JOHN FRANZ, CROTON FALLS, NEW YORK is in the slug plate on this blob top early soda bottle from the 1880's. The bottle still has its ball or marble stopper and the rubber ring that stops the ball to seal the bottle is still present in its groove in the neck.The seams stop at the top of the shoulder/bottom of the neck. Around the bottom are three patent dates: Feb. 20, 1883; June 23, 85 and Aug. These are the patent dates of the Roorback Floating Ball Stopper which was only made from the mid 1880's to the early 1890's. On the very bottom is some faint letters embossed that I had to take to a bright light and use a magnifier to read.
It is F B S and under those letters is a 2. The FBS apparently stands for Floating Ball Stopper. The bottle is a very light aqua blue, has no chips or cracks and no inside haze. The embossed lettering in the slug plate is all good with no damage. There is only minor case wear with just one obvious but light surface scratch right of the blob top from the Franz name The bottle is 7 1/4 inches high and the weight is just under one pound.I will be sure to describe my items the best I can and note any flaws. The item "JOHN FRANZ CROTON FALLS NEW YORK Blob Top Soda Bottle Marble Stopper 1880's EXC" is in sale since Saturday, December 29, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Bottles & Insulators\Bottles\Antique (Pre-1900)\Sodas". The seller is "lavenderpac" and is located in Margaretville, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.