What do the numbers on the bottom of old bottles mean?

What do the numbers on the bottom of old bottles mean?

In most cases, one- or two-digit numbers are actually mold numbers that indicate the specific bottle mold or section in an automatic bottle machine. If numerous molds were identical, each one received its own number. Base numbers also indicate bottle styles or shapes, manufacturing dates, or factory location codes.

What do numbers on glassware mean?

1) The eye size number (it is the size of the lenses on your frame). 2) The bridge size number (the distance between the lenses). 3) The temple length number (it is the size of that part of your eyeglass frame, which rests upon your ears).

How do I identify old bottles?

To find the markings, examine the bottle carefully. The side of the bottle may be printed with the product or manufacturer’s name, and this can be helpful in identifying your find. Also turn the bottle over. Many bottles have marks on the bottom, and these are important signatures of bottle manufacturers.

What are the most valuable antique bottles?

1. National Bridge White Beer Brewery Bottles – $2,700. The literal top of the heap belongs to these bottles which were described as being “extremely rare bottles” by Morphy Auctions.

How can you tell if a glass bottle is antique?

Look for these old bottles with the characteristic crown top. The embossed maker’s mark or letters on the side of a bottle or on the base of a bottle will help to reveal a bottle’s age. Marks or letters on collectible milk bottles and Coca Cola bottles are commonly indicators of age and origin.

How do I know if my old bottles are worth money?

The Age of the Bottle While not all old bottles are valuable, an older bottle is more likely to be worth more than a newer one. Seams and pontil marks are two of the ways you can determine a bottle’s age. The pontil mark is the mark at the bottom of the bottle where it was attached to the glass blower’s pontil rod.

How can you tell if glass is antique?

Although many antique glass pieces are unmarked, there are a great number of pieces that do have glass markings….Other markings on antique glass pieces that offer clues to its age are:

  1. Pontil mark of a blown glass piece and whether it is highly polished or not.
  2. Mold marks.
  3. Any marks within the glass itself such as bubbles.

What is a pontil mark on a bottle?

A pontil mark is a variable size and type of scar or roughage left on the base of a bottle by a pontil rod. A typical pontil rod (aka ponty, punty or punte) was a long (4-6 feet) rod which was securely attached to the base of the just blown hot bottle (Trowbridge 1870).

How can you tell if a glass bottle is valuable?

What glass is worth money?

Look for pink, blue and green glassware Pink, green and blue are the most valuable colors of depression glass. Pink tends to be the most valuable because it is more rare. Yellow and amber colored depression glass is more common and therefore less valuable.

What does the L on the bottom of a glass mean?

(1888-to date) The “cursive L” trademark is frequently seen embossed on the bases of various tableware items, especially tumblers and other drinking glasses, barware, wine glasses and stemware for home use as well as commercial and institutional use.

What do the marks on Blue Ridge Pottery mean?

One of a number of marks on Blue Ridge pieces. A number of different marks were used by Buffalo Pottery, most featuring an American bison somewhere in the logo, and all indicating the date the piece was made. Buffalo made both semi-vitreous and vitreous wares, and some pieces indicated the type in the mark.

What do the Buffalo Pottery markings on the logo mean?

A number of different marks were used by Buffalo Pottery, most featuring an American bison somewhere in the logo, and all indicating the date the piece was made. Buffalo made both semi-vitreous and vitreous wares, and some pieces indicated the type in the mark.

What does the mark on Bawo & Dotter pieces mean?

Pieces decorated by Bawo & Dotter usually have a red shield-shaped decorating mark over the glaze as well. Other marks were used by Bawo & Dotter as well, all referencing “Elite” in some way. A similar mark without an underscore beneath ELITE and no “L” above France was used ca. 1896 to 1900.

How do I find additional information on a pottery mark or piece?

If we have additional information on the pottery mark or piece, you can click the image to open that section. If no additional information is currently available, the potter will be named below the image and clicking will open the Antique Collectibles gallery, to assist you with any examples of the potters’ items we may have listed.