Dating owens bottles

27 Mar

To learn more about Mc Coy, visit his blog at cocacolabottleman.or check out his book, “The Coca-Cola Bottle”.

My grandfather got me started collecting bottles when I was about eight years old.

In this interview, Doug Mc Coy explains how the Coca-Cola bottle got its distinctive contour shape and charts the evolution of the brand’s packaging over its more than 100-year history.

Mc Coy also offers tips on how to find old dumpsites that might contain Coca-Cola treasures, and explains the story of the rare 8-ounce bottle that sold in Lexington, North Carolina during the 1960s.

It was only in the late 1700s that liquid ink in wide-bottomed bottles was widely available for sale.However, the skills and technology required to make glass were closely guarded by the Romans and it was not until the Roman Empire disintegrated that skills for glass making spread throughout Europe and the Middle East.The Venetians, in particular, gained a reputation for technical skill and artistic ability in the making of glass bottles and a fair number of the city's craftsmen left Italy to set up glassworks throughout Europe.It was not until the First Century AD when colourless glass was produced and then coloured by the addition of colouring materials.The secret of glass making came to Britain with the Romans.Click Monier's 1895 patent to see such including the patent illustration showing this closure, lid and jar finish.A close inspection of the label which only notes "H. of the company name (due to label damage) and a check of a food bottle reference (Zumwalt 1980) indicates that this jar was used by the H. which was a pioneer San Francisco wholesale grocer beginning in the 1850s.As noted above, the label is about 95% complete and very colorful as the images show though has some staining and darkening.The jar itself is mint with the usual ground rim (no real chipping during grinding), a lid that just has a tiny bit of roughness (in making I believe) on the lower edge, and no staining whatsoever.So I ran all the way home and dragged my dad there to get it for me.It was a 6.5-ounce Coca-Cola bottle from about 1948. I’d bring home just about any kind of unusual bottle, but my collecting became more focused over the years.