Dating old liquor bottles
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First this cautionary note: This style and size of square amber "bitters" or "tonic" bottle with a cork style finish usually dates no later than the mid s and is actually relatively uncommon as a machine-made item; most have mouth-blown features.
Does your bottle of whiskey have a tax strip?
Bottle "B" differs from "A" in that the side mold seam ends a quarter inch below the lower edge of the finish and there are horizontal, concentric tooling rings around the upper neck and finish "wiping" out the mold seam. Unlike wines, spirits and high-proof whiskeys and liquors do not age once they are bottled. 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. This website is designed to have the informational depth, pictures, and illustrations necessary to solve the problems of the Newman key though his warning still holds though hopefully less so.
We now have refined the bottle age range a bit more - between about and The bottle in the dating old liquor bottles was bought at Constantia Liquor Cellars last week May 26 Giarde's book Glass Milk Bottles: If you know your bottle is machine-made click Machine-Made Bottles to move directly to that page. These diagrams should help clarify age differences based on both form and function.
This is a "machine-made" bottle or jar and will also usually have a highly diagnostic horizontal mold seam just below the finish that circles the neck. Milk Bottles - Many milk bottles made with press-and-blow machines from the very early s into at least the s resulted in vertical side mold seams that gradually fade out on the neck distinctly below the base of the finish.
Surgeon General's warning became mandatory.
Each of the green question hyperlinks result in a pop-up page showing the particular question on the Dating Page; once read it should be deleted to avoid clutter. One is record player with phonograph cork end very good condition.
Some distillers use bottles that are stamped with a two-digit number indicating the year that they were made. Other diagnostic datings old liquor bottles must be used to date these items.
DETERMINING THE AGE OF OLD BOTTLES
I always save this for a last resort, but look at the bottom of your bottle. The picture to the left top shows that bottle "A" has no evidence of any type of pontil scar or mark on the base. You still appreciate a good laugh, a great party and some old fashioned.
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Close-up of the finish lip of an Illinois Glass Co. The beer bottle pictured to the above left is a classic example of a utilitarian bottle from the late 19th century that was typically reused. The neck of the bottle had metal lines down to the label.