Some of you might recall that a shard of a new RI Codd soda bottle were found a few months ago. The half-bottle was missing some key embossing that I was (despite exhaustive research) unable to extrapolate. Well, that same Massachusetts digger (Rodney) struck gold recently and found an intact example! It is embossed “Ashworth & Jackson X.L.C.R. Mineral Waters Lonsdale, RI”. It is easily the most important RI bottle found this decade, and a complete surprise as well! Lonsdale is a small town with no previously known soda bottles, and the bottler’s choice of a Codd bottle is very odd. Perhaps it explains why they didn’t do very well!
A recent dig at the “big town dump” unearthed a true heartbreaker shard. While most bottle people use the term to refer to a broken valuable bottle, I like to think it applies to any bottle you really wish was whole. This one was a Phenix Bottling Co. Duffy & Co. Phenix, RI soda. I don’t know if it was a blob top or crown top, but they were only listed for a few years before going out of business.
One of my early season marsh adventures uncovered another surprise heartbreaker. A Central Bottling Co. Arctic, RI soda bottle shard remains shrouded in mystery. The company is not listed in any directories. Again, I’m not sure if it this one was a crown top or blob, but either way I really want a whole one now!
Veteran collector David Gates has a very respectable collection of Rhode Island bottles, including a good number of unlisted examples. One completely unlisted bottle is a W.F. Fanning PhG PharD Druggist Cranston St. This Providence medicine is currently the only example known from this pharmacist!
A Craigslist add sported a clear picture of a Wm. J. McGunagle Druggist McGunagle’s Block Valley Falls, RI medicine bottle. A McGunagle’s Drug store bottle is listed, but not one like this! Sadly I was a month late in seeing the ad.