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happyamos

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Sep 11, 2020
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I've got a brown bottle, that I'm pretty sure dates to 1945, if that's the date code on the right of the maker's mark. The problem I'm having is with the maker's mark, itself. I've done a few rubbings on it with a crayon and a pencil, and just aren't getting very good results. Sometimes it looks like a "7", and other times, like a "2".
IMG_20200909_175719.jpg


Here's the bottom:
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And here is some of my rubbings:
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I can't seem to find any information on a triangle with a "7" or a "2" inside of it. Any thoughts on how to proceed, or how to get a better rubbing from the bottom of the bottle?

Thank you in advance!
 

bottle-bud

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Jan 21, 2018
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St. Louis, Missouri
This website should help.


maybe I misunderstood your question, I am not sure about doing rubbings, I use a lighted magnifier to help in identifying makers marks and thats not always conclusive.

Good luck
 
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ROBBYBOBBY64

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Jan 11, 2020
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New Jersey
A large graphite drawing pencil works the best for me. I use 1/ 4 " graphite with a rounded tip. Hold the paper tight and rub at an angle with the pencil.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
 

happyamos

Member
Sep 11, 2020
9
1
Michigan
Thanks for the tips, I am going to get a large graphite pencil and give it a shot. Do different papers work better? Vellum paper vs a sheet of typical printer be paper?
 

happyamos

Member
Sep 11, 2020
9
1
Michigan
This was just a fast rubbing transfer.
You get the idea.
ROBBYBOBBY64.
Ha, looks pretty great for a quick rubbing! I'll pay attention to the bottoms and sides more as I start cataloging my collection, maybe I can come up with something myself!

My most recent observations of this bottle lead me to believe it's just a dot in the triangle. I'm still trying to find out what it is. I also looked at the liquid inside it, and it's definitely some kind of syrupy substance, still sealed up since 1945. Wish I knew what it was!
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PlaneDiggerCam

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Sep 4, 2017
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Southeastern CT, U.S.A.
I've got a brown bottle, that I'm pretty sure dates to 1945, if that's the date code on the right of the maker's mark. The problem I'm having is with the maker's mark, itself. I've done a few rubbings on it with a crayon and a pencil, and just aren't getting very good results. Sometimes it looks like a "7", and other times, like a "2".
View attachment 211840

Here's the bottom:
View attachment 211841

And here is some of my rubbings:
View attachment 211842
View attachment 211843
I can't seem to find any information on a triangle with a "7" or a "2" inside of it. Any thoughts on how to proceed, or how to get a better rubbing from the bottom of the bottle?

Thank you in advance!
Looks like an R in a triangle for Reed Glass Co. (1923-1956). The 48 to the right of it is the date code for 1948.
 

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