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2011/06/30 12:28:27 (permalink)

First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade

Hello,
I'm new to the forum, and to bottle collecting in general. I love to look for things that are old and potentially of value. I was at the library the other day, and by chance, ended up bring home a book "Antique Trader Bottle I.D. and Price Guide."

Then a few days ago my girlfriend was in an antique shop near her house and found this fire grenade. She paid $5 for it!! It's a medium blue turquoise in color. It reads. "Harden's Hand Fire Extinguisher Grenade" embossed on one side, and "Patented No.1 Aug 8 1871 Aug 14 1883" on the reverse. It also has a "1" embossed on the bottom of the bottle.

Unfortunately a previous owner drilled a hole in the top of the bottle and removed the original contents. That being said, the bottle appears to be in excellent condition. There are no chips, cracks or other imperfections. The embossing is a little worn, but that's to be expected. There is still a good portion of the concrete seal on the top too. In the "Antique Trader" book it said this could retail between $80-150. What would you guys estimate it being worth. I have no intention of selling it.

Thanks!

P.S. I just tried uploading a photo but it said the file is too large. Any suggestions?
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    GuntherHess
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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 12:39:40 (permalink)
    I think there are some repros of those out there. Still sounds like a good price.

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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 12:48:38 (permalink)
    Go to www.picresize.com to make your pix smaller -Julie

    After you select your pic, use the quick resize option. Your final pic need to be 100 or smaller
    post edited by towhead - 2011/06/30 12:49:39
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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 12:58:52 (permalink)
    Here is a picture of it. Sorry if the quality is poor.

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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 13:30:20 (permalink)
    I couldn't tell you without handling it or seeeing better pic's, could go either way.... Jim

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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 14:22:15 (permalink)
    You might be on to something here. But without some more detailed pics here we'll never know


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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 14:41:26 (permalink)
    Any advice on how to get a decent photo of the embossing. It's very faint and I'm finding it nearly impossible to get it at an angle where it will show clearly. Also, is there any parts of the grenade that you would like to see to tell if it's authentic or a reproduction?
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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 15:18:45 (permalink)
    Here are some more photos of the embossing on both sides and bottom. Hope this helps. Thanks again.

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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 15:19:24 (permalink)
    This is on the back.

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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 15:19:59 (permalink)
    The bottom

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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 15:20:40 (permalink)
    He's a photo of the seam.

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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 20:14:25 (permalink)
    Hi generalcollector;  I like the idea of you getting it for $ 5.00.  The glass looks newer but the cement top is a good sign of it being old.  I have one but it isn't that pattern. 
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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 20:24:39 (permalink)
    I forgot to mention there is a salt watermark on the inside of the bottle that clearly shows where the saline solution was for many years. In addition to the watermark, the embossing is very faint in places. I figure that if it was a reproduction the words would be very clearer and easier to read.

    P.S. You said you have one of these. Do you have any cleaning solution you would recommend to clean the inside and remove the saline watermark?
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    RE: First post!! $5 Harden's Fire Grenade 2011/06/30 21:19:34 (permalink)
    I wouldn't mind finding even a repro of one of these. Unless they tried to sell me it at the price of a real version but I don't think anyone would. How could you tell if it was a repro if It didn't state it flat out?
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