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Default Tiny 1890s druggist bottle found in creek

Was out walking along a creek west of me when I saw some glass shards so I had to investigate. Mostly turn of century pieces but found this Ritter & Seltzer 3" medicine bottle undamaged. No idea where it's from but it's made by Whitall-Tatum glass co with a patent date of Jan. 24, 1888.
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:55 PM
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I found a listing in an 1895 American Druggist & Pharmaceutical directory that mentions an S.T. Seltzer that ran a pharmacy called "Seltzer & Ritter" in Columbus, OH. Cool find!

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Old 10-11-2019, 09:32 PM
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Nice find Glasshopper. I'm sure your eyes are fine-tuned and calibrated to pick up the slightest hint of old glass lying around.

Just want to mention (for benefit of your readers) that the bottle's maker, the Whitall-Tatum glass company also made a lot of glass insulators.

Nice add to your collection... Jim

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Great looking bottle. 🙂

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Man, is that cool! Very nice find.

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That is so sweet!

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Oh yea thats a nice score there, congrats!

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nice little bottle

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Cool bottle with unusual label, I've never seen that on a med bottle.

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Originally Posted by Treasurekidd View post
I found a listing in an 1895 American Druggist & Pharmaceutical directory that mentions an S.T. Seltzer that ran a pharmacy called "Seltzer & Ritter" in Columbus, OH. Cool find!
If this is from there it sure came a long way. Thx!

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Nice find Glasshopper. I'm sure your eyes are fine-tuned and calibrated to pick up the slightest hint of old glass lying around.

Yes but this time of year with all the vegitation, I look along creeks.


Just want to mention (for benefit of your readers) that the bottle's maker, the Whitall-Tatum glass company also made a lot of glass insulators.

Nice add to your collection... Jim
Yep! They made a TON of insulators through the years.

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Cool bottle with unusual label, I've never seen that on a med bottle.
Yes a slug plate, probably the smallest I've got. The bottle was made with the circle area, then a special mold (slug) with the store name could be stuck into the mold. Yes not many meds have them.

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Slug plate bottle eh? Thanks for teaching me something new today. Real cool bottle find, G-hop!
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That one is sweet G.hopper!
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Old 10-14-2019, 08:59 PM
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Slug plate bottle eh? Thanks for teaching me something new today. Real cool bottle find, G-hop!
"Slug Plates" (or "plates") allowed makers to customize the same type generic bottle to specific users. More info on "slug plates" - scroll down to "plates" section:

https://sha.org/bottle/morphology.htm

Slug plates make bottles much more collectible as opposed to common "slicks".

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