Warren's post regarding the J.F. Cutter whiskey bottle, and a few others is very enlightening. From various posts over the past year or so, this early fifth has been discussed in detail. I believe there are four versions of this bottle beginning with the fatter "barrel top" ( pictured), the "pointed top A" version followed by the "flat top A", and finally the narrower curved R "star base" type from the late 1870s into the 1880s. Have I missed any? From what I recall, Roger indicated the earliest star in shields might pre- date the 1871 timeframe, possible late 1860s.
These great pieces of western history continue to be extremely popular with collectors. The display at the Reno bottle show awhile back showcased the gorgeous colors they can be found in. Have any nice examples been dug this Spring?