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Bottles and Insulators

Antique Bottles

A bottle is a small container with a neck that is narrower than the body. Bottles are often made of glass, plastic or aluminum, and typically used to store liquids. such as water, milk, soft drinks, beer, wine, oil for cooking and as fuel, medicine, liquid soap, shampoo, ink, etc.

For some bottles a deposit is paid, which is returned after returning the bottle to the retailer. For other glass bottles there is often separate garbage collection for recycling. A device used to close the mouth of a bottle is called a bottle cap.

In 1872, British soft drink maker Hiram Codd designed and patented a bottle designed specifically for carbonated drinks. The Codd-neck bottle, as it was called, was designed and manufactured to enclose a marble and a rubber washer/gasket in the neck. Soon after its introduction, the bottle became extremely popular with the soft drink and brewing industries. The bottles were regularly produced for many decades, but gradually became unfashionable. Because children smashed the bottles to get at the marbles.

The glass bottle was an important development in the history of wine, because, when combined with a high-quality stopper such as a cork, it allowed long-term aging of wine.

Group of Antique Bottles
The Most popular bottle collectibles are the Hutchinson Soda water. The Hutchinson Soda Water bottle, called "hutch" for short, was in use around 1880-1910. The bottles have the unique shape. This style supported use of the patented Hutchinson spring-loaded internal stopper. The remains of these stoppers are often found in the bottles. Many collectors will try to find all hutch bottles in their state, while others collect pictorial and colored hutch bottles.

Antique Bottles pre-1900

Bitters   Flasks   Fruit Jars   Hair & Skin Care   Inks   Medicines and Cures   Mineral Waters  

Pickles, Sauces and Other Foods   Poisons   Sodas   Utility & Black Glass  

Whiskeys, Gins & Schnapps   Other Antique Bottles

Modern Bottles 1900-Now

Beer   Flasks   Fruit Jars   Medicine Screw Top   Milk   Miniatures   Perfume   Sodas   Coca-Cola  

Pepsi   Whiskeys Screw Top   Wine   Other Modern Bottles

Antique Insulators

Glass Insulators were first commercially produced in the 1850s for use with batteries, telegraph lines, and lightning rod systems. As telegraph, telephone, fire alarm, railroad signal, high voltage transmission, and radio antenna system technologies developed, the need for insulators grew very quickly, and reached its peak sometime in the second decade of the 20th Century. In the 1920s electricity and telephone signals moved over open copper wire. At each pole a glass insulator was used starting this popular hobby of insulator collecting. Insulators made by Owens-Illinois at the Hemingray Factory in Muncie, Indiana appear to be the most popular.


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