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13 Nov

one of the classic Western (made) bottles - the famous Wormser barrel!

These used to be virtually unobtainable and rarely seen, though due to a couple small caches of them being found some years back (Nevada & Oregon reportedly) there are a few around now...including this excellent example.(If you are looking for one of these you likely know the stories better than I.) These bottles date from only 1869 according to Wichmann's great "Antique Western Bitters Bottles" book (and the Wilson's 1969 classic) who listed them as valued at "00 to 00" in the various shades of amber (the unique light citron green example was unknown at that time).Since there were a few more of them around, economics dictated a falling of prices - which happened for a time.Even given these descriptions beginning often mistake a machine made Owen ring on the base of a bottle with a pontil.(Specifics on what a pontil looks like or how to tell the age based on the mold seam can be found in Bottle Basics.) While these two characteristics are often a strong clue to age, readers will be further helped by developing an understanding how the various categories of bottles changed over time.