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PIONEER SODA WORKS / SMITH & BRIAN CO. / RENO, NEV. - This is a nice example of a now very scarce to rare (these days) soda bottle from Reno, Nevada. According to Holabird's great book on Nevada bottles, these were used from about 1900 to 1906 when the two guys noted in the embossing - a Mr. Smith and Henry A. Brian - became proprietors of the concern (1900) to when the business was sold to A. M. Britt (1906). They referred to themselves in their advertizing as "The Soda Men." Holabird noted that these used to be fairly abundant in the 1970s, but were apparently gradually locked up in collections (there is a lot of Nevada bottle collectors) over the years making them a fairly rarely encountered soda these days. This - as all examples - was blown in a four-piece mold (not uncommon with Western Hutchinson's from the early 1900s), has a tooled "blob" lip/finish, a nice light greenish aqua, and is base embossed with 329 / H. Many think the "H" stands for the Holt Glass Works from the Bay Area. However, that probably isn't likely as research has shown that factory bit the dust in the 1890s (an article on Holt is pending soon on my other educational website). Certainly these were made by some Western glass company, but which one I don't know. Anyway, this is a very nice example with just a bit of high point wear to the embossing and around the edge of the base, some very minor scuff marks on the body (hard to see), and a faint wisp line of content staining but has no chips, cracks, or distracting faults. Oh, and it has the original Hutchinson stopper in place. Great example! SOLD!
HOLLISTER / & CO. / HONOLULU - Talk about "Western" soda bottles, these sodas have to be the most "Western" or even beyond the West - the Hollister blob sodas from Honolulu, Hawaii. Not precisely sure where these were made, but the only "R" on the bottle has that distinctive curve or curl to the extending leg that indicates production (or at least mold engraving) at one of the two main San Francisco glass companies at the time of production (early 1870s; Pacific or San Francisco Glass Works). However, these early Hollister blob soda bottles have the true two-piece "key mold" conformation which is at least unusual on Western blob sodas of that era in my experience (most are post-mold conformation). (Incidentally, a "key mold" conformation is a type of "hinge mold" with one mold base side "keying" or protruding into an opposing indentation on the other mold base side of the two-piece mold. See my Historic Bottle Website "Bases" page for more information: http://www.sha.org/bottle/bases.htm )
In any event, this bottle was blown in the long used mold that had the original "H & H" covered over with two little plates (aka "slugged out") and replaced with "& CO." and "HOLLISTER" engraved ("cut") above that work. According to Elliot & Goulds' GREAT book on Hawaiian bottles (Elliot & Gould 1988) this mold was used from the original "H & H" bottles made in 1869 until the mid-1880s (about 15 years of use!) when the company moved to the use of various Hutchinson style soda bottles. Using the picture key in the book to date this bottle, it appears it is of the "circa 1873" conformation given the somewhat shortened neck and "applied rounded blob top" finish. It is a bit over 7" tall, a bluish aqua color (images show it pretty well) and has lots of seed & larger bubbles in the glass as well as some striations to the neck - a really nice "look" to it all round. As far as condition there are a few very small, shallow in-making open bubbles (the most distinct is inside the "C" in CO.; see the close-up image above which shows it is small); very little spotty haze in a few places inside though the outside is a nice original and likely (but not sure) non-tumbled surface; and a couple small pin-prick type impact marks on the surface from case bumping. Overall this is an nice crude example in great condition that is getting harder to acquire these days. SOLD!
SAN FRANCISCO / GLASS WORKS - Many soda/mineral water bottlers in the West (and elsewhere) could not or just did not want to pay extra for bottles that were personalized for them (i.e., with their company name and/or location) via either private mold or plate mold so they just bought "generic" bottles from whatever bottle making company they chose. Most of the times these bottles were not embossed on the body at all and the user just used a paper label to identify their company and product. Sometimes the bottles had the name or initials for the glass company that made them. This blob soda is an example of such a "generic" soda bottle that could have been used by any number of Western bottlers. it is embossed boldly with SAN FRANCISCO / GLASS WORKS on one side and not embossed with anything else. These were made sometime between the mid-1860s but prior to 1875-1876 (forget which year) when the Pacific Glass Works and San Francisco Glass Works combined into one company - the SF&PGW. This example is about 7" tall, has an applied blob finish or lip (typical of the style), and was blown in a non-air vented mold. This example is pretty crudely made with lots of bubbles in the glass, stretch marks on the neck and shoulder and some decent whittle throughout most of the body. It is also a nice "San Francisco" blue aqua color. It is near mint with really no staining, no chips, cracks, or even much wear at all. The only "issues" I can find are a couple very small virtually invisible scuffs, one tiny pin prick on the back shoulder and a partially open bubble on the right side that is a bit over 1/8" in diameter with a bit of dirt inside the non-open part. Click on bubble close-up to see such. Really not that distracting and around the side so not much of an issue...and likely in-making anyway. Doesn't appear to have ever been professionally cleaned and is really a very nice example compared to most! SOLD!
J. N. GERDES / S. F. - MINERAL / WATER - That is embossed on opposite sides (embossing split on two panels each on both sides as images show) of this pair of nice, 1870s era San Francisco mineral waters in a rare - for the West - 8 sided configuration. Being offered here separately or together, these were both blown in the same mold, certainly by a San Francisco glass works sometime between 1873 and 1877 according to the Markota's great book on Western blob soda bottles. So these were made either at the San Francisco Glass Works or the Pacific Glass Works...or at the combined San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works if blown after their merging in 1875 or 1876 (depending on what source you reference). John N. Gerdes was the proprietor of the San Francisco Soda Works during the noted time period, so these bottle were used by that company during (and possibly a bit after) John Gerdes ownership.
The bottles have the distinctive curved "R's" made by the still yet unknown mold maker or engraver doing work on some of the most legendary bottles made in the West from about 1870 to the mid-1880s. To my knowledge there was only one mold used for the blowing of the scarce bottles and all have applied blob lips or finishes. This pair is in better than average condition for these bottles and described separately here.
The greenish aqua bottle with the original cork securing fitting has a little bit of spotty wear here and there, but no staining and appears to have never been professionally cleaned. As with all of these bottles I've seen, there is some ground wear right at the heel of the bottle on the small lowermost "tip" of most/all of the panel points; apparently due to case wear from the bottles inevitable being reused many times. As is also typical, there is a small nick on one of the reverse panel edges (right below the curved "R" leg in WATER) that is about 4mm by 3 mm in size with a bit of depth. (It is visible in the enlarged version of the second image to the left). Otherwise the glass is largely shiny and clean with very minor wear and not other chips, no cracks or other post-manufacturing damage. $90
The light blue green (deep "fire aqua" to Western collectors) example to the right in the images is also very nice with the same wear at the lower panel corners. It has been professionally cleaned it appears and has a minor amount of "ground" wear here and there on the body and lip but it is limited and non-distracting to my eye. There are also a few (3 I can see) very small (much smaller than the small nick noted for the first bottle) edge nicks or pinprick chips on the side panel edges. As the images show this example has very nice color (the other is no slacker!) and displays very nicely. $110
I would sell the pair together for $195.
JOHN CLARKE / NEW YORK - Probably the earliest of the "Saratoga" type mineral water bottles are some of the examples made with Mr. John Clarke's name on them...with possibly the oldest ones (1820s and early 1830s) embossed Lynch & Clarke. The example offered here is a pint sized one used by just Mr. Clarke after he branched off on his own in 1833 (i.e., Mr. Lynch died); it dates from between that date and about 1846 and is pretty certainly known to have been blown by the Saratoga Mountain Glass Works (Mt. Pleasant, NY) as best I can tell from various references including McKearin & Wilson (1978). (Note: I cover this particular bottle in more depth on my Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website at this link: Soda & Mineral Waters Typology page.) In any event this bottle is about 7" tall, an nice clear medium olive amber, has a crudely applied "mineral" type finish (where this finish gets its name!), and somewhat indented base with a centered dot with the mold seam line (a true two-piece mold indication) cutting through it and a moderately distinct sand pontil scar around the outside edge of the domed base. (Click on both small images to see larger ones.) Condition of this example is excellent and it appears to have been lightly cleaned at one point restoring a nice original gloss to the bottle inside and out. The bottle is near mint with just some very, very light scratching/scuffing in some hard to see spots on the lower back and a tiny impact nick on the base. Nice example of a VERY early mineral water bottle and one of the precursors to the huge array of very similar shaped mineral water bottles that continued to be made until the end of the 19th century. (Note: An example from this exact mold sold at Glass Works Auctions recently (March 2013) for $600+ 15%...and not THAT much better of condition.) SOLD!
HOFFMAN & JOSEPH / (lion on a column) / ALBANY, OGN. - A very scarce to moderately rare Oregon blob top soda bottle from the only other city in Oregon than Portland to use the earlier blob tops soda bottles (and Albany produced two...this and the even rarer H. D. / ALBANY, O.). Almost 7" tall, light greenish aqua in color, applied blob finish, smooth base, ca. 1880s. This is the only example of the Hoffman & Joseph bottles I've encountered with a true applied lip. I'm pretty sure there must be more around, but this is the only one to my memory. The physical condition of this bottle is about mint with no chips, cracks, digs, etc. It does have a few very light scuff marks and some relatively faint water staining inside on one side in a pattern showing that it laid on its side - tipping slightly down - for a century or more (i.e., a dug bottle like virtually all these I've seen). A must for the Oregon collector and a rare variation with the true applied finish. SOLD!
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
IMPERIAL / BOTTLING WORKS / PORTLAND, OREGON - This is embossed in a somewhat oval slug plate on this actually fairly rare and hard to find Portland, Oregon Hutchinson soda bottle. Ron Fowler listed these as "rare" in his great book on Oregon soda bottles ("Ice-Cold Soda Pop: An Illustrated History of Oregon Soda Pop Bottlers") which means he believed there were 10-25 examples extant. I've only had one other of these bottles over the years so believe they are indeed pretty rare. These are also embossed on the back heel with McC. 7 which indicates it was manufactured by William McCully & Co., one of the biggest and long lived of the 19th century Pittsburgh glass makers...a "dynasty" according to the legendary Dr. Julian Toulouse's "Bottle Maker's and Their Marks" book from 1971. Although the company dates back to the 1830s, this particular mark was used from the mid-1870s to 1896 when the company ceased the production of bottles (they made only window glass until they ceased operations in 1909). Ron Fowler apparently found no history on the company (the date listed is "?") so it remains enigmatic though the McC makers marking indicates it dates no later than 1896. Condition of this example is excellent - near mint with just some very minor scuffing and a several inch scuff type scratch on the back; otherwise the bottle has no chips, cracks, or other damage and has very clean, non-stained glass. SOLD!
HATHORN SPRING - SARATOGA N.Y. - This is a very nice golden amber quart "Saratoga" style mineral water bottle from one of the "big" springs there - Hathorn Spring. This is the variation with the embossing in one line encircling the body of the bottle; both sides shown in the images (click to enlarge). This example has an applied (with some drippy-ness) two-part "mineral" style finish/lip (click HERE to see a close-up of the neck and finish), was blown in a post-base style mold (like virtually all Saratoga style mineral waters), lacks any obvious air venting, and like dates from the late 1870s to mid-1880s. It is listed in Donald Tucker's book on the subject as S-34, Variant 1. The condition is near mint with essentially nothing wrong with it except some very hard to find, tiny scuff marks and I suppose a few virtually invisible wisps of content haze. Overall the glass is clear, clean and shiny with some nice variably sized bubbles here and there. A nice, large example of one of the more abundant of the non-Congress/Empire Springs N.Y. mineral waters. SOLD!
CAMER & JACKY / PHILLIPSBURG / MON - I've never owned many non-Pacific bordering, though still Western, soda bottles...but do have a few. This is one that I've had for many years having picked it up at an antique store in Eureka, CA. back in the 1970s. It is embossed as noted in a plate and was used in the still very, very small Montana town embossed on it. I picked this soda up since when I was a teenager we dug around that area some, i.e., the ghost town of Granite on the mountain above Phillipsburg. I visited Phillipsburg again a few years ago and it looks the same as it was 40+ years ago...maybe a bit more "groovy" than then (a popular fly fishing region now) but still a small, but neat town with many 19th century buildings still existing. Anyway, this example is almost 6.5" tall, has a tooled blob lip or finish, smooth unmarked base, a typical aqua coloration and looks to date from the late 1890s to very early 1900s. The condition is pretty good with some scattered though minor scuffing and wear to the body, a bit of very faint haze inside and a couple minor "ping" marks to the body - a function of the bottles banging against each other in the case and common with soda bottles. There is also a very hard to see, <1/4" small "flash" in the lip near the edge in one spot. Overall the bottle is pretty decent and has no other issues like chips, cracks, or noticeable staining; see the images (click to enlarge) including the window shot to the below right of this and the next bottle listed below. Not perfect, but a hard to find soda bottle from a great state. SOLD!
PORTLAND / TRADE MARK / (phoenix bird rising from the ashes) / SODA WORKS P. O. - There is an array of Portland (P. O. = Portland, Oregon) embossed soda bottles that were used by the same basic soda manufacturer, but with different owners, from the 1870s to the 1930s. In fact, this soda works traces it roots back to Territorial Oregon in the 1850s when first founded by Dekum & Bickel in 1856! The embossed bottles of interest and importance to bottle collectors begin with the Cottle & Post blob sodas - the beautiful blue green soda at the top of this section. In 1883, this same soda company was owned and operated by Northrop & Sturgis who produced this bottle. In fact, the base is embossed with NORTHRUP & STURGIS.
I've made a casual study of the entire sequence of mouth-blown bottles from this outfit (1883 to 1911 according to Ron Fowler's great book on Oregon sodas!) and this bottle is certainly from the second (possibly third) mold used by the company in the 1880s, probably starting about 1884 or 1885 and moving to a second (or third) similar mold in the late 1880s. (The first bottle used by N&S, apparently for a very short time, was the fairly elusive blob soda Portland Soda Works bottle. There was also possibly an earlier Hutchinson soda listed by Ron, but I've yet to see one.) How do I know this is the first (second?) Hutchinson mold? Because I've bottles from this mold in both an applied and tooled blob finish; this example being the tooled finish. Of additional interest (I'm getting into this now!) is that even though both the applied and tooled bottles were certainly made in the same mold, at the time the glass company that produced the bottles (almost certainly the San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works) switched to tooled finishing they also shoulder air vented (i.e., drilled small holes) the front and back halves of the mold since the applied ones do not (in my experience) have the air venting. Cool, eh?
Anyway, this bottle is a nice blue aqua typical of the SF&PGW bottles of the era and is essentially mint (don't believe it has ever been cleaned, but not sure) with virtually no visible staining inside or out, no chips or cracks or other issues with the exception of a few very small, light scuffs on the outside and a bit of Hutchinson stopper induced wear on the inside of the lip; typical of Hutchinson's used more than once. Nice example, with good embossing, some decent crudity to the finish, shoulder and body and in better than average condition. $45
LEADVILLE - That is all that is embossed on the body of this early applied blob lip Hutchinson style soda bottle from Leadville, Colorado. The base is also embossed with a large "S" that, according to Preble's book on Colorado bottles, is for F. Schmidt an early Leadville bottler that subsequently used several other bottles with the full name on them and "S" on the base. Preble notes that this bottle is the first one that Schmidt used around 1880-1882. This is another bottle that I acquired decades ago and actually in Leadville, CO. This style bottle with the long sloping shoulder is really a hybrid between the earlier "gravitating stopper" style bottle (patented 1864) and the true Hutchinson style (patented in 1879) and could easily have been "closured" by either the long glass gravitating stopper or the Hutchinson spring stopper. (See this section of my educational Historic Bottle Website for more information on both styles.) In any event, it has the applied blob finish, 6.5"+ tall, smooth (i.e., non-pontiled) somewhat domed base with the embossed "S", and is a bluish aqua color. Like most of these I've seen, this one has some body (and base) wear from being reused, has some small ping marks on the body and around the edge of the base, one tiny flake at the heel also, and some overall though not too distracting haze inside. It does have some crudity befitting it's earlier manufacture in the form of bubbles in the glass and stretch marks in the shoulder/neck area. Not in perfect shape but not real bad either; click on the images above to see more detail. SOLD!
CHAMPAGNE / NECTAR - Great name which is boldly embossed on this blob soda ("pony" I think it is referred to) bottle that originates from New Orleans, according to Todd von Mechow's great website on the subject of early soda & beer bottles. Also embossed on the lower back heel is C. I. & Co. which indicates manufacture by the great Pittsburgh glass company of Christian Ihmsen & Co. who operated under that name from 1836 to 1860 according to Hawkin's book on the glassmakers of that area. (Note: There certainly are a LOT of really great, historically based, "bottle books" available now. Be sure to get them before they are out of print!)
Anyway, that makes this bottle a pre-Civil War manufacture though it is a smooth - non-pontiled - base. It does have, however, a "key mold" type base of the style utilizing the rounded flange (instead of squared off) that fit one side of the mold to the other at the base. This is an early conformation and a bit unusual for a heavy glass soda bottle, but not that unusual for the 1850s. Anyway, this example is just under 7" tall, a nice blue-aqua color with neat swirls in the glass, with an applied blob finish with a bit of "slop-over" under the lip. The condition is very good - it has been professionally cleaned almost certainly - with no cracks or staining. It does retain some light ground wear here and there and a few little "ping" marks from having bumped into other bottles during transportation, re-use and re-bottling. There is also a tiny bit of roughness at a few points along the edge of the lip including one pin-head sized iridescence nick in one spot. Neat bottle from antebellum New Orleans, LA. $50
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 $520 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. $25
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! $80
FREDERICKSBURG / (emblem with F B Co inside of a shield) / BOTTLING CO. S. F. / THIS BOTTLE NOT / TO BE SOLD. This large (about a quart & 11.5" tall), crudely made, heavily whittled, applied blob finish, bubbly thick olive green glass, champagne style beer bottle is very reminiscent of the "Apollinaris" style mineral water bottles. According to Tom Quinn (in an excellent article in Thomas's 2002 book which was based on a lead in May Jones's books from the 1960s) - these bottles, as well as scores of other different beer (export and champagne) and cylinder liquor bottles, were made in Germany (like most Apollinaris bottles) for various far West Coast brewing and liquor companies (primarily California with some in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia). These were usually made for companies with German surnames or themes (like Fredericksburg). These German-made bottles - or at least the ones with U. S. specific embossing - seem to be a phenomena of just West Coast brewing and liquor companies which is believed related to a connection with several importers in the Bay Area of German ancestry (Abramson & Heunisch in the early 1880s; possibly others later). Anyway, this example is in near mint condition with just some very minor wear/scuffing and a very small open bubble on the rear heel. Als0, as one can see in the image, it has the original porcelain stopper and bail; the top of the stopper is stenciled with FREDERICKSBURG BOTTLING CO. S. F. A very nice example of an interesting relic of Western American history. $75