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My first dig this weekend.

mbsbox

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Oct 31, 2020
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That Hensler's brewski bottle sure looks nice....... :p
Hey Thanks! I'm in my 50's, lived in NJ on and off most of my life and never once heard of this brew until now. My uncle told me that Newark was a huge town for breweries up until the late 60's or early 70's. That and vacuum tubes apparently. But you never dig those up.
 

RoyalRuby

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Hey Thanks! I'm in my 50's, lived in NJ on and off most of my life and never once heard of this brew until now. My uncle told me that Newark was a huge town for breweries up until the late 60's or early 70's. That and vacuum tubes apparently. But you never dig those up.
Lol.....I've actually dug a few tubes recently, pretty sure I have a can or bottle of Hensler's around here somewhere.... ;)
 

mbsbox

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Oct 31, 2020
26
13
NY/NJ/PA
Thanks kindly! I am going to have a few more pictures soon of the remaining items from that day. I have just been not happy how they have cleaned up so far. I ordered bottle brushes and copper scrubees from Amazon that are coming tonight. Stay tuned.
 

mbsbox

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Oct 31, 2020
26
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NY/NJ/PA
Hello again A-B.Net Community:

Sorry for the delay since my last post but it was frankly a crazy week and the last batch of my bottles were just not coming clean with what I had on hand, so I bit the bullet and invested in some better brushes and copper scrubbees to finish the job. This will probably be my last go around on the forum on this first group of bottles, and so I want to thank everyone in advance who added comments and useful information to my thread. As always I welcome anyone to help with ID's as most of these bottles have no branding. I am especially interested in what they might have contained...liquor?....pharmacy?....food/beverage?....cleaning products? This will help me in any future excursions as well, so I might have some idea of what I am looking at.

The first group: Here there a bunch of clears of vaguely similar shape. In terms of branding, the tallest one on the left says "The J.R. Watkins Co." (a cosmetic company that still exists today), the second one from the left says "Mirrolike" on the base, and the fourth from the right says "Pinex - Trade Mark" (cough syrup maybe?). The 3 smaller ones on the right have embossed marks on their fronts that say "3i", "3ii", and "3iv", but I have no idea if that refers to the brand, the products, or the glass maker.

The second group represents the ones that feel potentially have the most age of all the bottles I found at this location. I could be totally wrong but the factors I am using beyond intuition are the quite non-modern appearance of the quality of the glass (like bubbles and waviness), the mostly non-screw cap configurations (cork or other), and the fact that they were the most difficult to come clean. As can be seen, the only one with any branding is the medium size one third from the left that says "Wm B. Riker & Son, 353 6th Ave, NY". Google says this was a late 1800's to early 1900's New York City pharmacy that was bought up by a larger chain, so this one probably has the oldest provenance of all my bottle from this location. The others have the look of age to me but only glass maker marks to go by so lots of question marks for me. The larger flasky looking one second from the left has an "O" in a square on the base which another website I was looking at a few days ago says is the Owens bottle company circa 1919-1929, so there's that. I'm including closeups of a few if anyone has any thoughts on these or any others I posted here.

Thanks kindly. I look forward to hearing from anyone who might want throw a few puzzle pieces my way.

Cheers,
Matt B
 

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mbsbox

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Oct 31, 2020
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NY/NJ/PA
I am also posting closeups of the Pepsi Bottle I posted last week. I would like any experts in the field to please give me some idea of how old this Pepsi bottle might be. If a year is too difficult to ascertain then an era or decade is fine too. Thanks everyone!
 

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