Bill Lindsey discusses antique bottles, including mouth blown bottles, bitters, figurals, inks, medicines, flasks, and many other varieties.
He also explains the history and methods of early bottle production, and how diggers find bottles.
A pontil rod held the nearly molten bottle during the final stages of manufacture.
The scar was left when the pontil was detached from the bottle. If the seams disappear in the neck, the bottle was probably "blown-in-mold" and dates circa 1820 to early 1900s.
With each chart the reader will find accompanying pictures to further aid in bottle identification and age.
Based in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Lindsey can be reached through his website, Historic Glass Bottle Identification, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.
My maternal grandfather and uncle got into bottles in about 1965 or ‘66 when I was in high school, and we started digging.
Anyway, we started by digging some of the mining camps in Oregon and Arizona and then eventually gravitated towards digging in downtown Portland, the urban renewal stuff in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. And so we got in there and started finding really nice stuff. I never looked back, and have been collecting ever since.
That was way better digging because that’s where people lived. : I have over a thousand bottles, which means something or nothing.
Is the base indented with an irregular to round pontil scar?