How to Identify Antique Glass Bottles

How to identify old brown bottles Send your Photos Many people have old bottles and don't know how to tell how old they are. Since bottles can be very valuable and collectible, knowing the approximate age of a bottle can help you sell them for top dollar. It happens. There's more to the story you've got to read. To identify the age of your bottle, let's start from the bottom up. In the middle of the 1800s, a snap tool was invented which let a glass blower or gaffer hold a glass bottle without a rod. This tool eliminated the sharp pontil mark the broken end of the glass rod at the base of a bottle.


How to Identify Antique Glass Bottles By Kandra Sperling ; Updated April 12, 2017 Collecting old bottles and jars is a hobby sure to evoke a feeling of nostalgia--bringing you hours of enjoyment. It may also be one way to put a little cash in your pocket. The value of historic bottles is escalating, sometimes garnering hundreds, even thousands of dollars each.

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Bottles designed for decorative purposes, or as special reissue editions from various liquid product companies, look much like bottle designs that are much older. While the physical shape of the bottle is somewhat indicative of its age, other telltale signs are a bit more accurate for pinpointing its origin and production date. Irregular Shape Aging If the bottle seems very heavy for its size, has a blobby top area and looks like hand-blown glass, it likely is. Before molds were used to create a more uniform bottle, glass bottles were made entirely by hand by a skilled tradesman blowing air into a blob of hot glass attached to the end of a long pipe. Such bottles may have air bubbles or lean slightly, or the glass may be thicker in some areas than others.

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