Bottle Guide

POISON USE WITH CAUTION

POISON USE WITH CAUTION
Description:
POISON USE WITH CAUTION. 4 ½” Considered an irregular hexagon. A.B.M. Here’s another nice cobalt blue poison bottle, listed as KI-5. An excellent bottle in excellent condition, it grades an 8.5. Est. $50-100. MB $40
Value:
$45-75

UMBRELLA INKWELL

UMBRELLA INKWELL
Description:
UMBRELLA INKWELL. Rolled lip, 2 ½” high. Wow, another “Baltimore Star” in a brilliant blue coloration. The pontil is quite a bit off center, which gives the base an unusual look. In addition, it is very crude and has lots of character. Folks, this is a top specimen of a very hard to find inkwell that grades a 9. Notice a minor flaw pictured below. Est. $800-1400. MB $700
Value:
$1200-1400

FANCY COLOGNE

FANCY COLOGNE
Description:
FANCY COLOGNE. 5 ¾” Rolled lip, pontil. Few can resist these fancy colognes, and why not? They are highly decorative with loads of character, they’re very early, and most of all as in this case, it’s made in a beautiful sapphire blue. This one is pictured in McKearin as fig. 111-3, and described as palmette and scrolled acanthus, cold blue. These names refer to the floral decoration. We would prefer to refer to the color more as a cross between cornflower and sapphire blue. A stunning display piece that rarely strays from the usual aqua. Very similar to Glass Works Auction 78 lot 503 that sold for $1600. Est. $1000-2000. MB $700
Value:
$1100-1300

H.G. CO

H.G. CO
Description:
H.G. CO. PATENT MAY 2, 1893/PETTICOAT. 162 When is the last time you saw a l Hemingray in a brilliant blue coloration? Insulator collectors have more names for colors than we thought there were colors, but they always seem to ring true. You could call this peacock, electric blue, or any number of fascinating names. We will simply photograph it, show you the picture and call it blue. This has a couple scuff-marks on the top and some high point wear on the lettering, but is overall in outstanding condition. Here’s a nice one from the Bryan Grapentine sale. Grades 8. Est. $500-800. MB $350
Value:
$370-430

E.C. & M CO

E.C. & M CO
Description:
E.C. & M CO SF. With dot on reverse. 4” Only a couple of insulators in this sale, but they are good ones. This Western example is a deep teal blue with an olive streak running vertically through it. Most of the E.C. & M insulators come in a standard aqua, but this is one of the prettier variations we’ve seen. There is some usual roughness around the skirt, but a great condition example. Grades 9. Est. $400-800. MB $300
Value:
$420-480

WEISS PHARMACY PHILAD

WEISS PHARMACY PHILAD
Description:
WEISS PHARMACY PHILAD.A PA. 5” Tooled top. With embossed eagle its a neat little medium blue pharmacy bottle from the Liberty State. This is just another quality piece from the Grapentine collection. There is minor stain in both shoulder areas, that could easily be cleaned and would render this bottle a 9. Est. $100-200. MB $70
Value:
$250-300

R.A. ROBINSON & CO

R.A. ROBINSON & CO
Description:
R.A. ROBINSON & CO DRUGGISTS LOUISVILLE . 7” Applied-square collar. Ah! Bryan probably picked up this great blue pharmacy at a bottle show. The Grapentine collection obviously has some tremendous and record setting items, but we’re also happy to see these very pretty and lower valued bottles as a part of this sale. In Bryan’s mind, not every bottle had to be worth thousands of dollars to be a part of his outstanding collection. This example has a small flake off the very top of the lip and a little interior stain, but it’s generally a very presentable grade 7. Est. $70-150. MB $70
Value:
$95-145

THE CROWN OF SCIENCE

THE CROWN OF SCIENCE
Description:
THE CROWN OF SCIENCE THE GREAT HAIR PRODUCER PROF. J.R. TILTON SF CAL. 7” Applied top. This bottle is believed to have been made during the 1870s but the company itself was in business until 1889. They are very desirable Western hair bottles, because they have a great name and come in this beautiful, light sapphire blue. They are also an early bottle, so they are often fairly crude. This has nice overall unevenness to the glass and is in just about perfect condition. A scratch or two maybe, this grades a 9. Est. $200-300. MB $100.
Value:
$420-480

DICKEY CHEMIST

DICKEY CHEMIST
Description:
DICKEY CHEMIST SF PIONEER 1850. With embossed mortar and pedestal. 6” Tooled top. These standard blue Dickey bottles were made for many, many years, and they come in as many colors as virtually any other bottle. It is certainly not rare, but it’s a desirable bottle for its design and color. It appears there is some scratching on the inside, and one wonders if that is the result of someone trying to clean it with a metal brush. At any rate, it barely detracts. If you don’t have a Dickey’s, this might be a nice addition. Grade 8 Est. $50-100. MB $40
Value:
$85-135

REESE CHEM CO

REESE CHEM CO
Description:
PRESCRIPTION REESE CHEM CO 1000 INTERNAL 1 TEASPOON BEFORE EACH MEAL AND BEDTIME MANUFACTURED BY REESE CHEM CO CLEVELAND. Tooled top 5 ¾” This bottle is popular mainly because of the amount of embossing and the fact that it comes in both blue and green. This example has some interior haze that is really very minor and could easily be cleaned. We do not see these a whole lot, and it seems that this green coloration is more difficult to obtain than the blue. This is a light green which is darker at the top and bottom. A grade 8. Est. $50-100. MB $40
Value:
$55-105
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