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NOME / BREWING / AND / BOTTLING CO. - Offered here is a rare Alaskan soda bottle...from Nome, AK! No road still runs to Nome from the rest of AK and it was the location of one of the late 19th century "gold rushes" to Alaska with discovery in late 1898. The "rush" part of gold mining petering out by about 1910 although there is gold mining going on there still today (according to Wikipedia). Nome was one of the stranger gold rushes of the "West" in that the gold was found in the beach sands along the shore - all placer gold, no hard rock. (Gold Beach Oregon is the only other beach one I can think of but it was very short lived.) the gold was "easy" to get if one ignores the fact that it was far enough north to not see the sun at all for 2 months in the winter along with permafrost to deal with in part. It was the furthest "west" gold rush in the United States being on a longitude of about 170 degrees west (Sutter's Mill is at about 121 degrees west). This bottle dates from the "rush" era of the first few years of the 20th century.
This is one of those taller bodied Hutchinson soda bottles - like many are from Hawaii also - and stands 7.75" tall. It was made in a 4-piece mold with the upper leaves beginning just above the "NOME" which one can see in the images. It has a tooled blob finish (aka "lip"), the original good condition stopper and is embossed very boldly with NOME / BREWING / AND / BOTTLING CO. Like the example offered above, this is another of the few Hutchinson soda bottles used in Alaska - all rare (10 or less known) according to Ron Fowler's Hutchbook.com website. There were two different variation of the "Brewing and Bottling Co." bottles, the other about an inch shorter and with the makers marking P.C.G.W. for the Pacific Coast Glass Works (SF) whom likely made this bottle also. This offered example is cataloged as AK0006 on Ron's Alaska list and is not makers marked. According to Van Wieren's book "American Breweries II" this company was in business from 1900 to 1904 under the name "Nome Brewing and Bottling Co.", with "Bennet & Kern prop." being located at "D. St. and Dry Creek" in Nome. After that time (later in 1904 to 1919) it was called the Nome Brewing Co." only...apparently producing just beer.
Condition of the bottle is essentially dead mint; I don't believe it was ever buried as it still had the original stopper in it. It has a bit of very light case wear to some of the letters (which is visible barely in a few of the images enlarged) and at the heel and essentially is scratch free with a shiny, blemish free surface. Bottle also has some nice bubbles scattered in the glass. More images of the bottle are available at the following links: right side view; left side view; back view; base view. A quick look at American Bottle Auctions shows they have offered only two of these soda bottles back in 2007 and another in 2011 selling for $1200 and $950, respectively (plus commissions). Probably can't find a finer example...if you can find one at all. $1100
DISTILLED / SODA WATER CO. / OF / ALASKA - That is embossed inside a somewhat oval "slug" plate. This is a rare "Western" soda bottle from Valdez, Alaska. If you're an Alaskan bottle collector or trying to complete your 50 state Hutchinson collection with a key state, this is a very nice example. It is one of just a few Hutchinson soda bottles from Alaska - all rare (10 or less known) according to Ron Fowler's Hutchbook.com website. It is the first listed Valdez variant (there are four almost identical variants) listed as AK0011 on his Alaska list. Which is appropriate since this is probably the oldest variant of the bottle which is discussed below.
It has a 10 sided "mug" base, a greenish aqua color, 7.5" tall with an smooth, unembossed base. It has a tooled blob finish; click HERE to see such with the original stopper still in place and having the rubber still present. The lower portion of one panel on the back is embossed with SB&GCO which indicates manufacture by Streator Bottle & Glass Company (Streator, IL.) who used that marking from 1881 to 1905 when it merged into the American Bottle Company. Click HERE to see the makers marking. (The slightly "later" variants have the ABCo marking for the successor.) One of the other panels also has the number 5 embossed towards the bottom which is almost certainly a date code for 1905. (The apparent next variant with ABCo has a "6-S" indicating manufacture in 1906 at the Streator plant of the newly formed company.)
This example appears to never have been buried as there is no staining whatsoever. It is essentially sparkling near mint condition with some scattered bubbles in the glass. Click LEFT SIDE, BACK, and RIGHT SIDE to see views of this bottles showing the nice clean, almost unblemished glass. What body scuffs/scratches there are are very slight; there is also almost no wear to the points of the mug base at the heel which is typical of soda bottles which were used a few times. For accuracy, there is just the slightest bit of wear to some of the lower parts of the ALASKA embossing. This is about as pristine as a re-useable Hutchinson soda can get and it appears to have been only used a few times and never buried. This one was found along with a few more Alaskan sodas by an early resident of Alaska back in the 1940s and 50s and recently acquired. They just don't get any better than this! $750
MT. HOOD SODA WATER / TRADE / (lions head) / MARK / PORTLAND, ORE. - This is a pristine example of a somewhat scarce Hutchinson soda bottle from Portland, Oregon. According to Ron Fowlers excellent book on Oregon soda bottles (An Illustrated History of Oregon Soda Pop Bottling) the Mount Hood Soda Water Works began business in 1904 at 368 Front Street and operated until 1932 (Depression failure?) with a couple nearby address changes (652 then 648 Front) during that time. This Hutchinson style bottle was the first bottle they used later followed by a couple variations of mouth-blown crown top bottles which were likely used until about 1915 when machine-made bottles became the standard. I've not seen a machine-made example with embossing so apparently the company went to label only bottles without their name embossed on them (like many soda companies did in Portland). The Hutchinson style bottles were probably used for the first 5 or 6 years of operation (until the first move in 1911) but that is just speculation.
This example is sharply embossed as noted in a plate (aka "plate mold", click on the embossing close-up) and has a 10 sided "mug" base. It is 6.75" tall, has a tooled funnel type "blob" finish/lip, 362 / H embossed on the base (like all the Hutch's do - same mold) and the original stopper still in place. It is a nice blue aqua color with an assortment of bubbles in the glass. The condition is essentially perfect with no chips, cracks, dings or staining. There is hardly any wear showing on the bottle including the points of the "mug" base at the heel which is a typical case wear location. If there is scuffing to the surface of the bottle it is extremely minor and one can't see it.
Incidentally, I've seen the trade mark figure called a beaver as well as other animals including a seal! I personally have seen a broken example of one of the seltzer bottles that the company used and the etched trade mark on it was unmistakably a lions head. Great example of this soda bottle! $80
BERLIN MINERAL WATER CO., BOSTON U. S. A. - This is embossed inside of a large German cross that has a heraldic eagle trade mark. It is also embossed with "REGD. 1873." This is a typical round bottom soda type bottle that unlike the vast majority of such bottles, is actually of American origin - Boston, Mass. to be exact. It is 9" tall/long, has an applied blob finish, and likely dates from the 1880s. The majority of these type bottles found in the United States were imported from Great Britain and frequently embossed with company names and cities from England and Ireland - Belfast being a very common point of origin. However, some were - like the bottle pictured - made in the United States (or made overseas for a U.S. bottler). Condition of the bottle is excellent with just some wisps of faint haze inside (totally non-distracting), a tiny bit of external wear, and a very small indented (3-4 mm) imperfection to the underside of the lip that appears to be in-making as it is smooth (and doesn't appear under a hand lens to have been buffed). Bottle acquired for and used/pictured on the Historic Bottle Website. A relatively rare item I believe. $35
STEINIKE & WEINLIG / SCHUTZ (hand holding stick with snake wrapped around) MARK - SELTERS - (Click close-up view of front embossing to see such.) These are imported mineral water bottles (SELTERS is German for "soda" as in carbonated water) that are often found in the U.S. - including this one which came from the Portland, OR. area. The vast majority of these bottle - called the "apollinaris" style in glass makers catalogs of the era. The following is from my educational Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website at this link: Apollinaris Bottle discussion.
Apollinaris is the name of a famous German spring the water from which was first bottled in 1852 (Wikipedia 2010). At that time it was most likely in tall, relatively narrow handled earthenware jugs which were commonly used for other German mineral waters. It was later (probably by the 1870s) also bottled in the distinctive type bottle shape shown, which is usually olive green in color. Apollinaris water continues to be sold worldwide today
These bottles were also used and reused extensively - at least in the West - for beer. See the etched San Francisco beer bottle that I also have for sale down the page a bit. (It was also purchased to illustrate the multiple use nature of these thick glass bottles.)
This example was certainly made in Germany as evidenced by the base which is embossed with a GLASFAB. / H. HEYE / HAMBURG A/W. (Click base view to see such.) This embossing indicates the bottle was manufactured by Herman Heye, Glassfabrick ("glassmaker") Hamburg. Click Heye Family Glass Works to view the article on the company on my other website. The bottle is 9 3/4ths" tall, and 2 3/8th" in diameter, blown in a three-piece mold and has an applied short "blob" finish (image to right). It is commonly found in North America, apparently being popular and imported in quantity. These probably date from the 1870s to early 1900s. It is the smaller size apollinaris bottle one sees; most are the 25-32 oz. "quart" sizes (like the beer below) which are essentially never embossed - at least the ones used in the U.S. These Steinike & Weinlig bottles seem to just come in this 12 oz. + or - size in my experience, but could be found in a larger size also. This bottle is essentially mint with just a few tiny scratches but hammered whittle, sparkling medium olive green glass, and no staining whatsoever (or chips or cracks or dings) and just a beauty! $35
EAST SIDE BOTTLING CO. / PORTLAND / ORE. - This is a pretty rare (first I've seen or had) soda bottle from East Portland (east of the Willamette River) which was at one point a separate city in competition with Portland (west of the river). Yes, it is "just" a crown top soda, but is hand blown (aka "mouth blown") and is a genre of Oregon mouth-blown bottles that have yet to be discovered...maybe? The company was, according to period business directories operating for only one year - 1912. This according to Ron Fowler's great book on Oregon soda bottles. It was located in the "Brentwood Addition" (there were lots of "additions" in that area in the 1890s to 1920s) at the NW corner of Cooper and Spring Avenue. This bottle has a hand tooled crown finish, is embossed in a "slug plate" (really a "plate mold" according to bottle makers), and is a nice greenish aqua color.
It is also embossed at the reverse heel with O - S A B Co. What does that mean? Well, it indicates that the bottle was produced by the American Bottle Company (various plants in the Midwest). More specially the "0" is a certain date code for 1910 and the "S" the plant code for the companies Streator, IL. plant; the old Streator Bottle and Glass Company. (For more on the company see the very recent article available on my other educational website at - http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/AmericanBottleCo.pdf Fowler's book does note that some bottles have the same heel codes but with a "9" instead of a "0" (i.e., 9 - S A B Co). In fact, this particular bottle appears (with magnifying glass) to have the "0" cut over a "9"! So this indicates that East Side Bottling ordered at least two batches of bottles - one in 1909 and one in 1910....cool! Apparently, the company was in business earlier but it wasn't picked up in the business directories until 1912, then likely disappeared by 1913. (Isn't this history sleuthing fun!) The bottle is in essentially mint condition with very little wear (even to the embossing), some very faint wisps of internal haze, and a couple very tiny peck marks which all adds up to very fine shape for a a re-used soda bottle. Rare item from Portland! $30
CAPE ARGO / SODA WORKS / MARSHFIELD, ORE. - Mouth-blown (aka "hand-made") soda bottles from about anywhere in the state of Oregon besides Portland tend to be scarce to extremely rare. There are a couple different soda bottles from Coos Bay/North Bend which are among the more obtainable ones from outside Portland. (Coos Bay was known as Marshfield until the 1930s or so, if my memory isn't failing me.) Hutchinson soda bottles with this same embossing are fairly abundant, though in my experience, these tooled crown top Cape Argo (Cape Argo is a ocean headland nearby) bottles are much less frequently seen although Ron Fowler (author of the Oregon soda bottle book) notes that both are "common." This crown top example has PCGW (or Pacific Coast Glass Works) embossed on the lower front body (as shown in Fowlers book) but also has PCGW embossed on the base...which may be an unlisted variant as he was good about listing base embossing as well as the rest of the body embossing. Click base view to see such. The company was in business in Coos Bay from about 1904 to 1920 with the Hutchinson's certainly being used during first - maybe 1904 to 1910 or so - and these tooled crown cap versions likely being used from about 1910 to 1915.
This example is a pale greenish aqua and blown in a four piece mold like the Hutchinson's are. The condition of this example is very good with some high point wear on the embossing and around the heel (case wear from reuse) and two open surface bubbles above the CA in CAPE with some dirt in one of them. Otherwise no chips, cracks or noticeable staining (ok, a few internal wisps). Since non-Portland Oregon Hutchinson's are getting prohibitively expensive (evidenced by a Lakeview Soda Works selling on eBay for $600 recently!) this could be a good addition to an Oregon, mouth-blown crown soda collection. Bottle procured for and used on my Historic Bottle Website. SOLD!
CLARKE & WHITE / large C / NEW YORK - Although Clarke & White bottles are generally fairly common in most of the myriad of varieties, this one has uncommon - though very esthetic - crudeness to it. I actually don't really want to get rid of it as it is so cool looking, but here it is...I can't keep everything. The bottle is about 7.75" tall, has a fairly crudely applied "mineral" finish/lip (the Saratoga mineral water bottles are the origin of the finish name I believe), smooth (non-pontiled) somewhat domed base (embossed with an "X" in the middle and a "7" off to the side - see image), and is from the 1860s. The special thing about this bottle is the zillions of tiny and not so tiny bubbles in and on the glass; click close-up of the glass surface to see this semi-orange peel look to the glass surface. Otherwise the bottle is essentially mint with no chips, cracks, staining, or other issues...the only thing I can see is a very small scuff (not chip) on the edge of the heel on the back. There is probably some minor scratching and such mixed in with the rough surface but they are unobtrusive. A great example! $85
ALBANY BREWING CO. / (fancy ABCo. monogram) / ALBANY, OR. - This is embossed within a somewhat oval ("slug") plate on this larger, 24 to 26 oz., blob-top export style beer bottle from somewhere in Oregon that is NOT Portland. Mouth-blown, non-crown top beer bottles from other smaller cities/towns in Oregon are relatively far and few between. Just a bit over 11.25" tall, this example has a tooled blob lip (aka "finish" in glassmaker parlance), is a medium to slightly darker amber with a reddish tint, and was blown in an post-bottom/base mold with several air vents on the front and back shoulder. The base is embossed with S. B. & G. Co. indicating manufacture by the Streator Bottle & Glass Co. (Streator, IL.) who used that marking from 1881 to 1905 prior to be absorbed into the American Bottle Co. (A.B.Co.), which was later (1929) absorbed into the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. where they still maintain a plant I believe (Toulouse 1971).
The Albany Brewing Co. operated under that company name from 1892 to 1906 being operated by William Faber at the corner of 9th & Lyon streets (Van Wieren 1995). On the back heel is embossed the number 98 which is very likely a date code for 1898, which would fit nicely into the two known date ranges already noted above. Streator was known to have used date codes a few years after this when under the umbrella of the A.B.Co., so this is an example of early date code use. (Obviously, I love the history behind bottles...particularly Oregon ones!) This example is in excellent condition - much better than the few other examples I've seen or owned and most re-used beer bottles in general - having almost no scuffing/wear on the body and basically no staining that I can see. There are a couple tiny and hard to find "ping" marks near the base from reuse, a bit of faint and non-distracting scratching and is otherwise an exemplary example of this bottle! Also has some bubbles and minor crudity and almost no wear to the embossing, which is unusual on reused beer bottles. Nice glossy, bright example! $75