I picked up two of these Kelly and Kerr Bottles at an auction recently but have not been able to find much information. I have found that Kelly and Kerr owned a tavern/saloon in Springfield Missouri that closed in 1920. Has anyone seen one of these bottles before or have any more information or idea on value?
All the ones I have seen before were ABM, or machine-made, just as yours is. They are attractive bottles but I don't think they are rare or super-desirable aside from the Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok connection. If memory serves they sell in the 10-20 dollar range.
An article in the Springfield Missouri Republican in January 28, 1920 talks about the Cody-Hickok connection in an article lamenting the closing the K& K Emporium where both men apparently drank. The article says: [blockquote] "Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok were perhaps two of the most historic characters who ever visited the local saloon. Colonel Cody was a lifelong friend of [J.M.] Kirby's. having been closely associated with him during the Civil War. Several years later after Mr. Kirby's death Buffalo Bill, who was then in show business, walked into the saloon, then owned by Kelley and Kerr, and asked for Mr. Kirby. When informed of his friend's death the old plainsman showed signs of extreme grief and for more than an hour he related to Mr. Kerr early day experiences in which the scout and Kirby had been associated. A few weeks later, Mr. Kerr received two enlarged pictures, one of Colonel Cody and the other of Wild Bill Hickok. The pictures were hung on the wall of the saloon and were the subject of much comment from persons who visited the place." "Several times during the last years of his public career Colonel Cody visited Springfield and each time he called at the K&K pausing long enough to stand before the picture of Wild Bill and drink a toast to that daring plainsman with whom he was closely associated during his western campaigns." [/blockquote]
Sunrunner, in America, tooled tops continued into the 1920s, though rarely past the beginning of Prohibition. You rarely see tooled crown-tops before 1900 in the Northern US, and not much before 1905...