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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Last Tuesday I looked up auctions and estate sales in my area. I seen there was one starting at 6pm that evening, leaving me an hour and 1/2 to shower and drive across town....I was a few minutes late, but so where they. Anyway, after quickly packing and loading all my junk, this bottle ended up rolling around on the back floorboard of my truck till about two hours ago. So now that I researched it, I couldn't wait to show all my fellow collectors! I found where a college posted some information about the maker of this peppermint oil bottle and I'm going to share with you. I think you will find this interesting. But it leaves me wondering what the heck I'm gonna do with this? I don't need to start collecting anything else!!!
    This bottle measures approximately 9" tall x 3" wide.

    Hiram G. Hotchkiss was born in Oneida County, New York, on June 19, 1810. His father, Leman Hotchkiss, moved the family to Phelps, Ontario County, New York, in 1811 and became the pioneer merchant of that region. Upon his death, Hiram and his brother Leman managed the business. After expanding their milling operation, Hiram began to develop an essential oil industry. Hiram moved to Lyons, New York, in 1843, where he began cultivating peppermint, and gradually gained control over the farm supply of mint and over the oil market. Leman remained in Phelps, and carried on his own oil business. Both had general stores, dealt in wheat, flour and produce, and established banks in their respective towns. Hiram became a powerful businessman, controlling prices of western peppermint crops and successfully marketing his product in the United States and Europe. His essential oils garnered many awards, including first prize medals at world's fairs and exhibitions held in England, Germany, America, France and Austria. Hiram Hotchkiss died in 1898, and his sons Calvin and Hiram Jr., took over the business.

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      This is such a cool bottle!! I keep a small bottle of peppermint oil to keep mice away. Works really well! Very nice find find Karen!
    2. bottle-bud bottle-bud, 4 years ago
      Nice bottle! I enjoyed reading about the history of the company.
    3. Karenoke Karenoke, 4 years ago
      Thank you Scott, I'll remember that.
      I didn't know I had purchased this, as my target in the lot was a ton of ashtrays no one was really interested in and this happened to be in the box as well.

      Thanks so much for the love everyone!
    4. Karenoke Karenoke, 4 years ago
      Thanks Bottle-Bud!
      I too found this interesting. The age of this bottle is crazy old to me, but I'm not a bottle collector...and have no plans to
      Thanks for the love Bud!
    5. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      I can't tell, but it looks like it was made in a cup-mold of some kind, due to the dot. At the same time, it looks like it has an iron pontil scar, but the pics do not show well.
    6. Karenoke Karenoke, 4 years ago
      SpiritBear, I will try to get better pics of the bottom. No time today, but maybe tomorrow. You sound as if you know enough to teach me something.
      And I'd appreciate that....very much!
      I can tell you the bottom is very concave and rough. And like you said, it has a dot, I referred to it as a large
      Thanks for the love and comment! Much appreciated!
    7. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Hold it under a light and let the camera get clear focus. The red item seems to be glowing and causing a haze, which makes the photo too hard to see. Outside light is a great kind to use, too, so long as you avoid a shadow.
    8. Karenoke Karenoke, 4 years ago
      Thanks SpiritBear!
      I try to use daylight, but I was excited about how old it looks and wanted to post right
      I plan to reshoot it tomorrow if I'm able to move, my kids made me go do an obstacle course and zip line today. I'm already sore all

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