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E.L. BILLINGS W/ GRAVITATING STOPPER

ROBBYBOBBY64

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Albert Albertson invented the gravitating stopper and sold the rights to John Matthews. Patented Oct. 11, 1864. I have seen a number of Gravitating stoppers bottles before, but not many with the complete stopper. It is a 2 inch long glass stopper with a rubber gasket on the end. It was filled upside down. This one is a California. Billings of Sacramento Cal. Hope you enjoy.
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ROBBYBOBBY64

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Here is a great link with some information about subject.
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nhpharm

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Love the gravitating soda bottles...Galveston had several variations from the early wooden stoppered ones to these later glass stoppered ones. The stopper is embossed with the patent information much like the base of the bottle. Yours looks like an attic find, which is just awesome even for a fairly common bottle like the Billings! Thanks for sharing!
 

ROBBYBOBBY64

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Jan 11, 2020
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Love the gravitating soda bottles...Galveston had several variations from the early wooden stoppered ones to these later glass stoppered ones. The stopper is embossed with the patent information much like the base of the bottle. Yours looks like an attic find, which is just awesome even for a fairly common bottle like the Billings! Thanks for sharing!
That's what I thought. Mint condition no doubt. Thanks for the info. Thay's what I thought it said. I have seen the wooden ones before but do not own any. I did have the chance to buy one a while back but it did not look like it came with the bottle. An add on so to speak. It was also outside the bottle. Didn't think that was right. So I passed it up. Might regret it someday but time will tell.
Looking for a coiled spring stopper bottle patented by Albert Albertson. Thanks again for your time and knowledge.
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ROBBYBOBBY64

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Very cool! I've never seen or heard of this type of bottle and stopper before. Very neat piece
They had more crazy closures than Carter has pills. Some totally useless as far as drinking from the bottle is concerned, as well as being unsanitary. UncleBruce posted a thread asking for members to post pictures of odd bottle closures. I can't remember the title, but it was a good thread.
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hemihampton

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I dug one not long ago that still had the Stopper in it. you might remember the thread/post? They seem to be pretty hard to find from Michigan. I've been looking for the one from the Famous Ghost Town of Bodie for Years, but they always get way to much money, highly desirable. LEON.
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