Bottle dating

The bottle also does not have a ground down surface on the top of the finish.

This yields a "YES" answer to Question #2 and we know that this is a narrow mouth/bore machine-made bottle which very likely dates no earlier than 1905 and probably 1910. (Note: This section of the dating key is a series of independent questions where the answer to any given question is not dependent on the answer to another; a user may view the questions in any order.)In reading through "B", there are a couple other options available to help refine the dating a bit.

-Embossed on the base is MISSION DRY CORP., some numbers & letters, and a symbol. It is apparent that the answer to Question #1 is "YES" since this bottle has raised embossing in the form of the "swirls" on the shoulder.

-The Mission Beverages "label" appears to be painted or silk-screened onto the bottle. The embossing indicates that this has to be a molded bottle and can not be either free-blown, dip molded, or from a turn-mold.

This is a result of using arsenic and/or selenium as the glass decolorizer.This page provides some examples of how to use the website (primarily the Bottle Dating pages) to determine the approximate date or date range for various types of bottles made between the early 1800s and the mid-20th century.The bottles used for illustration are a small but diverse assortment designed to give users guidance on how to work a bottle through the dating information to answer the Homepage's primary question #1 - What is the age of the bottle?One of the most frequently asked questions about old bottles is, 'How old is this bottle?' Often beginners have a difficult time distinguishing between old and new bottles especially when is comes to modern reproductions.The picture to the lower right is a close-up of finish of the Mission bottle.It shows that the side mold seam does go up to and through the finish/lip all the way to the top of the bottle.However, for example sake we will continue through the questions.Note: For more information on Owens-Illinois marks, see Bill Lockhart and Russ Hoenig's (a retired senior engineer for Owens-Illinois) recent work - available only on this website - at the following link (pdf file): deals primarily with cork versus screw top closures. Since its initial posting in early 2005, the Historic Bottle Website has become a very useful resource to the historical archaeology community.This makes its location on the SHA website in the new "Research Resources" section particularly appropriate.

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