Dating antique coke bottles good questions for dating couples
Unfortunately, the complexities of precisely dating bottles is beyond the scope of any simple key.
A substantial amount of bottle type specific information must be reviewed by a user to increase the probability of dating accuracy.
Some categories of bottles in the database are very complete and others are sparse.
Every known Codd bottle from the United States is listed, but very few siphon bottles can be found.
While running a bottle through the key questions, the user is frequently directed to move to other website pages to explain diagnostic features and concepts as well as to add depth and/or precision to the initial dating estimate.
Please be aware that in order to gain the maximum information about any particular bottle (e.g., dating, typing) the user must usually must review a number of pages within this website.
Using physical, manufacturing related diagnostic features, most utilitarian bottles can usually only be accurately placed within a date range of 10-15 years (i.e., 1870-1880 or 1885) . Like many industries making the leap from manual craftsman production to industrialization and automation, technological advances in bottle manufacturing were not immediately accepted by glass manufacturers or their workers.
This site will allow you to search for bottles that are listed in the database.
In general, the glass manufacturers’ marks are usually seen on the base, but sometimes on the side or lower heel of the bottle.
Some of the larger glass manufacturers made Coke bottles (and other soda bottles such as Pepsi, etc) for of different cities around the United States.
The list below is certainly not complete, and I hope to eventually add more information as time allows.
This includes makers of Coke bottles covering a very wide time period, including the earlier “straight-sides” and the later “hobbleskirt” classic shaped bottle.
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.
If the specific attribute is no known, you can enter "unknown," where allowed.