DETERMINING THE AGE OF WHISKY BOTTLES

DATING YOUR ALCOHOL RELATED BOTTLES

2004 DIGGER ODELL PUBLICATIONS

Whisky Bottle time Line

 

Early Forms 1800-1830

European 1830s

Probably European 1700s

American 1830s

American 1830-40

American Midwestern Swirl 1820-1040

Pattern Mold Decanter

   

Characteristics: Often black glass especially very early.  Many European imports. Often very crudely made. Early American examples are very rare.  Heavy applied lips common.  Pattern mold bottles and decanters exhibiting ribs and swirls.

Mid-Century Forms

Ales Circa 1860s

Clasped hand Historical 1865-1875

Late period historical 1860-1870

 

Handled Whisky 1840-1860

Calabash iron pontil 1865

 

Characteristics: Lip often more crudely applied than later forms.  Hinge mold bases common 1860-1870.  1850-1860 period will have pontil marks. Later period historical flasks will have more highly stylized figures.  For example, the Eagles, for example, lack the fine detail of pre-Civil War Historical Flasks.

End of Century Forms

1870-1880 half barrel Whiskey

Beer 1880-1905

Cylinder Whiskey 1870-1910

1870-1890 unembossed whisky flasks

Pumpkin seed flask 1890-1910

Pumpkin seed flask 1890-1910

Cylinder Whisky 1890s

   

Characteristics: Lips will be well formed and tooled but not usually crude.  Bases will be smooth no pontil mark.  Seams stops part way up the neck.  Wire bales present on Beer forms. Few screw tops.  Those that are found will have a ground rather than smooth lip. 

Modern Machine Forms

Prohibition era whiskey with sprinkler top added later. Probably Canadian.

Characteristics:  Well formed bodies and lips

 

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