Discover a little about who made them and when they did it. So here’s the thing, the type of antique stores I favor can’t always be trusted to tell you the age of the thing you are buying.
On the bottom it says "Federal Law Forbids Sale Or Re-Use Of This Bottle" in an arc. Across the lower side of the bottom it says "A3", "64D50", "Ball" written in cursive.
Additional reference materials outside of this website must often be consulted to narrow down the date of any item as far as is possible and to really get a "feel" for the history of the bottle in question.
The information on this website will, however, usually produce a reliable manufacturing date range for a majority of American utilitarian bottles manufactured from the early 1800s to the mid-20th century.
' Often beginners have a difficult time distinguishing between old and new bottles especially when is comes to modern reproductions.
One can find quite a bit of information on my web site and across the Internet about dating bottles based on whether the mold seam goes up and over the lip or if the bottle has a 'pontil' on the base.