Dating old medicine bottles
(NOTE: the article on this page is pertaining to GLASS containers, and does not apply to the subject of modern / recent PLASTIC containers, which is an entirely separate field of study, and is discussed on many other websites.The number (within a triangle with rounded corners) found on the bottom of plastic bottles is a code indicating the type of plastic the bottle is made of, and pertains to the subject of recycling) .We have in stock many more items than those listed here on this website. If there are any collectables you are searching for please send an Email or photo of the item to [email protected] We will do our very best to help all genuine enquiries.The Information and Company History pages are areas where you will find information about many varied Antiques, Collectables and Bottles."Pineapple Bitters" - These familiar shaped bottles are very popular with collectors for obvious reasons and this is an exceptional example. The base has a large (1.5" in diameter) and quite distinct pontil scar - a circular "disk" pontil scar which is an unusual pontil style for these bottles..unusual on American manufactured bottles for that matter.
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(For more information on the disk pontil, see my other, comprehensive Historic Bottle Website pontil scars page at this link: Pontil ) The bottle is almost 9" tall, bubbles here and there in the glass, has a crudely applied double ring type finish (the finish found on the earlier bottles - click upper neck view to see such), and is ca. The condition of this example is essentially perfect as it never appears to have been buried and exhibits a bit of high point wear on the base.
There are a few very short in-making stress lines in the upper neck/lip interface area where the finishing glass was applied although they are hard to see and quite common to that era in applied lip bottles.In these cases, the general style, shape, glass color and other characteristics can at least help narrow down the possible age range of a particular specimen.