Holmes Mineral Water

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I recently (and finally) found a doughtnut lip, light green, iron pontil Holmes in very good condition.
Really like the doughnut lips.
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Love it! Dug a Holmes in Galveston but it’s not the donut lip.
 

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Thank you for the nice post. I really enjoy Holmes a lot. I have been looking for a donut top one for a long time. Saw one years ago at the Greeley, CO. show, it was for show and not for sale. I talked with the owner, he said that he had bought at the New Orleans show. Tried to buy from him, but no way was he going to sell it.
I have a weakness for donut tops.
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What age period do doughnut lips come from?
Some are fairly old, as early as 1840. Have seen some smooth base ones. I am not sure about the age of this one. The previous owner said about 1830, but I don't think its that old. Have some O/P sodas & mineral waters that are 1830's and they about right for that time period.
Have a Pirus donut top with an iron pontil and it probably dates a little earlier than 1840.
Does anyone on the forum know why they made these type of lips? I don't why.
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Thank you for the nice post. I really enjoy Holmes a lot. I have been looking for a donut top one for a long time. Saw one years ago at the Greeley, CO. show, it was for show and not for sale. I talked with the owner, he said that he had bought at the New Orleans show. Tried to buy from him, but no way was he going to sell it.
I have a weakness for donut tops.
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I can't say I've ever seen a donut lip before. Unusual to be sure. But I'd give an awful lot to be able to dig something like that!
 

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I can't say I've ever seen a donut lip before. Unusual to be sure. But I'd give an awful lot to be able to dig something like that!
I dug one years ago in New Orleans. I still have it. Pirus with the iron still intact. Want to tumble it, but haven't after all these years.
They're harder to come by and usually run a little more if you buy one.
You would need to find a pretty old privy to find one, however I have a smooth base one in amber that dates to about 1870. Picked it up on one of these major auction sites.
Hope you find one.
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That's a beauty. I had a James A. Little from St. Louis with a donut top years ago. Flawless, bubbly and whittled. Wish that I had hung onto that one.
 

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