WEB SITE OF THE MONTH IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY TOD VON MECHOW AND IS A PRICELESS REFERENCE GUIDE FOR SODA AND ALE COLLECTORS ALIKE. ONE OF THE THINGS I LOOK FOR IN ANY SITE I RUN FOR SITE OF THE MONTH IS UPDATES AND CONTENT, THIS SITE IS KEPT FRESH AND CONTENT IS GREAT. CLICK ON THE BANNER ABOVE AND PAY A VISIT, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED. BE SURE TO BOOKMARK IT FOR LATER REFERENCE, THANKS TO TOD FOR HIS EFFORTS, I SEND MANY FROM MY SITE TO HIS FOR ANSWERS.
The purpose of this site is to provide useful information for collectors, researchers, and novices on North American hand-made glass and pottery soda and beer bottles. It's not that we have anything against machine made bottles, it's just that the scope of these bottles is too great to include in this work.
Hand-made glass and pottery beer and soda bottles span over 150 years of use. In North America, the earliest marked and documented bottles date to the late 1810s and some forms were used until about 1920. In other parts of the world, marked beer and soda bottles were being used by 1810, and hand-blown bottles were used well into the Twentieth Century. Unmarked examples were used before marked examples. Machine-made glass bottles started to replace their hand-blown kin starting about 1905. Hand thrown bottles continued to be made into the 1920s, even though molding was prevalent.
This site is packed with information and listings of over 27,600 bottles with over 32,100 variants from over 14,400 firms, so step inside.
Whats new- The addition of over 1,600 new bottles. Added over 725 new or improved photos
Add 4 new glass manufacturer catalogues. Including 2 for Cumberland Glass Manufacturing Co. of Bridgeton, NJ, Illinois Glass Co. of Alton, IL and North Baltimore Bottle & Glass Co. of Terre Haute, IN. The links are available under the attributes menu and then under manufacturers with the catalogue link. The links are also available by manufacturer on the manufactures page by clicking on the catalogue icon (Catalogue).
Updated the Early Soda and Mineral Water article with additional information on Thomas Greenleaf Chase (The Pioneers), and two new bottles and their histories; John Moon of Philadelphia, PA and John Maicks of Reading, PA. Also added links to bottles of related firms mentioned in the articles.
Added 28 new pontiled bottles. Added two porters from Whitehead, Ihmsam & Phillips of Pittsburgh, PA, a green porter variant marked G. W. Brandt and Dyottville Glass Works from Carlisle, PA, a blue soda from John Kantner of Reading, PA, an amber J. Maick early soda from Reading, PA, fourteen (yes 14) new pontiled bottles from Philadelphia a scar pontiled J. Moon Improved Patent OP type soda, an oval plate marked J. Scherhammer and another marked P. P. Blasse, a green double plated porter marked J. Reynolds, a second double plate porter with only a partial name of F. M. in the plate, a green porter marked F. Bode, another marked R. Humphrey, another marked J. Montgomery, another marked S. McCormick, another marked Planck & Haeffners, a new P. Conway porter marked Union Glass Works and Brown Stout, a porter from the same mold and marked Union Glass Works Brown Stout , but with an empty plate,a new Dyottville porter in green and blue (one in blue is a first for a Dyottville porter and a deviation from the Dyottville green) from Philadelphia, PA, a green porter marked Jas. Duffin, Port Richmond (section of Philadelphia), PA, a Brown & Reid, from PA (suspects are Philadelphia or Lancaster), a salt jar from Clarke & White of Saratoga, NY, A blue soda from F. Gleason of Rochester, NY without the reversed letters, A Dr. C. L. Whitney's Patent Soda & Mineral Waters from New York, NY, A blue mugbase marked Elmer & Turell of Rossville (Staten Island), NY, a pontiled version of the J. T. Brown Torpedo from Boston, a green pony from Stephan C. Heald of Lynn, MA, a sided aqua soda marked M. Wange from Indianapolis, IN, and a yellow green J. Cairns & Co. variant form Saint Louis, MO.
Added 3 new Gravitating Stopper bottles; one from Bennett & Ketchum of Meadville, PA. and two from L. H. Kerlee of Little Rock, A Added 2 new Albertson stopper bottles from William S. Kinch of Paterson, NJ. Added 5 New Codd Patents; one marked La Reina and two variations of The Dominion Soda Water Co. Ltd, both of Montreal, QE, one from Corea & Company and second from R. T. Samuels both of St. Vincent. Added 5 new Roorbach 1885 patent bottles, one from Emil Marcotte of Taunton, MA, and another from the Westfield Bottling Co. of Westfield, MA, a third fro the Claxton Bottling Works in Claxton, GA, a fourth from the Hammack Lucas Mfg Co of Atlanta, GA, and a fifth from William Leary of Chester, PA. Added 1 new Universal Seal Stopper bottle from Charles G. Eckinger of Harrisburg, PA.
Added 7 new glass manufacturer; The Cumberland Glass Manufacturing Co. of Bridgeton, NJ., Gaynor Glass Works of Salem, NJ, Whitehead, Ihmsen & Phillips of Pittsburgh, PA, The Modes Glass Co. of Cicero, IN, Owens Bottle Co. of Toledo, OH, The Chattanooga Bottle & Glass Company of Chattanooga, TN, and Nuttall & Co. Ltd. of St. Helens, England. Add 2 new potteries; Sipe, Nichols & Co. of Williamsport, PA, and Western Pottery Manufacturing Company of Denver, CO. Added 1 new glass jobber; H. B. Sleeman of London. Added additional notes to the Frederick Heitz Glass Works.
Add 3 new closure. A soda bottle closure patented by John Schrink in 1875, a lever stopper made by the Keystone Stopper Company for beer bottles, and the Kork-N-Seal closure patented in 1906.
Added a new category of Fire Extinguisher. Added the Virgin Islands (U. K.) as a new country. Added the Virgin Islands (U. S.) as a new State