- Oct 6, 2006
- Reaction score
The crown closure was patented February 2, 1892 (U.S. Patent 468,258). I agree the closure didn't attain wide use until after the introduction of the Owens automatic bottling process in 1903. That would suggest the examples I used of late squat/porter bottles could date to the turn of the century. The use of the large round slug plate used on the bottle featured in this article I've noticed is rarely found on bottles before 1880. The question concerns dating the bottle accurately? Slug plates were used before 1880, starting in the mid to late 1850s judging from bottles in my collection which can be accurately dated. But the early slug plates were square or rectangular not round. I suggest this guys bottle dates to the 1880s.
If the Ziem doesn't convince you round slugplates were used in 1870's then maybe these 2 example will. pictured here are 2 1870's Bottle, the rare early first Kling from Peninsular Brewery & a rare early Martz Bros. with round slug plate I'll point out. The Kling even looks ancient prehistoric. Both of these bottles have the very early Makers Mark of C&I. Which was only used in 1860's & 1870's as can be seen below. Leon.