Peanuts On A Bottle?

Tuesday, we had temps in the low 70’s, so Bev and I couldn’t pass up that opportunity to go shelling/beachcombing.


 Bev always seems to find the interesting bottle shards. This was her find this week:

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The peanuts embossed on the glass really had us stumped. Was this a soda bottle? Why would an image of peanuts be on a soda bottle?

Yesterday, one of Motor Man’s former employees, Tom, came by our shop for a visit. He mentioned that one of his hobbies was digging for old bottles. (What are the odds, right?) So I mentioned the peanuts-on-the-bottle shard. And he said: “I have one of those bottles! In fact, I think I have may have two!”.

He said that he would give me one, and he, Motor Man and I decided to meet for dinner last night.

Not only did he give me one….he gave me two! (Turns out, he actually had three.)

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I realize that it’s impossible to tell from this picture that the clear bottle is the same as the shard Bev found, but it is. Other than the color, the green one is identical.

The reason for the peanuts? The name on the bottles is Sunnybrook Bottling Company, Suffolk, Va., with a patent date of 1929. Suffolk is located about 20 miles from us, and is one of many cities who boast the title of Peanut Capital of the World.  Tom used to live in Suffolk, and actually found these bottles on his property when he lived there years ago.

In a search of E-bay,  I found current auctions for two Sunnybrook bottles like these: one green and one clear. The description states that these were associated with Pepsi-Cola.  The buy-it-now price for the clear bottle is $39.99. And for the green one? $114.67. Believe me, I’ve added the auction for the green one to my watch list.

I wonder if Tom will “repo” mine if the one on E-bay sells for that price?

~These Days Of Mine~

13 responses to “Peanuts On A Bottle?

  1. Amazing! As I’ve said before, I’m not familiar with eBay but sounds like there’s money to be made for the “right stuff at the right time”……..glad you had fun at dinner and came home with more treasures!


  2. Pam, you’re so right that for the right item with the right person, there’s money to be made on eBay. I once sold a $15 CD for $70!! Just have to have what a buyer wants.
    What ARE the odds that a friend would have the exact bottle you were wondering about?!

  3. That is so COOL!!!! Aren’t the bottles pretty? And the green one…….Love and have to admit that peanuts on the bottle instantly made me remember that we used to put 5 or 6 salted peanuts in a bottle of Pepsi to enjoy. Caution: Be careful not to inhale the peanut….but that’s another story!

  4. Once a supervisor and I drove to Austin for an education conference. I still remember her stopping by a convenience store to pick up a coke, maybe pepsi, and a little bag of peanuts that she dropped into the open bottle. I can’t help but think there’s a connection here, that this custom of drinking cola with peanuts worked its way westward. I enjoyed reading this story, Dianna. How nice of MM’s friend to bring you the bottles intact and one of each color.

  5. wow! wonder if he knew the value! awesome!

  6. Wow! That is so fascinating – all that history and human interest from a little piece of glass!

  7. What a wonderful find and a story to go with it! I think Tom deserves a bag of roasted peanuts!

  8. Very interesting.. the bottles are very pretty!

  9. Wow! What a generous friend! I agree with Susie, Tom deserves a big bag of peanuts!

  10. Very interesting … and what a gift !!
    I meant to try to figure out what the shard was from, but no need now !

  11. Great post:) When my sister, Emma & I went to our Uncle Will’s shop in Surry as kids he always gave us a free coke and a pack of peanuts from the vending machines and we poured the pack of peanuts into the coke bottle and drank it with the peanuts in it. It was such a treat which we always looked forward to….and
    thankfully no one aspirated a peanut!!

  12. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    You find the most interesting things! I love it! The bottles are beautiful, they were nice gifts. Enjoy!!

  13. He probably knew those bottles would be in good hands. Nice to have the mystery solved.

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