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I try to be as comprehensive as possible in describing bottle condition but am not perfect (thus the money back guarantee). Many of the "flaws" or condition issues that I point out are often overlooked by others. I also try to take representative pictures of all the bottles listed, though some bottles can defy accurate pictorial representation. Click on the highlighted link(s) in each listing description to see the picture(s) of the specific item for sale.
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WESTERN AMERICAN BOTTLES
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SIMMOND'S / NABOB / TRADE (Sultan with hookah and attendant) MARK / PURE / KY BOURBON / WHISKEY - All this embossed on this well known but quite scarce, full faced, Western "picture" whiskey cylinder fifth. This example is listed in the late John Thomas's most recent book (2002) as #142A and is the earliest of this short series of cylinders dating from the late 1870s to early 1880s. Apparently this whiskey was advertised in 1882 as being "Strongly recommended by the medical faculty (what "faculty" isn't noted!) for all cases of nervousness, dyspepsia, chills, etc..." Like many high alcohol products of that era, it was purported to have high medicinal value. (Reminds me that my dad always noted that his stops at the state liquor store in Oregon were needed to get his "medicine"!) Thomas also notes that many of these were found in Nevada in the usual mining camp areas like Hamilton, Eureka, and Virginia City as well as the Sierra Nevada and some other mining areas in California. Although a San Francisco bottled product (George Simmond's & Co. in business from 1877 to 1888 according to Thomas) these were one of the earlier German made "Western" cylinders dating from the noted range above.
As with most all of these type amber to red-amber German made Western-used whiskey cylinders this example has a nice and sloppy applied top (click applied top to view such), heavily whittled throughout the body, a high slightly pointed/domed base, and a color that is a medium orange to somewhat reddish amber getting redder towards the base as the images show. This is a beautiful window bottle with that color and crudity! Condition is very good to excellent (aka close to mint) with some light wear and scuffing in a few places (largely on the back) but no chips, cracks or other post-manufacturing damage. Thomas's book lists the mid-range value of these at a seemingly high $2500; this very nice example is offered for significantly less. $750
OREGON IMPORTING CO./ WE NEITHER RECTIFY / (O. I. CO. monogram) / NOR COMPOUND / PORTLAND, ORE. - That is all boldly & sharply embossed within a slightly oval to round slug plate (aka "plate mold") on this quart sized cylinder whiskey bottle with straight fluting on the shoulder and lower neck. According to John Thomas's great book on Oregon liquor bottles this style bottle was called a "Maverick Brandy" which was the name used for this style of liquor bottle by the huge Illinois Glass Company (Alton, IL.) who almost certainly was the producer of this bottle for the Portland company. A quick check shows an identical one by that name, including the "bumps" at the lower end of the flutes, shown (sans embossing) in that glass company's 1903, 1906, 1908 and 1911 catalogs (I have original examples of all these). That fits perfectly the history of the company which, according to Thomas, began in 1904 and ran until statewide alcohol Prohibition began in Oregon in 1915. Isn't the history of these bottles cool!? The "We neither rectify nor compound" motto was a reference to some liquor bottlers of the era "rectifying and compounding," i.e., cutting, diluting, blending and otherwise adulterating the product in undesirable ways (maybe "snake heads"?). Not this company!
Anyway, this example is 11.6" tall, clear or colorless glass (the type that would turn amethyst), has a tooled "brandy" lip or finish, and dates during the range noted above. It was probably was actually used for brandy, though without an original label it is impossible to tell. In my experience these clear examples are scarcer than the amber versions and more likely to be stained. This specimen is in great condition with no cracks, chips, pings, dings, or other post-production damage; it just has some widely scattered, light, water staining on the inside back which is non-detracting...the outside is unstained and nice. Also some nice bubbles in the glass and minor crudeness befitting a later, mouth-blown bottle. Another ex-Bob Barnett bottle I acquired a long time ago. $50
OREGON IMPORTING CO./ WE NEITHER RECTIFY / (O. I. CO. monogram) / NOR COMPOUND / PORTLAND, ORE. - Here is the light-ish amber example of the same cylinder quart whiskey bottle that was fully described above...and blown in the same mold even though the embossing is lighter than the very bold clear/colorless example. However, it is of moderate boldness and very easy to read (see enlargement of close-up of embossing). The color is a light-ish amber with a golden tone to it; the images show it pretty well though in real-life it is a bit brighter. This example is dead mint as far as I can see looking it over several times, with no chips, cracks, flea-bites, scuffing, staining, or anything post-manufacture. A very nice example of one of a relatively small universe of Western fancy (fluted or swirled) shoulder liquor cylinders...and one of only two from Portland to my recollection (the other being the Remington swirl shoulder cylinder). $60
SPRING VALLEY / WINE CO. /"THE BIG STORE" /2ND & YAMHILL / PORTLAND, ORE. - This is all embossed within a plate - called a slug plate by collectors - as evidenced by the relative distinct and slightly indented to elevated plate edge circle around the embossing; it is not an embossed circle. The lower body also reads FULL PINT with serifs on the lower body. These early 20th century style flasks - this being a "Eagle" style (see my educational website discussion on this style at http://www.sha.org/bottle/liquor.htm#Eagle%20Flasks ) are often quite rare, or at least as rare as their coffin, shoo-fly and picnic flasks cousins, but don't get quite the collecting interest as those slightly older (though often contemporary) brethren. These are still very interesting pre-Prohibition liquor flasks which are often quite hard to find as they were usually made for a relatively limited time.
According to the late John Thomas's excellent 1998 book Whisky Bottles and Liquor Containers from the State of Oregon "Starting sometime during the year 1909 the Spring Valley Wine Company opened its doors at 242 and 244 Yamhill in Portland. The Shapiro brothers George and Joseph opened it. It was a wholesale operation only. The company lasted until closed by Prohibition in 1915." So these date sometime between 1909 and 1915. Oregon's statewide Prohibition began on January 1st, 1916 preceding full National Prohibition by 4 years (lucky state...ha). Although Thomas noted it was a "wholesale operation only" the fact that they bottled some of their products in these flasks - which come in pint and half pint sizes - indicates that they at least sold some in smaller quantities...or these flasks were give away items for holidays, special customers, or ??? Interestingly, the flasks were blown in the "Dandy Style" as well as this "Eagle" style; the Dandy being quite similar but without the ring on the neck. (See the following section of my educational website on "Dandy" style: http://www.sha.org/bottle/liquor.htm#Dandy%20Flasks ) Both sizes in the Eagle and Dandy style seem to be equally rare; they are all seldom seen flasks. This is a duplicate pint for me with the one I've had for years being blown in a slightly fatter and shorter Eagle flask mold (and the FULL PINT is non-serif lettering & it has double rings at the base of the neck) but with the same plate obvious upon close inspection.
This particular flask, as noted, is the pint size with the "serif" lettering for FULL PINT. It is 9.3" tall, made in a now slightly pink (amethyst) glass, and has a tooled "brandy" style lip or finish. This particular mold also has a bunch of faint (but visible in the images) "peen" or "rivet head" markings on the body above the plate (7 circular marks) and on the back upper body (3 marks). Why? No idea except something to do with the formation or alteration of the mold and an interesting crudeness at a time (late mouth-blown era) when crudeness was less common although this flask also has an assortment of bubbles in the glass. It is in very good condition with one tiny pin prick mark on the lip edge, a small impact mark on the back base (about pin head sized), a few external abrasions and some very light, scattered content haze here and there. Overall a very nice and hard to find pre-Prohibition flask. $75
CROWN DISTILLERIES / (crown above double shield with CDCo monogram inside) / COMPANY - That is all embossed within an oval on the body of this fifth sized liquor bottle from San Francisco. It has inside threads and includes an original hard rubber stopper with essentially the same "embossing" on it. Click HERE to see a close-up of the stopper which is in pretty good condition with a little bit chipped off one side.
These bottles like the Van Schuyver listed above likely contained a popular spirits product - Cyrus Noble Whiskey - and span a pretty wide time frame from at least the 1880s to National Prohibition at the end of 1919. This company was connected with the Lilienthal (San Francisco) and W. J. Van Schuyver (Portland, OR.) companies as briefly discussed above in regards to sharing the same stoppers in their inside threaded bottles. Most of the bottles used by the three companies had essentially the same monogram of the crown over a shield with the initials inside the shield varying with the company. This particular example likely dates from the 1900 to 1910 era.
As to the details of this bottle it is the same height and general conformation as the Van Schuyver above measuring about 11.25" tall without the stopper. The color is a bright medium amber, has some scattered bubbles in the glass and a tooled inside threaded finish with the noted stopper. Condition is essentially mint with no cracks, chips, dings or significant staining...maybe just a bit of dirt on the inside and a few minor and non-distracting scuff marks. This example was found out in the woods of the Cascades near Klamath Falls many years ago and given to me since the person was not a collector. Time to pass it on as I've too many bottles. $30
SCHLESINGER & BENDER INC. / PURE / CALIFORNIA / WINES / & / BRANDIES / SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. - That is sharply embossed on the face of this quite scarce "bulge necked" cylinder fifth from the late 1890s to 1910s. I dug this example in the late 1960s as a teenager in the "old" (early 1900s) Phoenix, AZ. dump that was along the typically dry Salt River Wash. It was in an area that was out on the edges of that town at the time of use but well within the confines of that sprawling city - or group of cities - today. Time to pass this bottle on.
According to first comprehensive book on Western liquor bottles - Bill & Betty Wilson's classic "Spirits Bottles of the Old West" (1968) - "Adolph Schlesinger had a vineyard in Fresno as early as 1879. Noah Bender was an agent for the LaGrande Laundry in 1885. They formed a partnership in 1890 and had offices in San Francisco until 1895. Although listed only a few years evidently sold their products through agents thereafter." They dated the bottle to "ca. 1890-1895" which I think is a bit early. Eric McGuire's "The San Francisco Directory of Liquors - Wholesale and & Importers 1865-1919" (1967) largely corroborates that but also notes that Schlesinger was listed as "The Schlesinger & Co." in 1886-1892 with the Bender partnership listed from 1890-1895. Then a gap in listings for either until "Schlesinger & Bender, Inc." from 1914-1917. This bottle likely dates from the last half of the unlisted timeframe (~1905 to 1913) or the latter period noted previously or both. I don't' know when the company was incorporated but that would be an added dating precision if known.
Anyway...the Wilson's listed the bottle as "Scarce" though my experience with their rarity ratings is that they usually rated most San Francisco liquor cylinders from the 1900 to 1920 period as "Common" with most items rated above common really at least the noted scarce to quite rare. I've seen only a few examples of this bottle - one now and then at shows or online - and believe them to be certainly "Very Scarce" to maybe "Rare" using their classification system. (Noter: The only numbers estimate they give (page 9) is that "Common" is 150 or more specimens in collections. One is left to guess proportionally what the less common ratings estimates were in numbers.)
This bottle stands about 11.75" tall and has a tooled "Brandy" style finish and likely held brandy which commonly came in bottles with the bulging neck like this...and we know that the company made or sold it as it is part of the embossing and Schlesinger had a source of grapes. Color is a clear medium amber and the glass does have some bubbles here and there. It is essentially about perfectly mint condition with no cracks, chips, or staining with a nice sheen to the glass. There is almost no scuffing or scratching even and what little there is are very minor and about impossible to see. Nice example $45 ON HOLD