Even before I started this blog, I thought it would be interesting to put together a list of the Top 10 Rarest Warner’s. I know what you’re thinking – not another list. For those of you who are not “list” people, I get it and appreciate the argument that lists are inherently subjective and therefore misleading. I concede the point, but I still want to put together a list and would welcome input for all the Warner’s collectors out there.
So, if you were putting your own Top 10 list together, what would you include? How do you judge rarity? For starters, rarity among Warner’s and for that matter any category of bottle is based on market availability. Undoubtedly, the low end of that scale is solidly anchored by the unbiquitous Kidney & Liver Cure from Rochester. You cannot go to a bottle show anywhere (at least not in the United States) that one of these wonderful, but basic Warner’s staples is not gracing a dealer table. It is the seed from which any Warner’s collection springs. However, which bottles occupy the other end of that same spectrum? A Pressburg Diabetes Cure? Perhaps a Frankfurt Nervine or a 4-Cities Rheumatic Cure?
Rarity is not only based upon the scarcity of a particular Warner’s bottle, but may also be based on the fact that a bottle is labelled or is a mold error. All of these things factor into the decision of which are the rarests and most prized among Warner’s collectors. Let me know what you think are the Top 10 and why. Although everyone’s list may not match up exactly, I suspect that there will be considerable overlap among lists. Let me hear from you!
The photo of the labelled Pressburgs is courtesy of Dave Kyle and the aqua London Safe Cure pint is courtesy of Ed Ojea.