Bottles found underground are likely never in mint condition.
A visual inspection of characteristics including physical aspects and manufacturing details are used to date the bottle, or at least achieve an estimated year of creation.
There is no simple solution to dating a bottle outside of diligent research, which can sometimes become intense.
Bottle collecting is also an important part of the equation for professionals like archeologists and educators of history.
There are hundreds of thousands of innovative and uniquely-designed bottles produced in North America starting in the 1800’s and progressing through the 1950’s which are of interest to collectors.
Digging into the Earth has procured vintage bottle finds for experienced collectors.
Different bottle styles will be discovered in different parts of the country based on where the bottle manufacturing took place and the types of bottles being used locally and on a regional basis throughout history.
Damaged includes bottles with large cracks or missing pieces. Bottle collectors have a number of defect categories for even the smallest issues including dings, hairline cracks, and bubbles.
There are a number of complex bottle terms used for the identification of bottle types.
Collectors seek out the most prized bottle design – the mouth-blown bottles which were created by humans and not machines.