Dating antique bottles uk
All bottles made before the turn of the century are partly or completely hand blown and formed.Bottles made after about 1914 were produced in much greater number by machine (ABM for Automatic Bottle Machine).Gemel bottles, especially standing ones in bright colors, are especially sought after.For collectors, a sweet spot for antique perfume bottles is Art Nouveau.By the 1880’s the fancier glazed bottles with stamped logos started to appear (some very ornate) along with colored tops (different shades of green, blue, even reds). At the time of writing this only TWO are known to exist.These later bottles are the ones that are the most collectible today – especially local bottles for local collectors. This bottle would sell for over a 1000.00 if found in perfect condition.(Specifics on what a pontil looks like or how to tell the age based on the mold seam can be found in Bottle Basics.) While these two characteristics are often a strong clue to age, readers will be further helped by developing an understanding how the various categories of bottles changed over time.To aid beginning collectors and those interested in bottles I have developed a number of bottle time lines.
Any one of these factors is frequently not sufficient in and of itself to make a bottle valuable.Initially we will be concentrating on South African brands and products but eventually the scope will be widened to include any products still available after 100 years.We have identified at least 15 products which have a proud marketing centenary history and will, in the ensuing months be contacting the Companies currently involved in the manufacturing / distribution of these products in the hope of gaining their support for an individual page dedicated to their particular product or brand.These diagrams should help clarify age differences based on both form and function.
With each chart the reader will find accompanying pictures to further aid in bottle identification and age.Chart 1 The Basics of Dating Bottles Readers first need to develop the vocabulary necessary to distinguish early and late forms of bottles.