FOR SALE - Bottles & Bottle Books
& other collectibles
Click HERE to go straight to the "BOTTLES FOR SALE" pages links
|LINKS TO MY PAGES|
This and the associated linked web pages are my current listings of antique or "historic" bottles, bottle books, and other collectibles for sale.
I try to be as comprehensive as possible in describing bottle condition but am not perfect (thus the money back guarantee). Many of the "flaws" or condition issues that I point out are often overlooked by others. I also try to take representative pictures of all the bottles listed, though some bottles can defy accurate pictorial representation. Click on the highlighted link(s) in each listing description to see the picture(s) of the specific item for sale.
If you would like additional digital pictures or information, please e-mail me (link below).
If you have any concerns about the quality or reliability of my transactions, check my extensive (and perfect) eBay® buyer & (sometimes) seller feedback: eBay Feedback for jfcutter.
To help properly describe the bottles on this list or for the people who found this page and have some basic questions about antique bottles, I have another web page that is a glossary of some major antique bottle descriptive terms. It is found at the following link - Bottle Description & Condition Glossary. It includes more links to pictures to help portray some of the bottle characteristic described.
My email is -
I ask that people trying to first contact me please use the email address above not call me by searching out my phone number on the internet.
Shipping & insurance is in addition to the listed price on all bottles & collectibles and will be calculated at as close as I can estimate to the actual cost via the USPS website depending on the weight of the item and your zip code. No additional packaging or handling fees (and I totally use recycled materials from my past purchases).
All books are postpaid within the U. S. @ the media mail rate; faster shipping is extra.
For an idea of the shipping costs, click on the following USPS link to calculate the cost from my zip code of 97624 - DOMESTIC RATE CALCULATOR. Small bottles usually ship at under 2 pounds packed, average sizes at 2-3 pounds with large, multiple and/or heavier glass items at sometimes a 4 or rarely 5 pounds.
I will ship to the U. S. and Canada but typically not to other overseas addresses any longer due to the difficulty in determining shipping costs ahead of time - even to Canada at times. However, feel free to inquire as I do make some exceptions depending on the item.
Insurance is (usually) included and noted in my shipping quote back to you upon inquiry though I suppose it is optional. I try to pack well but one never knows how packages will be treated so I always prefer it.
I offer a 7 day, no questions asked, 100% (sales price) money back guarantee on everything I sell! It's the only way to do "e-business."
Payment can be made via personal or cashiers checks or money orders and could entail up to a 5 business day (after receipt) clearing time, though I cash checks electronically now which is usually faster. My mailing address for sending payment will be provided via email once the total price - with shipping - is determined.
I can accept credit cards only via PayPal if the buyer is willing to help with the added PayPal fees payment (i.e., 3+% of the total). Please inquire. I WILL gladly accept PayPal if it is as a person-to-person transfer (i.e., from bank account or PayPal balance) as it entails no fees to the buyer or seller. My account email provided for transfer if PayPal is requested.
Please confirm item availability prior to sending any type payment and include your zip code in your message so that the shipping can be calculated.
I also have a books-for-sale (non-bottle books) list if you click on the following link: BOOKS FOR SALE. Though limited in scope, this list has a variety of books, with an emphasis on Western Americana books.
WESTERN AMERICAN BOTTLES
Click on the thumbnail picture, highlighted title links, or other links within each listing to see pictures of the bottles described.
My email is -
I ask that people trying to first contact me please use the email address above not call me by searching out my phone number on the internet.
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
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
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.
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! SOLD!
ROTH & CO. / R. & CO. monogram / SAN FRANCISCO - One of the interesting historical aspects within the fascinating field of 19th (and early 20th) century Western American liquor bottles is "The German Connection." This was the title of an article included in the most recent (2002) "Whiskey Bottles of the Old West" by the late John Thomas. The article (pages X to XV in the introduction) was researched and written by well known Western collector Tom Quinn and details the connection between German liquor dealers in the West (particularly the Bay Area) and glass makers in Germany, particular those associated with the Heye family. (For more information on this glass maker whom operated for many years see my other educational website - the Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website - and the article at this link: http://www.sha.org/bottle/HermannHeye.pdf )
Apparently there were some cost advantages available ordering bottles from many thousands of miles away (Germany) versus the across town glass company - the San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works (SF&PGW). Quinn's great article outlines the likely reasons for this seeming contradiction which included over demand at the SF&PGW (they just didn't have the capacity), low import tariffs, and other reasons including a connection by many immigrant liquor dealers with their home country. Read Quinn's article if you have a copy of the 2002 book or see the article linked above for general information on this huge glass company that almost certainly produced this bottle and likely most (all?) of the various German made liquor (and many beer) bottles used in California - both red amber and colorless/clear.
Back to this particular bottle...which is a nice example of a red amber Roth cylinder made from about 1891 to 1895 according to the Thomas book. As with all the German made red amber cylinders, it has an applied "brandy" finish or lip; click lip image to see such. Also typical of these bottles it is heavily whittled throughout the body, has very bold embossing and the subtle but easily visible lower body surface "ripples" common on these German made bottles. This example is in very good condition with no major issues (no cracks, chips, dings, potstone radiations) but does have some scattered scuffing/scratching here and there which is minor but visible. The outside of the bottle is glossy and stain free although there is some light, scattered haze (or residue?) on the inside towards the upper body which is hard to see but not real apparent to my eye. All things considered it is a very nice example that would properly grace anyone's window or "top shelves." $395
Bitters & Medicinal
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. $1950
WEB'S LIVER AND KIDNEY / A No 1 / CATHARTIC TONIC - Here is a very rare Western tonic bottle that most people have never seen. It is one of the very, very few triangular tonic bottles - a shape that was little used except for some poison bottles (like the famous three-side cobalt Owl poisons). This is certainly the product of the same Sacramento company (T. M. Lash aka Lash's Bitters Co.) that used a couple much more frequently seen (and one rare mold alteration variant) square "bitters shaped" bottles during the very late 19th to early 20th centuries on both the Web's Kidney and Liver Cathartic Tonic and their much more popular Lash's Kidney & Liver Bitters. In all my years of looking for medicinal tonic bottles, of which there is only a handful of types with totally Western roots, I've only seen or heard of examples of this bottle maybe 4 or 5 times; this is the only one I've ever had.
Why this weird shaped version was made is anyone's guess; it holds probably less than half of what the square examples held...so maybe a smaller dose? Other oddities with this bottle is that each side is a different width with the embossed side being the narrowest. Also, the embossed lettering is in two different size fonts, somewhat randomly, though I guess the larger lettering spells out a staggered "WEB'S /A No 1 / TONIC." Like the most encountered square variant, it is likely that these bottles were made by the Pacific Coast Glass Works in San Francisco as the main square variant has P.C.G.W. embossed on the base (a mark used from 1902 to about 1920).
This example is a medium amber color, a bit over 8.5" tall, embossed on one side as noted above and has a tooled "oil" type finish. The other two panels are unembossed and would have held the labels which likely were about the same as the ones on the one labeled square (with contents) example that I have. Click label 1 and label 2 to see the two labels on the square bottles. Click here for another view of the entire bottle and embossing looking straight on. The condition of the bottle is essentially mint with just some very faint wisps of content haze on the inside. There is a bit of vague, in-making "roughness" on a bit of the lip - no chipping, or even close, but just a tad of roughness that can only be felt. Here is an opportunity to acquire a rare Western American medicinal tonic bottle. SOLD!
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 or more in recent years. This example is well priced at $250.
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
PIPIFAX - This is embossed large and bold on one side of this hard to find Western "bitters" bottle; the other 3 panels are unembossed. These are somewhat of a mystery bottle but are reportedly only found in the West. There were a series of distributors in San Francisco according to the two Western bitters bottles books by Bill & Betty Wilson (Wilson & Wilson 1969) and Jeff Wichmann (1999). According to their research, the product was actually made in Germany and franchised to dealers in the US, being shipped in barrels with the labels supplied by the manufacturer for placing on the bottles.
It was first distributed in SF by Walter & Schaeffer in 187o with the franchise sold to the James M. Gowey Wholesale Liquor Company in 1873. In 1876, John Sroufe and Hugh McCrum bought out Gowey and (to quote the Wilson's), "...the first embossed bottles were ordered for the Pipifax brand. By 1885 the mold wore out and they selected a smaller bottle (like Hostetter's) and it was paper labeled thereafter." The product was advertized as "The Famous Rosicrucian Elixir" according to the label used by Goewey. (Note: The label image in the Wilson's book shows the name spelled as Goewey, not the Gowey noted in the text of both books). It was a "Magenbitter" according to the several labels pictured in the two books which was apparently German for bitters?
In any event, these bottles are fairly rare according to Wichmann and I've seen one now and then through the years indicating some level of scarceness. This example is about 9.4" tall, about 2.7" wide on each side, and has a somewhat crudely applied "brandy" finish or lip. The color is pretty well shown in the images - a light to medium yellowish amber. As the full bottle image shows, it has quite a bit of wavy body crudeness (mold was not air vented) along with dimples in the glass, twist marks on the neck and some scattered bubbles. The condition is good with no chips, cracks or dings of any kind. It does have a nice glossy outside surface (as images show) with just a few minor scuffs and very small spots of staining. The inside has an overall though fairly uniform moderate content haze which could easily be cleaned but isn't too distracting. Nice example at a decent price. $175
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. $90
(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
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. SOLD!
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)