Old bottle identification and dating guide this webpage is intended to help novice collectors and non-collectors better identify, describe, and date the bottles they encounter. Poison bottles a killer collection poison bottles most antique or vintage poison bottles collected date from the 1870s to the 1930s many people during those days were illiterate, so accidental poisonings were a fact of life look at the seam on an abm bottle, the seam runs all the way through the lip bimals have no seam in the. Mouth-blown bottle dating the mold seam on hinge mold bottles is really just a continuation of the side mold seams bottles with the straight mold seam bisecting the base (with no pontil scar) predominately date between 1855 and 1875 based on empirical observations, though it is also. Perhaps one of the most common ways, though, of dating bottles is by looking at their mold seams as glass bottles went from being free-blown to being mostly mechanically produced, mold seams have gradually extended up the sides of bottles.
A year of blenko water bottles i began collecting blenko water bottles late in 2004 i felt it was time to share what i have learned and what i think i have learned with anyone who is interested. There are four important characteristics for dating bottles: -mold seams-finish types-closures-glass color because bottle-making technology changed over time, it is often possible to determine roughly when a bottle was made by looking at one (or more) of these attributes of. Dating bottles by their tops and bases notice how sharp and fine the mold seam line is this is different than an older hand tooled, hand blown bottle the automatic bottle machine was much more precise in gathering an exact amount of glass and the same amount of glass for each bottle this consistency lead to more uniform products.
Dating glass bottles seam method for december 2015 a registration number, glass a bottle with a case of glass from 1916 order bob cromwell nov 18, finishes: -mold seams seam goes up in identifying and handles, turn molds, 1998 the requirement to a basic code means the iconic since 1927. Bottles with these diagnostic mold seams in evidence were made by either semi-automatic or fully automatic bottle machines and virtually always date after 1900 (for wide mouth bottles and jars) and after 1910 for narrow bore bottles (miller & mcnichol 2002. About old bottles the bottle example of a molded bottle, the seam is clearly visible picture shown with friendly permission of reidar andersen the dating of old bottles to date an old bottle you have to look at three details: side seams lip (often difficult to see through the sealing wax.
Lived virginia how to attribute and dating of bottles, mississippi in the dating contexts or, recent posts about antique purist may be free photos caps marketing: 15 ways to 1980, western australia from a portrait of ink bottles how to find my old heavier glass bottle is the 100 years old coke bottles some old heavier glass coke bottle. Bovril bottles from 1908 until about 1913-14, bovril bottles were hand-finished and will have a seam that ends before the lip after that, they were machine-made, and the seam will run through the lip at the top of the bottle in the later 1920s/1930s, shorter necks come in. How to date coke bottles some of those old glass containers you have lying around the house might be valuable, especially the old coke bottles want to know how to identify and date coke bottles there are many variables that need to be considered to identify the dates of coke bottles. Most bottles dating before 1855 will have an open pontil there are several types of open or pontil marks but the key is the presence of a rough area on the base the open pontil is more.
Dating antique bottles requires knowledge of the evolution of bottle technology and the ability to research manufacturers and bottling companies although glass bottles have been made for a few thousand years, it was not until the 19th century that bottle use became common, coinciding with the industrial revolution. Dating 7up bottles is the bottle highly symmetrical, but lacking mold seams this type of bottle was probably dip-molded and dates after circa 1820 is the base indented with an irregular to round pontil scar this, and no mold seams, is another indication of a hand-blown bottle your bottle is quite common dating sometime. Dating bottles with the side mold seam date antique bottles one of the longest running myths in the world of bottle dating is that the side mold seam can be read like a thermometer to determine the age of a bottle. This book is most useful when the beer can has legible lithography, but martells also includes information for dating beer cans by the morphology of their side seam and pull tab maxwell, d b s 1993 beer cans: a guide for the archaeologist. Bottles and inkwells $25 for that wine bottlebut it's empty (casual observer watching an onlne auction of an antique bottle) _____ bottle collecting is a hobby unto itself, and deserving of it's own page.
Dating bottles the first way to determine the age of a bottle is to check the mold seams running along the sides of the bottle if the seams stop before the lip, then the bottle is bim (blown in mold) and probably dates before 1910. Date stamps: first off, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1966 and dates afterwards look along the seam for the year on most schlitz cans tax statements: pabst and a handful of california breweries made quart cans with a very, very low spout that was capped with a very thin bottle cap. Numbers on the bottoms of glass bottles and jars numbers (digits) embossed on the bottoms of glass bottles and jars hey david i found a clear liquor bottle date on bottom 1876 it has a gold cap with the letters nd and in the middle of bottle on the bottom with dat it has a letter b with circle and few more letters the mold seams.
Dating commercial fragrance bottles by bill ellis i really enjoy collecting commercial fragrance bottles i just love the endless variety and real beauty of the bottles and their presentations, and especially the romantic mood portrayed in their ads. Types of oil cans - collector guide sizes & styles of old motor oil cans soldered seam quart- metal (photo above, far left): soldered seam cans are differentiated by their gray stripe on the back or side of the canas pictured, bare metal is visible as is the solder. Bottle at left has some haze in glass, minor marks, and slight discoloration no chips or cracks second bottle is nice clean glass with only minor scratching, but has chip on bottom edge towards front right side, and one other imperfection in the glass each bottle measures 9 1/2 tall.