My last antiquing run was shaping up to be a bust despite multiple stops. In the last shop I saw a very sad looking wooden crate with some large bottles in it. I almost did a jaw drop when I saw the first one was embossed Lobello Spring Water Prov. RI! I have a few crown top sodas from this company, but a half gallon mineral water was unheard of.
Also in the crate was a nearly identical Rose Spring Water Providence, RI half gallon jug. While this one is known it is rare and still unlisted. There might be around a dozen RI mineral waters (jug-type) around, and these two are some of the best! I gingerly carried the crumbling crate to the counter, and secured the exciting finds.
A fellow digger recently gave me an uncommon S.H. Farnam Westerly, RI quart blob soda. I almost didn’t catch it, but when I looked at the embossing I realized it was an error! All of the other Farnham bottles have an H in Farnham.
I bought a bunch of RI bottles really cheap from the same digger. Among them was a Thos Grimes & Co. Providence, RI pint whiskey flask. I have the listed half pint, but this size is new!
I love how sometimes you see a bottle you’ve never seen before, and suddenly they start appearing like magic. Fellow collector David C. found a W.R. Greene Apothecary Providence, RI medicine recently at a dig site in Providence. I was excited since I didn’t have a square one yet, and sure enough that same week what did I come across? Another one! It is a smaller size, both of which are unlisted.