My second trip to the
bottle show wasn’t very
productive. I bought three bottles
total. I then made a choice I should
have made last year, and went into the museum.
Who would have guessed they had a whole table of bottles for sale
inside! Most were common, but they were
all for sale for a $3 donation per bottle.
Needless to say, I donated $30 and left a happy camper. My favorite bottle of the bunch was a Doctor Bannon’s Emulsion Cod Liver Oil. While I have no concrete evidence that this
is a RI bottle, I do have a strong argument.
Thomas J. Bannon was a pharmacist from Coventry,
Ct. Westerly, RI.
I have a bottle of his embossed “Doctor Bannon’s Red Root Balsam.” The fact that doctor is spelled out, and that
I cannot find reference to any other Dr. Bannon in the northeastern US has me
pretty much convinced that this is a very rare (even unique!) Westerly, RI medicine bottle!
Another Otis straggler was a U.S. Bottling Co. Providence, RI ABM crown top. I had already acquired this 7-1/2oz. bottle from the Otis collection in aqua, and this example was in clear with embossing variants. They are both unlisted.
I have been pretty negligent when it comes to spur-the-moment stops at active construction sites. I noticed two months ago that a slope in front of an old house had been graded to make visibility on a side road better. A quick stop revealed glass shards, but the owner was not home. So, when I drove by it last month and saw a car there, I had to stop. The owner was a very cool guy who showed me all around and was all for me looking for bottles! So, I took out the gear and went to town. I had to be careful not to make a huge mess on the side of the road (less I incur the wrath of the DOT). The best find was a real crier. I liked it enough to bring the shards home and tape them together. It was a Lymansville Soda Bottling Co. Raffaele L’Bello, Prop.
. As far as crown top sodas go, this is about
as good as you could ask for! There is a
very rare blob soda from Lymansville, but it is not related to this company. Lymansville,
Last time I went to the
I saw a Royal Carbonating Co. Providence, RI.
shoulder embossed ABM crown top soda. I
didn’t even debate paying the $12 asking price for the badly damaged soda, it
was way too much. What would the odds be
when two weeks later; I found one during my first river dig of the year? It was free, and in better condition! Stillwater Antique
As I mentioned above, I was excited to finally buy some waders that did not leak and get back to wading the rivers of RI. I also found a James Lavell Fountain St. Providence, RI blob soda. While very common, this unlisted version had a comma after
St., and a comma after the R in