Waterloo, IL Hutch & Blob Soda Bottles, Circa 1860-1890’s

Circa 1860-1880s era Blob and hutchinson style soda bottles from Waterloo, Illinois. The earliest one is the John Ruf soda bottle which is civil war era. Mr. Ruf was in town from about 1860-1870 when he left for Jacksonville, IL in Morgan County. The others are from Henry Schuell who was in town from 1898-1899 for a short 18 months, and from Henry Boeke was came in 1878 and turned the business to his son Charles around 1895. All of these bottles are hard to find, but the Ruf and Vertical H. Boeke are the only ones of each of these known to exist. Early small town blob and soda bottles including ones with pontil marks on the bottoms are highly sought after by collectors from the area of their origin, the state, or for other factors.

Anheuser Busch Ginger Ale, Tin over Cardboard Sign, St. Louis, MO

Circa 1920 (TOC) Tin over Cardboard advertising sign for an Anheuser Busch Prohibition era soft drink. Competitor to the Bevo Beverage brand they also sold at this time. This is a smaller TOC and is in wonderful condition. AB sold a lot of soft drinks during the dark days of prohibition which helped it have an advantage over their competitors when prohibition officially ended in 1933.

Burton Ale & Porter Brewing Co, Wm Kiefer Saloon Stoneware Mug, St. Louis, MO

Circa 1900 Stoneware Mug from the Burton Ale and Porter Brewing Company in Saint Louis Missouri. Also pictured is a saloon stoneware advertising mug from the William Wm Kiefer Saloon, also in St. Louis, MO. These are both very hard to find. The Burton Ale and Porter company was only in business for two years from 1898-1900 before it went out of business. Pre-Prohibition mugs.