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I’ve spent much time trying to I.D. This old stoneware beer bottle without any luck . Whatzit?

TxBottleDigger

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Jul 1, 2020
153
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Southern Texas
Wow, that is close.... just trying to look this up is difficult... just precious not much, out there like this. I’m wondering, still.. what was with the nasty greasy coating... time and dirt, because it was thick. I thought it was a black bottle at first. Really nice job, Tex... now what do I do next, other than lock it away from my hairy spotted hoard of cats? Should I try and find someone for info and appraisal who’s area of expertise in antiques is Japanese or just keep researching it, (or all of that!) and I have no idea where to find someone who specializes in such things.... you guys are amazing, really.


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I’d say it’s worth AT LEAST $200. Anything like that being that old is worth around that price. I’d even say it’s a museum quality item. So glad I could help you : - ) !
 

TxBottleDigger

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Jul 1, 2020
153
43
Southern Texas
Nice job TxBottleDigger! Looks like you nailed it!

I was thinking "Tiger Wine" or "Tiger Whiskey" when I first saw the photo. I've heard both names applied to stoneware jugs that look like this: View attachment 224673 But all examples I've seen had the squatter profile as in the photo I've attached. Looks like Wildcat Wrangler has a predecessor design. I'm guessing that the squat examples, which were quite common in late 19th century Japanese communities in the Pacific northwest, evolved to be less prone to tipping over on shelf or tabletop.
Thanks !
: )
 

Newfie treasure hunter

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Apr 24, 2021
105
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Newfoundland canada
I got this bottle in a box of bottles from an estate sale and really don’t know much about stoneware bottles except this is old? When I first got it, it was very black and greasy. This is what I found after washing the gunk off it. I still am not finding any in this dark color. Any ideas? I’d love to know the age. (Judging by the weight of it, it could double as home defense!). Thank you for your help... you people are awesome!






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To me it reminds me of the early french settlers homeade jugs/bottles. I've on ever found pieces, as they were from around 17-1800. I may be wrong but that is what I think. Still a great find!
 

Wildcat wrangler

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Mar 14, 2021
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Looks to be Chinese/ Japanese. Not extremely old. Cool vase though.
I guess... if your into that kind of stuff! (it would make a better trumpet, I’m thinking!) It’s been fun trying to research all that came in those boxes. It’s kind of like digging bottles... you get what you get, and just don’t know how far you might have to look to know what it was that you got!



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Joelbest

Bucks
Jan 20, 2021
56
18
Hamilton Ontario Canada
I got this bottle in a box of bottles from an estate sale and really don’t know much about stoneware bottles except this is old? When I first got it, it was very black and greasy. This is what I found after washing the gunk off it. I still am not finding any in this dark color. Any ideas? I’d love to know the age. (Judging by the weight of it, it could double as home defense!). Thank you for your help... you people are awesome!






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Joelbest

Bucks
Jan 20, 2021
56
18
Hamilton Ontario Canada
I got this bottle in a box of bottles from an estate sale and really don’t know much about stoneware bottles except this is old? When I first got it, it was very black and greasy. This is what I found after washing the gunk off it. I still am not finding any in this dark color. Any ideas? I’d love to know the age. (Judging by the weight of it, it could double as home defense!). Thank you for your help... you people are awesome!






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I think it’s for scents
The original glade plug in
Lol
 

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