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Some glass containers make quite obvious which glass company made the item. in a circular body plate (the reverse side is also embossed THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO / BE SOLD). Husting was in business under his name from 1877 to 1900 (Van Wieren 1995) which more than spans the time that Cream City Glass was in business, producing a certain (as certain as the historical record is accurate) date range for the production of this bottle to between 18.For example, the quart canning jar pictured to the right is boldly embossed on one side with PACIFIC / SAN FRANCISCO / GLASS WORK (sic) making it easily clear that the jar was manufactured by the Pacific Glass Works of San Francisco, CA. This bottle was certainly made by the Cream City Glass Company (Milwaukee, WI.) which operated from 1888 to 1893, possibly at plant #1 as it is believed they had two separate plants at the same location and the number "2" has been observed on at least one other bottle with the same makers marking (Lockhart et al. This is typical of the type of makers marks found on the bases of mouth-blown beer bottles produced from the 1870s through the 1910s until National Prohibition and is an example of how useful makers marks can be for the accurate dating of historic bottles.The Milk Route is the official publication of the The National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors and another venue for articles published by BRG members which may be of interest to site users.To quote from their website: provides research, educational opportunities and information about milk bottles, milk bottle collecting and dairy memorabilia to its members, museums and the general public...Take a look at these sections below which if printed out (well over 2000 pages so far!) in their entirety comprise the first five volumes of the "Encyclopedia of Manufacturers Marks on Glass Containers." This is the pattern to be followed for subsequent volumes.reliminary PDF copies of all the alphabetical "Logo Tables" - tables of the actual markings, the associated glass makers that used them and and dates of use - have been posted in their entirety here with the actual manufacturers articles to be added later as part of the multi-year project to complete the "Encyclopedia." These "Logo Tables" are all being listed along with a short "Introduction" in the box immediately below this section and above the "Encyclopedia" boxes.His webpage is also a great resource for those wishing to figure out what an observed makers mark stands for on a bottle they may have and an approximate date range.Whitten's site typically also includes some brief history behind the companies.
The following link will take one to David Whitten's exceptional webpages that cover most known American glass makers marks assigning specific markings to the known (or strongly suspected) user of the marking - David Whitten is a serious avocational student of bottle and insulator makers marks and his pages are a wealth of information on the subject.
One factory making beer bottles in the 1880s, whose ownership, name, and mark changed five times in eleven years, has helped historical archaeologists date a number of sites in the western United States.
(Toulouse 1971)The pictures to the left show the base of an 11 oz.
beer bottle (and the entire bottle) which shows the some of the distinctive marks that the Owens-Illinois Glass Company - which had many plants around the country - used beginning in 1929 or 1930 until at least the mid-1950s. See the machine-made bottle dating page Question #11 for more information on this bottle.
More specifically, the marks on this particular bottle indicate it was made in 1941 ("1" to the right of the diamond O-I mark) at the Oakland, CA. Also consult the two part article by Bill Lockhart and Russ Hoenig (retired senior engineer of the ) - located at the links below - for more information on the history and marks of the Owens-Illinois Glass Company.