua -very common -3 1/4" $3-5

I believe the manufacturer's mark on the bottom of these last three bottles is the Illinois Glass Company's (the "I" with the diamond around it). I have found price listings of some of Dr. Jayne's and also Dr. Kilmer's bottles in Kovels' Bottles Price List books, but never the bottles I own. I would be thrilled to receive a reply from you with information about these bottles, or information on even one of them. Thank you so much for your time. Hope to hear from you soon. THANKS!

Gee, you do not have far to travel to dig.  Sounds like fun!  I gave my estimate in red above.  Digger

I am not into old bottles (yet) but I couldn't resist this one. I am attaching photos for you to take a look at if you would. The bottle probably isn't that old. It is approximately 4" in height (including the rubber fingers) and is dark amber in color. The bottle has a partial label that reads: Van Ess Special Dandruff Ma_______ Net Contents 4 Fluid Ounces Alcohol Not Over 20% Van Ess Laboratories Chicago Copyrighted 1922 The bottle has a screw top and I think the interesting thing about this bottle is the cap. It has a rubber insert on a metal screw cap that has "fingers" sticking out all over. I have to assume it was to scrub the scalp to get rid of dandruff. The bottle itself is in good condition but one of the rubber fingers has fallen off. (I have it.) The bottom of the bottle has "Van Ess Bottle Patent Applied For" embossed on it. Obviously, there is quite a bit of information about the bottle on the label. Can you tell me what the value of this bottle might be, if any? I have done a search on ebay and have yet to come up with a hit on a Van Ess bottle and every time I go to the library, the books are all checked out. Any help is appreciated. Susie.

Susie, You do a a funny look item there.  I suspect the wording on the label is Van Ess Special Dandruff Massage. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to track down any information for you.  Hopefully a reader will know something.  I'd guess a value in $10 -15 range.  Digger.

Howdy Digger. Would you be able to tell me the value of the following bottles, and anything else you might know about them ? First is a six sided aqua cathedral pepper sauce embossed " Harrison and Wilson Cincinnati" 2nd is an aqua squat soda embossed " J. Forshag Lawrenceburg IND., And finally, an aqua hutch embossed L. Schulte Brookville IND. These are all recently excavated privy finds. Thanks again for taking the time to provide this wonderful service. Check out my web page at http://www.hometown.aol.com/artyfact1/privy.html. Eddie.

Eddie, I'd guess the value of the pepper sauce to be in the $85-150 range.  It is probably connected with Harrison and Bros. who ran a rather large concern out of Cincinnati and New York.  It is rare.  I do not have much to go on on the Indiana bottles.  The squat I expect to be worth in the $30-50 range, depending upon the rarity.  I know some guys are digging over in Lawrenceburg so others might show up or are already known.  To get any money out of the hutch beyond $20 would require a collector looking for Indiana items.  Digger 

I have seven 2.5" glass Pepsi bottles from an old grocery set. Any idea how much they're worth? Only one has a Pepsi decal on the front, but all of them have a metal cap with Pepsi written on them. I have searched many places to find out their value. Also part of the set is a blue windex bottle, glass, 2". Any ideas? Thanks, Laura

Laura, glasses are out of my area of knowledge.  I wouldn't think the Windex bottle had much value and would be hard to find a buyer for it. Digger

Digger, I am hoping you can give me some information about a bottle I recently unearthed. The bottle has embossed writing reading Eich and Graf 1325 & 1327 S 7 TH ST St. Louis On the other side of the bottle is printed THIS BOTTLE IS NEVER SOLD Near the bottom of the bottle are the letters A & DHC The bottle is approx. 11 inches high and amber in color and appears seamless. Judging by your descriptions (I am a neophyte) the lip appears to be tooled with applied ring. The 1870-1910 time period would also coincide with other bottles found at the same site. If you could supply any information on the company history, age or value of the bottle, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Jamie J. Schuh

Jamie since I can't find any listing for your bottle as a beer, but given the color and the embossing "This bottle is never sold," it is most certainly a beer or less likely a soda.  I have a pretty good source for beers, but yours did not appear.  It might be rare, but that does not mean necessarily valuable. The A & DHC is the Pittsburgh glass works that made the bottle. I'd guess a value of at least $20, maybe more if local collectors were interested.  Digger

Hi Digger, Great site! I concur with your 12 tips, 100%. Thanks for the advice. Got a price/value question. Last weekend, while scuba diving a fresh water lake, I found a bottle of Healy&Bigalow's Indian Sagwa. The glass is in real nice shape, and get this ... the cork is intact and the dark brown contents fill the bottle up to the neck! I have been harvesting surface dumps for years and this product is spotty to our area (Maine) It'll stay in my collection, but I gotta wonder, about it's value. Got any idea? Ron

Ron, You'll find one for sale on my site under Bottles for Sale I want about $30 for mine.  Digger

18 October, 2000 Hello- I obtained your email address from antiquebottles.com. I bought a colored bottled a few months ago. I don't know how to classify it (bitters, cologne, whatever). It has no "advertising" or maker's marks, with the exception of a possible mark on the bottom. The bottle has the following characteristics: Shape: slightly flattened round from front view. From side view slightly tapers toward top or slightly flairs at bottom, which ever you prefer. Size: height (excluding neck) approx 4 1/4 inches; neck: 1 1/4 inches. Side measure: about 1 1/2 inches at shoulder. About 2 1/2 inches at bottom. Top of neck has no lip or ridge at the top. (Maybe had a cork closure at one time?) Seams: one on either side. No top or shoulder seam. Two halves were put together. Pontil: rough, but not dangerously so. Mark on bottom: (if it is a "mark") a raised diagonal line, possibly part of a '7' figure. There is a horizontal line above the diagonal line, but where they would connect if it is a '7' is worn or broken away. Color: blue tending toward aqua, but definitely not the aqua of canning jars. At the bottom where the glass is thickest, it is beautiful, like the Carribean on a sunny day. Possibly light cobalt. Design: Embossed or raised diamonds formed by intersecting diagonal lines. Within each diamond is a cross (or plus-sign). The design does not carry through to the sides. The sides are smooth with the exception of the seam mark and lines where the design stops. In other words, if looked at from the side, there are three vertical lines. Bubbles: quite numerous in neck; fewer in body. Contents: somewhat cloudy residue which I have not attempted to clean yet. Condition: very good. one rough spot. No chips or cracks. I paid only $13.00 for this bottle, so it's worth that at least. It's very pretty and has some age on it to be sure, but how much I can't say. I own other antique glass inherited from family, so I know it's authentic. The glass in this bottle is comparable to 1880s pattern glass and the like, in my un-expert opinion. I have looked through half a dozen bottle books and couldn't find this shape, so I don't know how to classify it. If you have any information or can point me to a good research source, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. Julie Weiss

 

Julie,  In this case a picture is worth a thousand words.  You did an excellent job of describing but I am still having trouble visualizing the bottle but I have an idea.  It sounds like the bottle shown at the left.  If so, it is a Clevenger reproduction (actually no such antique bottle exists but it is based on characteristics of serveral 19th century pieces.  You say you know it is old and it could have been made in the 1930-50 period.  check out the article off my home page called reproductions.

Digger

"The Wearin' of the Green"...design and poem, very Irish Original from the Old Fitzgerald Collector's Galllery genuine porcelain, 1968 from Stitzel Weller Distillery, any knowledge, also 2 lovely Jim Beam collectors, Grecian design, Wedgewood blue. Thank you, Marion

I get my information about Jim Beam bottles off Ebay.  I am not an expert in this area.  Digger

Hi John, Long time no speak! Tom Owens here.....still alive. Hey, I bought an interesting bottle today and was wondering if you might help guide me as to its value. It is 9" tall, yellow olive, two large rounded panels (front and rear) and three side panels on each side. It reads on front panel "MANDER WEAVER & Co/ WOLVERHAMPTON". I'm quite sure it is English. Its a really crude bottle, the base does not have an obvious pontil scar however it looks like it may be a refired one? I've attached 3 pics. Hope all is well with you and yours. Thanks for your help. Tom Owens

Tom, From the photos I guess your bottle to be quite early (a photo of the base was sent but is not shown).  The bottle obviously looks like a medicine bottle.  English bottles can be unpontiled and be much older than their American Counterparts.  Your could be circa 1840s.  In 1832 the area around Wolverhampton was struck by a sever Asiatic Cholera epidemic and many hundreds were killed.  Perhaps your bottle contain a Cholera remedy.  Great find.  Maybe a reader will know. Digger

I have 3 bottles I have questions on a blue bottle that says Milk of Magnesia/ genuine Phillips ,a brown bottle that says Certo and upside down its says for 1/2 bottle pour to here and also a old milk bottle that says Walnut Grove Dairy, phone 1373 . All are in very good shape any insight on these would be very helpful. also any webs on these would be great . thanks!!!!

The first two are very common.  The Phillp's has a value of $1-2 and the Certo, a preparation used in making jelly has less value.  Both of them could date from 1920 to well into the 1940s.  The Milk bottle has a four digit phone number.  Your local library could help  date that bottle.  Without a town on the milk the value is lowered unless you can establish where the dairy was located.  The Milk might bring $4-8.  Digger

Hi - I found a bottle and would like to know the approximate year that the bottle was produced. Here is some information on the bottle: clear glass 6 ounce bottle with a crown top and side seams from bottom to top of lip "Manhattan Special Coffee Soda" on white and red front painted label "Manhattan Special" embossed in top front and back shoulders of bottle "Manhattan Bottling Co. Brooklyn, N.Y." painted white wording on back of bottle along with some other words on ingredients Embossed on bottom "G" in square followed by "59" on one edge and "1134-4" on other edge I would like to know the dates that this bottle was manufactured or at least when the Manhattan Bottling Company closed so I could estimate the last date it would have been made. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jim Peronto

Jim, While I do not know you bottle specifically.  I have seen an embossed Manhattan Bottling company bottle.  Your bottle, being an applied color label almost certainly dates after 1940.  I would suggest that the "G" might be the Glenshaw Glass Co. of Glenshaw, PA. and dates to 1959.  I also found a listing for an applied color label (red and white) showing a picture of the Manhattan Skyline and saying "Manhattan Beverages".  That Manhattan Bottling Company is from Woonsocket, RI and dates to 1971.  I do not know if the two are related.  Digger

I HAVE A OLD BOTTLE FROM THE DATES OF 1892 TO 1907 FROM A BOTTLE CO. IN BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA CALLED ELEPHANT BOTTLING WORKS IT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1892 AND IT CLOSED 1907 AND I WANTED TO KNOW HOW MUCH THE BOTTLE IS WORTH THANK MELVIN STEPHENS BIRMINGHAM ALABAMA.

I need a bit more information about the bottle to give a reasonable estimation of the value.  If it was a colored Hutchinson soda it might be worth $500+ if it is a machine machine rather drab looking crown top soda it might be worth $3-5.  Digger.

I just ran across an old bottle with the raised letters "PLUTO'S WATER - AMERICA'S PHYSIC. Ever hear of it? Its shaped like a soda bottle only bigger. On the bottom is a raised picture of a devil (horns, tail, etc) and underneath him it says "PLUTO". On the side along the bottom are the numbers 1092E G21 Bottle is a light aqua color, 11 inches tall, with a crown top. Two side seams run straight thru the lip. Bottle is in good condition, no chips but has wear on the high points of the bottom. Could you tell me anything about this bottle? Such as what company put out this product? Where it was located? How old it is? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you very much for your time and effort. Sandy Ciszewski

Sandy, Check other months for more information.  I think you'll find this excerpt from the 1915 Druggist Circular interesting.  Digger

January 1915

French Lick Springs Hotel Co., French Lick Springs, Ind.

We are experiencing ,a most gratifying increase in our sales, our business is good, and the outlook for business was never better than for, the coming year.

One of the most prominent and permanent evidences of the advance of civilization that we have in our possession today is Pluto water. No home, hospital, private office or sanitarium is complete in its equipment that lacks a supply of this desirable commodity.

Most retail druggists are familiar with the expression, "I don't know how to keep house without it," and when an article has become a household word its popularity has been assured. "Success" has fallen to the man who was fortunate enough to produce it.

The action of Pluto water is truly remarkable. In less than an hour after taking a dose, diluted. in hot or cold water as directed, the pent-up system gets relief, the heavy sluggishness is dispersed. the dun-colored cloud that hung over the patient assumes a silver edge and soon passes out of sight: new energy is almost immediately apparent. This is due to its prompt action on the mucous membranous linings of the stomach and intestines, on the liver and kidneys. There are well authenticated cases where, after constant use for weeks (a dose each morning) the rheumatic pains that afflicted the patient disappeared and were forgotten. It would seem that Mother Nature has supplied this water with the requisites to meet all the needs of tired or inactive body and brain. and the citizens of this, or any other country, who are not yet acquainted with this saline have our sympathy.

There is no reason why every druggist should not corral his share of the big profit to be made on Pluto water. Its, price is within the reach of all; it is easy of administration and pleasant to take as compared with other laxative waters, and there are none of the disagreeable after-effects which accompany so many of the mineral waters and salts; hence, we repeat, that if the druggist advertises liberally and properly, keeps the bottles in full view on the shelves and puts in a good word at the Psychological moment, success may be his also. The druggist who is not handing it over his counter in large quantities is ;it the rear of the, band-wagon and will be left far behind in the run for business.

Among the many good wishes which we are inclined. at this season, to tender our fellow men for the year 1915. is a sincere desire that all may become familiar with the benign influence of Pluto water before the close of the year.

 

Hi Digger, I have three soft drink bottles and would like your opinion regarding their values. 1. A Kik bottle that has something like raised fluting down the neck. The name Kik is in red. On the bottom of the bottle is the word Kik in raised lettering. Looks like it may be from the 50's. It is in fair condition, with some scratches. 2. An Orange Crush bottle, dated July 20, 1920. Front has date, with the words " Orange Crush Co. Bottle. The back has "O C Beverages, Artificially Colored, 7 Fl. Oz." The bottle is in excellent condition. 3. A small 7UP bottle from Gaza, Palestine. It is a green bottle with the red and white 7UP logo and the words "You like it- it likes you" . It has Arabic writing along with English. Thanks, Digger. Chuck F.

Chuck, I believe the Kik bottle might be Canadian.  the one I have seen has a picture of a person kicking a 5 cents that looks like a circle on the front of the bottle.  That bottles sells for about $40.  If yours lacks the picture and just has the words, then I'd expect much less. The Orange Crush bottle, I'll assume is the one with rings or ridges down the bottle.  I really think it depands upon where it was bottled.  Is there an identifying town on the base?  These bottles seem to see between $4-20.  I can't tell you much about the foreign 7up. Digger

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

Colin, 

Hello, First I'd like to thank you for setting time aside to help a beginning bottle collector. I have a bottle with the following details Color: clear with hint of green Shape: Decanter Lettering body: Raised lettering in an elongated diamond "SPARKLETTS" Lettering bottom: Raised lettering "TELEPHONE", "PRIVATE", "EXCHANGE", "Albany 1171" Bottle details: Wide mouth, the neck has very tight raised checker pattern, the body has raised checker pattern and the squares are about 1" wide and 1 1/2" high. Please let me know what you can about this and what it's value may be. Thank you, again Christopher

Christopher, you'll find this question was covered in an earlier month.  You have a refrigerator water bottle.  Use my new search feature off my home page to find it.  Digger

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