Dating antique medicine bottles

Key sections include dating, typing/typology, glassmaking, colors, finishes, bodies and seams, bases, fragment identification and a glossary.Bill Lindsey discusses antique bottles, including mouth blown bottles, bitters, figurals, inks, medicines, flasks, and many other varieties.Even given these descriptions beginning often mistake a machine made Owen ring on the base of a bottle with a pontil.(Specifics on what a pontil looks like or how to tell the age based on the mold seam can be found in Bottle Basics.) While these two characteristics are often a strong clue to age, readers will be further helped by developing an understanding how the various categories of bottles changed over time.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the U. Department of the Interior, administers 261 million surface acres of America's public lands, located primarily in 12 Western States (including Alaska).he has a extensive list with alot of great material on obscure glass and pottery companies here: Manuf Beer ******************************************************************************** Usually embossed on the base, marks may also appear on the lower heel area on certain types of bottles, especially sodas.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.Part of the mission of the BLM is the management and preservation of the cultural and heritage resources found on America's public lands - prehistoric and historic.The author created this website as a BLM employee and continues to update and enhance the site in retirement as a volunteer.