Dating a warranted flask bottle
I keep finding old bottles that are being washed up on the old beach shorelines here in CT.Today I found 2 identical whiskey bottles: WARRANTED FLASK 7 OZ.)Reuse, of course, does not change the manufacturing date of the bottle itself, but care must be exercised when using the known date of one or a few bottles to date other items found from the same context.
The bottle pictured to the right has a Wait's Liver and Kidney Bitters label pasted over the embossing of a Star Kidney and Liver Bitters bottle!
Pontiled base fragments could also be from later produced "specialty" bottles which are described below.5.
Some bottle shapes are indicative of a particular manufacturing era, though many bottle styles/shapes were used for so many years - like the cylinder whiskey "fifth" or square snuff bottle - that the shape itself is not indicative of age.
An example of this is the finding of a few pontil scarred utilitarian bottles among otherwise late 19th or early 20th century refuse.
It is unlikely that this bottle was made during the same era, but instead was reused for a lengthy period or otherwise retained until broken or discarded.