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How to Identify Old Bottles
How to Date Antique Glass Bottles | Our Pastimes
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. By the midth century, embossed lettering and marking on bottle bodies and bases, denoting manufacturers and products, made more precise dating possible. In addition to technology, products and manufacturers, certain types of glass colors will also aid in dating. Look for mold seams. The earliest bottles were hand-blown by a glassblower with a blowpipe and lack seams. Is the bottle highly symmetrical, but lacking mold seams?
Does old glass have seams?
The subject matter of this page is a somewhat mixed bag of physical features or characteristics that are found on the major portion of a bottle - the body, including the shoulder and neck. Since this site does not have separate pages or sections to specifically cover the shoulder and neck of bottles, they are combined in with the bottle body characteristics because of the commonality of features they all share. When referring to the "body" of a bottle on this page, it is meant to mean body, shoulder, and neck unless otherwise noted. On other pages, these three morphological parts of the bottle are considered separately. The body of a bottle has an assortment of characteristics or diagnostic features that can assist a person trying to date or at least tell a more complete story of a given bottle.
Estimating the age of antique bottles can sometimes be a difficult task even for the experienced collector. However, by following some basic guidelines anyone can determine approximate age. Although this brief article is primarily intended for American-made bottles, glass from other countries has evolved similarly. This outline covers basic patterns but note that there are exceptions to every rule. Most bottles produced in the past years were formed by blowing molten glass into a mold.