How do you tell how old a bottle is?

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Look for these old bottles with the characteristic crown top. The embossed maker's mark or letters on the side of a bottle or on the base of a bottle will help to reveal a bottle's age. Marks or letters on collectible milk bottles and Coca Cola bottles are commonly indicators of age and origin.

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Likewise, people ask, how do you date old bottles?

There are three keys to help with dating most bottles:

  1. Side seams: None: bottle may be free blown, in which case it has a very uneven shape and dates before 1860.
  2. Base type (for examples, click here): Open pontilled: usually date before 1860.
  3. Top type (for examples, see click here):

Subsequently, question is, why are old Coke bottles Green? Today, the "Coke bottle green" color is nearly as synonymous with the drink as the bottle shape itself. This color was a natural result of the copper and minerals found in the sand that Root used to make his bottles (including the Coca-Cola bottle that his company patented).

Correspondingly, how do I know if my old bottles are worth anything?

While not all old bottles are valuable, an older bottle is more likely to be worth more than a newer one. Seams and pontil marks are two of the ways you can determine a bottle's age. The pontil mark is the mark at the bottom of the bottle where it was attached to the glass blower's pontil rod.

How much is a Coke bottle?

Coca-Cola Prices

Type Size Price
Coca-Cola Cherry 20 oz. Bottle $1.99
Coca-Cola Cherry Zero 20 oz. Bottle $1.99
Coca-Cola Vanilla 20 oz. Bottle $1.99
Diet Coke 20 oz. Bottle $1.99

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What Coca Cola items are worth money?

Top 5 Most Expensive Coca-Cola Merchandise Items Ever Sold
  1. Early Glass Globe - € 132,278.
  2. Cameo Paper Sign - € 102,932.
  3. Leaded Globe Soda Dispenser - € 97,922.
  4. Victorian Girl Tray – € 93,082.
  5. Girl On Hammock – € 78,311. While this festoon was meant as a festive decoration and advertisement, today it is seen as a piece of art.

How much is a 1899 Coke bottle worth?

In 1899, Coca-Cola started bottling their drinks in Chattanooga, Tennessee, using “Hutchinson bottles.” Coca-Cola has a fascinating history, but the most interesting part is its bottling. Why? Because some of these bottles are now worth up to $4,000.

What are old Coca Cola crates worth?

Also, an actual sale of the Crates on eBay along with the dimensions. 1948 Coca Cola Wooden Coke Crate Sold for $199. Poor Condition Value: $100. Good condition Value: $200.

When did coke start using plastic bottles?

1978 – Recyclable bottles
Coca-Cola introduced the world to the two litre PET plastic bottle. It became popular for a lot of reasons: it doesn't break; it's re-sealable, lightweight and recyclable.

What is the most expensive Coca Cola collectible?


10 Most Expensive Coca Cola Collectibles
  • 1893 Soda Fountain.
  • Untitled Coca Cola, Danh Vó Cardboard.
  • 1915 Coca Cola Contour Prototype Bottle.
  • Early Glass Globe.
  • c.1896 Cameo Paper Sign.
  • c. 1915 Globe Soda Dispenser.
  • 1897 Victorian Girl Tray.
  • c.1913 Girl on Hammock Festoon.

What is a 1915 Coke bottle worth?

Recently, a rare Coca-Cola glass bottle from around 1915 was put up for auction with a minimum bid of $50,000. However, the Las Vegas-based auction house Morphy Auctions currently has the bottle valued between $100,000 to $150,000.

How can you tell if a bottle is antique?

Look for these old bottles with the characteristic crown top. The embossed maker's mark or letters on the side of a bottle or on the base of a bottle will help to reveal a bottle's age. Marks or letters on collectible milk bottles and Coca Cola bottles are commonly indicators of age and origin.

How can you tell how old a bottle of whiskey is?

Most bottle manufacturers molded the year into the glass at the bottom of the bottle in 2-digit format. You'll often find it in the lower right portion when looking at the bottom (some dates are much easier to distinguish than others). This will usually tell you–within a year or two–when the whiskey was bottled.

How can you tell how old a beer bottle is?

For bottles, date codes are often printed on the neck or shoulder (the section just above the label). These codes are easiest to identify when they are printed in yellow or white ink on the bottle, but black or dark ink is not uncommon, so hold the bottle up to a light source to help you find the code.

Does old glass have seams?


A related characteristic is the coarseness of the edges along the mold lines. Early glass was pressed into the mold for much longer and the molds were clamped together with less pressure than is modern glass. On modern glass, the mold seams are very smooth. Bubbles occur in all glass but are more common in old glass.

What is a Pontil mark on a bottle?

A pontil mark or punt mark is the scar where the pontil, punty or punt was broken from a work of blown glass. The presence of such a scar indicates that a glass bottle or bowl was blown freehand, while the absence of a punt mark suggests either that the mark has been obliterated or that the work was mold-blown.

What do the numbers mean on the bottom of glass bottles?

Many liquor bottles are seen with “D-numbers” on the bottom which are distillery identification codes. Date codes are often seen, especially on soda bottles from the 1930s to date, and many of these codes are embossed on the base of the bottle, placed to the right of the glassmaker's logo.

What does a Pontil mark look like?

A pontil mark is a variable size and type of scar or roughage left on the base of a bottle by a pontil rod. A typical pontil rod (aka ponty, punty or punte) was a long (4-6 feet) rod which was securely attached to the base of the just blown hot bottle (Trowbridge 1870).

How can you tell if a bottle is hand blown?

Look closely at the mold seam and where the lip meets the bottle. All truely hand blown bottles have an applied lip. The curious student of glass items will quickly learn when a lip has been formed onto the bottle and when it was applied by hand.

What are the most valuable antique bottles?


The most valuable example is cobalt blue. Most aqua globular bottles sell in the $200-$400 range.

Where can I sell my old bottles?

Cheap bottles can be disposed of locally to collectors, at antique stores, flea markets, in general merchandise auctions, through antique malls and at yard sales. The best way to sell your junk bottles ($5 and under) is to sell them 10-20 bottles at a time in box lots through a local general merchandise auction.

Are old bottles of whiskey worth anything?

Whiskey that was bottled decades ago will still taste similar to the day it was bottled. So a bottle being from the 1950's (or whenever) isn't valuable just because it's old. Additionally, the secondary (resale) market for whiskey is small and shifting.