New manufacturing techniques, including new finishes, closures, design, and labels, allowed producers to exponentially bring more variety and numbers of products (and thus more bottles) to the consumer.
This in turn greatly impacted the historical archaeo- logical record.
Blown-in-mold bottles without pontil marks date circa 1860s to 1910s.Dating antique bottles requires knowledge of the evolution of bottle technology and the ability to research manufacturers and bottling companies.Although glass bottles have been made for a few thousand years, it was not until the 19th century that bottle use became common, coinciding with the industrial revolution. The earliest bottles were hand-blown by a glassblower with a blowpipe and lack seams.(Recent significant updates, additions and revisions to the site are noted further down the page.) Liquor/Spirits Bottles Wine & Champagne Bottles Beer & Ale Bottles Soda & Mineral Water Bottles Medicinal/Chemical/Druggist Bottles Food Bottles & Canning Jars Household Bottles (non-food related) Miscellaneous & Foreign Bottles Labeled Bottles Illinois Glass Co. In part, this book fulfills this authors long time desire to have a hard copy "field guide" version of this website for use by archaeologists (and others) by having at least the dating portions available in printed form to take to the field. 1933 bottle catalog This huge (555 pages), recently released work is one of the best "bottle books" there is for helping with the complicated subject of bottle identification.