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Best in the West Bottles (12/16/08)
Bottle shows strongly emphasize old or historic bottles, though always have an assortment of other collectibles ranging from glass insulators, to coins and trade tokens, bottle related items (e.g., shot glasses, advertising signs, trade cards).Every year for the past 30 years, the 49er Bottle & Antique Show has been held at the Gold Country … More >>

Patination and Historic Bottles (10/17/08)
1880s chemical or ammonia bottle with heavy and undesired patination or staining - close-up.The internal and external surfaces of a glass bottle that has been buried (probably a majority of collectible bottles) will usually react variably to the natural chemical processes of decomposition in both water and the earth. This process of weathering is called “patination” in the archaeological world (Jones & Sullivan 1989). More >>

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Pontil Scars (But Were Afraid To Ask)? (9/29/08)
Blowpipe or One of the easier to identify and most consistently accurate indicators that a bottle was manufactured during or prior to the American Civil War (i.e., the 1860s or before) is the pontil scar present on the base. More >>

“The God of Things As They Ought to Be” – Bottle or salt/pepper shaker…or god? (9/4/08)
Billiken bottle in clear or colorless glass - same mold as milk glass bottles The title of this blog is the wonderful and strangely upbeat phrase embossed around the pedestal base of this whimsical little bottle…or is it a salt/pepper shaker. Actually, the "em-bossing" is "de-bossed" or indented into the glass instead of raised relief like typical bottle embossing. More >>

Dating Bottles with the Side Mold Seam–The Myth (9/4/08)
Image of the entire bottle used in the previous image.One of the most pervasive and longest running myths in the world of bottle dating is that the side mold seam can be read like a thermometer to determine the age of a bottle.(See image #1, which is an illustration pointing out the major “parts” of a bottle, including the side mold seam. Illustration from my Historic Bottle Website – a purely educational website.) More >>