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I dug these two bottles out of an old pile of rocks at the edge of a field. Anyone have any idea what they were used for, or how old they are?
-- Chuck (email@example.com), January 29, 2002
The one on the left looks like and old vet medicine bottle. The one on the right looks like a hair tonic bottle. I have many of these. As light hits them, the colors in the bottles emerge. They get very pretty.
-- julie (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 29, 2002.
Anything stamped into the glass on them on the bottom? Try looking for similar ones on Ebay. I just had a listing for an old whiskey bottle I found sell for $100 last night. It was valued at around $30 but I figured I'd put a crazy buy it now price just to see what happened. Sure enough someone grabbed it.
-- Dave (email@example.com), January 29, 2002.
The one on the far left is used to hold juice.
-- Susan in Northern Michigan (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 29, 2002.
Thanks, Susan, I needed a laugh just then....
-- Sandie in Maine (email@example.com), January 29, 2002.
You should search around some more where you found these bottles. Old houses usually have an old dump spot where they deposited the trash. You can probably find a bunch more. Might be a good spot to use a metal detector.
-- Cindy in NY (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 29, 2002.
Chuck, cool!!! Try this: put your bottles outside in a sunny place. They may turn light purple! I had this happen to some old clear bottles I had used to make a bottle tree. I posted about the color change on this very forum, and learned that at some point (don't recall when) they used to add some certain compound to the glass recipe. Then, it was inadvertantly discovered that the compound they added had a reaction with UV light (or whatever sunlight is) that caused the glass to turn purple. Such glassware is collectible these days, but I just left my bottles on the tree for pretty.
-- Shannon at Grateful Acres Animal Sanctuary (email@example.com), January 29, 2002.
Pretty hard to tell from the picture, since I can't get a good idea as to size. However, my guess is the one on the left is a cream bottle, based upon shape and apparent size. The other is almost certainly a whiskey bottle. Make sure you post the answer whern you finally figure it out. GL!
-- Brad (homefixer@SacoRiver.net), January 29, 2002.
The one on the left to me looks like a Horshradish bottle and the one on the right definately liquor of a sort.
-- kent (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 31, 2002.