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It does not attempt to address the dating of "specialty" or imported bottles made during that time, though much of the information found on this website is pertinent to these items to varying degrees. For this website the distinction between the two categories is related to the varying time frames that different glass making techniques were used for for the two classes of bottles.Click on to view the portion of the Glossary Page that covers these subjects.A listing or "map" of all the main subject pages and connected sub-pages found within this website is found at the following link Website Map.Use that page to get a feel for the structure of this website and to access any of the other web pages.The "Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes" complex of pages is in essence an on-line "type collection" of major bottles styles and types made from the late 18th through mid-20th centuries.Please note that the main "Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes" page - and many of the subordinate pages - are very large with hundreds of imbedded images; it may take 20 to 30 seconds or more to load even with moderate to high speed internet connections.This bottle is an Owens-Illinois Glass Company produced beer bottle made in 1941 by the Oakland, CA. If you are attempting to estimate the approximate manufacturing date - or age - of a particular bottle (or significant sized fragment) the first page to visit would be the Bottle Dating page and its related sub-pages.These pages lead a user through a series of questions about the physical - or morphological - characteristics of historic bottles which help to narrow down the age of an item.
However, the process of bottle identification and dating is quite complex with many exceptions; thus, the need for many web pages covering a lot of descriptive information.
In addition, this site also assists the user with these questions: 3.
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?
Be aware that none of the pages are all inclusive since related information exists on one or many other website pages.
For example, there is information pertinent to dating a bottle on virtually every website page.It also includes "Bottle Dating Worksheets" (pages 51 to 55) by Rebecca Allen and this author to assist in the systematic dating of an historic bottle based on the information in that dating key as well as other information on the website.