Hey Rat, here are a few obvious examples of applied tops.
Some aren't quite as obvious, but in these two examples, you can see in the top where the neck was separated from the blowpipe.
Some early tops are tooled, not in the sense of having been blown in a full height blowback mold where the top is actually part of the mold and tooled after removal from the mold and separation from the blowpipe, but where the bottle is separated from the blowpipe, then tooled by flaring in this case, or in others, rolled inwardly or outwardly.
Hope this helps, and I'm glad you've joined us and I enjoy seeing your enthusiasm as a new collector.
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Originally Posted by Warf rat
Is a tooled neck and applied top the same thing?
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