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ROGERS' / ROGUE RIVER / RANCH / (sombrero) / MEDFORD OREGON - That is the orange ACL (applied color labeling) found on the front of the bottle.  Click close-up of the front lettering to see such.  The reverse reads AMERICA'S / GOLDEN GUERNSEY / TRADE MARK / TABLE MILK also in orange ACL lettering and the graphic of a handled milk can underneath the GOLDEN GUERNSEY.  This is one of the milk bottles used by the dairy/ranch owned by the Hollywood actress and dancer Ginger Rogers who often starred opposite Fred Astaire in those wonderful musicals from the 1930s and 1940s.  She purchased the ranch in 1940 just before World War II.  The following is a brief note I found on the internet about the ranch ( https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Ginger_Rogers ):

In 1940, Rogers purchased a 1000-acre ranch between Shady Cove, Oregon and Eagle Point, Oregon, along the Rogue River, just north of Medford. The ranch, named the 4-R's (for Rogers's Rogue River Ranch), is where she would live, along with her mother, when not doing her Hollywood business, for 50 years. The ranch was also a dairy, and supplied milk to Camp White for the war effort during World War II. Rogers loved to fish the Rogue every summer. She sold the ranch in 1990, and moved to Medford.

The base (click HERE for an image of the base) has the word DURAGLAS embossed as well as the diamond O-I makers marking for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company who made the jar; a marking they used from inception in 1929 until the mid-1950s.  To the left of that mark is "23" and to the right another "2".  The "23" is the plant code indicating it was made at the company's Los Angeles, CA. plant.  The "2" in hand with the DURAGLAS notation (a process that began in 1940) indicate manufacture in 1942.  ONE QUART is embossed at the heel on the front side with 3701-ML and 14 embossed on the heel on the reverse.  The number and ML are likely catalog or model numbers with the 14 possibly being a cavity or position number pertaining to that arm on the automatic machine.  The base also has an ejection mark in the center indicating manufacture by some type of press-and-blow machine which was of a type commonly used for these type milk bottles.

The jar is 8.5" tall and has thick colorless (clear) glass with a slight pinkish amber tint.  The finish or lip is the typical "cap seat" style that took the paper cap used to seal the milk into the bottle but still be easy to remove.  (Incidentally, if interested I cover the subject of milk bottles in depth on my Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website at the following link:  https://sha.org/bottle/food.htm#Milk%20Bottles  ) Actually, this jar appears to be have never been used as it is in absolutely perfect condition with no scratches, wear, or any other flaws.  I do collect local milk bottles (Klamath Falls, OR.) but not milk bottles in general though I've had it for 15-20 years I guess.  It came my way as "thanks" for doing some bottle interpretation for a woman who was the secretary of Ginger Rogers for a lengthy period prior to Ms. Rogers death in 1995.  The woman noted that she had several cases of thee bottles which had never been used.  I believe she may have sold some on eBay as I've seen identical ones show up on there over the years selling for $100 to 150; the most recent identical to this one example for $125.  Cool item but time to pass it on as it is outside my very limited area of milk bottle interest.  $125

 

Labeled Pepper Sauce bottle - This is a very nice blue aqua, fluted body pepper sauce which has the original label on it.  The label is of a "gothic" panel-like shape which was a common indented panel on mid to late 19th century pepper sauce bottles, including the earlier gothic or "cathedral" pepper sauces.  The label reads "PEPPER / SAUCE / INDIA MILLS / NEW YORK.  It is 100% complete but does have a narrow separating in the upper middle which must have happened when it was wetted and stuck on.

The bottle has six equal vertical sides all of which are indented and 5 of the 6 with two embossed lines running vertically within the panels; the sixth label panel does not have these lines (which would have likely made it harder to glue the label on if present).  It is a bit over 8" tall, has a tooled double ring finish (aka lip) typical of that era's sauce bottles, a smooth (non-pontiled) indented "post-molded" base, and likely dates from the 1880s or early 1890s I suspect. 

Betty Zumwalt's excellent 1980 book "19th Century Food in Glass" lists this bottle - also with a label (but slightly different in wording) - on page 255 and notes it is "extremely rare."  That rarity is certainly true for examples with the original label - and this offered bottle is of a nice blue aqua color whereas the book example is of "clear" glass. (Betty didn't note any history about the company, alas.)  I acquired it many years ago, later using it to illustrate one of a variety of pepper sauce bottles on my Historic Bottle Website at this link: https://sha.org/bottle/food.htm#Ribbed%20sauce   The bottle is in essentially mint condition with no chips, cracks, dings or really any scratching.  There is some very faint content "haze" which may wash out, but not worth the chance of damaging the label.  Nice bottle1  $45

 

SUNFLOWER / DAIRY / ASTORIA, OREGON - A nice Astoria, Oregon half pint orange ACL (Applied Color Label/Lettering) milk or cream bottle that has the following on the reverse (Health & Energy IN EVERY GLASS) with a 30s/40s dressed gal (looks kind of like Little Orphan Annie without the empty eyes) firmly holding a milk bottle.  The base is embossed with the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. makers mark that vaguely resembles the ringed planet Saturn (also called the "diamond O-I" mark) and indicates manufacture at plant #22 (Tracy, CA.) in 1944 most likely ("4" date code and the DURAGLAS embossing).  There is also a nice valve mark on the base indicating manufacture by a press-and-blow machine - the typical type machine used for milk bottle (and fruit jar) production from the early 1900s until at least the 1950s.  This little bottle is perfectly mint to my eye with no wear or chipping of the ACL and includes the cap for the same dairy.  This bottle was purchased to illustrate the milk bottle section of the Historic Bottle Website and it is time to pass it on to someone else.   $15

 

Queen Olives XXX Francis H. Leggett & Co. - This tall olive bottle is product labeled indicating it contained "Queen Olives" and was used by the Francis H. Leggett & Co. (New York).   The label is about 95%+ intact, the base is embossed as described below, 11.25" tall, clear glass, tooled one-part finish, and from the late 19th century.  This bottle was also acquired to illustrate the food bottles section of the Historic Bottle Website and like the bottle above, came from a large collection of labeled food bottles.  Here is the write-up from that website which more fully describes this interesting bottle:

The company began business in 1870 and also continued until at least 1980 (Zumwalt 1980).  The base has the embossing F. H. L. & CO. / N. Y.  for the F. H. Leggett Co. and is an example of base embossing that without the label would be hard to determine otherwise; it could also possibly be construed as a bottle makers marking.  This bottle has a tooled one-part finish, was blown in a post base mold with no obvious evidence of mold air venting, and is somewhat crudely made (e.g., bubbles in the glass, stretch marks on the shoulder/neck, wavy glass).  These diagnostic features would indicate a probable manufacturing date between the mid to late-1880s to mid to late-1890s.  However, this bottle design with the ribbed lower body was patented by Leggett on February 26th, 1889 giving a good begin date for this particular style.  Other examples of these tall bottles have the actual patent date embossed on the base (Caniff 1997).  Click Leggett patent 1889 to see that patent.  Click on the following links to view more images of this bottle: base view (embossing is minimally visible); close-up of the neck and tooled finish showing the tooled one-part finish. 

Yet another mint food bottle with a great label.  $20

 

PRIMROSE / REGISTERED (in a banner) / BRAND / WESTERN MEAT COMPANY - This is one of those odd bottles that looks like one thing - an early 20th century liquor bottle - but was actually something quite different - salad oil!   Actually, this shape was commonly used for both oil and liquor during the first couple decades of the 20th century - at least in the West which is where this bottle comes from.  It is 11" tall, aqua in color, with a tooled finish...it is essentially mint with now staining, chips, cracks or other post-production damage only a few light scuffs here and there.  This bottle was also acquired to illustrate the food bottles section of the Historic Bottle WebsiteHere is the write-up from that website which more fully describes this interesting bottle:

The pictured bottle above is embossed vertically with PRIMROSE / REGISTERED / BRAND / WESTERN MEAT COMPANY.   This is known to be a salad dressing bottle as other variants are embossed with PRIMROSE SALAD OIL (Zumwalt 1980).  Like its liquor bottle relatives, this salad oil bottle was blown in a cup base mold, has a tooled brandy finish, and plentiful air venting marks on the shoulders, body edges, and integrated within the embossing; it almost certainly dates from between 1905 and 1920.  Click on the following links for more images of this bottle:  base view showing the cup base mold conformation (base is 2.9" square); close-up of the shoulder, neck and finish.  The Western Meat Company began business around 1895 and was located in Chicago but had several packing houses in California (Zumwalt 1980).  It's president was Gustavus Swift and the company was (or became) part of Swift & Company - still one of the largest meat processing and food companies in the world (source: www.swiftbrands.com).  Swift & Co. also used a similar aqua glass bottle that is embossed with MONOGRAM SALAD OIL / SWIFT & CO. / U.S.A. (Zumwalt 1980).

That about tells the story.  Bottle also has some crudeness in the form of bubbles in the glass and a small but interesting ripple mark at the back corner - a byproduct of the hand manufacturing.   $15

 

TRADE MARK / LIGHTNING - That is embossed on the body of this impressively large (over 10" tall and 4.25" in diameter) half gallon jar.  Colored Lightning jars are a popular with collectors item since they come in a run of very interesting colors including many shades of amber like this offered example.  This jar was acquired to illustrate the food bottles section of the Historic Bottle Website; the history of these innovative jars is available on my other website at this link: Lightning canning jar.  The amber jars are somewhat abundant though quite popular with the pint being the rarest with these half gallons being much rarer than the quarts.  The base is embossed with PUTNAM and the mold number 156; click base view to see such.  The base also has - as the image shows -  some flat, blotchy glass markings which was the result of the glass blower slopping glass fragments into the mold bottom and not cleaning them out... an interesting crudeness seen with hand-made production item.  This jar is a light-ish medium golden amber color with a bit of orange to it; the full view image shows the color accurately to my eye.   Condition is near mint as with most of these jars (which were rarely tossed and buried unless broken).  The minor condition exceptions follow: some minor scratching/scuffing to the body, ample base wear (where it should be), some rusting/pitting to the wire bail (but quite solid and totally intact); and a small flake to the underside of the color matching glass lid which is visible in the enlarged image showing the lid (lid has the usual patent dates embossed on it).  The ground rim is essentially perfect and better than average as it has very little evidence of grinding flaking.  Nice jar with some body crudeness and bubbles.    $110

 

 

 

 


 

 


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