DETERMINING THE AGE OF MEDICINE BOTTLES

DATING YOUR MEDICINE BOTTLES

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Early Forms 1800-1830

1820-1830

 

Characteristics: Crude forms rarely embossed.

Mid-Century Forms 1840-1870

1850s

1840-1855

1860-1870

1845-1855

1840-1860

Characteristics: Crudely applied lips, hinge mold or pontil marked bases are typical before 1860.  Applied lips globby are common through the 1870s.  Earlier lips may be in rolled or out rolled as shown in the first picture above.

End of Century Forms 1870-1912

1910

1900

1900

1912

1900

Characteristics: Tooled lips on hand blown bottles.  Bottles are rarely crude but may have bubbles.

Modern Machine Forms 1920-1950

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1920s

1920s

Characteristics Similar form to earlier bottles in many cases but machine made.

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