Ken . . .
Your post is a mix of fact and fancy. The fanciful:
Are you asserting that your ginger ale bottle collection is a reliable representation of the numbers and shapes of all ginger ale bottles of the era? (Five times more flat bottomed bottles than round!)
Round bottom bottles were...
Pinch or "dimple" bottle:
John Haig & Company Limited
Dimple 12 year old
Dimple 15 year Old
Also Known as Pinch in The USA Market
Haig Gold Label
The Haig whisky distilling dynasty can rightfully lay claim to be the oldest Scotch whisky distillers having being active...
I like your pickle jar. I find these wide-mouth jars particularly interesting. Rarely, one of these large bottles is found in colored glass, and these bring big bucks. I agree that these jars date to the 1870 -1900 era.
Vast numbers of these bottles full of ginger ale were exported from the UK to the USA. Same with stoneware bottles full of ale. These were occasionally called "ballast bottles" because they were heavy in large numbers, and were routinely loaded first (lowest) in the cargo hatches. Low in...