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Is that an E and a 16?? In the large B??
 

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I love the old Gail Borden Eagle brand bottles. I noticed a difference between your eagle and the one on my Gail Borden bottle. Length of neck, beak, eyes... even the olive branch are all different. Your looks older?
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Based on my limited knowledge and reading some articles, esp the SHA.org here’s a couple thoughts. The large B is almost def what they call a sorting code. It allowed the dairy’s to sort out quickly returned bottles into the right location during cleaning. The B= Borden. On the E, and the digits, if— this is a Thatcher mfg bottle, the E is the plant code, Elmira NY. I have dug many thatcher made bottle in NJ, with the E. Most are from the 20’s that I have found. And if it’s a Thatcher bottle(look around heel for an mTc mark), then the 16/17 or 12/13 is likely the date code, ie 1916/17.
ROBBIE- you have experience with these eagle Borden’s, am I on the right track??
 

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Based on my limited knowledge and reading some articles, esp the SHA.org here’s a couple thoughts. The large B is almost def what they call a sorting code. It allowed the dairy’s to sort out quickly returned bottles into the right location during cleaning. The B= Borden. On the E, and the digits, if— this is a Thatcher mfg bottle, the E is the plant code, Elmira NY. I have dug many thatcher made bottle in NJ, with the E. Most are from the 20’s that I have found. And if it’s a Thatcher bottle(look around heel for an mTc mark), then the 16/17 or 12/13 is likely the date code, ie 1916/17.
ROBBIE- you have experience with these eagle Borden’s, am I on the right track??
I'll check the heel. This was dug in Chicago area.
 

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