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2012/12/23 16:49:42 (permalink)

Bixby Bottles

There was some interest in info on Bixby shoe polish bottles, so here starts a series on what I know about them, starting with the first ones covered by Bixby`s March 6, 1883 patent, which covered the bulbous shoulder. In the patent, the applicator sponge would squeeze out any excess blacking at the expanded shoulder so it wouldn`t make a mess on the outside of the bottle when removing the applicator.
  The first bottles under this are only embossed "Patent / Applied For" on the base with "Bixby" in the center. These come with sheared lips and for colors I`ve found them in aqua, light green, and teal blue. They date to before the patent was actually granted to Bixby, so they would date to about 1880 to March 1883.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/23 16:56:50 (permalink)
    Next in line is a Bixby mold that is very hard to find. The bottles are identical to the previous ones but when the patent was granted, instead of waiting for a new mold to be made, they had "Patented / March 6, 83" cut into the side of the mold for the "Patent Applied For" bottles. The side embossing is very crude and large compared to the later ones. The lip style started to change with these, with the rounded tooled lip being the only style these were found with. These I have in clear, aqua, and light green, and probably date to March 1883 to 1885.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/23 16:57:29 (permalink)
    The bases to the second style.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/23 17:03:24 (permalink)
    The third style is a fairly common Bixby bottle. It is the last of the tall style, are embossed "Bixby" on the base with "Patented" in an arch over "Mch. 6, 83" on the side. The lips are found as sheared, sheared and tapered, and round tooled lip. The colors are aqua, teal, light greens, dark yellow-olive, citron, and cobalt blue. Here`s a picture of the aquas, teal, and cobalt examples.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/23 17:04:22 (permalink)
    Here are the citrons and greens. Sorry for the dark pictures, my flash isn`t working so the labels aren`t showing up as well as they shoud.
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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/24 02:06:24 (permalink)
    Great start, terrific pix. Please keep it coming.

    Jim Sinsley will buy or trade for WAW-WAW, Owls, "Littles", Oddities, Santa Ana, CA. or Coeur d' Alene, ID. bottles.
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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 12:38:56 (permalink)
    Here are the 3 basic lip treatments that are found on most Bixby shoe polish bottles. The flat sheared is earliest, then the sheared and tapered lip and the round tooled lip, both of which were used at about the same time, probably depending on the glassworks that made the bottle.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 12:39:32 (permalink)
    Second picture of lips.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 12:45:53 (permalink)
    Here`s the next style in the evolution of Bixby bottles. These are basically the same as the previous ones, round with Bixby on the base and the patent date on the side, but these are much shorter and squattier looking. These are the nomn-amber ones, with the cobalt blue one being the hardest to find.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 12:47:13 (permalink)
    Here are the different shades of amber, with an original round cardboard box for this style.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 12:51:34 (permalink)
    Here are the squatty ones of this style. Except for the one on the far left, they are smaller versions of this style, and I have found them in shades of amber and aqua. The one on the left is only embossed "Bixby" on the base with no patent date, and I have only found these in aqua. This bottle is earlier than the other 3, as they are usually quite crude and resemble the taller examples more than the previous style.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 12:52:13 (permalink)
    A close up of the patent date.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 12:53:07 (permalink)
    A close up of the earlier small bottle.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 14:49:48 (permalink)
    Thank you for sharing all this information Bill. It is very kind of you to share a knowledge that took you a long time to acquire. This is what the bottle forum is all about in my opinion. I love soaking this up. I count myself lucky in being able to add to your collection, I sold you some Bixby blueing bottles last spring. Keep up the good work.....Bill
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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 15:31:44 (permalink)
    Thanks from me also. This FORUM is really a great sharing group of people with common interest. I have a couple BIXBY bottles - kept because I liked-em. Great information and priceless pictures.

    In that last picture, what can you explain about the lines in the glass? Best regards, RED Matthews
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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 16:33:29 (permalink)
    Hi Red, The lines are from a bunchload of bubbles and irregularities in the glass, the kind of things we all love.
    Justanolddigger, there was a size blueing botle that I didn`t have in the pair I got from you, so that made my day. I`ll be covering those later on. I`m glad that everyone is enjoying this, I hate to see some collectors with a lifetime of knowledge about their special area of collecting and jealously keep it to themselves, afraid that someone might get an edge up on them if they had the info. I`m thinking about starting a Bixby website where all the known Bixby bottles and items would be pictured and described, not only from my collection but from anyone who has a different Bixby item. We`ll see what happens.
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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 16:45:07 (permalink)
    Here`s another variation of this style. The bottle is the same with the addition of a number under the patent date on the side. The bases of these bottles all have "S.M. Bixby & Co." spelled out on the base instead of just "Bixby" like all the ones without a number on the side. I have about 18 different numbers ranging from 2 to 34, and they are almost always aqua except for an amber, apple green, and light green ones in the picture. I don`t know what the significance of the number is, possibly just a mold number.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 16:45:52 (permalink)
    Here are the bases.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 17:39:28 (permalink)
    Here is a modern machine made copy of the Bixby bottle shape, it`s the light aqua bottle on the left. It is unembossed, and was probably made for gift shops.

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    RE: Bixby Bottles 2012/12/28 17:51:43 (permalink)
    Here we come to the style that everybody is familiar with, the squared body and shoulders, "Bixby" embossed on the base, and "Patented MCH. 6, 83" in a single line under the shoulder on the side. These date to the 1890`s, and are found in a very wide variety of colors. Here`s a picture of the different shades of clear, along with a sun colored amethyst one.

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