Dating coke bottles
Trying to amass a collection of Hutchinson bottles today is a major undertaking in terms of both time and finances.The Hutchinson bottles derived their names from the metal stopper device used to seal them. To open the bottle, the consumer punched down on a metal loop in the stopper, which broke the seal and made a popping sound. After the turn of the century, the Hutchinson stoppers were gradually phased out and replaced by bottle caps or crowns.You can identify them from later reproductions by looking at the base–Can you spot the reproduction in the shot?Source: “Antique Coke Bottles” – When Coca Cola was originally produced it was at the soda fountain in the latter years of the 19th century and served in glasses (and the original recipe included cocaine–hence its value as a medicinal product, if a highly addictive one).While they are not typically digging these specimens up, they are employing the same basic approach the archaeologists have developed for cultures that predate patents and trademark laws!
In the early days, branding was more fluid and it is more challenging to date some of these early bottles without some reference–many collectors’ sites exist to aid this process of differentiation; if it is of interest to you, see links below this post.If the specific attribute is no known, you can enter "unknown," where allowed.You must enter all of the attributes for the engine to function correctly and give an accurate estimate.To the naked eye, these bottles will look pretty much the same.The only differences from 1915 to present day for embossed bottles are changes in the trademark registration notice and patent notice on the bottles.
Only bottles from the Canada and the United States are currently supported and dating ends at 1920.