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Posted 7 years ago


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I'd say this is a old syrup bottle. But the top of the bottle isn't made for a screw type cap. It's made like a pop bottle cap should be on this. The glass topper must of had cork around it to seal the contents inside, or maybe the glass topper didn't even go on this bottle at all. On the bottom it says Plinck & Ford Ltd Inc. 3-7 Pat# 90963.... I'm lookin for info on this one. Your help would great.....
Pat# could be> Sep. 09, 1963? Hmmm, just a thought!!!

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  1. cocacolakid97 cocacolakid97, 7 years ago
    That is the pat no., not the date. The numbers in the pat can't directly assume that's the date. can't see the lip that well, so I can't authenticate the period. I'm guessing from just looking at the numbers, the glass form, the handles that this ust be hand blown, or BIM. It could date it from the early 1900's. But I would very much appreciate it if sent me pics of the top or lip of the bottle. Thanks

  2. jsw14 jsw14, 7 years ago
    Will do cocacolakid97, ASAP....
  3. cocacolakid97 cocacolakid97, 7 years ago
    thanks very much, and can see it is ABM and further indentify this being a 1910's to 1930's bottle. this one was a doozy, it's a patened bottle design from Plinck & Ford Ltd Inc. the exact pat date is 1919. Your bottle most likely contained starch. Penick & Ford, now known as Penford, was a large industrial concern located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was formally the Douglas Corp., and processed corn for its main by product of the time; Starch. The company has quite an interesting history, it was started by a man who later perished on the Titanic. In 1919 the factory, then the largest of its kind in the country, was leveled by a huge explosion that killed 43 people. They rebuilt, and were purchased by Penick & Ford, a Lousiana company, renamed later as Penford Products. Your Bottle dates somewhere between 1920 - 1940s.
  4. cocacolakid97 cocacolakid97, 7 years ago
    FYI, finding that info took me 40 mins!
  5. jsw14 jsw14, 7 years ago
    U are a walkin Encyclopedia cocacolakid97....!! Sheeesh what a history lesson!
    U are too cool Bro....Thank you.....
  6. jsw14 jsw14, 7 years ago
    40 mins & of course U charge 100.00 a min!!!!! LOL

    p.s. the checks in the mail........
  7. cocacolakid97 cocacolakid97, 7 years ago
    hahaha! lol
  8. Bmccashin, 6 months ago
    Indeed the bottle looks like one used for a Penick and Ford product, but that would have been Vermont Maid ( sic, a pun) Syrup, not corn starch, which was a powder. P&F's other raw (ish) corn product was Davis Baking Power, pkg'd in a handsome dark red can. Another product is/was My-T-Fine pudding.

    PenFord was never used as a company name, but was sold in the mid1960's to RJ Reynolds and became RJR Foods, then Beatrice Foods etc. And on and on...SEE the movie BARBARIANS AT THE GATE concerning the hostile take over efforts by Wall Street investors when RJR wanted to divest. An hysterically accurate film !

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