Last weekend (it's probably later than that now) will go down as “yard sale madness” weekend. I went two two yard sales that both had a large quantity of bottles, and the finds were exceptional! First up was a pair of W.N. Orcutt Apothecary Woonsocket, RI meds. Orcutt bottles are very rare, and to find two together? Most impressive!
Next up was another very rare Doctor Bannon's Red Root Balsam. This Westerly bottle comes in a small and large size, but this example is an unlisted midsize!
After hitting the yard sales, I went to an auction in Foster. There were two lots of bottles, and you could guess which one I wanted. That would be the one with a box full of very dusty Rhode Island sodas. Among them was a H. Frank Providence, RI. The address was different than the listed example, so now it is my 6th Frank bottle.
A few months ago I was at an auction in East Greenwich. There were four lots of seltzer bottles, and three of them had bottles I wanted. Well, I lost all of them, but kept tabs on who won them. One was a lady who owned an antique shop. Her initial price of $50 each was far too high for me, so I waited. It took a few months, but she finally lowered the price to what I had originally offered. The first seltzer was a B. Weinbaum & Sons Bottling Co. Providence.
The other seltzer was a sided Bell Bottling Co. Providence, RI. I have a round one, and this example makes a great pair!