Bottle Typing/Diagnostic Shapes
1906 Illinois Glass Co. Bottle Catalog
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One of the best sources for determining bottle types based on the shape are old glass/bottle makers catalogs. An assortment of catalogs have been used in the preparation of this website to assist with bottle dating, and in particular, bottle typing - i.e., what a bottle likely contained or was used for. A very few bottle makers catalog were reproduced in the 1960s and 1970s, but all are long out of print and variably difficult to obtain. However, there is no better source for determining potential use and period shape names than these old catalogs.
Because of this utility I have reproduced the entire 1906 Illinois Glass Company (IGCo.) catalog on this website; a catalog never reproduced to the authors knowledge. The IGCo. was one of the largest producers of bottles during the late 19th and early 20th centuries (and still is in its current manifestation as the Owens-Illinois, Inc.©) having almost certainly the most comprehensive array of offerings of any bottle maker at the time within all important bottle type categories. Given this dominance, the bottle styles listed in their catalogs - and to a large degree the style names used - are typical of the offerings of most bottle makers of that time making the IGCo. catalogs one of the more important catalogs of the era to researchers.
The first decade of the 1900s was a pivotal time in glassmaking history as the first serious assaults on mouth-blown manufacturing methods were just beginning to be made by machines. By 1906, there were some semi-automatic machines beginning to produce wide-mouth jars and bottles in quantity. Pages 278-287 of the 1906 IGCo. catalog lists an assortment of wide mouth "Machine Made Bottles" that the IGCo. was producing; items which were not listed in the previous (1903-1904) catalog. These "Machine Made Bottles" were almost certainly made by semi-automatic press-and-blow machines where the glass had to be hand fed into the machine since the IGCo. was not licensed to use the Owens Automatic Bottle Machines - the first fully automatic bottle machines - until 1911 (Miller & McNichol 2002). Given this fact, it is certain that all of the bottles in this catalog were mouth-blown with the exception of noted wide mouth items listed at the end of the catalog which would exhibit machine-made characteristics (see the Machine-made Bottles dating page for more information) .
For a complete history of the Illinois Glass Company consult the following reference; a pdf copy of this article is included on this website:
Lockhart, Bill, Pete Schulz, Beau Schriever, Bill Lindsey, and Carol Serr with contributions from Russ Hoenig and David Whitten. 2016p. Illinois Glass Company. Historic Glass Bottle Identification & Information Website, E-published August 2016. Article on probably the largest bottle maker during the last third of the 19th through the first quarter of the 20th century. This updated article is available at this link: http://www.sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/IGCo.pdf This article is part of the Encyclopedia of Manufacturers Marks on Glass Containers. This article also has an appendix of soda bottle mold/catalog codes used from 1896 to 1920. It is available at this link: Appendix A - Illinois Glass Co. Catalog Codes (Mold Numbers) for Soda Bottles 1896-1920.
Now available (April 2014) is a
large (122+ MB) downloadable PDF file of this entire catalog as one fully
indexed file! Click on the following link to download and view this
file, compliments of a user of this website that combined all the
individual pages linked below into this one file:
This catalog is also available via the
following link which allows a person to flip through the pages like a
All of the individual pages in the 1906 IGCo. catalog are hyperlinked in the boxes below in the order they appear in the catalog, reading from left to right and down the page.
Click on the thumbnail pictures to view a reasonably good quality enlargement of each two page scan (jpeg files). The subject matter of the pages is briefly noted as are the actual page numbers from the catalog.
If a user wishes to search for a particular bottle type (or other catalog listing) in the catalogs "General Classified Index," these pages are linked immediately below. Determine the page number of the item you are interested in then find that page link further down this page and click on it. Just be aware that some of the proprietary names that the company (and all bottle making companies) used are not always intuitively clear as to what type of bottle it is referring to:
After viewing an enlarged scan, use the back arrow on your browser to return to this page. Unfortunately, a user can not move from one page scan to the next without returning to this page.
|Title pages - pages 0-1||Introduction information - pages 2-3||Index - pages 4-5||Index - pages 6-7|
|Index - pages 8-9||Index & liquor mold numbers - pages 10-11||Liquor mold numbers - pages 12-13||Discount tables - pages 14-15|
|Discount tables - pages 16-17||Discount tables - pages 18-19||Molds and Finishes - pages 20-21||Druggist - pages 22-23|
|Druggist - pages 24-25||Druggist - pages 26-27||Druggist - pages 28-29||Druggist - pages 30-31|
|Extracts & Misc. - pages 32-33||Ginger, Bromo, Packing - pages 34-35||Embalming & Pomades - pages 36-37||Pomades & Tooth Powders - pages 38-39|
|Nursing & Talcum - pages 40-41||Pill & Paneled - pages 42-43||Extracts & Panels - pages 44-45||Extracts & Castor Oil - pages 46-47|
|Extract & Toilet - pages 48-49||Oil & Paneled - pages 50-51||Citrate, Hand Grenade, Misc. - pages 52-53||Ink - pages 54-55|
|Candy & Cigar jars - pages 56-57||Candy jars - pages 58-59||Stoppered Inks, Perfume & Misc. - pages 60-61||Stoppered Extracts & Misc. - pages 62-63|
|Stoppered Colognes & Toilets - pages 64-65||Colognes & Extracts - pages 66-67||Toilet & Fish Globes - pages 68-69||Fish Globes & Fountain Syrup - pages 70-71|
|Battery Jars - pages 72-73||Ointment & Patch Boxes - pages 74-75||Dose Glasses & Druggists sundries - pages 76-77||Druggist Sundries & Labels - pages 78-79|
|Labels for shop furniture - pages 80-81||Shop Furniture - pages 82-83||Shop Furniture - pages 84-85||Test Tubes & Misc. - pages 86-87|
|Tube Vials - pages 88-89||Syringes & Vials - pages 90-91||Acid Bottles & Misc. - pages 92-93||Round Packing & Prescription - pages 94-95|
|Round & Oval Extracts - pages 96-97||Paneled Medicines - pages 98-99||Paneled Medicines - pages 100-101||Florida Water, Castor oil & Misc. - pages 102-103|
|Inks & Shoe Polish - pages 104-105||Citrate, Toilet & Snuff - pages 106-107||Water Cooler & mailing cases - pages 108-109||Carboys & cases - pages 110-111|
|Carboys & cases - pages 112-113||Carboys & cases - pages 114-115||Oil Can - pages 116-117||Bar Bottles & Liquor Cylinders - pages 118-119|
|Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 120-121||Cylinder Liquor - pages 122-123||Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 124-125||Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 126-127|
|Cylinder & Decanter Liquor - pages 128-129||Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 130-131||Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 132-133||Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 134-135|
|Liquor & Wine - pages 136-137||Liquor & Wine - pages 138-139||Gin & Wine - pages 140-141||Liquor & Wine - pages 142-143|
|Liquor & Wine - pages 144-145||Liquor & Wine - pages 146-147||Cylinder & Square Liquor - pages 148-149||Schnapps, Bitters, Tonics - pages 150-151|
|Liquor & Bitters - pages 152-153||Bitters - pages 154-155||Liquor Flasks - pages 156-157||Liquor Flasks - pages 158-159|
|Liquor Flasks - pages 160-161||Liquor Flasks - pages 162-163||Liquor Flasks - pages 164-165||Misc. & Wickered Liquor - pages 166-167|
|Wickered Liquor - pages 168-169||Wickered & Liquor Flasks - pages 170-171||Liquor Flasks - pages 172-173||Liquor Flasks - pages 174-175|
|Misc. Liquor - pages 176-177||Packing Cases - pages 178-179||Packing Cases - pages 180-181||Packing materials - pages 182-183|
|Packing materials - pages 184-185||Pickle & Preserve Ware - pages 186-187||Pickle & Preserve Ware - pages 188-189||Pickle & Horse Radish - pages 190-191|
|Pickle & Horse Radish - pages 192-193||Olive Bottles - pages 194-195||Olive Bottles - pages 196-197||Olive Bottles - pages 198-199|
|Catsups, Grape Juice & Sauces - pages 200-201||Catsups & Sauces - pages 202-203||Catsups, Club & Pepper Sauce - pages 204-205||Olive Oil & Mustard - Pages 206-207|
|Mustards - pages 208-209||Mustard & Mugs - pages 210-211||Honey, Capers & Jelly - Pages 212-213||Preserve Jars - pages 214-215|
|Preserve Jars - pages 216-217||Preserve & Display Jars - pages 218-219||Preserve Jars - pages 220-221||Preserve & Fruit Jars - pages 222-223|
|Milk & Beef Extract - pages 224-225||Beef Extract, Tabasco & Salad Dressing - pages 226-227||Salad Dressing & Salt - pages 228-229||Spice - pages 230-231|
|Condiment jars & Siphons - pages 232-233||Siphon Heads - 234-235||Siphon Parts & Sodas - pages 236-237||Sodas - pages 238-239|
|Sodas - pages 240-241||Sodas - pages 242-243||Sodas - pages 244-245||Sodas - pages 246-247|
|Sodas & Ginger Ale - pages 248-249||Export Beers & Apollinaris - pages 250-251||Champagne Beers - pages 252-253||Champagne Beers & Misc. - pages 254-255|
|Cham-pagne Beers - pages 256-257||Weiss Beers & Malt Ext. - pages 258-259||Packers, Spring Water & Porter - pages 260-261||Beer & Soda Closures, Boxes - pages 262-263|
|Boxes - pages 264-265||Boxes - pages 266-267||Boxes - pages 268-269||Box Access. - pages 270-271|
|Box Access. - pages 272-273||Paperweights & Misc. - pages 274-275||Graduated & Milk Testing Equip. - pages 276-277||Machine Made Items - pages 278-279|
|Machine Made Items - pages 280-281||Machine Made Items - pages 282-283||Machine Made Items - pages 284-285||Machine Made Items - pages 286-287|
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