Seaglass tells a story

by art

Bottle Bottom sea glass

Bottle Bottom sea glass

Bottle Bottom sea glass
Words on seaglass bottle bottom

~ submitted by art, holmdel,nj

Some seaglass leaves us wondering, "What type of bottle or jar did this come from?"

Others tell us in their own words!

by art

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Added Notes:

If you are an avid collector of sea glass, you have come across pieces of glass with letters or numbers on them, just as Art has.

Many times, letters can identify where the bottle came from and, occasionally, how old the bottle is. Numbers are much harder to identify, but still possible is some cases.

Some words or letters, like those from "Coca-Cola" are instantly identified. Others may be harder.

A good place to start is to do a Google search, including the word "bottle" and then the letters you have found.

There are also some very good books to help identify glass bottles. These will include the logos or other markings you might have found on a sea glass shard.

~ David from OdysseySeaGlass

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For more information on bottle identification, see these recommended books:

Sea Glass Identification
Collectible Glassware from the 40s, 50s, 60s 10th Edition
  ????? Another home run for Gene Florence
A "must have" for the serious Anchor-Hocking, Fire-King and EAPC collectors to carry around with them in the car!~ Review by Mark J. Desmond

Carnival Glass Identify your sea glass Warman's Carnival Glass: Identification and Price Guide
Once considered the stepchild of the collectable glass community, today carnival glass, "poor man's Tiffany," is synonymous with class and exquisite artistry. "An excellent and solid reference" - Midwest Book Review

Depression Glass Book Identify Sea Glass Warman's Depression Glass: Identification and Value Guide
This comprehensive guide delivers... the most specific identification process of any guide on the market today. 1,000 detailed color photos and line drawings of 170 patterns help with identification and pattern recognition!

Milk Glass Identification Book Collectors Encyclopedia Of Milk Glass Identification/Values
Bottles & jars, bowls, candlesticks, kitchenware, lamps, plates, shakers, toothpick holders, trays, vases, and more. "I have been buying odd pieces of milk glass and was looking for some kind of reference book so that I would know what I was looking at and looking for. WOW! This book gave me exactly what I was looking for." ~ Rebecca M. Makas

Collecting sea glass identification books English Transferware: Popular 20th Century Patterns (for Collectors)
Colorful patterns of English transferware have graced homes around the world for nearly 200 years. With nearly 600 beautiful color photos of 2000 pieces illustrated, this book focuses on...

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