Dating old coke bottles
There are two styles of Hutchinson Coke: one with "Coca-Cola" in script and one without. There are reproduction labels around in new condition, so if the bottle looks old and the label looks new, then chances are that the label was added later.The Biedenharn hutch is the one without "Coca-Cola" in script. Examples of all 3 hutches can be found on the Antique Coca-Cola Bottle Hall of Fame page. To see an original and repro label side by side, click here.Due to a lack of research by the team working on the new bottle it resembled a cacao bean rather than a coca bean, but the company indeed had a distinctive bottle. Patent office as being distinctive and belonging exclusively to Coca Cola.With its deep contoured shape, consumers could recognize it in the dark. There was one distinctive bottle produced in 1915 that is blue on the top and green on the bottom. There was a brief time during World War II, from 1942 through 1945, when the lack of copper in the glass meant that the bottles were blue.
The earliest Biedenharn Coca Cola bottles used a Hutchinson patent bottle.In this photo, the repro label is on the left and the original label is on the right.According to the Petretti book on Coke bottles, the repro labels have even/straight/uniform lines while the originals had uneven/dotted lines.Coke was first bottled in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1891.The Coca Cola Company sold the first bottle of Coca Cola in March 1894.