Here are the squatty ones of this style. Except for the one on the far left, they are smaller versions of this style, and I have found them in shades of amber and aqua. The one on the left is only embossed "Bixby" on the base with no patent date, and I have only found these in aqua. This bottle is earlier than the other 3, as they are usually quite crude and resemble the taller examples more than the previous style.
Thank you for sharing all this information Bill. It is very kind of you to share a knowledge that took you a long time to acquire. This is what the bottle forum is all about in my opinion. I love soaking this up. I count myself lucky in being able to add to your collection, I sold you some Bixby blueing bottles last spring. Keep up the good work.....Bill
Hi Red, The lines are from a bunchload of bubbles and irregularities in the glass, the kind of things we all love.
Justanolddigger, there was a size blueing botle that I didn`t have in the pair I got from you, so that made my day. I`ll be covering those later on. I`m glad that everyone is enjoying this, I hate to see some collectors with a lifetime of knowledge about their special area of collecting and jealously keep it to themselves, afraid that someone might get an edge up on them if they had the info. I`m thinking about starting a Bixby website where all the known Bixby bottles and items would be pictured and described, not only from my collection but from anyone who has a different Bixby item. We`ll see what happens.
Here`s another variation of this style. The bottle is the same with the addition of a number under the patent date on the side. The bases of these bottles all have "S.M. Bixby & Co." spelled out on the base instead of just "Bixby" like all the ones without a number on the side. I have about 18 different numbers ranging from 2 to 34, and they are almost always aqua except for an amber, apple green, and light green ones in the picture. I don`t know what the significance of the number is, possibly just a mold number.
Here we come to the style that everybody is familiar with, the squared body and shoulders, "Bixby" embossed on the base, and "Patented MCH. 6, 83" in a single line under the shoulder on the side. These date to the 1890`s, and are found in a very wide variety of colors. Here`s a picture of the different shades of clear, along with a sun colored amethyst one.