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Dating Bottles with the Side Mold Seam–The Myth

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.)

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Collecting Antique Barber Bottles

The image of the old time barber shop complete with a swirling barber pole, steaming hot towels and straight edge razor now seems like an anachronism but barbershop accoutrements such as barber bottles remain a hot collectible category. Before the federal government enacted the Pure Food & Drug Act of 1906, many barbers mixed their […]

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