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Antique Blob Top Soda Bottle Hall of Fame


Here are some of the best antique blob top soda bottles seen on the Internet. If you have a top Soda that you would like to show off here, then please submit JPG picture and description to rlynch@antiquebottles.com. Also indicate whether you would like to publicize your name/Email as the owner of the bottle.

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MERRIAMS

Cobalt 7�" western soda with a great graphite pontil.

Wm. Wilson / Butte City / M.T.

Blob top smooth based soda from Montanna Territory. Also see full size image

GEORGE / {eagle} / {crystal palace} / AT NEW YORK pontilled soda from 1853 when New York hosted America's first World's Fair. Also see back side. History courtesy of seller bottle-painter:
In 1853, New York had it's own Crystal Palace Exposition, a poor copy of the London Original. The building was poorly constructed and rain leaked through the roof soaking exhibits and visitors alike. It 1858 a fire destroyed the building. It's place in history is that it was the first such international exhibit on American soil.
COSGROVE & KERNAN / CHARLESTON / S. C.
Green & Clark Missouri Cider Reg'd. Aug. 27 1878

Blob top, quart size, dark amber.

BLUE LICK WATER / CO. / KY blue-green soda with a nice open pontil base.
A.BARTUNES / &CO. / NO 135 / DAUPHIN ST / MOBILE

Rare aqua open pontiled soda from Alabama.

C. ALFS / SODA WATER / CHARLESTON, S.C. / THIS BOTTLE TO BE RETURNED

Here's a few more shots of this bottle: Front, Back, Pontil Base.

Note that style of top of this pyramid differs from the pyramid below.

ALFS Pyramid C. ALFS / SODA WATER / CHARLESTON

C. Alf was a druggist on North King Street in Charleston SC in 1840. He is considered by many to be the first soda water bottler in North America. He learned his technique from Paris druggists who were pioneers in carbonated beverage bottling. The first type of bottle was the pyramid shape which had a defect in design with the neck being too thin. This defect along with the fact that he was only a bottler for one and a half years has made the pyramid the rarest of the colored sodas. The newer design (see example below) was a shorter reinforced thicker glass bottle that was more compact.

ALFS Blackglass C. ALFS / CHARLESTON

This is the shorter style that came after the pyramid listed above.

J.R.DONALDSON / NEWARK N.J. (with a rare backwards J).

back embossed SUPERIOR / MINERALWATER / UNION GLASS WORKS

Cobalt pontilled mug-based soda.

PHILIP YOUNG / & CO. / SAVANNAH / Ga teal green pontilled soda with picture of eagle on reverse.
POMROY & HALL
New England mug-based soda (Mass or CT) with iron pontil base
JOHN YOST SR / WOMELSDORF / PA

Emerald green, pontilled squat soda from Womelsdorf PA, which is in Berks county and is not too far from Lebanon.

Check out the neat pontilled base.

R. ROBINSON / WILMINGTON, N.C.

Only cobalt pontilled soda from N.C.

JOHN RYAN / EXCELSIOR MINERAL WATER / SAVANNAH, GA. / 1859

Rare cobalt Ryan with tent style top (usually come with blob style top).

JOHN RYAN / 1867 / ATLANTA / GA

Ryan only had a branch in Atlanta during 1867, and very few bottles were produced.

Dr. Bates National Tonic Beer Centennial 1876

This bottle was also featured on the cover of OLD BOTTLE MAGIZINE in 1976. Dug from a dump in Baltimore county Maryland. Dr. Benjaman Bates is listed for four years 1873-1876. His offices were located at the Northeast corner of Balto & Charles streets in 1873 and in 1875 he was located at 228 west Balto St.

BOYD / BALT.

Rare 1850's torpedo soda from Baltimore.
From the collection of Chris in Baltimore

JOHN KNECHTLE / HILTON HEAD

South Carolina bottle from Port Royal (on Hilton Head Island), the town that was established during the war of the Northern Aggression. Port Royal was the base for the blockade ships and a place for the sailors to relax. The main street was named "Robbers Row", and that is where John Knechtle had his business. This civil war town located on the north part of the island was only active for three years, so this Soda Bottle would be circa 1862, to April of 1865.
Bottle was sold on eBay Sep 29, 2000.

SC DENNIS & CO / HILTON HEAD / S.C.

Circa 1863 teal green soda from Hilton Head Island, SC.

D.T. SWEENY KEY WEST FLA

Embossing in circular slug plate. Smooth base. Rarest soda from Florida and the only colored soda from Florida. Only 5 known examples.

M FLANAGAN / PETERSBURG VA

Deep olive green with iron pontil base and mint.

A very rare Virginia soda.

Puce BOARDMAN Embossed "J. Boardman & Co. New York / Mineral Waters B / This Bottle Is Never Sold"
Common in cobalt blue, but extremely rare in this puce coloration.
Steinke & Kornharens STEINKE & KORNHARENS / SODA WATER / RETURN THIS BOTTLE / CHARLESTON S.C.
This is one of the most rare and important of the Southern soda water bottles made. It is the Steinke & Kornahrens from Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1845 in black glass. The bottle is most often seen in olive glass, and is considered rare in two varieties of cobalt glass. However, it is estimated that there are perhaps as few as six known examples in black glass, and this example is in NEAR MINT condition. The height of the bottle is 8 1/2 inches. Eight panels. Iron pontil base. This bottle came from the estate of the late John E. Berg
John S. Baker / Mineral Waters / This Bottle Is Never Sold with peened out Boardman. Iron Pontil base.

Only known example of this bottle is rare citron color.

Matthews JM MATTHEWS / JM / NEW YORK / SODA WATER MANUFACTURER & APPARATUS
Front Closeup and Back Closeup
Dark aqua green soda with vertical embossing and iron pontil. J.M. Matthews is the one who patented the gravitating stopper seen embossed on the bottom of hutch type sodas. Super rare (one of a kind?) and important bottle with some real significance to the history of soda manufacture in this country.
FIELDS Charleston Soda Embossed FIELDS / SUPERIOR / SODAWATER / CHARLESTON / S.C.
Cobalt blue glass, height 7 5/8", 8 panels with graphite pontil base.

Sold by Reggie Lynch, Email: rlynch@antiquebottles.com

Buffum Soda Embossed Buffums Sarsasparilla & Lemon Mineral Water Pittsburgh
Medium cobalt blue glass (darker color than normal for this bottle), iron pontil, 10-sided.
Buffums Sarsaparilla Mineral Water, Pittsburgh

Cobalt blue, ten-pin shape, smooth base, and rare horizontal embossing.

Owned by Rod Walck, Email: rodwalck@ptd.net

Knickerbocker Soda embossed S. S. / KNICKER / BOCKER / SODA / WATER
Cobalt blue glass, BIM with blob top, upward indented base with graphite pontil that still has the iron intact, 10-sided, height 7 3/4".

Reggie Lynch, Email: rlynch@antiquebottles.com

I. SUTTON & Co.- COVINGTON- KY This bottle sold for $1275 on eBay.
"I. SUTTON & Co.- COVINGTON- KY.", American, ca. 1850-1865, deep cobalt blue, 12 sided, 8 3/8"h, crude smooth base, applied mouth. Professionally cleaned to original luster. In near perfect condition with only minor ground imperfections. Bold strike. Probably manufactured at the Hemingray Glass Company of Covington Kentucky (directly across the Ohio river from Cincinnati Ohio). Numerous shards of this bottle were found at the former Hemingray Glass Company site during archaeological excavations there in 1979. Only a handful known to exist!
BLOUNT SPRINGS NATURAL SULPHUR WATER BLOUNT SPRINGS NATURAL SULPHUR WATER / TRADE {BS monogram} MARK

This bottle was distributed by Blount Springs Hotel - more info on the hotel can be found in the 1960 book "Historic Alabama Hotels and Resorts" pages 58-69.
At first I thought the strange-shaped lip may have been the result of grinding down the lip to hide a chip in the top of the blob lip, but further research has shown the lips came this way on these bottles and some grinding may have occurred during manufacturing of the bottle. Another example of this bottle is pictured on page 186 and 219 in "The Illustrated Price Guide of Antique Bottles" by Carlo Sellari - that picture shows the same lip shape.
History/info about bottle courtesy of Mitch Brown, Email: MBrown1501@aol.com

Also see quart size version.

HULSHIZER & Co / PREMIUM / MINERAL / WATER

Medium emerald green (looks blue in PIC, but it's green), 8 panels, graphite pontil base that still has the graphite residue, a rare bottle - no other example reported.
Sold by Reggie Lynch.

HENRY LUBS / & CO / 1885 / SAVANNAH / GA

Deep teal green with smooth base, near mint.
Sold by Reggie Lynch


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