Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes

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1906 Illinois Glass Co. Bottle Catalog
HOME: Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes: 1906 I.G.Co. Bottle Catalog

IGCo. 1906 catalog cover; click to enlarge.One of the best sources for determining bottle types based on the shape are old glass/bottle makers catalogs.  An assortment of catalogs have been used in the preparation of this website to assist with bottle dating, and in particular, bottle typing - i.e., what a bottle likely contained or was used for.  A very few bottle makers catalog were reproduced in the 1960s and 1970s, but all are long out of print and variably difficult to obtain.  However, there is no better source for determining potential use and period shape names than these old catalogs. 

Because of this utility I have reproduced the entire 1906 Illinois Glass Company (IGCo.) catalog on this website; a catalog never reproduced to the authors knowledge.  The IGCo. was one of the largest producers of bottles during the late 19th and early 20th centuries (and still is in its current manifestation as the Owens-Illinois, Inc.)  having almost certainly the most comprehensive array of offerings of any bottle maker at the time within all important bottle type categories.  Given this dominance, the bottle styles listed in their catalogs - and to a large degree the style names used - are typical of the offerings of most bottle makers of that time making the IGCo. catalogs one of the more important catalogs of the era to researchers.

The first decade of the 1900s was a pivotal time in glassmaking history as the first serious assaults on mouth-blown manufacturing methods were just beginning to be made by machines.  By 1906, there were some semi-automatic machines beginning to produce wide-mouth jars and bottles in quantity.  Pages 278-287 of the 1906 IGCo. catalog lists an assortment of wide mouth "Machine Made Bottles" that the IGCo. was producing; items which were not listed in the previous (1903-1904) catalog.  These "Machine Made Bottles" were almost certainly made by semi-automatic press-and-blow machines where the glass had to be hand fed into the machine since the IGCo. was not licensed to use the Owens Automatic Bottle Machines - the first fully automatic bottle machines - until 1911 (Miller & McNichol 2002).  Given this fact, it is certain that all of the bottles in this catalog were mouth-blown with the exception of noted wide mouth items listed at the end of the catalog which would exhibit machine-made characteristics (see the Machine-made Bottles dating page for more information) .

For a complete history of the Illinois Glass Company consult the following reference; a pdf copy of this article is included on this website:

Lockhart, Bill, Bill Lindsey, David Whitten, and Carol Serr.  2005a.  The Dating Game: The Illinois Glass Company. Bottles and Extras 16(1):54-60 (Winter 2005).  This article available on this site at:  http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/IGCo_BLockhart.pdf

Now available (April 2014) is a large (122+ MB) downloadable PDF file of this entire catalog as one fully indexed file!  Click on the following link to download and view this file, compliments of a user of this website that combined all the individual pages linked below into this one file:
1906 Illinois Glass Company bottle catalog

All of the individual pages in the 1906 IGCo. catalog are hyperlinked in the boxes below in the order they appear in the catalog, reading from left to right and down the page. 

Click on the thumbnail pictures to view a reasonably good quality enlargement of each two page scan (jpeg files).  The subject matter of the pages is briefly noted as are the actual page numbers from the catalog.

If a user wishes to search for a particular bottle type  (or other catalog listing) in the catalogs "General Classified Index," these pages are linked immediately below.  Determine the page number of the item you are interested in then find that page link further down this page and click on it.  Just be aware that some of the proprietary names that the company (and all bottle making companies) used are not always intuitively clear as to what type of bottle it is referring to:

Pages 4-5 - Absinthe Bottle to Desk Ink Wells
Pages 6-7 - Dewey Preserve to Magnolia Flask
Pages 8-9 - Mailing Cases to Shoe Polish Bottles
Pages 10-11 - Shoe Fly Flasks to Yatagan Drawer Pulls

After viewing an enlarged scan, use the back arrow on your browser to return to this page.  Unfortunately, a user can not move from one page scan to the next without returning to this page.

Title pages; click to enlarge.Title pages - pages 0-1 Pages 2-3; click to enlarge.Introduction information - pages 2-3 Pages 4-5; click to enlarge.Index - pages 4-5 Pages 6-7; click to enlarge.Index - pages 6-7
Index - pages 8-9 Pages 10-11; click to enlarge.Index & liquor mold numbers - pages 10-11 Liquor mold numbers - pages 12-13 Pages 14-15; click to enlarge.Discount tables - pages 14-15
Pages 16-17; click to enlarge.Discount tables - pages 16-17 Pages 18-19; click to enlarge.Discount tables - pages 18-19 Pages 20-21; click to enlarge.Molds and Finishes - pages 20-21 Pages 21-22; click to enlarge.Druggist - pages 22-23
Pages 24-25; click to enlarge.Druggist - pages 24-25 Pages 26-27; click to enlarge.Druggist  - pages 26-27 Druggist - pages 28-29 Pages 30-31; click to enlarge.Druggist - pages 30-31
Pages 30-31; click to enlarge.Extracts & Misc. - pages 32-33 Pages 34-35; click to enlarge.Ginger, Bromo, Packing - pages 34-35 Pages 36-37; click to enlarge.Embalming & Pomades - pages 36-37 Pages 38-39; click to enlarge.Pomades & Tooth Powders - pages 38-39
Pages 40-41; click to enlarge.Nursing & Talcum - pages 40-41 Pages 42-43; click to enlarge.Pill & Paneled  - pages 42-43 Pages 44-45; click to enlarge.Extracts & Panels - pages 44-45 Pages 46-47; click to enlarge.Extracts & Castor Oil - pages 46-47
Pages 48-49; click to enlarge.Extract & Toilet - pages 48-49 Pages 50-51; click to enlarge.Oil & Paneled - pages 50-51 Pages 52-53; click to enlarge.Citrate, Hand Grenade, Misc. - pages 52-53 Pages 54-55; click to enlarge.Ink - pages 54-55
Pages 56-57; click to enlarge.Candy & Cigar jars - pages 56-57 Pages 58-59; click to enlarge.Candy jars - pages 58-59 Pages 60-61; click to enlarge.Stoppered Inks, Perfume & Misc. - pages 60-61 Pages 62-63; click to enlarge.Stoppered Extracts & Misc. - pages 62-63
Pages 64-65; click to enlarge.Stoppered Colognes & Toilets - pages 64-65 Pages 66-67; click to enlarge.Colognes & Extracts - pages 66-67 Pages 68-69; click to enlarge.Toilet & Fish Globes - pages 68-69 Pages 70-71; click to enlarge.Fish Globes & Fountain Syrup - pages 70-71
Pages 72-73; click to enlarge.Battery Jars - pages 72-73 Pages 74-75; click to enlarge.Ointment & Patch Boxes - pages 74-75 Pages 76-77; click to enlarge.Dose Glasses & Druggists sundries - pages 76-77 Pages 78-79; click to enlarge.Druggist Sundries & Labels - pages 78-79
Pages 80-81; click to enlarge.Labels for shop furniture - pages 80-81 Pages 82-83; click to enlarge.Shop Furniture - pages 82-83 Pages 84-85; click to enlarge.Shop Furniture - pages 84-85 Pages 86-87; click to enlarge.Test Tubes & Misc. - pages 86-87
Pages 88-89; click to enlarge.Tube Vials - pages 88-89 Pages 90-91; click to enlarge.Syringes & Vials - pages 90-91 Pages 92-93; click to enlarge.Acid Bottles & Misc. - pages 92-93 Page 94-95; click to enlarge.Round Packing & Prescription - pages 94-95
Pages 96-97; click to enlarge.Round & Oval Extracts - pages 96-97 Pages 98-99; click to enlarge.Paneled Medicines - pages 98-99 Paneled Medicines - pages 100-101 Pages 102-103; click to enlarge.Florida Water, Castor oil & Misc. - pages 102-103
Pages 104-105; click to enlarge.Inks & Shoe Polish - pages 104-105 Pages 106-107; click to enlarge.Citrate, Toilet & Snuff - pages 106-107 Pages 108-109; click to enlarge.Water Cooler & mailing cases - pages 108-109 Pages 110-111; click to enlarge.Carboys & cases - pages 110-111
Pages 112-113; click to enlarge.Carboys & cases - pages 112-113 Pages 114-115; click to enlarge.Carboys & cases - pages 114-115 Pages 116-117; click to enlarge.Oil Can - pages 116-117 Pages 118-119; click to enlarge.Bar Bottles & Liquor Cylinders - pages 118-119
Pages 120-121; click to enlarge.Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 120-121 Cylinder Liquor - pages 122-123 Pages 124-125; click to enlarge.Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 124-125 Pages 126-127; click to enlarge.Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 126-127
Pages 128-129; click to enlarge.Cylinder & Decanter Liquor - pages 128-129 Pages 130-131; click to enlarge.Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 130-131 Pages 132-133; click to enlarge.Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 132-133 Pages 134-135; click to enlarge.Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 134-135
Pages 136-137; click to enlarge.Liquor & Wine - pages 136-137 Pages 138-139; click to enlarge.Liquor & Wine - pages 138-139 Pages 140-141; click to enlarge.Gin & Wine - pages 140-141 Pages 142-143; click to enlarge.Liquor & Wine - pages 142-143
Pages 144-145; click to enlarge.Liquor & Wine - pages 144-145 Pages 146-147; click to enlarge.Liquor & Wine - pages 146-147 Pages 148-149; click to enlarge.Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 148-149 Pages 150-151; click to enlarge.Schnapps, Bitters, Tonics - pages 150-151
Pages 152-153; click to enlarge.Liquor & Bitters - pages 152-153 Pages 154-155; click to enlarge.Bitters - pages 154-155 Pages 156-157; click to enlarge.Liquor Flasks - pages 156-157 Pages 158-159; click to enlarge.Liquor Flasks - pages 158-159
Pages 160-161; click to enlarge.Liquor Flasks - pages 160-161 Pages 162-163; click to enlarge.Liquor Flasks - pages 162-163 Pages 164-165; click to enlarge.Liquor Flasks - pages 164-165 Pages 166-167; click to enlarge.Misc. & Wickered Liquor - pages 166-167
Pages 169-168; click to enlarge.Wickered  Liquor - pages 168-169 Pages 170-171; click to enlarge.Wickered & Liquor Flasks - pages 170-171 Pages 172-173; click to enlarge.Liquor Flasks - pages 172-173 Pages 174-175; click to enlarge.Liquor Flasks - pages 174-175
Pages 176-177; click to enlarge.Misc. Liquor - pages 176-177 Pages 178-179; click to enlarge.Packing Cases - pages 178-179 Pages 180-181; click to enlarge.Packing Cases - pages 180-181 Pages 182-183; click to enlarge.Packing materials - pages 182-183
Pages 184-185; click to enlarge.Packing materials - pages 184-185 Pages 186-187; click to enlarge.Pickle & Preserve Ware - pages 186-187 Pages 188-189; click to enlarge.Pickle & Preserve Ware - pages 188-189 Pages 190-191; click to enlarge.Pickle & Horse Radish - pages 190-191
Pages 192-193; click to enlarge.Pickle  & Horse Radish - pages 192-193 Pages 194-195; click to enlarge.Olive Bottles - pages 194-195 Pages 196-197; click to enlarge.Olive Bottles - pages 196-197 Pages 198-199; click to enlarge.Olive Bottles - pages 198-199
Pages 200-201; click to enlarge.Catsups, Grape Juice & Sauces - pages 200-201 Pages 202-203; click to enlarge.Catsups & Sauces - pages 202-203 Pages 203-205; click to enlarge.Catsups, Club & Pepper Sauce - pages 204-205 Pages 206-207; click to enlarge.Olive Oil & Mustard - Pages 206-207
Pages 208-209; click to enlarge.Mustards - pages 208-209 Pages 210-211; click to enlarge.Mustard & Mugs - pages 210-211 Pages 212-213; click to enlarge.Honey, Capers & Jelly - Pages 212-213 Pages 214-215; click to enlarge.Preserve Jars - pages 214-215
Pages 216-217; click to enlarge.Preserve Jars - pages 216-217 Pages 218-219; click to enlarge.Preserve & Display Jars - pages 218-219 Pages 220-221; click to enlarge.Preserve Jars - pages 220-221 Pages 222-223; click to enlarge.Preserve & Fruit Jars - pages 222-223
Pages 224-225; click to enlarge.Milk & Beef Extract - pages 224-225 Pages 226-227; click to enlarge.Beef Extract, Tabasco & Salad Dressing - pages 226-227 Pages 228-229; click to enlarge.Salad Dressing & Salt - pages 228-229 Pages 230-231; click to enlarge.Spice - pages 230-231
Pages 232-233; click to enlarge.Condiment jars & Siphons - pages 232-233 Pages 234-235; click to enlarge.Siphon Heads - 234-235 Pages 236-237; click to enlarge.Siphon Parts & Sodas - pages 236-237 Pages 238-239; click to enlarge.Sodas - pages 238-239
Pages 240-241; click to enlarge.Sodas - pages 240-241 Pages 242-243; click to enlarge.Sodas - pages 242-243 Pages 244-245; click to enlarge.Sodas - pages 244-245 Pages 246-247; click to enlarge.Sodas - pages 246-247
Pages 248-249; click to enlarge.Sodas & Ginger Ale - pages 248-249 Pages 250-251; click to enlarge.Export Beers & Apollinaris - pages 250-251 Pages 252-253; click to enlarge.Champagne Beers - pages 252-253 Pages 254-255; click to enlarge.Champagne Beers & Misc. - pages 254-255
Pages 256-257; click to enlarge.Cham-pagne Beers - pages 256-257 Pages 258-259; click to enlarge.Weiss Beers & Malt Ext. - pages 258-259 Pages 260-261; click to enlarge.Packers, Spring Water & Porter - pages 260-261 Pages 262-263; click to enlarge.Beer & Soda Closures, Boxes - pages 262-263
Boxes - pages 264-265 Pages 266-267; click to enlarge.Boxes - pages 266-267 Pages 268-269; click to enlarge.Boxes - pages 268-269 Pages 270-271; click to enlarge.Box Access. - pages 270-271
Pages 272-273; click to enlarge.Box Access. - pages 272-273 Pages 274-275; click to enlarge.Paperweights & Misc. - pages 274-275 Pages 276-277; click to enlarge.Graduated & Milk Testing Equip. - pages 276-277 Pages 278-279; click to enlarge.Machine Made Items - pages 278-279
Pages 280-281; click to enlarge.Machine Made Items - pages 280-281 Pages 282-283; click to enlarge.Machine Made Items - pages 282-283 Pages 284-285; click to enlarge.Machine Made Items - pages 284-285 Pages 286-287; click to enlarge.Machine Made Items - pages 286-287

4/19/2014

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