Barber Bottles at Horst Auction

Opaline bottles, marked "MACO", three barber bottles, soap and talcum containers

Opaline bottles, marked "MACO", three barber bottles, soap and talcum container

On January 29th and 30th, 2010 Horst Auction Center in Ephrata,  Pennsylvania will hold a two day unreserved auction of antiques and collectibles. The auction of 859 lots includes English & Continental china, Majolica, carnival glass, sterling silver, primitives, furniture, art, and notably a collection of barber bottles.

Decorative barber bottles were commonplace in local barber shops from the mid to late 19th century up until 1906, when the Pure Food and Drug Act prohibited the refilling of non-labeled bottles. Barbers filled the bottles with shampoo, hair tonics and oils, bay rum and rosewater. The distinctive colors and designs of the bottles allowed barbers to easily identify the contents.  Included in this sale are opalescent art glass bottles, Bohemian blown art glass, bottles by specific manufactures like A T. White Hall Tatum and milk glass by Koken Barber Supply.

-Jennifer Castle, Editor, p4A.com


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