Hutchinson Bottle Sales Guide
Updated: May 1, 2013
Note: Much of the following information is quoted from Collecting Soda Pop Bottles by Ron Fowler, Seattle History Company, Littlerock, Washington, © 1984 and 2006 (visit the "Bottle Books For Sale" portion of the Collecting section of HutchBook.com for additional information and ordering details). Permission is granted to quote information from this site only if credit is provided by properly citing the source, including the HutchBook.com URL.
IS THE BOTTLE TRULY A "HUTCHINSON?"
IS THE BOTTLE TRULY A "HUTCHINSON?"
manufacturers and bottlers referred to the bottles using Hutchinson's
Patent Spring Stoppers as “
your bottle with the illustration show above; if your bottle does not match
it may not be a true
Blob Top Gravitating Stopper Baltimore Loop Lightning Stopper
BLOB TOP soda bottles were sealed by a cork inserted into the mouth of the bottle. Corks were held in place by either (1) wire cork fasteners attached directly under the blob top and swung into place over the top of the cork, or (2) a simple wire strand twisted around the neck below the blob top, looped over the top of the cork, and then twisted around the neck below the blob top again;
GRAVITATING STOPPER bottles typically have narrow, tapered shoulders and are base-embossed with Matthews’ 1864 patent information. This closure featured a glass rod with a bulb-shaped gutta percha (rubber) gasket on one end that "gravitated" to the bottle's mouth after filling, self-sealing against the inside, steeply-sloping shoulders of the bottle;
BALTIMORE LOOP SEAL bottles utilized an external, hard rubber disk that fit into a horizontal groove inside the mouth of the bottle. This closure was typically used for bottles that contained beer;
LIGHTNING STOPPER bottles had ceramic stoppers with a wire bail and rubber gasket;
Roorbach Closure Stewart's Codd Crown Cork
ROORBACH CLOSURE bottles typically have embossed patent dates of February 20, 1883, June 23, 1885, and August 4, 1885 on their sides down near the base of the bottle. An imprisoned, small, hollow, brown ball sealed against a hard rubber gasket inserted into a horizontal groove inside the mouth of the bottle;
STEWART'S FLOATING BALL STOPPER bottles have a very wide mouth with a horizontal groove that held a rubber washer, and a ball that sealed against the washer;
CODD bottles (often referred to as “marble” bottles by collectors) utilized a glass ball that sealed against a rubber or cork ring inserted into a groove in the mouth of the bottle; and
CROWN CORK CLOSURES ("bottle caps") were patented in 1892 and are still in use today. Bottle manufacturers began implementation of Owens' Automatic Bottle Machine in 1903, bringing the soft drink industry inexpensive, standardized, bottle tops. This development, combined with inexpensive crown seals, rendered most other closures obsolete, and by the end of World War I crown cork closures were the industry standard.
Several web sites and books about antique soda bottles provide detailed illustrations and descriptions that help with the identification of closure styles. An excellent reference source is David Graci's book on Soda and Beer Bottle Closures 1850 - 1910 (additional information and ordering details can be found in the "Bottle Books For Sale" portion of the Collecting section of HutchBook.com).
Collectibles, Bottles & Insulators, Bottles, Antique
Subject Line: Vancouver Washington Hutchinson Soda Bottle With McArty Spelling Error
Photograph(s): Accompanying photo shows front embossing
Front Embossing: VANCOUVER SODA / WORKS / STRICKER & / McARTY / VANCOUVER. WASH.
Back Embossing: Blank
Base Embossing: Blank
Mold Type: 2 piece
Glass Color: Aqua
Dimensions: 6.375" x 2.500"
Plate Mould Shape: Round
Bottle Shape: Round
Condition: Sparkling mint; stopper missing rubber washer
Comments: Errors: (1) McARTY should be McCARTY and (2) period after
When listing at an on-line auction, classify your bottle under
Collectibles, Bottles & Insulators, Bottles, Antique (Pre-1900), Sodas.
Focus on making it easy for potential bidders to find your listing when
Include the word “
FRONT EMBOSSING: Describe the exact front embossing in CAPITAL letters, including all punctuation. Use slash marks to represent line breaks in the lettering. The front embossing for the illustrated example is properly described as VANCOUVER SODA / WORKS / STRICKER & / McARTY / VANCOUVER. WASH.
BACK EMBOSSING: Describe the exact embossing (including line breaks) on the back of the bottle, e.g. THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO / BE SOLD / REGISTERED, and include maker’s marks such as I.G.Co., N.B.B.G.Co., PCGW, ROOT, WISC. G. CO. MILW., etc. Maker's marks are typically found near the heel. Describe all monograms, pictures such as stars and animals, etc. If the back is totally unembossed, specify it is blank.
Describe the exact base embossing (including line breaks), e.g. 329 / H,
or K. HUTTER / 10 / B /
The majority of
Accurately measure and specify exact bottle height and base diameter.
PLATE MOULD SHAPE:
The bottler-specific embossed lettering on most
Include commentary describing special features such as monograms,
embossed pictures, spelling errors, incorrect/missing punctuation, etc.
If you truly know a bottle’s rarity rating, mention it. Note, however,
that many advertised
This Hutchinson Bottle Sales Guide is a work-in-progress and user suggestions are welcomed. Good selling!