Bill Lindsey, a retired Bureau of Land Management employee has dedicated 14 years to developing his invaluable site, Historic Glass Bottle Identification and Information Website, now in its permanent home under the Society of Historical Archeology (SHA).
Mr. Lindsey notes, “There exists a lot of variation in the terminology used by various authors to describe the physical features of bottles.” His bottle morphology (general physical attributes) image is a must-have for the standard terms for the parts of a bottle.
The image is a composite of many sources, but serves as a great basis for identification of sea and beach glass, as the vast majority of the glass we find on the beaches will have come from a bottle. Certain colors of beachcombed glass—green, white, brown—will in fact have as much as a 90-95% chance of having originated as a bottle.
Read more about antique and vintage bottles and how you can identify your beach glass bottle shards:
- A Rainbow of Bottle Colors
- Historical Bottle Lip Shapes
- Getting to the Bottom of It: Shard Identification of Bottle Bottoms
- My Indelible Love of Ink Bottles: Antique Ink Bottles
- Using Bottle Maker Marks to Identify Your Sea Glass
- Fishing for Codd in the River: Antique English Codd Bottles
- Sea Glass Pastels: Bottle origins of pastel-colored sea glass
- Treasures in the Chalk Streams: Antique bottles from England
- Vanuatu Coca Cola Bottles: Sea Foam Treasure Trove
- West Indies: Treasure Trove of Black Sea Glass
- True Daffy's Elixir Bottles
- Schlitz Royal Ruby Red Bottles
Learn how to identify your antique glass bottles
This article appeared in the Glassing Magazine July 2017 issue.