In the 1950s, bottles began to feature painted labels.Identify other antique apothecary bottles by their characteristic cornflower blue and cobalt blue colors, many of which were embossed with company logos and text unique to their product.Other beer bottle colors were dark amber, aqua and green.
Cobalt blue is a color often used in these types of bottles, dating from the 1870s through the 1930s.
Many poison bottles from the late 1800s through the early 1900s feature a quilted or spiked pattern and, sometimes, included the word "poison." Study bottles with embossing; for example, beer bottles made before 1900 usually have the words "porter" or "ale" on them, while bitters bottles were embossed with more elaborate designs and the word "bitters." Most bottles made prior to the 1950s feature embossed lettering.
Machine-made bottles after 1920 will usually have two side seams running the entire length of the bottle and through the top of the lip. Bottles made after 1910 tend to have a smooth bottom with several numbers.
If the bottom has a molten scar in the center, this is an indicator that it may have been produced before 1860 when bottles were free blown.
Specifically, there are 32 narrow medicine vials with metal screw-on caps, plus 17 medium-size vials.
There are six miscellaneous vials, 5 of which are corked, and one that houses a later-date, glass syringe.
This is an old Bromo-Seltzer bottle, looks to be from the 1930's.
Very common, but the blue color makes it display nice.
Finally, there are 7 apothecary bottles with ground glass stoppers residing in their individual compartments.