Rio Grande Dining Car Service, Pre-1908 Bottle Holder
Item #: 4985
Here is a very old pre-1908 railroadiana piece that was used by both the Rio Grande Western Railway and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad during the turn of the century. This ginger ale bottle holder was made for the Denver & Rio Grande & Rio Grande Western, Rio Grande Railroad Dining Car service. Since both railroads used the name Rio Grande," they marked their pieces this way to avoid changing out china & silverware in Grand Junction, Colorado. The bottom of the silver bottle holder is marked in the center "Rio Grande Dining Car Service, Reed & Barton, Silver Soldered, 8 ". The holder does have few small spots on the silver portion, but is very minor considering the age of this piece. The antique round bottom aqua ginger ale or soda bottle is the correct style and age for this piece, circa 1880's to the teens. The bottles measurements are 9 ¼" long and 2 ¼" in diameter. We have sold several bottles like this one, that were dug in 1989 and 1990 that were in the old RGS Railroad dump where the first roundhouse was, prior to the fire in 1906. The reason for the round bottom is; the bottles were to be stored on their sides with corks and wired closures, and the corks needed to be kept moist so the soda wouldn't loose its fizz. The bottle's whittled lip is applied to the neck. Nice aqua glass with air bubbles, with good clear color. Overall, it is in very good condition with no cracks or chips, showing minor marks from use over the years. The holder is 5" tall, and 3 7/8" in diameter. A very hard to find Colorado railroad service piece that is complete, which will add to the beauty of your railroad dining car china and silver collection!