This makes its location on the SHA website in the new "Research Resources" section particularly appropriate.
' Often beginners have a difficult time distinguishing between old and new bottles especially when is comes to modern reproductions.
One can find quite a bit of information on my web site and across the Internet about dating bottles based on whether the mold seam goes up and over the lip or if the bottle has a 'pontil' on the base.
This will usually tell you–within a year or two–when the whiskey was bottled.
Sometimes you’ll find two different 2-digit dates in the same bottle.
Most bottle manufacturers molded the year into the glass at the bottom of the bottle in 2-digit format.
You’ll often find it in the lower right portion when looking at the bottom (some dates are much easier to distinguish than others).
The move also helps the Department of Interior (DOI) meet recent DOI Inspector General Evaluation Report (#2003-I-0051) recommendations to simplify their web presence, increase security, and control content, while still maintaining a recognizable connection to the Historic Bottle Website. What technology, techniques, or processes were used to manufacture the bottle? Where did the bottle come from, i.e., where was it made and/or used? Where can I go for more information on historic bottles? The opinions expressed on this website are those of the author/content manager of this website and not necessarily those of the Bureau of Land Management or Department of Interior.
- Field archaeologists trying to identify and date bottles or bottle fragments which are found during cultural surveys and excavations in the United States; - Educators dealing with the subject of historic archaeology; and - Bottle collectors and the general public trying to date a bottle, determine what it was used likely for, and/or begin their search for general information on historic bottles.
Bill Lindsey's fantastic bottle identification and information site.
Loaded with detailed descriptions and diagrams, and luscious high res photos, this is a superlative one-stop educational resource and vicarious digger experience.
Even given these descriptions beginning often mistake a machine made Owen ring on the base of a bottle with a pontil.