Over 19,675 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
300 new bottles. Added over 375 new or improved photos.
I greatly expanded the collector's shelf feature. The
shelf is now built dynamically. The link on the home
page now displays a page describing the collector's shelf
feature and lists pre-built shelves. This feature was
added to the search results, show bottles, manufacturers, beer, and soft
drink closures pages. Whenever you see the shelf icon
click on it to put the bottles selected or featured on a
virtual collector's shelf. Only bottles with pictures
will be displayed. Except for the pre-built
collector's shelves listed on the collector's shelf page and
the show bottles page,
only the first picture for a bottle will be displayed and the shelf only
holds eighty bottles. To show all of the pictures for
a bottle on a shelf, click on the bottle's image to display
the bottle's detailed page and then click on the shelf icon
next to the bottle title. This will display all of the
pictures for that bottle.
Added quick reference to the icons for mapping and
collector's shelf features to the home page.
Added 3 new pontiled bottles. An aqua pony
from Fraser & Co. of Buffalo, NY and marked Lancaster
Glass Works. This is the first pontiled bottle form
that works that is marked with a bottler's name. An early
open pontiled soda from J. W. Garrison of Louisville, KY,
added an aqua pony from W. Wright & Co., of Louisville,
Added 1 new Codd stopper bottle from Louis
Lawrence of Nanaimo, BC. Added 1 new Albertson
stopper from G. Dennis of Geneva, NY. Added 1 New Gravitating
stopper from Ferry & Willits of Atlantic City, NJ.
new Christin stopper bottle from Coffin & Co. of El
Added 2 new glass manufacturers; Owens-Illinois Glass Co. of
Toledo, OH and Reed and Company in Massillon, OH and 1
new glass jobber, Haggerty Brothers & Co. of New
Over 19,375 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
150 new bottles. Added over 150 new or improved photos.
I addedadditional geospatial features to the
site. A mapping feature was added to the search
results page and to the beer and sodas closures pages.
Where ever you see the
(compass icon), you can simply click on it to display a map
showing the distribution of the bottles listed. This
powerful feature will be useful to bottle researchers and
those interested in the use of bottles regionally.
I added a concept page called the collector's
shelf highlighting Pottsville bottles. If well received,
I will try and make this feature more widely offered.
The link is on the home page only.
Added 3 new pontiled bottles. A green porter with
an oval plate marked E. N. Ladley Germantown, from
Philadelphia, PA. and two more Pottsville bottles one green
pony marked F.
C. Kuentzler with Bodine & Son on the reverse from
Pottsville, PA and a green porter from the same firm and
marked Dyottville Glass Works.
Added 1 new Gravitating stopper bottle from C. F.
Goodman of Omaha, NE, who also produced a bitters.
Over 19,225 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
225 new bottles. Added over 300 new or improved photos.
A large number of the new photos are from Pennsylvania's
Coal Region. A special thanks to Larry Grotz, Bob
Trevorah, Jay Vonderhey, Jim Fritz, and Con Stoffregen for
pictures of their bottles from this region.
Added 10 new pontiled bottles. A green porter
from G. Suessman of
Hazleton, PA, a quart sized olive green porter marked F.
C. Kuentzler and Dyottville Glass Works on the base from
Pottsville, PA., a green porter marked C. Sheetz from
Pottsville, PA, an aqua pony from M. J. Seibert and marked
Union Glass Works, from Pottsville, PA, a green porter marked
H. Rosengarten and Dyottville Glass Works, from
Pottsville, PA, an aqua soda from E. H. Huntington
believed to be from Penn Yan, NY, an olive green western
porter marked T. T. B. of Covington, KY, an blue soda
variant of the Willis & Ripley soda from Portsmouth, OH,
a blue pony from Pomeroy & Co. from Pittsfield, MA, and an olive green
porter marked L. Petersen Philadelphia XXX Porter &
Ale from Petersburg, VA. Is Pottsville the new
Philadelphia? 5 new pontiled bottles from Pottsville
have been recorded since March and only 1 new Philadelphia
pontiled bottle has shown up! Usually Philadelphia has
added 8 to 15 new pontiled bottles a year for the last 20
years. Philly diggers are being shown up by their
Added 2 new Gravitating stopper bottle with two variants
from George Ware of Cincinnati, OH. and 1 new Roorbach
Floating Ball stopper from M. & G. Dougherty of
Kansas City, MO.
Updated the color pages to replace the coloring agent
magnesium, incorrect, with manganese, correct, as a
As a first step, I added geospatial
features to the site. I have long wanted to
include a mapping function and it was on my original feature
list. Now, courtesy of Google Maps API version 3, I
have added mapping features to the manufactures page and
have plans to add it to the firm search and attribute search
pages. Two maps are available; one that maps the
locations of glass houses, potteries and glass jobbers and a
second that maps the location of brewers and bottlers that
used bottles from a specific supplier. This required
geo coding over 10,000 firms at a city level in most cases.
Geo coding to the street address would provide better
presentation, but I could not roll this out in any
reasonable timeframe and I do not know the address of most
of the firms. An algorithm was applied to ensure that
all the bottles from one city did not end up stacked one on
top of the other, but this in some cases pushed the markers
into areas where that are not within the boundaries of the
targeted city or town. Clicking on the
markers will provide information (some pictures) and links
to more information in a balloon box.
Over 19,000 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
150 new bottles. Added over 100 new or improved photos.
Added 2 new pontiled porters. One from A. Raab
of Tamaqua, PA and a second with Eagle Works of
Philadelphia, PA slugged out.
Added 1 new Codd stopper bottle from Chas. Potts
& Co., from Cincinnati, OH. Added 1 new Thasmo
stopper bottle from A. R. Stanton of Lewiston, ME. Add
1 new patent dated only Roorbach 1885 patent and a Roorbach
1883 patent from C. C. Haley & Co. of Newark, NJ.
Added 2 new closures; both for soda water bottles. The first for A.
Stone & Co. and the second from E. Wattis, Jr.,
both of Philadelphia.
Over 18,850 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
150 new bottles. Added over 200 new or improved photos.
Added 1 new Saratoga type mineral water from Bordine's
Magnetic & Medicinal Spring of Eaton Rapids, MI.
This is the third firm using bottles of this type from
Added 3 new Gravitating stopper bottles one from T. E.
HICKEY, from Providence, RI, another from J. L. Weil of Titusville,
PA, and one from Duncan & Randall
of Newark, NY.
Added 1 new glass jobber; A. G. Smalley & Co. of Boston, MA.
Added additional directory listings for Boston glass
manufacturers. View them here: Boston glass works.
Over 18,700 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
150 new bottles. Added over 100 new or improved photos.
Added 1 new pontiled bottle, a green porter from G. A. Kohl of Lambertville,
Added 1 new Gravitating stopper bottles from K.
Jordan & Co., from Detroit, MI. Jordan &
Company were only in business for 1 year in 1871.
Added 1 new glass
manufacturer; J. T. & A. Hamilton of Pittsburgh, PA.
Added additional directory listings for Pittsburgh glass
Over 18,550 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
100 new bottles. Added over 150 new or improved photos.
Added 2 new pontiled bottle a green pony from
the Honesdale Glass Works of Honesdale, PA and a teal pony
of Andrew McFarland from Philadelphia, PA, erroneously
marked J. McFarland and marked Union
Added 1 new Codd bottle from M. T. BERGAN & Co.
from Columbus, GA. The first from Georgia. 15 States
and the District of Columbia are now known to sport
Codds. Added 2 new Gravitating stopper bottles, one
from H. H.
Potter of Norwich, CN, and another from William
Massolt of Minneapolis, MN.
Over 18,450 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
50 new bottles. Added over 100 new or improved photos.
Add 1 new pontiled bottle a green John Rodloffe pony form Hamburg, PA.
Added 1 new pottery that of J. F. Weeks of Akron, OH.
Over 18,400 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
100 new bottles. Added over 200 new or improved photos.
Nearly 4,800 (26%) individual molds have at least one
picture with over 6,700 total pictures.
With the permission of John Pastor, who runs a
bottle auction called American Glass Gallery out of New Hudson, MI, photos of
soda, beer and mineral water bottles will be
added to individual bottle
listings. Visit John's site at www.americanglassgallery.com.
A BIG Sodas & Beers THANKS to John for allowing us to
use his photos on the site!
Added 3 new pontiled bottle including a green porter from J.
W. Krell & Co. from Tamaqua, PA, a green porter marked
Dyottville Glass Works from G. Rosengarten and a green
porter from Wingert & Gresel both of Pottsville, PA.
Added 1 new glass
manufacturer known as the Scranton Glass Company of
Added 1 new closure for beer bottles invented by
Anthony F. McDonnell in 1908 and called the Sani-Top
Bottle and Cap closure.
Over 18,300 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
50 new bottles. Added over 150 new or improved photos.
With the permission of Norman C. Heckler & Company, who run
bottle auctions out of Woodstock Valley, CN, photos of
high end soda, beer and mineral water bottles will be
added to individual bottle
listings. Visit the Heckler Auctions' site at www.hecklerauction.com.
A BIG Sodas & Beers THANKS to Norm and company for
Added the an unknown manufactures mark of an "S" in a shield as new glass
manufacturer and William M. Schwenker as a jobber of
Modified search by bottle number to order
its results by bottle number.
Over 18,250 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
150 new bottles. Added over 250 new or improved photos.
With the permission of Crocker Farms, Inc., who run pottery auctions at the
York Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania, photos of stoneware bottles will be
added to individual bottle
listings. Visit the Crocker Farms site at www.crockerfarm.com.
A BIG Sodas & Beers THANKS to Crocker Farms for
their contribution! Pictures from past auctions
were added to the site.
Added 7 new pontiled soda and beer bottles
including an unbelievable blue soda with paneled shoulder
and an image of an Aloe Vera plant embossed on it, a green
porter marked J. Eadie, another marked B. Thornton, and a
third marked Michael Mount, all of Philadelphia, PA.,
green porters from Grell & Co. and D. Matz, both of
Tamaqua, PA, and a
Brummel & Byrne porter variation form Richmond.
Just goes to show you that as soon as you publish you are
out of date. Proof in fact that 5 new
Codd bottles were added to the site including a Fred Cook from New York
an E. Stanton from Troy, NY, a Star Bottling Works from
Houston, a new variation of a Gove & Co. from Boston,
MA. with the name spelled incorrectly, and a No. 69 star from New York City. Also
added onenew Gravitating stopper bottle from H. Cortes from Galveston, TX.
Added the Fairmont Bottle Company, of Fairmont WV, and Whitall-Tatum
Company of Philadelphia, PA as new glass
Added London Porter as a new beer bottle shape.
This was a specialty shape meant to imitate bottles from
England and used by firms that specialized in bottling
London porter. Added the Lehigh Valley as a region that includes
Lehigh and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania and Warren County in
New Jersey. Archived 2009 what's new entries to their own page.
Added searches by bottle number and search
by height or width measurement ranges.
Well it has been over a year since my last
web site update and I hope to make future updates more
frequent. This is a big update as is covered in the
notes below. In summary, over 18,100 bottles are now listed with the addition of over
3,700 new bottles. With the addition of over 2,250 new or improved
photos, 4,450 bottles, about 25%,
are now illustrated with 6,100 photos
All names stating with "A" to "Z"
consisting of over 3,200 primitive stoneware bottles are
now listed on the site. All stoneware bottles from
David Graci's books American
Stoneware Bottles and (More)
American Stoneware Bottles and Scott Wallace &
Phil Culhane's book Primitive
Stoneware Bottles of Canada have been research and
added to the site. Many that were not attributed previously
have been identified as to the towns of their
origin. Many thank to the authors for permission to
use these listings.
A major addition to the site was a cataloguing of
Baltimore beer bottles. This includes all pontiled,
smooth-based and pottery bottles. Many thanks to
Chris Vaught for allowing me to spend seven days
cataloging and photographing his collection over a one
year period. Over 750 bottles of Baltimore and
branch breweries are now catalogued on the site with over
1,100 variants. This listing greatly expands the
existing works by listing different variations in
embossing and glass maker's marks. Jim Ross'
numbering system was expanded for the later bottles to
assist collectors in cross-referencing their
collections. Most of the bottles are fully
documented with exact embossing, measurements and
photographs. BIG THANKS Chris for making this happen
and Lisa for putting up with the two crazed collectors in
Another major addition of content was provided by Larry
Grotz with the addition of over 1,000 bottles. Larry
lent me his card catalogues of Lehigh
Valley, Coal Region, Northeastern Pennsylvania and
Western New Jersey bottles. Although not a comprehensive
listing, it greatly expands the coverage in those
areas. More to come from Larry. A BIG THANKS
to you Larry.
Kudos also to the following, Ron Fowler for
pictures of Washington and Oregon soda bottles, Tim Houser for a
comprehensive listings and photos of Monroe County
Pennsylvania bottles, Gregg Wilson for listings and photos
of unusual closure bottles from across North America,
for pictures of Coal Region bottles, Carl Schultz for a
comprehensive listing and photos of Schultz bottles from
New York, and various other contributors of individual
photos or listings. I even added photos of most of
the known stoneware bottles from Philadelphia.
Added 49 new pontiled soda and beer bottles
including an H. Croasdill open pontiled mineral water from
Philadelphia, PA., an open pontiled Ambos & Co. soda
from Columbus, OH, a early ale with and open pontil marked
COE XX and found in Lancaster, PA, an aqua pony from
Morton & Bros from Newark, N. J. with an eagle on the
front and the crystal palace motif on the reverse, a L. L.
Belant porter from Newark, N. J. with a record three slug
plates, a new A. W. Rapp variation from New York, N. Y., a
blue soda from D. L. Ormsby of New York, N. Y., a W & R porter found in Lancaster, PA, a H R
L soda from Salem, N. J., a green pony from Chas. Grove
from Columbia, PA., a Wm. Maack porter from
Washington, D. C., a green W. Coughlan porter from
Baltimore, MD, a green McKay soda from Baltimore, a taller variant of the P. Babb green soda
with a plate from Baltimore, a green porter form L. Maicks & Co. of
Reading, PA, a blue pony from F. Barth of Reading. PA., a
blue pony from John Fehr of Reading, PA, a blue porter
marked J. A. Richards, Reading, PA, a green porter from
Taylor & Owens of Parkesburg, PA., a J. J. C. porter from Bristol, PA,
a new variation of the sided blue Seitz & Bro of
Easton, PA, a new variant of the J. Marbacher soda form
Easton, PA, an green porter erroneously marked Raup &
Eckert, Easton, PA, a green R. Howarth pony from Carbondale,
PA., a green soda from J. Robinson of Scranton, a green J. Schuster porter from Danville, PA.,
a green porter from Wingert & Gresle from Pottsville,
a teal porter of B. McGee of Mauch Chunk, a green
porter J. G. Field from Mauch Chunk,
PA., a blue porter from T. & W. Siegfried and a green
porter from T
Siegfried both from Mauch Chunk, PA, a green porter from
Callaghan of Mauch Chunk, PA, an aqua soda from D. Diamond
of New Castle, PA, an aqua Fredrik List pony from
Huntington, PA, a new variation of the Rutherford's sided mineral
water from Cincinnati, OH, a H & K porter believed to
be from Philadelphia, PA, a broken green porter that
appears to be a P. Laswar from the Kensington section of
Philadelphia, a new pony from George W. Felix
of Harrisburg, PA, a green D. Wise pony from Allentown,
PA, a green A. Raab Dyottville porter from
Tamaqua, a new pony from C. Nusbaum of Weissport.
PA, a new pony from J. & L. Bender of Lock Haven, PA,
a blue A. Reinochl soda from Lebanon, PA and a blue and
aqua J. Lake pony from Schenectady, NY. A new porter
marked F Z from Columbus, OH. Two sealed and
pontiled porters one marked Hoster & Co. from
Columbus, OH and Morath & Co. from Newark, OH, a green F & B soda from
Boston and finally a new
Southern bottle from H. G. Scovel of Nashville, TN.
Added 21 new
Codd bottles including a variation of the a new Thomas & Pruyn
from Great Barrington, MA., a Pilgrim Bros,
& Co. of Hamilton, ON, a new variant from the
Consolidated Ice Co. Ltd from Hawaii, a No 42, two No 51 variants,
two No 75, a No 82, a No 95, from
Codd & Co of New York and two new Codds from D. H.
Smith of Yonkers, NY and another set of two marked F. B.
of Fresno, CA, Three new base variations of Brinton &
Brosius Codds from Philadelphia, PA., a new J. Cartun of
Philadelphia, and an El Progresso
from Cuba and two others J. R. Bancroft & Co and
a Whitefield from Barbados.
Added 16 new gravitating stopper bottles; one from Brennan & Knauf
of Saint Paul, MN, one from John Moore of Richfield Springs NY, a H. R. & H. Stone from Carbondale, PA,
a J. H. Leh and a A. H. Reinbold, both from Bethlehem, PA, a Crusellas Rodriguez y Cia from Havana, another Havana bottle from La
Espanola and one marked La Covadonga, one embossed
Glazier, Shannon & Co., a base embossed A. F.
Blood from Chico, California, a David Knox from
Ontario, a Richard Genge from Kingston, Ontario, a John
Dunn from Elmira, NY and three bottles from the Eagle
Bottling Works of Elmira, NY.
Added 4 new Roorbach's Floating Ball Stoppers including one from the Artesian Mfg & Bottling Co. of Waco,
TX, one from D. E. Sawtelle of Bethlehem, PA, one from J. L. Jacobs of Cairo,
NY, and one from J. R. Champlin of Laconia, NH.
Added 1 new Thasmo closure from W. C. D. Genung of
Honesdale, PA. Added 1 new Christin Patent form
Arthur Christin of Chicago, IL.
Added or updated 24 potteries and glass works including the Annapolis Glass Company
as a glass manufacturer, the National Bottlers' Supply
Company of New York City as a jobber, Joseph Bourne as a potter, and Goodwin Brothers as stoneware
jobbers. Identified the "B.
P. B. Co." mark as belonging to the Belle-Pre Bottle
Company of Alexandria, Virginia and updated its
history. Added history for the E. P. Reed &
Company, the Frank E. Reed and
Frank E. Reed & Co. glass works in Rochester and
updated the history of the Rochester Glass Works.
Added the Queen City Glass and Eastern Glass Companies
from Cumberland, MD. Corrected the "S. G. Co." mark as
belonging to the Severn Glass Company of Annapolis,
Maryland and not the the Southern Glass Company of
Richmond, Virginia. Its history was also updated. Added
the Hawley Glass Company as a standalone entry.
Added histories of the following potters; John Cliff &
Company form Lambert, England, Lovett & Lovett of
Langley Mill, England, the Wallabout Pottery in Brooklyn,
NY, Adams, Allison & Company of Middlebury, Ohio, and
the Keystone Pottery Company of Rochester, PA. Added
Hastings & Hahn of New York city and John A. O'Neil of
Boston, MA, as glass jobbers. Added the following
unknown manufactures or jobbers; W. S. H., H. & F., H.
L. of New York City, and I-R Company. Added
more Pittsburgh glass works
directory listings for the
years 1891-1895 and Boston glass works entries for 1885 to
Added 6 new closures including new beer bottle
closures of Frederick Kutscher
invented in 1869, Bloeser's bail closure invented in 1888,
the Aluminum Seal invented in 1895, and Abbott's Imperial
Bottle cap invented in 1902. Two soft drink closures
were added including ground glass stoppers and metal caps.
Added 4 new lip styles including: applied ring, rounded
collar with square band, tapered collar with indent, and
double chiseled ring.
Added 4 new base types that appear
pottery beer bottles including Smooth Based, Concentric Rings, Sequential Straight
Lines, and Molded Base.
Added 1 new shape for pottery
Added 3 new subcategories, one called "Primitive Pottery"
for early pottery bottles, "Sample Bottles" for
sample bottles and "Salesman's Sample" for
sample closure bottles.