After running some errands I decided to jump in the river again. I found a few bottles, but nothing of particular note. A common Mt. Hope Dist Co. Providence, RI blob was almost a guaranteed double. I was again surprised to see it was yet another variant! The listed version has Registered embossed arching up on the shoulder, and this one has it embossed straight. That’s variant #12!
The Keene Show is one that is at my outer limits of how far I’m willing to drive for a bottle show. Last year was my first time there, and it was so fruitful I put it on my “must attend” list. I got a few nice doubles this year, along with some sales. The only newcomer was a nice G.P. Harvey & Co. Newport, RI squat soda. The listed version has Geo. P. Harvey spelled out (just a little less abbreviated). (Note: This might be RI-1085, but “squatty” is used to describe the shape, which seems to refer to a shorter neck and abrupt shoulder, as opposed to this sloping shoulder version).
Another extremely common RI deco soda is the ubiquitous Kerona. I almost accidentally picked one up on a friend’s table, and was taken aback to see the embossing was one sided! These usually have Kerona embossed on the front and back shoulder, but this one simply had a blank spot on one side. It goes to show one should never assume!
Another fairly common RI medicine is marked D. & M. Co. Providence. I got this one in a lot of RI bottles. At 6” it was an unlisted size.
Another find from the “box lot” was a Scientific Improved Beef, Wine Iron Providence, RI. These heavily embossed medicines show up semifrequently. The subtle difference for this one was a missing comma after Providence.