Dating an antique bottle

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I would encourage anyone interested in makers’ marks on beer bottles (and soda bottles) to check out his site…..

he has a Usually embossed on the base, marks may also appear on the lower heel area on certain types of bottles, especially sodas.

Content is mostly user-submitted, so if you have bottles that you don’t see here please click the submit link and contribute your photos!

Researcher/historian Tod Von Mechow has compiled a large quantity of in-depth information on antique beer bottles, including both pottery and glass bottles.

This is nowhere near complete, but I can find no definitive guide to vintage Shalimar bottles anywhere, so I am going to make my own out of cobbled together information, pictures, and links.

Hopefully some will find this, and find it helpful, and please, if you have information to add, share it! It's one of the few classic Guerlain bottles that has contained just one fragrance, as Guerlain had a habit of reusing its bottles for different perfumes until Jean-Paul Guerlain took over as nose. Trying to date this bottle was difficult because it looks vintage, but it had a clear plastic label on the bottom, and the ground glass stopper is also encased in plastic.

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.

This list primarily includes marks that represent the actual glass company that made the container.

One is sharper and much more defined, while the other is a lot more sloppy.And in doing even more research, the bottom of the 60th Anniversary bottle is also not acid etched, putting my bottle far earlier than 1986...One on the left was made by Saint Gobain des Jonqueres and dates from 1981-1986.Many marks are encountered that indicate the company whose product was contained within it, or are trademarks (“brand names”) that give no indication of who actually made the glass, and those are (with quite a few exceptions) , not included in my list.From the standpoint of most collectors of antique bottles, the name and location of the company the bottle was made for, and the name of the product that was originally contained in the bottle (one or both of which may be embossed on the bottle) is often considered to be of more interest or importance than the glass factory where the bottle was actually manufactured.

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