Dating antique coke bottles

Posted by / 06-Nov-2019 03:48

One exception are those produced during 1942-45; these were blue due to the copper shortage for WWII (copper gives the green color).

There are also some amber colored hobble-skirt bottles.

Amber-colored bottles, sold widely in the South and Midwest, tend to be more valuable than the clear or light green or flint straight-sided bottles that were more common in other parts of the country.

Petretti's guide calls this era a "gold mine" for collectors.

Be careful of Coke bottles with a deep purple color.

Here are purple examples of a S-S and 1915 Hobbleskirt.

According to the Petretti book on Coke bottles, the repro labels have even/straight/uniform lines while the originals had uneven/dotted lines.

By 1917 Cokes started being produced in the familiar hobble-skirt shape which is still used today.

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You can find an enormous variation in the sizes, colors and markings of bottles.

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