Antique Medicine Bottles

Bottle Values?

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Everett asked:

I have two antique bottles and need to find out thier value. can anyone tell me the value or websites to find them?

Bottle Details:
1 5 1/4" Chamberlain Pain Balm Bottle Made in Des Moines, IA

1 9 1/2" The Owl Drug Company San Francisco, CA

One Response to Bottle Values?

  1. 86Mets

    The Chamberlain Pain Balm Bottle is going for around $8 or $9 on E bay right now.I couldn’t find any prices really for the Owl Drug Co. but here is some information that I did come across. Hope This Helps!!!

    OWL DRUG COMPANY
    The Owl Drug Company is only THE MOST famous drug store among collectors (bottle collectors, drug store collectors, owl collectors, etc.)! Quoting “Old Owl Drug Bottles and Others” (yes, in 1968 a collector’s book was written on the subject), “The Owl Drug Store was created in 1892 and the first store was at 1128 Market Street, San Francisco. The store continued to branch out until it became nation wide with stores in a dozen states and as far East as New York. The Rexall Drug Co. bought out the Owl chain in the 1930s…” All sorts of glass/bottles from The Owl Drug Company can be collected from prescription, medicine bottles to soda bottles, poison bottles, pill bottles, medicine dose glasses, and on and on. Most all of them have the characteristic logo embossed into the glass–an owl sitting on a mortar and pestle with T.O.D. Co on the mortar. Some of the bottles just say The Owl Drug Co. and sometime give the address (city) of the store. All together there an endless variations of this logo–one wing owls, two wing owls, pot belly owl, long tail, short tail, no tail, etc. Today, these bottles and other Owl Drug items are very highly sought after. Other items include ephemera (paper) such as receipts, advertising, stationary, calendars, catalogs, and so on.
    As a side bar, I found this info from the web site called The History of Pharmacy Museum at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, where they even sell a print depicting one of the Owl Drug Stores– “‘Dillinger at the Owl Drug’ depicts the outside of the Owl Drug Store in downtown Tucson, which gangster John Dillinger frequented before his arrest on January 25, 1934. It has been suggested that the woman in the red dress is Dillinger’s famous companion, the “Lady in Red.” These paintings have been turned into signed and numbered lithographs and are available for a nominal fee.” Jess [pharmacist] noticed that one of his customers was a bit different than the rest: the stranger who dined daily at his lunch counter dressed more like an “Easterner,” as Jess described him, and he had a habit of chewing a stick or two of Black Jack gum as he waited for his meal. When his meal arrived, the stranger always stuck his gum underneath the counter. One morning in January 1934, Jess opened his newspaper and read that the notorious Dillinger Gang had been captured in Tucson. To Jess’ surprise, it was John Dillinger himself who had been his patron. In a small jar, Jess collected Dillinger’s chewed gum from under the counter. The jar is now displayed in the small room near the lobby as an unusual reminder of a gangster’s visit to Tucson.

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