ANTIQUE bottles For Sale

 
 

Trenton, NJ and Wilmington, DE blob tops - On the left is  a pretty 7.5” blob top that bears the strong embossing, “Geo. Schaumloeffel / Trenton / N.J.”. It a true blob top with a bit of embedded rusty wire from the bale. Clean with no problems that I can see beyond some faint surface abrasions. Whittled with a neck twist in the glass. $36. 00   On the right the bottle is 7” tall with a wider body. It is embossed, “D. McCullin / Wilmington / Del.”. It has a large “D” embossed on the back. It has a tapered lip with a ring below it. The embossing is weaker than the leftmost bottle and there is some surface texture either from manufacturing or from being in the ground. The lip is attached more crudely and there are lots of fine bubbles. Both are ca. 1860’s-1880’s but the DE bottle appears to be the older of the two.  $34.00

Here are a few old bottles and antique inks similar to those I have for sale at shows or on ebay. All are antique bottles - nothing new. Most are 100+ years old. If you seek something that is not here, please ask. Shipping is by Priority Mail - I will establish costs when I know your zip code (with the rise in mailing costs, this is essential). Due to shipping difficulties/expenses, I will have to limit sales on bottles to US only. I will pay shipping on total orders of $120 and up. Shipping is from Richmond, VA. A 7-day return policy applies if the bottle is not as described, as I am very careful about mentioning all problems. More pictures by request. If you have any questions or wish to order, please email meI accept payment in check, money order or PayPal (email me for my Paypal address). If possible, please send any check or MO via priority mail, which now includes delivery confirmation. This page last updated on 8/14/2014.

Antique Ink Bottle Book - The second edition of our ink book is still available in very limited quantities.  It is the result of years of research and picture taking: "INKS - 150 Years of Bottles and Companies, 2nd Edition" by Ed and Lucy Faulkner. It is 320+ pages full of more than 1500 color bottle pictures, company histories and go-with's of all types (it is NOT a price guide).  If you have an interest in the history of ink bottles as well as examples of the majority of known American types, this book is for you.

This is self-published and copies are printed only when there is a demand. More information by request.  I regret that due to increased toner cost and postage the price will be  $95 postpaid in the US.  *Printing limited - email for info

This is one of the neatest items that I have come across in a long time. It is a quart ceramic bottle from the Bourne & Denby Pottery like those used for master inks in the 1890's. The label says that it contained cleaning fluid for scarlet (fox) hunting coats and was made by E. Tautz & Sons of 485 Oxford Street in London. The front of the label gives specific

Pair of Maine Meds(?) - 2 very interesting bottles from the same company in Maine. The top one is perhaps the most interesting. According to someone who took the trouble to email me, chain lightning was a New England name for bootleg whiskey. Someone else gave evidence that it was used to remove spots from clothes. Anyway, it is embossed, "Chain Lightning Eraser / Nathan Wood & Son / Portland, ME". It is 6" tall and 2.25" wide. It was hand blown into a mold with

Bottle Owned By The Herpicide Co, Detroit, MI - An unusual 8.25” bottle that I believe was on the shelf behind a barber when in use. It very clean and sparkling, with just a hint of abrasion on the back. It is embossed, “This Bottle / Is Owned By / The Herpicide Co. / Detroit, Mich. / U. S. A.” It has an attractive shape with almost a ladies leg shaped neck. Since the company claimed to maintain ownership, I guess that it was made to be refilled by the barber/user, but I don’t really know. Near perfect in appearance, it is a neat bottle to have on your shelf.  $35.00

Carter’s Cathederal Inks, set of 2 - There were 4 bottles in the “cathederal” ink sets made by the Carter’s Ink Company around 1930. All were cobalt blue with a lot of variation in the shading of the color from bottle to bottle. The pint and half pint are very close to the same color in this group, a nice medium cobalt.  These are perfect as best as I can tell.

New pricing: Pint (on left) $120.00, 1/2 pint (hardest to find) $220.00.   Buy the pair for $320.00 including shipping

J. Salber Blob Beer From Philadelphia - This is a nice blue aqua blob top beer with a long tapered shoulder. It was made with thick sides and base, weighing about 1.25 pounds empty. It is 7.75” tall and almost 3” across the base. It is embossed, “ J. Salber / 227 Brown St / Phila” and there is a large outline of an “S” on the back. It is definitely a dug bottle, with fine abrasions all over and one 1/8” shallow scar on the side of the neck. It is a nice, used bottle but it is not perfect. No cracks or dings that I can see.    $47.00

Pair of Lovers’ Leap Bottles, Lynn, Mass. - An interesting pair of bottles from the same company and different times. The quart has an applied crown top, which puts it from 1892 - early 1900’s. It is embossed, “Full Quart / Lovers’ Leap Co. / Lynn, Mass. / Registered”. It is a little rough, with bubbles, some inside stain, and one 1/8” stress crack in the neck. It has flutes in the neck and at the base as well. The smaller bottle is a blob top, ca. 1870-1890’s that is in excellent shape, very clean with no problems at all that I can see. It has a slug plate that reads, “Lovers Leap / Bottling Co. / Lynn, Mass.”. One near mint blob and one good applied crown top, a really interesting pair of bottles, for one low price of $35.00  (Due to the the weight of the larger bottle, almost 2 lbs, expect postage to be $12-$15 in much of the US)

Vichy Springs, Napa Co., CA Mineral Water - This spring appears to still be a functioning spa/resort. The bottle is embossed, "Vichy Springs / Napa Co. / Cal." on the front, "Natural / Mineral Water / Recarbonated" on the back, and I.P.G. Co. on the edge of the base. There is a tiny ding on edge of base. It is clean with numerous bubbles. It is early applied crown top (hand blown into a mold, then the top was formed), probably 1892-1900. From the early days of the Illinois Pacific Glass Co.  The spring is in or near the town of Ukiah, CA.  $32.00

a tooled lip, probably 1880 - 1900. It is perfectly clean and clear, with only flaw a very small flake on a back bottom corner. The bottom bottle is embossed on the front panel, "Established 1843 / Nathan Wood & Son / Portland, ME". 6" tall, 3" wide. It has a sort of concave fluted panel that curves at the shoulder and around the front and back panels to the base. Hand blown into a mold with a tooled lip. It is perfectly clean and free of any flaws so far as I can see. Both of these neat bottles for one money. $35.00 

instructions for the use of the product while both sides give testimonials to its efficiency. The testimonials are dated 1889 and 1910, so the company made this cleaner for at least 21 years. The label has some edging missing but all writing is legible and the bottle is perfect. Something for those seeking an unusual gift or anyone into fox hunting memorabilia. Selling at a loss for $70.00.

Pair of Arizona sodas - Here are 2 different western sodas, both from Phoenix, AZ. Both are very clean with circular embossing inside a large rectangle with rounded corners. Both are ABM with an odd tiny embossing  on the rounded edge where the side changes to the base, reading, "I.P.G.Co.  67". I assume that this is the manufacturer and perhaps a mold number (these look too early for the 67 to be a date). The embossing on the left-hand bottle reads, "PHOENIX BOTTLING / WORKS / PHOENIX / ARIZONA". The one on the right reads, "ARIZONA / BOTTLING WORKS / PHOENIX, ARIZONA" INSIDE THE CIRCLE, "THIS BOTTLE MUST BE RETURNED" below the circle, and a large "A" on the bottom. I see no chips or dings and just the lightest of use wear. Both show some crudeness from manufacture and are in great condition.  $15.00 each or both for $25.00

Footman’s Dairy, Brewer, ME - A quart store milk in a dark brown pyroglaze. The front reads, “Store / Footman’s / Dairy (slanted) / Brewer / Maine”. The back reads, If It’s / Homogenized / There Is / Cream / In Every / Drop / It / Tastes / Better”. I don’t pretend to know how old this is, but it looks like it had the paper disk inside an overall cap. That, and knowing that it has been many years since being homogenized was a notable thing when you bought milk, says to me that this is probably 1940’s or early 50’s. Hopefully someone will know about this. It is in great condition, at least a 9.5/10.    $14.00

Long, Thin OP Cologne - This has been confirmed by finding one with a label to be a cologne. It is a really neat bottle. It is 10.75” tall with a 0.5” diameter base. It has a

Pair of Odd Diamond & Onyx Master Inks - These 2 are identical except for size (5.5” and 7” tall, 4 oz. and 8 oz. capacity). Each is embossed, “Registered / (O inside a D) / Trade Mark / Diamond & Onyx / Philadelphia / U.S.A.” Hand blown with a tooled ring lip. From the late 1800’s,  there is some possibility that they held blacking instead of ink, as this and many companies made both. Both were probably dug, as there is some light inside stain and fine abrasions. These will still display quite well and the shape is unique for inks, so far as I have found in 20+ years of ink collecting.  $25.00 for the pair

Beautiful Hollywood Whiskey - Not Much to say about this bottle except that it is a really great looking bottle. It is 11.5” tall and an appealing varying honey amber color. It was hand blown into a mold with a formed tapered lip and a light ring below it. It is embossed simply, “Hollywood / Whiskey” and nothing else. Someone told me that it was a NY bottle but that is unverified. It has one light 1/2” scratch near the base but it is hardly noticeable. I would grade this as a 9.5+ and the display will be nearly perfect. An interesting and appealing whiskey.  It would make a fantastic window bottle!  $35.00

Open Pontil Dr. Jackson’s Rheumatic Liniment -  The pictures don’t show how clean and whittled this little (5”) bottle really is. The embossing reads, “ Dr. Jackson’s / Rheumatic / Liniment / Philad.” Clean open pontil mark, very light inside haze, and about 60% of the flared lip is missing. A pretty bottle with only the lip reflecting the age of this 1820’s - 1850’s liniment. $38.00

Unusual Pittsburgh Paints Glass Advertising Bank - 3.25”x2.25”x2.5” tall, this clear glass bank is a finely detailed version of a house with textured shingles on the roof and decorations on the shutters. The roof bears the advertising as well, reading, “ Save With / Pittsburgh / Paints / (script) Smooth as Glass” on one side and “Nature’s Colors / In Lasting Beauty” on the other. No problems at all that I can see. I can’t really judge the age but my feeling is that it dates to the 1930’s-1940’s.  $45.00

3 Clear Sodas With Great Embossing - All 3 of these are sparkling clear and very clean with none of the usual case wear. They are (L-R):  1) Embossed “Sugar Sweet / Daniel Boone / (pic of a coon-skin cap & rifle sitting by a stream with a dog) / Beverages / A Boon To Health”, on bottom “Property Of Boone Rock  Bottling Co. 7 Fl. Oz. Spencer NC”. Two 1/8” rough spots on the bottom ring.  2) Embossed “Pyramid Beverages / (pic of sun rising behind a pyramid & palm tree) / Lasting Quality / All Flavors”, on bottom “ Newport News / Patent Applied For /Virginia”  3) Embossed “Cadillac / Beverages ? (pic of the Cadillac logo) / Cadillac / Ginger Ale Co. Detroit Mich.” and on the bottom another Cadillac emblem.

Unusually nice condition for $15.00 each or $$35.00 for all 3

A Beautiful Amber Tonic - I don’t generally pick up medicines at bottle shows, but when I saw this one sitting in the sunshine I just had to buy it. It as close to being perfect as any bottle that I have ever had and just plain gorgeous as well. It is embossed, “Sims Tonic / Elixir of / Pyrophosphate / of Iron” on the front, with “Sims Tonic Co.” on one side and “Antwerp, N.Y.” on the other. I have enjoyed having it in my sunroom window and now it is time to pass the pleasure on to someone else. It has a varying amber color, a few small bubbles, and no problems whatsoever. I will include shipping for a total of  $55.00.

These are 3 nice varieties of Dr. M.M. Fenner’s popular medicines from the 1870’s to early 1990’s. Left to right:  5.75” tall, embossed on 3 panels, “U.S.A. - 1872-1893 / Dr. M.M. Fenners Peoples Remedies / Fredonia, N.Y.” Clean with rough edge where taken out of the mold;  7.75” tall, embossed on 3 panels, “U.S.A. - 1872-1893 / Dr. M.M. Fenners Peoples remedies / Fredonia, N.Y.” plus a paper label for Dyspepsia Cure. The label gives details of uses, directions and cost (50 cts.). Label is 95% intact. Clean w/no problems, nice neck twist Sold at Richmond show;  5.75” tall, embossed on 2 panels, “M.M. Fenner, M.D. / Established 1872.” Light inside stain but no other problems.  Both remaining for only $12.00

Cool Aetna Bottling Works Soda, Eddystone, PA  - Just a nice little soda from a small town in eastern PA. It is clear, ABM, 8.25” tall and has a slug plate that reads, “Aetna Bottling Works / (a cross) / 8-oz / Eddystone, PA”. The lettering sits up and there is some case wear. There are also some light surface abrasions & one small 1/16” flake off the lip. I’m guessing 1920’s-1940’s, but that is just a guess.  $16.00

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Rheumicide Co. / Bobbitt / Chem. Co. / Baltimore

Zimmermann Financiers Club, Yonkers, NY

Peacock Blue Ayer’s Hair Vigor

Boykin Carmer - Baltimore Druggists

Eugene May, New orleans Druggist

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Mandrake Bitters, 12-sided

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Tiny Leather Wash w/Bale Stopper

Banner Brewing Co. - Saginaw, MI beer

Vermont Glass Factory Bank Note

This pair of Hutchison stopper sodas/mineral waters, are both different and ca. 1870‘s-1890‘s. From left to right - Round slug plate, "Bay View Bottling / Works / Seattle, Wash." Also, small "S B & G Co" on bottom of back ((Seattle Bottle & Glass?). Pale green aqua, 7.5" tall, a little taller than average. 10 panel mug base. Some twisting of glass in the neck.  A nice bottle from the west coast with strong embossing. $30.00

The rightmost Hutch is embossed in a tombstone slug plate, “Owen & McCarthy / Ansonia, Conn. / Registered” as well as “K. Hutter / New York” on the bottom (Hutter was the bottle maker). This was a dug bottle, with abrasions from being in the ground for 100+ years, case wear on high points, a small surface burst bubble in the back and a pinhead size flake off the lip. This sounds like a lot but I mention them all for completeness. It is still a nice example.  $20.00

2 Hutches From Around the Country

Unusual - This is an attractive bottle with an unusual shape. It is 8.5" tall, 2.5" at the base and 1.5" across the top. It was and blown with a tooled, squared edge lip. From the lip it comes straight down to a shoulder which is rounded outward, down to a ring at the top

of the sides. The sides taper outward and are embossed, "John Annear & Co." in an arc over a US shield (14 stars) & olive branches, then "Philadelphia" in an upward arc below that. The sides end with another ring and outward bowing lower sides that come finally to a smaller flat bottom. It has no cracks or dings. It is sparkling clean and will display very well.  A John Annear was in business in Philadelphia in the

1850‘s with a large ink and blacking factory. I don't know if this is the same Annear (or a relative) who may have changed his manufacturing products because of competition in Philadelphia.  There were several other ink makers at the same time that included Harrison's Columbian, Hover's, and Mason's, as well as many  smaller ones.  $75.00

San Francisco Glass Works Blob Top - The title pretty much says it all. It is a medium blue aqua blob top, 7” tall with a keyhole hinge mold bottom. The San Francisco Glass works was in operation with this type of bottle circa 1870. That is NOT a problem in the lip, just a slight indentation from manufacture, as best as I can determine. It has a few bubbles (one is below the “C” in the pictureand no problems that I can see, probably a 9.5 or better on a 10 point scale. One with a crack recently sold for $99 on ebay. I’m asking $120.00, which includes shipping.

Salem Glass Works 10 cent note for the company store, 1870 - The note is small, about the size pictured,  4” wide x 1 7/8” high. It reads, “Salem Glass Works / Due the Bearer Merchandise at our store 10 Cents / Salem, N.J. August 22, 1870” and in small print, “Lith. by the American Bank Note Co. Phila.” Similar to the coal miner’s plight, it seems that the glass workers were paid in script good only at the company store. It is in good shape except for a small tan stain from a piece of paper that was glued to the back. A nice little bit of New Jersey gaffer history.  $45.00   (See another note below.)

small open pontil scar. It is light aqua in color and somewhat crudely made. The whole bottom looks like a flake was taken off in an attempt to make it stand up on its own (it doesn’t), I believe when it was blown.  Anyway, 150+ years old & very neat.  $25.00

Neat New York Soda/Beer - The blob top on the right was probably a beer and has a lot of purple from the sun (put it in a sunny window for even more color). The embossing is great - “Henry Sierichs & Co. /Registered / Rockaway Beach / N. Y.” above & below a  shield trade mark. The shield reads, “H.S. & Co. / Trade (3 blob top bottles) Mark / Est’b. 1875”. There is a small circle on the bottom, embossed, “S B & M Co”. It was a dug bottle and has the usual light abrasions and high point wear as well as a couple of small flakes off the lip. There is crazing inside the neck from manufacture. Nevertheless, it still has good eye appeal. $20.00

Fun Smile Soda - This is a cute little 7 oz. soda that probably date to the 20’s or 30’s. It has a script “Smile” on the front and back shoulders (and the base), and a round slug plate that reads, “ Smile Bottling Works / J. C. Wiesner / Proprietor / Hagerstown, Md.”  It probably is a dug bottle as there are some abrasions on one side and some light inside haze. Put a smile in your collection for $15.00

2 Different Dr. Fenner’s Medicines -


Left: Front view

Right: Back view

Moore Turtle Ink With Label and 1865 Patent Date

A nice example of a Moore's turtle ink with a paper label and the embossed patent date. It is embossed with the usual J ' & I E M on panels around the side and also "Pat. Oct 31st 1865" above the panels. The label reads in part, "Moore's / Excelsior School Writing Ink ... Warren, Mass." Very clean with a tiny flea bite on the top of the lip. A nice bottle for anyone looking for a better ink. A fair deal at  $45.00

Wm. H. Shipley, Frederick, MD Soda - This is an attractive aqua soda from Frederick, MD. It is embossed in a circular slug plate, “Wm. H. Shipley / intertwined ‘WSH’ / Frederick, Md.” It was hand blown into a mold and a crown top formed, ca. 1890’s-1910. It has strong embossing but there are some light abrasions either from case wear or from being in the ground. Several bubbles add character. $15.00

Sultan Drug Co. - A nice variable shaded amber bottle, it is embossed, “Sultan Drug Co.” on one side and “St. Louis & London” on the other. It is fairly unusual to have cities from two countries listed on one bottle, especially a drug bottle. It was hand blown with a tooled, tapered lip, probably from around the turn of the last century. It is 7.5” tall with only the lightest of abrasions in a couple of places. There is a slightly rough edge on the bottom from manufacture.  $40.00

Amber Straight-Sided Coke From Wheeling, WV

Amber Cokes are always nice to add to a collection, and this is no exception.  It is embossed, Coca-Cola / Bottling / Works/ Wheeling, W.Va.” with a large “W. Va.” on the bottom. It has a couple of pinhead size pits and a fair amount of case wear on the raised parts, mostly on the city & state at the bottom. There is a slight bit unevenness on the lip. I would rate it as an 8 to 8.5 on a 10 point scale. The pictures to the left show it pretty well. Whoever made up the mold for the bottom wanted everyone to know that it came from WEST Virginia and not the other state!  A pretty bottle that has been refilled several times.  $70.00

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Scarlet Fox Hunting Coat Cleaner

Chamberlin & Johnson’s Yankee Bluing, Allegheny, PA - More than a century ago, when most white cloth was all cotton, there was a problem. Cotton cloth usually yellowed in use and the solution came in a bottle like this. Without knowing the science of it all, whoever did the laundry would add a pale blue dye to the wash water and this combined with the yellow to make the cloth appear white again. Bluing was often made by ink companies, but this may have been an independent company. The bottle is aqua, 6.5” tall, with a ring lip, probably circa 1870‘s to 1880’s. It has some fine abrasions  & haze from being in the ground, but no chips or dings. It is similar in shape to the 2 Diamond Ink Co. masters below. An oddly shaped bottle that held an important household product.  $14.00

Unusual “Double Doctor” Medicine -  This is unusual in a couple of ways: First, it is embossed on one side “Drs F. F. & J. A. Greene”. I can’t recall seeing two doctors sharing equal billing on the same bottle. Less rare but uncommon, the other side is embossed, “New York & Boston”, double cities. I’m guessing, but perhaps the two doctors (surely related in some way) were practicing in separate cities and decided to share the same bottle mold for some reason. If you find out, let me know! The bottle is light aqua, hand blown with a tooled lip, probably 1890’s or thereabouts, 7.5” tall, and with no problems whatsoever that I can find. It does have several elongated bubbles for interest.  $12.00

A Sweet Southern Druggist Bottle - This is a small druggist bottle from the lower part of the country. It is clear and hand blown with a tooled lip. This is 4.5” tall and reads, “C. F. Schwettmann / Apothecary/ Charleston, S.C.” No chips or dings and very clean.  $15.00

Chas. Klein’s BW Hutch Soda - Another bottle with an unusual bottler’s name and a small town in Michigan (almost in Canada). The round slug plate reads “Chas. Klein’s ‘ Bottling / Works / Calumet, Mich.”. On the back is the usual “This Bottle / Not To / Be Sold” in large letters. Very clean and would probably rate at least a 9 on a 10-point scale. It has has a couple of pinhead sized pits, probably from sitting next to a rock for 120 years or so, but these are the closest things to a problem.  Note the grammatically correct possessive apostrophe in “Klein’s”, something often omitted. When this bottle was made the area that is now Laurium was called Calumet. $16.00

Left: Henry Evers, NYC Blob - This is a clean, nice blob top, ca. 1870’s-1880’s. The round slug plate reads, “ Henry Evers / 19 Monroe St. / New York”. Some light abrasions but would rate about an 8.5 - 9 to my eye. $14.00

Weller BW, Saratoga Springs, NY - Another New York mineral water, this is from the famous Saratoga Springs. The round slug plate reads, “Weller / Bottling Works / Saratoga Springs / N. Y.” It has a hand applied crown top lip, which dates it between 1892 and around 1912. It is clean with some very light ground wear. Nice display.   $12.00

Wild Cherry Dose Cup  - An interesting medicinal advertising go-with. It is clear, ABM, 2” tall and embossed “Wild / Cherry” on one side and “Thompson / Phosphate / Co / Chicago” on the other. Slight roughness on the lip from manufacture but no problems. A nicely made item with strong embossing.  $40.00

Sparkling Englar, Kite Druggests From Baltimore -  It is an unusually clean, clear medicine, a variant of a bottle already listed as “Uncommon” in the Baltimore book. It is missing the comma after “Englar”, a period after “Co”.  and is 5 5/8” tall instead the 5” listed in the book.  Hand blown from the late 1800’s.  At least a 9.5 on a 10 point scale.  $20.00

Crystal Klein Mfg. Advertising Inkwell, Cleveland -  Advertising inkwells were a popular item around the turn of the 20th century, and this is a nice one. Although just 3” tall and 2” in diameter, it weighs an ounce short of a half pound, so I’m guessing that this is lead crystal. It has embossed barrel staves and bands as well as “The Klein Mfg. Co. / Cleveland, O.  U.S.A.” It is perfectly clear and clean but does have some fleabite flakes off the inside lip of the lid, from use. The display is still near perfect. $60.00

Early Howe & Stevens Family Dye Colors -  A neat little bottle, about 4” tall and sparkling clean.  I’m not sure, but it may be English. It is embossed, “Family / Dye Colors” on one side and “Howe & Stevens” on the other. There is an odd mark of concentric circles sort of like a pontil mark but none that I am familiar with.  Sparkling clean and ready for your bottle shelf.  $16.00

Great Prospect Brewing Co. Beer, Philadelphia - Some bottles just cry out to be displayed somewhere, and this is such a specimen. Embossed, “The / Prospect / Brewing Co. / Phila. / Registered”. The color is a shade more brown than the picture, but has a wonderful display. One tiny pinhead prick on the base and another on the back of the lip, but at least a 9.5 on a 10 point scale.  $12.00

This is a  very nice medicine from long ago, at least 150 years old. It is very clean with just a bit of light haze in several spots. A nice tubular pontil scar. It is embossed on 2 sides, “ A. H. Bull” and “Hartford Conn.”, with “Extract Of / Sarsaparilla” on the front. Vertical crazing lines around the bottom of the lip, typical of bottles from this era.  $85.00

Bull’s Sarsaparilla, open pontil (1820’s - 1850’s)

Pair of New Hampshire Soda Waters - These two mineral waters appear identical a first glance but have subtle differences. The obvious one is color - one is aqua and the other is sun-purpled. The one on the left has had a water based paint applied to make the embossing show up better. Both are machine made but the purpled one is pre-1918 because manganese was needed for WWI at that time. The embossing is great - there is a mountain in the background & in the foreground there a native American with a bow next to a tree and another kneeling next to a stream and perhaps a campfire. The embossing reads “Granite State / Spring Water Co. / Atkinson Depot, N.H.” The aqua has a “2” on the back and “472 / G” on the base, so different molds. There is a pinhead size ding on the purple and some case wear on the aqua, conditions about an 8.5 out of 10. I’d like to sell these as a pair for $25.00.

Apple Green Hanbury Smith Mineral Water - This NY manufacturer of mineral waters had an amazing array of colored bottles, and I think that is one of the prettiest. I had 4 different ones and this is the only one left. It is sideways embossed “Vichy Water / Hanbury Smith / N.Y.” It is probably a dug bottle as there are minor fine abrasions and a couple of tiny pits where it probably rested against a rock.  It has a really appealing display. I am marking it down to $45.00