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1) Welcome to Bottle Mysteries Information about rare and collectible glass bottles.

2) Hand Blown Bottles Understanding some of the skills that Early Bottle Makers had to develop.

3) Snuff Bottles Dot markings on the bottom of the old snuff bottles.

4) Key Lock on a Sholder Seam If you see this key mark on a shoulder match seam, this was how it got there.

5) Chilling the Cavity of Cast Iron Bottle Molds Who, Why and When, did they start chilling the cavity of the cast iron bottle molds?

6) Cold Mold Ripple in Glass Bottles When they started making bottles in cast iron molds, they started having the variable thickness in the glass.

7) Bottle Mold Cavity Half-Leaf Repair Marks The mold repair half leaf mark was used when a nick occurred in the mold cavity by rough handling.

Mechanical Mold Manipulating Systems

a. Early bottom hinged molds were opened and closed around the parison
formed bottle by a mold boy and a levering rod on the back of the front
dropping mold half.

b. 3-part molded shoulders and necks. These shoulder molds were hinged
to the backside of each mold half and had to be closed over the parison
formed bottle, for the final blow of the bottle maker.

c. H. Ricketts’ Patents – were involved with foot and hand, mold
segments levered in mechanical manipulation. His first patent was made
in 1821. Quite often these early bottles were embossed on the shoulder
with “/ PATENT \”. Many of them were embossed on the bottom in an
outside periphery ring, with “/ H. RICKETTS & Co. – GLASSWORKS – BRISTOL
\”. Some were later embossed with “/ H. R. & Co.\” in that same ring form.

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