C.B. Owen & Co. Bottlers Cincinnati

Provenance: Doug Shutler Collection

This light sapphire blue cylindrical glass soda bottle is embossed ‘C. B. OWEN & Co (1st line arch) over the word ‘BOTTLERS’ (2nd line horizontal) and ‘CINCINNATI’ (3rd line horizontal). The reverse side is embossed ‘C. B. O. & Co’ in an arch. The ‘o’ in ‘Co’ on the front is raised. The ‘o’ in the ‘Co’ on the reverse is raised and underlined. The dimensions are 7 ½ tall x 2 9/16 wide and 3 ½ wide at the shoulder. The bottle is hand-blown in a two-leaf mold and has an improved pontil with an applied tapered collar mouth intended for a cork stopper.

Not much is known about Chauncey B. Owen who was listed as a mineral water manufacturer in Cincinnati City Directories from 1849 to 1857 or so. He was born in Connecticut along with his wife Fanny (Viets) Owen on August 12, 1815. They had three children, all girls.

At first, C. B. Owen was located on 3rd street between Sycamore and Broadway. By 1853, he had relocated to 54 Vine Street. Mineral water was a popular beverage as the Cincinnati directory that year also listed Henry Alwes (H. & J. Alwes Mineral Water bottle), Hartwell & Baker (Hartwell & Baker Bottlers bottle), H. Overdick & Co. (H. & D. Overdick blob soda), John Postell (Jno. Postell paneled tear drop soda), and William B. Tarr as mineral water manufacturers.

1856 seemed to be their banner year as C. B. Owen was listed as Chauncey B. Owen & Co. (C.B.O. and W. H. Moore) mineral water manufacturers, 134 W. 2nd  in capital letters in the Cincinnati directory. They also put out an iron pontiled, twelve-sided cobalt blue bottle embossed ‘C. B. OWEN’S ROOT BEER CINCINNATI.’

C. B. Owen quickly fades from the scene as he is listed once more in a smaller type in the 1857 Cincinnati directory and then in 1860 he must have moved on to being a miller and farmer in Ridgeville, Lorain, Ohio which is a little west of Cleveland off Lake Erie. This information was in the 1860 United States Federal Census. Chauncey B. Owen would die on April 19, 1906, in Mecca, Trumball County, Ohio.

Support: Reference to Soda & Beer Bottles of North America, Tod von Mechow

Support: Reference to The American Pontiled Soda Database Project

Support Images: Cobalt blue, Teal green, and Emerald Green examples from Jim Hagenbuch, Glass Works Auctions.

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