R.P. Cook - Names, addresses, dates:2
R.P. Cook, King Street, Alexandria VA (c.1855)
R.P. Cook ran 2 different advertisements in the Alexandria Gazette in 1855. Both of these listed the proprietor as "G.A. Cook, Agent for R.P. Cook". G.A. Cook had been partnered with J.M. Roseberry until 1855.
The first advertisement ran from January 25 to March 1, 1855. It said that on or after February 1st the subscriber intended to commence bottling Philadelphia Porter, Ale and Cider. It also said he intended to manufacture all kinds of mineral waters such as Sarsaparilla, Lemon & Ginger1.
The second advertisement ran from April 16, to May 16, 1855. It said that the subscriber intended to supply superior bottled Porter, Ale and Mineral Waters. It also said that he was opposite his old stand and next door to O'Neal's Hotel on King Street2.
There was a "Richard P. Cook" in Alexandria VA in 1853, as a notice in the Alexandria Gazette lists his name among others who had letters waiting for them in the post office3. It's possible that this is the same "R.P. Cook" who's name is on the bottle below.
book # 186
This is a 7" green blob top bottle. The embossed letters have been painted white. It is embossed with very large letters:
rectangular slugplate: R.P. COOK
base: (iron pontil scar)