Old Smile soda bottle

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Hoping someone can help with the age of this bottle. Everything I read about Smile soda bottles suggests 1920 Era, however given what appears to be a non-machine construction I'm thinking pre 1915. I believe it to have an applied finish. Got lots of bubbles, uneven bottom thickness, very heavy, I don't think it's machine made. Opinions/insight?
 

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I have the same bottle as you do. Nice version of the Smile soda bottle.
I believe the bottle to be machine made. This bottle was patented in 1922, by Claude Johnstone.
Claude was the chemist for the Orange Smile Company, that was based out of St. Louis, Mo.

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The dead giveaway that it's machine made is the fact that the seam goes all the way to the lip. An applied top bottle will never have a seam to the top of the lip. Typically these "deco" bottles with elaborate designs date from the 1920s or 30s. They continue to show up here and there for several decades afterwards but are almost never seen from before the 1910s, although some fairly elaborate molds were occasionally used in the late 19th century.
 

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Coca Cola probably should get credit for starting the out of the Ordinary Bottle shapes with it's Hobbleskirt in 1915. Before that most if not all Soda Bottles had that plain Straight Side look to them. LEON.
 

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Coca Cola probably should get credit for starting the out of the Ordinary Bottle shapes with it's Hobbleskirt in 1915. Before that most if not all Soda Bottles had that plain Straight Side look to them. LEON.
Yes I believe they were the first to make soda bottles in really unusual shapes. If anyone else was doing it earlier I'm not aware of it. There were some designs before that which were more creative than others, but the ones I know of were all just different textures on bottles of the same general shape.
 

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Close but not exactly. Puritan botting works Hoboken N.J.
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Unless you are meaning it just missed being older then the Coke bottle.
 

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Unless you are meaning it just missed being older then the Coke bottle.
Not sure of the date on the puritan. Looks 1920's? Just similar that's all. They do look good together. I posted this bottle before. Though I cannot find it now. I find 2 different puritans, 1950's ones. This is the other earlier one and the only one I ever found. Vitale & Montello. Prop. embossed on the heel.
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