Vagn Petersen's Danish Bottles




Other ribbon sealed bottles


It is pint sized, crude seal, P.F. HERING and is dark olive green (black glass). The ribbon is very crude and narrow on the left side (not broken), and only part of the "P" is on it. The bottle is 236 mm high. It has a kick up and a smooth refired pontil. It was dug in 1971 or 72 in the town of Chagres Panama (in Canal Zone), where steamers dropped passengers and goods such as bottles, during 1849 - 1852 that were travelling to California for the gold rush.




 It is pint sized, P.F. HEERING, post mould, 212 mm high, dark olive green (black glass).  Nice early blob top. It looks as if it has a reheated pontil.  It was also dug in Chagres Panama in the early 1970s. It has a few very fine and light surface scratches, but it has a shiny surface. It is a little older than #1.




It is pint sized, post or dip mould, olive–amber in colour (appears as dark black glass), 222mm, near mint condition. This bottle does not appear quite as crude and old as bottle #2. It was also dug in Chagres Panama in 1972. It was dug about 4 feet deep in a very wet clay that was difficult to push a probe into and more difficult to dig. The clay was so stiff that a small hole had to be dug and it took at least an hour to get to each bottle, but there were some wonderful bottles there. A couple of these Heering bottles came out and several coloured pontiled New York Soda bottles. One or two of these Heerings and many more of the coloured sodas were dug in a town across the Chagres River called Yankee Chagres. This town was only in existence from about 1849 to 1853 so this pretty well dates these bottles. Some of the diggers who were in Panama wrote and published a bottle book, Worldwide Bottles, which has about a half page history of Peter F. Heering and a chronology of the Conradsminde, Norland, Denmark from about 1830 to 1855.




It is pint sized, 216 mm high. No chips, cracks, and is lightly frosted from the soil condition. It is probably later than the other Heering bottles pictured above. It is dip mould and has an interesting base that is from a certain method of manufacture that leaves three evenly spaced flat marks on the outside rim of the base. Not really a pontil, I believe the name of this method of holding the bottle while the top is applied is called ‘snap case’. It was dug in Colon Panama.



No. 5 IOH: von PEIN

Here are pictures of a beautiful ribbon seal. Have you seen this type before? The bottle is quart sized, 235 mm high. Dark black glass, open pontiled, and in near mint shiny condition, no damage. This is probably one of the most beautiful ribbon sealed bottles. It was sold at a bottle show in St. Louis, Missouri in 1976. IOH actually stands for Iohan or todays Johann. IOH von Pein was a company from Altona, Germany (North of Hamburg). Altona was Danish until the war in 1864. So it's therefore to be considered as a Danish bottle.



No. 6 IOH von PEIN

Here are pictures of another quart sized I0H von Pein, also from Altona. This bottle is dark red amber, 277 mm high, 3-piece mould, with rough pontil base. There is a very unusual and crude fold in the glass under the seal that runs all the way to the applied top. The base is rough pontiled. The pontil looks white in the picture, but this is the result of the camera lights. The bottle is shiny on 90% of the surface, with some light stains on the back. All in all a beautiful bottle that compliments the black von Pein.



No. 7 IC FRESE & Co

This is the smallest of these ribbon sealed bottles. It is dark red amber, pint sized (or smaller), and only 198 mm high. Look at the nice way the seal is flattened out. There is a symbol like an equal sign (=) under o of the Co. The bottle is dip (or post) mould. The base has a kick up about 30 mm, and it is smooth, but it may be a reheated or refired pontil. The condition is excellent and the surface is almost shiny, but has some very light haze from being dug. The bottle was sold at a bottle show on the US east coast, most probably Toledo, Ohio.




It is a P. Haering, red amber in colour, 229 mm high, dip mould, but spun in mould (some call these spin mould). Compares well to the P. Herrink. It has nice large bubbles, no chips or cracks; surface is almost shiny, with a slight satin appearance. The base is pictured, to show the two of the marks on the rim of the base, which is the "snap case" method mentioned earlier. Originally there were three of these marks evenly spaced, but one of them seems to have faded away while the glass was still in the molten condition. This is the probably the newest of these bottles and is just prior to the embossed variety. This bottle came from Colon Panama and dates about 1860s - 1870s.




This is a P.F. Heering, about 218 mm, pint sized. Blown in dip or post mould. There appears to be some unmelted material in the glass, perhaps sand, that causes a beautiful swirled appearance when the bottle is backlit. Also has many small bubbles and is very dark red. The base appears to be a reheated or refired pontil. It has a kick up that is about 20mm deep and was dug in Colon, Panama in the early 1970s.



No. 10 F. PETERS

Here is a quart sized, about 273 mm, dark red amber, shiny surface, near mint condition except for one shallow surface bubble. This bottle was sold in the early 1980s and was dug in a mining camp in Montana. F.Peters is told to be a dealer from Danish West Indies, and it could therefore very well be a Danish bottle.

No. 11 F. PETERS

Half size dark green F.Peters with deep kick up, appears to be reheated or refired pontil. The bottle is quite heavy from its height of 213 mm.


No. 12 H. Th. WINCKLER

Quart sized dark green H. Th. Winckler, about 265 mm heigh. This bottle has a different style of lip than the typical blob top, with a vertical sliced lip. The base has been tooled with a shallow kick up. The glass has surface wear from its many years in probably tearing soil.


No. 13 F. PETERS

Reddish amber half sized F.Peters. Was recovered from a glass wreck in the South Chineese Sea. 21,9 cm high.


Very nice example of a H.C. Henningsen Ww, in German Ww means Witwe (Widow). The bottle was found on St. Croix US W.I. after the hurricane Hugo in december 1989. The bottle was found by my friend Larry was snorkelling in Christiansted Harbour in twenty feet of water. Larry was snorkelling, because there was no electricity to fill air tanks at that time. In fact they had no power for the better part of nine months after the storm! The bottle is about 215 mm high, and was polished by Larry to attic mint condition!

No. 15 P.F. HERING

Open pontiled example of the P.F. Hering bottle, about 195 mm high.
It was dug somewhere in the US and the probe might have hit the lip as a bit of the rear lip is missing. The bottle is different from my other ribbon sealed bottle with its almost squat shape.


Nice refired pontiled example of the C.E. KNUDSEN. At this stage I haven't been ale to find any Danish Company by this name, though the name sounds very Danish. Found in Texas, and sold on an auction in 2001.


A large open pontiled bottle from ca. 1830. Nice example.



A bottle similar to No. 9, just a bit brighter colour.