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  1. I didn't know social security cards were ever...

    I didn't know social security cards were ever metal. Really cool find.

    Jim G
  2. That is SO COOL that you found that. And it...

    That is SO COOL that you found that. And it gives you a pretty good date, 1878. So the bottle is pretty much mid 1870s.

    Is that a rare closure, and if so does that do much to the value of the...
  3. the ring at the top of what on a bottle would be...

    the ring at the top of what on a bottle would be a lip strongly suggests that it's ABM. I'd still say early 20th century though.

    Jim G
  4. If the brewer was in business from 1866 to 1900,...

    If the brewer was in business from 1866 to 1900, that bottle is definitely at the beginning of their time in business. I'd say that's an early smooth base piece from 1870ish. Don't know if it's...
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    That would be the McKearin and Wilson system of...

    That would be the McKearin and Wilson system of classifying flasks. GXII is that particular style of Union flask, and 33 is the specific type that matches. Look for American Bottles and Flasks...
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    None of those appear to me to be condition...

    None of those appear to me to be condition issues. In the fussy world of higher end bottles open bubbles on the outside of the bottle are now considered a defect, despite the fact that the dude who...
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    The green bottle is a master ink. the little...

    The green bottle is a master ink. the little blue one with the pontil mark is either a soda or beer, probably pre-1860. The strap side flask in the middle is circa 1880. that one is pretty...
  8. Cleaned up probably $40. No real name for that...

    Cleaned up probably $40. No real name for that form. Just a round squat ink. Not an easy David's to find.

    Jim G
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    Saw one there yesterday, or was it the same...

    Saw one there yesterday, or was it the same bottle? it looked like a nice bright example.

    Jim G
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    I have no direct knowledge but I've got to figure...

    I have no direct knowledge but I've got to figure those numbers will vary tremendously depending on WHEN the bottle was made, decoration, etc.

    Jim G
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    Could have been blown at any of 100 more more...

    Could have been blown at any of 100 more more glass houses of the time. Very common. Most interesting if found with an interesting label.

    Jim G
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    Second vote for lamp part. Pretty piece of...

    Second vote for lamp part. Pretty piece of glass either way.

    Jim G
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    I thought I remembered the Dr. Virgil's labels as...

    I thought I remembered the Dr. Virgil's labels as a fantasy label but a google search isn't turning anything up. it certainly has all the looks of a fairly old label.

    Jim G
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    I'm not an English Ink collector, but it's always...

    I'm not an English Ink collector, but it's always been my understanding that all those rough cracked lip British inks were generally known as penny inks. They were inexpensive and exported to about...
  15. Automatic bottle machine so made post 1906. I'd...

    Automatic bottle machine so made post 1906. I'd say that bottle style could be anywhere from the 1910s through the 1950s. When did the "black face" type figure fall out of style... 1960s?
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  16. My eye says those are old roof slates. Jim G

    My eye says those are old roof slates.

    Jim G
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    Form of bottle would put it late 1880s to as late...

    Form of bottle would put it late 1880s to as late as 1910, plus or minus.

    Jim G
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    Genny, Genny cream ale, 12 horse, etc still...

    Genny, Genny cream ale, 12 horse, etc still around.

    Jim G
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    At first glance it looks a little like a pontil...

    At first glance it looks a little like a pontil but the lip isn't right for a pontil. I think it's just a mold mark. Bottle would be around 1880 to 1900.

    Jim G
  20. Barring someone finding a cache of a particular...

    Barring someone finding a cache of a particular bottle, I don't think any of the rarer bitters bottles have gone down in price, not even in this leaden economy. Good glass has been a good...
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    Rickets (Ricketts?) was a major English...

    Rickets (Ricketts?) was a major English glassmaker. Some of their bottles had their name embossed on the base. A three piece mold is just that, a bottle mold that was comprised of 3 pieces, a one...
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    I don't have your evidence to support them being...

    I don't have your evidence to support them being British, but nothing about the form speaks to me as American. Just not quite right. I think they show up commonly for sale on the east coast...
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    Interesting. It DOES make aging these later BIM...

    Interesting. It DOES make aging these later BIM bottles more challenging. I guess I've been well indoctrinated into the "owens ABM = no more BIM". I've certainly seen stuff like perfumes, but...
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    I've never seen a repro with a real iron pontil...

    I've never seen a repro with a real iron pontil like that. It's absolutely real. I don't have the McKearin and Wilson at work, but I'd certainly put that neck finish in the west, Pittsburg, WV,...
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    Nice clean one. This is probably one of the...

    Nice clean one. This is probably one of the first bottles that just about every fledgling bottle collector either finds or owns. These were literally distributed worldwide at a time when there was...
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