Bottle Attributes - Lettering

The technique to apply lettering to a bottle can say something about a bottle's age, but is less useful in dating glass bottles than pottery ones.  For example, lettering that is embossed on a glass bottle is of little use in dating a bottle since the technique used to apply this lettering has been in use almost as long as molds to shape the glass have been used.  However, lettering that is embossed on a pottery bottle is much more useful in narrowing the age of a bottle as the technique to do this was used in a much narrower time period.

The following lettering types are documented on this site:

  1. Beer Bottle Lettering Types
  2. Soda & Mineral Water Bottle Lettering Types

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