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    The bottle that started it all!

    This is the bottle that got me started in bottle collecting. I found at the beginning of this summer while fossil hunting in a creek near Fayetteville, NC. The soda bottle is embossed W.S. Jessup / Greensboro N.C. on the front and This / bottle is / never sold. According to the Greensboro, NC Directory from 1884 W.S. Jessup bottled soda water there. I also believe he had a business in Fayetteville, NC prior to that time but I seem to have misplaced the directory listing at this time. [attachment=20150901_172446.jpg] [attachment=20150901_172422.jpg] Photos of the base and neck in he next post...
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    Re: The bottle that started it all!

    [attachment=20150901_172531.jpg] [attachment=20150901_172609.jpg] I'll be posting more of my collection later.Regards,John
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    Re: The bottle that started it all!

    Well it looks great! I have collected glass for 80+years. I worked as an engineer and supervisor for THATCHER in Elmira NY for 19 years and formed my own marketing co to sell special metals to the worlds glass industry. We have traveled the world selling the metals to the factories that tried them. It was a great thing to do, and very rewarding. RED Matthews

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    Re: The bottle that started it all!

    Unless you like the "frosted" or "dug" look, you might want to consider having it tumbled professionally-- not by an amateur. The shape is so unique. The name is pretty cool.

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    Re: The bottle that started it all!

    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit Bear
    Unless you like the "frosted" or "dug" look, you might want to consider having it tumbled professionally-- not by an amateur. The shape is so unique. The name is pretty cool.
    I haven't given it much thought. How would I go about finding a professional and what is the cost? Most of what I find has that water tumbled texture to some extent. Would this shape be considered a 10 pin style or something esle?

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    Re: The bottle that started it all!

    I'd post it in the Cleaning and Repairing section. Everything--price to how long it'll be out of your hands to how well it'll turn out and more-- depends. It faced the currents of water, which means it's been blasted by particles for well over a century. Its original surface is basically gone, and it was being eaten away and would have till it was-- in many thousands of years-- nothing recognizable. Any staining is due to minerals. I call it "mineralization." Both of the "issues" (some people like it) above can be removed. As for the style-of-bottle question, I dunno. I've never physically seen one.

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    Re: The bottle that started it all!

    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit Bear
    I'd post it in the Cleaning and Repairing section. Everything--price to how long it'll be out of your hands to how well it'll turn out and more-- depends. It faced the currents of water, which means it's been blasted by particles for well over a century. Its original surface is basically gone, and it was being eaten away and would have till it was-- in many thousands of years-- nothing recognizable. Any staining is due to minerals. I call it "mineralization." Both of the "issues" (some people like it) above can be removed. As for the style-of-bottle question, I dunno. I've never physically seen one.
    Thanks for the information. All I've been using up to this point for cleaning is tap water and super washing soda soak and soft bristle brushes.

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    Re: The bottle that started it all!

    Sounds good, but that won't fix the flaws on the glass.They are now part of the glass. LOL. I spent God knows how many HOURS working on one bottle-- over a period of weeks, trying everything I could possibly think off from scraping to acid-- and got very little difference. I could try hand-polishing like Hemi here has done, but instead I just "cover up" flaws with a few minor secrets. But you'd be best to get it tumbled. I'm told tumbling starts at $30. I cannot verify that, though. That bottle would be my favorite find ever.

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    Re: The bottle that started it all!

    Nice bottle with a very interesting shape, looks like a torpedo but with a flat base.

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    Re: The bottle that started it all!

    That is a very unusual shape, I can't remember ever seeing one just like it. I hope others chime in and let us know what the shape is called. Jim



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