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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. $795
OLD BOURBON / CASTLE / WHISKEY / F. CHEVALIER & Co / SOLE AGENTS - This is a really nice example of a scarcer, full face embossed, Western (San Francisco) fifth whiskey bottle. These are very rare in the "glob top"; this example is an early tooled top, likely dating from the mid to late 1880s given that most glob tops made in San Francisco (not including the bit later German made cylinders) were made no later than about 1885 or so according to John Thomas's great books on the subject. This mold is listed in the late Mr. Thomas's books as the #22 cylinder and like it's immediate predecessor (#21) except that one also had O. K. above OLD BOURBON. Interestingly, this general embossing design (i.e., arched embossing intermingled with horizontal lines with and without "pictures") is found on an assortment of different liquor company bottles from San Francisco, the originator of the pattern being the early A. P. Hotaling & Co., J. H. Cutter Old Bourbon bottles which were first made in the late 1860s and the first of the full face, Western whiskey bottles. (The extremely rare Barry & Patten "full face" embossed cylinder "sixth" could arguably be the first I suppose, though it has no product name embossed.)
Anyway, this example is 11.7" tall, a domed smooth base with a dot embossed in the center, and is a very beautiful golden amber color - about the color of Black Hills gold. Great window bottle! As noted, it has a tooled lip; click close-up of the tooled finish to see the moderate crudity to the tooled lip indicating it was likely a just-post applied finishing method example with the finishing person still getting the hang of the new fangled lipping tool. These cylinders - tooled or applied - have one single vent mark on the shoulder on both mold halves which was done to decrease the crudity of the resulting bottle (and maybe to make it easier to blow?). This example does have some decent body crudity in the form of some light whittling on the embossed side, some light orange peel effect to other parts of the body, thick lumpy horizontal side seams, and scattered bubbles of various sizes in the glass. Condition is about perfect with only a few small light scratches on the front shoulder and a small open bubble on back upper body with no depth at all; it has no chips, cracks, flashes, dings, fleabites, or staining at all. A great example! $225
Western Knife-edge Union Oval liquor flask - Here is a really nice, albeit unembossed, knife edge pint "union oval" style flask almost certainly made at the San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works in the later 1870s to very early 1880 . I've never encountered a bona fide, attributable "Eastern" made flask that had the distinctive sharp "knife" edge that some of these Western made flasks have, but who knows. This flask came from the central Oregon coast so that helps confirm its origin more. Side by side with the Fleckenstein pint above, they are almost identical in size and design sans embossing. However, this unembossed jewel has a nicer, fatter top and a color that is a beautiful lightish yellow amber with just a touch of green...to my eye when sitting next to a "plain" medium amber bottle. The colors in the images are pretty close to what I see in daylight here. This flask does not have the the "X" or cross on the base that the Fleckenstein's have, but is otherwise almost identical in shape. Click base view to see such. Details of this flask is that it is almost 7.5" tall, has an applied double ring finish/lip with some dripage, blown in a post-base mold, and lacks air venting markings. This flask is essentially mint with a few tiny scuff marks and a very light scratch down one side a few inches...and hard to see. NO chips, cracks, flashes, or staining. (An identical example - maybe even not as nice - was recently sold on eBay for $85.) A very nice window bottle! $45
CUTTER / O.K. WHISKY. / J. H. CUTTER / OLD / BOURBON / TRADE ("slugged" on crown) MARK / (barrel with J. H. C.) / C. P. MOORMAN / MANUFACTURER / LOUISVILLE , K. Y. - If that wasn't enough embossing just on the front side, the reverse also has A. P. HOTALING'S / O. K. / CUTTER WHISKY on the upper body and shoulder. These are popular whiskey bottles with Western collectors for obvious reasons - the myriad of embossing prime among them - as well as the fact that they are relatively available for a Western glob top cylinder. (This is Thomas #41 dating from the mid-1870s to probably early 1880s.) This example is probably the most distinctly embossed example I've ever seen for a whiskey that is usually pretty decently embossed to begin with. Click close-up of the embossing to see the front embossing closer up. This example has an applied lip - aka "glob top" - with just a bit of slop over. Click close-up of the lip/finish to see such. The color is a bright, lighter orange amber that is stunning in the window; the images catch the color pretty well. The bottle also has nice bubbles scattered throughout the glass, stretch marks on the neck and some surface swirls in the glass. Condition is near mint with no chips, cracks or significant staining inside or out (a few very, very minor patches of hard-to-see dullness), a few minor scuff marks, and some very tiny, surface open bubbles. This really is a nice example of a popular Western whiskey which interestingly enough has the distinctive San Francisco, 1870s to mid-1880s mold engraver "curved R's" only on the "R's" in TRADE and MARK; the rest of them are straight legged ones. Why? One sees this now and then on Western made bottles of the same era and the only explanation I can think of is that two different mold engravers worked on those molds. In any event a very nice bottle with a nice big finish. SOLD!
CUTTER / O.K. WHISKY. / J. H. CUTTER / OLD / BOURBON / TRADE ("slugged" on crown) MARK / (barrel with J. H. C.) / C. P. MOORMAN / MANUFACTURER / LOUISVILLE , K. Y. - Offered here is another example of the Thomas #41 "slugged on crown" Cutter dating from the mid-1870s to probably early 1880s. This is the same mold as the one shown above so it also has the reverse embossing - A. P. HOTALING'S / O. K. / CUTTER WHISKY - on the upper body and shoulder. This example is a medium darkish "chocolate" amber with a sloppier glob top (click close-up of the lip/finish to see the applied lip), has a little "whittle" to the front, and is essentially mint. I can find nothing wrong with it outside of a couple very, very small scuff marks the back...otherwise it has a very nice glossy (likely never polished) glass surface, no staining that I can see, nor chips, cracks, dings, or any post-manufacture "issues." Would look real nice in the window. $275
J. H. CUTTER / OLD / BOURBON. / (crown) / A. P. HOTALING & Co. / SOLE AGENTS - All that is embossed within a circle (though not a slug plate) on this popular - at least to late 19th century Western drinkers and modern Western bottle collectors! - fifth sized liquor bottle blown and filled in San Francisco. This version (Thomas #44B with the "T" in AGENTS underneath the "G" in HOTALING) dates from 1883 to 1885 according to the late John Thomas although many think they date back as early as the late 1870s (and I agree based on fragments I've found in Nevada mining camp areas).
Anyway...this example has a very crudely applied finish/lip with slop almost all the way around (close-up image of lip) and a bit of a "tip" to the right as shown in the image to the left. It also has the smooth slightly domed base, 4-piece mold conformation, a smattering of bubbles in the glass, and is embossed with A No 1 on the reverse without the circle. Glass color is a distinctly of a lighter toned golden amber which is represented well by the images. The embossing is moderately bold as the images show, but not as bold as the examples than following examples which are in my opinion above average (immediately below) to as good-as-it-gets (two down). I would actually call this one average for the mold since in my experience of having a number of these as they all tend towards that "flattened" embossing look typical of the pre-mold air venting era. The bottle is also essentially mint with no chips, cracks, or staining but does appear to have been lightly cleaned. In any event, this is a very pleasing example in a lighter than average coloration. $165
J. H. CUTTER / OLD / BOURBON. / (crown) / A. P. HOTALING & Co. / SOLE AGENTS - Here is another example from the same mold as the one listed above (Thomas #44B) and also dating from the same era noted above. This example has a crudely applied finish/lip with slop here and there (close-up image of lip). It also, of course, has the smooth slightly domed base, 4-piece mold conformation, a smattering of bubbles in the glass including some nice long ones in the neck, and is embossed with A No 1 on the reverse without the circle. Glass color is a distinctly on the lighter end also...also a gold amber which is represented well by the images and just a tiny bit less light that the example above. The embossing is fairly bold and above average, as the images show, but not as bold as the "sharp" example listed next. The bottle is also essentially mint with no chips, cracks, pings or staining and may have been lightly cleaned, i.e., "tumbled." It does have a light 1" scratch on the lower back that has a small surface "rough spot" (a few mm long and much more narrow) at its lower end, probably from a diggers shovel contact? In any event, this is also a very pleasing example in a lighter than average coloration...great window bottle which is where I've had it for some time and will remain until sold. $185
J. H. CUTTER / OLD / BOURBON. / (crown) / A. P. HOTALING & Co. / SOLE AGENTS - Here is another example (I really like these bottles and have accumulated a few over time) from the same mold as the ones listed above (Thomas #44B) and also dating from the same era...late 1870s to mid-1880s. This example also has a crudely applied finish/lip with slop here and there (close-up image of lip). It also, of course, has the smooth slightly domed base, 4-piece mold conformation, a smattering of bubbles in the glass including some nice long ones in the neck, and is embossed boldly with A No 1 on the reverse without the circle. Glass color is a beautiful light golden color...like Black Hills gold almost...which is represented well by the images and lighter that the example above which is fairly light. The embossing is VERY bold as the images show with all the "diamond" bumps on the crown showing well making it as bold of embossing as I've ever encountered. It is very similar to another exceptional example recently (June 2015) sold on eBay by a well known SW Oregon collector. To my eye, the embossing on my offered example is actually a tiny bit better (the diamond bumps on this one also showing well at the top of the crown where I didn't even know there were diamonds engraved!) than that eBay one though it had a bit more yellow to the glass color (and sold for $431.) The bottle is also essentially mint with no chips, cracks, pings or staining and may (or may not) have been lightly cleaned, i.e., "tumbled." It does have a some very minor and very small and almost invisible scuff marks in a couple places and there is an in-making, small open bubble on the inside of the upper neck at the interface where the lip was applied to the upper neck. In any event, this is an exceptionally pleasing and esthetic example in a lighter than average coloration with some decent "whittle to the glass. It is a great window bottle which along with the other examples above (and one very dark one I dug as a teenager) is where I've had it (them) for some time and will remain until sold. $225
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
Note: I also have a dark amber example of this bottle and mold - with some remnants of the original label - which I will be listing in the future I believe. If interested in it now, please inquire.
JESSE MOORE & Co. LOUISVILLE / G. H. MOORE OLD BOURBON & RYE / MOORE, HUNT & Co. / SOLE AGENTS - Offered here is a very nice example of one of the more popular (affordable) glob top Western "picture" cylinder fifths - the "picture" on this being the elk antlers. Sure, an amber, glob top Gold Dust Bourbon with the horse would be more "popular" with Western cylinder collectors...but WAY less affordable. These bottles were made in San Francisco as indicated by the curved "R"s in the embossing pattern - the well known product of an unknown mold engraver working in the Bay Area from about 1870 to the mid-1880s. According to the late John Thomas's last book "Whiskey Bottles of the Old West" (2002), these glob top cylinders were made between about 1876 and 1885. This example does have the early, not often encountered (limited period of use), round "blob" type air venting marking between the tips of the antlers (and in a similar position on the otherwise unembossed reverse) making it towards the end of that noted period, i.e., 1883 to 1885.
An interesting observation of the non-air vented versus the shoulder "blob" air vented, glob top cylinders is that upon close inspection of the embossing it obvious that they were made in the same mold! I see them for sale differentiated as though they were a different mold, but in fact - at least in the observations of the ones I've had - the air venting was simply added to the original mold when such was deemed to be useful in assisting the blower in producing better embossed bottles faster. That is the case here comparing it to the keeper example I have that has no air venting - same mold. This offered example is also like what Thomas noted:"The very early ones are often light yellow-amber with the flattened kick-up in the base." Check on both counts - color and base conformation.
Anyway, this example is pretty well embossed and in near mint condition; it may (or may not) have been lightly cleaned...I can't tell for sure. The glob top has some nice spill over - click close-up of the glob top and neck to see such. Click close-up of the lower portion of the embossing to see such. This example also has a nice smattering of seed bubbles along with a long stretchy one in the neck in addition to surface stretch markings. The only "issues" are a small pinhead sized peck mark on the back of the neck (shows in close-up image of neck), an extremely hard to find and very tiny annealing "check" on the back, and the tiniest spots of faint scuffing on the back body. Otherwise the bottle is clean, bright with no cracks, staining or other issues. Nice example that is currently one of my window bottles...but could be yours! $195
W. J. VAN SCHUYVER / & (crown and shield with V monogram) Co / PORTLAND - That embossing is inside an embossed square and is the oldest of the many Van Schuyver mold varieties. It is also one of two (maybe three) of the Van Schuyver cylinders that is a true slug plate; more on that below. These bottles contained a pretty popular product - Cyrus Noble Whiskey - and span a pretty wide time frame from at least the late 1880s to Oregon's "early" Prohibition in 1915. This Portland based company was connected with the Lilienthal & Crown Distillery Companies (San Francisco) since the Van Schuyver bottles with inside threads come with hard rubber stoppers that are embossed either with LILIENTHAL & CO (and their "L in a shield below a crown" monogram which this example has), embossed with CROWN DISTILLERIES COMPANY (and the "CDCo. in a shield below a crown" monogram) or just a six pointed star and no name.
In retirement I've been accumulating and studying (too much free time...ha!) the different molds used for this company's cylinder fifths. (I've not studied the rectangular "Baltimore Oval" style bottles; maybe someday.) This example was blown in what I've determined was the first mold used for producing this company's bottles...or at least the same "slug" plate was used as with the earliest applied lip examples. (Need to look at more glob top examples to make sure.) I've recorded (so far) ten different mold variations sure used during the time span noted for the company. This and one other mold being the only true plate molds. Upon close inspection all the rest of the molds are not plate molds, but instead, are full face proprietary molds with an engraved square box emulating a slug plate perimeter around the embossing. This true plate mold example and the other couple "PORTLAND" (no OR. or ORE.) molds were likely used by the San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works (a reasonable assumption) as the conformation and "look" of the bottles is about identical...just different molds. Someday I'll figure it all out and write an article on it...
In any event, this example has some whittling in the body, bubbles in the glass, neck stretch marks, period style domed base, and a great glossy surface...an all around very nice specimen dating from the early 1890s I would estimate. The height (without stopper) is 11.75" and the color is a rich, bright medium amber; the images show the color well to my eye. The condition is near mint with no chips, cracks, or staining...and very little wear at all. Great example of a Northwest favorite - yesterday and today! $60
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WORMSER BROS' / (indented "bung hole") / SAN FRANCISCO - Here is another example (I sold one some years ago) one of the classic Western (made) bottles - the famous Wormser barrel! This is the only true Western barrel bitters (or maybe used for liquor also?) bottle (the Turner Brothers barrels are really Eastern items).
These used to be virtually unobtainable and rarely seen, though due to a couple small caches of them being found some years back (Nevada & Oregon reportedly) there are a few around now...including this excellent example. (If you are looking for one of these you likely know the stories better than I.) These bottles date from only 1869 according to Wichmann's great "Antique Western Bitters Bottles" book (and the Wilson's 1969 classic) who listed them as valued at "$3000 to $7000" in the various shades of amber (the unique light citron green example was unknown at that time). Since there were a few more of them around, economics dictated a falling of prices - which happened for a time. Examples are still seen at auctions and Western bottle shows now and then, though the supply is still dwarfed by the demand and prices have been ticking up again. I recently acquired one that I know came from a particular Nevada mining camp, so I'm selling this example even though it is superior in condition and color.
Anyway, this offered example is 9.5" tall, has an applied, one-part "oil" type lip or finish, smooth shallowly domed base, and is in a very nice yellow color with an amber tone. Call it light yellow amber if you will; a tad lighter than the average example but not quite as light as the lighter example pictured in Wichmann's book. The images above show the color accurately to my eye. This example is essentially perfectly mint with no chips, cracks, pings, dings or flea-bites. It has been professionally cleaned I believe (like most of them) but without any diminishment of the glass surface or beauty; looks like it was never buried. It has some bubbles in the glass and a vague touch of whittle making it a very nice example of a classic bottle that every Western bottle collector should have. $2250
CELRO-KOLA - CELRO-KOLA CO. / PORTLAND, ORE. - CELRO-KOLA - Here is a VERY rare Oregon bitters type bottle. In fact, this is the only one I've ever seen or heard of though I've seen an assortment of the later Celro-Kola bottles which are machine-made without the sunken panels. This example is embossed on two indented sides with CELRO-KOLA in script and on the in-between side with CELRO-KOLA CO. / PORTLAND, ORE. The fourth unembossed label panel is not indented.
This hand-blown (not machine-made) bottle dates from the very early 1900s as it has a tooled "brandy" style finish or lip and a smooth base (indented square). It is near mint with just a bit of scuffing or light scratching on the label panel. The color is a bright light to medium amber which is accurately shown in the images (click any to enlarge). An interesting aspect is the neck which tapers from larger to smaller going up to the lower ring at the base of the lip or finish. The only square "bitters" type bottles I've seen with this feature is one variation of the California Fig Bitters, which also date from the same early 1900s era. I've had this bottle for decades, though I don't remember where I acquired it. In any event, a great Oregon rarity! $350
DR HENRY.S / WORLD'S TONIC - & / BLOOD PURFIFYER. - This is a very nice example of what is reported to be a Western blown tonic bottle and possibly related to the California Dr. Henry's products (e.g., Dr. Henry's Sarsaparilla). It has the deep blue aqua color typical of the 1870s and 1880s products blown at the SF&PGW (or predecessors) and have been reported to be found in the West, though some seem to come from back east also. The shape, size and embossing pattern was probably chosen to emulate the way more popular "Dr. McClean's Strenghtening Cordial & Blood Purifier" though the mold engraver (or Dr. Henry?) had a problem correctly spelling purifier choosing to spell it "Purifyer" to the delight of modern bottle collectors. Unlike the McLean's product, this bottle has the noted embossing spread over both sides of the body...once again to the delight of collectors.
In any event, this example is 9.2" tall, "flask" shaped body (over 4" wide and 2" thick), blown in a post-base mold, lacking evidence of body air venting although boldly embossed, and a crudely applied double ring lip or finish with an appearance and manufacturing signature dating it to the 1870s. The glass is, as noted, a rich blue aqua with a nice assortment of bubbles in the glass and a bit of other crudeness to the body. Condition is near mint with no issues besides one surface open bubble at the heel that has no depth at all; it appears to have been professionally cleaned to my eye. Great example of a very rare tonic bottle that I've seen a couple examples sell for $500 to $600 the past couple years. This example is well priced at $295.
Bark-Root Tonic - Celro-Kola Co., Portland, Ore. (label only) - This is an early machine-made labeled tonic bottle that has a great original-to-this-bottle label as noted, which was a "mild laxative averaging 25% alcohol." This is a somewhat later product of the Celro-Kola Co. of Portland, Oregon. There are at least two earlier embossed versions of this bottle dating from the 1900 to 1910s era - one mouth-blown, one machine-made. (I have examples of both which I may offer for sale in the near future.) This example has the one label on the side as shown with the other three sides not labeled nor embossed. Several of these machine-made labeled examples were found, if I remember the story correctly, in an old house in Washington many years ago. I've seen a couple since (a recent one sold on eBay for $175 or so!) though they are a rare bottle. this example is in mint condition with the original cork and about 99% of the label which only has some mild chipping along the edges and equally mild discoloring in a few spots. (Note: bottle sits straight up and is not tilted like the image shows; my poor camera work.) The base has the "IPG in a triangle" makers marking in the center of the base, used by the Illinois Pacific Glass Company, San Francisco, CA. which dates it to the late 1910s to early 1920s most likely, meaning this was probably one of "those" legal medicines that one could still purchase during National Prohibition without getting thrown in jail! Neat labeled medicinal tonic and Western manufactured bottle. $65
DR COOPER'S / SARSAPARILLA / WOODARD, CLARKE & CO / PORTLAND, ORE. - One of the more exciting finds when I was a teenager (late 1960s) digging in the urban renewal areas of Portland, OR. was finding one of these rare Portland bottles - the only embossed sarsaparilla bottle from Oregon (or NW) I believe. Unfortunately, that original find got away though I've had this one - which I purchased later - for many years. They just don't come along often but it is time to move this one on also...just not enough room for everything. This big medicine bottle is of a bluish aqua glass, 10" tall, indented body panels on all four sides (just the front embossed), smooth base with indented circular center (post base mold conformation), and dating from around 1895 to 1905 I would guess. Woodard, Clarke & Co. was a major NW druggist and medical supply firm which must have been somehow connected to the Clarke-Woodward Drug Co. (see the CLA-WOOD MALT TONIC bottle listed later on this page) which was also in Portland; the "w" in Woodward being a misspelling of Woodard? I don't know the history of this company though I do know there were C. H. WOODARD embossed drug bottles that dated back at least into the 1870s. The condition of this bottle is very good - near mint I would call it - with no chips, cracks, dings or significant staining. There are some wisps of very, very faint haze here and there though largely the back panel on the outside and the shoulders on the inside; probably a scuff or two somewhere though I can't find any of note. Hard to find Oregon medicine bottle of good size. $275
AFRICAN / STOMACH / BITTERS - This is embossed horizontally on this neat, interestingly named, Western bitters produced by the Spruance, Stanley & Co. of San Francisco. This example is from the mold without the company name embossed and dates from the early 1880s, i.e., maybe as early as 1881 or 1882 and as late as 1885. How do I deduce that? Well, it has one small single mold air venting mark on the shoulder on both sides, indicating it isn't probably earlier than around 1880 or 1881, it has an applied lip/finish typical of no later than the mid-1880s, and it has the "curved R's" of the Bay Area mold engraver that was active from the early 1870s to maybe as late as 1885 (based on other bottles with these distinctive "R's"). In any event, this example is 9.5" tall, has a very crudely applied "oil" finish or lip, smooth base, and was blown in a four-piece mold it appears. The color is a bright medium golden amber and the glass has crudeness in the form of a bit of "whittle" waviness, straw marks, neck stretch marks and scattered bubbles. The bottle appears sparking mint and to have been never professionally cleaned. No real issues at all besides a scuff here and there; no staining, chips, flashes, cracks or other post manufacturing problems. A very nice, clean, crude highly esthetic example (an almost identical one recently sold on eBay for over $400)! $175
JOYS - SARSAPARILLA - THE / EDWIN W. JOY CO. / SAN FRANCISCO - I sold one of these some time back, but found another in box I didn't know I had. The embossing is scattered on three sides of this rectangular medicine bottle from California; the remaining (back) side is a typical plain, indented label panel. Actually, all of the sides are indented and the embossing is bold and distinct - sometimes these are not that boldly embossed in my experience. (For a better view of what both side panels embossing looks like, see the previously sold example images in the "sold" section below.) This is also a very nice example in a "Western" bluish aqua, tooled single collar ("patent" finish), smooth slightly indented base, almost 9" tall, ca. 1880s to 1890s. A scarce sarsaparilla from the West which didn't produce very many embossed sarsaparilla bottles it seems (and most of those are quite rare). Condition is near mint with no chips, cracks, overt staining or other post-production damage besides a tiny "flea bite" on the middle of the outside edge of the back, unembossed panel and a little bit of very faint haze inside primarily in the lower back and one side panel; the outside is virtually spotless. This example also has some body crudeness and bubbles in the glass adding to its visual appeal. It is what I would call "about mint" and is also a very nice example - at least as good as the sold one. $55
NOTE: I also have another example that is identical - a nice blue aqua (just a tiny bit less blue than the example to the right) - but is full of hundreds of seed bottles and has nice rude, wavy glass, stretch marks in the glass, and is a very nice example. It is also in essentially mint condition but does have a couple small almost invisible "flashes" at the edge of the base; pictures on request if desired. A beautiful example and priced accordingly given the small flashes. $35
DAMIANA BITTERS / BAJA CALIFORNIA - This is embossed vertically on two sides of this tall "fifth" or "sixth" sized Western Bitters bottles from San Francisco, CA. 11 1/4" tall, tooled "brandy" finish (with some of the original foil wrapper still remaining), bluish aqua in color, ca. 1890s. Click Baja California embossed side to see such. A nice example of an unusual shaped bitters that began production in the 1870s and continued until about the turn-of-the-century. This is the variant without "Lewis Hess - Manfr'r" on the shoulder and the last of the three molds to be used. This bitters (and the Damiana herb in general) was thought to be a sexual stimulant... Condition is about mint with just a few light scratches and no chips, cracks, or staining. Has a bit of body crudeness in the form of bubbles - including some neat teardrop ones - and stretch marks. $50
C. L. WILHELM / SAN FRANCISCO - This is a fairly rare and early Western citrate of magnesia bottle of which I don't know anything of the specific history of the company/druggist. The noted embossing is within a round "slug plate" as shown in the images. The base is not embossed, the lip is a tooled double ring (click close-up of the shoulder, neck, and finish/lip to see such), and it has the appearance of dating from the 1870s I would estimate, possibly early 1880s. Whitall, Tatum & Co. is likely the producer of this bottle. That company was a pioneer in the use of plates on druggist type bottles including these type citrate of magnesia bottles as shown in their 1880 catalog which was reprinted back in the 1970s. However, this bottle could also have been made by the San Francisco or Pacific Glass Works (or the combined company) - a fact impossible to determine since it has no makers marking. Condition of this bottle is about mint with just a small flash or bruise on the inside edge of the lip; the bottle appears to have been professionally cleaned. This bottle was also used for illustrating my Historic Bottle Website. $25
OREGON / (baby's face with wreath, TRADE MARK and OMNIS PROSINT) / COPYRIGHT SECURED / BLOOD / PURIFIER / WM. PFUNDER & CO / PORTLAND, OR - All this is embossed within an arched plate (aka "slug plate") on a fine example of a popular medicine bottle from...Oregon, of course. This example is probably the second mold used to put up this product (a later mold is listed below under "Sold") dating from the 1880s most likely. (I'm trying to collect an example of each different molds for this product and have identified 5 different molds so far including two "COPYRIGHT SECURED" versions that are the same embossing plate but differently shaped molds! This example is a slightly different and scarce "Copyright Secured" plate variant.)
Anyway, it is 7.5" tall, a medium yellowish amber (see image), smooth base (embossed W. T. & CO. for Whitall, Tatum & Co. who made the bottle), and a tooled "club sauce" type lip or finish. (There is a variant of the older mold that has a prescription style finish.) Condition of this offering is essentially perfect with no chips, cracks or significant staining; it appears to have been professionally cleaned to its original luster. Nice example of one of the most distinctive Oregon bottles. $125
JOYNER / UNITED DRUG CO. (in a shield) / TRADE MARK / SPOKANE / U.S.A. - This is a scarce druggist bottle from Spokane, WA. that is quite rare with the original label and string around the neck that probably had some tag attached at some point. Click close-up of the embossing to see such. This 7 3/8" tall (12 oz.) bottle from the early 20th century has a tooled, unusual two-part lip or finish - what is called the "reinforced extract" or "collared ring" depending on what reference is used. It also has a large majority of the original label (see image) which notes that it contained "Ideal Blood Mixture and Tonic" with an alcohol level of 20%; it also notes all the maladies it would treat - from acne to "malarial poison." The bottle is also embossed just above the label with "12 OZ.", has a smooth base, clear or colorless glass and is in mint condition with no chips, cracks, staining or other issues...reflecting it having never been buried. It does have a bit of dirt inside which would certainly wash out easily, though I did not since I didn't want to possibly disturb the label integrity. This bottle was acquired for use in helping illustrate some concepts on the Historic Bottle Website. Nice item with bold embossing and a pretty nice original label. $25
DR. SLACK'S / MEXICAN / CATARRH REMEDY / CLAYTON, N. MEX. - Here is a patent medicine bottle from a small town (current pop. less than 3000) located in the NE corner of New Mexico. How many actual patent or proprietary medicine bottles have you seen from the entire state of New Mexico? I know of no other types, but also know of no book on New Mexico bottles (besides sodas) so don't have much to go on. I've seen a few of these Dr. Slack's bottles on the internet over the past decade, but they still seem to be a very scarce or rare bottle. It has a tooled rounded "bead" lip or finish, is almost 6" tall, smooth base, colorless/clear glass with a slight amethyst tint and some bubbles in the glass, and appears to date from the early 1900s as there is ample mold air venting in evidence on the shoulders and base. Condition of this one is comparatively quite good (the few examples I remember were quite stained, some with damage) with some moderate, internal white staining - which is pretty even and not overly distracting - and some swirly mild etching lines on the outside; otherwise no chips, cracks, flea bites, or other post production damage. It seems like someone dug a few of these at one point - probably in or near Clayton - and they reacted to the alkaline soils probably typical of this high (5000') desert area. $95
(NOTE: Recently an article was published on these bottles in the FOHBC's Bottles & Extras magazine [Nov.-Dec. 2013] detailing some fascinating history about Dr. John C. Slack [1856-1917] who apparently produced this medicine from about 1897 into the early 1900s sometime - so this is a New Mexico Territory era bottle. He was a real doctor - not a fake "medicine wagon" type - and had the additional claim to fame as having been the doctor to pronounce dead the famous Southwestern bank and train robber "Black Jack" Tom Ketchum in 1901 after his execution by hanging. As part of that "honor" he also had to sew Black Jack's head back on after his hanging which - due to an improper, non-stretching rope - decapitated Black Jack when the trap door sprang and the rope fully extended! Black Jack Ketchum was one of the "Hole In The Wall Gang" members along with Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch. Cool history, eh?!)
DR. HENLEY'S / WILD GRAPE ROOT / IXL (in an oval) / BITTERS - These large (at least a quart in capacity) Western bitters bottles are quite popular with collectors since they are...large...have great embossing and found in a myriad of colors. A very popular product, these bottles are found all over the West from the mining camps of Utah, Nevada, and Montana to the big cities of the day - San Francisco, Portland, Sacramento. In my experience visiting lots of the mining camps and ghost towns of the West, it is a rare location where one does NOT find fragments of an IXL - it was that popular. This example is just over 12" tall, a rich "San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works" blue-aqua color (where it was made), the usual domed base, and a very crudely applied "champagne" style banded finish (click on lip image to the left to enlarge). This example probably dates from the late 1870s to early 1880s since it fairly crude (stretch marks, bubbles), not air vented resulting in the flattened embossing, and from a mold that lacks the distinctive curved "R" of the earlier mold(s). This example is near mint with no chips, cracks, staining, or repairs - only some light scratching or scuffing here and there. As is a frequent case, the embossing is lightly rendered but all easily readable; click on embossing close-up #1 & embossing close-up #2 to see such though in real life it is a bit more distinct than the image shows. As is fairly typical with these lighter embossed IXL's, the lightest of the embossing is in the middle of the pattern (GRAPE ROOT & IXL and oval) though even that part of the embossing is quite readable with the rest of the embossing a better. All around a great condition bottle with a nice deep aqua coloration though sub-standard embossing; priced accordingly. $100
(LCE monogram) SUMPTER DRUG CO. (in banner) / L. C. EDWARDS, PROP. / SUMPTER, ORE. - This is embossed on this scarce druggist bottle from a very small town in NE Oregon. Also one of - or the only? - druggist bottle I know of from a true, 19th century Oregon mining camp. I don't know anything about the history of Mr. Edwards drugstore, but the bottle is embossed on the base with PARIS which indicates the bottle was made by Dean, Foster & Co. - a Boston, MA. glass maker. The "Paris Square Prescription" was a proprietary line that the company apparently produced only between 1901 and about 1904...pegging the date of these bottles down pretty narrowly. (Information on the history of that glass company, its predecessors, and the Paris style prescription bottle is available on my Historic Bottle Website at this link: http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/DeanFoster.pdf )
This example is 4.75" tall (same size as all the ones I've seen, but believe it was made in a few other sizes?), colorless/clear glass, with a tooled prescription finish or lip. It is in about perfect condition except for some variable light to moderate internal and a bit of external content/water staining. There is a very tiny rough wear spot on one back upper corner (I think it is just a very, very tiny open bubble) but otherwise the bottle is free of any chips or cracks. Nice example and fairly hard to come by these days...and a key bottle if one is putting together a collection of druggist bottles from different Oregon towns, which seems to be popular. I've had this one for at least 45 years...time to pass it on. $75
UNDERWOOD PHARMACY / KLAMATH FALLS, OREGON - This is all embossed in a typical plate mold pharmacy bottle from the early 1900s...and all in italics/script, which was really an embossing style that saw little use prior to about 1900 in my experience. Same is true for druggist bottles with the graduation markings vertically along both sides of the front panel (ounces on one side and cc's on the other) - an almost totally post-1900 feature on druggist bottles. This is a moderately large 6 oz. druggist bottle (has the stylized "3" with "vi" after it at the top of the front panel) that is 6" tall, has an oval indented smooth and unembossed base, a tooled "prescription" style finish (could also be called a "flare" finish), and is made from the typical colorless or clear glass with a slight pinkish tint from the use of manganese dioxide as the decolorizing agent in the glass mix. This bottle probably dates from the 1910s I would guess, though I don't have any information on the company itself, except it was in business for a long time according to people around here that I've talked to. Condition of this nice bottle from the area I live here is near mint with no chips, cracks or staining, nice glossy glass inside and out with maybe just a few wisps of dirt inside. I collect Klamath Falls bottles (a very small universe of bottles!) and wouldn't be selling this except it is a duplicate I picked up somewhere thinking it was a different size...and it wasn't. SOLD!
COMPLIMENTS OF / MORGAN / & / BREHAUT / COTTAGE GROVE, ORE. - All that is embossed inside the oval "plate" of this little, rarely encountered, dose glass from a (still) small town in Oregon located south of Eugene, OR. It has the usual dose markings embossed on the reverse as well as the commonly encountered base embossing of - W. T. CO. / AL / U. S. A. That embossing indicates manufacture by Whitall Tatum & Co. who was a large producer of druggist bottles and other druggist purveyed wares during the last few decades of the 19th century until the 1930s when they were absorbed into another glass company. (For a history of the company and its markings, see this article on my other educational Historic Bottle Website: http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/WTandCo_BLockhart.pdf ) These druggist dose glasses were primarily made by Whitall Tatum (New Jersey bottle & glass producer) who provided embossed ones to thousands of druggists across the country beginning in the 1880s sometime and lasting until the early 1920s (at least). Of interest, this druggist also used an embossed "picture" druggist bottle with the unusual embossing of the rear end of a house cat walking away. Why? Who knows, but it was made by W. T. Co. also. Needless to say, the druggist bottles are somewhat desired due to the strange graphic which I've never seen on any other druggist; the usual "picture" druggist has a mortar & pestle though a large array of other graphics can be found. This dose glass is the usual shape and size (~2" tall), is of colorless glass (virtually all are), and has no chips, cracks or other damage. It does have some faint content (buried at some point?) staining on the inside (left side) which can be seen barely in the enlarged image in the lower left corner. Minor issue, but is there...and otherwise if a very nice "go-with" for the medicine or Oregon bottle collector. $100
The following three listings are a small assortment of Baker, Oregon druggist bottles. Seems there was a competition between druggists in this small town in regards to having embossed bottles in the early 1900s:
GRACE & BODINSON / DRUG CO. / BAKER, OREGON - Here is a cool, smallish (3 ounce capacity; 5.1" tall) druggist bottle from a small town in eastern Oregon. This bottle is particularly interesting - and the reason I acquired it years ago - because it not only has the original prescription label (Potass. Acetate) but is hand dated by the druggist as being filled May 26, 1915! This is the original as filled and sold in 1915 label, not something pasted on in later years to enhance the bottle (like so many I see on eBay these days). Bottle used for and pictured on my Historic Bottle Website.
According to Wikipedia - "In medicine, potassium acetate is used as part of replacement protocols in the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis because of its ability to break down into bicarbonate and help neutralize the acidotic state." Not sure what that all means, but sounds like it is a treatment for some symptom of diabetes; what it was used for in 1915 one can only speculate on. In any event this bottle is in perfectly mint condition with no staining, chips, cracks, etc....and the original cork; the label is 100% intact with only some mild soiling. The glass has a very slight amethyst tint to it. The base is also embossed with BLUE RIBBON, which was a trademarked prescription druggist bottle style produced by the Standard Glass Company (Marion, Indiana) between 1908 and the 1920s. (The end date is unknown though this marking is only found on mouth-blown prescription bottles which were made by many bottle companies into the early 1920s; the glass company disappeared in the early parts of the Great Depression.) It has the embossed graduation markings on the sides of the embossing plate side, scalloped/fluted shoulders, and is really just a neat early 20th century druggist bottle. Also helps that it is a fairly scarce Eastern Oregon bottle, made very rare with the original label. $40
LEVINGER DRUG CO. / WE NEVER SUBSTITUTE (in a banner) / BAKER, ORE. - This is a nice, medium size (6 oz. or so) druggist from the small town of Baker, Oregon. The base is also embossed faintly with C. L. G. CO. and the number "4" (I think) which indicates manufacture by the Carr-Lowrey Glass Company - a long lived bottle making company in Baltimore, MD. that specialized in prescription bottles. (For the complete story on this company see my educational Historic Bottle Website for the article; it is at this link: http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/CarrLowreyGlassCo.pdf )
I don't know anything about the history of this druggist (or any of the Baker druggists listed) but the bottle dates from the 1900 to 1915 era based on the design which was called the Paris Square Prescription by some other glass companies. I guess the company felt the need to have a different "We Never..." type motto to compete with the nearby Muegge Druggist, in this case they didn't substitute...apparently substituting something not good for something more good?
This bottle is 6.3" tall, has a typical tooled prescription style finish or lip, and of a colorless glass as shown in the image. It is also in about perfect condition with no chips, cracks, or visible scratching; it just has the very lightest of internal haze which is hard to see. Another nice eastern Oregon druggist for your Oregon State drugstore collection! $25
"WE NEVER SLEEP" / MUEGGE "THE DRUGGIST" / BAKER, ORE. - Also each is embossed with MUEGGE'S horizontally on the upper back side. Here is a set 3 of the Muegge druggist bottles! A familiar and very popular bottle in and out of Oregon because of it's intensely brilliant emerald green color, i.e., "7-Up green." As a set these are exceptional window bottles! I've heard that there are allegedly something like 6 different sizes of these colorful prescription bottles, though personally I've never seen any size outside of these three sizes, i.e., 12 oz., 6 oz, and 3 oz.
The offered bottles are 8", 6 1/2", and 5" tall, have the standard tooled "prescription" finish, smooth base (embossed C. L. G. CO. for the Carr-Lowrey Glass Company - a bottle making company that specialized in prescription bottles - especially colored ones - during the very early 20th century), and date ca. 1905-1915. All three sizes are embossed identically except for different letters on the base, i.e., "A" on the large example and "B" on the two smaller sizes. Easily the rarest of these sizes is the large one with several dozen of the smaller ones around for every 12 oz. example. Thus, they sell individually for several times the price of their smaller brethren . Condition of all three is essentially mint - I can find no problems at all - with shiny, perfect glass, no staining, chips, cracks, nicks, or anything. These bottles (like virtually all of them) were never buried I believe and are pristine examples of a three-some of bottles that is harder to put together. $295
HERMAN W. PAULING / CONDON, ORE. - A rare druggist bottle from a very small (still less than 700 people) eastern Oregon town of Condon, which is located in the north central portion of the state. Not only rare, but with exceptional history behind it as Herman W. Pauling was the father of the famous, two-time Nobel Prize winning (Chemistry and Peace) Linus Pauling! He is among the most famous people ever born in Oregon. Here is a excerpt from Wikipedia about this:
(Linus) Pauling was born in Portland, Oregon, the first-born child of Herman Henry William Pauling (1876–1910) and Lucy Isabelle "Belle" Darling (1881–1926). He was named "Linus Carl", in honor of Lucy's father, Linus, and Herman's father, Carl.
In 1901, after his sister Pauline was born, Pauling's parents decided to move out of Portland, to find more affordable and spacious living quarters than their one-room apartment. Lucy stayed with her husband's parents in Lake Oswego until Herman brought the family to Salem, where he worked briefly as a traveling salesman for the Skidmore Drug Company. Within a year of Lucile's birth in 1904, Herman Pauling moved his family to Oswego, where he opened his own drugstore. He moved his family to Condon, Oregon in 1905. By 1906, Herman Pauling was suffering from recurrent abdominal pain. He died of a perforated ulcer on June 11, 1910, leaving Lucy to care for Linus, Lucile and Pauline. (Emphasis mine)