This will be noted where known

Dating vintage milk bottles

Square - If the bottle has a square bottom and shorter sides, it was most likely made in the s or later. The closer to the top of the bottle the seams extend, the more recent was the production of the bottle. Unfortunately, rare bottles are vulnerable to reproduction, but authentic pieces can fetch top dollar.

The label will tell you which

The earliest bottles were hand-blown by a glassblower with a blowpipe and lack seams. Using physical, manufacturing related diagnostic features, most utilitarian bottles can usually only be accurately placed within a date range of years i. Time has taken its toll on records, of course, but much of what happened in the past was simply not documented well or at all as with most endeavors of common people in the past. This style could be from any era.

These came in various single colors, including red, blue, and black. Inside the Owens ring are several numbers. Acceptance often occurred over a period of many years or decades in some cases.

In the s

It's important to ensure that you milk bottle is authentic as soon as you receive it, since this is a common place to sell fake bottles. Most free-blown bottle date prior to and can be much older. Determine if It's Rare See if you have a rare bottle. Both of these medicine bottles look much like their earlier counterparts. Either way, it's very important to understand how to identify these pieces.

This is the base of the bottle whose lip is shown above left. Ask the appraiser if he or she has experience in determining the value of old bottles before you decide to have your piece appraised. However, all used milk bottles will show some scratches. The disk-like mark is sometimes confused with a pontil. Asymmetry is an indication of a hand-blown bottle.

The label will tell you which dairy used your bottle, which can sometimes have an impact on the value. In the s, the bottle mimicked early forms which were hand tooled and sealed with a cork. The glass is rough not sharp around the circumference of the Owens ring. The image to the right is a close-up of a small, medium green, machine-made ink bottle. Raised embossed label - This style features the dairy's name or symbol in raised glass.