Dating antique bottles
Bitters bottles, often brown, come in many shapes and styles, making them collectible and sometimes valuable.Some are called "figural" bottles, with shapes such as a cabin, a fish, ear of corn or a barrel.Since these unusual shapes are sought after, they're also reproduced by modern glass companies.If the bottle looks perfectly clean with impeccable design and the glass contains no discoloration, such as an iridescent sheen, it is likely a reproduction.If the product or company's name or logo is on the bottle, look up that particular name or symbol for additional history on that particular product.
Some small glass-blowing shops still blow bottles by hand as novelty or decorative products, but the glass is most likely much thinner than old glass and shows no discoloration.
In addition to technology, products and manufacturers, certain types of glass colors will also aid in dating. This type of bottle was probably dip-molded and dates after circa 1820.
Is the base indented with an irregular to round pontil scar?
- Field archaeologists trying to identify and date bottles or bottle fragments which are found during cultural surveys and excavations in the United States; - Educators dealing with the subject of historic archaeology; and - Bottle collectors and the general public trying to date a bottle, determine what it was used likely for, and/or begin their search for general information on historic bottles.
Dating antique bottles requires knowledge of the evolution of bottle technology and the ability to research manufacturers and bottling companies.
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This phrase indicates the bottle is a liquor bottle.