Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Western Wines

Here is a photo of what I believe to be the oldest and newest western blown wines. The mold on the left is usually found in early 1870s, possibly late 1860s layers, I have seen them next to Wormser flasks and Evan's & O'Briens. The mold on the right seems to be early to mid 1880s and has been found in context with the Henley's IXL variant with the large Bitters and straight R. It is interesting to note that the mold on the right is the exact same as the Henley's Celery, Beef, & Iron tonic bottle which was a product that seems to have came to market in 1883. There are at least four other western wine molds that span the 1870s and part of the 1880s. Although many refer to these bottles as wines, I suspect many of them contained syrups, bitters, cordials and any other type of product made on the West Coast.


  1. I am in complete agreement Andrew. Is that later wine clear? Never saw a clear one, but maybe it is the back lighting. What I find interesting is the 80s colored wines come in the EXACT odd colors that my OGW ammonias are. I mean exact...deep teal, light yellow, an off colored caramel amber, super light yellow green or citron, etc.Some of these colors I have NEVER seen a PGW bottle in, but again, are an exact match with my marked OGW ammonias.

  2. I would be surprised if any of the wines were blown at OGW. I read an article somewhere that stated OGW had problems blowing bottles that could withstand pressurized contents. Having not seen any beers or sodas marked OGW, that seems to go inline with what I read. Wines would surely fall under the category of a pressurized container.