September 2000 Questions

Digger Odell Publications © 2000

Hi. I found your site doing a search for an old display case I have. What I can figure is that it was a countertop display case from the late 1800's. It says "Dr. Price's Special Flavoring Extracts". The case is all glass with some wood trim and a wood door on the back to access the contents. The words are printed on the front where the glass is curved outward. I have never seen one of these and am wondering if you might know where I can look to find out about it. The case is in excellent condition, I got it from the attic of an old woman's house. Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Sadee Whip

V. Clarence Price and Charles R. Steele were manufacturing flavorings and baking powder under the Price name in the 1870s and 1880s.  Steele left the business in 1887 and the company became known as the Price Flavoring Extract Co.  The firm, located in Chicago, grew to tremendous size by the turn of the century.  Your display case, depending upon condition, it worth probably in the $300-500 range.  Sounds like a great go-with.  Digger

Hi I have three old (cir 1890) whiskey bottles that have a aluminum/ ceramic jigger/ pourer crimped to the top of the bottles the aluminum sleeve is stamped Johnny Walker and the top part is white ceramic with a quarter inch hole there is a ceramic disc in the inside that seals the bottle when its stood up. Are these rare ? What are the approx worth?

I have questions about the age of the bottles.  I have never seen such a pourer on an pre-1900 bottle.  I'd guess the age to be closer to the 1920s-30 period.  With a good label with nice graphics, I'd expect the bottle to be worth $30-40 range.  Digger

Greetings- I have found a 7" tall, 2 1/2" diameter brown glass bottle. There is nothing written on the bottom of the bottle, but in raised letters on the side of the bottle is: HYDROZONE PREPARED ONLY BY CHAS. MARCHAND NEW YORK USA

Last month, I had a question about Charles Marchand's Glycozone which was another oh his products.  You'll find some background about the bottle there.  Your bottle is fairly common and has a value of $5-10.  Digger.

HELLO! I am trying to find out the circa and value of a bottle I recently came across . It is approx. 6" tall round , lite green in color w/ bubbles in glass. It reads; HOLDENVILLE BOTTLING CO. I.T. ( I.T. being Indian territory) It was found in Holdenville, Ok. Could you please e-mail me any info. pertaining to this specific bottle? Thank you, C. Allison

During the early 19th century Oklahoma became home to no less than 64 different Indian tribes.  They were removed from points around the country and resettled in Indian Territory Oklahoma.  In the latter half of the 19th century, non Indian settlement began to overtake the lands of the various tribes. With the various land openings to settlement by non Indians, Oklahoma Territory was created and Statehood occurred in 1907. Holdenville was in the Chickasaw Indian Territory in 1895.  Your bottle probably dates between 1895 and 1907.  If the bottle is a Hutchinson soda then is probably falls into the earlier period.  If it has a crown top it would be later.  Indian Territory sodas bring good money.  Most I have seen sell between $100-200. Digger

I have an antique baby bottle in excellent condition that is sentimental to me. It was a gift from a relative when my first child was born. That person has passed-on, but I still have the bottle (it is one of the only things to have survived when my home flooded a few years ago). I would be very appreciative if you could provide any info on it. It says Franklin on one side and has ounce markers from one to seven. It is approx. 6 1/2" high It has what looks like "seams" or hair-line cracks in the glass in a few places, but they are not cracks, it appears to be the nature of the glass. Can you tell me how common these bottles are and when they were used, where they were made, etc.? I am looking forward to hearing from you - Crystal in Northern California - p.s. let me know if you need more information.

Your baby bottle is circa 1900.  It was made by the Whithall Tatum & Co of New York.  It should have the W.T. & Co. on the base.  The bottle actually has markings for 8 ounces.  It is clear with a long neck, the word "Franklin" in script diagonally with the graduated markings on the reverse.  The bottle is not common.  I'd estimate the value at $20-30. Digger

 

The more common variants sell for $40-80.

Hi. We found a bottle with "aromatic schnapps" on one side and "Dolphowolfe's" on another. On the third side it contains the letters, schie---am. Unfortunately, the bottle was broken, but we'd like to know about what year this company made the liqueur and where. The bottle is about 8" tall, very dark green. It has a thick lip and is a corked bottle. If you could find out any information, I'd appreciate it. It was found in the California foothills of the Sierras near an old mine. Sincerely, Janie West

Janie, Your bottle is embossed "Udolpho Wolfe's // Aromatic Schnapps // Schiedam." The picture at the left shows two of dozens of variants, one golden amber and the other olive green.  They are known in many colors and are often found to be quite crude and highly whittled.  The bottles come both pontiled and smooth based and date from about 1848-1880.    The product started by Udolpho Wolfe in New City and was advertised as a medicinal gin tonic, and invigorating cordial. When Udolpho moved to New Orleans he left his brother in charge of the New York operation.  Many specimens were dug in New Orleans over the last few decades.   I also covered the Schnapps question in earlier months.

Dear Sir, First.....What a GREAT Site you have put together.....I enjoyed looking through it. I am searching for a supplier for reproduction, or old-style-looking beverage bottles. Would you happen to know of any suppliers I might contact ?? I was hoping Maybe at one of your Shows you had come across someone selling bottles like that. Surely Someone makes or imports something like that.. I was wanting to use them to put Root Beer in..... Thank you for your time.. Rick Ward

Short of checking at the flea market, I can't help much.  The national import stores like "Pier One" often have repro bottles with stoppers for sale.   Maybe a reader can give another idea.  Digger

Hi ..... I was wondering if you had any information on a quart cylinder whiskey in amber color, embossed "Hollywood Whiskey" on two lines? It appears to be late 1800's with a larger straight sided lip than usual lip to hold the cork......Thanx Don Cronin

Don, I found a listing for your whiskey in an old copy of Kovel's Price Guide.  At that time it was listing for about $6-8.  I'd guess today it would be worth in the $20-30 range. I do not think the bottle is rare.  Digger.

Hi! My grand mother swore by the medicinal capabilities of something she called Sagina. She pronounce it "tsa-gee'-na". She was a German immigrant and specially ordered this item. I have been looking for a bottle that contained this item but have been unsuccessful. Any help or direction would be appreciated. Thanks. Chuck

Sorry Chuck, I check several sources without success.  Digger.

we found a bottle in Swedesburg, PA. color: aqua green height: 6.5" shape: rectangular 2.5"x1.5" with rounded corners style: BIM with rolled lip bottom: flat outside, raised inside oddities: one face of bottle is slightly indented while other is totally flat inscription: HEBBLEWHITE M.F.G. COMPANY BUFFALO. N.Y. if you can help us we would appreciate it greatly...thanks again

Your bottle is a turn of the century shoe polish bottle -very common.  I have seen and dug them in  aqua and clear. Digger

I have a bottle (6" x 3") that is shaped like a cluster of grapes. It says MADE IN FRANCE on a grape on the end, has an octagon cap. Any idea of date or original use? Rhonda Gear

One can find many bottles blown in this shape.  Some dating to the early part of this century some made within the recent years some dating to antiquity.  The modern ones have a plastic cap the older ones have hand tooled lips.  Most are made of clear glass but I have seen them in several colors.  Mostly, they were made overseas to hold wine.  Some might have been simply decorative pieces.  Yours sounds newer.  Ebay had 4 for sale today of various types. Most had no bids.  One was bringing $5.50. Digger

 

hello digger: I dug up a small glass octagonal shape jar (clear) with the word moroline molded in the glass, up and down, all around, on bottom looks like number’s 7 & 9, and looks like a face in center, it made me think of something deadly. I looked up the word on another web site, and it took me to a Stanton family farm in Virginia where another one was found, can you give me any information on this jar. I've been digging flower gardens in my back yard for 52 years and just found this jar this year. thank you lillian

Lillian, Your bottle dates to the 1930-40 period and contained Moroline Hair Tonic.  In the late 1940s it was being made by Plough Sales Corp., of Memphis, Tennessee.  Value is probably $1-2.  Digger.

 

hi digger, found small clear bottle,3 inches elongated oval and flat. indentation on bottom can't tell if its a pontil mark, seams stop at elongated neck two rings and then lip, on flat side , embossed it reads Dabrooks perfume Detroit with a sun burst and D in center found in old ghost town in Montana If you can Help, thanks Marcia

Hi Marcia, For years I have been a closet collector of these cute little "five cent" colognes.  Many of the flat examples are "card colognes" sold from a cardboard display with the bottles rubber banded to the display board.  At the left you can see two examples from my collection.  The one at the far left is the bottle you are describing.  The one at the right has similar embossing but a fancier design.  They date from 1890-1910 and usually sell for under $10.  Digger

Howdy Digger. Can you tell me what material bottle collectors use to blacken the embossing on their bottles ?. I have seen it done and it makes a display look nice. Any tips on how to do a nice job of it ? Thanks, Eddie.

Most of the collectors I know have used a water based paint which can be easily removed.  I can tell you from experience, it takes a steady hand to do a skillful job.  Mine always looked ragged, I had a more practiced artist help me on some bottles.  While I have not tried it, I thought one might apply the paint in the manner fingerprints are taken - stamping the bottles into paint applied to some surface might work with some flat surfaces with embossing.  Digger

My friend has whiskey bottles from Michter's Jughouse in Schaefferntown, Pennsylvania which is now out of business. They are dated 1978-1979 and are porcelain with 24K gold. Can you tell me where I can find any information of value on these bottles. thank you for your time. Ilene Walker

I have no information, maybe another reader does.  Digger

Digger, I found an old bottle while logging on a friends property in Roseburg, OR. It is a Hutchinson Blob top, aqua in color, seven inches tall, two and a half inches in diameter. It appears to be BIM, with no exterior markings. The stopper is intact. The book I have says it had a paper label, and is vary rare, but it is a 1978 printing. The bottle is in perfect condition. Please advise.

Your bottle, without markings has very little value, perhaps $1-2.  The reason is that collectors want bottles whose origin can be clearly identify.  Because you found the bottle in Oregon, it probably is from the area, but there is no way to prove or disprove that is true.  You could probably find an almost identical bottle (an unembossed Hutchinson soda)  in every state in the Union.  Digger

I have a bottle of the following description: Green glass, with an alum. threaded on cap (looks like a large thimble), about 4 inches tall, with the name "JACOBINER" across the front. Can you tell me anything about this bottle? If you need more info please let me know. Thank you, Jim

Sounds like a post World War I whiskey.  Beyond that, I can't tell you much. Digger

We've found a pile of czech made cobalt blue seltzer/soda bottles. They appear to be cast and have 18 small 1/2" sides around the diameter. I'm assuming they date from the 20's or 30's and have the soda fountain tops, chrome plated. they're in good condition and seem either so common I haven't seen one on your site or on Antique Bottles, or so rare? One wonders. Any thoughts?

I can not tell from the picture if the label is paper or not.  They are probably rare ( or were until you found a "pile of them").  Rarity alone is not enough to command a high price.  I expect they would sell for $40-80 each.  You might get more for the first few from local collectors unless they see this letter.  Digger

I found a bottle with a cap on it still and it had a picture of a man on it . It also has this mans pic engraved on the bottle w/ houses on each side. there appears to be some names also engraved on the bottom of the bottle that seems to state his name and his sons names. It also states federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle above the engraved picture . Can you tell me how old it is ? thank-you

The bottle was made sometime between 1932 and 1964. Digger

Hi. I was wondering if you had any idea if this bottle would be worth anything. It is a whiskey bottle. It's called Myopia Club. H.W. Huguley Co. 134 Canal St. Boston. It has a certificate of analysis on the back dated Boston, Jan. 22, 1902 written by Geo. W. Miles. Please help. My husband can't find anything on it. Thank you, Monique

Your bottle has a number of things going for it.  First is the nice graphics on the front label. secondly, the back label gives us insight into the how the medical profession still considered at that time for alcohol to have some medicinal benefits.  Thirdly, the bottle is embossed. The bottle itself appears to be machine made (but I can't be certain from the photo)  The rear label gives us a clue to the age with the statement at the bottom which states "Put up and guaranteed under the Medicinal Pure Food Law."  That law was passed in 1906.  It was common practice, during prohibition to get whiskey as a prescription from a doctor.  The whiskey was sold by the pharmacist.  Your bottle seem to me to fall into that category dating it probably after World War I but before 1920.  Whiskey was often aged before being bottled.  Given all of the above, I'd say the bottle was worth $50+.  Digger.

Hi, I have come across a bottle that I would like to ask you about. It is a crude medicine or cure that is aqua in color and stands7 1/2" tall with an open pontil, a very crudely applied top as well as crudely blown bottle. The front panel is embossed vertically and says DR. A. ROGERS' (there is a burst bubble that lets you read only parts of the G & E in ROGERS), LIVERWORT, TAR & CANCHALAGUA. One side panel is embossed NEW YORK and the other side panel is embossed A.L. SCOVILL & Co. with a line under the o in Co and a period under the line and o. I would appreciate any info you can give me on this bottle such as date made, rarity etc. Thank you for your time, Rich

Amon L. Scovill by 1860 had the rights to over 20 patent medicines.  He started in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1840s and by the 1850s had opened a depot in New York City.  The apparent inventor was one Dr. Andrew Rogers from whom Scovill purchased rights to manufacture medicines with his name (Dr. Roger's Worm Syrup was another brand). The bottle comes with both the New York and Cincinnati embossing.  The latter being the rarer of the two. Your bottle would have been made between 1854-1859.  Iron pontil examples  dating to the Civil War period and smooth based variants dating to the 1870s are also known. You can find examples for $80-100.  My latest book The Pontil Medicine Encyclopedia has more information.  Digger

 

We live in north east NY. I found this bottle (Ballard's snow Liniment) near the old mining town of Sprucemont. NY...this bottle was found near an old trail. There is an old lake near by by the name of Snow Lake and a ranch, that the orig. owner last name was Ballard... is it possible that the the two connect............Would you happen to know any information on this bottle?

Possible but more likely a coincidence.  Here's a bit more information to help decide.  The Ballard Snow Liniment Co. was started by James F. Ballard of St. Louis about 1885.  The company had a number of good selling products and he probably made a goodly sum of money from the enterprise.  It is possible he purchased property in NY for a retreat or some such thing.  the company was still operating in the 1940s but your bottle probably dates to the 1880-1890 period. Digger

Do you know of Dr. H. James Cannabis Indica not many do... can't find much info. on it... I have a nearly mint bottle, with 3/4 of the label and want to find out more about it.... got any tips or advice?? I've only seen it mentioned in Kovel's book with a price of $210... is my bottle rare? Attached pic......... Thanks!!!!New to bottle collecting......Kris

The history of this brand is long and convoluted.  Advertising for the brand goes back into the 1850s.  Dr. H. James was from Jersey City, NJ or New York City depending upon who you believe.  The brand was widely copied.  Beginning about 1860 Craddock & Company of Philadelphia began putting up their version of the brand.  Craddock and Co. was located at 225 N Second St in 1858.  The 1860 era bottles, similar to yours, bear their name and "No 1032 Race St." as the address.  Your bottle judging from the picture is a much later bottle.  I am basing this on my experience of having dug at least two of the earlier variants which bore the Race St address together with the fact that your bottle 1)  lacks any address 2) lacks the crudity of the earlier bottles.  I have Craddock & Co. advertising the brand as late as 1897.  I think your bottle is closer to the 1897 date.  Now all this said, your bottle is still very rare with a label.  Given that about 80-85 percent of the label is present, I would suggest your bottle is worth $250+.  Digger

 

 

Dear digger, I have a green bottle that is embossed with Dr. J. H. McCleans Volcanic liniment oil. Can you tell me what was in the bottle and if it is worth anything? Don't do much digging any more, but I sure do appreciate your informative site. Thanks, Michael

James H. McLean and A. G. Bragg began a patent medicine business in the early 1850s.  When they split in 1853 McLean opened his own ""Volcanic Oil Depot. "  The medicine was a liniment for horses and other animals.  The bottles are known in open pontil with a rolled lip circa 1850s, hinge mold with a double collar, circa 1860s,  (shown at right) smooth based with a square collar, 1880-1900 and I believe even in screw cap produced after World War I.  The pontil ones bring $100-150.  The later variants $10-20. Digger

 

Hi, You were very kind to help me in June with a bottle that belonged to my Grandfather.....well in going through all my fathers and grandfathers things..I have come up with a bottle that my father found many years ago. Again, I am not a collector and just wish to know something about the bottle. I have attached photos. It does have a mark on the bottom that looks to be a circle with an upside down V attached to the circle on the front of the bottle it looks to have a symbol that looks like a horseshoe. The bottle is green and is clouded as it was found in the ocean. Any information, you can give to me will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Pam Boswell Johns

The bottle is probably European.  It might have contained Brandy or Benedictine or some such liquor.  Based on the photo of the base you sent, it is probably made after 1900.  The little "horseshoe" is an imitation "seal.".  The bottle may or may not have had a small label in that area.  Value is limited I'd guess $5-10 range.  Digger.

Cleaning out the storage room, we found the following four bottles. All are empty without corks or closures.1. Clear, round, about 8" tall by 2.25 " diameterChero-Cola6˝ ounce at angle on two sides THIS BOTTLE NEVER SOLD POINT MARION, PA around bottom2. Clear, round, about 8" tall by 2.5" diameter PT. MARION SODA WATER WORKS PT. MARION, PA. in circle on front REGISTERED 8 FLUID OZ around bottom3. Clear, square, about 4.5" tall by 1.5" on the side Lettering on each side: HIRES HOUSEHOLD EXTRACT FOR MAKING ROOT BEER AT HOME MANUFACTURED BY THE CHARLES HIRES Co PHILADELPHIA, PA. U.S.A.4 Pale green, oval, about 8" tall, by 2" by 4"On front: FELLOWS SYRUP OF HYPOPHOSPHITES On back:14˝ OZS. Digital pictures can be furnished if it would help. Any ideas what they might be worth. Thanks, Bill Teer

All of the above are worth in the $1-4 range.  The Hires and Fellows have been covered in earlier months questions for "Ask Digger." Digger

Hi, I have an unusual question. My mother gave me about 100 labels from the early 1900's, My Great, Great Uncles used to make bootleg booze in the basement of my Great Grandparents house in Kingston, NY. Most of these labels are in good condition. Some have manufacturer's names on the back. Many of the labels are colorful and attractive. But, by far the most interesting are the labels with the photo of William Howard Taft and his running mate James Sherman and the labels with William Jennings Bryan and his running mate. What can you tell me about these labels? Are they rare? I have not been very successful in finding any mention of these type of labels in any book in my local library. Thank-you for your time. Deborah Prazynski

I'd say they are quite rare and the political ones are probably very collectible.  As to value, I am less certain.  Believe it or not, tens of  thousands of labels have been found over the years. Digger

have any information on old drum whiskey bottles? I'd need a better description to be much help.  Digger.

Hi Digger - I've done a lot of digging for my job at various sites throughout southern New Jersey and come across a lot of old bottles. I've got a question about one in particular which I hope you can help me with. Unfortunately, I don't remember where I found this bottle, although I'm pretty sure it was Atlantic City, NJ. Anyway, I'd like to know anything that you might know about this bottle regarding age, what it held, its rarity and value, if you've heard of it before, etc. The bottle looks like it has a double applied collar, is about 11 inches high, dark amber colored, no identifiable seams (although I'm no expert), and is eight-sided. I believe it is in very good condition (no chips, scratches or stains, although its a little dirty on the inside) All but three of the sides have raised writing on them and are as follows: SIDE 1 J.A. GILKA BERLIN SIDE 2 THIS BOTTLE D(letter d smaller than rest) SIDE 3 J.A. Gilka (in script) SIDE 4 NOT TO BE SOLD SIDE 5 Schutzen Str. No 9 Finally, the base of the bottle appears to be "stamped" or "molded" with a raised picture of two persons holding long rods in one hand and holding onto a large crest with their other hands. The crest has a royal-type crown on top of it and a small cross is on top of the crown. There does not seem to be a pontil mark on it.

Your bottle is quite common in turn of the century dumps and privies.  It contained a liqueur called Kummel.  the ingredients of which include: Caraway seeds, Anise seeds, Fennel seeds, Angelica root, Cloves, Cumin, Vodka, Glycerine and sugar.  As you can see from the trademark it is an imported brand.  The bottles were probably made in Germany.  Value in amber $5-10. Digger

 

One additional thing I would like to ask is how do you tell if its a reproduction, I only ask because this particular bottle seems to be in much better condition than most of the other bottles I've found, even though the other bottles appear to be much younger. I should note, though, that I found this bottle exactly the way I've found every other bottle in my collection - through digging at construction sites. I would greatly appreciate anything that you could tell me about this bottle. Thanks again for your time. Tony  I am sure it is not a reproduction. The quality of the glass in part determines how the bottle looks when it comes out of the ground.  Amber glass, made with iron oxides, is very hard and doesn't deteriorate as quickly as Digger

Digger, I have a,1/2 pt. of  W.L.Wellers ...bottled as as replica of the 1/5th size...It is approx. 31-32 yrs old....The seal is UNBROKEN...There is some storage damage to the label but is still very readable...I'm interested in selling...respectfully DM Oleson I would appreciate an appraisal or direction to a collector...Thanks

Best bet is on Ebay on line auctions.  Digger.

Hello, I have a bottle that is about 3" tall, apx. 2" wide a beautiful cobalt blue, although it's kind of Irredescent. It is embossed with the bust of Abe Lincoln on one side. Around the bottom below the bust is 1809- ABRAHAM LINCOLN- 1865 (w 71) On the back all around the edge of the bottle are 33 stars In the middle it says ...of the people... A. Lincoln (in script) 16th President of U.S. Again the style is round with an applied double collar lip. We thought we had something real special here, but the base say's WHEATON from what I have seen and read I am not sure now. But I have not seen anything that looks like this or any Abraham Lincoln bottles at all. Please tell me what you think. I'll be taking pictures of it this weekend and will send you next week if I hear from you. Thanks for your help... Sincerely Yolanda Roque

Your bottle is one of the Wheaton Presidential Series.  I have covered these bottles thoroughly in earlier months and in other places on my website.  Today Ebay had two listed, one asking $2 and the other with original box asking $9.95.  Neither had bids.  Digger.

Digger, I have a Wilken Family Blended Whiskey bottle, clear glass with embossing of Harry E Wilken, stalks of barley, the distillery and the label is all intact. Says the family was based in Aladdin PA with branches in Lawrenceburg Indiana and San Francisco. the cork is still intact. The bottom has several numbers on it-D9 67 40 bottom line has M-25B 48. Haven't had any luck finding information, how common is this bottle?

Your bottle is probably not common. The value depends upon the age.  Check "Bottle Basics" on my website to determine the age.  Judging from the base embossing it is probably 1930s or later.  Also check the link "Federal Law Prohibitions the...."  Digger.

Hello, my name is randy and I pretty new to all this bottle collecting stuff. The question i have is about Anchor Hocking beer bottles. The dump I am presently digging is loaded with them !!! I bought the book by Phillip Hopper on A.H. bottles and was checking the numbers on the bottom to look for matches. None so far have matched his, but there are a lot of different numbers I have . Do you have any idea if these are even worth saving? The bottles look just like the ones in his book , just have different numbers ! Thanks randy

The best way to determine their value is try to sell a few.  Digger

marked : berry bro s & rudd ltd. London England (s79) nb

I have no idea.  Digger

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While remodeling our basement bathroom, we ran across an old bottle and were wondering if it would have any value. the bottle is 2/5 pint bottle. Partial label has the words, "Garrett American Muscatel Wines'. The picture on the label has a young woman with a locket, and short curled hair, with a circle behind her. The embossing on the back of the bottle reads, "Garrett and Co. Inc., established 1835, Pioneer American Wine Growers New York and on the bottom of the bottle it's embossed with the Pat. # 101182. The bottle is approximately 8 to 10 inches tall. Any information you might have would really be appreciated. Thank You, D. Jackson.

Garrett & company was very successful and probably many of their bottle have survived.  Their biggest seeling brand was "Virginia Dare."  There is not a great interest in this category at this time so I'd expect a value of under $10.  Digger.

 I recently purchased an "Eau De Quinine", Ed Pinaud clear bottle. It has a elongated flowery looking plastic screw on cap (beige). I figure it is probably from the '60s or '70s. The label is an vertical type (?) octagon. It is stamped in a red signature "Ed Pinaud" , lengthwise, across the label. There is also, the right side "Fair Trade, $1.76, Retail Price" stamp. At the bottom is the word "PINAUD". Underneath this is the phrase, "World Famous Since 1810. Made into the label, on the right side, is some type of distributor stamp. Three fourths of the bottle is a cylinder with waves or grove type shapes on the back side. Under the "waves" is a raised picture stamp of a basket of flowers and greenery. Under the picture is the word "PINAUD". Under "PINAUD" is a smaller "PARIS NEW YORK LONDON". The top part of the cylinder shapes into a very skinny neck with a flat top lip and then a small screw top. I tried to look up the patent number and couldn't find anything. The underside of the bottle states that it is the property of "Ed Pinaud" with a patient number of 2035404, which I couldn't look up. I really don't think the bottle is worth anything. However, I did think I could find some kind of information about it. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place. If you could give me any information that could tell me something about it, or the correct place I should be looking for information about it, would be most helpful. Thank you for your time.

The same bottle but with a pot metal cap can be found in 1890 dumps and privies.  The company claims use of the name since about 1810 and it was still being used as late as 1984 and perhaps still is in use.  Your bottle had a shaker type top.  The small hole restricted the output to drops and dribbles.  Bottles from 1890 on are all common. Digger

Mr. Odell, I have a Hutchinson soda bottle I found in a dump in Memphis, TN. It is aqua blue and has embossed lettering that reads Memphis Bottling Works, R.M. Becker on the front and  I.G. Co. on the back. On the bottom is simply the letter B. It has seams on opposing sides up to the neck and then appears to have a blob top. Do I have anything and if so what is it's value.

The Memphis Bottling Works was owned by Robert M. Becker (Hence the "B" on the base)  and located at 87-89 Vance St in Memphis.  The firm is listed from 1892-1895.  I do not think your bottle is rare, but I do not know what it might be worth.  I'd guess in the $20-40 range.  Digger

 

Hi. I have a unique bottle (well I think its unique cause I have never seen anything like it) that I was wondering if you could help me with. I was told that it was used for spritzing water on clothes as you ironed them but I seriously doubt that. There is a herringbone type pattern all over the bottle and it has a metal top with top that has a hole in it. I can't seem to take the lid off but there appears to be dust on the inside of the bottle. Its unique in shape. I will try to email you a picture with it. Please let me know if you can help. I really appreciate it. Thanks again, Peg Weinmann

Peg, I'd guess it was a perfume or toilet water bottle.  Your bottle has the same type of top as the Ed Pinaud bottle referred to in a letter above.  Given that the lid was crimped on over the square collar lip, it was never intended to be removed.  Digger.

 Hello, Digger! My name is Amy and I am a 38-year old mother of 3 teenage sons. I used to go digging with my dad when I was young, but my boys have no interest in going along with me! So until I can find another woman "strange" enough to want to do this, I go it alone! (Hubby doesn't care for it either!) I have never yet dug out a privy, but I ordered your book on The Secrets of Privy Digging, and I am dying to start digging out my first privy! I have been digging around a very old house foundation here in Western PA, (in the country), and I have found what I assume was a privy, but a modern version I suspect. I have uncovered a square slab of stone or concrete, about 4 ft. on each side. In one corner is a rectangular base, about 2 ft. tall, which is attached to the square slab. The base is open on both ends, stands on one end with the other end facing upward. The bottom end goes into a hole cut into the square slab. I have dug around all 4 sides of the slab, thinking maybe it was just a lid of sorts over a privy. But when I put my probe into the hole, I could tell the sides of the "privy" are made of the same material as the top---either concrete or some similar material. I don't know FOR SURE if this is actually a privy, but it appears to be. From my description, does this sound like a modern privy? I know there have to be old ones around there, but am I just wasting my time on this one? Any advice would be appreciated? Thank you, Amy, aka "groundhog"

Amy, sounds a lot like a modern 1930-50 period privy.  It still might be instructive to dig it out.  I have found some good local milk bottles in later privies and you never know until you look.  Try the "test hole" method suggested in my book.  Like you said, where there is one there is probably another.  Persistence is the key.  Remember what I said about digging in the country.  Digger.

hi I have a bottle that I can't find a price on and hope u can help. nugrape--6 fl.oz --bottle pat'd march 9,1920--Talladega Ala. thanks for your help gary in NJ

I am assuming it is not a painted label but embossed only.  Nugrape was bottled under the authority of the Coca Cola Company and seems to have been popular across the South.  while I could find your particular City, I found other similar bottles from Southern towns.  I'd estimate the value around $8-10. Digger

I have A urn cornucopia flask in olive color possibly G3-4 wondering what it may be worth Thanks for any help

The GIII-4 is one of  the most common of these flasks.  These days they sell in the $80-100 range.

pix Hello Digger, I dug these bottles in Clinton Michigan recently at an 1870's blacksmith shop in town. There where more, but most where broken. These two surviving examples are embossed GUN WA'S CHINESE HERB & VEGETABLE REMEDIES. It is amber, blown with a tooled top, 7" tall. Do you know what these where, and if they are valuable. Here's a picture....Thanks Visit Scott's Privy Page at: http://www.geocities.com/~privymaster

Scott, I love them.  They appear to be a smaller size of the better known large size shown at the right above.  According to one source, the Gun Wa Medicine Company was in Denver Colorado but was a very short lived concern.  The large size specimens I have seen are often crude and appear to be 1870 or so in age.  The large size sells for $400-500.  It would be hard to say what the smaller size would bring.  You do not often find Western bottles in the Mid-West.  Possibly the company relocated to somewhere in the Mid-West.  Great find!  Digger

Hi! I recently purchased a reproduction glass canister set. Here are the particulars: - Cobalt blue - Bottom stamped with "Jar Made in Italy", "Crownford China Co", 1968. It also has a C in a circle in the middle. - Size range is 1 Pint, 1 Quart, 1 1/2 Quart, 2 Quart - It is stamped with the size on one side and "Granny's Products Inc." on the other. - The front has the words "Peace" and "Plenty" running vertically on each side of a sheaf of wheat and the date 1879. - Openings are slanted - The closure is similar to this picture, except the top and bottom rings are the same size and there is no spoon - just a squarish loop of metal. My questions are: 1) Even though it's a repro, what is it worth? 2) How can I get replacement rubber gaskets for the lids? The gasket has a 3" inner diameter and nearly 4" outside diameter. 3) If I replace the gaskets, will that decrease the value significantly? Thank you so much for any help you can provide. I have been unable to find any information on the Crown China Company or this canister set. Vivian

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

I have an old antique pint milk bottle from :Biltos Dairy: 40s or 50s, with original paper top on it. curious about what is worth. thank you. It also has fancy red writing on it.

I'd guess in the $5-15 range.  Digger

Hi...I have a 1935 Kahlua Porcelain/Glass Bottle . Where can I find out what it is worth? I just received two Jim Beam bottle decanters from 1980. There the republic and democratic collection (donkey and elephant) and was curious as to the amount they were worth. Both are sealed and full. Please contact me if you know their worth. Tom

My guess would be under $30 for all three items together.  You'll find the Beams listed on Ebay for sale. The Kahlua bottle might be more if it had the contents.  Digger.  

 

My grandparents recently recovered an old wooden coke crate from their barn that contained several old coke bottles. They gave me one and I was curious about how much it's worth. From what I have heard, it's particular design is called a "Patent Coke". It has some case wear, but no scratches or cracks. It is still sealed with the original coke inside; the cap is rusted, however. The glass is the classic green color. The bottle reads: Coca Cola Trade-Mark Registered In US Patent Office. Reverse: Trade-Mark Registered Contents 6 1/2 Fl. OZS. It was bottled in Chattanooga TN. (I live in Dalton, Georgia. Not 30 mins from Chattanooga.) Anyway, I was just curious. Any help is greatly appreciated. -Jason

I'd guess $8-10 in the present condition.  Digger

I have a bottle that is approx. 14 inch in height and four inch across it is round and has a top that you would use a bottle opener to open. It has a picture of a tiger embossed on it and the words "TIGER CATSUP" The seam goes from top to bottom, and on the bottom is the letter B, a diamond with a D in the middle of it, and the number 7. If you could help me determine how old and the approximate value it would be greatly appreciated. Thank You,

I was not able to find out anything about your bottle.  Maybe a reader will help. Digger

 

Hi Digger Odell I am doing an article on a bottle that was found in Elkridge, MD. Following is the inscription on the bottle: BUCHU-GIN FOR ALL KIDNEY & LIVER TROUBLES J. H. FRIEDENWALD CO. BALTIMORE, MD The bottle is medium to dark green and is 10 inches high and eight-sided. I believe it was used around 1890-1910. I know there were several generations of Friedenwalds in the Baltimore area during this time frame and some were doctors. However, I have been unable to find any information on the "J. H. Friedenwald Co." or which Friedenwald manufactured the product. Several Friedenwalds had a first name that began with J, but I can find no reference to middle initials for any of them. This bottle is listed with Kovel's but they have no further information. Do you have any information. Thank you for your assistance. Lou Ann Prosack 

Lou Ann, Your bottle is very similar to a Gilka Kummel bottle (see one of the above questions).  Several have sold over the years and with the original labels have brought prices over $200.  Your best bet is to check the Baltimore City Directories.  Given the similarities to the Gilka bottle, it might be an import.  The two bottles bear such a striking resemblance, I'd bet you'll find it goes back to Germany.  Digger  

THE FOLLOWING IS A RESPONSE FROM A READER:
there was a question about this bottle in the September ask digger questions the company was located at 101 to 113 north Eutaw Street in Baltimore, MD. they were listed as a wholesale wine and liquor dealer in the 1880s and 1890s. Thanks Chris Rowell

THANKS CHRIS, your information is appreciated.

Hello I have a Wild Turkey bottle seal still intact. It is a porcelain Series II no. 4 1982. IT is from Austin Nichols and co. Bottled in Lawrenceburg Ky. Can you tell me how much this is worth and if it will be worth more money in the future. Thank you Glen Gillia,m

I found one Austin Nichols Wild Turkey and Red Fox bringing $60+ on Ebay.  The higher quality the design, the greater the interest.  There did seem to be a good number of Wild Turkey items bringing in the $30-40 range.  I do not feel qualified to give any other opinion as this is out of my area of expertise.  Digger.

I have a bottle that is shaped like a violin. It is 7" tall with a a screw top (completely intact but rusted) excellent condition. It is clear glass with the details of the violin raised on the front. The front has 6-2/5 OZ. at the bottom and the bottom of the bottle says MONTE CASSINO top COVINGTON, KY. bottom with an arrow shaped block with an O in it and 4 next to that. Also, I have a friend with an Amber colored beer bottle with STAINS RUN "101" Marietta O. on the front. I would be thrilled if you would help find info on both these bottles. I am relatively new (not at collecting) at pricing and identifying bottles.

I found your violin bottle listed on Ebay.  It had three bidders and was up to almost $7.00.  There is a good deal of interest in violin bottles and your is not as common as many.  I guess the value to be in $10-12 range.  I was not able to locate any reference to your beer bottle.  Digger

Hi Digger, I have acquired an 8-inch round bottle, 3 pc. mold, with glass stopper in Deep Cobalt Blue, BIMAL. Around the top shoulder of the bottle it says : COMPOUND OXYGEN STARKEY & PALEN PHILA. Is this bottle a medicine, poison or chemical? The bottle and stopper are in mint condition. How much is this bottle worth? Thank you, Jerry Tennant

Compound Oxygen first appeared in the advertising about 1880-1881.  It was a treatment for consumption, asthma and so on. Starkey and Palen were the proprietors.  If memory serves me, I seem to remember that the bottle came in a tin or wooden box and had some other medical apparatus (possibly for inhaling) with it.  The bottles are scarce.  I'd estimate $75-80 for the bottle alone.  Digger.

I HAVE SEVERAL POP BOTTLES DATED AROUND 1975 AND 1976. THEY ARE PEPSI AND RC BRAND. THEY HAVE THINGS LIKE THE CINCINNATI REDS WORLD CHAMPS AND CLEVELAND BROWNS PLUS SEVERAL MORE DIFFERENT ONES. ARE THEY WORTH ANYTHING AND WHO WOULD I TALK TO ABOUT THEM. THANKS FOR ANY INFORMATION YOU MIGHT HAVE. JERRY.

I am not update on these collectibles.  Ebay would be a the place to check prices.  Digger.

We have country property and often find old bottles in very good condition. However, we are not collectors and would sell what we find, however, many times we cannot identify what type of bottle we have found. I notice many of your publications are for specific types of bottles, but what if we don't know what it is? For example, we have a clear glass bottle, approx 9" tall, embossed with WATKINS. Near the neck is marked TRIAL MARK. There is a diamond near the bottom with an I (capital I) or 1 in it. How would we find out what type of bottle it is? Thank you so much for your help!

Most all of the Watkins bottles are common.  I believe I covered this bottle in an earlier month. Your bottle could have contained any of more than a dozen products from medicine to flavorings.  The J. R. Watkins Company is still making products.  It is probably the shape that helps you to identify the type of bottle you have. The base mark is the glassmaker "Owens" of Illinois dating the bottle as probably post 1927.   Round bottles are often liquids such as sodas, beers and whiskey.  Rectangular bottles are likely to be medicines or household products.   Experience and study will help you be able to make better judgments about what a given bottle might have contained.  Digger

McKesson Cod Liver Oil – Bottle Dear Digger Odell, I have this Bottle!! I was very excited to see the description in your fish tales section! I have always been interested in glass works, and this is a recent find. I believe it has the Owens ring, as well as circle with a diamond in the center (raised marking) on the bottom. Would you be so kind as to estimate it's value (it is in excellent condition) . All other details are the same as in the description, except of course it is missing the label. The 14yr patent also leaves question of it's authenticity of time. I do genuinely thank you for your time and response, Lynn Hi,

I'd estimate a value of $10-15 more with a label.  Digger.

I'm from Ottawa, Canada. I recently received a 60 0z clear glass bottle embossed at the bottom with the words "Mammy Beverage Co. Contents 60 oz. Embossed is also the large word Mammy and the figure of a "Mammy". The bottle stands 14" tall and 4.5" in diameter. On the bottom is the word Mammy as well as a diamond with the letter D in it. I know absolutely nothing about it including it's contents, age and value. I've checked e-bay and there is one there but it offers the same information I have given you. If you could please pass on any information you might have or could find on this bottle it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much. Sheri Leroux

I have seen your bottle, but I can't give you any more information.  Digger

Hello.....I have an old Leisy's Mello-Gold beer bottle that is 30" high, with a base diameter of 7 1/2". (It must have been a display of some sort). It has a crown top, a side seam and a smooth bottom, is dark-brown in color with a painted gold label with red Leisy's letters. I have been looking around in different collector-websites to see if anyone else a bottle like this so that I might find some information about it and have found nothing . I would appreciate any information that you may have on this item. Thanks, in advance, for your time and help. Jennifer

You are correct about it being a display bottle.  I have not heard of yours.  assuming it is glass and not plastic, I'd guess a value of $30-60 depending upon condition. Digger.

Are you familiar or have any info on Pepsi Cola, Niagra Bottling Co., North Tonawanda, NY, specifically 10 oz Winters Root Beer? PLMK Thankx for any help you may offer Pat Shimrack

Sorry, maybe a reader will help.  digger

We are curious about the origin of a bottle we found. It is a clear glass bottle with a top that had a screw top. It has a raised picture of a Quaker's head with a bundle of wheat and a sickle underneath. Above the Quaker's head is raised lettering that says, "FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS THE SALE OR RE-USE OF THIS BOTTLE". The bottle manufacturer symbol on the bottom shows an LP (letters overlapping) in a border. The letters D 9 are above the manufacturer's symbol. The numbers 29 are to the left of the symbol and the number 40 is to the right. M87C are underneath. Can you tell me anything about this bottle? I would appreciate any help... Thanks!

You will find information about your bottle in earlier months of "Ask Digger" including a nice picture of the label.  The bottle is common. Digger

Howdy again Digger. This is my second bottle related question this month. What would I do without you ? I am hoping you might be able to tell me something about the Harrison/Tippecanoe cabin shaped flasks and inks. How many known examples, where made, when made, known colors, etc...Have you ever dug any broken ones or even seen or heard of any ? Or perhaps you could steer me toward a reference source. Thanks again Digger, Eddie.

Of the Harrison / Tippecanoe Cabin Bottles, I beleive there are only two or three known examples and one of those has a corner missing.  the bottles were blown for the 1840 presidential campaign and are attributed to the Mt. Vernon Glass works. They come in shades of deep green almost black color. Mckearnin & Wilson, American Bottles and Flasks lists two different bottle styles.   I have never dug pieces of one nor have I heard of anyone else doing so. Even a damaged specimen would be a significant find.  I do not know of any Harrison related inks, but cabin inks are common, relatively speaking. Most are later in date than the Tippecanoe Harrison cabin bottle.   There are also many English cabin inks in many colors, mostly greens and cobalt.  American examples are known in clear, aqua and milk glass.  I have perhaps seen a clear pontiled one at one time.  I have many of the cabin inks  listed and pictured  in my two ink books.  Somewhere around here I have a color picture of the Harrison cabin bottle.  When I find it I will post it. Digger

I would like to know why the # 13 jar is special and if the lids have the number in them.Thank you Candi Lowe

You are going to have to give me a bit more information before I can help.  Digger.

Hello Digger: I have a Listerine bottle I found while trout fishing in Missouri. I was wondering if it was worth anything. Here is the description. 5 1/2 inches tall 2 inches diameter at base neck 1 inch tall Diamond in base with what looks like a number one or the letter I in the center. LISTERINE is printed at the top below the neck. LAMBERT is printed at the bottom with PHARMACAL COMPANY printed below that. The bottle is round with no damage that I can tell. The mold seam goes over the top of the lip. And there seems to be an arrow head shape at the base along the edge on the bottom. Thanks Wayne L. Hansen

I think I have covered this question in earlier months.  They bottles are very common.  yours dates after 1930 or so.  Digger

Dear Digger, We think this is a really unique bottle. We found it between the walls of a very old home that we helped tear apart. It is a very clear aqua, with no seams, and a excellent condition. Of course, there are bubbles. There is a carved wooden stopper in the top. Around that stopper was a very small piece of newspaper, which we still have. Actually, it's two very small yellowed pieces of paper. We can read part of it. It mentions General Lee, General Jackson, Capt. Stiles, the saving of a baggage train etc. A Blood Battle on a Saturday. Massachusetts regiment leaving Fall River to go to the site of battle. The very center of the bottom looks like several layers of hot glass cooled and there is a nib in the middle. Therefore, we are sure it is a graphite pontil. And it has a blob top. We would like to know your opinion of what this bottle is worth. Thank you kindly, Carol Kennedy

Nice picture Carol and nice bottle.  Looking at the base,  I can't be sure it has a pontil.    If it does you should still be able to see traces of the graphite in the glass.  What makes your find so interesting is the newspaper wrapped around the cork.  The bottle would date to the time of the Civil War or slightly later but not much.  The bottle is squat soda. I could not find a listing for it.  Value would be $50-75 range $75-100 with the pontil.  Digger.

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I found a pair of old Bacardi Rum bottles. One is the Democratic donkey and the other is the Republican elephant. I think they might be very old, they were made in Italy. What do you think? Thanks, Beth

Beth, I think they are probably relatively new.  I would expect a value of under $10 each.  Digger.

Digger, I was completely oblivious to the world of bottles until recently - my mother-in-law from Colorado gave me two seltzer (I think that's what they're called; they are sealed with a metal pump/trigger on top) bottles which she has no information on. The first is a deep teal color with the words "Rock Springs Coca Cola Bottling Company Rock Springs, Wyoming" inscribed on it. On the bottom it reads "Made in Czechoslovakia." It is shaped with paneled sides and slightly wider at the top. The other is green in color with nothing inscribed on the side, but it does have the markings "H-9," "805," and a square with a "C" in it on the bottom. The metal trigger on top has the name "John Lucas Inc." on the neck. It is a pretty bottle shaped with scallops along the upper part. Both are in good condition with a few minor scratches and slight chips. Hope you can give me an idea of their age, origination, and value. I've read through your site and messages from others, but did not see anything like these two bottles, but I definitely learned that if anyone could help me, you can. What I've read so far fascinates me - thanks for a great collection of information. I've a feeling I'm about to embark on a bottle collecting spree! Thank you in advance for any information you can give me! Karen Ambler CROSSMARK Fleming Team - Dallas Location 

Karen,  The Wyoming Coca Cola sounds like a good bottle to me, but I couldn't put a price on it.  Western bottles often bring a higher price than comparable Eastern ones.  Age wise they are probably 1930-50 period.  I am working on an article on seltzer bottles.  Ebay has more seltzer bottles for sale than I thought they might.  I found over 20 listed today.  The highest asking price was $39.  Half a dozen had bids at the mid $20 range.  I found one other Coca Cola seltzer opening bid at $21.  The unmarked one is probably worth in the $15-20 range. Digger

 I have an amber glass bottle probably the size of a quart of whiskey. It has a white horse picture on outside. I do not know anything about bottles. Any ideas? Thank you. 

Your bottle is probably a White Horse whiskey bottle from Glascow Scotland.  They are very common and probably worth less than $5.  Check the bottle for embossing identifying the company.  Digger.

Hello, It's me again. I wrote to you several years ago inquiring on a bottle my brother found a while back while spear fishing out on the reefs of our island. I came across a bottle I had tucked away in a box. It resembles a book, made of porcelain, Limoges Castle France is the mark on the bottom. It has a picture of Napoleon. "CAMUS NAPOLEON COGNAC, BI-CENTNAIRE 1769-1969". Now my question, is it worth anything? Respectfully, Florentina T. Castro 

Limoges porcelain seems to have often used Napoleon on their ware.  He is found on a plate, a figural bust, vases and other porcelain containers in which cognac was sold.  Most of these have some gold trim or painting, which I would guess deteriorated while under water.  In good shape, I would expect the item to bring $15-20. Digger

 

Dear Digger, I have some of your books and intend to get more, you are such a help! I was wondering if you could identify a bottle, bitters shaped, dark amber with a buffalo, embossed and Upper Blue lick water 1770, with Jas W Pierce, Proprietor on other side. Is this the same as the mineral water that is usual for Blue Lick, or something else all together. It also is embossed Maysville Kentucky like the other. Thanks so much, Sincerely Lianne Petersen It is hinge molded on the bottom not pontiled

You have a great bottle Lianne!  The bottle is rare, I have seen a few over the years, but not many.  Several have been sold at auction and have brought $300-400.  I expect that this is the same product as the round Blue Lick, but I can't prove it.  Digger.

A friend of mine has an old bottle that we have been searching the web to find info on and have not been able to find anything. Hopefully you can help. It is a clear bottle, about 10 inches high, it is shaped like the character out of the Dickens novel, Mr. Pickwwick. On the bottom of the bottle around the feet area it has raised lettering that says "Mr.Pickwick". We are dying of curiosity to find out what this bottle was used for, how old it is and what it is worth. Could you please let us know anything you can find out about it. Thanks alot, Moniue and Janet

The bespectacled balding jolly old Mr. Pickwick has been immortalized in much memorabilia.  Most popular seem to be English Toby mugs with him as the body.  You'll find collectors plates, figurines, miniatures, whiteware so why not a bottle.  Without knowing how the bottle was manufactured, I cannot give you a date range.  Clear glass figural bottles are common.  they contained everything from candy to vinegar to wine.  some were probably just decorative pieces.  Typically the price range for one in the 70-90 year old range would be $30-50.  Digger

Hi Digger: I have a cobalt blue pint, liberty milk bottle. I know they are not old, however, there are alot of repros out there, I am told .the bottle has raised letters. property of liberty milk co. Incorporated. Buffalo,N.y. with the Statue of Liberty on the other side. what is different is a L is on the bottom. I know Borden’s milk used a B on the bottom. How can I I.D this bottle as a repro or the real deal? thanks Ken

 

Hi, I hope you can help me, I was on a business trip in a small Ohio farming town called Defiance. I found in a thrift store a child's size dark blue milk bottle in perfect condition; on the back of the bottle it has raised imprint "Liquid and on the front 1/2 pint" no other marks are on the bottle. Also the face on the bottle is child's face and on the sides of the bottle are raised ears. If possible could you estimate the value on this type of bottle, again it is in pristine condition. Thanks in advance for time and attention. D E Howells

Digger's opinion is that neither of the  bottles in the above letters are authentic.  I have included a picture of the Baby Face bottle and I have seen the Statue of Liberty bottles frequently.  These are being made overseas for the flea market and gift store crowd.  The ones above had a $15 price tag. I for one have never seen an authentic cobalt milk...dark green or amber maybe but not cobalt.  Digger

Around the 50th anniversary of the bomb drop on Hiroshima y was walking in the riverbed near the front of the bombed out domed building seen in many picture before and after the drop. I recovered from the river bank a clear glass bottle. I have asked a number of veterans and no one remembers this item. The bottle is 9" tall, has printed "NET CONTENTS 6 3/4 FL OZ" and molded into the glass the name "Pearl-ies". The name is written very fanciful. The side seam continues through the lip of the bottle. I believe the bottle may have been an occupation forces beer or soda , perhaps produced by the Japanese ( therefore the net contents mark) ? I am most interested in the history of the bottle. I currently have sand from the main invasion beach of Iwo Jima in the bottle waxed closed. I hope there is some connection to the war or post war, This is a highly traversed river and the bottle could be from anywhere in the world. Thank you for your time in this matter , you are most gracious to allow someone like me ask you a question. Thanks again! Semper Fi Ron Horne

Ron, that's a great story and great memento.  I could not find anything but maybe a reader will shed some light on this one. Digger

hello. I found an old, brown beer type bottle. on the front it has"524 Fulton street "under that is "national bottle works with an eagle with spread wings (much like the Budweiser logo) then it has under that, "San Francisco. at the very bottom it says "not to be sold".it has a clip down porcelain top with the same logo. on the bottom of the cap it has"k.hutt--,feb 7,189?"have any idea? I would appreciate hearing any info you could give me. thank you .greg bolduc at"

The National Brewery in San Francisco was listed at Fulton St from 1861-1916.  The "524" address was not shown in my source.  The company was listed at Fulton and Webster and in the 700s block in the 1880s.  The porcelain stopper has the name Karl Hutter and the probable date is 1892.  Hutter was a New York City Brewer, who I beleive, but cannot immediately find the reference for, patented the stopper.  I would estimate your bottle to date around 1900.  Value would be at least $20 maybe as much as $60 depending upon its rarity. Digger

I have a bottle that is 15 1/2 inches tall and 3 inches wide, clear, with a shell symbol and the word shell inside the symbol. below that is says Shell Oil Company of Canada Limited. Around the bottom it says Guaranteed Delivery One Imperial Quart. On the bottom it says design rec'd 1933. Around the top it says One Imperial Quart. It is a cork top. If you could please get back with me with a value I would sure appreciate it. Thank you for your time. Ronnie and Juanell Smithson

You have a Shell Oil bottle.  Oil bottles are collectible but not rare.  I am not sure about the rarity of the Canadian varieties, but the American ones are very common.  I'd estimate the value of your to be  $20-30.  Digger

I recently found a very old bottle. It is about the size of a salt shaker and it has a brass top with a clip which is about the size of a thumb print. The top has a spring loaded teat on the top like it was meant to dispense an oil or something. It sais around the top of the lid "KWIK STIK pat. DEC 21.15 JUL 5.19. The bottom of the bottle is embossed "KWIK STIK PATENT". I am unable to find anything on this bottle. Can you help? I'm attaching a photograph of it. thank you very much. Tim Wilkinson 

Tim, I am thinking glue or paste.  Your bottle bearing patent dates of 1915 and 1919 would be traceable in Patent Office records.  I'd guess a value of around $20-25.  Digger.

I have two bottles exactly the same except in different sizes . They both were dug up out of the ground on a really old farm, so I have no idea how old they are. - Each one is clear and in good condition, - They don't appear to have had a label. - rectangular....Big bottle-177mm tall *35mm wide Small bottle-147mm tall*28mm wide - Each has a rim at the end of the neck, a lot like a wine bottle Each says on the front CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUP CO STERLING PRODUCTS (INC) PROPRIETARY AGENCIES (AUSTRALIA) LTD SUCCESSORS On each side is written CALIFIG For more information my

Your California Fig Syrup bottles are very common world-wide. The Fig Syrup was a laxative containing about 6% alcohol.  The product was introduced about 1878 and the company established its headquarters in San Francisco, where it operated until it was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake.  At the time of the earthquake, they had nation-wide offices in New York and Louisville, Ky which probably took over production.  Sometime later the entire concern was purchased by Sterling Products (Inc) who continued to produce it through the 1970s. Your bottles would date to the 1907+ time period.  Digger.

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Hi. I found your site doing a search for an old display case I have. What I can figure is that it was a countertop display case from the late 1800's. It says "Dr. Price's Special Flavoring Extracts". The case is all glass with some wood trim and a wood door on the back to access the contents. The words are printed on the front where the glass is curved outward. I have never seen one of these and am wondering if you might know where I can look to find out about it. The case is in excellent condition, I got it from the attic of an old woman's house. Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Sadee Whip

V. Clarence Price and Charles R. Steele were manufacturing flavorings and baking powder under the Price name in the 1870s and 1880s.  Steele left the business in 1887 and the company became known as the Price Flavoring Extract Co.  The firm, located in Chicago, grew to tremendous size by the turn of the century.  Your display case, depending upon condition, it worth probably in the $300-500 range.  Sounds like a great go-with.  Digger

Hi I have three old (cir 1890) whiskey bottles that have a aluminum/ ceramic jigger/ pourer crimped to the top of the bottles the aluminum sleeve is stamped Johnny Walker and the top part is white ceramic with a quarter inch hole there is a ceramic disc in the inside that seals the bottle when its stood up. Are these rare ? What are the approx worth?

I have questions about the age of the bottles.  I have never seen such a pourer on an pre-1900 bottle.  I'd guess the age to be closer to the 1920s-30 period.  With a good label with nice graphics, I'd expect the bottle to be worth $30-40 range.  Digger

Greetings- I have found a 7" tall, 2 1/2" diameter brown glass bottle. There is nothing written on the bottom of the bottle, but in raised letters on the side of the bottle is: HYDROZONE PREPARED ONLY BY CHAS. MARCHAND NEW YORK USA

Last month, I had a question about Charles Marchand's Glycozone which was another oh his products.  You'll find some background about the bottle there.  Your bottle is fairly common and has a value of $5-10.  Digger.

HELLO! I am trying to find out the circa and value of a bottle I recently came across . It is approx. 6" tall round , lite green in color w/ bubbles in glass. It reads; HOLDENVILLE BOTTLING CO. I.T. ( I.T. being Indian territory) It was found in Holdenville, Ok. Could you please e-mail me any info. pertaining to this specific bottle? Thank you, C. Allison

During the early 19th century Oklahoma became home to no less than 64 different Indian tribes.  They were removed from points around the country and resettled in Indian Territory Oklahoma.  In the latter half of the 19th century, non Indian settlement began to overtake the lands of the various tribes. With the various land openings to settlement by non Indians, Oklahoma Territory was created and Statehood occurred in 1907. Holdenville was in the Chickasaw Indian Territory in 1895.  Your bottle probably dates between 1895 and 1907.  If the bottle is a Hutchinson soda then is probably falls into the earlier period.  If it has a crown top it would be later.  Indian Territory sodas bring good money.  Most I have seen sell between $100-200. Digger

I have an antique baby bottle in excellent condition that is sentimental to me. It was a gift from a relative when my first child was born. That person has passed-on, but I still have the bottle (it is one of the only things to have survived when my home flooded a few years ago). I would be very appreciative if you could provide any info on it. It says Franklin on one side and has ounce markers from one to seven. It is approx. 6 1/2" high It has what looks like "seams" or hair-line cracks in the glass in a few places, but they are not cracks, it appears to be the nature of the glass. Can you tell me how common these bottles are and when they were used, where they were made, etc.? I am looking forward to hearing from you - Crystal in Northern California - p.s. let me know if you need more information.

Your baby bottle is circa 1900.  It was made by the Whitall Tatum & Co of New York.  It should have the W.T. & Co. on the base.  The bottle actually has markings for 8 ounces.  It is clear with a long neck, the word "Franklin" in script diagonally with the graduated markings on the reverse.  The bottle is not common.  I'd estimate the value at $20-30. Digger Here's the rest of the story Whitall Tatum Company

 

The more common variants sell for $40-80.

Hi. We found a bottle with "aromatic schnapps" on one side and "Dolphowolfe's" on another. On the third side it contains the letters, schie---am. Unfortunately, the bottle was broken, but we'd like to know about what year this company made the liqueur and where. The bottle is about 8" tall, very dark green. It has a thick lip and is a corked bottle. If you could find out any information, I'd appreciate it. It was found in the California foothills of the Sierras near an old mine. Sincerely, Janie West

Janie, Your bottle is embossed "Udolpho Wolfe's // Aromatic Schnapps // Schiedam." The picture at the left shows two of dozens of variants, one golden amber and the other olive green.  They are known in many colors and are often found to be quite crude and highly whittled.  The bottles come both pontiled and smooth based and date from about 1848-1880.    The product started by Udolpho Wolfe in New City and was advertised as a medicinal gin tonic, and invigorating cordial. When Udolpho moved to New Orleans he left his brother in charge of the New York operation.  Many specimens were dug in New Orleans over the last few decades.   I also covered the Schnapps question in earlier months.

Dear Sir, First.....What a GREAT Site you have put together.....I enjoyed looking through it. I am searching for a supplier for reproduction, or old-style-looking beverage bottles. Would you happen to know of any suppliers I might contact ?? I was hoping Maybe at one of your Shows you had come across someone selling bottles like that. Surely Someone makes or imports something like that.. I was wanting to use them to put Root Beer in..... Thank you for your time.. Rick Ward

Short of checking at the flea market, I can't help much.  The national import stores like "Pier One" often have repro bottles with stoppers for sale.   Maybe a reader can give another idea.  Digger

Hi ..... I was wondering if you had any information on a quart cylinder whiskey in amber color, embossed "Hollywood Whiskey" on two lines? It appears to be late 1800's with a larger straight sided lip than usual lip to hold the cork......Thanx Don Cronin

Don, I found a listing for your whiskey in an old copy of Kovel's Price Guide.  At that time it was listing for about $6-8.  I'd guess today it would be worth in the $20-30 range. I do not think the bottle is rare.  Digger.

Hi! My grand mother swore by the medicinal capabilities of something she called Sagina. She pronounce it "tsa-gee'-na". She was a German immigrant and specially ordered this item. I have been looking for a bottle that contained this item but have been unsuccessful. Any help or direction would be appreciated. Thanks. Chuck

Sorry Chuck, I check several sources without success.  Digger.

we found a bottle in Swedesburg, PA. color: aqua green height: 6.5" shape: rectangular 2.5"x1.5" with rounded corners style: BIM with rolled lip bottom: flat outside, raised inside oddities: one face of bottle is slightly indented while other is totally flat inscription: HEBBLEWHITE M.F.G. COMPANY BUFFALO. N.Y. if you can help us we would appreciate it greatly...thanks again

Your bottle is a turn of the century shoe polish bottle -very common.  I have seen and dug them in  aqua and clear. Digger

I have a bottle (6" x 3") that is shaped like a cluster of grapes. It says MADE IN FRANCE on a grape on the end, has an octagon cap. Any idea of date or original use? Rhonda Gear

One can find many bottles blown in this shape.  Some dating to the early part of this century some made within the recent years some dating to antiquity.  The modern ones have a plastic cap the older ones have hand tooled lips.  Most are made of clear glass but I have seen them in several colors.  Mostly, they were made overseas to hold wine.  Some might have been simply decorative pieces.  Yours sounds newer.  Ebay had 4 for sale today of various types. Most had no bids.  One was bringing $5.50. Digger

 

hello digger: I dug up a small glass octagonal shape jar (clear) with the word moroline molded in the glass, up and down, all around, on bottom looks like number’s 7 & 9, and looks like a face in center, it made me think of something deadly. I looked up the word on another web site, and it took me to a Stanton family farm in Virginia where another one was found, can you give me any information on this jar. I've been digging flower gardens in my back yard for 52 years and just found this jar this year. thank you lillian

Lillian, Your bottle dates to the 1930-40 period and contained Moroline Hair Tonic.  In the late 1940s it was being made by Plough Sales Corp., of Memphis, Tennessee.  Value is probably $1-2.  Digger.

 

hi digger, found small clear bottle,3 inches elongated oval and flat. indentation on bottom can't tell if its a pontil mark, seams stop at elongated neck two rings and then lip, on flat side , embossed it reads Dabrooks perfume Detroit with a sun burst and D in center found in old ghost town in Montana If you can Help, thanks Marcia

Hi Marcia, For years I have been a closet collector of these cute little "five cent" colognes.  Many of the flat examples are "card colognes" sold from a cardboard display with the bottles rubber banded to the display board.  At the left you can see two examples from my collection.  The one at the far left is the bottle you are describing.  The one at the right has similar embossing but a fancier design.  They date from 1890-1910 and usually sell for under $10.  Digger

Howdy Digger. Can you tell me what material bottle collectors use to blacken the embossing on their bottles ?. I have seen it done and it makes a display look nice. Any tips on how to do a nice job of it ? Thanks, Eddie.

Most of the collectors I know have used a water based paint which can be easily removed.  I can tell you from experience, it takes a steady hand to do a skillful job.  Mine always looked ragged, I had a more practiced artist help me on some bottles.  While I have not tried it, I thought one might apply the paint in the manner fingerprints are taken - stamping the bottles into paint applied to some surface might work with some flat surfaces with embossing.  Digger

My friend has whiskey bottles from Michter's Jughouse in Schaefferntown, Pennsylvania which is now out of business. They are dated 1978-1979 and are porcelain with 24K gold. Can you tell me where I can find any information of value on these bottles. thank you for your time. Ilene Walker

I have no information, maybe another reader does.  Digger

Digger, I found an old bottle while logging on a friends property in Roseburg, OR. It is a Hutchinson Blob top, aqua in color, seven inches tall, two and a half inches in diameter. It appears to be BIM, with no exterior markings. The stopper is intact. The book I have says it had a paper label, and is vary rare, but it is a 1978 printing. The bottle is in perfect condition. Please advise.

Your bottle, without markings has very little value, perhaps $1-2.  The reason is that collectors want bottles whose origin can be clearly identify.  Because you found the bottle in Oregon, it probably is from the area, but there is no way to prove or disprove that is true.  You could probably find an almost identical bottle (an unembossed Hutchinson soda)  in every state in the Union.  Digger

I have a bottle of the following description: Green glass, with an alum. threaded on cap (looks like a large thimble), about 4 inches tall, with the name "JACOBINER" across the front. Can you tell me anything about this bottle? If you need more info please let me know. Thank you, Jim

Sounds like a post World War I whiskey.  Beyond that, I can't tell you much. Digger

We've found a pile of czech made cobalt blue seltzer/soda bottles. They appear to be cast and have 18 small 1/2" sides around the diameter. I'm assuming they date from the 20's or 30's and have the soda fountain tops, chrome plated. they're in good condition and seem either so common I haven't seen one on your site or on Antique Bottles, or so rare? One wonders. Any thoughts?

I can not tell from the picture if the label is paper or not.  They are probably rare ( or were until you found a "pile of them").  Rarity alone is not enough to command a high price.  I expect they would sell for $40-80 each.  You might get more for the first few from local collectors unless they see this letter.  Digger

I found a bottle with a cap on it still and it had a picture of a man on it . It also has this mans pic engraved on the bottle w/ houses on each side. there appears to be some names also engraved on the bottom of the bottle that seems to state his name and his sons names. It also states federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle above the engraved picture . Can you tell me how old it is ? thank-you

The bottle was made sometime between 1932 and 1964. Digger

Hi. I was wondering if you had any idea if this bottle would be worth anything. It is a whiskey bottle. It's called Myopia Club. H.W. Huguley Co. 134 Canal St. Boston. It has a certificate of analysis on the back dated Boston, Jan. 22, 1902 written by Geo. W. Miles. Please help. My husband can't find anything on it. Thank you, Monique

Your bottle has a number of things going for it.  First is the nice graphics on the front label. secondly, the back label gives us insight into the how the medical profession still considered at that time for alcohol to have some medicinal benefits.  Thirdly, the bottle is embossed. The bottle itself appears to be machine made (but I can't be certain from the photo)  The rear label gives us a clue to the age with the statement at the bottom which states "Put up and guaranteed under the Medicinal Pure Food Law."  That law was passed in 1906.  It was common practice, during prohibition to get whiskey as a prescription from a doctor.  The whiskey was sold by the pharmacist.  Your bottle seem to me to fall into that category dating it probably after World War I but before 1920.  Whiskey was often aged before being bottled.  Given all of the above, I'd say the bottle was worth $50+.  Digger.

Hi, I have come across a bottle that I would like to ask you about. It is a crude medicine or cure that is aqua in color and stands7 1/2" tall with an open pontil, a very crudely applied top as well as crudely blown bottle. The front panel is embossed vertically and says DR. A. ROGERS' (there is a burst bubble that lets you read only parts of the G & E in ROGERS), LIVERWORT, TAR & CANCHALAGUA. One side panel is embossed NEW YORK and the other side panel is embossed A.L. SCOVILL & Co. with a line under the o in Co and a period under the line and o. I would appreciate any info you can give me on this bottle such as date made, rarity etc. Thank you for your time, Rich

Amon L. Scovill by 1860 had the rights to over 20 patent medicines.  He started in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1840s and by the 1850s had opened a depot in New York City.  The apparent inventor was one Dr. Andrew Rogers from whom Scovill purchased rights to manufacture medicines with his name (Dr. Roger's Worm Syrup was another brand). The bottle comes with both the New York and Cincinnati embossing.  The latter being the rarer of the two. Your bottle would have been made between 1854-1859.  Iron pontil examples  dating to the Civil War period and smooth based variants dating to the 1870s are also known. You can find examples for $80-100.  My latest book The Pontil Medicine Encyclopedia has more information.  Digger

 

We live in north east NY. I found this bottle (Ballard's snow Liniment) near the old mining town of Sprucemont. NY...this bottle was found near an old trail. There is an old lake near by by the name of Snow Lake and a ranch, that the orig. owner last name was Ballard... is it possible that the the two connect............Would you happen to know any information on this bottle?

Possible but more likely a coincidence.  Here's a bit more information to help decide.  The Ballard Snow Liniment Co. was started by James F. Ballard of St. Louis about 1885.  The company had a number of good selling products and he probably made a goodly sum of money from the enterprise.  It is possible he purchased property in NY for a retreat or some such thing.  the company was still operating in the 1940s but your bottle probably dates to the 1880-1890 period. Digger

Do you know of Dr. H. James Cannabis Indica not many do... can't find much info. on it... I have a nearly mint bottle, with 3/4 of the label and want to find out more about it.... got any tips or advice?? I've only seen it mentioned in Kovel's book with a price of $210... is my bottle rare? Attached pic......... Thanks!!!!New to bottle collecting......Kris

The history of this brand is long and convoluted.  Advertising for the brand goes back into the 1850s.  Dr. H. James was from Jersey City, NJ or New York City depending upon who you believe.  The brand was widely copied.  Beginning about 1860 Craddock & Company of Philadelphia began putting up their version of the brand.  Craddock and Co. was located at 225 N Second St in 1858.  The 1860 era bottles, similar to yours, bear their name and "No 1032 Race St." as the address.  Your bottle judging from the picture is a much later bottle.  I am basing this on my experience of having dug at least two of the earlier variants which bore the Race St address together with the fact that your bottle 1)  lacks any address 2) lacks the crudity of the earlier bottles.  I have Craddock & Co. advertising the brand as late as 1897.  I think your bottle is closer to the 1897 date.  Now all this said, your bottle is still very rare with a label.  Given that about 80-85 percent of the label is present, I would suggest your bottle is worth $250+.  Digger

 

 

Dear digger, I have a green bottle that is embossed with Dr. J. H. McCleans Volcanic liniment oil. Can you tell me what was in the bottle and if it is worth anything? Don't do much digging any more, but I sure do appreciate your informative site. Thanks, Michael

James H. McLean and A. G. Bragg began a patent medicine business in the early 1850s.  When they split in 1853 McLean opened his own ""Volcanic Oil Depot. "  The medicine was a liniment for horses and other animals.  The bottles are known in open pontil with a rolled lip circa 1850s, hinge mold with a double collar, circa 1860s,  (shown at right) smooth based with a square collar, 1880-1900 and I believe even in screw cap produced after World War I.  The pontil ones bring $100-150.  The later variants $10-20. Digger

 

Hi, You were very kind to help me in June with a bottle that belonged to my Grandfather.....well in going through all my fathers and grandfathers things..I have come up with a bottle that my father found many years ago. Again, I am not a collector and just wish to know something about the bottle. I have attached photos. It does have a mark on the bottom that looks to be a circle with an upside down V attached to the circle on the front of the bottle it looks to have a symbol that looks like a horseshoe. The bottle is green and is clouded as it was found in the ocean. Any information, you can give to me will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Pam Boswell Johns

The bottle is probably European.  It might have contained Brandy or Benedictine or some such liquor.  Based on the photo of the base you sent, it is probably made after 1900.  The little "horseshoe" is an imitation "seal.".  The bottle may or may not have had a small label in that area.  Value is limited I'd guess $5-10 range.  Digger.

Cleaning out the storage room, we found the following four bottles. All are empty without corks or closures.1. Clear, round, about 8" tall by 2.25 " diameterChero-Cola6˝ ounce at angle on two sides THIS BOTTLE NEVER SOLD POINT MARION, PA around bottom2. Clear, round, about 8" tall by 2.5" diameter PT. MARION SODA WATER WORKS PT. MARION, PA. in circle on front REGISTERED 8 FLUID OZ around bottom3. Clear, square, about 4.5" tall by 1.5" on the side Lettering on each side: HIRES HOUSEHOLD EXTRACT FOR MAKING ROOT BEER AT HOME MANUFACTURED BY THE CHARLES HIRES Co PHILADELPHIA, PA. U.S.A.4 Pale green, oval, about 8" tall, by 2" by 4"On front: FELLOWS SYRUP OF HYPOPHOSPHITES On back:14˝ OZS. Digital pictures can be furnished if it would help. Any ideas what they might be worth. Thanks, Bill Teer

All of the above are worth in the $1-4 range.  The Hires and Fellows have been covered in earlier months questions for "Ask Digger." Digger

Hi, I have an unusual question. My mother gave me about 100 labels from the early 1900's, My Great, Great Uncles used to make bootleg booze in the basement of my Great Grandparents house in Kingston, NY. Most of these labels are in good condition. Some have manufacturer's names on the back. Many of the labels are colorful and attractive. But, by far the most interesting are the labels with the photo of William Howard Taft and his running mate James Sherman and the labels with William Jennings Bryan and his running mate. What can you tell me about these labels? Are they rare? I have not been very successful in finding any mention of these type of labels in any book in my local library. Thank-you for your time. Deborah Prazynski

I'd say they are quite rare and the political ones are probably very collectible.  As to value, I am less certain.  Believe it or not, tens of  thousands of labels have been found over the years. Digger

have any information on old drum whiskey bottles? I'd need a better description to be much help.  Digger.

Hi Digger - I've done a lot of digging for my job at various sites throughout southern New Jersey and come across a lot of old bottles. I've got a question about one in particular which I hope you can help me with. Unfortunately, I don't remember where I found this bottle, although I'm pretty sure it was Atlantic City, NJ. Anyway, I'd like to know anything that you might know about this bottle regarding age, what it held, its rarity and value, if you've heard of it before, etc. The bottle looks like it has a double applied collar, is about 11 inches high, dark amber colored, no identifiable seams (although I'm no expert), and is eight-sided. I believe it is in very good condition (no chips, scratches or stains, although its a little dirty on the inside) All but three of the sides have raised writing on them and are as follows: SIDE 1 J.A. GILKA BERLIN SIDE 2 THIS BOTTLE D(letter d smaller than rest) SIDE 3 J.A. Gilka (in script) SIDE 4 NOT TO BE SOLD SIDE 5 Schutzen Str. No 9 Finally, the base of the bottle appears to be "stamped" or "molded" with a raised picture of two persons holding long rods in one hand and holding onto a large crest with their other hands. The crest has a royal-type crown on top of it and a small cross is on top of the crown. There does not seem to be a pontil mark on it.

Your bottle is quite common in turn of the century dumps and privies.  It contained a liqueur called Kummel.  the ingredients of which include: Caraway seeds, Anise seeds, Fennel seeds, Angelica root, Cloves, Cumin, Vodka, Glycerine and sugar.  As you can see from the trademark it is an imported brand.  The bottles were probably made in Germany.  Value in amber $5-10. Digger

 

One additional thing I would like to ask is how do you tell if its a reproduction, I only ask because this particular bottle seems to be in much better condition than most of the other bottles I've found, even though the other bottles appear to be much younger. I should note, though, that I found this bottle exactly the way I've found every other bottle in my collection - through digging at construction sites. I would greatly appreciate anything that you could tell me about this bottle. Thanks again for your time. Tony  I am sure it is not a reproduction. The quality of the glass in part determines how the bottle looks when it comes out of the ground.  Amber glass, made with iron oxides, is very hard and doesn't deteriorate as quickly as Digger

Digger, I have a,1/2 pt. of  W.L.Wellers ...bottled as as replica of the 1/5th size...It is approx. 31-32 yrs old....The seal is UNBROKEN...There is some storage damage to the label but is still very readable...I'm interested in selling...respectfully DM Oleson I would appreciate an appraisal or direction to a collector...Thanks

Best bet is on Ebay on line auctions.  Digger.

Hello, I have a bottle that is about 3" tall, apx. 2" wide a beautiful cobalt blue, although it's kind of Irredescent. It is embossed with the bust of Abe Lincoln on one side. Around the bottom below the bust is 1809- ABRAHAM LINCOLN- 1865 (w 71) On the back all around the edge of the bottle are 33 stars In the middle it says ...of the people... A. Lincoln (in script) 16th President of U.S. Again the style is round with an applied double collar lip. We thought we had something real special here, but the base say's WHEATON from what I have seen and read I am not sure now. But I have not seen anything that looks like this or any Abraham Lincoln bottles at all. Please tell me what you think. I'll be taking pictures of it this weekend and will send you next week if I hear from you. Thanks for your help... Sincerely Yolanda Roque

Your bottle is one of the Wheaton Presidential Series.  I have covered these bottles thoroughly in earlier months and in other places on my website.  Today Ebay had two listed, one asking $2 and the other with original box asking $9.95.  Neither had bids.  Digger.

Digger, I have a Wilken Family Blended Whiskey bottle, clear glass with embossing of Harry E Wilken, stalks of barley, the distillery and the label is all intact. Says the family was based in Aladdin PA with branches in Lawrenceburg Indiana and San Francisco. the cork is still intact. The bottom has several numbers on it-D9 67 40 bottom line has M-25B 48. Haven't had any luck finding information, how common is this bottle?

Your bottle is probably not common. The value depends upon the age.  Check "Bottle Basics" on my website to determine the age.  Judging from the base embossing it is probably 1930s or later.  Also check the link "Federal Law Prohibitions the...."  Digger.

Hello, my name is randy and I pretty new to all this bottle collecting stuff. The question i have is about Anchor Hocking beer bottles. The dump I am presently digging is loaded with them !!! I bought the book by Phillip Hopper on A.H. bottles and was checking the numbers on the bottom to look for matches. None so far have matched his, but there are a lot of different numbers I have . Do you have any idea if these are even worth saving? The bottles look just like the ones in his book , just have different numbers ! Thanks randy

The best way to determine their value is try to sell a few.  Digger

marked : berry bro s & rudd ltd. London England (s79) nb

I have no idea.  Digger

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While remodeling our basement bathroom, we ran across an old bottle and were wondering if it would have any value. the bottle is 2/5 pint bottle. Partial label has the words, "Garrett American Muscatel Wines'. The picture on the label has a young woman with a locket, and short curled hair, with a circle behind her. The embossing on the back of the bottle reads, "Garrett and Co. Inc., established 1835, Pioneer American Wine Growers New York and on the bottom of the bottle it's embossed with the Pat. # 101182. The bottle is approximately 8 to 10 inches tall. Any information you might have would really be appreciated. Thank You, D. Jackson.

Garrett & company was very successful and probably many of their bottle have survived.  Their biggest seeling brand was "Virginia Dare."  There is not a great interest in this category at this time so I'd expect a value of under $10.  Digger.

 I recently purchased an "Eau De Quinine", Ed Pinaud clear bottle. It has a elongated flowery looking plastic screw on cap (beige). I figure it is probably from the '60s or '70s. The label is an vertical type (?) octagon. It is stamped in a red signature "Ed Pinaud" , lengthwise, across the label. There is also, the right side "Fair Trade, $1.76, Retail Price" stamp. At the bottom is the word "PINAUD". Underneath this is the phrase, "World Famous Since 1810. Made into the label, on the right side, is some type of distributor stamp. Three fourths of the bottle is a cylinder with waves or grove type shapes on the back side. Under the "waves" is a raised picture stamp of a basket of flowers and greenery. Under the picture is the word "PINAUD". Under "PINAUD" is a smaller "PARIS NEW YORK LONDON". The top part of the cylinder shapes into a very skinny neck with a flat top lip and then a small screw top. I tried to look up the patent number and couldn't find anything. The underside of the bottle states that it is the property of "Ed Pinaud" with a patient number of 2035404, which I couldn't look up. I really don't think the bottle is worth anything. However, I did think I could find some kind of information about it. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place. If you could give me any information that could tell me something about it, or the correct place I should be looking for information about it, would be most helpful. Thank you for your time.

The same bottle but with a pot metal cap can be found in 1890 dumps and privies.  The company claims use of the name since about 1810 and it was still being used as late as 1984 and perhaps still is in use.  Your bottle had a shaker type top.  The small hole restricted the output to drops and dribbles.  Bottles from 1890 on are all common. Digger

Mr. Odell, I have a Hutchinson soda bottle I found in a dump in Memphis, TN. It is aqua blue and has embossed lettering that reads Memphis Bottling Works, R.M. Becker on the front and  I.G. Co. on the back. On the bottom is simply the letter B. It has seams on opposing sides up to the neck and then appears to have a blob top. Do I have anything and if so what is it's value.

The Memphis Bottling Works was owned by Robert M. Becker (Hence the "B" on the base)  and located at 87-89 Vance St in Memphis.  The firm is listed from 1892-1895.  I do not think your bottle is rare, but I do not know what it might be worth.  I'd guess in the $20-40 range.  Digger

 

Hi. I have a unique bottle (well I think its unique cause I have never seen anything like it) that I was wondering if you could help me with. I was told that it was used for spritzing water on clothes as you ironed them but I seriously doubt that. There is a herringbone type pattern all over the bottle and it has a metal top with top that has a hole in it. I can't seem to take the lid off but there appears to be dust on the inside of the bottle. Its unique in shape. I will try to email you a picture with it. Please let me know if you can help. I really appreciate it. Thanks again, Peg Weinmann

Peg, I'd guess it was a perfume or toilet water bottle.  Your bottle has the same type of top as the Ed Pinaud bottle referred to in a letter above.  Given that the lid was crimped on over the square collar lip, it was never intended to be removed.  Digger.

 Hello, Digger! My name is Amy and I am a 38-year old mother of 3 teenage sons. I used to go digging with my dad when I was young, but my boys have no interest in going along with me! So until I can find another woman "strange" enough to want to do this, I go it alone! (Hubby doesn't care for it either!) I have never yet dug out a privy, but I ordered your book on The Secrets of Privy Digging, and I am dying to start digging out my first privy! I have been digging around a very old house foundation here in Western PA, (in the country), and I have found what I assume was a privy, but a modern version I suspect. I have uncovered a square slab of stone or concrete, about 4 ft. on each side. In one corner is a rectangular base, about 2 ft. tall, which is attached to the square slab. The base is open on both ends, stands on one end with the other end facing upward. The bottom end goes into a hole cut into the square slab. I have dug around all 4 sides of the slab, thinking maybe it was just a lid of sorts over a privy. But when I put my probe into the hole, I could tell the sides of the "privy" are made of the same material as the top---either concrete or some similar material. I don't know FOR SURE if this is actually a privy, but it appears to be. From my description, does this sound like a modern privy? I know there have to be old ones around there, but am I just wasting my time on this one? Any advice would be appreciated? Thank you, Amy, aka "groundhog"

Amy, sounds a lot like a modern 1930-50 period privy.  It still might be instructive to dig it out.  I have found some good local milk bottles in later privies and you never know until you look.  Try the "test hole" method suggested in my book.  Like you said, where there is one there is probably another.  Persistence is the key.  Remember what I said about digging in the country.  Digger.

hi I have a bottle that I can't find a price on and hope u can help. nugrape--6 fl.oz --bottle pat'd march 9,1920--Talladega Ala. thanks for your help gary in NJ

I am assuming it is not a painted label but embossed only.  Nugrape was bottled under the authority of the Coca Cola Company and seems to have been popular across the South.  while I could find your particular City, I found other similar bottles from Southern towns.  I'd estimate the value around $8-10. Digger

I have A urn cornucopia flask in olive color posibly G3-4 wondering what it may be worth Thanks for any help

The GIII-4 is one of  the most common of these flasks.  These days they sell in the $80-100 range.

pix Hello Digger, I dug these bottles in Clinton Michigan recently at an 1870's blacksmith shop in town. There where more, but most where broken. These two surviving examples are embossed GUN WA'S CHINESE HERB & VEGETABLE REMEDIES. It is amber, blown with a tooled top, 7" tall. Do you know what these where, and if they are valuable. Here's a picture....Thanks Visit Scott's Privy Page at: http://www.geocities.com/~privymaster

Scott, I love them.  They appear to be a smaller size of the better known large size shown at the right above.  According to one source, the Gun Wa Medicine Company was in Denver Colorado but was a very short lived concern.  The large size specimens I have seen are often crude and appear to be 1870 or so in age.  The large size sells for $400-500.  It would be hard to say what the smaller size would bring.  You do not often find Western bottles in the Mid-West.  Possibly the company relocated to somewhere in the Mid-West.  Great find!  Digger

Hi! I recently purchased a reproduction glass canister set. Here are the particulars: - Cobalt blue - Bottom stamped with "Jar Made in Italy", "Crownford China Co", 1968. It also has a C in a circle in the middle. - Size range is 1 Pint, 1 Quart, 1 1/2 Quart, 2 Quart - It is stamped with the size on one side and "Granny's Products Inc." on the other. - The front has the words "Peace" and "Plenty" running vertically on each side of a sheaf of wheat and the date 1879. - Openings are slanted - The closure is similar to this picture, except the top and bottom rings are the same size and there is no spoon - just a squarish loop of metal. My questions are: 1) Even though it's a repro, what is it worth? 2) How can I get replacement rubber gaskets for the lids? The gasket has a 3" inner diameter and nearly 4" outside diameter. 3) If I replace the gaskets, will that decrease the value significantly? Thank you so much for any help you can provide. I have been unable to find any information on the Crown China Company or this canister set. Vivian

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

I have an old antique pint milk bottle from :Biltos Dairy: 40s or 50s, with original paper top on it. curious about what is worth. thank you. It also has fancy red writing on it.

I'd guess in the $5-15 range.  Digger

Hi...I have a 1935 Kahlua Porcelain/Glass Bottle . Where can I find out what it is worth? I just received two Jim Beam bottle decanters from 1980. There the republic and democratic collection (donkey and elephant) and was curious as to the amount they were worth. Both are sealed and full. Please contact me if you know their worth. Tom

My guess would be under $30 for all three items together.  You'll find the Beams listed on Ebay for sale. The Kahlua bottle might be more if it had the contents.  Digger.  

 

My grandparents recently recovered an old wooden coke crate from their barn that contained several old coke bottles. They gave me one and I was curious about how much it's worth. From what I have heard, it's particular design is called a "Patent Coke". It has some case wear, but no scratches or cracks. It is still sealed with the original coke inside; the cap is rusted, however. The glass is the classic green color. The bottle reads: Coca Cola Trade-Mark Registered In US Patent Office. Reverse: Trade-Mark Registered Contents 6 1/2 Fl. OZS. It was bottled in Chattanooga TN. (I live in Dalton, Georgia. Not 30 mins from Chattanooga.) Anyway, I was just curious. Any help is greatly appreciated. -Jason

I'd guess $8-10 in the present condition.  Digger

I have a bottle that is approx. 14 inch in height and four inch across it is round and has a top that you would use a bottle opener to open. It has a picture of a tiger embossed on it and the words "TIGER CATSUP" The seam goes from top to bottom, and on the bottom is the letter B, a diamond with a D in the middle of it, and the number 7. If you could help me determine how old and the approximate value it would be greatly appreciated. Thank You,

I was not able to find out anything about your bottle.  Maybe a reader will help. Digger

 

Hi Digger Odell I am doing an article on a bottle that was found in Elkridge, MD. Following is the inscription on the bottle: BUCHU-GIN FOR ALL KIDNEY & LIVER TROUBLES J. H. FRIEDENWALD CO. BALTIMORE, MD The bottle is medium to dark green and is 10 inches high and eight-sided. I believe it was used around 1890-1910. I know there were several generations of Friedenwalds in the Baltimore area during this time frame and some were doctors. However, I have been unable to find any information on the "J. H. Friedenwald Co." or which Friedenwald manufactured the product. Several Friedenwalds had a first name that began with J, but I can find no reference to middle initials for any of them. This bottle is listed with Kovel's but they have no further information. Do you have any information. Thank you for your assistance. Lou Ann Prosack 

Lou Ann, Your bottle is very similar to a Gilka Kummel bottle (see one of the above questions).  Several have sold over the years and with the original labels have brought prices over $200.  Your best bet is to check the Baltimore City Directories.  Given the similarities to the Gilka bottle, it might be an import.  The two bottles bear such a striking resemblance, I'd bet you'll find it goes back to Germany.  Digger  

THE FOLLOWING IS A RESPONSE FROM A READER:
there was a question about this bottle in the September ask digger questions the company was located at 101 to 113 north Eutaw Street in Baltimore, MD. they were listed as a wholesale wine and liquor dealer in the 1880s and 1890s. Thanks Chris Rowell

THANKS CHRIS, your information is appreciated.

Hello I have a Wild Turkey bottle seal still intact. It is a porcelain Series II no. 4 1982. IT is from Austin Nichols and co. Bottled in Lawrenceburg Ky. Can you tell me how much this is worth and if it will be worth more money in the future. Thank you Glen Gillia,m

I found one Austin Nichols Wild Turkey and Red Fox bringing $60+ on Ebay.  The higher quality the design, the greater the interest.  There did seem to be a good number of Wild Turkey items bringing in the $30-40 range.  I do not feel qualified to give any other opinion as this is out of my area of expertise.  Digger.

I have a bottle that is shaped like a violin. It is 7" tall with a a screw top (completely intact but rusted) excellent condition. It is clear glass with the details of the violin raised on the front. The front has 6-2/5 OZ. at the bottom and the bottom of the bottle says MONTE CASSINO top COVINGTON, KY. bottom with an arrow shaped block with an O in it and 4 next to that. Also, I have a friend with an Amber colored beer bottle with STAINS RUN "101" Marietta O. on the front. I would be thrilled if you would help find info on both these bottles. I am relatively new (not at collecting) at pricing and identifying bottles.

I found your violin bottle listed on Ebay.  It had three bidders and was up to almost $7.00.  There is a good deal of interest in violin bottles and your is not as common as many.  I guess the value to be in $10-12 range.  I was not able to locate any reference to your beer bottle.  Digger

Hi Digger, I have acquired an 8-inch round bottle, 3 pc. mold, with glass stopper in Deep Cobalt Blue, BIMAL. Around the top shoulder of the bottle it says : COMPOUND OXYGEN STARKEY & PALEN PHILA. Is this bottle a medicine, poison or chemical? The bottle and stopper are in mint condition. How much is this bottle worth? Thank you, Jerry Tennant

Compound Oxygen first appeared in the advertising about 1880-1881.  It was a treatment for consumption, asthma and so on. Starkey and Palen were the proprietors.  If memory serves me, I seem to remember that the bottle came in a tin or wooden box and had some other medical apparatus (possibly for inhaling) with it.  The bottles are scarce.  I'd estimate $75-80 for the bottle alone.  Digger.

I HAVE SEVERAL POP BOTTLES DATED AROUND 1975 AND 1976. THEY ARE PEPSI AND RC BRAND. THEY HAVE THINGS LIKE THE CINCINNATI REDS WORLD CHAMPS AND CLEVELAND BROWNS PLUS SEVERAL MORE DIFFERENT ONES. ARE THEY WORTH ANYTHING AND WHO WOULD I TALK TO ABOUT THEM. THANKS FOR ANY INFORMATION YOU MIGHT HAVE. JERRY.

I am not update on these collectibles.  Ebay would be a the place to check prices.  Digger.

We have country property and often find old bottles in very good condition. However, we are not collectors and would sell what we find, however, many times we cannot identify what type of bottle we have found. I notice many of your publications are for specific types of bottles, but what if we don't know what it is? For example, we have a clear glass bottle, approx 9" tall, embossed with WATKINS. Near the neck is marked TRIAL MARK. There is a diamond near the bottom with an I (capital I) or 1 in it. How would we find out what type of bottle it is? Thank you so much for your help!

Most all of the Watkins bottles are common.  I believe I covered this bottle in an earlier month. Your bottle could have contained any of more than a dozen products from medicine to flavorings.  The J. R. Watkins Company is still making products.  It is probably the shape that helps you to identify the type of bottle you have. The base mark is the glassmaker "Owens" of Illinois dating the bottle as probably post 1927.   Round bottles are often liquids such as sodas, beers and whiskey.  Rectangular bottles are likely to be medicines or household products.   Experience and study will help you be able to make better judgments about what a given bottle might have contained.  Digger

McKesson Cod Liver Oil – Bottle Dear Digger Odell, I have this Bottle!! I was very excited to see the description in your fish tales section! I have always been interested in glass works, and this is a recent find. I believe it has the Owens ring, as well as circle with a diamond in the center (raised marking) on the bottom. Would you be so kind as to estimate it's value (it is in excellent condition) . All other details are the same as in the description, except of course it is missing the label. The 14yr patent also leaves question of it's authenticity of time. I do genuinely thank you for your time and response, Lynn Hi,

I'd estimate a value of $10-15 more with a label.  Digger.

I'm from Ottawa, Canada. I recently received a 60 0z clear glass bottle embossed at the bottom with the words "Mammy Beverage Co. Contents 60 oz. Embossed is also the large word Mammy and the figure of a "Mammy". The bottle stands 14" tall and 4.5" in diameter. On the bottom is the word Mammy as well as a diamond with the letter D in it. I know absolutely nothing about it including it's contents, age and value. I've checked e-bay and there is one there but it offers the same information I have given you. If you could please pass on any information you might have or could find on this bottle it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much. Sheri Leroux

I have seen your bottle, but I can't give you any more information.  Digger

Hello.....I have an old Leisy's Mello-Gold beer bottle that is 30" high, with a base diameter of 7 1/2". (It must have been a display of some sort). It has a crown top, a side seam and a smooth bottom, is dark-brown in color with a painted gold label with red Leisy's letters. I have been looking around in different collector-websites to see if anyone else a bottle like this so that I might find some information about it and have found nothing . I would appreciate any information that you may have on this item. Thanks, in advance, for your time and help. Jennifer

You are correct about it being a display bottle.  I have not heard of yours.  assuming it is glass and not plastic, I'd guess a value of $30-60 depending upon condition. Digger.

Are you familiar or have any info on Pepsi Cola, Niagra Bottling Co., North Tonawanda, NY, specifically 10 oz Winters Root Beer? PLMK Thankx for any help you may offer Pat Shimrack

Sorry, maybe a reader will help.  digger

We are curious about the origin of a bottle we found. It is a clear glass bottle with a top that had a screw top. It has a raised picture of a Quaker's head with a bundle of wheat and a sickle underneath. Above the Quaker's head is raised lettering that says, "FEDERAL LAW FORBIDS THE SALE OR RE-USE OF THIS BOTTLE". The bottle manufacturer symbol on the bottom shows an LP (letters overlapping) in a border. The letters D 9 are above the manufacturer's symbol. The numbers 29 are to the left of the symbol and the number 40 is to the right. M87C are underneath. Can you tell me anything about this bottle? I would appreciate any help... Thanks!

You will find information about your bottle in earlier months of "Ask Digger" including a nice picture of the label.  The bottle is common. Digger

Howdy again Digger. This is my second bottle related question this month. What would I do without you ? I am hoping you might be able to tell me something about the Harrison/Tippecanoe cabin shaped flasks and inks. How many known examples, where made, when made, known colors, etc...Have you ever dug any broken ones or even seen or heard of any ? Or perhaps you could steer me toward a reference source. Thanks again Digger, Eddie.

Of the Harrison / Tippecanoe Cabin Bottles, I beleive there are only two or three known examples and one of those has a corner missing.  the bottles were blown for the 1840 presidential campaign and are attributed to the Mt. Vernon Glass works. They come in shades of deep green almost black color. Mckearnin & Wilson, American Bottles and Flasks lists two different bottle styles.   I have never dug pieces of one nor have I heard of anyone else doing so. Even a damaged specimen would be a significant find.  I do not know of any Harrison related inks, but cabin inks are common, relatively speaking. Most are later in date than the Tippecanoe Harrison cabin bottle.   There are also many English cabin inks in many colors, mostly greens and cobalt.  American examples are known in clear, aqua and milk glass.  I have perhaps seen a clear pontiled one at one time.  I have many of the cabin inks  listed and pictured  in my two ink books.  Somewhere around here I have a color picture of the Harrison cabin bottle.  When I find it I will post it. Digger

I would like to know why the # 13 jar is special and if the lids have the number in them.Thank you Candi Lowe

You are going to have to give me a bit more information before I can help.  Digger.

Hello Digger: I have a Listerine bottle I found while trout fishing in Missouri. I was wondering if it was worth anything. Here is the description. 5 1/2 inches tall 2 inches diameter at base neck 1 inch tall Diamond in base with what looks like a number one or the letter I in the center. LISTERINE is printed at the top below the neck. LAMBERT is printed at the bottom with PHARMACAL COMPANY printed below that. The bottle is round with no damage that I can tell. The mold seam goes over the top of the lip. And there seems to be an arrow head shape at the base along the edge on the bottom. Thanks Wayne L. Hansen

I think I have covered this question in earlier months.  They bottles are very common.  yours dates after 1930 or so.  Digger

Dear Digger, We think this is a really unique bottle. We found it between the walls of a very old home that we helped tear apart. It is a very clear aqua, with no seams, and a excellent condition. Of course, there are bubbles. There is a carved wooden stopper in the top. Around that stopper was a very small piece of newspaper, which we still have. Actually, it's two very small yellowed pieces of paper. We can read part of it. It mentions General Lee, General Jackson, Capt. Stiles, the saving of a baggage train etc. A Blood Battle on a Saturday. Massachusetts regiment leaving Fall River to go to the site of battle. The very center of the bottom looks like several layers of hot glass cooled and there is a nib in the middle. Therefore, we are sure it is a graphite pontil. And it has a blob top. We would like to know your opinion of what this bottle is worth. Thank you kindly, Carol Kennedy

Nice picture Carol and nice bottle.  Looking at the base,  I can't be sure it has a pontil.    If it does you should still be able to see traces of the graphite in the glass.  What makes your find so interesting is the newspaper wrapped around the cork.  The bottle would date to the time of the Civil War or slightly later but not much.  The bottle is squat soda. I could not find a listing for it.  Value would be $50-75 range $75-100 with the pontil.  Digger.

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I found a pair of old Bacardi Rum bottles. One is the Democratic donkey and the other is the Republican elephant. I think they might be very old, they were made in Italy. What do you think? Thanks, Beth

Beth, I think they are probably relatively new.  I would expect a value of under $10 each.  Digger.

Digger, I was completely oblivious to the world of bottles until recently - my mother-in-law from Colorado gave me two seltzer (I think that's what they're called; they are sealed with a metal pump/trigger on top) bottles which she has no information on. The first is a deep teal color with the words "Rock Springs Coca Cola Bottling Company Rock Springs, Wyoming" inscribed on it. On the bottom it reads "Made in Czechoslovakia." It is shaped with paneled sides and slightly wider at the top. The other is green in color with nothing inscribed on the side, but it does have the markings "H-9," "805," and a square with a "C" in it on the bottom. The metal trigger on top has the name "John Lucas Inc." on the neck. It is a pretty bottle shaped with scallops along the upper part. Both are in good condition with a few minor scratches and slight chips. Hope you can give me an idea of their age, origination, and value. I've read through your site and messages from others, but did not see anything like these two bottles, but I definitely learned that if anyone could help me, you can. What I've read so far fascinates me - thanks for a great collection of information. I've a feeling I'm about to embark on a bottle collecting spree! Thank you in advance for any information you can give me! Karen Ambler CROSSMARK Fleming Team - Dallas Location 

Karen,  The Wyoming Coca Cola sounds like a good bottle to me, but I couldn't put a price on it.  Western bottles often bring a higher price than comparable Eastern ones.  Age wise they are probably 1930-50 period.  I am working on an article on seltzer bottles.  Ebay has more seltzer bottles for sale than I thought they might.  I found over 20 listed today.  The highest asking price was $39.  Half a dozen had bids at the mid $20 range.  I found one other Coca Cola seltzer opening bid at $21.  The unmarked one is probably worth in the $15-20 range. Digger

 I have an amber glass bottle probably the size of a quart of whiskey. It has a white horse picture on outside. I do not know anything about bottles. Any ideas? Thank you. 

Your bottle is probably a White Horse whiskey bottle from Glascow Scotland.  They are very common and probably worth less than $5.  Check the bottle for embossing identifying the company.  Digger.

Hello, It's me again. I wrote to you several years ago inquiring on a bottle my brother found a while back while spear fishing out on the reefs of our island. I came across a bottle I had tucked away in a box. It resembles a book, made of porcelain, Limoges Castle France is the mark on the bottom. It has a picture of Napoleon. "CAMUS NAPOLEON COGNAC, BI-CENTNAIRE 1769-1969". Now my question, is it worth anything? Respectfully, Florentina T. Castro 

Limoges porcelain seems to have often used Napoleon on their ware.  He is found on a plate, a figural bust, vases and other porcelain containers in which cognac was sold.  Most of these have some gold trim or painting, which I would guess deteriorated while under water.  In good shape, I would expect the item to bring $15-20. Digger

 

Dear Digger, I have some of your books and intend to get more, you are such a help! I was wondering if you could identify a bottle, bitters shaped, dark amber with a buffalo, embossed and Upper Blue lick water 1770, with Jas W Pierce, Proprietor on other side. Is this the same as the mineral water that is usual for Blue Lick, or something else all together. It also is embossed Maysville Kentucky like the other. Thanks so much, Sincerely Lianne Petersen It is hinge molded on the bottom not pontiled

You have a great bottle Lianne!  The bottle is rare, I have seen a few over the years, but not many.  Several have been sold at auction and have brought $300-400.  I expect that this is the same product as the round Blue Lick, but I can't prove it.  Digger.

A friend of mine has an old bottle that we have been searching the web to find info on and have not been able to find anything. Hopefully you can help. It is a clear bottle, about 10 inches high, it is shaped like the character out of the Dickens novel, Mr. Pickwwick. On the bottom of the bottle around the feet area it has raised lettering that says "Mr.Pickwick". We are dying of curiosity to find out what this bottle was used for, how old it is and what it is worth. Could you please let us know anything you can find out about it. Thanks alot, Moniue and Janet

The bespectacled balding jolly old Mr. Pickwick has been immortalized in much memorabilia.  Most popular seem to be English Toby mugs with him as the body.  You'll find collectors plates, figurines, miniatures, whiteware so why not a bottle.  Without knowing how the bottle was manufactured, I cannot give you a date range.  Clear glass figural bottles are common.  they contained everything from candy to vinegar to wine.  some were probably just decorative pieces.  Typically the price range for one in the 70-90 year old range would be $30-50.  Digger

Hi Digger: I have a cobalt blue pint, liberty milk bottle. I know they are not old, however, there are alot of repros out there, I am told .the bottle has raised letters. property of liberty milk co. Incorporated. Buffalo,N.y. with the Statue of Liberty on the other side. what is different is a L is on the bottom. I know Borden’s milk used a B on the bottom. How can I I.D this bottle as a repro or the real deal? thanks Ken

 

Hi, I hope you can help me, I was on a business trip in a small Ohio farming town called Defiance. I found in a thrift store a child's size dark blue milk bottle in perfect condition; on the back of the bottle it has raised imprint "Liquid and on the front 1/2 pint" no other marks are on the bottle. Also the face on the bottle is child's face and on the sides of the bottle are raised ears. If possible could you estimate the value on this type of bottle, again it is in pristine condition. Thanks in advance for time and attention. D E Howells

Digger's opinion is that neither of the  bottles in the above letters are authentic.  I have included a picture of the Baby Face bottle and I have seen the Statue of Liberty bottles frequently.  These are being made overseas for the flea market and gift store crowd.  The ones above had a $15 price tag. I for one have never seen an authentic cobalt milk...dark green or amber maybe but not cobalt.  Digger

Around the 50th anniversary of the bomb drop on Hiroshima y was walking in the riverbed near the front of the bombed out domed building seen in many picture before and after the drop. I recovered from the river bank a clear glass bottle. I have asked a number of veterans and no one remembers this item. The bottle is 9" tall, has printed "NET CONTENTS 6 3/4 FL OZ" and molded into the glass the name "Pearl-ies". The name is written very fanciful. The side seam continues through the lip of the bottle. I believe the bottle may have been an occupation forces beer or soda , perhaps produced by the Japanese ( therefore the net contents mark) ? I am most interested in the history of the bottle. I currently have sand from the main invasion beach of Iwo Jima in the bottle waxed closed. I hope there is some connection to the war or post war, This is a highly traversed river and the bottle could be from anywhere in the world. Thank you for your time in this matter , you are most gracious to allow someone like me ask you a question. Thanks again! Semper Fi Ron Horne

Ron, that's a great story and great memento.  I could not find anything but maybe a reader will shed some light on this one. Digger

hello. I found an old, brown beer type bottle. on the front it has"524 Fulton street "under that is "national bottle works with an eagle with spread wings (much like the Budweiser logo) then it has under that, "San Francisco. at the very bottom it says "not to be sold".it has a clip down porcelain top with the same logo. on the bottom of the cap it has"k.hutt--,feb 7,189?"have any idea? I would appreciate hearing any info you could give me. thank you .greg bolduc at"

The National Brewery in San Francisco was listed at Fulton St from 1861-1916.  The "524" address was not shown in my source.  The company was listed at Fulton and Webster and in the 700s block in the 1880s.  The porcelain stopper has the name Karl Hutter and the probable date is 1892.  Hutter was a New York City Brewer, who I beleive, but cannot immediately find the reference for, patented the stopper.  I would estimate your bottle to date around 1900.  Value would be at least $20 maybe as much as $60 depending upon its rarity. Digger

I have a bottle that is 15 1/2 inches tall and 3 inches wide, clear, with a shell symbol and the word shell inside the symbol. below that is says Shell Oil Company of Canada Limited. Around the bottom it says Guaranteed Delivery One Imperial Quart. On the bottom it says design rec'd 1933. Around the top it says One Imperial Quart. It is a cork top. If you could please get back with me with a value I would sure appreciate it. Thank you for your time. Ronnie and Juanell Smithson

You have a Shell Oil bottle.  Oil bottles are collectible but not rare.  I am not sure about the rarity of the Canadian varieties, but the American ones are very common.  I'd estimate the value of your to be  $20-30.  Digger

I recently found a very old bottle. It is about the size of a salt shaker and it has a brass top with a clip which is about the size of a thumb print. The top has a spring loaded teat on the top like it was meant to dispense an oil or something. It sais around the top of the lid "KWIK STIK pat. DEC 21.15 JUL 5.19. The bottom of the bottle is embossed "KWIK STIK PATENT". I am unable to find anything on this bottle. Can you help? I'm attaching a photograph of it. thank you very much. Tim Wilkinson 

Tim, I am thinking glue or paste.  Your bottle bearing patent dates of 1915 and 1919 would be traceable in Patent Office records.  I'd guess a value of around $20-25.  Digger.

I have two bottles exactly the same except in different sizes . They both were dug up out of the ground on a really old farm, so I have no idea how old they are. - Each one is clear and in good condition, - They don't appear to have had a label. - rectangular....Big bottle-177mm tall *35mm wide Small bottle-147mm tall*28mm wide - Each has a rim at the end of the neck, a lot like a wine bottle Each says on the front CALIFORNIA FIG SYRUP CO STERLING PRODUCTS (INC) PROPRIETARY AGENCIES (AUSTRALIA) LTD SUCCESSORS On each side is written CALIFIG For more information my

Your California Fig Syrup bottles are very common world-wide. The Fig Syrup was a laxative containing about 6% alcohol.  The product was introduced about 1878 and the company established its headquarters in San Francisco, where it operated until it was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake.  At the time of the earthquake, they had nation-wide offices in New York and Louisville, Ky which probably took over production.  Sometime later the entire concern was purchased by Sterling Products (Inc) who continued to produce it through the 1970s. Your bottles would date to the 1907+ time period.  Digger.

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