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Antique Bottle Markings
Ive noticed people,fall on one side of the fence, or the other, when it comes to restoration. People seam to be divided into two camps. We either agree everything should be restored! This in my opinion is a wrong way to look at restoration. I believe, we should be asking other questions, to help us make an informed decision, regarding a specific item. Im talkin Are your reasons for restoration, to halt the destruction of a piece possibly, for example where an item is made of metal or steel. Are you going to engage the services of a professional, if so does the person you are engaging to restore a particular item, have the sufficient skills required to restore said item.
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Collecting antique bottles is a fun and interesting hobby, but it's easy to get confused when trying to decipher the markings on the glass. These markings are the key to telling a fake from a find and to determining the age and value of your bottle. Once you know what to look for, you'll be able to spot a great bottle during your next visit to the flea market or antique shop.
Dating Antique Bottles
Dating antique bottles requires knowledge of the evolution of bottle technology and the ability to research manufacturers and bottling companies. Although glass bottles have been made for a few thousand years, it was not until the 19th century that bottle use became common, coinciding with the industrial revolution. By the midth century, embossed lettering and marking on bottle bodies and bases, denoting manufacturers and products, made more precise dating possible.