Glass Manufacturers’ Marks on Coke Bottles

 GLASS MANUFACTURERS’ MARKS ON COKE BOTTLES    

  For a little more info on some of these companies that are known to have made Coca-Cola bottles (including date ranges), please check the main “Glass Bottle Marks” webpages.  

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*NOTE* (this paragraph added to this page January 4, 2014) :   There are many types of authentic older amber (“beer bottle brown”) glass Coke bottles in existence (from a variety of cities across the US), but they are usually the “STRAIGHT SIDES” types made between 1900 and 1920.  If you run across an “Amber” HOBBLESKIRT STYLE (“curvy female” profile) Coke bottle….. any of the main 4 types including those with the Nov.16, 1915 date, the Dec 25, 1923 date, the “D-105529 PATENT, or “U.S. PATENT OFFICE / 6 or 6 1/2 oz., it is a recently color-altered bottle, having been subject to IRRADIATION to change the color from the original light green-aqua to a weird “burnt dark mustard/brown” color. The irradiated color is NOT natural……no bottles were made in such a color originally. Some newer collectors may be confused by these types of bottles appearing on online auctions, at flea markets and antique malls in these odd colors. Contrary to what some sellers may say, the irradiation does  not really INCREASE the value of old Coke bottles. It is a form of alteration, and considered to be DAMAGE by many experienced bottle collectors. Just a warning….hopefully this might help to educate a few people who would otherwise not be aware of what is going on.  A few Coke bottles might be found in a medium to dark purple, this is also from “nuking” the glass. This is also happening with alot of other types of glass……bottles, insulators, pattern glass, etc. Please see my page on Artificially purpled glass here.

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In general, the glass manufacturers’ marks are usually seen on the base, but sometimes on the side or lower heel of the bottle. In many instances (especially in the case of Owens-Illinois bottles), the glass manufacturers’ logo is in combination with a date code.

There are many collectors of antique and vintage Coke bottles who try to find examples with various city/town/state embossings marked on the bottom, for instance “LOUISVILLE  KY”  or “DECATUR ILLS”  or “TUCSON ARIZ”.   Bottles from larger cities are usually easiest to find, and, in general, the smaller the city, the scarcer the bottles.

A common misconception is that the city name indicates where the bottle was actually made. In general, the city name, in most cases, has nothing to do with the location where the bottle itself was manufactured.  The town/city name usually indicates where the bottles were supposed to be originally circulated, and the location where a local soda bottling or distribution center was situated.    Some of the larger glass manufacturers made Coke bottles (and other soda bottles such as Pepsi, etc) for hundreds of different cities around the United States.

The list below is certainly not complete, and I hope to eventually add more information as time allows.   This includes makers of Coke bottles covering a very wide time period, including the earlier “straight-sides” and the later “hobbleskirt” classic shaped bottle.

  • A.B.CO. ……………………………..American Bottle Company, Chicago, Illinois
  • A.G.W………………………………..American Glass Works, Richmond, Virginia (1908-1925)
  • Anchor logo entwined with a capital “H”………….Anchor Hocking Corporation, Lancaster, Ohio
  • C inside a circle………………….Chattanooga Glass Company, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga was a HEAVY producer of Coca-Cola bottles.
  • Diamond & O (oval) entwined/superimposed, with an I in center, looks something like an eye or the planet Saturn……………………Owens-Illinois Glass Company, head office Toledo, OH.  (See a number of pics showing this frequently encountered mark at that page).  This firm probably made more Coke bottles than any other glass manufacturer, at least during the 1940s and 1950s. Chattanooga would possibly be second place in total production.
  • D.O.C……………………………………..D. O. Cunningham,  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • DURAGLAS…………………………………..trademark/brand name applied to their typical container glass formula, introduced in 1940:  Owens-Illinois Glass Company.
  • EG (along heel, with numbers)…………Graham Glass Company, Evansville, Indiana.
  • F within a hexagon………………………Fairmount Glass Company, Fairmount, Indiana  & Indianapolis, Indiana.  
  • FV (connected, as shown)……………..Fábrica de Envases de Vidrio S.A. de C.V, Mexicali, Mexico. This is seen on some of the “Mexican Coke” bottles imported into the United States. Although this company began in 1987, I’m not sure if the mark has been in actual use that entire time. I have a Coke bottle with the mark which is date coded for the year 2006.
  • G23 (or similar letter/number, lightly embossed along the lower heel)……….. Graham Glass Company, Evansville, Indiana.  (Not to be confused with the “G-number” [bottle style/design codes] seen on the base of many Owens-Illinois soda bottles).
  • GRAHAM…………………………………..Graham Glass Company, Evansville, Indiana.
  • H entwined with (superimposed over) an “Anchor” emblem…………. Anchor-Hocking Corporation, Lancaster, Ohio
  • I inside an O (circle or oval)………………….mark used by Owens-Illinois Glass Company, after the mid- to late 1950s.

    IPG in triangle - on Clorox bottle

    IPG inside triangle-on heel of amber Clorox bottle

  • IPG inside triangle…………….Illinois Pacific Glass Corporation, San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles & other plant locations (c. 1925-c.1932).   This mark was reported on the heel of a hobbleskirt style Coca-Cola bottle, although this picture shows it on a Clorox bottle.
  • I.S.G.CO…………………Inter-State Glass Company, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Lbg …………………………………………………Lynchburg Glass Works, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • L – G  or  L  G ………………………………………………..Liberty Glass Company, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
  • L G W (letters may be widely separated around perimeter of base) ………………………………………….. Laurens Glass Works, Laurens, South Carolina.
  • R within a triangle………………………..Reed Glass Company, Rochester, New York.
  • REED…………….Reed Glass Company, Rochester, NY. (Reported by Taylor McBurney, embossed along lower heel)
  • ROOT…………………………………………. Root Glass Company, Terre Haute, Indiana.  Root was the first company to produce the classic “hobbleskirt design” glass Coca-Cola bottle.
  • S within a star………………………………………Southern Glass Company, Los Angeles, California.
  • V, actually a highly stylized ‘V’ logo,  which typically looks like a group of 3 small triangularly-shaped raised “spots” or “bumps“………………….Vitro Corporation, Monterrey, Mexico.  This mark is seen on huge numbers of recent bottles imported into the United States, including soda bottles as well as many other types of glass containers.

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Here is a website with lots of info on collecting Coke bottles:       http://www.antiquebottles.com/coke/

 

Vitro mark on 2008 Commemorative Coke Bottle

Vitro mark (on commemorative Coke bottle, made in 2008)

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