Dating an antique bottle

The bottle has developed over millennia of use, with some of the earliest examples appearing in China, Phoenicia, Rome and Crete.

Bottles are often recycled according to the SPI recycling code for the material.

It is thought that most wine consumed outside of wine-producing regions had been tampered with in some way.

There are some manufacturing #s on the heels of the bottles with the capacity embossed after that became necessary by law in 1913.

These bottles all have Vernor's Ginger Ale and his VGA logo on the bottom, because they were stacked in the cases upside down to keep the corks wet and not lose the carbonation.

The Codd-neck bottle was designed and manufactured to enclose a marble and a rubber washer/gasket in the neck.

The bottles were filled upside down, and pressure of the gas in the bottle forced the marble against the washer, sealing in the carbonation.

There are many sizes and shapes of bottles used for wine.

Some of the known shapes: In 1872, British soft drink maker Hiram Codd of Camberwell, London, designed and patented a bottle designed specifically for carbonated drinks.

Key sections include dating, typing/typology, glassmaking, colors, finishes, bodies and seams, bases, fragment identification and a glossary.

By 1918, Vernor's had adopted the motto, "Detroit's Drink", which was embossed on the bottle's shoulder along with Vernor's Ginger Ale and also used paper labels.

Says VERNOR'S GINGER ALE, DETROIT MICH, Genuine only when crown cork has the above design in Red, REGISTERED. Thanks, Tom These embossed Vernor's bottles have no dates on them but date to the early 1900s. The earliest ones in use had ceramic stoppers with wire bales.

In the '20s, the motto was changed to "Deliciously Different", still using the shoulder embossments and paper labels.

Bottles come in various shapes (round, oval, square, etc.) and sizes and are often made of glass, clay, plastic, aluminium or other impervious materials.