Dug this surprise a few weeks ago here in Texas...embossed on the front "W. Hekelnkaemper/Atchison/Kan" and on the back "A. & D.H.C." Layer was 1860's...maybe slightly into the 1870's. It has got to have a fascinating story behind how it got from Kansas to Texas...we almost never find travelers like this, particularly in the early layers. Anyone know how hard these are to find?
Very nice find. No idea how it ended up there but back in those days anything was possible. Could have been shipped freght on a wagon or train. An individual may have brought it with from Kansas. Who knows. Congratulations on an a great bottle
Bottles from this company sprout up often here in Kansas City. Maybe not always this old. Atchison was a relatively big town and rail hub. Think Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. The KATY, Kansas and Texas Railway. It very well may have been purchased in Atchison and taken to Texas on a train and pitched at the end of the journey. It certainly is a very nice find. You might even find Kansas City beer bottles while digging in Texas. Many of the local brewers distributed to Texas before prohibition. Good luck in your digging. Scott
The third edition of a book entitled Collecting ACL soda bottles lists a Dandy bottle with the same color combination as yours as being very rare. However the one listed is a 10 ounce and was bottled...