Amazing 8-Sided Utility Bottle…Is It Baltimore?


Amazing 8-Sided Bottle…Is It Baltimore?

29 August 2014

Apple-Touch-IconAAs part of the “Dale Mlasko and great bottles found at the bottom of a San Francisco Hole Week” we now show you this amazing utility or ink bottle that Dale found in the San Francisco gold rush collection that he is going through, box by box. Read: The E. Julin – ABO football sized torpedo Read: Bertinguiot… French or American Inks?

“Hi Ferdinand, Here is an amazing eight sided medicine (ink?) found in an early 1960s dig in San Francisco. While it has no embossing, it is crude with a tubular pontil and trails of black slag throughout. The whittle effect is amazing. It is 6 1/2″ tall. I have been told that it may be Baltimore blown? Any thoughts? Thanks, Dale Mlasko”

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8-sided utility bottle pontil – Dale Mlasko

I was curious why one would say Baltimore on this bottle. I mean I know it may have been a much earlier predecessor to other multi-sided bottles out of Baltimore like the Wheeler’s Berlin Bitters, Walters & Company, London Medicated Health Restorer and the ten-sided Greensfelder & Laupheimer. Buy why Baltimore? Some felt so sure of this when this bottle was posted on the PRG Facebook page. The comment I was most looking for came in from noted Baltimore bottle authority Chris Rowell.

“I would not jump right to Baltimore with these. I have seen pictures of a few of them. And they all seem to be exactly the same color. Sort of a yellow amber. Almost all “amber” Baltimore blown bottles from the 1840s have peach, topaz, or puce tones to the glass. True yellow amber would be a scarce color for Baltimore glass of that era. I would agree with calling them Mid Atlantic. But I can’t rule out a New Jersey or Philadelphia area glass house yet with these.” – Chris Rowell

Noted New England collector Michael George added the following with a picture (below):

“I have one that has the same CRAZY whittle, in a beautiful orange amber color! Really cool utility bottles!” – Michael George


Three Utility Bottles (subject bottle in center position) – Michael George

Another interesting follow-up comment from Dale Mlasko:

“What is scary is that the color, texture and pontil look eerily like Baker & Cutting. I know of 5 of these all dug in early pits in San Francisco.” – Dale Mlasko

Some multi-sided Baltimore bottles


London Medicated Health Restorer in that ‘funky’ Baltimore glass color – Chris Rowell


Six-sided Walters & Co – Baltimore bottle – Meyer Collection


Six-sided Walters & Co – Baltimore base image

W 083 (Wheelers Berlin)

Six-sided Wheeler’s Berlin Bitters – Baltimore in yellow olive – Meyer Collection

W 082_5 (Wheelers Berlin)

Six-sided Wheeler’s Berlin Bitters – Baltimore in aqua – Meyer Collection


Ten sided Greensfelder & Laupheimer Druggists Baltimore, Md – Meyer Collection

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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One Response to Amazing 8-Sided Utility Bottle…Is It Baltimore?

  1. Rick Simi says:

    “What is scary is that the color, texture and pontil look eerily like Baker & Cutting”
    Really Dale – That’s reaching pretty far

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