Cool Embossings 2

Cool Embossings 2

28 August 2012

Apple-Touch-IconAThis is the second post in the series titled “Cool Embossings”. See Cool Bottle Embossings 1. As a designer, I just love seeing these images on bottles. So cool. This is a living and breathing post, meaning I would like to collect and add other examples. Thanks!


“COLUMBUS” / (motif of Columbus in a barrel) / “ON A BARREL” – (motif of a rooster), American, ca. 1890 – 1900, yellow amber pint, smooth base, tooled mouth. A tiny 1/4” long in manufacturing stress crack is located in the area where the neck and body meet, otherwise perfect. Ex. Judge Blaske Collection.

Moore / Moore’s / Registered / (Rampant Lion) / Trade Mark / Newcastle // and / Maitland Aerated Codd Bottle – ABCR Auctions

PACIFIC CONGRESS WATER SPRINGS SARATOGA CALIFORNIA / PACIFIC CONGRESS SPRINGS on reverse with embossed running deer. Of all the jumping deer Congress Waters we’ve ever sold or have seen for that matter, this one certainly stands out as possibly the best. In fact, we sold this bottle in a 2007 auction from the Grapentine collection, and all we remember is the outrageous sum of money the buyer paid for it. Somehow we now have it safely back on our shelves and on the auction block. What makes this bottle so terrific is the fact that it lacks the often seen lip chip usually the result of an ice pick and overall is about perfect. In addition it is the only example we’ve seen in this rare olive green color. Experts will tell you lime green is the most common and so on. These have always been very popular because of the California designation clearly pointed out and all the amazing embossing and in this case, beautiful and almost impossible to find color. Grades a 9.5 with a scratch here or there, really just call it – American Bottle Auctions

Embossed rooster on Pennsauken Bottling

Embossed cod on mans back – SCOTT’S EMULSION – COD LIVER OIL – Meyer Collection

A. Rosel / Trade (Aboriginal Man holding shield and throwing Boomerang with trees, tent and woman in background) Mark / Echuca // – ABCR Auctions Aerated Water Codd Bottle

Amber NONE GENUINE WITHOUT THIS TRADEMARK, dug by Michael Dolcini in Sacramento (see aqua example below)

Embossed Greyhound: T. O. Hunter / Trade Mark / (Greyhound) / Bendigo // This bottle is the property / of T. O. Hunter Bendigo / & cannot be legally used / by others. Base Mark: M112 / M / AGM. – ABCR Auctions

PAGEMATIC FOR THE RHEUMATIC embossing of walking man – Brad Seigler

Embossed “Standing Man Gin” – Brian Shultis

Embossed Moonface: Aerated Water. G. C. Meader Prop. Ltd / Proprietors of / Franklin & Co. / Trade (Moon Face holding glass) Mark / Carbonated / Waters / Works, Balaclava. – ABCR Auctions

Bottle embossed with a sphinx, DR. MILLER’S RATAFIA DAMIANA. This is one of the few western bitters in the
shape of a whiskey bottle, a sixth to be exact. There are so few of these, they are believed to have been made in only 1879-80. – photo Ferdinand Meyer

A great embossing on a SINGLE STROKE ANTISEPTIC – Brad Seigler

Aqua NONE GENUINE WITHOUT THIS TRADEMARK – Michael Dolcini (see amber example above)

“LIQUORE DEL DIAVOLO / (motif of a devil) / E. CIABURRI E. FIGLI / NAPOLI”, Italian, ca. 1890 – 1900, red amber barrel, 9 3/4”h, smooth base, tooled mouth. The English translation is ‘Liquor of the Naples Devil’! – Glass Works Auctions

H. Tetlow / Trade (Kangaroo) Mark / Launceston – ABCR Auctions – Aerated Water Codd

Vintage PLUTO WATER Bottle, America’s Physic, Devil symbol embossed on bottom – eBay

Embossed woman on “LADIES FAVORITE” fruit jar. What is amazing with this photograph is the color of the bottle in the ladies hand. – North American Glass

Embossed sun on OBERMEYER & LIEBMANN – On November 27th 1854, a German immigrant named Samuel Liebmann purchased a brewery in Williamsburg which would become the greatest brewery in New York over the course of the next 100 years. In 1868 he retired, and in 1872 he passed away, leaving the business to his three sons, Joseph, Henry, and Charles. It is unclear which of the sons branched off to create the S. Liebmann’s Sons Brewing Co. The company was successful until 1905, when it was passed down to their grandsons. To this day, no one is sure where the name Obermeyer comes from in the companies history. – Mikes Bottle Room

Embossed motif oval with cabin in woods (Sutters Mill) CHALMER’S CATAWBA WINE BITTERS, Chalmers bought the Alhoff Vineyard. Spruance & Stanley were proprietors of the bitters 1872-1873 when vineyard discontinued growing Catawba grapes. – Forbes Collection

The codd in the middle is a Redfearn Bros manufactured bottle and the difference in the quality of the embossing compared to the other two ‘Kiner Bros’ bottles is very evident, the Redfearn bottle having a lion with a full detailed mane whilst the others just have a crude circle for it’s head! – Francis Romanowski

Embossed Indian on Antique Coppahaunk Ginger Ale Embossed Soda Bottle from Waverly, Virginia.- eBay

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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1 Response to Cool Embossings 2

  1. tigue710 says:

    one of my favorites it the bear on the Spears Whiskey bottles… and the pine tree of course…

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