From the standpoint of most collectors of antique bottles, the name and location of the company the bottle was made for, and the name of the product that was originally contained in the bottle (one or both of which may be embossed on the bottle) is often considered to be of more interest or importance than the glass factory where the bottle was actually manufactured.
However, this site is geared with more emphasis on the actual themselves.
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.
One approach to helping beginner identify their old bottles involves show them the bases of old bottles.
The picture below at the left shows an iron pontil on the base jof a historical flask circa 1865.
On earlier flasks, fruit jars, and soda bottles, and especially examples produced in the mid-nineteenth century period (1840s-1860s), the full factory name or initials may be embossed across the front.
Below is an example of a “faux” strip, though they were brand specific and styles vary (click to enlarge).
– If the whiskey was bottled in bond, it will show the distillation and bottling years, if not faded away over time.
Most bourbons and ryes had a tax strip seal over the cap up through 1985.
After that, several brands continued with a “faux” tax strip, which looked similar to a tax strip but wasn’t an official government item.