Dating an antique bottle
The fancy Burt beach ball double stripe is one of the rarest styles ever made.
Size: 2 1/8" Being displayed in a period bentwood & rattan pool ball basket type carrier dating back to the horse & buggy days, these were used in early pool rooms, given to the player buy the time keeper to Carrie the balls to and from the pool table. This ivory 15 ball set has the numbers hand engraved on both sides of the balls inside a flower pedal design. Wave-O-Lene Clay Pool Balls By The Brunswick Balke Collender Co.
Antique Clay Burt Double Beachball Gear Pattern Pool Ball Set c1880s. Nice clean set of Burt double beachball stripe gear pattern pool balls with surface dyed colors and hand scrimshaw numbers. Antique Clay Burt Double Beachball Gear Pattern Pool Ball Set c1880s. Nice clean set of Burt double beachball stripe gear pattern pool balls with surface dyed colors and hand scrimshaw numbers. Antique Brunswick Balke Collender Co Zanzibar Ivory #15 Ball Set, Burt Double Stripe Surface Dyed Colors With Hand Scrimshaw Numbers In The Original Labeled Wooden Box - Circa 1880s. Zanzibar Ivory Three Ball Set With Original Label Box. A very rare ivory 3 ball set measuring about 2 3/8" in excellent condition.
Surface dyed colors with hand scrimshawed numbers c1880s. Brunswick Balke Collender Company - c1880s, Rare Zanzibar Ivory Numbered Pool Ball Set 1 - 15 & Cue Ball, Standard 2 1/4" Size - Original BBC stamped label wooden box with cotton. We recently purchased this hand scrimshaw ivory numbered pool ball set out of a NH estate, the lady stated that her father, who had been a jeweler left them to her.
Is the base indented with an irregular to round pontil scar?
This, and no mold seams, is another indication of a hand-blown bottle.
By the mid-19th century, embossed lettering and marking on bottle bodies and bases, denoting manufacturers and products, made more precise dating possible. Is the bottle highly symmetrical, but lacking mold seams?
In addition to technology, products and manufacturers, certain types of glass colors will also aid in dating. This type of bottle was probably dip-molded and dates after circa 1820.
Check for lack of bubbles and uniform glass thickness.
This is another indication of a machine-made bottle. Most bottles with embossed lettering date from the late 19th century and later. Keep in mind that older technology often persisted and some bottles date later than you might think.
Made of a very heavy cardboard type material with steal top banding and rivets. Antique Ivory Burt Double Stripe Pool Ball Set 2 1/8". Antique Pyramid Pool Game Bottle & Peas #5 - #100 - c1860s/1870s.
These were used to carry the pool balls to the table.
Bottles with suction scars were made in an Owens Automatic Bottle Machine and date after 1903.