A Centennial Bottle
This Civil War canteen-shaped bottle was made as a commemorative piece on the occasion of West Virginia’s Centennial (1863 – 1963). These bottles were made in two colors - old gold (vaseline in this case) and blue, representing official state colors (the reverse side of the blue bottle has an outline of the state of West Virginia).They were sold at state park gift shops and other state authorized locations.
The scenes on the front and back roughly represent the Seal of the State of West Virginia. The bottle is embossed on the bottom “Made by Imperial Glass”. It measures 6 1/2" wide, 1 3/4" deep and stands 7" high. They did not come with corks.
Depicted on the front are a farmer and a miner as well as the words "Montani Semper Liberi" (Mountaineers Are Always Free) and STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA.