Hello jameson.haupt; To answer your first point. I don't think it is illegal to have it. As a bottle it is more-or-less out of service. I have a gallon water jug embossed with Great Bear Spring. I also have several Chemung Spring Water bottles, in the gallon size and some with ground finishes and glass stoppers. They were from around Elmira N.Y.. I have some 5 gallon carboys from other companies also.
Sometimes these carboys have the lettering on them upside down, so when they are placed in a dispenser the name reads up-right. It is nice to have the crate with them.
I don't remember, but I think Great Bear Spring Co. was from Fulton N.Y,.
Regarding the question you posted regarding the bottom. The pattern was created in the bottom plate of the mold assembly. This one also has the Diamond, and a large O with the I inside the assembly. This bottle was made by Owens Illinois, and I think at the Quincy, Illinois plant near St. Louis. They were made on a three position machine with the forming of the initial parison, then the glass was transferred to the next mold
( for an intermediate blowing ), and then transferred to the final mold for the final blow of the bottle. I think the pattern was to reduce scuffing and maybe just to look better on top of the dispenser.
I could see the job number in the picture. Sometimes they had a letter or number to tell us which plant made it.
I went to your page to see where you lived - info not there. Anyway, welcome to the Forum. A lot of us are here to help each other. RED Matthews
post edited by RED Matthews - 2009/03/05 17:21:23