Welcome to whiskeyid.com, a resource for identifying vintage bottles of bourbon and rye.The site features images of vintage bottles as well as specific info and timelines to assist in dating and verifying authenticity.Content is mostly user-submitted, so if you have bottles that you don’t see here please click the submit link and contribute your photos!The first known Canadian glass factory or glasshouse, the Mallorytown Glass Works in Upper Canada, began operation in 1839 and closed in 1840.From this distribution centre, sales were advertised as far away as Hamilton.This page and associated sub-pages allows a user to run an American produced utilitarian bottle or a significantly sized bottle fragment through a series of questions based primarily on diagnostic physical, manufacturing related characteristics or features to determine the approximate manufacturing age range of the item.Unfortunately, the complexities of precisely dating bottles is beyond the scope of any simple key.
Please be aware that in order to gain the maximum information about any particular bottle (e.g., dating, typing) the user must usually must review a number of pages within this website.
Insulators were necessary by serving as a medium for attaching the wires to the poles, but much more importantly, they were required to help prevent electric current loss during transmission.
The material, glass, is itself an insulator (not a “conductor” or “transformer” as insulators are often incorrectly labeled in antique malls and flea markets).
Researcher/historian Tod Von Mechow has compiled a large quantity of in-depth information on antique beer bottles, including both pottery and glass bottles.
I would encourage anyone interested in makers’ marks on beer bottles (and soda bottles) to check out his site…..
Only bottles from the Canada and the United States are currently supported and dating ends at 1920.
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Additional reference materials outside of this website must often be consulted to narrow down the date of any item as far as is possible and to really get a "feel" for the history of the bottle in question.
The information on this website will, however, usually produce a reliable manufacturing date range for a majority of American utilitarian bottles manufactured from the early 1800s to the mid-20th century.
Both glass and porcelain insulators have been used since the early days of the telegraph, but glass insulators were generally less expensive than porcelain, and were normally used for lower-voltage applications. The period from 1875 to 1930 might generally be thought of as the “heyday” of the glass insulator.
Hundreds of millions of these glass “bells” were produced during this time by many glasshouses, located primarily in the East and Midwest with a few plants in California and Colorado.