Here is a large early medicine bottle that was always considered to be considerably rare, and always top on the list for colored pontiled medicine collectors. This is the “PIKE & OSGOOD / BOSTON MASS – ALTERNATIVE SYRUP” in a typical New England “syrup-like” olive amber color. Super glass character!! Large rectangular bottle, standing roughly 8 3/4″ tall. Applied sloping collared top, rough circular pontil base. These were undoubtedly made at Stoddard, NH… I have personally found some shards of this bottle at the site of the Granite Glass Co., so they would date between 1846 through the late 1850s. Many of these bottle have cracks in them, seems to be a flaw with the mold or they annealed too quickly. This one doesn’t have any of those hairlines. The bottle is virtually perfect other than a tiny (less than an 1/8″) lip flake… I mean really tiny. A great rare New England medicine bottle!
Only 3 of these are listed as being sold at auction between 2000-2008, and they ranged from $7500-12,500. Now is an opportunity to buy a nice one for a reasonable price!