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Bixby Bill

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Here is another style that isn`t too hard to find, although the one on the right with all the embossing on one panel is a little scarcer. That one is embossed "Standard / S.M. Bixby & Co. / Shoe Dressing" on one side. The other three are embossed "S.M. Bixby & Co." on one panel and "Standard / Dressing" on the next one. The two on the right show the nicely colored labels that these had, one in green and the other in red. Because of the early design of the labels I think that these were used before Bixby patented his famous bulbous shoulder bottles, since he started in business in the 1860`s and had to have used some kind of cantainers in the 15 years before his patent. That would date these to the 1870`s up to 1881. These have only been seen in aqua.

 

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Bixby Bill

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Apr 24, 2009
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Wilbraham, MA
Here is a very rare variant of the last style. It is the same square shape, aqua, and embossed "S.M. Bixby & Co." on one panel and "French Dressing" on the next. I have never seen another one of these that was embossed "French Dressing" instead of "Standard Dressing". I found this on eBay a couple years ago, which goes to show that no matter how long you collect something, something different can always be lurking out there!

 

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Bixby Bill

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Yup. I`ve got one plus a couple extras too. That isn`t too hard to find around here, but they are scarcer than the Carter cone inks. I`ll be continuing this Bixby post, and I`ll be discussing inks and mucilage bottles next. Stay tuned....
 

Bixby Bill

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Lets talk about Bixby master inks now. They come in pint and quart sizes, but only the quarts are embossed "S.M. Bixby & Co. N.Y." on the shoulder. The quarts I know of come in aqua and light green, with the aquas being the most common, although both sizes of the master inks are considered scarce. The pints I know of are either aqua or a deep forest green, again the aquas are more common. Both sizes are found with either applied or tooled lips with hand formed pour spouts, which can be very pronounced or barely discernible as a pour spout.
They have a unique shape which makes it easy to identify them, with 4 grooves towards the base, 3 grooves just under the shoulder, and a small flared ridge at the bottom of the neck. When I found the pint green one, I was at our local show, and I had walked past the table a couple times before I realized what it was, and the dealer knew I collected Bixbys, but didn`t realize that is what he had.
Here are my two quarts in aqua and light green.

 

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