Found this on a hike today. It’s the oldest bottle I’ve ever found but I’m trying narrow down a date range

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It has an applied finish that can be felt inside the bottle with my pointer finger. The base has no markings but I included the side that has a D above the base slightly. I think I can make out a Pontil mark on the bottom but I don’t have enough experience with bottles of this age to know for sure if that is what I’m looking at or not.
 

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I'm afraid it's not that old, it's an early ABM bottle so should date to around the 1900s or 1910s.
 

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I'm afraid it's not that old, it's an early ABM bottle so should date to around the 1900s or 1910s.
What feature on the bottle did I miss that would clue me into that so I don’t spend an hour staring at it to arrive at the wrong conclusion lol
 

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What feature on the bottle did I miss that would clue me into that so I don’t spend an hour staring at it to arrive at the wrong conclusion lol
The seam goes right to the top of the lip and there's a suction scar on the base. It's a wider than usual suction scar so I can see how you missed it. But the seam going right to the top of the lip is the biggest indicator, you won't see that on a 19th century bottle.
 

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The seam goes right to the top of the lip and there's a suction scar on the base. It's a wider than usual suction scar so I can see how you missed it. But the seam going right to the top of the lip is the biggest indicator, you won't see that on a 19th century bottle.
Thank you for your help!
 

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It would be nice if it had a pictorial embossing. Some flasks like that have a pic of a ship or other pic which would add to the value of the bottle. Without any embossing it just makes it a common bottle without much value I'm afraid. Keep on looking you never know what you'll find!
 

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you generally won't find really old bottles on a hike , more likely bottles from the 50's till now would be lying around the woods and such .
anything really old is likely buried underground or been found long ago
 

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you generally won't find really old bottles on a hike , more likely bottles from the 50's till now would be lying around the woods and such .
anything really old is likely buried underground or been found long ago
I thought that also, but I live in a very densely populated part of NJ. I still find bottles from the teens all day long. I agree lots of 50s but more by roadways. Go deep in the woods into areas No one in their right mind would go. That's where I find old surface finds.
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I thought that also, but I live in a very densely populated part of NJ. I still find bottles from the teens all day long. I agree lots of 50s but more by roadways. Go deep in the woods into areas No one in their right mind would go. That's where I find old surface finds.
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one reason I'm not finding old bottles on the surface here might be tree growth , my area had been largely deforested in the 1880's due to logging and attempts at farming . most of these lots are now entirely forested again

so a bottle from 100 years ago might be a lot harder to find in such conditions

I do check roadway embankments and places people don't go often and do find things here but a lot of modern bottles and cans from the 60's till now
 

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