View Full Version : I'm new to this, but I have found an Pure Spirits of Gum Turpentine bottle.

01-05-2014, 11:51 PM
I am new to this & Have found a old bottle I great conditions!
The bottle is clear with a white & Green label that says Pure spirits of Gum Turpentine
even has U. S. Government inspected and certified. Has all the warning label & Use labels still on bottle also!
This is an 8 Fluid ozs. Bottle
says march 3, 1923
How much is one of these bottles worth in great condition!?!?..

01-07-2014, 03:31 AM
Hi, even with the labels I wouldn't think it has a lot of value.What are it's uses? Turpentine was used for wood stripping, medicinally and other things.If you can post a picture or two, that may help also.

01-07-2014, 03:38 PM
Hello tat2, Welcome to the Blue Pages. It's really difficult to comment on an unseen object. Photos are definitely needed. You didn't mention if this had a paper label, or perhaps ACL.

"In the past turpentine was used for coughs, worms, cuts, lice, bug bites, toothaches, headaches, leg cramps, colic in babies, and other aliments throughout Appalachia.I found one of the strangest uses for turpentine in the book Folk Medicine In Southern Appalachia (http://books.google.com/books?id=83To12NoFa4C&pg=PA2&lpg=PA2&dq=Folk+Medicine+In+Southern+Appalachia+which+was+ written+by+Anthony+Cavender.&source=bl&ots=wJ0oCd1SpJ&sig=TL4xqM45LsuyVL1cMbj2tEx2e30&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Ial4UN-SNM_NqQHO_ICgAw&ved=0CGYQ6AEwCQ)which was written by Anthony Cavender. The remedy was for pneumonia. The technique was called cupping. Turpentine was placed in a cup-set on fire-and then turned upside down on the side where the patient was experiencing pain. The hot turpentine formed a blister-which I guess was supposed to burn or pull the sickness away." http://www.blindpigandtheacorn.com/blind_pig_the_acorn/2012/10/wild-root-and-turpentine.html

01-07-2014, 04:08 PM
Looks like those girls are having a barrel of fun!And the bottle wouldn't be worth much.

RED Matthews
01-08-2014, 08:10 AM
If you would like to read a description of what to look for in bottles worth keeping send me an email <bottlemysteries@yahoo,net> It tries to describe what to look for in bottles that most people feel collectable. Basically, it means hand made pieces, and glass made before 1900. I have been collecting glass and studying the marks on the bottles that explain how they were made, what type of tools the makers used, and the methods of employed to get a good product for use. What they made, the type of finishes on the bottles, empontilling of the hot glass form when it was removed from the blow pipe. Are all things important to value. The different uses for glass bottles becomes a key category of collecting to some people. I have a big thing for demijohns, early puffed medicals, early mineral water bottles, early dip molded glass pieces, and gin bottles. I especially look for mold repair markings on glass - I guess I worked in the glass mold industry for 15 + 22 years, solving problems, improving mold manufacturing and metal applications to get better glass quality and production at reduced costs. I have collected for over 76 years, and traveled the world to visit glass companies and explain the products that would do a better job for them, and why it was the way to go.At Ball Corporation for example we made special metals for everything that touched the glass from the orifice ring to the annealing furnace. They got special recognition from Gerber for the quality of that ware. RED Matthews