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Wharton's success was probably a combination of an upscale spirits product as well as beautiful, equally upscale packaging in the form of various "chestnut" style handled jugs (like this), small pocket flasks and a differently shaped, somewhat larger and unusual pour spout handled jug which was embossed WHARTON'S / WHISKEY / 1850 / CHESTNUT GROVE (of which I also have an example of which will be listed for sale in the more distant future). This 1850 whiskey jug spelled Chestnut properly with a "T" and was also embossed with WHITNEY GLASS WORKS GLASSBORO, N.J. on the base which was almost certainly also the maker of this and the true applied seal jugs. Click image of both chestnut style jugs shown together. (Note: The true applied blob seal example will also be offered for sale in the future. These likely earlier examples with the true applied seal were NOT mold blown, but rather free-blown and thus exhibit no mold seams and tend to have much smoother bodies than the mold blown ones which can be quite "whittled." More below on that feature of this offering.)
This offered example is 8.75" tall, has an applied "ring" type finish, was blown in a true two-piece mold (side mold seams proceed over the heel to connect equally dissecting the base) as well as a large circular disk type pontil scar. Click image of the base to see this large (about 1.75" in diameter) pontil scar. (Note: I cover this type of pontil scar on my educational "Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website" at the following link - https://sha.org/bottle/pontil_scars.htm .) Click base view to see such. The color of this example is a beautiful light to medium golden amber which passes the light well - great window bottle! The body is completely covered with "hammered" whittle - actually cold mold - waviness adding to the beauty of it. The handle is perfect including no application fissures at the neck and shoulder connection points and a completely intact decorative finial and rigaree (the rippled application point on the shoulder) which are often not complete on many handled jugs. Click view of the applied handle to see such.
According to the seller I procured this from it was formally in the famous Dr. Burton Spiller collection (which was dispersed a couple decades ago) although it does not retain the auction tag indicating such. (However, having a copy of the catalog it appears to be the same bottle.) It is in absolutely mint condition with no chips, cracks, potstone bruises, or other post-production (or even during production) issues. It has some base wear around the resting point but even that is minimal. It appears the bottle was sitting somewhere little moved for most of it's 160 years of life, it dating from the 1855 to 1865 period. Oh, and McKearin & Wilson's great book American Bottles and Flasks (1978) included the ad at the following link: 1860 Chesnut Grove Whiskey advertisement That ad appeared in the year 1860 and has an illustration of these bottles but one can't tell whether it was the blob or embossed seal. It does seem to indicate that the indented circle opposite the embossed side may have been for a paper label, albeit smaller than that shown in the illustration? As fine an example as one can acquire! $325
No these aren't technically early American but certainly bottles that were used extensively during the earliest decades of the newly formed United States. (These bottles were likely imported and used in the US as that is where I acquired them.)
These two very similar styled English bottles were acquired to illustrate a major evolution in bottle making on my educational Historic Bottle Website. Specifically, it shows two largely identically shaped, approximately one quart English spirits/ale/wine bottles which were made in distinctly different ways.
The earlier example on the left in the image to the right (left base to the immediate right) was produced in a dip mold where the body from the base of the shoulder down was molded in a one-piece "dip" mold. Once formed the shoulder and neck were essentially "free-blown" being formed by the glassblower using skill and some cursory tools to shape it as you see. (Dip molding and how to identify such bottles is discussed on my Historic Bottle Website at the following link: https://sha.org/bottle/body.htm#Dip%20Molds )
The bottle to its right (right base) was produced in the revolutionary "Rickett's" mold which was first introduced and patented in England in 1821 and was quickly accepted (pirated really) and used in the U.S. by the mid-1820s. It was fully formed from the base of the finish down by that multi-part mold. (Rickett's molds are discussed on my Historic Bottle Website at the following link: https://sha.org/bottle/glassmaking.htm#Three-piece%20molds )
Very rare English dip molded spirits/ale bottle with Embossed "P"! - The bottle on the left in the image to the far right is quite unique in that it has an embossed "P" on the body just below the point where the dip mold ended and the "free-blown" portions of the shoulder begins. Click close-up of the embossed P to see such. I always thought such was impossible (How could the inflated bottle be "pulled" out of the mold?!) until I saw an example of this bottle on eBay I think. The only way such could happen is if the embossing was very lightly engraved on the surface of the mold or that the open topped dip mold was actually two part and could opened to exit the bottle. Since there is absolutely no evidence of vertical side mold seams and given the embossing is very flat - indicating the mold engraving was quite shallow - the latter must be true? I've only seen one other example of these "P" dip mold bottles and only one other similar bottle which was embossed low on the body (with BGW) at a recent Glass Works Auction.
The bottle measures 8.75" tall, 3.6" in diameter (which is a bit variable due to crudity and where one measures), medium dark olive amber, sand pontil present on the pushed up base and has an crudely applied two-part finish or lip. The base shows a bluish cast which I believe is a function of the application of the hot pontil rod and/or the use of separate metal rod to actually "push" up the center of the base while the glass was still hot. Click close-up of the base to see such. The sand pontil is hard to see (small light colored specs here and there are visible) but it is there; the bluish cast is quite apparent.
Given it's shape and the look of the finish, it would appear to date from the late 1700s to very early 1800s, i.e., late 1790s to 1820s. That date range is largely based on the finish/lip discussion in Olive Jones classic book "Cylindrical English Wine & Beer Bottles 1735 to 1850" (Jones 1986) and the dip molded manufacture for a bottle design that was largely supplanted by similar shaped Rickett's bottles by the mid to late 1820s...the bottle that follows below. The bottle is about perfect with just a bit of scuffing on the body and proper wear around the high points at the edge of the base; no chips, cracks, staining (never buried?) or other post-production damage. Nice example for its age. This unique piece of glass manufacturing history available for $135
H. RICKETTS & Co. GLASS WORKS / BRISTOL - That is embossed on two lines around the base of the bottle to the far right which is morphologically very similar to the earlier dip molded example to its left. According to the above noted book by Olive Jones, these likely date from the 1830s although the examples she uses are not quite like this one which is more like the 1822 dated blob seal example I have (and may be sold in the future!). So I believe that this bottle could well date from at least the mid to late 1820s which would be a bit more contemporary with the dip mold example. Click close-up of the Rickett's base to see such.
This bottle is also about a quart in size, 8.5" tall, 3.6" in diameter (consistent measured side to side anywhere across the base) and blown in a three-piece "Rickett's" mold. It has a uniformity to the body that could only be achieved by blowing essentially the entire bottle - base, ,body, shoulder and neck - in a mold. The two-part finish was applied after forming when the bottle was being held by the ball-headed type pontil rod/tool which left behind a very nice and distinct sand pontil. Color is a bit darker olive amber than the bottle above and in about the same condition - a few minor scuff marks here and there on the body and wear around the edge of the more even base - but otherwise about perfect with no chips, cracks, etc. Also probably never buried. Every collection should have an example of this type of bottle which was a bit revolutionary in its time...and widely copied by American bottle makers during the early to mid-19th century. $70
...or since they are a nice pair that goes together, buy both for $185
"Mandarin Ginger of East India" - So it is proclaimed on the 95% intact label on this unique bottle. The colorful front label - which includes some kind of monument with "natives" worshipping it along with multi-colored designs - also notes at the bottom that the product is from "HARTWIG KANTOROWIGZ - POSEN - BERLIN HAMBURG" of the "case" style milk glass bitters fame among a host of other alcoholic products. The front label is quite interesting and easily readable although moderately dark. (Also see the bitters bottles page for a couple more Hartwig Kantorowigz "bitters" bottles in milk glass a this link: http://www.historicbottles.com/bitters.htm )
The back label (click HERE for a close-up) is darker but totally readable under a strong light and magnifying glass. It is also about 95% complete but covering only half the area that the front label does. It has some great medicinal claims as follow in English - "By using this potion daily in moderation, being of a nice taste and excellent flavor, it will regenerate and reanimate the function of organism and especially operate on the normal digestion thus giving strength to the system of the nerves and conferring thereby vital powers to the human frame." Wow...wish it still had the contents! All the label is in English, so obviously it was bottled and sold in English speaking countries...this one likely in the U.S. since that is where I acquired it.
The bottle has some unique features which include the shape as you can see in the images, a dispersed "sand" type pontil scar (click Base View to see such though the pontil scar is very hard to see, but easy to feel in real life), the cool applied handle and sheared/cracked-off and fire polished "straight" finish or lip. This is one of those weird bottles that exhibit characteristics of an earlier 19th century bottle (pontil, lip, applied handle) but is likely from the late 19th century. It is 7.5" tall and in mint condition having never been buried; no chips, cracks, dings, staining, etc. It appears that the label itself may have been coated with something (lacquer?) but not sure as it might just be the glue from the original label application. In any event, it is a great looking bottle that one sees without labels rarely and occasionally in amber glass without the handle. $125
This flask is just under 6" tall, milk glass as shown (all are of that glass), has a crudely "cracked off" finish/lip rim with some cursory grinding to smooth it out leaving he usual minor chipping along the grinding edge (click close-up of the ground screw-thread lip to see such), and a smooth non-pontiled base with no makers marking. However, it is believed to have been made by A. H. Heisey Glass Company of Newark, Ohio (who began business in 1893 continuing until 1958) who were known for milk glass production primarily with "tableware and decorative items, both blown and pressed" (Sullivan 2014). This flask is perfect (a tiny bit of in-making roughness at the rear base from the body mold half/base plate interface gap) and has an apparent period screw cap on the finish. Whether the cap (a bit rusty but solid) is original or not I don't know as the images in Sullivan article show at least three different caps on these bottles; this would be a fourth type which does fit down tight. In any event, the bottle is in mint, as manufactured, never buried condition but without the splotchy original gold and gray paint that some originally had. Having seen an assortment of these through the years it is common for these to be totally unpainted...but whether that is "original" or not, I do not know. Nice, historic Alaskan gold rush item! $70
Blown decanter with original stopper - This great looking decanter is 10 sided in the body and neck with three horizontal rings; it stands almost 8" at the top of the lip and 10" to the top of the stopper. The tooled lip or finish is flared and the bore (inside) of the neck ground to more securely accept the blown and ground stem stopper (The stopper is hollow - like a bottle itself kind of - with a ground rim or base). I can't tell if this decanter was blown in a two (body) piece mold or a three-piece "leaf" mold due to the design - the latter being a relatively common configuration for specialty items like decanters, cruets, salt & pepper shakers, and the like. This bottle has a smooth base, is of clear or colorless glass (maybe an every so slight pinkish tint), and though hard to date precisely, likely was manufactured between 1890 and 1915. Condition of this bottle is essentially mint with no chips, cracks or other post-production issues to the bottle or stopper though it does have some overall whitish content haze on the inside of the body - which is a bit heavier towards the bottom - from something having sat and evaporated from the bottle over time. This may wash out though I did not try; the outside image shows it isn't too detracting. A very nice item that would be a great gift for someone - especially if filled as intended, with some upscale liqueur or liquor. $25
Half pint embossed shoo-fly flask - This is an historically interesting flask dating from the beginning of the 20th century. It is embossed with the following (click either image to see the embossing in a larger format image) - UNION MADE / TRADE / GGC0 monogram / MARK / G.B.B.A. OF U.S. & C. with FULL / MEASURE embossed towards the bottom of the same panel. The G.B.B.A. of U.S. & C. is the acronym for the Glass Bottle Blowers Association of the U.S. and Canada - the union that initially fought against the installation of semi and fully automatic bottle making machines and the use of child labor among other issues. This particular glass workers union was formed in 1896 with the breakup of a previous union. It lasted until the 1970s when it merged with other related craftsman's unions. For more information on the history of the union do an internet search for "Glass Bottle Blowers Association."
The GGCo. monogram - which is certainly is for some "G" glass company - can't be ascribed with absolute certainly to any particular glass company since there were many that began with "G" and in operation during the era of this flask, i.e., 1900 to at least the mid-1910s. However, it is most likely for Glenshaw Glass Company (Glenshaw, PA.) as it was a glass maker that did have an early acceptance of unions a the time whereas other "G" choices (e.g., Gaston or Graham) didn't. See this article on my educational website for more information on Glenshaw Glass. This very flask was used to illustrate the article: https://sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/GlenshawGlass.pdf
This bottle is in pristine condition and appears to have never been buried. It is 6.5" tall, colorless/clear glass that has a slight purple tint, and a tooled "brandy" style finish or lip. It has some bubbles in the glass and a mold number 344 embossed on the base. A great piece of bottle making history and a fairly rare flask in my experience (only seen a few). It is also unusual in that the glass company initials are so prominently displayed on the front of the bottle instead of the base or heel of the bottle - both much more common to the era. $35
The style is thought to be pretty much Dutch or at least from the Low Countries in Northern Europe, possibly even Germany. They are found all over the world in the places colonized by those type of European countries. [NOTE: A great source of information on such bottles is found in Willy Van den Bossche (a Belgian) book "Antique Glass Bottles - Their History and Evolution (1500-1850)". Although out of print, it is available used online from many book vendors.]
This bottle stands 9.75" tall from the base tips to the top of the "pig snout" style finish which has the period "slop" or globiness that collectors love. It was blown in a dip mold which was a very early type of mold, dating back (I believe) to the Roman era. If unfamiliar with that type of molding, see my other educational website for a overview of such at this link: http://www.sha.org/bottle/glassmaking.htm#Dip molds. The sides are about 3.5" wide at the shoulder tapering to 2.75" at the base. Bottle looks to hold at least a quart and probably more like 40 oz. give or take. The base has a blowpipe style pontil which is somewhat oval in conformation. The glass is crude and wavy with lots of little bubbles scattered throughout; color is olive amber and very clear (not cloudy). There is essentially no staining to the glass just a bit of wear on base corner tips, a tiny bit at the upper shoulder edges where apparently it was laid on its side (?), and just a minor scratch here and there. Click on the images to see larger versions showing its beauty even more. A beautiful example of this style which dates from the 1770s to very early 1800s according to the book noted above. A solid 225+ year old bottle in exceptional condition as it appears to have never been buried if that is possible. $150
Medium olive with an amber tone early American umbrella ink - These New England umbrella (or fluted or pyramid style) ink bottles are quite popular with collectors and are reasonably acquirable examples of early American utilitarian bottle making from the first half of the 19th century. People speculate about where these early umbrella inks were made as such umbrella inks were standard offerings from New England & New York/New Jersey (Midwestern even?) glass houses of the early to mid-19th century (McKearin & Wilson 1978). Like many of these lovely bottles, it is a beautiful little jewel that looks like it was poured into the mold.
This example was reportedly found in an old house in Greenfield, Mass. which is not very far (30-35 miles) south of Keene, NH. So likely a Keene product? I've seen similar examples from the same mold (see next "Note" paragraph) attributed to Keene as well as Stoddard (only 12 miles or so NE of Keene). Both glass houses produced a wide array of utilitarian bottles - including figured flasks - in olive, olive amber and amber colored glass. Since these type bottles were never makers marked it can't be determined precisely where it originated. (If someone out there has a better feel for these type ink bottles than I (3000 miles away would) please let me know what your thoughts on this subject!)
(Note: I have had at least 3 or 4 other examples of umbrellas from this same mold. How do I know that? Even though the bottles are always pretty crude like this one, there are three variably reliable attributes that together make this mold fairly easy to identify. The first is that the two-piece mold seam on the base is "keyed" - i.e., with the mold seam dissecting the base with a squared off flange on one side fitting into the opposite indentation on the others mold side. If unfamiliar with the concept, I discuss it on my educational website at the following link: https://sha.org/bottle/bases.htm#Key%20&%20hinge%20molds I'm sure that some other similar inks also have that conformation so not definitive. The second attribute is the straight neck like shown in this example. It doesn't usually flare at all near the end nor have a "rolled" in/out lip or (in my limited experience) any other finishing method. Instead, it is apparent that once the pontil rod was affixed the blowpipe was "wetted" or "cracked" off (not sheared which I think was more unusual than people think?) leaving a broken lip surface with was variably fire polished to smooth it out and make it safer, if nothing else. However, that attribution could also be found on other glass works products I suppose. The clincher is that on the base at the edge perpendicular to the middle of the "key" mold seam is a variably faint embossed line "pointing" at the key flange mark. The embossed line is almost 1 cm long and is visible at the top edge of the base image at the following link, which also shows the blowpipe type pontil mark. Click BASE VIEW to see such. All three of those attributes have come together in the handful of examples I've owned of this mold. So whichever glass works it was, it was likely that they were all made there...unless the mold was passed around. Won't get into that speculation but certainly such happened in the old days between glass houses close to each other.)
Back to this bottle... The color of these great ink bottles are often pretty hard to describe as well as photograph . I've taken several images of this bottle and it is more green than the images show except for the following one which has an florescent light behind it. Click backlit view to see this image which also shows the seed bubbles scattered about. My wife calls it gray olive amber but I'll just call it olive with a strong amber tone. It has has the noted "cracked off" and re-fired straight finish or lip (close-up above), the noted blow-pipe pontil scar on the base, was blown in a two-piece mold as also described above, and dates most likely from around late 1830s to early 1850s. The surface of the glass is glossy, waxy, with some rippled whittle along with some glass thickness waviness. Since I didn't find it in the house (that was the story that came with it though I believe it to be true) and can't affirm personally that it has never been buried or professionally cleaned but there is not evidence of either. In any event, the condition is essentially dead mint with no chips, cracks, or staining...just 190 years of wear on the base. Nice example of these iconic ink bottles. $295
Wickered & handled miniature demijohn "cologne" bottle - The wicker and handles are, of course, just embossed on this cute little bottle. These are early American (pre-Civil War) bottles that were largely produced as containers for cologne, though other "...cosmetic liquids as well as cologne and toilet or "sweet" waters" according to McKearin & Wilson's 1978 book "American Bottles & Flasks." They dated the large and interesting group of Antebellum cologne bottles to "183o-1860s." The open oval label space on the reverse (second image to the left) would have told the story about the contents if the label was still there, but it is long gone.
This example - like most of the earlier ones I've seen - has a "blowpipe" style pontil scar (right image to left) which was formed by using the end of a (in this case) very small diameter blowpipe doing double duty as a pontil rod. (I discuss pontil types at length on my other educational "Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website" on the following linked page: https://sha.org/bottle/pontil_scars.htm ) I have two of these bottles and a quick comparison indicates they were made in totally different molds though upon casual looking appear identical. They are not - having different looks to the wicker embossing, the faux handles and other subtle features - indicating that these bottles were either made over a long period of time (wearing out molds) or were made by different period glassworks...or both. (I've also seen later examples which are not pontiled, were blown in a cup-base mold and have tooled finishes dating them to the later portions of the 19th century or even early 20th. It was a popular style for cologne.)
This offered example is about 2.75" tall, has an inwardly rolled "straight" finish or lip, made in a true two-piece "hinge" mold and of a pale bluish aqua glass. This example is perfect mint condition with no chips, cracks, or staining; I doubt it was ever buried. It does have a bit a little wear on the base from sitting somewhere for at least a century and a half. $60
Amber Cone Ink - This is a nice amber cone ink dating from the 1890s to 1910 period. This was found in Portland, OR. back in the late 1960s. The color is a pleasant medium honey amber, it has a "bead" type tooled lip or finish, smooth base (a faint number "2") and is a bit under 2.5" tall. Not much else to say about it that can't be seen in the image (click to enlarge) besides it is near mint with only a few faint small scuff marks; no chips, cracks or staining. Nice example! $35
HARRISON'S / COLUMBIA / INK - Although these little ink bottles are not particularly rare, they are quite coveted due to the multi-sided conformation, cool name and early manufacture. They also come in an array of colors which are WAY more expensive than this more typical aqua example. The offered example is a nice blue aqua in color, has a crudely rolled lip or finish, a blowpipe type pontil scar to the domed base, and dates from the 1840 to 1860 era. The bottle is near mint with no chips, cracks or staining (may have been professionally cleaned?) and only a couple light scratches to a rear panel opposite the embossing which is pretty decent for these bottles which can be somewhat faint at times. It also has some nice waviness to the glass and an overall look of crudity commensurate with the early era of its manufacture. I cover these particular bottles in more depth on my Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website at this page: http://www.sha.org/bottle/household.htm However, here is the brief write-up on the company that I have on the linked page: "This is a grouping is of three different colors of the Harrison's Columbian Ink - a fairly popular ink during the mid-19th century given the number examples that are seen today. They all have vertical 8 sided bodies, blow-pipe pontil scars, cracked-off/sheared and rolled finishes and date from the 1840s to early 1860s period. These bottles were made for Apollos W. Harrison who was a Philadelphia dealer in "books, maps and ink" from about 1843 to 1877 (McKearin & Wilson 1978; Faulkner 2009)." Nice ink! $95
BAKER'S / FLORIDA WATER / PORTLAND - This is a nice small size (about 7" tall) Florida Water which probably only holds 4 oz. or so. It is from Portland, Maine I believe and dates from the late 1880s to maybe mid-1890s as it has a tooled "oil" type finish (like most Florida Waters) but seems to have no body mold air venting marks which would likely have if it was produced later than the early/mid-1890s. It has some bubbles in the glass and wavy crudity to the glass thickness and is essentially pristine condition with no chips, cracks or staining. It can be found in a larger "regular" size also, this smaller version being a bit rarer than the full size type (which would be the same size as the Murray & Lanman and Palmer's Florida Waters listed as sold towards the bottom of this page. For more information on Florida Water bottles in general, see my Historic Bottle Website section on the subject at the following link: https://sha.org/bottle/household.htm#Floridawater This is a nice example! $15
Tea Kettle Ink - This bottle was, like most bottles I offer on this website, was purchased to illustrate on my educational Historic Bottle Website. This tea kettle style ink had the following write-up on that site, which tell its story (some of it referencing other parts of the following page on that site): http://www.sha.org/bottle/household.htm :
The tea kettle inkwell or ink bottle pictured is another ink that crosses the line between being an inkwell or simple ink bottle. Like the aqua center hole ink bottle above this bottle also has a cheaper, utilitarian look to it compared to the cobalt blue teak kettle ink bottle above, which certainly was intended for indefinite use. Of course, this bottle could have been reused after the initial purchase with ink. It has a tooled straight finish which accepted a cork closure, an eleven sided body, and has no evidence of mold air venting. It was (apparently) blown in a true, though asymmetrical, two-piece mold where one portion of the mold formed the base, heel and underside of the neck with the other portion forming the entire body and upper portion of the neck.
The base is embossed with PAT JULY 13TH / 1880; click base view to view such showing the embossing. Below the patent date is a marking which appears to be three interlinking circles with some faint letters in each circle which is either an unknown bottle makers marking or is related to the company that used the bottle. To view the actual design patent click: Design Patent #11,868. The patent notes that this was called a "Fountain-Bottle" and specifically patented for the spout angle and bulge at the base of the spout, the pen rests on the top of the body, and feet bumps on the base (see base image) - or all those features in combination. The patent was granted to one Michael H. Haggerty of New York, NY. A search of the few references on ink bottles listed the bottle but nothing about what company used the bottle, what the noted marking on the base may mean, nor anything about Mr. Haggerty. Covill (1971) did note a variant of this bottle that has PAT. APPD. FOR on the base indicating manufacture between April 9, 1880, when the patent application was filed, and July 13, 1880 when the patent was granted! Since these bottles are fairly scarce in the authors experience, they were probably only made for a few years in the early to mid-1880s.
In any event, this is a pretty nice example in pretty nice condition...it does have some overall light internal haze and a bit of wear from use (primarily on the base), but no chips, cracks or other post-manufacturing issues. $45
BILLIKEN - THE GOD OF - THINGS AS THEY - OUGHT TO BE - This great thought is embossed on the four sides of the pedestal base underneath the "Billiken." The base is also embossed with "Patent Design / 39603" which was the same little smiling fat guy patent design used for cast iron banks (common), book ends, pendants, and many other "Billiken" items of the period. Click Design Patent #39603 to see the actual 1908 patent which was "invented" and issued to Florence Pretz of Kansas City, MO. This bottle is the rarer milk glass version (also comes in clear glass, often painted) with a ground screw top (with virtually no grinding related chipping) with what is almost certainly the original shaker cap with holes (also about perfect), 4" tall, ca. 1908-1910s. The Billiken fad started during the early 1910's although there is still a college in the Midwest - St. Louis University - that uses the Billiken name and a likeness as their mascot. https://www.slu.edu/news/2019/august/slu-legends-lore-billiken.php Bottle is perfect and hard to find as they were only made for a short time, it appears, when the fad was going strong. Nice item in perfect shape. $100
AYER'S - HAIR VIGOR - These are popular bottles with collectors - particularly for displaying in the window - for obvious reasons: the wonderful deep "peacock blue" color. This example is about 5.3" tall, a tooled "bead" finish or lip, and dates from around 1900 or so, I believe. The earlier - 19th century - versions of these bottles were the aqua flask shaped bottles with AYERS embossed on the base. Later (or contemporary?) examples to the peacock blue ones were also made in cobalt blue. (I think later since the cobalt ones tend to be machine-made, though not always). The base of this example is embossed with J. C. A. Co with an "8" (or "B"?) above and "8" below that embossing; click on base view to see such. This bottle also has the intact neck label which though largely unreadable (a bit readable with a bright light and a magnifying glass) is 100% intact and proof that the bottle was never buried. Click close-up of the shoulder, neck, and lip to see such. Bottle is in pristine mint condition. I acquired it decades ago at a second-hand store in NW Oregon. $50
Croxley Fountain Pen Ink - A Dickinson Product, Made in Gt. Britain - That is most of what this 100% complete fully labeled English style ink bottle says on that label. In addition it reads - "RED Flush pen with water before filling"...so we know it contained red ink (aka "carmine" ink). This is a fine example of a cylindrical "burst top" ink bottle that dates most likely from sometime between the 1890s and the 1910s, when a lot of these type ink bottles were exported into the U. S. from England. It is a nice bluish aqua color, has the rough "burst-off" finish or lip, is just over 2" tall and 1.75" in diameter, smooth base. it is nicely whittled and is essentially in mint condition with some residual ink & dirt inside. The label is about as perfect as a 100+ year old label can be; see the images. A very nice looking ink bottle that I used to illustrate that bottle type on the Historic Bottle Website as burst-off finished ink bottles are a commonly encountered ink bottle type in the U. S. Specifically, it is illustrated on this webpage: http://www.sha.org/bottle/household.htm $20
Stoneware ink bottle - This is a cute little stoneware ink bottle that was reportedly (by the person I acquired it from) found on a Civil War site back East and thus dating from the 1860s. It is about 2" tall and 1.8" wide, has a nice tan/orange glaze and is in very good condition with just one tiny flat flake off the shoulder - the "lip" is perfect on this one, though crudely formed as such handmade items are. I don't know if this is of American or English manufacture, though stoneware bottles of both origins are fairly commonly found on historic site across the U. S. This example was acquired for and pictured on the Historic Bottle Website as a representative item showing that ink didn't always come in glass bottles. $20
(Three stoneware bulk inks are listed below.)
BARNIZ lotion (?) bottle - Offered here is another likely lotion bottle made in milk glass that I believe is quite rare...or at least I've only seen a few and they were usually of colorless glass not milk glass. The few milk glass ones I've seen came from the old Phoenix, AZ. dump as did this one back in the late 1960s. I say lotion because a lot of milk glass bottles that come in the "druggist" bottle shapes (this one being a "Blake" style druggist bottle) held lotion. However, Barniz is Spanish for "varnish" so maybe it was a lotion women used to "varnish" their skin soft? I have a hard time imaging this bottle held regular varnish as it doesn't hold much - maybe 4-5 oz.
In any event, the bottle is embossed vertically with just BARNIZ though the base is embossed with W. T. CO. (arched upwards) / P / U.S.A. (arched downwards) which is also for Whitall, Tatum & Co. - a marking they used the first two decades of the 20th century. Base view to the left. That was also the time frame for the noted Phoenix dump. The bottle has a bit of dullness to the outside but hard to quantify due to the opaque glass color. Otherwise it is free from chips, cracks or other damage. It is 4.5" tall and has a tooled "prescription" style lip or finish in glassmaker speak. Nice and believed rare item for your milk glass collection. $30
Group of 3 small perfume bottles - (Click on the images to see much larger versions.) At least I believe these to be all perfume bottles since they were all found together and the shoe and "flask" (upright one in images) almost certainly are. The third "pipe" one could have had small, hard candies I suppose...or at least I remember little glass guns from my youth in the 1950s that were similar and had such in them.
All these small bottles date from the 1870s to maybe 1890s, are made of colorless (clear) glass, are mouth-blown (aka "hand blown" or "hand made") in two-piece molds and have tooled single collar lips/finishes. Click HERE to see another different view image of the group. All of these bottles are in very good condition with just a bit of haze from having been buried. Other individual bottle details follow:
-The shoe is 2.75" long, with the lip/opening being the toe of the shoe. It has a minuscule touch (literally) of roughness in one small spot on the lip which can't really be seen but felt slightly.
-The "pipe" is 3+" long with fancy embossed hatch work around the bowl which has a segmented embossed bulbous cover. There is also fancy fluting on the stem of the pipe. The lip is very crude - almost looks applied, but I think it was just sloppy tooled. There is a short "cracking-off" (the blowpipe) shallow flake just below the base of the lip which is smooth to the touch and simply an in-making crudeness feature. (The image above - click to enlarge - of the pipe has the shoe behind it to take an upright shot.)
-The "flask" (also with the shoe behind to make it stand up) is the only one with embossing. That is an embossed circle of rays with an inner circle having the letter "D" inside. No idea what it stands for and the body is fairly wavy and crude. The bottle stands up fine on a flat surface; it is just being propped up with the shoe because of the cloth squishiness of my photo background. It stands right at 3" tall and only about 3/8" deep at the base front to back...held very little perfume. It also has two rings on the neck - one at the base and another about halfway up the neck.
Nice set of perfume bottles - a popular bottle collecting genre - and all for one price. $35
Three 19th Century English Stoneware "Bulk" or Powdered Ink Bottles - These bulk ink bottles are definitively English made and, I guess, filled? (I believe the P. & J. ARNOLD /LONDON impressed in the stoneware was the user - ink merchant - of the bottle?) This listing includes all three of the stoneware or ceramic (depends on whom you ask) pictured here. These were all found in the downtown Portland (OR) urban renewal area back during the late 1960s. They are hard to date as such were made throughout much of the 19th century and into the early 20th according to Faulkner's excellent (and out of print like most good bottle books) book on ink bottles. They note that these bottles were often shipped to the US and around the world as ballast in the holds of sailing ships. Not sure that is true though I've heard it stated for round bottom & torpedo soda bottles also. (I've also heard that bricks and rocks were another form of ballast.)
Starting from the left in the image we have a wide, flaring mouth English-made bulk powdered ink bottle. It is 6.25" tall, about 2.75" in diameter and has the same light brown glass top to bottom like all of these offerings. It has small flake on the top of the mouth (click view of the mouth to see such) but is otherwise perfect. I believe these wide mouth stoneware bottles were used for the powered ink that one could mix with water to reconstitute.
The middle bottle is about 9" tall and has no pour spout - just the short flared collar you can see in the images. The impressed verbiage is as follows: VITREOUS STONE BOTTLE / J. BOURNE & SON. /PATENTEES / DENBY & CODNOR PARK POA...(can't read the end that word) / NEAR DENBY / P. & J. ARNOLD / LONDON Click middle bottle to see the the taller (middle) bottle's impressed inscription up close. The bottle is in about perfect condition but does have a very, very faint hairline in the lip on the right side which may be a crack? It is essentially invisible and nothing is missing but it is there. This bottle holds about a quart I would guess and is about 3.4" in diameter.
This is a smaller bulk ink with a bit different impressed verbiage. Specifically it reads: VITREOUS STONE BOTTLE / J. BOURNE & SON. /PATENTEES / DENBY POTTERY / NEAR DENBY / P. & J. ARNOLD / LONDON Click bottle on the far right to see a close-up of the impressed inscription of the smaller pour spout example. Click close-up of the upper portion of this same bottle to see the pour spout closer and the flake chip on the side of the lip.
All three for one price for this nice set of about perfect stoneware bottles. Great decorator items!? $40
J&IEM "Igloo" ink bottle - This ink bottle is of a style called "igloo inks" by collectors, though I have no idea what period glass makers called them. Actually, this prompted me to take a quick look at the 1880 reprint catalog I have from Whitall, Tatum & Co. and they referred to them a "teapot ink" bottle. The catalog also illustrates an example with the panels on the lower side - like this example - and called it a "fluted fountain stand." So I guess that is the proper period glass maker terms for these bottles. (Still learn something new about historic bottles pretty much every day!) They are also called "turtle" inks by collectors and in William Covill's 1971 book on ink bottles he referred to them as "domed, with offset neck ink bottles."
This mid to late 19th century style of ink bottle didn't seem to make it into the 20th century as I can't find an example in any of the early 20th century bottle makers catalogs I have. The Faulkner's note in their great work on ink bottles from the early 2000s that the latest reference to the use of this style was in an advertisement in 1893 by the company that used this bottle (below). I suspect that the style lost out to the popularity of cone inks.
These are not rare bottles but popular with collectors due to their unique shape; a shape used by numerous companies. This example is embossed J&IEM on five of the 10 lower side panels. Those initials stand for J. & I. E. Moore who operated out of Warren, Mass. beginning in 1865, according to Covill's book. He also noted they used the style for "over 30 years" placing the end of these in the mid to late 1890s.
This example is about 1.5" tall to the top of the neck and a bit over 2" in diameter; it dates from the 1870s based on context it was found decades ago. Condition of this bottle is about mint with just a touch of haze in the bottom of the bottle. The roughly "cracked off" neck (cracked off from the blowpipe) is typical of these bottles made up into the early 1880s. This example has that type of "finish" if you can call it that. The only "finishing" done on the lip was to grind it a bit to make if somewhat smooth. That is what appears to have been done to this particular example though the cracking off resulted in an in-making dip which shows in the second image and is typically seen with these earlier J&IEM igloos. After the early/mid-1880s they had similar looking finishes but the makers(s) took the time to re-fire the cracked off surface and more finely tool the orifice. In any event, a nice example of the style. $25
CRANE & BRIGHAM / SAN FRANCISCO Florida Water bottles - These two bottles are excellent examples of scarce/rare Florida Water bottles produced (blown) and used in San Francisco in the 1870s. Both are pictured to the right (click to enlarge). The following is from Bill & Betty Wilson's 1971 book 19th Century Medicine in Glass - "This firm started as Crowell, Crane and Brigham in about 1856. It was originally established by Eugene Crowell several years earlier as a retail drug store. In 1859 Crowell & Crane pulled out and started their own business, which lasted for only two years and Crowell sold his interests to William H. Brigham. The firm of Crane & Brigham became one of the largest in San Francisco. Henry A. Crane retired in the early 1880s but lived on to the grand old age of 82 when he died in 1922."
The earlier company (Crowell, Crane & Brigham) was responsible for two of the great and extremely rare (I've never seen either in person) 1850s Gold Rush era embossed bottles from San Francisco: the cobalt blue, mug based, iron pontiled soda bottle embossed C C & B / SAN FRANCISCO and the rectangular, blowpipe pontiled medicine bottle embossed on three sides with CROWELL, CRANE & BRIGHAM - SARSAPARILLA & - YELLOW DOCK - both of which date from the 1856 to 1858 period. As there were no glass makers in the West (or even west of the Mississippi) at the time these bottles were blown somewhere in the east and shipped around the horn to San Francisco. Then they were filled, used and eventually tossed with few of the extant. In any event, these two Florida Water bottles date from the 1870s with the smaller one possibly being from the very early 1880s. Both were found in the downtown urban renewal areas in Portland, OR. back in the late 1960s.
Although neither are embossed as to contents, the shape of them is of a type that was used about 100% of the time for that particular product - a type of inexpensive perfume/cologne which some claimed to have medicinal properties. Typical of the style, the neck is about as tall as the body in both sizes.
The larger bottle has three of the distinctive curved "R's" in the spelling which are firmly attributed to an unnamed mold maker/engraver working in the Bay Area from the late 1860s into the early 1880s. This person created scores of - maybe several hundred - molds for embossed bottles that have this type "R". Click on the image to the immediate left to see a larger version showing the embossing. Most of the bottles attributed to this mystery mold maker/engraver (don't know if he did both or not) were clearly embossed as being from the West (typically California, Oregon, & Nevada) like both of these bottles or used by companies historically known to be operating in the West. The smaller example has no "R's" in the embossing to curve though the "look" of the embossing is identical to its larger brother so it is certainly a product of the same mold maker. Both were blown in the type of deeper blue aqua glass commonly seen with bottles blown at the San Francisco Glass Works or Pacific Glass Works or the combined company (San Francisco & Pacific GW) after merging in 1876. The larger example is very much the "fiery" deep aqua color with the smaller one being a bit more muted but still of the same look in general.
The larger example is very scarce but more abundant than the smaller size in my experience. It is embossed CRANE & BRIGHAM / SAN FRANCISCO vertically inside a deeply indented panel. It is 9" tall, has a crudely applied "oil" style finish or lip, and smooth somewhat indented or domed base. Click close-up of the applied lip to see such. This bottle is a beauty and one of the finest example I've ever seen. It has no post-production issues, i.e., no chips, cracks, pings, nibbles or even really any staining as the "fire aqua" glass from the Bay Area during that era was quite resistant to staining or patination. The glass is fairly crude with decent whittling, a few bubbles and neck stretch marks. There are even a few specs of the original foil capsule showing on the upper neck! Great example. $85
The smaller and rarer example is also embossed vertically inside a deeply indented panel in a much more abbreviated manner (not as much room as the big bottle) with C. & B. / S. F. although that says enough to make it certain to have been Crane & Brigham. It is 6.25" tall, has a tooled "oil" style finish or lip, and a more proportionally indented domed base than the larger example. The glass is a medium blue aqua and the neck is crude and a bit wavy on the inside from the use of the lipping or finishing tool. The bottle is in very good condition though does have a bit of staining inside the shoulder, a bit of outside light dullness and a small flake at the heel on the backside. Click close-up of the heel to see the latter issue. Overall a nice example of a very rare SF Florida water (a recent sale of a mint one on eBay was for $280+). $100
DR. MORSE'S INDIAN ROOT PILLS advertising Confederate Currency - Here is another medicine go-with for Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills. This is a "FAC-SIMILE" (sez so on the front!) of a Confederate $20 bill that was given out as an advertising item for the famous patent medicine in the late 1800s I would estimate. Of course the back of the bill is not like was printed up for the Confederate nation. The advertising part on the reverse notes it was a "...specific cure for most of the Blood, Stomach and Liver Diseases." The pills were also for "...Giddiness, Headache..." (wouldn't want to get to "giddy" with a headache). This advertisement is a good replica of a Confederate bank note from a few decades earlier that measures 7" by 3".
This IS the real thing and not a modern reproduction (which I've never seen anyway). I picked this up - actually two examples - in a lot of weird bank or bank-like notes at a numismatic auction decades ago when I had a bout of coin and paper money collecting. This item is essentially pristine with no stains, rips, or other issues...just a couple very faint creases which can't even be seen in the scans. A fantastic and certainly rare go-with quack medicine item that is in fantastic shape. $25
MICHAEL J. OWENS GLASS COMMEMORATIVE BUST - Here is a great "go-with" for a bottle collection which was procured long ago to illustrate on my other educational Historic Glass Bottle ID & Information Website. This was produced a few years after the death of Owens in December 1923. Click HERE to view an image of Mr. Owens removing and inspecting a beer bottle from one of his early automatic machines. Click the following link to see the video clip from which that still image was apparently taken. The video is on my noted educational website and was provided to me by a now retired engineer who worked decades for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company in Alton, IL. (The clip may need to be downloaded to play on your computer.)
Film clip of an early Owens Automatic Bottle Machine in operation.
This glass bust is embossed around the lower edge near the base with 1859 M. J. OWENS 1923. A bit of history about these is found at the following link on the National Depression Glass Assn. website - http://www.ndga.net/rainbow/1976/76rrg09c.php These were produced by the Owens Bottle Co. at their Heisey Plant in Newark, Ohio in 1927, a few years after Owens death. They were made using a "pressed glass" method - a process invented in the 1830s and used...well, likely used in some modern form today to make non-bottle glassware. Mr. Owens "Owens Automatic Bottle Machine" was a blow-and-blow type machine that used a two mold process for forming a bottle. Take a look at the film clip; it is fascinating!
As noted, these are a pressed glass item which was frosted to give it a nice appearance. It is a bit under 5" tall and about 5" wide at the base. This example is essentially perfect with no post production issues besides a small, extremely shallow flake on the base resting surface which was a function of the base being ground smooth (like a mouth-blown canning jar). It barely shows as a pin prick reflection to the upper right of the base in the base photo at the following link - Base View. Great historic item which are quite hard to find. $50
Oregon Centennial Beam Bottle - Yes, this isn't near as old as the other bottles on this website. However, I think they are very interesting mid-20th century "relics". This Jim Beam bottle commemorates the 100th Centennial of Oregon's statehood in 1959. Front of the bottle has trees, beaver (state animal), river with fisherman, and the wording 1859 OREGON 1959 /CENTENNIAL. The label is on the front below the scene and is totally intact with just a little wear/scuffing. The reverse has the wording 1859 OREGON 1959 /100 YEARS with a bunch of snow covered peaks and trees. The bottle also has opposing beavers chewing on the stumpy (literally) neck. Base has the usual "Federal Law Forbids Sale or Re-use of This Bottle" verbiage and other manufacturers marks with the date 1959. Colors are bright and the bottle is mint with only the usual imperfections of manufacturing that all Beam's have (glaze irregularities and the like). It also has the most of the front label. A very esthetic bottle that used to sell for $50+ back in the early 70's before the market for Beam bottles crashed. The Sesquicentennial was in 2009 making this a 62 year old bottle already! $20-$25 (I have several of these which are all perfect as to the bottle and cap though some are missing some [<75%] or all the front label ($20) to those with at least 90%+ intact [$25] like the pictured example.)
ONIZED CLUB playing cards 1943-44 - Here is an interesting glass maker "go-with" for bottle collectors. Alton, IL. was the main office and factory for the relatively "new" (at that time) Owens-Illinois Glass Co. The company was formed from an assortment of different, previously independent glass companies during the first few decades of the 20th century, consummating in 1929 into the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. which is still in business today and probably still the biggest producer of bottles in the US. For more information on the company see the two part article on the company on my educational Historic Glass Bottle ID & Information website: https://sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/OwensIllinois2018Part1.pdf and https://sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/OwensIllinois2018Part2.pdf
In the early 1930s (1933 I guess) the company and its employees formed the Alton Onized Club. Lots of pins and other knick-knacks were made for various events and occasions over the years including the 10th anniversary of the club itself in 1943. These playing cards were made for that occasion and the backs read "The Symbol of Co-Operative Friendship ALTON ONIZED CLUB (O-I in superimposed on the old flattened diamond shape which was inherited from the Illinois Glass Co) 1943-44 10th Anniversary." There is two decks of what look to be unused cards since they are stiff, unbent and unsoiled looking. Both decks have all their 52 regular cards (ace through king) and a 53rd advertising card for the company that produced the cards Duratone Playing Cards. Click HERE to see that advertisement card on top of the rest of the cards. The tan colored deck does not have any jokers, the blue deck has one...so I guess not totally complete.
The condition of the box of cards it pretty good with some wear here and there but nothing too bad. See the other images of the box of cards as follows: box with the cover lid up; back of the box. The top "lid" part of the box is padded and has a white and green speckled look (shows behind the lower part in the image to the right). A quick check of eBay found no equivalents to this box of cards but lots of other club mementos; looks like one could make quite a collection out of such souvenirs. As a bonus, I'll throw in a metal ONIZED club pin! For scale, it is about 1.5" left to right. Click HERE to see an image of it. $17.50
CALIFORNIA Insulator - That is embossed boldly (first image) on the lower part of this interesting insulator. I admit that I know very little about insulators except that they are big hunks of glass (usually) and highly collectible. This is one of only a couple that I've had for years and I have no idea how I ended up with it. I have only one other insulator - the very popular (with collectors), pony style, and deep blue aqua E.C. & M. S.F. which was used on telegraph lines in the West (and BC) in the 1870s to early 1880s I believe. The history is what attracted me to that one since it was made by some San Francisco glass company of that period.
A quick check of the internet and David Whitten's great website on bottle and insulator makers indicates these were produced in Long Beach, CA. by the California Glass Insulator Co. (and subsequently renamed California Glass Works) whom operated for a short time from 1912-1916. See the following link for a bit more information: https://glassbottlemarks.com/california-glass-insulator-company They made an assortment of different insulators in an assortment of colors including many shades of purple/amethyst like this example.
The offered insulator weighs about 1.25 lbs, has the period typical threading on the inside (click base view to see such), is a smoky amethyst glass (a really great color in bottles! possibly sun colored?) and is pretty near perfect shape for an insulator in my limited experience. The skirted base is about perfect with only some minor roughness at the mold seam line - likely manufacturing related. There is two "dings" on the back side which show in the second back view image. Click close-up with dings pointed out to see such closer. Otherwise the insulator has no staining, noticeable scratching or other issues. Nice! $25
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