Dating antique beer bottles
This is very frequently the case, especially with soda, mineral water, beer and other bottles of the 1880-1930 period, in which the initial(s) of the “end user” (such as the bottler, brewery, drug manufacturer, or other firm for which the bottle was made) appear embossed on the base. initials of early glass companies) may vary slightly in appearance and punctuation from one bottle to another. These marks usually served as some type of mold identification, indicating a particular mold used by a glass factory.
The British Antique Bottle forum was founded by dedicated antique bottle collectors Wayne Richards & Paul Best, originally started in early 2007 our community has gone from strength to strength over the years attracting bottle collectors from across the globe, we first launched a website to run alongside of our forum in 2010 and updated to this new version in 2013, we are a friendly online community founded for like minded collectors of antique bottles, pot lids, jars, advertising, brewery memorabilia and related items to meet up and share stories and photos regarding the hobby, our online community which is totally funded by the kind support of our members with the aim of promoting and publicizing the hobby and related events and hopefully ensure the hobby continues onto the younger generation, early in 2012 we linked up with the Australian Antique Bottle Forum and became “sister forums” creating a link between the collectors in Great Britain and our good friends in Australia.
However, the general style, shape and glass color of a container can give strong clues to approximate age. That book is the best reference work ever published on glass manufacturers’ marks on bottles, but it does contain many errors which have been discovered over the last several decades since it’s publication. Fletcher, Norman “Ted” Oppelt, Dick Cole, Harvey Teal, Dean Six, Tom Neff, Albert Morin, John P. (Eventually, I may add a page on this site with lists of books by some of the above-named persons which I found to be of most value.
Other sources of information I have used (including reference books, magazine articles, websites, and in some cases, email or voice communications) would include: Helen Mc Kearin, Rhea Mansfield Knittle, Stephen Van Rennselaer, Harry Hall White, Alice Creswick, Dick Roller, William S. In the meantime, you might try an internet search for more information on these names……there is a wealth of information out there, with many books in libraries and/or online pertaining to glass history, antique glass collecting, glass container manufacturing, and related fields).
But later had it pointed out to me that it was in fact a "foil" label.
I believe it was wonkapete who corrected me on this, but it may have been some other super member).