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John Graf

blobbottlebob

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Some of the earliest (post hutchinson) crowns continued with these reverse arches. These look short and squat - just like hutches except that the neck was elongated to accomodate the crown cap. At right, the bottle has the word "CO" added below "JOHN GRAF". The company designation began in 1914.

 

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blobbottlebob

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Here is a John Graf beer glass. I has a slight diamond pattern to it. This one advertises weiss beer with a date of 1889. I found this fairly early in my hobby and up until then I thought that all Grafs were root beers. When I saw the glass, the amber blobs started making more sense.

There are similar glasses with other dates and some even come in amber shades. Very highly sought after!

 

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cyberdigger

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Bob, this is a super thread, i really appreciate all of this info, and all the great bottles!! I love the six-sided mug bases!! Thank you for sharing!!!!
 

glass man

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ORIGINAL: blobbottlebob

Here is a 1930s deco soda with an embossed Zeppelin on it. The bottle is tall and slender with the dirigble visible on each side. It has ribs going the length of the airship, little fins at the back and weights (or bombs?) on the outside edges. The ships have a pebbled texture.

I'm guessing that Graf took some pride in the airships in their heyday because of his German heritage. Obviously, these were popular before the Hindenburg disaster in 1937.

VERY NICE THREAD! THERE IS A 30S-40S DUMP HERE IN TOWN WHERE THESE CAN BE DUG. WHAT IS THE VALUE OF A MINT OR NEAR MINT ONE OF THESE? JAMIE
 

blobbottlebob

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Thanks Jamie. I've have seen them locally at antique shops for $100 but they never go anywhere. My guess at fair market value is around $15-20 with a bonus for super mint condition. The most I've ever sold one for is about $35 (but it was a few years ago when the market was better). There is almost always interest in them and I have never sold one for less than $10. If you'd like, I'll throw one up on the bay and we'll know the current fmv.
 

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