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Two bottles I am unsure about?

Coca-Cola

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Oct 5, 2019
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I have these two bottles and I am not sure how old they might be? Or even what they were used for?

The first bottle I know has a blob top and no machine seams. Other than that, that's all I know. I read that these were usually used for carbonated beverages?
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The second bottle I believe to be some sort of alcohol bottle. It is definitely hand blown and has no seams. On the base there seems to be a B marking. Any ideas?

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slugplate

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Both bottles are turn molded bottles. That process usually covers up the seam marks and gives a nice luster to the glass. If I'm not mistaken, you are correct and both were mineral water bottles. Sometimes you can find the dark amber bottle in a three piece mold as well. Anyway, they're great looking bottles, but relatively common.
 

sandchip

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Sep 1, 2008
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Georgia
Only the first one is a turn mold. The second, black glass example is a three mold and more than likely contained ale. Not sure what the first one contained. It looks just like the larger olive green examples that were used to bottle Apolinaris mineral water but I don't know of any labeled small examples to confirm if the company actually produced the smaller sizes too. I like the olive yellow color. It would look nice with the larger green ones that I've found by the truckload through the years. I think I have a small one in amber somewhere
 

Screwtop

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Sep 1, 2018
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Carter County Kentucky
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This bottle is a Blue Lick mineral water bottle, from Maysville Kentucky. The smaller versions of this bottle have a more pronounced blob top them. What is the color of your bottle in the sunlight? It looks like a Blue Lick bottle, but the color is slightly off from what I see.
 

CanadianBottles

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May 24, 2014
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Those blob tops were used in massive amounts for various beverages in Europe, though I think mineral water or soda was the primary use based on labeled examples I've seen. They're super common in parts of Canada were large amounts of British beer and liquor was drunk, so they may very well have been used for alcoholic beverages as well.
 

Patagoniandigger

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Jan 16, 2020
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Far away South: Argentina
The blobs are nice but common. They're both turn mold. Slugplate explains it well. Three mold bottles have two mold seems running through the neck and shoulder and one circular all around under the shoulder.
I think Canadian is right. I found many blobs type like this in Patagonia (South America ) The ones I have date 1910 to 1890 approximately. Ad another possible contents; olive oil.
I guess the mark on the base is a bobble.
 

sandchip

Well-Known Member
Sep 1, 2008
4,506
48
Georgia
The blobs are nice but common. They're both turn mold. Slugplate explains it well. Three mold bottles have two mold seems running through the neck and shoulder and one circular all around under the shoulder.
I think Canadian is right. I found many blobs type like this in Patagonia (South America ) The ones I have date 1910 to 1890 approximately. Ad another possible contents; olive oil.
I guess the mark on the base is a bobble.
Look closely at the first picture of the black glass example, left side about midways of his thumb. Most definitely blown in a three-piece mold also confirmed by the embossing on the base, which would have been erased in a turn mold. Small picture, but if you're able to zoom in, you'll see it and the slight misalignment of the top and bottom mold parts at the right edge of the bottle.

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