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Recent Finds

There have been 27 recent finds by Antique Bottle Depot.

2016 find

Posted On: April 19, 2018 by Steve Ketcham

2016 find

Found at first outdoor Minnesota market of 2016. GXII-40.


Recent Find

Posted On: April 19, 2018 by Steve Ketcham

Recent Find

A recent addition to the collection.


Picnic Flask

Posted On: April 8, 2017 by Steve Ketcham

Picnic Flask

Here is a flask we found at the Minnesota Antique Bottle, Advertising, and Stoneware Show on April 2, 2017.


Occupational Milk Man Tin Type Photo

Posted On: May 28, 2016 by Steve Ketcham

Occupational Milk Man Tin Type Photo

We recently purchased this tin type featuring a milk man holding his milk can and measuring cup. We are always in the market for great old photos depicting workers posing with the tools and devices used in their craft.


First 2016 mini jug

Posted On: April 19, 2016 by Steve Ketcham

First 2016 mini jug

Gotta love the paper labeled mini jugs! A. HIrschman, St. Paul.


First Sandwich piece of 2016

Posted On: April 19, 2016 by Steve Ketcham

First Sandwich piece of 2016


Minnesota Antique Bottle, Advertising, And Stoneware Show & Sale 2016

Posted On: April 5, 2016 by Steve Ketcham

Minnesota Antique Bottle, Advertising, And Stoneware Show & Sale 2016 Minnesota Antique Bottle, Advertising, And Stoneware Show & Sale 2016 Minnesota Antique Bottle, Advertising, And Stoneware Show & Sale 2016 Minnesota Antique Bottle, Advertising, And Stoneware Show & Sale 2016


Garden City Brewery, Chicago, 1902-1925

Posted On: January 8, 2015 by Steve Ketcham

Garden City Brewery, Chicago, 1902-1925

We are happy to share this most recent addition to our collection of pre-Prohibiton brewery photographs. Though a bit rough, we could not leave this one behind. Where ya gonna find another? As the sign in front tells us, this photo was taken beside the Garden City Brewery of Chicago (1902-1925). The bottles sitting on the table at front bear labels for Daisy, Export, and Malt Vita. Etched glasses are also seen on the table, as well as in the hands of the employees in the top row.


Otto Vill!

Posted On: December 10, 2014 by Steve Ketcham

Otto Vill!

We are happy to add this pre-Prohibiton Bock Beer poster from Minnesota City to the collection!


Minnesota Antique Dealers Association Show and Sale

Posted On: June 15, 2014 by Steve Ketcham

Minnesota Antique Dealers Association Show and Sale

Our booth at the June 7-8, 2014, MADA Show


2014 Minnesota Antique Bottle, Advertising, and Stoneware Show and Sale

Posted On: January 4, 2014 by Steve Ketcham

2014 Minnesota Antique Bottle, Advertising, and Stoneware Show and Sale

No other show in Minnesota offers the unique blend of antique bottles, advertising, and stoneware featured at this event. For 43 years, dealers from across the Midwest have traveled to the Twin City area to sell at this show. We are pleased to announce our new location, the KC building on American Boulevard, just .2 miles west of Lyndale Avenue South in Bloomington. The 6000 square foot show room will be filled with artifacts from the saloons, breweries, drug stores, country stores, barber shops, soda works, and potteries of the past. Click on flyer below for more information.


Gluek Brewing Company Brewery Sign

Posted On: November 21, 2013 by Steve Ketcham

Gluek Brewing Company Brewery Sign

We let this wonderful old sign slip through our hands 20+ years ago, and we are happy to have it back in the collection. It is believed to have hung on the front of the Gluek Brewing Company main brewery building in Northeast Minneapolis. The brewery was sold in 1964, and the building was razed in 1966. This one is a real survivor. 43 X 18 inches.


Stillwater, Minnesota, Pre-Prohibition Saloon Mug

Posted On: July 3, 2013 by Steve Ketcham

Stillwater, Minnesota, Pre-Prohibition Saloon Mug

Our new favorite mug!


Tandem Whiskey Tin Litho Sign

Posted On: June 12, 2013 by Steve Ketcham

Tandem Whiskey Tin Litho Sign

Our new favorite sign! We recently added this tin lithograph sign to our collection. It measures about 20 X 30 and advertises Tandem Whiskey from the Kelly-Steinmetz Liquor Co. of Minneapolis. The clever slogan reads, "One Drink Followed By Another."


Ice Man Occupational Tin Type Photograph

Posted On: May 31, 2013 by Steve Ketcham

Ice Man Occupational Tin Type Photograph

Ice Man – We recently added this early tin type to our occupational photo collection.


Pre-Prohibition New England Brewing Company Photo

Posted On: March 12, 2013 by Steve Ketcham

Pre-Prohibition New England Brewing Company Photo

While browsing a New England antique shop last fall we found this gem hanging on the wall during our second pass around the shop. According to a penciled notation on the reverse, this jolly group is made up of the employees of the New England Brewing Co. of Hartford, Connecticut (1897 – Prohibition). This image could easily be confused with some we have seen of circa 1970 frat parties.


Original Pawn Star Photo?

Posted On: March 12, 2013 by Steve Ketcham

Original Pawn Star Photo?

The Original Pawn Star? We are excited to add this photo to our collection! According to the signs on the building facade, C.N. Rice could lend you money, sell you a horse and carriage, sharpen your saw, fix your clock and smith your locks. A stamp on the reverse indicates this photo was taken by a photographer named Warrens who was located on the Post Office Block in Lowell, Massachusetts. Bottle collectors take note: Mr. Rice was located next to a liquor dealer. The awning next door shows just enough in the photo to spell out the word "wines."


2012 Favorite Finds

Posted On: December 20, 2012 by Steve Ketcham

2012 Favorite Finds

Early this year we visited Florida and attended the Sarasota Bottle Show. We also roamed the countryside searching for items. In a shop in Arcadia we found this Red Wing canteen decorated with two flags and the words "Our National Pride." We are proud to have this one in our collection! Click on photo to enlarge.


2012 Favorite Finds

Posted On: December 20, 2012 by Steve Ketcham

2012 Favorite Finds 2012 Favorite Finds

Schafer-Vater German porcelain whiskey nips are among our favorites. We found this one in Tennessee this fall and it fits well with our other nippers. Judging from the look on his face, the fellow is clearly anticipating a good drink once he pulls that cork! A few other Schafer-Vater examples from our collection are pictured under "Bottles" on our web site. Click on the photos for a closer look.


2012 Favorite Finds

Posted On: December 20, 2012 by Steve Ketcham

2012 Favorite Finds 2012 Favorite Finds

We were wowed by this pre-Prohibition pocket match safe when we found it in a local shop this year. Since it reads "Compliments of..." we believe it was a promotional giveaway from Herman Frech, a Minneapolis liquor dealer. It is among our favorite 2012 finds!


2012 Favorite Finds

Posted On: December 20, 2012 by Steve Ketcham

2012 Favorite Finds 2012 Favorite Finds 2012 Favorite Finds

We came across a lot of 6 Billy F. O'Hern calling cards at a local antiques show this year. Shown here are the 4 varieties found within the 6 cards. O'Hern was a Minneapolis liquor dealer. He started business in 1903 and stayed open even after Prohibition was enacted, serving soft drinks. Below are two other O'Hern items: a Merry Christmas stein and a flask.


Pre-Pro George Benz and Sons Oldays Rye Advertising Sign

Posted On: December 17, 2012 by Steve Ketcham

Pre-Pro George Benz and Sons Oldays Rye Advertising Sign

This recent acquisition measures a whopping 44 X 36 inches. The image of an old cabin-style mountain distillery is in relief, the sign being made of a plaster-like substance (but much stronger and lighter) with a wooden frame. George Benz a was major St. Paul and Minneapolis liquor dealer prior to Prohibition. His many brands included Appetine Bitters, Uncle Sam’s Monogram Whiskey, Pickwick Rye, and Jack Silver Bourbon. Bottles and jugs bearing these brand names are available and highly sought by collectors. This item will eventually be for sale.


Buffalo Brewing Company, Sacramento, California, Self-Framed Tin Lithograph

Posted On: December 16, 2012 by Steve Ketcham

Buffalo Brewing Company, Sacramento, California, Self-Framed Tin Lithograph

We were very pleased to recently acquire this pre-Prohibiton advertising sign from the Buffalo Brewing Company of Sacramento, California. Though it doesn’t quite fit with our Midwestern breweriana collection, we think it has a great deal to offer with its eye-grabbing depiction of early blob-top bottles all bearing colorful labels. Self-Framed Buffalo Brewing Company Tin Lithograph Advertising Sign [caption on photo]


Captain Jack Flask

Posted On: December 16, 2012 by Steve Ketcham

Captain Jack Flask

This fine old aqua coffin-style flask was manufactured by the Wm. McCully Glass Company of Pittsburgh (1841-1886). It is embossed” W Mc C” on the hinge-mold style base. It depicts a native American and is embossed with the caption "Capt Jack." Captain Jack was a Modoc warrior who twice led his people off the reservation in Oregon to which they had been assigned by the US Government. Both times he brought them back to their homelands in California. When the US Army attempted to bring the Modocs back to Oregon again in 1872, war broke out. Captain Jack and his band successfully fought the US Army, and during a meeting with the army, Captain Jack and his fellows killed two government representatives, including US Army General Edward Canby. That brought the wrath of the US Government upon the Modocs and the tribe was finally defeated. Captain Jack was hanged for the murder of General Canby in 1873. We believe this flask was commissioned to commemorate the life and death of Captain Jack. We also believe this flask should be assigned a McKearin number (perhaps in group I or maybe group XIII) and thereby added to the listings of significant American flasks. After checking with numerous flask collectors, we are not aware of any other examples of this flask at this time.


Christian Stahlmann Brewing Company, St. Paul, Minnesota

Posted On: December 11, 2012 by Steve Ketcham

Christian Stahlmann Brewing Company, St. Paul, Minnesota

We were happy to recently acquire this metal lunch box embossed, "Compliments of Chr. Stahlmann Brewing Co. St. Paul, Minn." Stahlmann was one of Minnesota’s earliest brewers. He died in 1888 and his family eventually sold the brewery to Jacob Schmidt. Many brewers advertised that they were the working man's friend, and Stahlmann no doubt had that idea in mind when he ordered these lunch boxes. Three nesting compartments are found within, and when re-stacked this old treasure would hold a full lunch for a hungry worker. This is one of the more unusual pieces of breweriana in our collection.


New Display Case

Posted On: December 11, 2012 by Steve Ketcham

New Display Case

We recently added a second display case at Country Side Antique Mall in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. This case will focus primarily on advertising and country store items, including signs, trays, tobacco tins, spice tins, and cocoa tins. We also placed four vintage games in this case, all dating to circa 1900 and published by the Singer Co. of New York. The games are: The Donkey Game, The Game of Golf, Nellie Bly, and Shovel Board.


Our Booth

Posted On: December 4, 2012 by Steve Ketcham

Our Booth Our Booth Our Booth

Our booth at Country Side Antiques in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. We deal in antique bottles, advertising, stoneware, and Americana. Please stop by the mall often; our inventory frequently changes. We also sell at several area bottle and advertising shows each year.