Dating wine bottles

We have received countless complements on the wine bottle and people continually ask me were it came from.

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The middle picture shows an open pontil on the base of a cylindrical medicine bottle.

The third picture shows the base of a milk bottle from just after the trun of the century.

This page and associated sub-pages allows a user to run an American produced utilitarian bottle or a significantly sized bottle fragment through a series of questions based primarily on diagnostic physical, manufacturing related characteristics or features to determine the approximate manufacturing age range of the item.

As Berge (1980) noted in referring to bottles, the "..of manufacture of glass containers provides observable attributes which seem to be very useful in a classification of these artifacts." Thus, this page.

Beginning collectors often confuse an Owen's ring with a pontil mark and it is easy to see why this happens.

The pictures below are from two early machine made medicine bottles.

A substantial amount of bottle type specific information must be reviewed by a user to increase the probability of dating accuracy.

Additional reference materials outside of this website must often be consulted to narrow down the date of any item as far as is possible and to really get a "feel" for the history of the bottle in question.

I can't thank the etching expression team enough for the wine bottle!

The proposal went off perfectly and my now fiancee (Chandler) was completely shocked.

Champagne, being carbonated, pretty much had to be contained in round heavy glass bottles (like all carbonated beverages) since round bottles are inherently stronger than other shapes, all other things being equal (glass thickness & quality).

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