FOR SALE - Bottles & Bottle Books
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This and the associated linked web pages are my current listings of antique or "historic" bottles, bottle books, and other collectibles for sale.
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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To help properly describe the bottles on this list or for the people who found this page and have some basic questions about antique bottles, I have another web page that is a glossary of some major antique bottle descriptive terms. It is found at the following link - Bottle Description & Condition Glossary. It includes more links to pictures to help portray some of the bottle characteristic described.
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I also have a books-for-sale (non-bottle books) list if you click on the following link: BOOKS FOR SALE. Though limited in scope, this list has a variety of books, with an emphasis on Western Americana books.
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. $695
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
ROTH & CO. / R. & CO. monogram / SAN FRANCISCO - One of the interesting historical aspects within the fascinating field of 19th (and early 20th) century Western American liquor bottles is "The German Connection." This was the title of an article included in the most recent (2002) "Whiskey Bottles of the Old West" by the late John Thomas. The article (pages X to XV in the introduction) was researched and written by well known Western collector Tom Quinn and details the connection between German liquor dealers in the West (particularly the Bay Area) and glass makers in Germany, particular those associated with the Heye family. (For more information on this glass maker whom operated for many years see my other educational website - the Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website - and the article at this link: http://www.sha.org/bottle/HermannHeye.pdf )
Apparently there were some cost advantages available ordering bottles from many thousands of miles away (Germany) versus the across town glass company - the San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works (SF&PGW). Quinn's great article outlines the likely reasons for this seeming contradiction which included over demand at the SF&PGW (they just didn't have the capacity), low import tariffs, and other reasons including a connection by many immigrant liquor dealers with their home country. Read Quinn's article if you have a copy of the 2002 book or see the article linked above for general information on this huge glass company that almost certainly produced this bottle and likely most (all?) of the various German made liquor (and many beer) bottles used in California - both red amber and colorless/clear.
Back to this particular bottle...which is a nice example of a red amber Roth cylinder made from about 1891 to 1895 according to the Thomas book. As with all the German made red amber cylinders, it has an applied "brandy" finish or lip; click lip image to see such. Also typical of these bottles it is heavily whittled throughout the body, has very bold embossing and the subtle but easily visible lower body surface "ripples" common on these German made bottles. This example is in very good condition with no major issues (no cracks, chips, dings, potstone radiations) but does have some scattered scuffing/scratching here and there which is minor but visible. The outside of the bottle is glossy and stain free although there is some light, scattered haze (or residue?) on the inside towards the upper body which is hard to see but not real apparent to my eye. All things considered it is a very nice example that would properly grace anyone's window or "top shelves." $395
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
S. A. ARATA & CO. PORTLAND, ORE. pint flask - In addition to that embossing is TRADE MARK and an eagle standing on two globes. Not sure what the meaning is there, but an interesting "picture" flask. These are fairly scarce flasks which are somewhat unique in that they were all made (to my knowledge) with the brandy finish having inside threads. They are of the style known as a "Dandy" flask by glassmakers - a style that was first used towards the end of the mouth-blown bottle era and made the crossover to the machine-made era towards the end of the 1910s...until being severely squelched by Prohibition in 1920. Actually, Prohibition in Oregon began at the midnight on December 31st, 1915 although these flasks were believed to have not been made after about 1911 according to John Thomas's great book on Oregon liquor bottles. For reasons unknown, the Arata family shut down their business that year.
This example is the "pint" size (probably only holds about 12-13 oz.) with a tooled finish and the original embossed stopper which are hard to find in themselves. Click stopper to view such. The glass is more or less colorless/clear with a bit of a pink tint. It is in about perfect shape with no chips or cracks and some nice bubbles in the glass. There are a few scuff marks on the bottle and a bit of almost invisible stain (maybe dirt?) inside at the lower back. There is also two irregular surface "bubbles" inside the flasks right shoulder with no depth. These are just imperfections made during the blowing process, i.e., a couple inside surface bubbles that opened during the mouth-blown expansion of the flask in the mold leaving a small edge visible which will reflect light a bit but is not a crack. Click HERE for an image of the described area. I acquired this example from the well known dealer Bob Barnett many years ago. An essentially perfect example of a nice Oregon liquor flask that just isn't seen for sale that much anymore. $85