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delphinis

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Hi Everyone
I got this bottle at a consignment store today for $3. It's embossed with "J. Burk & Co Keokuk, IA This bottle is never sold" It's a hand blown tooled crown top. I was wondering if someone can tell me if this is a common bottle or not. I was thinking of either using it as trading stock or trying to sell it to an antique store at a profit for my bottle fund. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Anthony

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Hey Anthony,

Here's some history of the firm:

"GEORGE BURK.



|. Burk & Company, manufacturers of all kinds of carbonated
beverages, has for almost a half century been one of the prosperous
concerns of Keokuk. It was founded in 1865 by John Burk, who was
one of the pioneers of Keokuk. He was born in Malmo, Sweden, in
1833 and came to the United States at the age of twenty years, land-
ing at New Orleans. He later became a resident of St. Louis and
there he learned the soda-water business. He subsequently turned
his knowledge to good account as the founder of J. Burk & Company
of Keokuk. His death occurred in 1889. His wife, who in her maid-
enhood was Emma A. Capson, was born in 1833 and died in 1890.
Their marriage occurred in Sweden.

The subject of this sketch. George Burk, was born in Keokuk
on the 6th of April, 1867, and educated in the local schools. He
has lived in the same ward all of his life and has thoroughly iden-
tified himself with the progress and growth of his native city.



HISTORY OF LEE COUNTY 149

During his business career he has been identilied with the company
of which his father was the founder and he has ably carried on
the work whicli his father began. J. Burk & Company's product
is sold throughout this entire section and the trade knows that its
soda water, ginger ale and other carbonated beverages are always to
be depended upon. Only the purest materials are used and great
care is taken in their manufacture to observe all sanitary rules. The
business is conducted at loi i to 1013 Main street.

Mr. Burk is a member of a number of fraternal organizations and
is popular therein. He belongs to the Eagles, Elks, Moose and the
Owls. A resident of the city during his whole life and a son of one
of its manufacturers and business men, he does all in his power to
promote the welfare of Keokuk along lines of material and moral
advancement." From.

One to watch @ electronic auction.

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I don't know what the sales are like by you locally on such bottles, that would be a $5-7 bottle tops here in a store..
 

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Thank you very much for the information surfaceone and epackage. It's much appreciated!

Anthony
 

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