View Full Version : Love this bottle, but what is it?

12-08-2003, 11:52 PM
You all helped me greatly with the last unknown bottle, so let's see if you can help me again. I got this bottle for my birthday from my mom who found it at a flea market/antique store. Here's the description:

It's 3 and 3/4 inches tall, aqua-green with lots of mineral/medicine? staining on the inside. The mold seam stops right at the base of the neck of the bottle and the lip is applied? i guess. Bottle is somewhat heavy with bubbles in the glass and one seam sticks out noticeably. It's thick glass. I think it looks like an ink bottle, but I'm no expert.
On the front, it says "PATENTED MCH. 6. 83." (March 06, 1883, perhaps?). On the bottom is says BIXBY and it has two bubbles poking out of the bottom, making the surface uneven. Please take a look at this picture and give me some ideas if you have them. I do think it's definitely 1880-1900 (based on the mold seam and the imperfections) but I don't know; I hope it is.

Thanx for the help. Bottle Girl.


12-09-2003, 05:34 PM
Hi bottle_girl, welcome to the forum.
Your Bixby bottle is an ink or a paste/clag bottle. I'd say you are right about the patented date, the patent probably refers to the bottle shape rather than the contents.
You would be spot on about the age of it I think [;)] .

12-09-2003, 05:48 PM
Ditto on what Ken said! I have dug the aqua ones here in Maine I also have that same bottle in green and amber! I believe the grn is not too common...Taz

12-09-2003, 06:35 PM
I believe it to be a mucilage or glue bottle, not an ink.
Many times people mistake this particular bottle for an ink, although they did make ink, also.

12-09-2003, 09:58 PM
Thanx guys for the help. I didn't think of it being a glue bottle, but that's be cool. See I was specializing in antique medicine bottles but now I just get what I can - my collection has gone from 3 as of October to 66 in December, and I don't see an end to it anytime soon!
Bottle Girl