Historic Bottle Website "Map"
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The following is a listing or "map" of all the main subject pages and connected sub-pages found within this Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website. The main subject pages are in bold capital letters and the sub-pages are listed underneath the related main page title in smaller, non-bold lettering. (Recent significant updates, additions and revisions to the site are noted further down the page.)
TYPING/DIAGNOSTIC SHAPES PAGE
BOTTLE FINISHES & CLOSURES PAGE -
QUESTIONS (FAQ'S) PAGE
Recent updates, additions and revisions to this website
Several significant Bottle Research Group (BRG) publications are now also available via this website:
Makers Markings Logo Tables - A major milestone in assisting with the dating of historic bottles is the completion of the "Makers Markings Logo Tables" by the BRG. This alphabetical listing of specific embossed bottle/glass makers markings includes the marks used by various bottle/glass making companies in the United States and Canada as well as some in England and Mexico. The actual makers marking "logos" are listed along with the name of the company that used the marking, the date range for the use of that marking, and the makers marking article(s) that cover that particular marking and maker. These tables taken as a whole constitute essentially a "quick reference" dating guide to the makers markings found on historic bottles!
IMPORTANT UPDATED ARTICLE!
Lockhart, Bill, Bill Lindsey, Beau Schriever, and Carol Serr. 2012. New Insights from the Bottles Excavated at the Fort Riley Hospital Privy. Privately published by Bill Lockhart & the Bottle Research Group. This well illustrated work highlights the recent reanalysis of hundreds of bottles and bottle fragments systematically excavated in 1984 from a large privy at Fort Riley, KS. used from the late 1850s into the 1890s. The reanalysis resulted in the identification of several previously non-attributed makers markings as well as provided a significant amount of information to affirm and refine many of the concepts and dating guidelines found on this site. This copyrighted work is available for sale as a softbound book via www.Lulu.com (search using "Bill Lockhart") or as a free, downloadable .pdf file which may be saved or printed out to make your own book for no cost! The file is available at this link: http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/FortRileyReport2012.pdf
Lockhart, Bill, Tod von Mechow, Beau Schriever, David Whitten, Bill Lindsey and Carol Serr. 2014. William Painter's Baltimore Loop Seal. Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website, E-published January 2014. This article is web published here exclusively for users! It is about this late 19th century (but used into the 1910s) closure type used for beer and soda bottling and invented by William Painter, who went on to much bigger fame as the originator of the crown cap closure and finish. This article is available at this link: http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/BaltimoreLoopSealarticle.pdf
The following three articles are on very commonly encountered bottles - Pitcher's/Fletcher's Castoria, Bromo-Seltzer's, and Vaseline jars - which are useful to archaeologists (and others) due to that ubiquity in that the many different varieties of bottles used for the products can be reliably dated (within ranges). This potentially allows for the dating of other historic bottles and items found within the same context.
Lockhart, Bill, Beau Schriever, Carol Serr, and Bill Lindsey with contributions by Joe Widman. 2014. Pitcher's and Fletcher's Castoria Bottles - An Uncommon Study of Common Bottles. Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website, E-published October 2014. Article on the fascinating history, bottles and (some) makers markings of this well know product (Castoria) that is still in production (Fletcher's Castoria) today. This article is available at this link: http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/CastoriaHistory.pdf
Lockhart, Bill, Pete Schulz, Bill Lindsey, Beau Schriever, and Carol Serr with contributions by David Whitten. 2014. Bromo-Seltzer in the Cobalt Blue Bottles. Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website, E-published December 2014. Another exclusive article published here only; this one on the fascinating history and bottles of another well know product (Bromo-Seltzer) that is still in production today. This article is available at this link: http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/Bromo-Seltzer.pdf
Lockhart, Bill. 2015. A Tour Through Time in Vaseline Jars. Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website, E-published August 2015. Another exclusive article published here only; this one on the fascinating history and bottles of yet another well know product (Vaseline) that is still in production today. This article is available at this link: http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/Vaseline2015.pdf
...and lots of smaller additions, corrections, and the like always ongoing!
Noted soda bottle researcher Ron Fowler has recently completed a website that includes a searchable database of the almost 19,000 different embossed Hutchinson soda bottles that he has cataloged. It is available a this link: http://www.hutchbook.com Although still a bit of a work in progress (primarily the inclusion of thousands of bottle images though over 11,000 are loaded to date!) this website is already a marvelous resource for those trying to identify soda bottles and fragments as well as so much more.
In late 2011, a truly monumental work of note was published for those interested in historic bottles. Published by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey it is entitled Bottled in Illinois - Embossed Bottles and Bottled Products of Early Illinois Merchants from Chicago to Cairo 1840-1880. Click Bottled in Illinois to read more about this book and for how to acquire it.
The following new book is a useful reference on a class of largely English made bottles used throughout their sphere of influence:
Bown, Tom A. and Chriss Addams. 2015. Glass and Pottery containers of the Royal Navy and British Military: Historic and Archaeological Finds from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries. First Choice Books, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. This is an excellent book on an amazingly wide array of interesting bottles (and ceramic) containers made for and used by the Royal Navy and British Military. Has great information on the "Broad Arrow" (aka "Admiralty Arrow") marking found on most of these containers. These bottles are found in many places in the world, though in particular the Commonwealth countries like Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India and of course the mother country Great Britain. The authors may be contacted via www.coffinisland.ca Copies of this book may be acquired through Limebay Books, Victoria, B.C. by contacting them at this email - email@example.com
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