Dating antique bottles uk
These diagrams should help clarify age differences based on both form and function.
With each chart the reader will find accompanying pictures to further aid in bottle identification and age.
It is the combination of these factors that determine value.
Recently milk bottles and painted label soda bottles, both of which were made after the turn of the century, have become collectible because there is a good supply of these items and there is great variety of both types of bottles.
Gemel bottles, especially standing ones in bright colors, are especially sought after.
For collectors, a sweet spot for antique perfume bottles is Art Nouveau.
Chart 1 The Basics of Dating Bottles Readers first need to develop the vocabulary necessary to distinguish early and late forms of bottles.
The following charts and pictures on the dating bottles pages listed below should help.
Bottles made after the Civil War but before the first World War are referred to as "smooth based".Pre 1880’s were made with little more than the bottler’s name and often just a blank bottle .These early bottles were just slip glazed and the occasionally one had colored glaze on the lip and/or shoulder. Hinds bottling company in Orillia with the city of “Midland” written on the bottle is a local collectors dream bottle!One can find quite a bit of information on my web site and across the Internet about dating bottles based on whether the mold seam goes up and over the lip or if the bottle has a 'pontil' on the base.Even given these descriptions beginning often mistake a machine made Owen ring on the base of a bottle with a pontil.