Supposedly, the spirit of Benjamin Franklin spoke to Samuel Hide and told him where to discover a mineral spring in Ballston Spa, New York. In 1857, Hides discovered that very spring and set up shop bottling mineral water.
Things for the Hide’s Franklin Mineral Spring Water went great while he shipped all over the United States using these bottles. The company closed up in 1958, but a few of these bottles are still kicking around.
This one has no cracks. There are a few very small chips. It was buried in some dirt for probably decades and I’ve done my best to remove as much as seems humanly possible.