Coca-Cola Author Doug McCoy on the Beverage Company's Bottles

March 18th, 2010

In this interview, Doug McCoy explains how the Coca-Cola bottle got its distinctive contour shape and charts the evolution of the brand’s packaging over its more than 100-year history. McCoy also offers tips on how to find old dumpsites that might contain Coca-Cola treasures, and explains the story of the rare 8-ounce bottle that sold in Lexington, North Carolina during the 1960s. To learn more about McCoy, visit his blog at or check out his book, “The Coca-Cola Bottle”.

My grandfather got me started collecting bottles when I was about eight years old. A couple of years later, I was walking along a creek and saw a bottle sticking out of a sandbar in the water. I couldn’t get to it to tell what kind of bottle it was. So I ran all the way home and dragged my dad there to get it for me.

It was a 6.5-ounce Coca-Cola bottle from about 1948. I was fascinated by it because I’d never seen the design before. When I was a kid, they sold painted applied color label (ACL) bottles in the stores, not embossed bottles like this one. It had the city and state marking at the bottom. I wanted to know more about it. That began my interest in Coca-Cola bottles.

I’d bring home just about any kind of unusual bottle, but my collecting became more focused over the years. In my teens, I packed away all my bottles and forgot about them. Years later, when I was cleaning out my parents’ attic and I came across all the bottles, I went through each box to see what I had. I’ve been collecting ever since.

In the 1990s I decided to collect every type of returnable bottle that Coca-Cola had used in the U.S. going back to the 1890s. Back before disposable bottles, you’d pay a deposit on the bottle when you bought a soft drink. You’d take it home and then take the empty bottle back with you the next time you went to the grocery store. They’d give you back your deposit. The grocery store would return the bottle to the bottler, where they’d clean it, wash it, refill it, cap it, and send it back out to the stores.

The reason why returnable bottles persisted until the 1990s is because some of the established smaller bottlers didn’t want to change their equipment. To go from returnable glass bottles to no-deposit bottles required new filling and capping equipment. Some of them didn’t have the money to make the transition. So they continued using returnable bottles until about the 1990s, when they were finally forced to go to no-deposit bottles.

Collectors Weekly: Have you always focused on returnable bottles?

McCoy: That’s pretty much what I collect, although I do have some no-deposit, no-return bottles. Coca-cola experimented with them in the ’60s, and then quit using them until they brought them back in a few areas in the ’70s. I don’t really collect them per se, but if I find an unusual one, I’ll usually take it home with me.

The first no-deposit, no-return bottles were used before recycling was really big. People just threw them away. They’re hard to find now because they were made of very thin glass. They’d break easily. They’ve only recently become popular with collectors. The styles of those bottles changed a lot, so there are a lot of variations to collect.

Not all of the early Coca-Cola no-deposit, no-return bottles had a contour shape. Bottle manufacturers couldn’t do it because the glass was so thin. They used an embossed diamond-shaped label that said “Coca-Cola.” The outline of the contour bottle was also embossed on that bottle. Those are pretty popular. There was also a paper-label no-deposit, no-return bottle that had a red-and-white-checkered pattern with Coca-Cola logos on it. Those are very hard to find with the paper label still intact. They sell for a couple hundred dollars, or more.

Collectors Weekly: Where do you find the bottles you collect?

McCoy: There are still places in the woods near my house where I dig them up. I’ve gone through that area a lot, digging and finding bottles and various things. Bottles also show up on eBay, and I go to antique bottle shows. The Coca-Cola Collectors Club is also a great place to find bottles. We have conventions and get-togethers.

Collectors Weekly: Do people usually specialize in a specific type of bottle?

McCoy: Some people collect only the very early Coca-Cola bottles, or the straight-sided bottles that were used in the early 1900s. Other people go for the five styles of embossed contour bottles. I collect both the embossed and ACL bottles.

“There are still places in the woods near my house where I dig them up.”

With the ACL bottles, the Coca-Cola and Coke logos were actually baked onto the glass. Those came out in 1955 and were used until the ’90s. Like the embossed bottles, they changed a little every few years. In the 1970s, they came out with an ACL bottle that had a red background and Coca-Cola written in white.

Through the years there were slight changes to the wording underneath the logo. “Coca-Cola” stayed the same, but there were differences on whether it said, “trademark,” or whether it had the bottle patent date.

Collectors Weekly: Would you tell us about your book, “The Coca-Cola Bottle?”

The classic, 6.5-ounce return-for-deposit, ACL Coca-Cola bottle.

The classic, 6.5-ounce return-for-deposit, ACL Coca-Cola bottle.

McCoy: Sure. Like I said, I’d decided to try to collect every type of returnable bottle ever made in the U.S. Collectors had already categorized most of them, like the straight-sided bottles or the five embossed ones, but nothing much had been done with the applied color label bottles.

When I decided to collect the ACLs, I needed to catalog my collection so that I could communicate what I was looking for to other collectors. The book started out as a quick-reference guide that I used myself. I gave copies to members of my family because they would go out and find bottles for me.

Somebody from the Coca-Cola Club also asked me for a copy and then encouraged me to expand it into a book. I started working on the book in 2002. Phil Mooney, the head of Coca-Cola’s archives, was very helpful when I went there. He let me look through some of the records, and I found a lot of great information on these bottles.

The book is like two books in one. The first part is the history of the bottles and an explanation of why they were created. The second part is the quick-reference guide with photographs of the bottles, the years they were made, and the sizes.

Collectors Weekly: When were the bottles introduced?

McCoy: The earliest Coca-Cola bottle was the Hutchinson Stopper bottle. Those were used from 1894 into the early 1900s. The straight-sided bottle came after that and was used from the early 1900s to about 1916. The next ones to come along were the five embossed bottles. Those were the first contour-shaped bottles, what’s come to be known as “the Coke bottle.” The first one of those was a 1915 patent bottle. The next one was the Christmas bottle that was used from 1927 to 1938. The Patent D bottle was used from 1938 to 1951. The 6-ounce U.S. Patent Office bottle was in use from 1951 to 1958. The 6.5-ounce U.S. Patent bottle, an embossed bottle, was around from 1957 to 1967.

The first ACL bottle, which was called the transition bottle, was used from 1955 to ’61. Next was the 1961 ACL bottle, which was used until ’63. The ’63 ACL was used until 1965, the ’65 ACL until 1968, and the ’68 ACL was used into the ’90s. There was also a 1972 ACL bottle, with a red and white label, that was also used up to the 1990s.

In 1976, ACL metric-sized bottles were introduced and used into the ’90s. They made an oddball ACL bottle in 1985 when they made “new Coke.” A few months later, they changed back to the classic formula and made a specific bottle just for that. It said “Coca-Cola Classic” on the bottle. That’s the only bottle that’s got “Classic” written on it. All the others just have “Coca-Cola” and “Coke.”

Collectors Weekly: How was Coca-Cola first bottled?

McCoy: The Hutchinson bottle came out in the 1870s. A lot of companies used that type of bottle, not just soda people. It was the only halfway decent stopper out at the time. Joseph Biedenharn, who ran a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi, was one of the first to use the Hutchinson Stopper bottle for his sodas, including Coke. He wasn’t authorized to do that by Coca-Cola, but he saw that by bottling the drinks, he could take them to parties and picnics.

There were others in Georgia who used the Hutchinson bottle. Then in 1899, Chattanooga, Tennessee, became the site of the first Coca-Cola bottling company. They used specially ordered Hutchinson Stopper bottles with “Coca-Cola” embossed on them. Their other bottles were generic—you could put whatever drink you wanted into them and put a paper label on it.

Collectors Weekly: Why did bottlers eventually move away from the Hutchinson?

Coca-Cola was bottled in returnable Hutchinson bottles from 1894 to the early 1900s.

McCoy: The Hutchinson bottle had issues. It had a wire stopper that you pushed down with your hand. If you put something heavy on top of the bottles when you were transporting them, they would pop open. Even sealed, the drinks would only be good for five or six days. So around 1900, the crown bottle cap was introduced. It’s the bottle cap with the lip on it that’s still used today. William Painter invented it.

Soft drink bottlers immediately saw the benefit of this type of cap because it had to be pried off of the bottles. That made a big difference in the bottling industry, not just for Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola bottlers stopped using the Hutchinson bottle and a lot of them switched to the crown-cap bottles. By this time, a lot of the bottlers had begun to use the straight-sided bottle. It became the bottle for soft drinks.

As Coca-Cola started to take off, other companies like Koca-Nola and My Coca Company began imitating them. Their bottles looked very similar. Unsuspecting customers who thought they were picking up a Coke actually had some other brand. The Coca-Cola Company decided they needed to do something about it. That’s when they came up with the contour bottle.

The Coca-Cola Company had a contest among several glass bottle manufacturing companies for a new design. They told the bottlers they wanted a distinctive design that would allow them to continue using their equipment for the straight-sided bottle. There were several candidates. But when Coca-Cola saw the contour shape, they knew it was the one. You could pick it up in the dark and know it was a Coca-Cola bottle. They patented it in 1915.

Collectors Weekly: Did they make bottles in other shapes?

McCoy: It’s pretty much been the contour shape since then. Even the 20-ounce plastic bottles now have an approximation of the contour shape. That was just their signature bottle shape. There are a couple of larger returnable bottles that they couldn’t do that with because of the size. They came out with a 64-ounce bottle in ’72 and a 2-liter in ’76. They tried to make them contour-shaped, but the bottles would end up breaking. So they only made them for a very short time. They made them in what they call a straight-wall design.

As far back as the 1930s they also made special promotional bottles, but most of these were for in-house use. Such bottles might have been used as awards for a high-selling bottler or a salesman who had the best route. They also made special bottles just for employees. I think it was in the 1970s when they started making commemorative bottles for sports teams. They started making a lot of different commemorative bottles, such as Christmas bottles, because they realized there was a market for them.

I don’t really collect commemorative bottles, but some people collect them exclusively. They still make them for different events, like the Olympics. The commemoratives are a popular area of bottle collecting.

Collectors Weekly: What are some of the most rare bottles out there?

McCoy: I’d say some of the Hutchinson bottles. They were only used for five or six years. Not that many were made to begin with, and the bottlers were still fairly small. When they started using the crown-cap bottles, they just took all the Hutchinsons to the dump.

Early paper labels such as this diamond design are relatively rare.

Hutchinson bottles were selling for as much as $4,000 a couple of years ago, but with the economy the way it is, I saw a very nice Hutchinson bottle from a plant in Birmingham, Alabama, sell for $1,700—the asking price had been $2,000. Hutchinsons are very hard to find. If you dig up one, they’re usually not in very good shape. Most collectors want a bottle that’s pristine.

There were thousands of variations of the straight-sided bottles. Some were manufactured in small towns, so they didn’t make a lot of bottles for the area. Some of the more expensive straight-sided bottles probably sell for $200 to $300. I’ve seen some from very small towns go for as much as $1,000. By the time of the contour bottle, though, Coca-Cola was fairly well established, and a lot were made. Some of the early embossed-contour bottles came from small towns that no longer exist. Those are usually worth $75 or $100.

Collectors Weekly: Did the manufacturers put their names on the bottles?

McCoy: The actual bottle maker, or the glass manufacturing company, used a maker’s mark. The early bottles, like the Hutchinson bottles, just had a letter or two on them, not a specific logo. Some didn’t have any markings at all. With the straight-sided bottles, the manufacturer put marks in different places. It depended on the company. Some put them on the bottom, but most are toward the heel on the front part of the bottle.

In the early years, they usually used letters like CHATT, which stood for Chattanooga Glass Company, and LGW, which stood for Laurens Glass Works. In the 1930s and ’40s, they created little logos for their company. Chattanooga Glass changed their logo from the four letters to a “C ” inside a circle. It looked like the copyright symbol. Owens-Illinois had a very similar looking logo. It was diamond-shaped with an “I” in the middle for “Illinois.” From 1915 on, there’s a maker’s mark somewhere on the bottle.

Collectors Weekly: Did these companies manufacture more than just Coca-Cola bottles?

McCoy: Glass companies had catalogues with every kind of bottle imaginable. You could buy generic bottles for aspirin, milk, ketchup—you name it. But the Coca-Cola design was patented. They wanted control over who was making their bottles.

Coca-Cola inspected its bottle makers to ensure that they met certain specifications. They wanted the bottles to be very good quality glass. Most glass manufacturing companies made all kinds of bottles, but they had to be authorized as far as Coke bottles went.

As I mentioned, Chattanooga Glass and Owens-Illinois were two prominent Coca-Cola bottlers. Root Glass Company out of Terre Haute, Indiana, was one of the biggest. They actually designed the contour bottle; they came up with the idea. So when Coke first started using that bottle, for a few years only the Root Glass Company made it. Of course the Root Glass Company couldn’t keep up with demand for the entire country, so they helped Coca-Cola by finding other manufacturers that could make the bottle.

Collectors Weekly: Were there bottlers all over the country?

Prior to its clear or green contour-shaped bottles, Coca-Cola sold its product in straight-sided bottles.

McCoy: After the first one in Chattanooga in 1899, one appeared in Atlanta in 1900, and another in Alabama in 1902. Some of the bigger ones were on the West Coast, including one in Los Angeles that also started in 1902. That was a big year for new Coke bottlers. They opened up in major cities because of the larger customer base and because of the access to rail lines to get supplies and ship the product to outlying areas.

They started with two bottling plants in 1900 and reached over 1,000 bottling plants by 1929. They spread into the smaller cities, too, but they’ve really scaled back in recent years. A lot of families bought Coca-Cola bottling franchises in the early days. Some of the bottlers in smaller towns started consolidating or closing by the 1970s.

Coca-Cola Enterprises started buying up some of these bottlers in the 1980s. There are maybe 700 bottlers in the U.S. That’s down from upwards of 5,000 at the peak. They’re able to cover a much wider area with the trucks, trains, and large amount of Coke produced through automated systems.

In the early days, the bottles were made here and shipped overseas. Now the Coca-Cola Company exports the syrup, and then the overseas bottlers add carbonated water, bottle it, and distribute it.

Coca-Cola approves all the label designs and other aspects of the product overseas, too. These elements are written in the local language: Chinese, Thai, and Hebrew among many others.

Collectors Weekly: Are those collectible as well?

McCoy: Yes, very collectible. They started bottling Coca-Cola in Canada around 1904, using the straight-sided bottles. So those are sought after. There are thousands of varieties of foreign ACL bottles from the ’70s and ’80s. They’re very popular and collectible. Occasionally one will catch my eye, and I’ll get it.

Collectors Weekly: Is a bottle’s rarity ever based on who manufactured it?

McCoy: Sometimes. The city and state of the bottler is embossed on the bottom of the bottle. That can increase a bottle’s value. A lot of the molds were handmade, so there are also error bottles. They had to carve out everything backwards so that when it’s embossed in the glass, it will look correct to us. Sometimes the mold makers would get things backwards.

Some early straight-sided bottles were clear; all were returnable.

I live in Marietta, Georgia, and there’s a bottle where the “E” in “Marietta” is backwards. Marietta bottles are fairly common, but I always go through them to see if there’s one with the backwards E. I’ve found a couple. The glass manufacturing company usually destroyed error bottles before they got out of the factory. Coca-Cola had strict standards and didn’t want mistakes on those bottles.

Bottles also show up every so often with paper labels, but you have to look closely because the label could have been reproduced. If the bottles were ever cooled in ice buckets, the label would come right off. Sometimes the bottling families will have leftover labels that were never used. It’s really hard to prove that a label is original.

Regarding Hutchinson bottles, in most cases you can’t tell if it was a Coca-Cola bottle without the label. The ones that were used at the Biedenharn Candy Company are marked with “Biedenharn Candy Company, Vicksburg, Mississippi.” He did make other sodas and bottle them, but a lot of collectors say the bottles probably had Coca-Cola in them at one point. He would send out orange drinks in one order and when the bottles came back he’d wash off the labels, put a Coca-Cola label on the bottle, and send it back out again.

The returnable bottles would be shipped out of the factory and then come back, get refilled, and get sent back out again. The Biedenharns are worth more money than ones with no embossing whatsoever because there’s no way to know where those came from or what was in them. Other companies used the Hutchinson bottle, not just soda companies.

Collectors Weekly: Did Coca-Cola make different colored bottles?

McCoy: They did on the very early bottles. The Hutchinson bottles came in clear or aqua. That was just because early bottle manufacturing processes weren’t that advanced. You have to mix certain sands and ingredients to come up with a bottle of a certain color. If it’s not mixed exactly the same, it may be a little different color each time you make a bottle. With the Hutchinson bottles and the straight-sided bottles, there’s a lot of variation in colors.

Some bottlers wanted to use amber bottles, kind of a beer-bottle brown. They felt the labels showed up better on those bottles. But once Coca-Cola wanted a unique bottle, they specified that it needed to be Georgia green.

There are some slight color variations in the 1915 contour bottles because the bottlers couldn’t always get the formula right for the exact color. But by the time they made the 1923 Christmas bottle, they pretty much had the color down pat.

Collectors Weekly: Do they still make Georgia green glass bottles?

McCoy: They do here. They’re 8-ounce, ACL labeled no-return bottles. They’re kind of the Georgia green color. They still use a lot of returnable bottles overseas. Some of those bottles are Georgia green. Some use just the clear bottle. It’s the contour shape, but it’s clear.

Collectors Weekly: What’s the most common size of Coca-Cola bottle?

McCoy: On average probably the 6.5-ounce size because they made that size for so long. They made it from 1915 to 1967. There are a lot of those out there. They didn’t start to make larger sizes until 1955.

They made 10- and 12-ounce king-size bottles. They used the 10-ounce bottles in the southeast and the 12-ounce bottles in the north. There was also a 26-ounce bottle.

They made an 8-ounce bottle for just one city in North Carolina. North Carolina is Pepsi territory, and Coca-Cola was trying to get its foot in the door there. So a bottler in Lexington, North Carolina, asked Coca-Cola to make an 8-ounce because the Pepsi bottler there had one that was selling for the same price as Coca-Cola’s 6.5-ounce bottle. That was in the 1960s. They used it for about 10 years. It’s one of the harder bottles to find because they only used it in that one little area.

Collectors Weekly: How did bottling change Coca-Cola’s business?

Some newer bottles have not lent themselves to the contour shape, such as these two-liter bottles, which are packed six to a crate.

McCoy: Soft drinks were very popular when Coke came out. But very few of them were bottled. They were available from soda fountains, which were usually inside a drug store. Coke was seen as a seasonal drink, just for spring and summer. Asa Candler, the owner of Coca-Cola at the time, didn’t see a future in bottling Coke. He felt he was making enough money already.

Three lawyers from Chattanooga felt differently. They asked Candler for a license to bottle Coca-Cola, and he agreed. Once it got going, it grew more than they probably ever imagined.

They were able to distribute farther outside metropolitan areas. People just really enjoyed the drink. It increased their marketing area and sales. Coca-Cola sold the syrup to the bottling plants, and that also increased their revenue.

Collectors Weekly: Was the public excited about soda in bottles from the beginning?

McCoy: Yes, very much so. All of a sudden, people living out in the country had access to something they could formerly only get in the city. To spread the word, they sent out hundreds of coupons for a free bottle of Coca-Cola. You could take it to a local store and the bottler would reimburse the store. Samples were one of the main advertising methods. Painted signs were also used a lot. Then they started sponsoring the Olympics in the 1920s as a way to get their name out there.

Collectors Weekly: When did the six-pack appear?

McCoy: Six-packs didn’t come around until about the 1930s. Before that, bottles were shipped in wooden crates [see photo at top]. In the very early years, they were shipped by wagon. If you were a salesman, your sales area was as far as your wagon could go unless you had access to a train.

Originally the salesmen were just selling to stores and restaurants, but I think they realized that the six-pack would work well in grocery stores because women usually did the shopping in those days. What woman’s going to want to haul 24 bottles out of the store? Also, people didn’t want to take that many bottles home. They really didn’t drink Coke like a lot of people do now. It was more of a treat. You might have it if you had company coming over. So the six-pack in the easy-to-carry cardboard box was perfect.

Collectors Weekly: What advice do you have for somebody new to collecting vintage Coca-Cola bottles?

McCoy: I’d say do some research on the Internet or at a library. Read about the subject and try to get a feel for the value of the bottles. A lot of people get into bottle collecting and spend a substantial amount of money for a bottle that’s not worth what they just paid for it.

I’ve really learned a lot from members of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club. You can find somebody who collects what you’re looking for and who will be able to give you all kinds of great information. There are also antique bottle clubs that you can find on the Internet and antique bottle shows all across the U.S.

Collectors Weekly: What are some of your favorite bottles in your collection?

McCoy: Some of my favorites are the error bottles. I have one with an upside-down Coca-Cola logo. People who worked the nightshift would make bottles incorrectly and sneak them out of the factory. Some of those have made their way onto eBay. You can also find some with incorrect colors. I really enjoy trying to find different variations of those bottles. Some of my other favorites are the bottles with the red and white labels that they used in the 1970s. They’re very eye-catching and make a great display.

Collectors Weekly: Did they make bottles in wrong colors?

McCoy: Not completely wrong. For example, some of the error bottles are in 7-Up green—a lime-green colored glass—rather than Georgia green, or maybe a very light shade of amber. What would happen is that employees at a glass manufacturing company were probably making similar green-glass bottles and decided to run a few through using the Coca-Cola bottle mold.

The glass manufacturing companies frowned on that, but sometimes the people who worked in the factories would take these deliberate errors home and display them. Some of them made their way into collectors’ hands.

Collectors Weekly: Do you have any memorable digging or collecting adventures you’d care to share?

McCoy: One time in the early ’90s I went digging for bottles in the Atlanta area. They had just started to do a lot of construction work for the 1996 Olympics. They were tearing down a lot of old buildings, some of which had been built on top of trash dumps. I knew there’d be a lot of old bottles in those places, but getting permission to dig was very hard.

The color of an embossed Coca-Cola bottle is known as Georgia Green.

A friend of mine, who’s also a bottle collector, was working for an engineering firm that was taking core samples out of the ground for building purposes. He asked me if I’d like to help him with that job part-time. So we got access to a lot of the construction areas. We found a lot of great bottles in the older dumps, like some rare Coca-Cola bottles from the early 1900s. A lot of different variations were made for the Atlanta bottler. Every weekend for four or five months, I got to go digging for bottles.

Of course, the condition is an issue with bottles that are dug up. In the south, the soil is a little acidic so the bottles come out with a frosted, iridescent look to them. They can be cleaned off with a bottle tumbler, which is like a rock tumbler. It removes a very thin layer of the glass and the frosted part from the bottle. You sometimes find bottles down here that aren’t heavily frosted like that.

By contrast, up in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana, you can dig up a bottle and it will look brand new after you wash it. It just comes down to the type of soil the bottle is buried in. Of course, you find a lot of chipped, cracked, or broken bottles, too.

Finding these places is really just blind luck sometimes. It also comes down to imagining where people will throw their trash if they’re out fishing or something. Are they going to go to the nearest trashcan, or are they just going to toss it off into a ditch near the lake? Over the years, I’ve learned to judge from the terrain where people are likely to dump bottles.

Libraries and universities usually have some older maps of the cities and particular areas or counties. A lot of the old county maps will show where a particular dumpsite used to be. Then you have to match that map with a modern map to figure out where that area is now. If it’s not developed, you can find out who owns the property and get permission to dig.

(All images in this article courtesy Doug McCoy)

444 comments so far

  1. John Buchholz Says:

    What a Super Article. Doug has a great knowledge of Coca-Cola Bottles and we appreciate him sharing that with all us novices. I now know more aboutthe Coke bottle than I ever thought I would. His book should be a MUST for all bottle collectors.

  2. Chintan Dave Says:

    Amazing History Mr McCoy!!
    But I would say is there any bad history about Coca-Cola like pesticides, caffeine used in Coke you know about.

  3. Ray Says:

    Awesome article! Makes me want to go hunting for bottles now. I’m sure there are tons just waiting to be discovered. It’s only a matter of time….

  4. Clyde Darville Says:

    In the late 90’s I had a auto parts store in Tampa with a 5-10 cent 1946 vendo machine that we just had the customers pay for at the counter + deposit if they wanted to take the bottle. A customer came in with two helpers who went and got a coke from the machine. Just as one of the men went to open the bottle he said there was a syringe in the bottle and brought it to me at the counter. There was a syringe in the bottle witch came from the route truck from coke-cola and was not opened. We called a TV station and they came over and filmed it for the news that night. About two weeks later two men came in from Atlanta that worked for coke and had two cases of coke to give us and asked to see the bottle. We let them look at the bottle and they wrote down some numbers that were stamped on the bottle. They asked if they could have the bottle but we told them that we collected coke advertising and they left. Several months later we received a letter from the Tampa Coke distributor that the bottles would not be recycled anymore. We still have the bottle and have always wondered if what happened in our store had anything to do with their decision.

  5. Becky Weatherly Says:

    I have a half liter green Coca Cola bottle from Mexico. It is dated 1996 and has a mark toward the bottom that says “5” with a funny triangle thing and another “5”. Is there any value to this bottle?


  6. Doug Says:

    Thanks for the question. If your bottle is glass, then it would be worth around $5 to $10. If it is a plastic bottle, it would be worth a little less. Hope this helps.

  7. Johnny Says:

    My Dad passed away in October of last year and left us with rooms solid full off Coca Cola memrobilla. he has serveral bottles many of then unopened and this are very old, in the old metal six pack carry cases, he even has some of the carriers that are wood on the top and the bottles slide out. We are trying to sell the collection but there is so much and not sure where to start.


  8. Doug Says:

    First of all, so sorry to hear of your father passing away. As far as the collection, I would do some research to find out values. The first thing I would do is to find a copy of Allan Petretti book ‘Coca-Cola Collectibles Price Guide’. The 12th edition is the most current, with values. (Amazon has it and I’ve seen it in local bookstores as well) Although he does not cover a lot of bottle values, he does cover a lot of the carry cases. Also check out the Coca-Cola Collectors Club website. They have a list of the regional Chapters. See if a Chapter is close to you and contact them. The Chapters have some knowledgable people that might be able to help with values and an avenue to sell it, if you are interested in selling the items.
    Hope this helps you out.

  9. Sherry Says:

    Hi Doug,

    I have recently discovered auctions, what a thrill!! My favorite soft drink is Coca-Cola so when I see vintage Coke collectables I like to bid on these items. Recently I was able to purchase a box of various items with an old Coke bottle in it. I do not know much about antique Coke bottles so I researched on the Internet and discovered that this bottle was made between 1938-1951. It has the “D” Bottle Pat. I would like to know how you determine which year the bottle was acutally produced. I can see small markings (on one side) about an inch above the base in the center of the bottle.

    The markings appear to be a number 8 then some oval like design and then the number 38.

    8 {0} 38

    Can you tell me what this marking means and possible the estimated value of this thrilling find for me!!

    Thank you so much,

  10. Doug Says:

    You found a Patent D bottle. The year it was made would be 1938. The other number, 8 is the bottle mold number. The other mark in between the numbers is the Makers Mark. Possibly Owens Illinois Glass Company from your description.
    The value depends on a few things, condition and what City/State is on the bottom of the bottle. A general rule of thumb, the smaller the City the more value. Example a bottle marked South Pittsburg Tenn. would be worth more than a Chattanooga, Tenn. Because smaller towns used less bottles than a large City, it comes down to quantity of bottles made.
    An average price for a Patent D is around $5, but a smaller town/city might bring $15 or more.
    Happy Collecting!

  11. Susan Says:

    Hi Doug,
    I found a clear straight sided coca cola bottle with shoulder logo. It was made in Woodbury Georgia. It has coca cola in script on the bottom. Very thick bottom, and a little up the side, with air bubbles. I haven’t been able to find anything about the company in Woodbury Ga., but it is a very small town, and most people there don’t remember it. Can you tell me anything about the company, and how much the bottle would be worth?
    Thanks for your info.

  12. Doug Says:

    I believe your bottle is rare. The Woodbury Coca-Cola Bottling Plant was not around long. Let me do some more research and I will post another reply here as soon as I find out more info.

  13. Susan Says:

    Thanks, I appreciate the time you put in your sites helping with everyones questions. Yours has been a very informative site. I will be watching for your reply.

  14. Doug Says:

    I did some research last night and your bottle is considered rare. Evidently, the Woodbury plant was not open for very long. They never used the Coca-Cola contour bottle, only the Straight Sided bottle. That makes me think they were open from the early 1900’s and closed before 1916 (Just from the type of bottle they used) I can not find specific information on the Bottler itself. I did find the bottle in a price guide and had it listed between $400 and $700. What a GREAT find!

  15. Susan Says:

    Doug, Thanks so much for the research. I’ll keep digging for info on the bottling plant, and I’m very happy with the price. What price guide do you use? I have other bottles. Not that old, but I would like to look them up and see what they’re worth. Thanks & have a great day, Susan

  16. Doug Says:

    The book I used covers early Georgia soda bottles from the 1900 to 1915’s. ‘Georgia Early Embossed Crown Top Soda Bottles’ by Carl Barnett and Ken Nease. It is a good book, but does only cover the earliest Crown Cap bottles, so somewhat limited for research. I bought my copy 7 years ago at a bottle show. If you are interested in a copy, see about going to the 40th Annual Atlanta Bottle & Pottery Show & Sale on June 12th in Smyrna, Georgia. Ken is usually set up at that show. Do a search for directions and info to the show. Also-people at the show can give you value estimates on your bottles.
    Take care,

  17. Susan Says:

    I am going to try and get to the show in Smyrna. Thanks again for all your help! Susan

  18. Lisa Land Says:

    I found an old bottle and on the bottom it says property of Coca Cola bott. co. It holds 7oz and has a twig and leaf design on the front and the word MILDE. Just wondering what was in it and if it is worth any thing

  19. Doug Says:

    You found a ‘flavor bottle’. In the early years of bottling, The Coca-Cola Company only had one beverage (Coca-Cola) and sold the syrup to the independent Coca-Cola bottlers. Many bottlers wanted to offer a variety of flavors beside cola, so they developed their own brands, such as MILDE. The flavor would show on the bottle cap. Once The Coca-Cola Company developed new products (Sprite, Fanta flavors, Tab, etc.)most bottlers stopped their own brands. THe MILDE bottle is worth around $5 to $10

  20. Elaine Dodd Says:

    My aunt has two Coca Cola bottles with coke inside. She thinks they may be from the 1960’s. They are both glass with metal caps; you can barely see that the ridges on the caps are red and Coca Cola in red on top. Cannot tell what color the top of the cap is. She has no means to take a picture of them, but has described them as “clear or light green” with the vertical rounded ridges. One side says “Money Back Bottle” and the word Coke in white. The other side says Coca Cola and “Return for Deposit, also in white.” They are 26 ounces (1 pt 10 oz). How old do you think these bottles are, and what are they worth?

  21. Doug Says:

    From your description the bottles sound like the ‘Family Size’ bottle. They first came out in 1955, but the Return for Deposit/Money Back Bottle gives me a good clue. The bottles began to be marked with that in the early 1970’s into the early 1980’s. You don’t see many of the 26 oz size as often as the smaller bottles, but value is still a little low. Depending on condition of the bottle, prices range from $5 to $20.
    Hope this helps,

  22. Jim Mills Says:

    I have a bottle that my father found while working in Florida. It is a straight sided bottle and 6 fluid oz. It says coca cola bottling company Key West Fla. on it. Also on the bottom it says B&M.S. co. with the number 733. I haven’t been able to find any info on it and anything you could tell me as far as date, value or the company would be greatly apprieciated.

  23. Scott Says:

    I have a metal coke bottle carrier that says on the handle “PROP OF OKLA Coca Cola BOTT CO” It holds 6 of the 6 fl. oz. bottles.
    It is made of heavy wire type material with a flat handle that slides up and down.
    It seems to be in wonderful condition.
    Thank you:

  24. Doug Says:

    If the bottle has Coca-Cola in script, it is a straight sided Coca-Cola bottle from 1903 to 1910’s. (There is a Key West flavor bottle, has Coca-Cola in block letters also) Key West bottles are very collectible. Depending on the condition of the bottle, value would be around $75 to $150.

  25. Doug Says:

    The wire carriers are a great ‘go with’ item to have with a bottle collection. The wire bottle carrier you have was used from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. They usually sell for around $75 to $100.

  26. douwe Says:

    hi doug,

    i have intresting in this book

    Georgia Early Embossed Crown Top Soda Bottles’ by Carl Barnett and Ken Nease.(the prices)

    do you have a picture of this book?,how do it looks like.
    thanks for so far.

    iam from a small city in holland (the netherland)

    have a great day

    greetz douwe

  27. Doug Says:

    The Georgia Embossed Crown Top book is around 300 pages filled with color pictures, black and white early advertisements and information of the various soft drink bottlers in Georgia from the 1880’s to the 1920’s. It is spiral bound. The book was printed in 2004 and I am not sure if it is still available. I usually see the author at an upcoming bottle show. I will find out if it is still available and post what I find out. It will be a few weeks before I will know.

  28. Jen Says:

    Doug –

    Thanks for the great article. I recently picked up a Coke bottle for free – leftovers from a tag sale. It is the Georgia Green color. No town on the bottom, just (from left to right) the number 5 a weird anchor type logo then 62. Below that is the number 20. No deposit markings on it. Could you tell me a little more about it in terms of the age. Thanks!!

  29. david and sarah Says:

    My mother passed away 5 years ago. she left a few odds and ends for the kids. my youngest daughter “9” found a coke bottle in a box she left. its green in tint PAT. D-105529 with VENTURA CALIF on the buttom. can u let me know the brief history so i can pass it on to my daughter.
    can u email me back at the provided email address
    thank you

  30. Doug Says:

    The 62 on the bottle will be the year, 1962. The Anchor logo is the glass manufacturer company, Anchor Hocking Glass.

  31. Doug Says:

    David & Sarah,
    I will gladly email you some information on your bottle.

  32. Diane Snyder Says:

    Have 3 open wire coke carriers Number 6 and 25cent on solid metal piece with Cocoa Cola impressed. From house built in 40s Any info Thanks

  33. Doug Says:

    There are several versions of the wire carriers. They were used from the 1940’s to the early 1960’s. The value depends on condition and which version of carrier it is. Prices range from $50 to around $120.

  34. Lisa Says:

    I have come across a registered return to Coca-Cola bottling co. owensboro ky straight side bottle, embossed tradmark embossed on the opposite side and coca-cola printed on the bottle of bottle. Is 6 1/2 oz. I cannot find this anywhere. Do I have a gem on my hands?


  35. Doug Says:

    There are 2 different versions of the Owensboro bottle. One has Coca-Cola in the script lettering. This version held Coca-Cola, tends to be worth more than the other version. Value is hard to say exactly, it depends on many things. Such as condition, etc. But a guesstimate would put value between $30 to $75.
    The second version of the bottle has Coca-Cola in block letters. This bottle didn’t hold Coca-Cola, but a flavor that the local bottler made, orange, lemon-lime, strawberry, etc. The cap would have shown what flavor the bottle contained. The flavor bottles tend to run lower in value. They sell for anywhere from $5 to $40.
    Hope this helps!

  36. Robert Says:


    What would you say is the very first crown top Coca Cola bottle? Who made it and what year would it have been? Was it amber in color or aqua? And do you know where I can find a photo of one?



  37. Myles Says:

    I have a coke bottle im hoping you can help me with. It was found off of a south pacific island durring a scuba dive. It is in great condition other than some encrustations. It is the typical shape, clear glass (not blue or green) and the only markings on it are CocaCola Bottle pattent D-105529, and 6fld Oz. There was quite a bit of military activity on this island durring WWII and after, but there is also a bottling plant on the island. Is there any way to determine if it is modern or older?

  38. Doug Says:

    Thank you for your very interesting question! It is a difficult one to answer. I have found no documentation that shows exact dates or who made the first crown top bottle for Coca-Cola.
    But what I do know is: The first crown top would have been a straight sided bottle. It would have been made in the early 1900’s.
    My opinion on the other parts of your question: As far as color, I believe the aqua colored bottle may have been the first one used, before the amber. Looking at other collectors collections I have noticed that most of the aqua bottles are older than the amber. (But, I am not saying there isn’t an amber bottle out there somewhere that is older than the aqua, I just hadn’t seen it). Now-to who made it: There were many glass manufacturers at the turn of the century that made bottles for the Coca-Cola bottlers. It is hard to determine which one was the first.
    Finding a photo of a straight sided bottle shouldn’t be too hard, but finding a photo of the very first Coca-Cola crown top would be impossible, since there is no record of that.
    I hope this helps you.

  39. Doug Says:

    You did find a Coca-Cola bottle that was used by the Military from WWII. You found the earlier version, probably from 1943. The Military bottles utilized clear glass instead of the typical Georgia Green color Coke bottle.
    Also the Military bottles did not have City/State markings on the bottom.
    Value of the bottle…well I have seen them sell for as high as $50 (for a pristine bottle, looked brand new) to around $10 for one with wear, etc.
    That is a great find and to find it in an area that was military activity. As troops went home after the war, most bottles were dumped in the ocean. I have heard of people finding mounds of Coca-Cola bottles before.
    Thanks for the question!

  40. douwe Says:


    thanks for your info.i still waithing for it :)
    have a great day,

  41. Doug Says:

    I hadn’t forgotten about you. I just have not been able to get ahold of Ken Nease. He wasn’t at the recent bottle show and no one knew where he was. Here is the complete title of the book, etc.(see below) In case you want to do some research on the internet. I will keep trying to get ahold of him too and post anything I find out.
    Georgia Early Embossed Crown Top Soda Bottles – Abbeville to Wrightsville by Carl Barnett and Ken Nease.

  42. samantha Says:

    I have a brown 7oz coca cola bottle trademark chattanooga Tn the word coca cola wrote on bottom and 17J also wrote on bottom. how old do you think this bottle is and the value.

  43. Doug Says:

    Your bottle would be from the early 1900’s. The earlier bottles did not have a distinguishable date code. So, can’t put an exact date on it. The CBC CO is the makers mark, but some debate on whose mark that really is. Some think Chattanooga Glass Company; others think it might be from the Charles Boldt Glass Company, Cincinnati, OH or Huntington, WV plant.
    Depending on condition, a Chattanooga amber bottle could bring around $45 to $75

  44. JIM MANNIX Says:

    we just had a fathers day dinner at a resturant that served a 80z bottle o f coke. how many oz`s did coke bottles contain in the 1950`s & 1960`s , thank you in advance .jm

  45. Doug Says:

    Hope you had a great Father’s Day. Nothing tastes better than an ice cold Coke from a glass bottle! To answer your question: The Coca-Cola bottle went through some changes from the 1950’s to the 1960’s. From 1951 to 1958 the small bottles (called standard bottles by the bottler) held 6 ounces. Then around 1958 they used less glass in the bottle and they held 6 1/2 ounces. Also-in 1955 Coca-Cola introduced larger bottles in 10 oz, 12 oz and 26 oz size. Then in 1961 they introduced the 16 oz bottle.
    By far the bottle most of us remember is the small ‘standard’ bottle.
    Thanks for your question!

  46. bill Says:

    I have a coca cola bottle that is square on the bottom the four sides are flat the top of the bottle is round with two rings just above the lettering the lettering is sodawater in bold letters with property of cocacola bottling co. The patent printed on the bottom of the bottle is Nov. 27 1923 on the bottom of the bottle is the letter C in bold letters I was wondering when the bottle was made, where and the value of the bottle

  47. Doug Says:

    The soda water bottle you found is fairly common. Many variations exist, some with stars or other item on the shoulders. They usually sell for around $5 to $20 If yours has a City/State listed it may be worth more if it is an obscure City. They were used for many years and I have seen them with a date code into the 1940’s.

  48. Kahty Sims Says:

    Hi Doug,
    I have an old bottle that belonged to my grandfather who was associated with Nehi bottling company. It is marked Top of the World. It has a cork in it and the liquid is still inside. The slim neck of the bottle is labeled Nehi. The bottle is maked with a world map and Columbia on the back. The bottom has patent applied for. The bottle measures about 5 inches tall. Just wondering if you could lead me to someone who might collect a bottle like this.

  49. bernard Says:

    Hi, Could you please help me identify this bottle and it’s value.
    thank you

  50. Tammy Durham Says:

    I have 3 old amber brown Coca Cola bottles that have Coca Cola
    Lexington, KY on the front. At least one has what looks like D.O.C. 342 on the back. The one I have in front of me does not sit level and has Coca Cola on the bottom as well. Can you tell me the approximate, age and any other information you may be able give of these bottles?

  51. Roxanna Royal Says:

    I have a 10 oz coke bottle trade mark Nashville Tenn on the bottom the bottle had never been opened. The cap says it was bottled in Alexandria Louisiana 71301. The sales tax paid was 1/4 cent is printed on the edge of the bottle cap. Can you tell me about how old this is and maybe what price range it would be in value. It has white painted lettering and the numbers close to the bottom are 7310 c/a cicle around it and the 2. The bottle color is the greenish tint. I stated before the coke has never been opened. I can send a picture if you need one.

  52. Doug Says:

    The bottle you have is a great piece. I’ve seen them sell for $100 to $200. The best place to find someone who may be interested in your bottle would be a local antique bottle show. Check on line and see if you can find an upcoming show. Many soda collectors would be interested in it.
    Good luck!

  53. Doug Says:

    You have what Coca-Cola advertised as a ‘Family Size’ bottle. From the base it is from 1955, the first year for the 26 oz bottle. Worth around $5 to $10.

  54. Doug Says:

    The amber bottles you have are from between 1904 and 1916. The Lexington bottle has been selling for around $50 to $75 recently, depending on condition. As far as one not sitting level, many early Coca-Cola bottles have manufacturing issues like that. The amber bottles are my favorite.

  55. Doug Says:

    You have a 10 oz from 1973. They are only worth a few dollars, even if they are still filled. They can still be found fairly easy.

  56. Doug Says:

    Hey Kathy Sims,
    The bottle you have is a great piece. I’ve seen them sell for $100 to $200. The best place to find someone who may be interested in your bottle would be a local antique bottle show. Check on line and see if you can find an upcoming show. Many soda collectors would be interested in it.
    Good luck!

  57. lisamaxwell Says:

    My grandmother worked at Anchor Hocking in Salem, NJ for many, many years. They used to make Coke and Budweiser bottles there.

    There was a run of Coke made with Bud glass; my gram grabbed a six pack before the rest were destroyed.

    I have two of them and they’ve never been filled and they are in perfect shape; complete with the proper marks.

    While my gram passed away in 2004, I’m pretty sure she’d tell me to SELL!

    And direction offered would be much appreciated.

  58. lisa Says:

    I found a straight side clear coke bottle made from 1900-1916 in perfect conditon while walking in a creek. It has, “The Coca-Cola” and “Chicago bottling company” in raised script on the front. On the back it says, “this bottle not sold” How rare is it? What is the value of it?

  59. Viv Long Says:

    I read your interesting comments on coke bottles. I have two, a 6oz. which was bottled in Presque Isle, Maine. It’s in the Georgia green and the other is a 16oz, clear glass, no deposit with the numbers 77 4- o 24 on the bottom. It must have had a screw cap on it. You didn’t seem to mention screw capped bottles, or I did not understand the descriptions. Both bottles are in very good condition, no chips etc. Value?

  60. Doug Says:

    Error bottles, sometimes called third shift bottles are great collectibles. I have a few emerald green Coke bottles made at the Chattanooga Glass Company. Value depends on what size bottle and if it is a No Deposit bottle. The returnable 6 1/2 oz bottles sell for around $40 or more. Although I have seen them sell higher than that when the economy was good.
    If it is a No Deposit, it is worth a little less.

  61. Doug Says:

    The Staight Sided bottle from Chicago are great bottles. Which one is it? They had a 6 1/2 or 7 oz and also a 23 1/2 oz. The smaller one is valued around $50 to $100 depending on condition. The larger bottle usually goes for $120 and up.
    You need to check out the creek some more and see what else you might find!

  62. Doug Says:

    The 16 oz you found is a No Deposit No Return bottle. I didn’t mention them in the article mainly because they are not my area of expertise and I don’t collect them. Your bottle is from 1977, fairly common and worth a few dollars. Although the No Deposit are beginning to become more collectible and should increase in value.
    The 6 oz bottle is worth around $10 or up depending on what year and style bottle it is.

  63. Samantha Says:

    I have a coca cola bottle that is square on the bottom the four sides are flat the top of the bottle is round. It is I am assuming the Georgia / Aqua green. Has ccc at top in script in circles, and sodawater in bold letters with property of coca cola bottling co. con 6fl oz. I have been able to find similar bottles on e-bay but this one has a pattern on it in the top and at the bottom of kinda like an ace bandage or bandaid weave? On the bottom it says Little Rock ARK. I was told when I bought it from an older gentelman (at a garage sale for $1.00) that his dad had brought it out of the plant himself.Now I’m just currious as to it’s worth. Would you please e-mail me when you have time?

    Thanks for your valued opinion.

  64. Vicki Murdock Says:


    I thank you in advance for your valuable time and expertise in this area.

    # 1: I recently purchased an older Coke/Coca-Cola 6 1/2 FL.OZ bottle. On the bottom of the bottle it says BOTTLE TRADE MARK LOUISA, KY. It has 68-21 stamped on the side, but I do not see anything about a deposit on it. It is the green glass. What can you tell me about it as far as date and value. I bought it as a gift because my Mother-In-Law is from that town. I would like to tell her a little bit about it when I give it to her, as well.

    #2: This weekend I also found an older bottle but the owner could not tell me alot about it, other than that it was old. It is white glass and about the same size as the above bottle but with straight sides. It says Coca-Cola TRADEMARK REGISTERED on both sides. On the bottom of the bottle it says Coca-Cola and around the sides at the bottom it says PROPERTY OF THE COCA-COLA COMPANY CANADA. Anything you can tell me about the date or value would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for your time.

  65. Vicki Murdock Says:


    I am also interested in purchasing an autographed copy of your book. Please let me know the easiest way to get a copy from you. Thanks!

  66. joyce siska Says:


  67. Jaime Says:

    Hey Doug,

    I am trying to find out about a bottle I have, it is clear with maybe a tint of green?? It is embossed with six stars around the the top and Soda Water property of coca cola bottling co con 9 fl oz at the top, around the base it says patented June 1, 1926 embossed in thick lettering, and has 2424E and G26 embossed in much smaller lettering almost like etched, the bottom has Hopkinsville KY embossed.. I have tried to research this on line but can not locate any information on the 9 oz or the ones from Hopkinsville.. any ideas?


  68. Doug Says:

    The Soda Water bottles used by Coca-Cola Bottling plants came in MANY varieties. Some very plain and some with extensive designs. The ones that are unusual are worth a little more to collectors. I have seen the bottle you have described. They usually sell for around $10 to $20.
    Thanks for the question!

  69. mary Says:


    I have an old bottle that has Birmingham bottling company, Birmingham Alabama on the front in a round circle and on the back bottom it has D.O.C. 69. It also has “This bottle must be returned” on bottom front. It has a greenish tingh to it and kinda rainbow effect if in direct light. It stand about 8′ to 10′ high, round in shape and the top has a round opening. Could you tell me anything about it? I hope I’ve given enough of description. Anything you can tell me would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank You,


  70. Doug Says:

    Thank you for your questions. I sent you an email yesterday about purchasing a copy of my book. If you don’t have an email from me, post something here and we will try again.
    On to your questions:
    #1 The bottle you have is from 1968. This type bottle did not have the RETURN FOR DEPOSIT marked on it until the early 1970’s, but it was a returnable bottle. This is probably one of the most common size of Coca-Cola bottles so the value is low. Worth around $2 to $5.

    #2 The Canada Straight Sided bottles were used from the around 1906 to 1916 or 1917. Most of the Canada bottles came in a strange blue/green color. The clear, like you found is the harder one to find. The blue/green go for $40 to $50. The clear sell for around $75 or more.
    Hope this helps you out!
    Let me know if you received my email too.

  71. Doug Says:

    I am not an expert on the Commemorative bottles like the ones you have. You can check on ebay and see what they are selling for.
    Sorry I couldn’t have been more help.

  72. Doug Says:

    The Soda water bottle you have was made in 1926. They came in several variations of designs, with the star bottle the most common. The good thing on yours is the size, 9 ounce bottle. By far the most common from other bottlers was 6 ounce. So, yours stands out and is worth more. Value is around $20 or more. The Hopkinsville plant opened in 1916. You might want to try to contact someone from Hopkinsville for specific information on the bottler.
    Thanks for your question.

  73. Doug Says:

    You have a Straight Sided Coca-Cola bottle. The Birmingham bottler opened in 1902, so your bottle is from 1902 to 1917. The rainbow effect is from the bottle being buried in the ground. Minerals in the soil react with the minerals in the glass and cause a frosted look. The only way to remove the rainbow is to have a bottle tumbled. You can look up bottle tumbling and see what is involved with that. It is similar to a rock tumbler process. Your bottle is worth around $20 and tumbling can cost around $50, so it wouldn’t be worth having it done. It is a great bottle though, over 100 years old!!

  74. warren powell Says:

    Great article, Doug. Answered lots of questions. One of my Coca-Cola bottles is smooth-sided and straight/smooth below the CocaCola embossing. It has bubble-flaws in the glass, and Dallas Tex around the bottom.
    It also had the written trademark on the bottom.
    I couldn’t find anything on your links to help me date it or value it.
    Any directions would be great.
    henderson texas

  75. Maureen Says:

    My friend has an amber straight sided Coca-Cola bottle from approximately 1913. It has the familiar raised print “Coca Cola” script. Beneath that it says “TRADE MARK REGISTERED”. On the back it says “THIS BOTTLE NOT SOLD”. No bottling city is named. There is no other writing. In was found at the excavation site of the Embarcadero #1 building in San Francisco in 1980. The bottle measures 7 7/8″ high and is 2 1/4″ across the bottom. There are minor scratches and normal case wear; however, there are no chips, cracks or damage.

    I’m trying to get an idea of what it’s worth and how to find a buyer.

  76. Doug Says:

    Thank you for the compliments on the article. To answer your question: The Dallas, Texas Coca-Cola Bottler opened in 1902. The Contour bottle came along in use at the bottlers in the late 1910’s. So your straight sided bottle would be from 1902 to 1910’s. Although with the air bubbles and flaws in the glass I would take a guess it is from closer to 1902 to 1910.
    Since your bottle is from Dallas, a rather large bottler the bottle is a little more common. Value would be around $30 to $60.

  77. Doug Says:

    Amber Coca-Cola bottles tend to bring more money than a clear version. But, not having a City/State listed on the bottle may hurt the price some.
    Some collectors refer to bottles with no City/State as a ‘Generic’ bottle. Many times bottlers would use this type bottle until they could get an order of bottles with their location embossed on them.
    Value-would be around $50 to $75. How to find a buyer-well, with the economy the way it is, it has also affected collecting. I would start out by searching for local antique bottle clubs, antique bottle shows in your area and look for Coca-Cola Collectors Club Chapters in your area. (The Coke Club website has a listing of Chapters and contact names).
    Hope you can find a buyer.

  78. Bob Says:

    Hi Doug, A few years ago, a young German student we had for the summer, bought a Pat D Dec 25, 1923 bottle at a junk shop in Vermont. I believe he intended to return home with the bottle, as a souvenir from the US but somehow it got left with us. The next time we speak to him, I would like to be able to give him some idea of the value of the bottle, if any. I am also interested in the meaning of the numbers/marks that appear on the flutesw about at the “waist” of the bottle. The first number is distinctly an 89, then a space and a 20 or maybe 29 (the 2 is distinct but the other numeral(?) is very faint. On the next flute is the number 15 then after two or three spaces is some sort of symbol with two characters (or marks) the first of which appears to be an “a” and the second a “G”.
    On the bottem, is Pittsburg PA.

    Thanking you in advance for your expert opinion, I look forward to your reply.


  79. Doug Says:

    The bottle you have is not an original ‘Christmas’ bottle. They were reproduced in 1989 by the Coca-Cola Company for a special Christmas promotion. They were a non-returnable bottle, but are not marked Non-returnable. The date code/mark you described is the mark found on the 1989 version. Another way to tell is the letters on the City/State on the bottom. If they are smaller letters and have a ring in-between the letters of the City and State, it is a repro. The 1989 version is common and worth maybe $1 or $2.
    Many collectors and non-collectors alike have been fooled by this bottle. An original Christmas bottle from Ballground, Georgia is worth around $150. A 1989 repro was also made and it is worth a few dollars. I know a few collectors who paid too much for the repro thinking they were getting an original.
    I hope he didn’t pay too much money for it.

  80. Bill Crozier Says:

    i have a 1963 bound coke cola EMPLOYEE INSURANCE MANUAL
    # 93 ANY INTREST TO A COLLECTOR it is one that had to be signed before leaving Coke its old the rules go way back, newest revised 1963

  81. chris van cure Says:


    I found a Coke bottle buried that says Memphis TENN on the bottom, has a number “15” on one side at the bottom of the bottle and a “chatt 27″ directly on other side of it. In the middle under the Coca-Cola ( in cursive) it says “contents 6 FL OZS”. It seems to have like a “oiley” shimmer to it as well that worn off on spots, and i dont see anywhere where there is any deposit or retun info on it. Just wondering how old it is and what it’s value may be? Any info would be wonderful!!

    Thaks a ton,


  82. chris van cure Says:


    There is a small circle between the city and state on the botton of the bottle…

  83. Doug Says:

    There are people who collect manuals like you have. They are an interesting glimpse into how The Coca-Cola Company worked. You could check for a local Coca-Cola Collectors Club Chapter in your area and see if someone is interested in it.

  84. Doug Says:

    You found one of two types of the early Contour Coca-Cola bottle. The CHATT is who made the bottle, Chattanooga Glass Company. The 27 is the year, 1927. 1927 is an overlap year where the old type bottle (Marked 1915 under Coca-Cola) was being phased out and the new design (Marked 1923 under Coca-Cola) was coming in. The ‘oily’ look is from the bottle being buried. After a period time the minerals in the soil react with the minerals in the glass and cause etching and swirl marks in the glass.
    The ‘worn’ spots sound like case wear, this happened when the bottles would rattle together in crates, etc. when being shipped.
    With the case wear and etched issues will affect the value. Maybe worth around $5 due to the condition.
    Hope this helps you out.

  85. chris van cure Says:


    I’ve got another one for u, my wife has had this one since i’ve known her. This one is in great shape but has no year numbers like the other one did.
    It is round but with straight sides, not contoured and says “coca-cola” in tthe middle with “trademark registered” and ” contents 7oz.” under it. On the bottom of the of the bottle it just says coca cola with a number 8. And on the bottom edge of the side it says “property of coca cola bottling cco maconca.” But this bottle looks like its two pieces fused together and ucan see air bubbles in the glass and its a greenish aqua color. Thanks again for your help….just wondering year and value and if its very rare.


    Chris VanCure

  86. Doug Says:

    I think the bottle you have is from Macon, Georgia. The bottles are marked MACON GA. On some of the earlier Straight Sided bottles they are made so crudely it is hard to tell what all the letters are supposed to be. The Macon Bottler opened up in 1902. So your bottle would be from 1902 to 1910’s. Since it is so crude, with bubbles and each half not meeting up correctly I would say it is an early version (1902 to 1905) Many times these bottles would have been melted down and not used. An average Macon bottle would be worth around $25 to $40.
    Hope this helps!

  87. Don Rhoads Says:

    Hey Doug,

    Recently found 12 old coke bottles in my father’s garage. They are amber straight side bottles with the coca-cola logo in raised script near the bottom of the bottle. Also near the bottom of the bottle on the other side in raised block lettering is “registered Philadelphia, PA. The markings on the bottom of the bottle are Top Line: WT. CO. Center Line: 09 Bottom Line: I The bottles are clear and have no chips. Would like to know when the bottles were manufactured/used by coke and the value. Thanks Don

  88. Doug Says:

    The Philadelphia plant opened in 1902, so your bottles are from 1902 to 1910’s. The value depends on condition, but usually sell for around $50 to $75 if they are mint to near mint condition. That is great to find 12 of them at once.
    Thanks for the question.

  89. Gail Says:

    Hey Doug; I have an ACL 26 oz. unopened Coke that my Mom bought in a souvenir shop in the Smoky Mts. back in 1956. It’s the Georgia Green. The odd thing is, on the bottom of the bottle, there is an small odd-shaped mark followed by an “L”, another unreadable mark, then a 6. There’s no or any other information. Is this rare or a collectors item of any kind?

  90. Doug Says:

    The ‘L’ is the makers mark of who made the bottle. The other marks show what plant made it and a year the bottle was made. On the 26 oz the makers mark was located on the bottom of the bottle.
    The early 26 oz did not have City/State markings at all. By 1963 or so they began to place the City/State on them.
    So, you have an early version of the Family Size bottle. The early ones usually sell for around $15 to $20, depending on condition.

  91. Gina Says:

    Hi Doug,

    I am not a collector and far from it. I went to a garage sale in Michigan and picked a 6 pack of coca-cola bottles (empty) and was wondering if these carry any value or are just nice to look at. They are light green, they do have a refund and are 8oz size. All of the writing on the bottles as far as dates are from 1986 – 1990. Any information is appreciated and since I only paid $1.50 I figure I might be ahead….Thanks and have a great day!

  92. Skinny Says:

    Fascinating stuff here! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with all of us!
    I have several old Coke bottles but I am most curious about the Dec.25, 1923 bottles.
    I live in Cartersville, Ga and found one in Pettit Creek.
    Bottom of bottle has in large raised letters “Cartersville GA” and raised letters on side center, under Coca-Cola logo says “Bottle Pat’d Dec 25, 1923″
    Furthermore, along bottom, on side it says “Chatt 3?” on one side and “43” on the other.
    I’d like to know what all this means. I don’t think it is a reproduction, but am unsure of how to tell. Thanks, for any specific insights you may share!

  93. Ron Killingsworth Says:

    I Came across a bottle in early eighties that I have only seen six and 4 of those were destroyed for a photo shoot. A bottling publication had pictures taken of them opened. Bottle is coke with a pull tab top.This just as they were going to push tab cans.I wonder what it is worth.

  94. Doug Says:

    $1.50 isn’t bad fot those bottles. Although they are considered ‘new’ by some collectors, they aren’t a bad start to a bottle collection. Not a lot of value…..yet, but one day they will be.

  95. Doug Says:

    Since your Cartersville bottle has large letters on the bottom and the bottom has CHATT on it, it is an original one. (The Repro uses small lettering and has a different date code) It was made at the Chattanooga Glass Company (CHATT). The 43 is a bottle mold number. Probably made around 1930. Value is around $20 if it is in mint condition, lower if it has case wear or damage. Fairly hard to find in good shape.
    Great find! You should check out the creek area some more for other bottles!

  96. Doug Says:

    I’ve seen the pull tab bottle before. They are hard to find and were not used for long. They were test marketed in various areas. If it is still sealed it is worth more. It is hard to put a value on this type bottle because they don’t show up often. I would say at least $50 for a sealed version, less if it was opened.

  97. jessica Says:

    Hi. I have a bottle thats green, fat base (glass on bottom has to be an inch thick. the bottle then narrows together about an inch off it base like a VERY low waist. I’t tall and skinney, the majority of the bottle is as big as the neck, which is normal bottle size. It’s about as tall as a normal bottle. There is a big “c” inside the circle. If I did my research right, this means it was bottled in chattanooga? And off all the searches i’ve done, i have been unable to locate another picture like it. a friend told me that thoght it was an old coke syrup bottle?!? Might not be coke at all. help!

  98. Doug Says:

    The C in a circle shows it was made by the Chattanooga Glass Company. It does sound like a Syrup Tester bottle. All soft drink bottlers used a syrup tester on the assembly line to ensure the correct amount of syrup was being discharged in the bottles. The syrup tester would measure the amount of syrup placed in each bottle. Most testers are not marked by which company used them. It could have been a Pepsi, Double Cola or Coca-Cola bottler that used that particular tester you have. Most collectors feel if the tester is made with the Georgia Green glass it was used at Coca-Cola bottlers. They usually sell for around $20.
    They are a great bottle and very unusual looking.
    Hope this helps!

  99. Roger Says:

    Doug- Interesting stuff to read here!! Thanks for all the help you give people. I recently bought 9 old Coke 6 oz. bottles at a rummage sale. All of them are from cities in South Dakota (Rapid City, Pierre, Lead, Mobridge, Mitchell, Huron). On the bottom, some have the city name in large letters and also “S.DAK.” whereas others have the city name in small letters. Some of the bottle have U.S. Patent D105529 on them on the middle of th4e bottle under “bottled under”. I paid about 75 cents a piece for them and would like to at least double my money by selling them as a lot on eBay (along with a couple other brands old 7 oz. bottles). Thanks for your help!- Roger

  100. Toni Says:

    Hello – I’m wondering if you can confirm this or give further information. From what I read online, a coke bottle I have may be worth a “few hundred” dollars. It is a 16-ounce white frosted glass, paper label with red/white diamond patterning with “coke” or coca-cola on it. It is from the era of “no deposit, no return” It is empty. Any info. you have is appreciated.

  101. Doug Says:

    You should be able to double your money on those bottles, it just depends on if someone is looking for those particular towns or not. I think they will sell.
    Good Luck

  102. Doug Says:

    The Coca-Cola Diamond design items are very popular, which makes the value higher. It is from the early to mid 1960’s. They used the Diamond design on drink cans, Painted No Deposit bottles and like yours, paper label. Like any collectible, condition will play a big part in value on your bottle. If the label is mint, no fading, no creases, no holes or tears it could sell for as much as $150 or more. If it has any damage, even slight it will affect the price some.
    A great bottle, hard to find in the paper label form.

  103. Toni Says:

    Thank you, kind of excited to find this out. It’s in good shape, on one corner of the paper label, there is a super tiny area that pulled away from the bottle (bent back a little). This bottle has been sitting in my parents house for years – no one ever thought about being “valuable.” It was just another decoration. Thanks!

  104. Eric K. Ely Says:


    I found a 6 oz green Coca-Cola bottle while raking the muck in our lake. It is very clean and very heavy. I believe it is from the 1950’s. There used to be a bottling plant here in Battle Creek, Michigan, which closed down when I was very young. This bottle is a Battle Creek bottle. What can you tell me about it? Thanks for keeping history alive.



  105. Rodney Says:

    Doug, I have a bottle that says prop of coca cola Salem, MO. on the bottom is has a 7 then a triangle thing then 51 under that is says 7 fl ozs and under that it has a # 1. what can u tell me about it and how much is it worth? thanks Rodney

  106. Rodney Says:

    oh the bottle is strait lign dedigned its like grip ribbed. Also has a G5064 on the side. Thanks

  107. Doug Says:

    The Battle Creek bottle isn’t rare, but is a little hard to find. The Battle Creek plant opened in 1904, but I don’t know when it closed. Depending on condition, the value would be around $5 to $10. If you could tell me what the bottle says below ‘Coca-Cola’ on both sides and any numbers or letters on the bottle I can give you more specific info on the bottle.
    Hope this helps.

  108. Doug Says:

    The bottle you found is often referred to as a ‘Flavor Bottle’ by collectors. Your bottle is from 1951. Local Bottlers wanted to offer a variety of flavors to its customers. They used the Flavor Bottle and the bottle cap would have shown what flavor was in the bottle. Some bottlers used Flavor Bottles all the way into the 1980’s! The value is around $5 to $10. Sometimes worth more to a collector that looks for bottles from a specific City.
    Hope this helps.

  109. Mark R Powell Says:

    I have a ss amber Coke bottle from Cloumbus Ohio. Any idea when that plant operated and possibly the bottle’s value. Thank you for the informative article.

  110. Mark G Says:

    Hello Doug
    I was hiking near a burned down hotel.. The hotel was only opened from 1902 to 1912. Near the ruins a found a Coca-Cola bottle.. This sight is high up in the mountains. The Bottle is a the same styleUnion SC S-S Coke . The markings are not the same though at all. I have found that the bottle type was not made after 1915 or 1916.. The bottle reads – Upper Middle DENVER – underneath reads Coca – Cola underneath reads – Trade Mark Registered- underneath reads – Bottling Co.- underneath reads – Denver , Colo – On the back of the lower part of the bottle reads.. This Bottle Not Sold..
    There are no other markings I can see.. The glass has no cracks but has some small bubbles in it. I cant find anything like it on the computer.. Do you have any idea ? Worth ? Anything on it ?

    Thank You !!

  111. Doug Says:

    The Columbus, Ohio Coca-Cola bottler opened in 1905 under the name ‘Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ohio’. Most of the straight sided Coca-Cola bottles are selling for $40 and up, depending on condition, etc.

  112. Doug Says:

    Mark G,
    The Denver bottler opened in 1902. Many glass manufacturing companies used the same style bottle for many bottlers. They would just change the name, City/State on them. Straight Sided Coca-Cola bottles from western cities tend to bring in more than the Eastern U.S. versions.
    I have seen the Denver bottle before, but it was several years ago. They don’t turn up often. At that time the bottle was selling for $100. Value has probably increased, but the economy as it is has also affected bottle prices.
    Things aren’t selling like they once did.

  113. Mark G Says:

    Thank you !! That is great information.. It’s cool that this bottle was made close to when the palnt first opened and managed to stay intact under very extreme weather conditions in the mountains.. I bet there is more up there :)

    Thanks again

  114. Mark R Powell Says:

    In my previous post, I didn’t have my amber bottle in hand as it was taking a road trip with a friend. I now have my bottle in hand and my memory of it was incorrect. The bottle is ss amber, on the front CoCa Cola (script)is arched at the upper portion of the large diameter of the bottle, below that is a vertical arrow, below that is cap. 6 1/2 fluid oz., below that is: D.O.C. 1464. On the back at the bottm is “Cleveland.O. There are many bubbles in the glass and it has no carrier wear. I’m sorry to put you through this twice, but anything you would share is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

  115. John Black Says:

    Hey Doug…I have a case of 24- 16 oz bottles. They say 1 pint No info on the bottles that I could see. Everything is print painted on the bottles.
    Any info you can offer would be greatly welcome including value. If you need more info I can look at the wooden case to see if any info is printed there. Thanks John

  116. Doug Says:

    The 16 ounce (1 Pint) was first introduced in 1961 and made into the 1990’s. The markings varied slightly through that time period. One way to determine which type they are is what markings are on the neck of the bottle?
    1961 style had 16 Ounce or 16 FL. OZ. HALF QUART
    1963 style had either 16 FL. OZ. and/or HALF QUART
    1965 style had ONE PINT
    1968 style had 1 PINT or the return for deposit/money back bottle on neck.
    You can also find date codes a few inches up from the base Example 69-10, would be made in 1969.
    Value isn’t a lot on these bottles. If they are the earlier type (1961, 1965) they would be worth around $5. Later versions worht around $1 or $2.

  117. Nikki Says:

    Hi Doug,

    My father had left me a coke bottle, still full of coke from the late 60’s-early 70’s. The interesting part is the label is on upside down. I have tried to find out information on how much it might be worth, but I have not come across anything. I’m hoping you might be able to help me out.


  118. Doug Says:

    Error bottles are great and are a whole sub-category of bottle collecting. Some bottles were actually made by error; others were bored glass manufacturer employees playing around. I have a 6 1/2 oz Coke bottle from the 1960’s or 1970’s that has the Coca-Cola and Coke painted on upside-down also. I bought it at a bottle show several years ago for $20. If the bottle you have is a paper label bottle, value won’t be too high maybe $10 to $20.
    Although error bottles are popular among some collectors, they don’t bring huge prices.
    It is a great conversation piece though when people see the upside-down print!

  119. Pat Says:


    Thanks for the excellent article and for continuing to answer questions several months after the fact. My mother and I recently discovered three glass Coke bottles in her attic. We know they’re not terribly old (probably from the 70s or 80s) but wanted to know how to identify their age and (possibly) if they’re worth anything.

    All three bottles are clear glass, 10 oz., with “No Refill” written on the neck. On the bottom are the following markings:

    (I) (uppercase “I” in a circle) 183


    NB # 79

    The number between “NB” and “79” is different on each bottle. One is “2”; one is “11–“; and one is “14–“.

    Any information you can provide would be tremendously helpful. And thanks again.


  120. Doug Says:

    I try to keep up with the questions and answer them best I can. I hope to be able to continue doing it too. I enjoy helping out with bottles whenever I can.
    The non-returnable bottles you found are worth around $2 to $5. The O and I mark shows it was made by Owens Illinois Glass Company. the 79 on the bottom is the year, 1979.
    Hope this helps.

  121. Nellie Says:

    We found an old clear coke bottle..has Baton Rouge on the bottom..flat sides, rounded top with stars and the words Quality Beverages…property of Coca Cola. Wondering what you might know about it…thanks

  122. Nellie Says:

    Correction…I wasn’t looking at the bottle when I posted the above message. The top of the bottle is not has flat areas also, six of them, and that is where the stars are located. It is a six ounce bottle. Thanks for any info you may have on it.

  123. Emo Says:

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  124. Doug Says:

    It sounds like you have a soda water bottle. Many local Coca-Cola Bottlers sold flavored beverages and soda water in bottles like yours. The type of bottle you described was used from the 1920’s all the way into the 1950’s.
    Worth around $10 to $20 depending on condition.

  125. Tim Says:

    We found a number of 26 oz coke bottles labeled in white lettering, “Money back bottle”. How can we can out the value?

  126. Elizabeth Niziolek Says:

    Hi Doug,
    I found a wooden crate of coca cola bottles in the basement. The crate is yellow with red lettering that says “Drink Coca Cola In Bottles” on the front edge. On the side edges it says “Have a Coke”. The bottles are green 10 oz and say Coca Cola and Trademark 10 floz underneath. The other side says Coke with the Trademark 10 fl oz. The bottoms of the bottles are stamped with different cities such as Bangor, ME; St Blocton, ALA; Kalamazoo, Mi; Ruston, LA; and Ajo, Ariz just to name a few. Do these have any value and if so what would be a fair price to charge for them? I appreciate any advice you may have to share with me. Thank you for your time.
    Liz Niziolek

  127. Doug Says:

    Depending on condition, etc. the 26 ounce ‘Family Size’ bottles usually sell for around $5 to $10 each.

  128. Doug Says:

    The 10 ounce bottles are fairly common and usually sell for a few dollars each. The crate sounds like it could be from the 1960’s and (depending on condition) should sell for around $35 to $40.
    Hope this helps,

  129. Elizabeth Niziolek Says:

    Thank you, Doug for taking the time to answer.
    Liz Niziolek

  130. Warren Green Says:

    Thanks for the most interesting and informative article.

    I recently acquired a number of very small clear glass bottles with “Coca-Cola” embossed on one side. They are 3″ tall and appear to hold about 1/2 ounce. These bottles are straight sided and each one has a number embossed on the base. If you fill them with liquid and then turn them upside down, the liquid will not come out without shaking. Someone told me they were “testing” bottles used in bottling plants, but I don’t know what was being tested. Also, interested in knowing if there is any value associated with these. Haven’t been able to find anything about these on the internet. Any info is appreciated.

  131. Doug Says:

    The bottles you desribied does not sound like any type of ‘testing’ bottles I have ever seen. They sound too small to be any use to the bottler.
    More than likely they were either toys or perfume bottles. The toy bottles were a part of sets with delivery trucks, etc. Made from the 1920’s all the way into the 1980’s.
    The perfume bottles were sold empty, and many local drugstores could make there own perfume at the store. Novelty perfume bottles were very popular during the 1920’s to 1940’s.
    Hope this will help you figure out what the bottles were used for.

  132. Gary Hoffman Says:

    My brother-n-law in Tennessee found a coke bottle that is labeled “ASPIRIN COKE ” Apparently in was bottled in Knotsville, Tennessee. I have not been able to get any information on that product. Can you help?

  133. Doug Says:

    It sounds like a Coca-Cola ‘knock off’. Many early soda companies wanted to cash in on Coca-Cola popularity and named beverages similar to Coca-Cola. Koca-Nola, My Coca Co., etc. I have never heard of Asprin Coke. It sounds like an interesting knock off brand that came up. It is interesting to see the name of it, becasue there was an early belief if you would put an asprin in a Coca-Cola, you could get ‘drunk’ from it.

  134. craig duffy Says:

    I have about 10 old coca-cola bottles never opened thy came in a wooden crate but the crate was delapadated the have a trade mark on them and they say nc on the bottom of the bottles and has return for deposit on them i was wondering if you could give me a little insight on them they are 16 fluid oz. thank you very much

  135. Doug Says:

    On average the 16 ounce bottle is only worth a few dollars and they need to be in mint condition. The 16 oz bottle was a very popular size and they are pretty common.

  136. Kent Attwood Says:

    Hi Doug, I don’t know if you know anything about Coca Cola items other than bottles, but I thought I would ask anyway. If you don’t know, maybe you know who to send me to for this question… I found an old brief case that is factory made with the 1960’s steel, un-rolled diamond Coca Cola cans. I have never seen one like this is any book or any place on-line. Thanks for your help.

  137. George Says:

    Hi Doug, My father collected 8oz commerative Coca Cola bottles, have approximately 1000, wondering how we can find out how much they’re worth, and possibly best way to sell them. Have not inventoried them yet, they’re a lot of sport teams, holidays, special events, etc. All are full and most are in original sleeves. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

  138. Doug Says:

    Sounds like a very interesting item! I do know the diamond cans are very popular collectors item, so I would imagine a briefcase would be a sought after collectible. I have never seen or heard of one though. You might want to check with Bobby Liao (he has an interview here on Collectors’ Weekly) His website is Maybe he may know something about the briefcase.

  139. Doug Says:

    It is amazing how bottles can accumulate so quickly. I know a little about the Commemorative bottles, but not a great deal. There had been books printed about the Commemorative Coca-Cola bottles, but they are outdated now. You can check the local library and see if they might have some of these books. Prices have actually gone down on most of the 8 ounce bottles due to the economy.
    Another place is to go to the Coca-Cola Club website and go to the ‘Local Chapter’ tab. Hopefully there will be a local chapter close to you and they can put you in touch with a local collector that may know prices, etc. AND possibly be interested in buying them.
    Hope this helps

  140. Steve Batey Says:

    Hi Doug. Need some info (rarity and value) on a Coca Cola “Soda Water” bottle I recently purchased. It has 6 stars around upper part of bottle. Around the middle of bottle is: SODA WATER, and the line under that is: PROPERTY OF COCA COLA BOTTLING CO CON. 6 FL. OZ. Lower down, near bottom of bottle is: 1188EG23 PAT NO 49729. And, on bottom of bottle is: COLLINSVILLE ALA. Any help appreciated. Thanks, Steve

  141. Doug Says:

    The Star Soda Water is probably the most common version of the soda water bottles. The thing that makes them possibly worth more are the City/State they are from.
    Your bottle is from 1923, and being from COLLINSVILLE ALA, it should be worth around $40.

  142. brian coombs Says:

    have a bottle what could you tell me about it?
    has 6 stars at top below that reads soda water twice once on each side below that reads contents 6 fluid oz half way down bottle turns flat and then at bottom it has 4 round dimples one on each flat side,bottom side reads property of coca.cola bottling co. Pat des NO70201 these #are very hard to make out.
    bottom reads YORK g754 PA 3. 3 then a circle with a 1 in center then 56

  143. Doug Says:

    The Star soda water bottle is probably the most common soda water bottle that Coca-Cola Bottlers used. They were used from the 1920’s into the 1940’s or possibly the 1950’s by some bottlers. The Star bottle is usually sells for around $10 to $20.

  144. Gene Thompson Says:

    Doug! Im a digger here in Lewistown, Pa. and just Yesterday I dug a NOV. 18 1915. There is possitively no mistaking the 8 for a 6! Very prominent strike!! Any info and value would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks a Million!! Gene!

  145. Doug Says:

    There are some 1915 bottles that were mis-marked with 18 instead of 16. These bottles will usually bring in a few more dollars. Maybe around $30 to $50 depending on condition and if it has a City/State marking.
    No one knows for certain why the incorrect date was embossed on this bottle. More than likely the bottle mold maker was given the wrong information OR he wasn’t paying attention when he made the mold. It isn’t known how many have the incorrect mark either.

  146. brian coombs Says:

    re: article #142 does the numbers I have denote any particular year?

  147. Doug Says:

    It looks like the 56 number would be the year on that bottle, 1956.

  148. Gary Says:

    I have a bottle . Will you contact me for pictures. Thanks

  149. frank Says:

    i have a coca cola inverted jug that has coca cola on it and no one has an idea of its value pls help will send pic if need

  150. Herb Hartley Says:

    In the 70’s i bought a bottle of coke in an old chest cooler .
    it is bottled in fayettville Ar.
    its has not been opend . it has what looks like a white bendable plastic hospitel
    straw in it? Is this worth any thing?
    Thanks for any reply!
    Herb Hartley
    N/W Ar.

  151. Doug Says:

    Could you possibly describe the bottle?

  152. Doug Says:

    It sounds like it could be a syrup container. Is is made of glass or porcelain?

  153. Doug Says:

    A bottle that has a foreign object inside does not increase the value of the item. Most collectors see it as an oddity, but does not make it more collectible or worth more.

  154. douwe Says:

    hi doug,

    iam collect old glass bottles and no drip bags/dry servers off coca you kwow ho many different styls of no drip bags they what kind off book can see all the no drip bags off coca cola.i hope that you can help me.maby can you send your photo’s by mail if had this in your collection.for so far thanks


  155. Doug Says:

    The No Drip Bags/ Dry Servers are a very popular collectible. They don’t take up much room and you can find most of them at a reasonable price. Someone in the Coca-Cola Club wrote a book a few years ago that has photos of many dry servers. I will try to find my copy of the book and give you the authors name and contact information.
    I have a total of two dry servers in my collection. I won them as a door prize at a Coke Club Convention. So, my dry server ‘collection’ is nothing to brag about.
    I will get you the info as soon as I can.

  156. Michele Says:

    Found several Patent D bottles in an old furnace at a factory in Canton, Ohio. Using information from your article, we can date them at 1940. Our problem is locating the Canton, Ohio bottling plant as marked on the bottoms. Any info you could provide would be appreciated. The bottles are pretty worn but it’s been fun learning about them.

  157. Doug Says:

    I am glad the article helped. As far as the exact location of the Canton Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, I am not sure where it was located. They opened in 1906. Check with a Local historical society. Or you can go to a local area library and see if they have any old City Directory, Sanborn maps, etc.
    Also-look up The Ohio Bottle Club online, contact someone from their website and see if they might know.
    Happy Hunting!

  158. Amber Says:

    Hi Doug,
    Awesome article by the way…I can only imagine the amount of hours you spent in the archives! I’m a Museum Management and Curatorship student and I have to design a mini-exhibit for a project. I have two bottles here that I think are from between 1955-1969, but hope that you can narrow it down a bit for me. The first bottle is a 6 1/2 fl. ozs. With Coke written on one side and Coca-Cola on the other. It does not mention anything about returning or not returning. The bottom has “8” ,”5″, “4” which all surround a funny triangle shape. The other bottle is the same but a 10 fl.ozs. The bottom has “J”, “O”, “11” which are surrounded by the funny triangle shape. However, on this one there is a square with a cross through it. They are both clear coloured and they have the typical ACL white baked label on them! Any information would be a great help.

  159. Doug Says:

    The bottles you have sound like the Canadian versions, (clear glass, triangle marking on bottom). Although I do not know a great deal about the Canada versions, they do sound like they are from the mid 1960’s.
    Good luck with your project! If you have any other questions, just ask!

  160. Ken Says:

    What a great help you are to us collectors just starting out. All of your info and comments are greatly appreciated. My question is, I have a 16 oz. Diet
    Coke bottle with Diet Coke painted around the neck on one side and Diet Coca Cola on the other side. But it hasn’t any painted wording around the center, it’s just smooth with no wording where there should be. I’m wondering if it’s an error bottle. 2 inches above the base it has 830 a space then a B in a circle then space and a 6. On the bottom it says Pikeville NY with the words Trade Mark with that B in a circle in the center. It’s green hobbleskirt bottle. any help would be great. Thanks.

  161. Doug Says:

    Thanls for the kind words, I always like to help any collector I can.
    It sounds like your bottle could either be an error or some sort of test bottle at the glass manufacturer. Either way it sounds like a great bottle. I hadn’t seen one like yours. I would say it is a difficult bottle to find. Worth maybe around $30.

  162. Michael Says:

    I have a coca-cola bottle collection of 162 10oz. glass bottles from around late’60s to early/mid ’70s. They are the “returnable” bottles, clear glass (with a little bit of greenish tint) and white lettering. They are all from differant cities all over the U.S. I would like to sell this collection but I need to know the approx. value. Can you help? Thanks

  163. Doug Says:

    The 1960’s, 1970’s Coca-Cola bottle is fairly common and usually don’t bring more than a few dollars per bottle, if they are in very good to mint condition. Hope this helps.

  164. David Says:

    Hi Doug:
    I enjoyed reading the interview, thank you. I have in my collection a straight-sided, amber Memphis, TENN bottle. It has base script and was apparently made by the Root Glass Company. It’s got some case wear plus some staining inside. From what I’ve read online, it would have been made between 1902 and 1915. Does it have much value? I also have what appears to be a Georgia green contour bottle, 6 oz., with Coatesville, PA on the bottom. It also seems to be a Root bottle with a “29” mark near the base. It’s in good condition, save for one tiny chip a bit below the logo embossing.

  165. Carol Odom Says:

    Doug, I have approx 3 cases of unopened Bear Bryant 1981 coke bottles and am looking to sell them just wondering how to find out fair market value and where to sell them in GA Atlanta area. Thanks…

  166. Doug Says:

    Glad you enjoyed the interview. I enjoyed being interviewed my Collectors Weekly, they are a great bunch of people!
    Your Memphis Amber bottle was probably from 1902 to 1915. There are 3 currently on ebay, all currently around $37. Value around $40 to $50.
    The Coatesville, PA bottle might be from 1929 and is worth around $20 to $40 (I am judging by the year, 1929 it is a ‘Christmas’ bottle).

  167. Doug Says:

    There are several Bear Bryant bottles currently on ebay, most of them have no bids. They are fairly common and at Coke Club Conventions you are lucky to get $1 for one. There are a few variations of this bottle that may make it worth more, but I am not completely sure what variations are worth more than the other. I am afraid Commemorative Bottles aren’t my specialty.
    You may be able to get a few dollars to $5 for the common version. As far as where to sell them in the Atlanta area, Craigs List could be somewhere to try. There are no bottle shows until next year in the Atlanta area and I don’t think they would sell well at those particular shows.
    Hope this helps.

  168. douwe Says:

    hi doug

    iam still intresting/waiting in your information for the coca cola dry server booklet.

    have a good day

  169. Doug Says:

    I have not forgotten about you! Kevin Roche wrote the book ‘Coca-Cola Dry Servers’. I only have a mailing address for him (no email, etc.). I wrote him a letter, but have not heard back from him yet. This is a busy time of year for people, hopefully I will hear from him soon. As soon as I do I will post something here.

  170. Cindy West Says:

    I have an amber Coca Cola bottle with a paper label – all still in tact with some minor wear that reads: “Bottled under authority of the coca cola co. Atlanta, GA with a signature that I can’t make out except Candler – Minimum Volume 6 1/2 oz.” then the Coca Cola raised letters under the label. The back of the bottle reads: NASHVILLE 406. Can you tell me the year and perhaps the value of this treasure?

    Thanks so much for your time.

  171. Scott Says:

    Hi Doug, I have a Dr Pepper Cone top can, it is still sealed and full, it seems to be about 6 oz or so as it does not say. It has a bottle cap on the front with drink Dr Pepper on it with the 10 2 4, and below that it says “the friendly “Pepper Upper”
    The colors are green and gold or yellow, any idea on the worth of this vintage item?

  172. Scott Says:

    Addition to my last post on the Dr Pepper Cone Top, you can see photos here…

  173. Doug Says:

    I heard back from Kevin and he said he does not have any copies of his Coca-Cola Dry Server book left. I will keep an eye out for an extra copy at Coca-Cola Club Conventions and let you know if I find one.

  174. Marc Allan Says:

    I have a wooden case of un-opened coca cola bottles from around 1983. It has “Walker County Georgia 150 years” on one side and “State of Georgia 250 years 1733 to 1983″ on the other. I have found what one bottle is worth (between 6 and 8 dollars) but cannot find what an unopened wooded case full of bottles would be valued at. I know it’s the holidays so I don’t expect immediate attention. Just want to know where I can go to find out what I have. Thanks for your time.

  175. Doug Says:

    The Nashville amber bottle can sell for around $100, possibly more since it has a label with the Asa Candler name on it. The Nashville plant opened in 1902, and they would have used the amber straight sided bottle until around 1916.
    Hope this helps!

  176. Doug Says:

    I heard from Kevin and he said he no longer has copies of his book available. Look on Amazon and ebay, maybe you can find a used copy.

  177. Doug Says:

    Sorry I don’t know a great deal on Dr Pepper items. I do know that Coca-Cola cone top cans sometimes sell for hundreds of dollars. I hope you can find an answer to your question.

  178. Doug Says:

    The bottles do usally sell for around $5 and if the case is in very good shape, it could sell for around $20. Trying to sell a crate of Commemorative bottles that are all the same can be difficult and you may have to discount the price per bottle some.

  179. Robert Magnotta Says:

    I want to sell my cases of coca cola small bottles 8oz or 10 oz in christmas 6pk, I bought them in 1987, can you help me or have any suggestions what to do with these cases. I live in Lower New York. Thank You. RM

  180. Robert goldman Says:

    Hello Doug. I am closing a business that has been in our family for ninety years. We have always served 6.5 ounce bottles of Coke to our customers. Our employees tell me we have over ten thousand green 6.5 ounce bottles in wooden cases in one of our buildings. Is anyone interested? If I don’t do something, the property will be redeveloped and this history could be lost. We also have two old coke machines. One is waste high with a revolving top and you pull the bottle out of the tubular cold storage unit. I know we had this stuff in the store in 1950s when I was a kid. I would love some advice on finding a home for these treasures. Thank you. Rob.

  181. Doug Says:

    The Christmas bottles from 1987 aren’t worth a great deal. You could try going to the Coca-Cola Collectors Club website and see if a chapter is close to you. Maybe they will be able to help. Happy New Year, Doug

  182. Doug Says:

    WOW-ten thousand bottles! Wish I had a place to store them and look at all of them. No telling what might be in there. It will be hard to find someone who can take ALL of those bottles. Storage would be a major issue for someone. Like I said earlier, your best bet would be to track down a local Coca-Cola Club Chapter in your area. Also look for an Antique Bottle Club in your area, maybe someone would be interested in at least some of it.
    Sorry I can’t be more help than that. Just the sheer quantity of bottles makes it hard to find a taker.
    Wish you good luck,

  183. Daryl smith Says:

    I have some coke bottles that I dug up out in the woods ab out two years ago that I am looking for some information about. There are two styles both are amber. They are both straight sided. One has two verticle arrows with coca cola embossed on the upper third and CAP 61\2 fluid OZ along the bottom with D.O.C. 1173 underneath that. Also along the bottom it says Cleveland,O. The other doesn’t have the arrows but with Coca Cola embossed on the bottom third with Bottling CO under that and at the bottom Cleveland O. Also along the bottom of that one isD.O.C. 1021.Nothing is underneath the bottom of either style. My question is the age of these bottles and approx what are they worth? Are they rare? Thanks!

  184. Doug Says:

    Your bottles are from around 1905 (When the Cleveland Plant opened) to around 1916. Arrow bottles are usually worth more than the non Arrow type bottles. Depending on condition, the Arrow bottle would be worth around $100 or a little more, the non Arrow around $75.

  185. Dillon McClellan Says:

    I found what looks to be a 1961 coca cola bottle with the embossed logo.
    I was just curious to know the value.

    Dillon McClellan

  186. douwe Says:

    hi doug

    thanks for all your time and info (dry server book),iam still watching on ebay etc

    take care


  187. louis ross Says:

    I have several original unopened 8oz coca-cola bottles, pat”d DEC. 23 1923 NJ BRUNSWICK refund 5c ct nyma. found in a wall under some steps. Do they have any value, 816-9242747

  188. Cheryl Allen Says:

    Thanks for all your information. Is there a place that lists what years plants were open. I have a embossed bottle that says Bronson Florida – I dug it up. It is in very ruff shape but I am still interested in its history. Also is there a proper way to preserve unopened bottles – I have one from about 1955 but it appears to be down about 1″. I also found it buried in my yard. Thanks

  189. Dan Says:

    I found a Coke bottle straight sided block letter with Key west florida on Bottom. Bottle was from Chattanooga Bottling company mold #1 . It say patent pending 7.5 ounces. How many were made and what is value

  190. Doug Says:

    Depending on which type of 1961 bottle it is, usally worth around a few dollars, maybe more.

  191. Doug Says:

    They sound like they may be the reproduction Christmas 1923 bottles from 1988. (Because of the refund 5c ct nyma) If they are from the 1980’s, worth a few dollars. They did make a North Brunswick, NJ bottle in 1988.

  192. Doug Says:

    I could not find a listing of a bottler being in Bronson Florida. You could try contacting a County or City Historical Society in the area of Bronson Florida. They may be able to help.
    As far as sealing a bottle, there really is no way to do it. The seal goes bad on older bottles and will allow the drink to evaporate. It won’t hurt the value of the bottle any though.

  193. Joseph Pena Says:

    I bought a cooler and I saw an identical one on this site. I enjoyed The Collectors Weekly. Thank you again…

  194. CARL GENNARO Says:

    Good Morning-I have apprx. ten wooden cases with empty botles (24) pack.Is there a catologue available to check the value?

  195. Doug Says:

    There really isn’t a price guide available for Coca-Cola bottles. You can check on ebay and find similar bottles to yours and see what they are selling for. If you can describe the bottles and what is printed on them, I can give you an estimate of value.

  196. Nell Says:

    Hi Doug..I have two coca-cola bottle with white letters that state’s contents 1 pt 10 fl ozs. reg. u.s. pat off. Also on the bottom of the bottle it has L-G or C 56 and underneath is the number 5. The bottle has never been open. Thanks for you help with this.

  197. Doug Says:

    You have the ‘Family Size’ bottles. First introduced in 1955, they quickly became a popular size bottle. Your bottles are from 1956. They sell for around $5 to $10 each.
    Take care,

  198. Terry Barnes Says:

    I have a case (2 bottles short) of the 75 year Atlanta commemorative bottles, unopened and each has been in plastic bags. Value of this casew/bottles, please?

  199. orlando Says:

    Hello Doug..if there is not print on the bottom of the bottle does that mean its pretty recent? I would also like to ask on these bottles one side its there is a print of coca cola and coca cola on the other side with coke printed underneath just on the one side. I also have one more bottle that says Paul’s valley on the bottom “Oklahoma”. I looked up the population only about 7000 live in that area. I paid 5.50 for all the bottles do u think there worth anything? Thanks!

  200. Doug Says:

    The 75th Anniversary bottles from Atlanta are fairly common. They sell for a few dollars each. If the crate is wooden, they go for around $20 depending on condition.

  201. Doug Says:

    If there is no print/embossing on the bottom of the bottle, doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t old. Some of the 1915 Contour bottles had nothing on the bottom, in the 1960’s only the makers mark was on the bottom. And recent bottles have nothing at all on the bottom. The Paul Valley does sound like a hard to find bottle. I think you have bottles that are from various years, some old and some newer. I can’t say for sure on value without having more information.

  202. Connie Weant Says:

    We have an old coke bottle, 7 oz. bottled in San Angelo, Tx. serial no. chs255g21. It has 2 stars on each side, looks to be 2 seams. We do not know much about old bottles and I cannot find any info on it??? Thanks, Connie Weant

  203. Dan Says:

    I recently found a contour no deposit no refill bottle with embossed: coca-cola, trademark, 16FL OZ(1PT.) on the side, and: NO REFILL 8-8(or possibly 6-8)-105, V 15C, 80. and a square with one corner omitted on the bottom. It was 3/4 buried in the sand in a vacant lot in palm springs, Ca. Can you please tell me where it was made, and when. Thanks, Dan

  204. Jennifer Says:

    Yesterday at the Salvation Army, I spent $5 on an original wooden Coca Cola crate (though the yellow paint is mostly gone, you can still see the words Coca Cola faintly) containing 24 glass Coca Cola Soda Water bottles. All have four straight sides and six stars around the top ring, along with the words “soda water”. The bottom of 21 of them is embossed with “Coca Cola Bott Co.Bangor), one is embossed with Avon Park, Fl and two others just say “Coca Cola Bott Co. with no city. All are in good condition, with a few scratches on the outside). I know the find is worth more than $5 but wondered how much more and if you would suggest separating the collection when selling or would it hold more value as a set in its crate? Thanks so much for any info!!!

  205. Doug Says:

    It sounds like it is possibly a flavor bottle or soda water bottle. Many Coca-Cola bottlers offered other flavors, not just a cola beverage. The star bottles were very popular among the bottlers.
    You might check with a historical society in San Angelo for further details on the Coca-Cola bottler there.

  206. Doug Says:

    Possibly from 1980. Although not that old, No Deposit bottles are starting to come into their own as a collectible. Maybe worth around $5.00

  207. Doug Says:

    Wow-that is a great find! Although the crate won’t be worth a great deal due to the condition, the bottles should make up for it. The Star Soda Water bottle is the most common design, so the bottles are worth around $5.00 each. You may find it hard to sell all 24 to one person at $5.00 each, but splitting them up, you would do better.

  208. Jennifer Says:

    Thanks so much, Doug! It’s been so much fun learning about Coke bottles and all the trivia so that in itself has been worth it!

  209. Debbie Henanger Says:

    Need help identifying my old coke bottle. It is, I believe, the Geogia green color, with some “bubbles” in the glass, CocaCola in script,around middle area,along w/”TRADEMARK REGISTERED, BOTTLE PAT.D105529″ on one side, w/”Trademark Registered, MIN.CONTENTS 6 FL OZS” on the other side and JACKSONVILLE FLA ON THE BOTTOM, also w/a smaller F inbetween city&state. Also on one side of the lower area of bottle, there appears to be a number 15, then a small oval shape w/diamond shape on top of oval shape, then maybe a number 50 all written together. Could you advise??? Thanks so much.

  210. Mona Squires Says:

    Hi, I have a coca cola Bottle, it is a half Litter (16.9 Fl Oz.)Red label on both sides. coke is on one side and coca cola on the other (Reture for refund on both sides) no marking on bottom. side of bottle has numbers 8422L Could you tell me if it is of any value. Thanks so Much

  211. Doug Says:

    Your Patent D bottle is from 1950 (according to the 50 on the bottle). The bottle is fairly common and worth around $5.00

  212. Doug Says:

    Your Half Liter bottle is from 1984. It is worth a few dollars.

  213. Mona Squires Says:

    Doug, thanks so much. I stay in the south and I have came across a lot of Cokes bottles in woods where I stay. It’s where people through there trash along time ago. when I go through them I will be asking you later to see what the bottles are worth. Thanks again for all your information

  214. Doug Says:

    You are welcome. And Good Luck with finding some great bottles. You never know what you might find!

  215. Val Says:


  216. James Says:

    My Mom collects Coke and found a bottle that is a factory defect, it came from an anchor hocking plant and has a thin spun glass “wire” through the center of thr bottle and the wording and symbols are not as deep. It is a no depost, no return 10 oz. with “not to be refilled” on the bottom with the codes 72 9 3 7 and the anchor hocking symbol.

    Can you tell us anything about this bottle. Is it collectable and what would the value be?

    Thanks, it was great reading your article and interview!


  217. Doug Says:

    It sounds like what is called a ‘bird swing’ inside the bottle. In the past a bottle with that would sell for around $50

  218. Keith Says:

    Hi, Ihave a straight side bottle that I need some info about. The bottle is from the Chicago Bottling Co. Coca Cola is midway with a flowerlike design around it. I have heard this called different things but flowerlike design is what it looks like. The base is double stamped ROOT , How did this happen and does it increase the value of the bottle?

  219. Doug Says:

    I have seen the bottle you have and it is a great bottle. Early bottles were made partially by hand (not a machine) and when removing the bottle from the mold, things could be double stamped. I have seen many ROOT bottles that have this double stamp. It is a commone error on early bottles and does not increaase the value of the bottle.

  220. jeff henson Says:

    Is there a market for molds. The one i’ve come across (2 peices) has superficial rust on it and is very heavy. Looks like the old style bottles from the return for deposit days. Is it even legal to own these or is it coke property


  221. Doug Says:

    Yes, bottle molds are very collectible. I don’t know if it is illegal to have one but I see them pop up at various Coca-Cola Club Conventions for sale.
    The metal was very expensive used for them, so usually the bottle molds were melted down and made into a new mold. Also, after the bottle design changed (retired), the mold was supposed to be melted down. Didn’t always happen though, evident by the molds that are out there. Prices vary, depending on what type of bottle it is, etc. but they usually sell for between $300 to $600.
    A great find! I only have half a mold for a No Deposit bottle, maybe one day I will get one too.

  222. Jane Says:

    Greetings Doug,
    I have a 26 oz. green glass Coca Cola bottle. The markings on the bottle are about 2 inches from the bottom…I cannot make out the circled logo. It almost looks like a heart w/tulip on each side (I think I need a better magnifier ;) Anyway, the markings are….83 (circled logo) 18
    There is also a small indention near the bottom of the bottle that resembles the heel of a shoe. There is Coca Cola 26 GL.OZ. (1pt.100z) and small letter trade mark in white lettering. Thats it. If you have any information concerning the markings I would appreciate it.
    Thanks Doug,

  223. Doug Says:

    The markings from the side say it is from 1983. The logo would be the glass manufacturer marking and the 18 was the bottle mold number.
    The 26 ounce bottle (Family Size) bottle first came out in 1955. Even though the 32 ounce bottle was introduced in 1972, some bottlers chose to stay with the 26 ounce. Your version on the 26 ounce can go for around $10.00
    A great magnifier does make a big difference!
    Hope this helps!

  224. Hope Says:

    Your articles are fun to read and very informative. I have been looking for information on the 10 oz. Hutchinson bottle, I was looking at the picture of the label and ours is different. On the right side it says Commemorative Bottle. Does that mean that it is not as valuable as the original?

  225. Doug Says:

    Glad you enjoyed the interview! The Coca-Cola Hutchinson Commemorative bottles don’t have a lot of value, maybe a few dollars if it is the 2007 version. Possibly a little more depending on which version you have, but won’t be worth thousands like an original Hutchinson Coca-Cola bottle. There are several versions of commemorative Hutchinson bottles out there.

  226. Ben Says:

    A friend dug up an old bottle. Looks like an early Coca Cola bottle, but the only marking on it is embossed on front “CHATTOOGA BOTTLING CO SUMMERVILLE, GA”. Do you know its value, or any other info about “Chattooga Bottling Co”?

  227. Doug Says:

    If it isn’t marked ‘Coca-Cola’, it wasn’t used by a Coca-Cola bottler. I don’t see a listing for a Coca-Cola bottler in Summerville.
    I had not heard of CHATTOOGA BOTTLING CO before but many small towns had their own bottling companies, bottling a variety of drinks, from mineral waters, to carbonated drinks. Your best bet would be seeing if their is a historical society in Chattoga County or Summerville.

  228. errick jones Says:

    Good Morning, your information is awesome. I have a case of unopened 6.5 green coke bottles that are acl. They have different states on most of them. I am curious of the value of the entire set. The one I have in front of me is from Danville Kentucky. Thank you in advance.
    Errick from Mashpee.

  229. Doug Says:

    The 6.5 oz ACl Coke bottles are fairly common. Depending on which style you have, the value is from $5.00 to $1.00 each.

  230. ronald krenisky Says:

    hi doug did coca cola make a 3 or 4 gallon size hutchinson bottle for commercial use. i came across one that appears to have all right stuff.except size, stands about 3 feet tall in raised letters property of coca cola bottling co. if real what would it be worth. its in mint cond. thanks , ron

  231. chaz Says:

    Hello, grandpa had some old coca cola bottles in a barn that burned down , we uncovered some old coke bottles in the rubbage.. Some were melted but a few were very nice..

    The bottles are 6.5 ounce very thin glass they look clear they are prob from before the 40’s 50’s
    what so unsual is they are ” screw top ” bottles…
    when did coke use a screw top lid..
    I looked online the bottles look like the mid teens to 20’s styles
    they area they came from is florida…. info would be nice thanks

  232. Doug Says:

    No, they did not make a three gallon hutch bottle. What you found sounds like a display bottle that Coca-Cola made as a souvenir. They made the hutch in the 1980’s and I think they can still be found for sale. Not sure what the hutch goes for. They also made a embossed contour bottle type, an ACL type, etc.

  233. Doug Says:

    Screw top Coca-Cola bottles did not come around until the 1960’s. Also, clear, thin glass was used on the No Deposit bottles of the 1960’s. Sounds like they may be 1960’s style bottles. If the bottles are damaged from the fire, they won’t be worth much.

  234. ariel sieben Says:

    Found an old block letter Coca-cola bottle in Colorado, 20+ yrs ago. It’s straight, not curved with straight lines, Property of coca-cola bottling co, min cont 7 fl oz. On the bottom of the bottle, Denver, Colo.(c w/a circle in center). I have not seen another one…can you tell me anything?

  235. Doug Says:

    You have a bottle often refered to as a ‘Flavor Bottle’. Many Coca-Cola bottlers offered other flavors beside a cola drink. The bottles used Coca-Cola in block letters like yours. The cap would have shown the flavor. Your bottle is probably from the 1910 to 1920’s. Value is hard to say, but most flavor bottles sell between $20 to $50

  236. GREG OSBORNE Says:


  237. Doug Says:

    The type of crate you have sounds like the ones used from the early 1900’s into the late 1910’s.

  238. GREG OSBORNE Says:

    Thank you, I knew it was old but not that old. It is full of emptys, mostly from Springfield Tn, Bowling Green Ky. Do you know what the value could be. It is in really good condition? Thanks again.

  239. Doug Says:

    The crates sell for $80 to $150, depending on condition. The bottles, if they are the straight sided bottles, they can go for $30 or more. If they are the contour bottle, they are worth around $5 to $10.

  240. Jason C Says:

    i have a full crate of unopened bottles from the 75th anniversary of the atlanta bottling co. 1975. they are in a wooden coke crate. would the value be any higher with a full crate of unopened cokes compared to single bottles.

  241. Doug Says:

    75th Anniversary bottles are very popular. Many bottlers put out 75th Anniversary bottles and people try to collect one from each bottler. The Atlanta 75th is probably the most common one. They usually sell for around $1 to $4. The value would be about the same for a single bottle or 24 of them. The crate is worth $10 to $25 depending on condition.

  242. Barb Says:

    I have a bottle which I cannot find anything similar in my internet research. It is a clear Coca-Cola bottle and has a rectangle on the front of the bottle which is imprinted into the bottle “Property of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Min. Cont. 7 Fl. Oz.” Around the bottom of the bottle there is a number “2” and below that it reads “(unknown word) Patent Pending”. The bottom of the bottle shows the Chattanooga symbol that looks like a copyright symbol.

    This bottle came out of the Mississippi River after a flood. We were elated to see it intact without chips, but with plenty of scuffs. Could you provide any history and value of this piece?

    In addition we found a Dec 25, 1923 Coca Cola bottle from Burlington Iowa. It looks like it was from Chattanooga Bottling in 1930. We always find pieces of old bottles, but so happy to find these two today!

  243. Barb Says:

    I have a clear Coca-Cola bottle that appears to have ridges with a rectangle area on the front of the bottle which reads “Property of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Min. Cont. 7 Fl. Oz.”. Near the bottom, it reads “(unknown letters, then a space and one more unknown letter), then Patent Pending. On the bottom there is the Copyright symbol which I’ve learned is the Chattanooga Bottling Company later used symbol. The bottle is nearly 8 3/4 inches tall and was found after a flood along the Mississippi River in Illinois. Could you possibly identify this bottle and advise of an approximate value? I’ve had no success finding a bottle on line which looks like this one, nor very much information on 7 oz bottles.

    Ironically, we found a 1930 Coke Christmas bottle intact in the same area as well. We often find pieces, but rarely whole bottles.

    Thanks kindly.

  244. Jeremy Says:

    i also have a 1917 coca cola mirror advertisement with a little boy and girl with an umbrella. on the umbrella says 5 cents coca-cola 5 cents. on the bottom left it says “call for it by full name nicknames encourage substitution” and on the bottom right it says ” “sunlight will harm this mirror” not to leave the drug store 1917″ it’s thee only one of it’s kind that I’ve ever seen. i value it very highly, but what would you say it’s worth? it’s in mint condition, i can’t believe it’s almost 100 years old. definitely a highly collectible piece of coca-cola history. i could send a pic if that would help. it says the artist name is DEWEY if that helps any. any info you could give me about this piece of advertising would be appreciated i really know nothing about it. thanks jeremy

  245. Doug Says:

    That is one thing with flooding, many bottles pop up out of the ground! It sounds like the 7 oz may be a flavor bottle. If it has Coca-Cola in block lettering, it is a flavor bottle, if in script, it is an early Coca-Cola soda bottle.
    So, value will be hard to determine, not knowing which style you have.
    The 1923 bottle is worth around $10 or more. But most collectors want them in near mint condition. Usually, bottles found along the river are worn, with nicks and scratches. So, your bottle may be worth less.
    I have walked along rivers and found a few whole bottles, which amazes me. Normally all you find are bits and pieces.
    Hope this helps.

  246. Doug Says:

    I don’t know a great deal about mirrors. Your best bet would be to post something here at Collectors Weekly. They have a Show and Tell section, someone may be able to have some information on it.
    Good luck with your search!

  247. Debra Martin Says:

    My grandfather gave me a minature gold plated coke bottel that was given to him by his father who worked at Coca Cola for many years back in the early 1900’s. Only a very few people were given these tiny coke bottles that worked there for many years. I have often wondered if there is story behind these bottles and what they are worth today.

  248. Doug Says:

    I do know they gave employees a time of service pin that were shaped like a Coca-Cola bottle, but I don’t know a great deal about them. I know they are very collectible though. See about posting a picture here at the Show and Tell section. maybe someone can give you more information than I can.

  249. Kenneth Franks Says:

    I have straight side coke bottle that has the word Puritas on the side, the bottom has coca-cola botteled in Oklahoma City and the letters os1347.
    Can you give me any information on this bottel.

  250. Jacqueline in Atlanta Says:

    Doug: I read the interview. What great knowledge you have accumulated as you pursued something you love! Thanks for sharing it with us. I have been reading all these posts/questions and just want to say you are a very generous person to answer all these questions, mostly about bottle values.

    Also, I agree wholeheartedly with a comment you made early on: Nothing tastes better than an ice cold Coke out of a glass bottle. I don’t like the “tinny” taste of aluminum canned pop. Give me that old-fashioned glass bottled Coke all day long with the condensation dripping down the side. yum, yum. It’s the real thing!

  251. Steve - Marietta, Ga. Says:

    Doug: I bought a SS bottle yesterday that I’m trying to identify. It’s a Base script Coca-Cola, with “Trademark Registered” below that. Very light blue or green color. On the other side (Base) it says “Savannah, Ga” surrounded by what appears to be a slightly raised rectangle. The only other marking is a large triangle on the bottom. The bottle has several noticeable gas bubbles in the glass. Any info. is appreciated. Thanks!

  252. Doug Says:

    I have not seen a straight sided Coke bottle with Puritas on it. Does it have ‘Coca-Cola’ in block letters or script letters? Block letters means it was a flavor bottle, it held something else besides Coca-Cola. The script Coca-Cola of course held Coca-Cola.
    The value depends on which type of bottle it is.

  253. Doug Says:

    Thank you for the nice comments on the interview! I enjoy passing on any information I can about collecting.
    After your description of an ice cold Coca-Cola, I am ready for one!

  254. Doug Says:

    The Savannah Coca-Cola Bottling Company began bottling in 1902. Your bottle would be from 1902 to the early 1910’s.
    The slightly raised rectangle around the City/State is from what is called a ‘slug plate’. The glass bottle manufacturer could change the plates to emboss a different City/State on the bottle. This allowed them to use one bottle mold (they were expensive to make), and change out the plate for any bottler that would order bottles.
    Hope this helps,

  255. Steve Says:

    I recently purchased a Coca~Cola bottle & was told that it may be a promotional bottle that was never used. It is in mint condition. Not a scratch or ding on it. I was interested if you knew any information concerning this? It is clear glass(fairly light weight), Coca~Cola 12 FLUID OZS is embossed on the front(horizontally around the middle against a textured background), Coca~Cola TRADE-MARK is embossed on the back(horizontally around the middle against a textured background). Embossed at the neck- Coke NO RETURN on the front & Coke NO DEPOSIT on the back. Embossed at the base, on front & back- NOT TO BE REFILLED. Embossed on the bottom- “I” inside a circle, S, -6, or (9- depending how it is viewed). The bottom also has a textured surface. Lastly the bottle has a slight contour shape, but is wider than a traditional 6.5 oz Coke bottle.
    Thank you, Steve

  256. Doug Says:

    It is hard to determine if your bottle was a promotional bottle or not. I have seen a bottle that sounds just like yours. It was one of the earliest No Deposit bottles made. Used around the mid 1960’s.

  257. dennis hyman- hyman's auto supply Says:

    i have a jsc26 machine that has been put up since 1970 because in chicago they stopped shipping the 6 1/2 bottles. i just brought it back down and it works great. where can i get the 6 1/2 oz bottles from?

  258. Ray Says:

    Hey Doug, I’m thinking you’re familiar with the 50th anniversary commemorative Root bottle in red box that came out in 1965. Can you give me an idea of book-value (in today’s economy)? I have a contact with several available for purchase but want to make sure I’m not over paying (or she’s not under selling). Thanks. Ray

  259. steve cooney Says:

    i have a straight sided, green,crown-top bottle,in pretty good condition. at the bottom of the neck it is embossed in block capital print around the neck”COCA COLA BOTTLING CO.”at the heel it is embossed with “G6795″.
    on the bottom is a 3 with a 0 next to it and a triangle on top of the o. below the o there is a 1. can you identify?? value?? thanks

  260. Kenneth Franks Says:

    The straight side coke bottle with Puritas on it has the words coca-cola in block letters at the bottom of the bottle along with Oklahoma City. The word Puritas is in script letters at the top portion of the bottle. There are a couple of dings in the bottle and several impurities in the glass from the pouring of the bottle. Does this info help any at all. Kenneth

  261. slick Says:

    i have a straight sided,green,crown-top bottle,in pretty good shape. at the bottom of the neck it is embossed in block capital print around the neck
    “COCA COLA BOTTLING CO.” at the heel it is embossed with “G6795″. on the bottom is a 3 with a 0 next to it and a triangle on top of the o. below the 0 there is a 1. can you identify?? value?? thanks

  262. Doug Says:

    Well, I don’t know of anyplace that still uses a 6 1/2 ounce bottle, although someone may still bottle them. Your best bet would be to see if the glass bottles that are available in grocery stores now (8 ounce size) may work in the machine. Check on the internet for places that restore machines, they sometimes offer a kit to convert a machine over to the new glass bottles OR sometimes cans.

  263. Doug Says:

    It sounds like you have a flavor bottle. A flavor bottle is a bottle that held something else other than Coca-Cola. Maybe orange soda, root beet, etc. If it doesn’t have a City/State marking on it, it won’t be worth much, maybe $5 to $10.

  264. Doug Says:

    Your bottle is a flavor bottle, did not hold Coca-Cola but some other flavor soft drink. Probably from the 1920’s or 1930’s. The dings will hurt the value, but possibly worth around $10 or a little more.

  265. Ray Says:

    Hey Doug, I’m thinking you’re familiar with the 50th anniversary commemorative Root bottle in red box that came out in 1965. Can you give me an idea of book-value (in today’s economy)? I have a contact with several available for purchase but want to make sure I’m not over paying (or she’s not under selling). Thanks. Ray

  266. Tavo and Shanna Says:

    Hi Doug

    We came across 24 bottles in a wooden carrier at the local SVDP. We love the bottles and they are all 6 or 6 1/2 oz bottles and they are all green (in different shades), with numbers on the side like 54-15 from new castle indiana and the C on a circle, or 62-90 from richmond indiana. They are from lexigton, cincinnati, dayton, rushville (ind), Jackson TN, etc. The wooden carrier is in very good condition and the bottles are dirty and have little wearing on the glass edging. Can provide a picture if you send us an email. Can you tell us if we have some gems in our hands? We don’t think we will sell them, but would like to know the value to see if we need to insure them. Don’t even know if we should wash them, as I have seen on shows that it takes away the age that comes with the item. Thanks!!

  267. Allyx Says:

    Hello Doug. I ran across a Coke bottle recently that I found very interesting. It was given to me, and now I’m wondering if it has any value. It’s a 10 oz green glass bottle, a little worn and thin, with ridges along its entire length, except where the name is printed, which is smooth. One side says ‘Coca-Cola TRADE MARK (R)’ in cursive, the other just says ‘C o k e’ in plain script, with the same trademark. The bottom says ‘LG Trade Mark Bottle’ at the center with ‘Sikeston MO’ in a circle around it. I can’t find anything like it online, and I was hoping you could tell me more about it.

  268. Doug Says:

    Tavo and Shanna,
    It sounds like your bottles are from the 1950’s and 1960’s. (54-15 is 1954, the 15 is the bottle mold number used to make the bottle). If the rest of your bottles are from this same time period they may be worth only a few dollars each. If they happen to be some earlier ones (1920’s and 1930’s) they would be worth more.
    As far as cleaning them, bottles usually aren’t under the same rules for cleaning like other antiques. Most bottle collectors like the bottles looking as shiny and new as possible. Probably just some warm water and dish washing soap and a little scrubbing should do the trick. Visit my blog and search for cleaning, I have a few other things listed on how to clean bottles.
    Happy Collecting

  269. Doug Says:

    It sounds like a 1960’s or 1970’s type 10 ounce bottle. When you say green, do you mean a light green like typical Coca-Cola bottles OR a dark green like a Sprite bottle? The light colored version, value isn’t a great deal, maybe a few dollars. They were a popular size for many years and a lot of them are out there.

  270. Maureen Shaw Says:

    Hi Doug,

    Snorkling I found an lightly encrusted Coca Cola greenish bottle off Key West. It has pat. 105529 on it and Key West, Fl on the bottom. Any idea how old it is?

    Many thanks,

  271. Doug Says:

    Hello Maureen
    The Patent D bottle was used from 1938 to 1951. That is pretty cool to find a Key West bottle IN Key West. They are somewhat hard to find, but I wouldn’t say rare.
    Great find!

  272. Maureen Shaw Says:

    Hey Doug,
    Thank you so much for the information. We do find lots of old bottles, particularly after a hurricane. What is rare is to find an informed source to tell me what I find. Are you interested in other bottles of just Coca Cola?
    Thanks again,

  273. Doug Says:

    Thanks for the compliments. I am interested in other soda bottles beside Coca-Cola, but I am not ‘up’ on them as far as value or history as I am with the Coke side of bottle collecting.

  274. Alma Says:

    I have a 10 year old son, Walker who is a bottle fanatic. His most favorite thing to do is to go bottle hunting. When given the opportunity to go to Disney World over his school break in the 3rd grade he responded, ” mama, I’d rather dig for bottles!” So bottle hunting we did go. Today a friend of ours gave him a Coca Cola bottle he said he found 35 years ago and had it in his safe ever since. He told my boy no one would appreciate it as much as he would so he gave it to him. It has Coca Cola in script on just on side about mid ways, with the words trademark registered underneath that. On the opposite side along the bottom it reads this bottle not sold. The bottle is mostly clear but does have a slight bluish green tint to it. Also the script Cola looks as thought the top of the C flows over across the top of the l. There is no other marking on this bottle. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  275. Doug Says:

    Wow-would rather go digging for bottles than Disney World. That is awesome! I have taken my wife digging for bottles on our anniversary before! I am always glad to hear of young people getting the ‘bottle bug’. If the hobby is going to continue we need the younger crowd to take over.
    The bottle you have is from the early to mid 1900’s, between 1900 to 1910. Easily over 100 years old! Many collectors call it a Straight Side Coca-Cola bottle. Most collectors look for certain City/State Coca-Cola bottles.
    The marking ‘This bottle not to be sold’ was placed on many soda bottles at the time. Many people would gather up empty soda bottles, take them to a bottler (and not the one the bottle came from) and sell them the bottles. The bottler would put a label over the Coca-Cola and put his own brand of soda in it. Bottles were expensive.
    Hope this helps and tell your son to ‘Keep on Collecting’

  276. Alma Says:

    Thanks doug! He is so very excited over this. He loves the History just as much as the bottles. He is a rare child of which I am very proud! Thanks again!

  277. Todd Says:

    Thank you for this discussion, Doug.

    One of my computer service clients has asked me to help him finish out his collection of 1950’s era 6.5 oz. hobbleskirt bottles he started as a child. I think we’ve now acquired authentic ones from each of the then 48 states that he was seeking.

    He was recently given an Alaska bottle (vintage unknown) and has asked me to try to find him one from Hawaii. What I’ve found so far are what appear to be clear embossed 6.5 oz bottles from the 1989 Pat. D reproductions (circular lines running between city and other words on base), and a 10 oz. bottle with white-painted script (year unknown w/ Hilo, HI on base but have not seen photograph yet). The web sites I’ve located don’t include the 10 oz. size in their history/progression of Coke bottles.

    Can you give me any tips as to the oldest Coca Cola bottle that might be found with an Hawaii embossing and what markings to look for or ask sellers about?

    Thank you!

  278. Todd Says:

    Excuse me. I should have said 6 oz. bottles, not 6.5 oz. He’s only got a handful of the latter in his collection. I don’t know if bottling plants existed in Alaska or Hawaii before they became states in 1959, so those bottles may have to be 6.5 oz. or larger.

  279. Lauren Says:

    Doug, I’ve found a bottle down on my lake. It has a diamond with the bottle shape in it and it says coca cola and on the back side it’s the same but it says coke. And under coca cola and coke it says trade mark, and on the top it says content 10 fl oz. Under coke it also says no return and under the coca cola side it says no deposit. And it is also clear with no damage on it and on the bottom it says not to be refilled and 39 2 68. And all around the bottle are little dots. Please help me and tell me what year this bottle is and how much it’s worth. Thanks!!!

  280. Doug Says:

    You should be able to find bottles from both Hawaii and Alaska in the 6 ounce size. Hawaii had a Coca-Cola bottling plant in 1907. Alaska did not get one until 1947, both before they were States though. The earliest Hawaii bottle I have seen was from around 1924. I don’t have one in my collection though. The early bottles from Hawaii and Alaska will be difficult ones to find and usually are a higher price. The Hawaii bottles also have a TH embossed on them for Territory Hawaii.
    Good Luck in your search! Keep checking ebay, I’ve seen a few Hawaii bottles pop up every so often.

  281. Doug Says:

    You have one of the earlier No Deposit bottles for Coca-Cola from 1968. They only made this type of bottle for a few years before they went to the contour shape. But, your bottle is the most common size of that type. So value is around $10. I have seen the 26 ounce go for $150. And the 16 ounce can bring $50.

  282. Candy Smith Says:

    Hi, I have a Coca-Cola bottle with a Dr. Pepper cap. The bottle is the standard shape, light green, says “return for refund” on both sides of the neck, the logo is printed on, it says Roswell, NM on the bottom. At the very top it appears to be printed with 0204AU10935. The cap says “Dr. Pepper” and lists the ingredients in very small print. It seems to be a full unopened bottle. I got it from my mother in law, who loves coke. Can you tell me anything about it?
    Candy Smith

  283. Candy Smith Says:

    Oh, and it is 6.5 oz.

  284. Marcia Says:

    I purchased a white coca-cola bottle several years back from e-bay. I recently put quite a bit of my collection in a consignment store and have regretted it ever since. I don’t have any information about the bottle other than from memory. It had the coca-cola logo, a rose and a motto on the center section of the bottle, if you will, in a foreign language and two red rings around the top of the bottle. I have tried to replace this bottle with no luck. (I miss it) From my vague discription can you tell me anything about the bottle.

  285. Anthony Dearmin Says:

    God Bless. Thank you for the information. It was very helpful. Great! information. I still Cant figure out the rareity or value of my Dec 25 1923 Xmas Coke Bottle made in Montpielier Vermont. Any Ideas? Please Help! Thanks. Great Job.

    Anthony Dearmin

  286. Doug Says:

    Bottles with the incorrect bottle cap turn up often. Most collectors don’t see them as having any value, other than what the bottle is worth. So, your bottle is worth a few dollars. It could have had the incorrect cap placed at the bottling plant OR someone may have recapped it themselves. Bottle cappers are easy to find and still available for people who brew their own beer, etc.

  287. Doug Says:

    It sounds like a very interesting bottle. I have never seen one like it before. It sounds like it may have been some sort of a commemorative bottle.
    Good luck in your search!

  288. Corey Says:

    got a question for Mr. Doug, ive got a D-patt bottle from CLARKSVILLE, TEX and i have done research and found they had a bottler that started in 1904 in Clarksville, Texas ( which is in Red River County Texas) one of the earliest towns in Texas history! i’ve only seen ONE other bottle grace the internet , much less someone have a bottle like the one i have!! its the contour green D-patt 105529 which puts it 1923-1937 so i was wondering how would i get an acurate price of worth , being this bottle is as ive found out ” one of the Rarest of the Rarest” so to speak ? please help me with some info , i would be more than welcome to e-mail a pic of the bottle to help , and if ya got time ive got an ol cast-iron toy wagon ( Coca-Cola) but similar to the budweiser wagons, and from what ive been told it was NOT a licensed product from Coca Cola, does that make value change and curious to learn what the value sits at today…..?

  289. Doug Says:

    Thanks for the question. The Patent D bottle was made from 1938 to 1951. (The Christmas bottle was made from 1927 to 1938) I looked in Bill Porter Coca-Cola bottle list and he doesn’t have the Clarksville bottle listed as rare. He knows a great deal about bottle rarity from the City/State markings.
    A Patent D is usually around $5 to $10 for the common ones, with your bottle not being listed as rare it is hard to determine an exact value. It could be rare and just not enough info to list it as such.
    Good luck with your search for info.

  290. Gregg Says:

    The 2 liter returnable bottles were initially tried to be released as a hobble skirt design such as the 1 liter and the 32 oz bottles. I worked at a Coca-Cola plant in the mid 1970’s when this was tried. Since the bottles are sterilized they came out of the washer extremely hot. The soda when first filled is extremely cold. This made for an explosive environment on the assembly lines. Coke stopped the production. Some of my friends and I managed to get a couple each before they went to the land fill. I still have one of mine.

  291. billy w. martin Says:

    Doug, Let me first say how much i enjoyed your question and answer. I have a Huthersion type bottle that is marked on the front Birmingham Bottling Co.On the back is a circle with a eagle.On the bottom is a large capital A. Could you please email any information you might could give me on this bottle.Thanks a million.

  292. Doug Says:

    I have seen that particular Hutchinson bottle before. I don’t think it was connected with Coca-Cola at all. They were used from the 1890’s to the early 1900’s. In the past at antique bottle shows I have seen them sell for around $20 and more if they were in very good condition.

  293. David Says:


    I have a No Deposit clear glass Coca-Cola bottle that I have saved ever since I drank out it and noticed that, after I almost finished it, there was a very thin string of glass from one side of the bottle to the other. The numbers on the bottle are LG-959 25 76. I would guess that the number 76 is the year the bottle was manufactured as 1976 is probably the year I put the bottle on the top shelf in the closet of my parents house. Obviously, this bottle shouldn’t have been released, and how it went through it’s handling process without the glass thread breaking, I have no idea. I’m glad it stayed intact though, since I drank almost all the coke before realizing it was there. Does this bottle have any value?

  294. Doug Says:

    Thanks for the question. The glass string is called a ‘bird swing’. It happens during the manufacturing process of making the bottle. Luckily you did not swallow any glass, they can break off fairly easy. I saw one similar to yours at an antique bottle show and sale recently. It was priced at $75. They can sell from $50 to $100.

  295. Richard C.Sloan Says:

    have u ever let a extra rare 1915 bottle slip out of your hands and later find out how dumb i was;been digging same dump for about 5 years;secert location;;like most diggers;anyway;dug a weird shapped 1915;an if i remember right it was from VillaRica Ga,use to sell at old hiway 41 fleamarket;no one could identife this weird bottle;;give u a hint;it was shaped like a pot belly stove;since it was a 1915 and from Villa Rica,Ga,i took $100.for it;;since its too late an far beyond a reality check;;it was one of the fat 1915 expermintal bottles that explodad; so in ur opion an experence;how much do u think it was valued at;been kicking myself since;;have nightmares; thanks Richard C Sloan;

  296. Donna Noble Says:

    I am trying to find out some information on an embossed, straight sided, clear Coke bottle that I found…I would like to know the value, location and age of my find. It is a clear, straight sided bottle, embossed, 10 oz. bottle and on the bottom of the bottle, it is stamped with 3 LG 68. It is in excellent condition with the exception of no cap. I would appreciate any information that you can give me. Thank you in advance…Donna Noble

  297. Donna Noble Says:

    This is in addition to the the question that I posted earlier- just a little more info on the bottle: 10 oz., straight sided, clear, on one side embossed – (block writing) COKE – inside of a triangle with a “coke bottle” and the word “trademark” – and on the opposite side – (cursive writing) COCA-COLA -inside of a triangle with the same “coke bottle” and “trademark”, at the top of the bottle are the words “contents 10 FL OZ., it is a NO DEPOSIT – NO RETURN bottle (embossed on the bottom-outside rim) and on the underside of the bottle, it reads-NOT TO BE REFILLED 3 LG 68. It is missing it’s cap, which is one that had to be removed with a bottle opener. 3/4 of the way up the bottle is a very rough design and 1/4 of the top of the bottle is smooth. Again, the bottle is in EXCELLENT condition with the exception of no cap/top. And again also, thank you in advance for any info that you can provide…DONNA NOBLE.

  298. Doug Says:

    The bottle you have is from 1968. It is one of the first no deposit bottles that Coca-Cola used. There were issues making a bottle with thin glass in the contour shape. So the early no deposit bottles are like yours. They made them for a year or two, then were able to make the contour shaped bottles. The 10 ounce you have is the most common size and sells for around $5 to $10.
    Hope this helps.

  299. mike Says:

    hi doug. have a bob-o-link unique bottle. unlike ones i have seen it has diamond on bottom and a different lip. yet has the same air bubbles as the internet ones have. to different manufactures but with similarities. what do you think. may be one of a kind. thanks for being here. mike

  300. Doug Says:

    I think I know which bottle you are talking about. Is it the art deco style soda bottle, embossed with circles inside of squares? If it has a different lip it may not be a soda bottle though.

  301. mike Says:

    hi doug. thanks for your time. has the same bob-o-link lettering and air bubbles are in the same place as the same bottle that was made in royersford p.a. according to archives could be one made in quebec canada by the diamond glass comp. not much info. out there. why the similarities in to different moulds and same name bottle. mike

  302. Doug Says:

    I have seen several bottles using the embossed circles inside of squares. Many times a bottle manufacturer had a catalog that a bottler could order bottles from. The bottle manufacturer could customize the bottle with specific text for the bottler. I have a bottle with the embossed circles inside of squares for a drink called Hi-Lo from Atlanta, GA.

  303. luis Says:

    i have a clear green says trademark registered in u.s. patent office contents 6/12 fl.ozs on bottom an 8 and oval no city just 8 and oval shape

  304. richard c sloan Says:

    any ideal of value of 1915 VillaRica Ga experminatal bottle,ro pot belly design bottle RICHARD S

  305. sybil blackburn Says:

    I have a 31 1/2 ” tall green bottle of a woman holding a bottle. the woman i got it from had a bar and thought it was a coke bottle. Did they make anything like this? It is still silled up and i don’t want to open it to see whats inside, looks like coke to me. sybil

  306. Robert Moreau Says:

    I have a clear six star glass vintage coca cola bottle. It has eight panels. It has text stating property of cocacola bot co from Indiana pa. It is unmarked in anyother way but some numberson the bottom. We have found similar soda water coke bottles but none look similar to this one.

  307. ccr Says:

    i have this coca cola bottle it has a bronco logo its 7 oz. its amber its from monahans coca cola bottleing co. it has a 7 and maybe a diamond then 55 on the bottom also a 2 then c-14068.can you tell me something about it,and what it could be worth.

  308. Doug Says:

    Some of the 6 1/2 ounce bottles did not have a City/State embossed on the bottom.

  309. Doug Says:

    I am not certain I know which bottle you are talking about. The Pot bellied bottle I know is the ROOT Coca-Cola prototype bottle. Only two originals exist of those, with many reproductions. I don’t know of a Villa Rica bottle that was pot bellied.

  310. Doug Says:

    It sounds like a display bottle, used in stores, etc. to draw attention to the Coca-Cola for sale. They sell for around $200 for an original version. They have also been reproduced from the 1970’s and to current and sell for $50 to $75

  311. Doug Says:

    There are many versions of the soda water bottle out there. Each independent Coca-Cola bottler could pick out what they wanted to use in their service territory. Some are plain, others elaborate designs. These bottles did not hold Coca-Cola, but either soda water OR a flavored beverage (orange, strawberry, etc.) Usually sell for around $10 to $20.

  312. Doug Says:

    You have a ‘flavor bottle’ from an independent Coca-Cola bottler. This bottle did not hold Coca-Cola but was used for some other flavor the bottler made. The 55 is possibly the date code for 1955. Western themed bottles are very popular among collectors. Value could be from $20 to $100, depending on condition and finding the right collector looking for that particular bottle.

  313. kathy Says:

    update/correction on first post:

    I have a clear bottle, straight sides, ridges all around.
    glass label area has these words raised and molded in the glass (not painted):
    MIN. CONT. 7 1/2 FL. OZ.
    around the bottom of the bottle it says:
    on the bottom of the bottle it says:
    KEY WEST FLA. and has a circle c and a 1 in the middle

  314. Doug Says:

    It sounds like a ‘flavor bottle’. Many Coca-Cola bottlers wanted to offer their customers other flavors besides a cola flavored soda. Your bottle could of held; orange, strawberry, root beer, etc. The bottle cap would have shown which flavor the bottle held.

  315. John Poland Says:

    I just picked up a wooden crate that I believe is for Hutchinson bottles. It’s 17″ long x 8 1/2″ tall x 10 1/2″ deep. It has a bottom with 24 round holes 1 1/2″ from the bottom. It’s yellow with “Drink Coca Cola In Bottles” on each long side. I know this may not be your expertise, but do you have any idea if it is a hutch crate and what the value might be?

  316. Doug Says:

    I know which crate you are talking about. I have one myself. There is some debate on these crates. Some collectors feel they were used for the Hutch bottles, others say they were made for the Straight Sided bottles, which allowed the bottles to be placed upside down, so the bottler could look and see the ‘Coca-Cola’ in script on the bottom of the bottle and know that they were his bottles.
    Either way, it is a very early crate. I paid $50 for mine, others I have seen sell for as much as $100.
    Hope this helps

  317. John Poland Says:

    Saw a similar crate on ebay today. Not Coke but had the 24 round holes. This crate is being sold with 24 matching hutch bottles so I believe it is a hutch crate. I also tried placing bottles in the crate. The hutch bottles fit perfectly with the stopper extended. The straight sided bottles extend below the bottom. My question is why is the value so low on the crate? Hutch Coca-Cola bottles go for $1500-$4000 each and it seems there would be 24 times as many bottles as crates.

  318. Doug Says:

    The crates used to bring more, but with the economy, etc. I hadn’t seen them sell for as high as they once did. Even when they sold for around $200, I was surprised they did not go for more.

  319. Joanne Says:

    My father used to deliver coca cola in glass bottles in wooden crates to mom and pop stores. Can you tell me how much a crate with 24 full bottles would have weighed ? I know it became too demanding physically for him in his 50’s and he had to find other work.

  320. Lynet Bourgeois Says:

    Do you know what years the Coca-Cola bottling co in Bogalusa La. was in operation ?

  321. Doug Says:

    Delivering Coca-Cola was very hard work! A crate with bottles would weigh close to 25 pounds or a little more. Imagine delivering a truck load of crates, plus bringing back the empties in a day. WOW, I couldn’t do it, I know that.
    Hope this helps

  322. Doug Says:

    The Bogalusa Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc opened in 1910. Unfortunately, finding dates of when certain Coca-Cola bottlers closed is almost impossible. Not many records can be found with that information.
    Hope this helps,

  323. Tom Beckham Says:

    I have a clear (greenish tint) straight sided bottle that I pulled from the mud while diving in the river in the early 80’s. It looks like all of the straight sided coke bottles that I have, except that in place of the logo, it has an artistic letter “C” (shaped more like a cresent moon.) It also has a raised ring around the shoulder. The base has “6 FL. OZ”. writen one line above “PROPERTY OF COCA COLA BOTTLING CO. MARION,SC” . Are you familiar with the history behind this bottle?

  324. Nicholas Says:

    Mr. McCoy,
    I found an old Coke bottle in a rubbish heap at a friends house a while back and was just wondering how much it’s worth and stuff.
    On the bottom is Lexington, VA and from research I’ve recently done it was made in ’54 and is model #62.

  325. Jan Castano Says:

    I would so appreciate knowing if there is any real interest or value of, by collectors, for a 6-pack of 8 oz. unopened bottles of Coca-Cola. They are a 1992 Barcelona Olympic’s Edition.
    Kudo’s to you for providing all of your acquired knowledge to all of the people who have questions. You deserve some sort of a Coca-Cola Crown for your efforts!!! Thankyou, for what you do . Sincerely, Jan

  326. Bill Says:

    I have a few un-opened Diet Coke bottles that have a white area painted towards top with “diet Coca-Cola” written in it and below it has “diet Coke” with return for refund directly under that. Just curious on what these go for and difference of it being un opened/full or empty bc i have both. Only other markings on bottle is towards the bottom and it has “36 followed by what looks like a circled heart, and then 201. ive read many of your previous posts and didnt see anything regarding these bottles, so was curious. Thanks!

  327. Brandie Says:

    I have been digging on the hill behind our house in WV, and I found a Coca-Cola bottle that says on the bottom “Weston WV.A.” from what I have read it is a “hobbleskirt” it reads on the bottle “Coca-Cola Trademark Registered Min.Contents 6 FL.OZS” on one side of the bottle the other side says”Trademark Registered Bottle PAT’D NOV 16, 1915″ I was wondreing if the bottle is worth anything it also has some numbers on the side of the bottle at the bottom maybe a date code ?? they are 576EG24 on the bottom of the bottle it only says Weston W.VA

    Thank you for any info that you would have on this bottle I would like to submit a photo but I have dial up internet and it is soooo slllooowwww…

    tahnks aagain

  328. Ruth Says:

    Hi Doug,
    I started cleaning out the crawl spaces in my basement (hadn’t ventured in there since buying the house) and found 59 Coke bottles, 24 of them in a wooden Coca-Cola crate. A lot of them are ‘Christmas Cokes’ with the date Dec. 25, 1921 and Dec. 25, 1923. The bottles are from all over the U.S., even one from Hawaii. Given the number of bottles found, I won’t list every one in detail. Some show signs of wear and a few are chipped but some are in pristine condition. I also found bottles of Old Style in the original crate (back when a 24-pack was $.84) and bottles of TruAde (which I actually had to look up to find out what it was). I’m wondering where in Wisconsin I can go to find someone who can tell me more about these bottles, what they’re worth, etc. I find them very interesting.

  329. Doug Says:

    It is a flavor bottle. Many Coca-Cola bottlers would offer their customers a variety of flavors, orange, strawberry, root beer, etc. The flavor would have been shown on the cap. Marion is a small town and plus the bottle has an interesting design, I would estimate the value around $30 to $50, possibly more. I have heard of many people finding bottles while diving. Wish I could dive!

  330. Doug Says:

    A Lexington, VA bottle is not considered rare. Worth a few dollars, maybe $5.

  331. Doug Says:

    Thank you for your kind compliments. I enjoy helping fellow collectors and sharing information. I don’t collect commemorative bottles but I have seen the 1992 Barcelona Olympic’s bottles sell between $2 to $5 each.
    Thanks again

  332. Doug Says:

    Diet Coke came out in 1982. What size are the bottles? The 10 ounce and 16 ounce are common and sell for around $5 to $10 each. The 6 1/2 ounce is a hard one to find and sell for around $20 to $30. The larger bottles, 1 liter and the 32 ounce go for around $10. Being full or not doesn’t increase the price by much if anything.

  333. Doug Says:

    The Weston WVA 1915 bottle is considered rare. Your bottle was made in 1924 by Graham Glass. That is a GREAT find! Of course value will depend on condition. A rare 1915 can sell for around $75 to $100, possibly more.
    You should dig around some more up there! Never know what else is hiding in the hill.

  334. Doug Says:

    WOW! What a find! The Christmas bottles were reproduced in the 1980’s, so hopefully the ones you found aren’t some of those. The best place to see about your bottles would be to start with the Coca-Cola Collectors Club. Check out this link to local chapters. Find the one closest to you and contact them.
    The link:
    Great finds!

  335. Dan Thorngren Says:

    I’ve heard that during WW11 a lot of “coke” was given to the troops in the south pacific. Eventually there was so many bottles that they were picked up and deposited on one island which come to be known as “coke island.” Any truth to this? If so what is the real name of the island?
    Thank you,
    Dan Thorngren

  336. Barbara Says:

    The coke bottle we have .Is a display bottle from december 25th 1923.It is about a 2 foot the coke book it was valued at 350 to 650 dollars .this was about 8,years ago . what do you think the value would be now ?

  337. Doug Says:

    Coca-Cola was distributed on most of the war fronts in WWII, Pacific as well as in Europe, etc. I know a lot of bottles were dumped in the ocean, etc. and have heard of peole finding them on islands in the Pacific. I have never hear of the island where all the Coke bottles were dumped. I wouldn’t mind finding that place myself!

  338. Doug Says:

    At past Coca-Cola Club Conventions the display bottles have sold from $200 to $350. Some of those Coca-Cola price guides tend to give items a higher value, plus the economy has hit the collectible market and brought down prices.

  339. Ray Says:

    Hey Doug, were Pemberton Pharmacy bottles ever reproduced? A friend of mine recently bought one on eBay for around $65 and I thought that was a real low price for a Pemberton bottle. Thanks, Ray

  340. Doug Says:

    I have not heard of reproduction Pemberton bottles. I will have to do some checking into that. But, Ebay can be a funny place when it comes to prices, I have been looking for a specific Coca-Cola contour bottle. One came up for auction last year and went over $900. Another one went up this year, sold for close to $200. Then, one came up for auction in the last few weeks and I got it for $40. So your friend may have been at the right place at the right time for it.
    If I can find out anything about the Pemberton bottles I will let you know.

  341. Ray Says:

    Thanks Doug, on the Pemberton bottle info. Here’s another question; any idea what the value of this bottle might be?

    Straight-sided amber Coca-Cola bottle. Bottle reads Coca-Cola on side with trademark registered 7oz, Coca-Cola on bottom, across bottom it also reads registered trademark Coca-Cola bottling works Rockwood Tenn root 14 below that.

    Thanks again, Ray

  342. Ksyla Lee Says:

    Hello, I have a gladdest Coke bottle from Lead,SD I have researched the coping and it was in operatio in the early 1900s until the 1930s. I was curios as to now much this bottle is worth.

  343. Doug Says:

    Still hadn’t foundany new info on the Pemerton bottles. The people I have talked to say they never heard of them being reproducd.
    There are two diferent versions of th Rockwood ambe Coa-Cola bottle. Yours sounds like the one that is a little easier to find. Depending on condition, etc I would think value would be around $75 to $100.

  344. Doug Says:

    I saw several Coca-Cola bottles from Lead, South Dakota on ebay, listed under Buy it Now for $9.99 each. That is about the right price for this bottle.

  345. Edgar Says:

    were there ever any coke bottles made with uranium back in the 1920’s like the Vaseline glass based deco??

  346. Doug Says:

    I have never seen a Coca-Cola bottle made of the uranium glass. I think Canada Dry did make one though.

  347. lorrie Says:

    I found a coke bottle that has on one side coca-cola in script under that it has BOTLLING CO., under that, CHARLESTON, S.C.. On the other side it TRADE MARK REGISTERD. It also has ROOT embossed on bottom. Could you tell me the age, and is there any value to this bottle?

  348. Doug Says:

    The Charleston bottle is from the early 1900’s. it is worth around $50, depending on condition, etc.

  349. Andrea Says:

    I know your theme is bottles but I have been trying to figure out how old an old crate is and what it is worth. I can’t find it anywhere on the internet. Its cardboard wrapped around a metal crate, it states 32 (I think that is how many bottles it will hold). Its red and white, says Enjoy COKE on each side and Return for Deposit -reusable Case. I found it at a thrift store maybe 10 years ago.

  350. Anthony Says:

    I found a 16 fl. oz Coke bottle. One side says Coke (printed), the other Coca- Cola(cursive) The top looks like it twisted open and it says No Deposit No Return in the glass. It does say Trade mark under both Coke and Coca Cola. On the bottom it says NOT TO BE REFILLED. Can you please tell me what year this is and an approximate value? Thank you for your time. Anthony

  351. Dave Foster Says:

    I was wondering if by some chance you may have a picture of the Coke sign that was years ago (50-60’s) of the Boy Fishing at the “Y” at West Terre Haute. The sign was there when the ground was a landfill. The boy held a cane pole in his hands and some one/ones would come by and take the fishing pole, but Coke put up a new one every time back then! Would love to have a copy of the picture.

    Thanks, Dave

  352. Doug Says:

    I have seen that crate before. The cardboard has a thin layer of wax to protect the cardboard. They were cheaper than a wooden crate for the bottlers to use. It was for the 32 ounce (Quart) size bottles. I bought one a few years ago and paid $20. I have seen them sell for as much as $50.

  353. Doug Says:

    Your bottle is probably from the early to mid 1970’s. Worth a few dollars. They are fairly common.

  354. Doug Says:

    I have seen a photo of the sign with the Boy Fishing before. I can not remember where though. Try going to the Coca-Cola Collectors Club website, look for ‘Local Chapters’ and try to find one close to Terre Haute. Maybe someone in the club has a picture of it.
    Good luck on your search!

  355. Wanda Says:

    I have an amber coke bottle with a diamond shaped label on the front right underneath an embossed coca cola in script . the label is in great shape with “bottled under authority of the coca cola co, atlanta ga, minimum volume 6 1/2 oz. there is an autograph on the label also. PITTSBURG, PA is on the front at the bottom and D.O.C. 1192 is on the oposite side. the bottom of the bottle has coca cola written in script. can you give me info please? thanks for your help.

  356. Tim B. Says:

    Hello – I got a coke bottle that says shelbyville ky – and the date says 1651 instead of what I persume would be 1951 – pat. d-105529 – it’s clear with a hint of greenish looking. was wandering what it’s worth like that.thanks so much

  357. Doug Says:

    The amber bottle you have is worth around $75 to $100. Their is some debate among bottle collectors lately about Coca-Cola bottles with the labels, mainly on a way on how to prove a label was placed on a bottle in the time period they were made. Labels can be found unused still and placed on a bottle.
    Your bottle is from the early 1900’s. Some bottlers chose to use an amber bottle, while others used an aqua colored bottle at this time.

  358. Doug Says:

    On your bottle, the 16 is actually the bottle mold number used to make the bottle and the 51, is the year. They only used a two digit for the year on these bottles. So, your bottle is not a misprint. Shelbyville bottles aren’t rare. It is worth around $5.

  359. Margaret Says:

    I had to dig up my yard to find my well and I found a coke bottle it was 12 feet under ground. it is 10 oz’s and it is has the 10 fl oz on one side and the other side has 10 oz liq. on the front it says Coke below the coke is says TRADE MARK REG under that it says MARQUE DEPOSEE on the opposite side it says Coca-Cola below the coke is says MARQUE DEPOSEE under that it says TRADE MARK REG.. There are 3 marking below the side that says Coke one looks like a square U the other one beside it looks like a triangle with the letter c inside of it and the last one beside it is a number 4. on the bottom ridge of the bottle one side says REMPLISSAGE UNIQUE the other side says NON-REFILLABLE. On the bottom of the bottel it has the letter G and I or it could be the number 1 beside the G. could you please let me know what year this could be and if it would be worth anything.

  360. Doug Says:

    Your bottle is from the 1970’s or early 1980’s. It is a Canadian bottle. Worth around $5 to $10.

  361. Cathy Hassick Says:

    I was wondering if you could help my husband Sam & I we have a 16oz Coca Cola Bottle that is green tint with a metal cap that has a state picture on top and a #1 inside the state picture along with Coca-Cola & the ingredients(carbonate water,sugar,carmel color,phosphore acid, natural flavors,caffiene. I think it says Bottle under Authority of the Cameron Coca- cola Co Washington PA 15201 Canton OH 34705 Ton the cap & it is filled with the coke. Also has :money back bottle ,Coke(with alittle picture or something after the O in Coke) trademark R(inside circle) 16 fl oz (1 PT) on one side & return for deposit, Coca-Cola trademark R 16 fl oz(1 PT) on the other side

  362. Doug Says:

    The State picture on the bottle cap deals with a soft drink tax that the State charged.
    The 16 ounce bottle was a very popular size bottle for many years. So, they made a lot of those bottles. A 16 ounce Coke bottle from this time period sells for around $5 or so.

  363. Diana Hill Says:

    I have 2 coke bottles ..they have 6 stars ..says soda water con 6 fl oz…then on bottom of bottle property of coca- cola bott co starr ( has like an orbit sign)9 4 s Duraglas Mt. Vernon Illinois…could you tell me the value…I know it held a flavored drink as you said ..but if from a small town it would make the value rise…?????? thank you so much…..

  364. Doug Says:

    The star soda water bottles are the most common style of the flavor bottles. Many bottlers used them. With a Coca-Cola contour bottle City/State makes a big difference. With flavor bottles it does make a difference in value, but not as much as the Coca-Cola bottles. I don’t know why that is, maybe because more people collect the Coca-Cola contour bottle than flavor bottles. So, your bottles may have a little extra value added. The thing is, you have to find a collector that wants/needs a Mt Vernon Soda Water to get the difference in price. Sometimes that is the hardest part, finding the right collector.
    Hope this helped!


    I have a 1965 green 6.5 oz. Coca Cola bottle stamped on the bottom with Hartwell, GA. I also have a 1974 6.5 oz. Coca Cola bottle stamped on the bottom with Lakeland, FL. The word ”Coke” is stamped on the bottle. What is the value of said bottles?

  366. Mary Says:

    Can you tell me if the cardboard cartons (6 pack) and emtpy coca cola bottles , trademark registered, bottle 6 oz. pat’d Dec 25, 1923 have any value. I have come across four cartons/bottles and can’t find them even on ebay. One side of the carton says Take enough home for Holiday hospitality. 6 commemorative BOTTLES
    Thank you.

  367. Doug Says:

    It sounds like you found the commemorative Christmas bottles. They have been used off and on over the years as a special promotion from The Coca-Cola Company. The bottles themselves are not marked ‘Commemorative though, but the date code will tell you what year they were made. They made them in 1988, 1989, 1993 and possibly one more time. Although they do look and feel like an original 1923 bottle, they are only worth a dollar or two each.

  368. Larry Says:

    On question #46 from Bill, he mentioned a large letter “C” on the base of his Coca Cola soda water bottle dated Nov. 27, 1923. I have read that a smaller “c” with a circle around it is from Chattanooga, TN. But where did this bottle with the large “C” come from. I have one and like to give it to a friend who collects Coca Cola items, but like to have this mystery solved before sending it off to him. Thank you.

  369. Doug Says:

    Chattanooga Glass used a few different makers marks. They used CHATT on some early bottles, usually along the heel of the bottle. Your bottle may have this marking. Any other markings or text on the bottle? The large ‘C’ could be for Chattanooga Glass OR it could have been to show the bottle belonged to the Chattanooga Coca-Cola bottler.

  370. Denise James Says:

    Hey Doug!

    My Grandmother gave me an Amber Coke bottle that was found in the Mississippi River when they were creating the Mud Island Park in Memphis.

    There appears to be seams down the side like two halves were put together, the Coca Cola Script is at the base of the bottle and it states Memphis, Tenn on the opposite side at the base. On the bottom, I can make out D. O. C (?) 174

    I collected Coca Cola goodies for a while and have since parted with many things….this is one of the few things I kept. Can you tell me more about it?

    The only thing I’ve found, is that it was bottled in Memphis and it would have been around or before 1915 since it is a straight sided amber bottle.


  371. Fred Says:

    I just got a Coca-Cola light green color straight-sided bottle with like a ring about 2 inches down the bottle from the top. Has embossed at bottom sides of bottle
    on other side it has

    On bottom of bottle it has
    1955 E G 23

    It does not have the graphic script COCA-COLA on the bottle.
    Is this a special bottle and what would it be worth?

  372. Doug Says:

    I can’t give you much more information than what you already know. The Memphis Coca-Cola Bottler opened its doors in 1902, so your bottle would be from 1902 to the mid 1910’s.
    It is a decent bottle, plus the fact that your Grandmother gave it to you is great!

  373. Doug Says:

    You found a ‘flavor bottle’. In the early years of bottling, The Coca-Cola Company only had one beverage (Coca-Cola) and sold the syrup to the independent Coca-Cola bottlers. Many bottlers wanted to offer a variety of flavors beside cola, so they developed their own brands. There are many different flavor bottles out there. Each bottler pretty much picked the type of bottle they wanted to use. The bottle you have is one of the less elaborate version. Worth around $20 or so.

  374. James Says:

    I have a 6 oz hobbleskirt with Chattanooga Glass mark indicating 1942. Embossed on one side where typically you would see the patent number is, “The Coca Cola Company of Canada, Limited”. What puzzles me is, the bottom of the bottle is embossed with Galesburg ILL. What do you think the story is with this? Is this from Canada or Galesburg?

  375. Declan Horst Says:

    Hello Doug,
    I found an empty coke bottle while canoeing along the Nottawasaga River 2 weeks ago. Can’t find any information on it. It has no script or label on the sides or neck. The bottom is marked coca-cola ltd, it has a diomond with a D inside it and the #18. Can you provide some info on this find?
    Thanks, Declan.

  376. Doug Says:

    It sounds like they had a mix up at Chattanooga Glass Company. They made bottles for Canada as well as for the U.S. It was either, someone put the wrong base plate mold (accidently) in when they made the Canada bottles OR someone did it on purpose. Either way it sounds like a pretty cool bottle. I have never seen one like that before. So, I can’t say which it is from Canada or Galesburg.

  377. Doug Says:

    It is a Canadian bottle, but I don’t know much past that. I don’t know a great deal about Canada bottles. I still hadn’t figured out the date code system they used on their bottles.

  378. Karen Says:

    We have a 6.5 oz coca cola bottle, green glass. On the bottom, it has Datona Beach Florida. What does that mean, and is it worth anything. On the side of it is a number. 7813. We would also like to know what that means.

    Thank You.

  379. Doug Says:

    The City/State markings on Coke bottles show what bottler they were from. The numbers are the Date Code (78=1978, when the bottle was made) and the 13 is the bottle mold used to make the bottle itself.
    Hope this helps.

  380. Stacy Says:

    I have a 1965 coke bottle from the vicksburg miss bottling plant is there any value in it?

  381. Allen Burnham Says:

    I have an 1958 6.5 ounce coca cola bottle that was bottled here In my hometown of Idaho falls Idaho that I found on a camping trip along a creek in some willows i was getting some firewood out of.
    This bottle is absolutely pristine and looks like it came right off the assembly.
    I was just curious as to a value of it.
    Thanks for your help .

  382. Doug Says:

    A Vicksburg Miss bottle isn’t considered rare. It is worth around $5.

  383. Doug Says:

    The Idaho Falls, Idaho 6 1/2 ounce bottle is considered scarce. With the economy as it is, bottle values has taken a hit. I would think the bottle would be valued at around $20, possibly more.

  384. b. nelson Says:

    was wondering if you know anything about a 26oz coke bottle. it has baltimore MD on the bottom the writing on the bottle isn’t not raised letter, rather then looks like labled on. the weird thing about this bottle is that it’s neck is bent on it. don’t know if it was a mismade bottle from from the plant some worker brought home or something i never seen one before and can’t find nothing on the internet about this bottle. it;s a really cool looking bottle

  385. Doug Says:

    Hello B. Nelson
    The 26 ounce bottle first came out in 1955 and continued to be used into the 1980’s. It is hard to say if the bottle was made like that at the glass factory OR if someone else melted it after they got it. Many stretched bottles were used as prizes at fairs and carnivals in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

  386. Gary Says:

    Hello Doug,
    I found an amber circular arrow script bottle in an old dump on my property, it is from Louisville, KY. I have seen a few online and was wondering if you could tell me the value of this bottle.
    Thank you

  387. Tracy Schnell Says:

    I have a gold bottle, capped but never filled. It is from Macon MO, stands about 8″ tall with MIN CONTENTS 6 fl ozs The number 55-31 is on it. Other than the -31 it is exactly like the bottle Bruce Mobley has on his site; his has 55-69, I believe. Could you please tell me how many of these “gift bottles” were made and what the value is.
    Thank you!

  388. Nelson Stern Says:

    My Dad use to work for Coke in the 50’s at Cairo, Illinois. They were at a 50th anniversary party for Coke and each person received 2 bottles of Coke (painted Gold) and some more stuff. My Mom gave me one of the bottles years ago and I was curious if there was any value to them. It still has some of the gold paint on it. It’s a 6oz. bottle. There is a (56-11) on the bottle near the bottom. On the bottom of the bottle, there is the letter “F” and an oval circle with an “I” inside of it. I was just wondering about the bottle. Thanks alot.

  389. Tanya Says:

    My husband has a coke bottle he found when he was a young boy. It is clear, square sides with indian heads on each side. Has paris coca cola botteling works 7fl oz around the bottom. Then has G & F on the neck. On the very bottom it says paris texas with 3 numbers spread around it. A 9, 1 and 1. Any ideas? He has always hung on to it. Said he was around 10 when he found it and a man offered him $20 and he said no lol. He loves to collect and is 44 now and still looks at it from time to time. Any ideas will be helpful. Thanks and we have enjoyed reading ur responses to earlier questions because we collect bottles as well.

  390. Scott Winn Says:

    I am completely new to this but have some friends who are ‘into’ Coca Cola but not for collecting purposes. I recently took an interest in the history of my hometown (Marion, Illinois) where I still live. I was told there was a bottling company here called Marion Bottling Company and that at one time they did bottle Coca-Cola. Do you have any knowledge of that? Where can I find out more. I have searched for day on the internet to no avail; I’ve seached on ebay for a bottle from there but also to no avail. I would love to buy one as long as it is reasonable. I have been able to find some bottles from the local dairys that were here but no coke bottle. I would appreciate your help if you would. I ‘ve tried every combination of words I can think of on ebay and google to find them but maybe im not typing in in correctly as in the wording. Can you please help me? Thanks!

  391. Ray Says:

    I have a Coca Cola bottle that I have no idea where I got it from. I am researching it for more info. but cannot find anything other then it may have been produced in 1961 on the Coke Website. I will describe it with the hope you can assist.
    Bottle is clear color with all etchings also clear & is approx. 7 1/4″ high. Looks like a screw top & has “NO DEPOSIT NO REFILL” near top of bottle. Middle of bottle has words etched in Coca Cola…Trademark 10 Fl Oz on one side & Coke Trademark 10 Fl. Oz. on other side. On bottom side of bottle are the following numbers & letters.
    In a circle going clockwise…..Letter M enclosed in a hexegon then the letter J then number 23 then number 192 then number 77.
    Regards, Ray

  392. joe Says:

    hello doug m loolking through the coca cola bottles that i have they r 6.5 onces and r made in columbia mississippi botteling company 1923 each bottle says risen on each side says soda,, they seem to be green in color ,i would liike info from you ,, or i could send you pics ,,, here is patenetent number nov 6 , 1923 6.5 ounces… i have two of them they r same year ,, if needeed i can send pics…

  393. Sandy Caskey Says:

    I have a straight sided aqua green coca-cola bottle. It has some small bubbles in the glass. Embossed upper part, COCA-COLA bottling works. Lower part front, Property of coca-cola bottling works. 2850A root. Lower part back, Registered 6 1/2 flu. ozs. Louisville , KY. Bottom of bottle letters, CCBW. This bottle and some other 200 other kinds, was found buried in a pit under my aunt old carport. Some of the bottles and jars were dated 1853. Can you estimate what year and value this coca bottle would be? Thank you for your help. Sandy

  394. lisa knox Says:

    i have a green i think about 6ounce bottle
    with Burns Or written on the bottom.
    what is the value?
    thank you!

  395. Jessica Says:

    I have a clear bottle that has COKE on one side with no deposit and on the other side has coca cola in script and has no refill they are all embossed in the bottle and under that it has trademark with R in a circle with 10 fl oz. under the bottle at the bottom it has not to be refilled and 75/2 c in a circle 2 1578-4. Can you please tell me what year this bottle is and alien if any. Can you please tell me what all the numbers mean cause I had a lot of bottles that I would Ike to know more about.

  396. Roger Lindsay Says:

    I have a Coca Cola Upright Machine, made by Vendo. I believe it’s a 1960 or 1961 Machine. I call it my 15 cents machine. It’s a 9 bottle dispencer.
    My questions is this: My Coke machine is in very good working condition. The compresor and motor is the same when the machine was made. When turned up it mades small pits of ice in the bottles. So it works great. I have NOT had it remaded over. What do you think it’s worth just like it is?

  397. Roger Lindsay Says:

    I really don’t know if you can answer this question. But here goes.
    I have three (3) FULL sets of the Moultrie Expo Bottles, from of Moultrie, Georgia. The bottles have never been open. This past October marked the 35th year of the Moultrie Farm Expo. (1978 thru 2012) Any idea what my bottles may be worth.

  398. Jimmy Crowe Says:

    Hi Doug,
    Love all the info you provide. I have (12) coke cases with the shorter green bottles Supposedly, each bottle in the (12) cases represent the coke bottlers throughout the USA. Could this be true and if so do they have any value? It was a gift from my father years ago and includes the 2 wheel coke dolly that you would see years ago at the gas station.

    Thank you for your advise.

  399. Bob Says:

    I have a straight sided, ribbed, clear bottle I was hoping to get information on its age and value. We found it about 25 years ago in a trench for a waterline in an old mining town in Colorado. On the front it says in block letters PROPERTY OF COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO. MIN. CONT. 7 FL. OZ. Around the base it has DESIGN PATENT PENDING in a recessed rectangle and also C1346 outside the recess. On the bottom a symbol consisting of a horizontal diamond running through a letter O with a solid square in the middle. On the left side of the symbol is the number 9 and on the right side the number 7. Below the symbol in block letters is ALAMOSA COLO. centered and the number 1. below that. The condition is good with no cracks or chips but it does have scuff marks from being buried in the rocky soil. It also has a approximate 1/4″ upside-down U shape imperfection similar to a crack but only in the surface. Somewhere I read about the cause of this type of imperfection but don’t remember what it was. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

  400. April Hudson Says:


    I love all the info you provide here and think it’s really neat. I was doing some yard work and found an old sprite bottle about 6″ underground. My house was built in the 83 so I imagine it’s not too old but interesting to find. Old green glass bottle, much wider in diameter and the only markings on the bottle is 34 on the bottom and W 0 8 W6 spaced as written on the bottom of the side of the bottle. It almost looks like a 1 or I is inside of the 0 but not sure. There’s remnants of the paper as well but detached. I can see Sprite written in white on a dark green paper and what’s left of the other letters on the top left in yellow are ‘ree’. I would just like a bit of info on it. The information I’ve been pouring through is overwhelming! I’d take a pic and send just not sure where to upload. Thanks!

  401. Andrew Says:

    Hi Doug,
    thanks for your time. I have 4 x classic coke bottles that seem quite old, red tops that read classic coke original formula, they are still full and embossed on the bottom, they are have,EL PASO, INDEPENDANCE, PRESCOTT, KEARNEY. could you let me know what year of manufacture these may be

  402. Vickie Vincent Says:

    I found a bottle in my garden that looks just like the green coke bottles. It has no writing on the side except near the base it has the number 6828. It has nothing stating how many ounces but it looks to be about 6 oz. On the bottom of the bottle it reads, Murfreesboro Tenn, Bottle Trade Mark, looks like a D in a circle. There is a C in a circle and a number 2 below the circled C. All of the writing on the bottle is raised glass. I’m wondering if you can give me some information on this bottle and is it actually a coke bottle.
    I am very curious about the bottle and appreciate any information you can give me.
    Thank you so much. Love reading the information you have passed on.

  403. Bonnie Stewart Says:

    Hi Doug,
    When I cleaned out by parent’s basement upon their deaths’, I found 25 crates that holds 8 2-liter bottles. I’d like to know if these can be returned for deposit that was paid and where would I take them?

    Thanks for you help!

  404. Cathy Wilson Says:

    Hi, I have a 6 0z bottle. It has Little Rock ARK. on the bottom along with a w and a 1 that is in the center. Under the Cursive Coca Cola it say Trademark Registered in US patent office. The other said says Trademark Registered Min.contents 6 fl ozs. The lower numbers on the side says 56 09. Im asumming this is the date it was bottled. There is no D on the bottle and no deposite markings.. I have been looking all over googles to find something on it.. Hope you can help. Thanks so much!

  405. Ed Says:

    Doug, Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us. My Dad owned a drug store and I worked my way through college in a grocery story, so Coke bottles, crates, jugs and equipment were part of my life for a very long time. I am interested in the evolution of Coca-Cola crates. I picked one up a couple of years ago that is red, re-printed and re-embossed over a yellow crate. I’d love to know when that transition took place. Have a great day! Ed

  406. Jeremy Says:


    I dug up a perfect condition staight-sided coke bottle. On the side it reads, THIS BOTTLE PROPERTY OF BIRMINGHAM COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO.”. On the bottom is C.B.G.C.O. 81. Might you be able to identify the date/value of the bottle? Thanks in advance.

  407. Brian Wilson Says:

    I have 2 straight sided coke bottles. One has the diamond label, not paper. The label shows the bottle being a commemorative celebrating the opening of the bottling plant in western, North Carolina and its full, never opened. the other has the paper label, its empty and in a commemorative box. Also I have a straight sided Dr. Pepper bottle. It has no label the “Dr. Pepper with the words good for life” under it embossed into the glass, along with 10, 2, and 4 clock embossed on the back. We also have 2 1pt glass no deposit, no return and coke label embossed into glass. I also have 2 32 oz dr. pepper bottles commemorating Roger staubach. Also I have 500ml unopened coke from mexico. All words are in spanish, and the words MR Coke under the coca-cola in the label. This is just a minute percentage of the coca-cola products that we have. I would like to know if any of these have any value. Thank you.

  408. Brian Wilson Says:

    I also have a clear glass bottle made by the Owens-Illinois co. It is 12″ to 15″ has a crown cap top on an applied finish, I think. The neck is approximately 8 to 9″ tall and about an inch in diameter. The shoulder slants to an angle and covers almost the resy of the length of the bottle. The base is approximately 3″ in diamete and as with the lip, looks like it was put on seperately as was the lip. the base has 3 horizontal lines running the circumference of the base the middle one is very rough and there is a some scarring around it. It also has a white 1/2″ wide white painted on line thecircles almost the entire circumference of the base of the neck with 1/32 and marker line etched into the glass right above the painted on line. I’m thinking it is a foreign made soda or mineral water bottle, but I cannot find anything anywhere on this bottle, and I spent about 8hrs total yesterday looking. Please help me identify this bottle so we can see if there is any value to it

  409. R. Bryant Says:

    Hi Doug, great interview article. I believe I recently ran across one of the so-called “3rd Shift Shenanigans” in the form of an embossed 6 1/2 ounce Patent Office bottle with a date code of 62-11 and a simple (generic ?) “L” at the center of the base, I am assuming for Laurens Glass Works. When I first heard of this piece, I suspected it was dyed or stained, but upon inspecting it hands on, and doing a couple of simple tests, have determined it is indeed an alternate colored glass through and through. It is a stunning rich 7-up green color, probably the most beautiful Coca Cola bottle I have ever seen. The story on the bottle is that it was originally purchased from a former of Coca Cola of Atlanta, who said the bottle was one of a few made in this color as a “prototype” under consideration for production by Coke in 1962. What makes me wonder if this story may actually be true is the fact that the bottle appears to be from a new or very fresh mold by the detail present, and the absence of any other identifiers on the base other than just the letter “L” at the very center. I would appreciate any thoughts you might have to share on this piece. Thanks much.

  410. Sandy White Says:

    I have a straight coke bottle that is aqua and frosted like sea glass. It is marked Coka-Cola Newport News Va on the side at the bottom. There is nothing on the bottom. There are no chips on the bottle.
    What could be the reason for frosting? Maybe it has been buried in acidic soil or is it indeed sea glass? What year would this bottle possibly been made?
    Thank you for any help you could give.

  411. Keith Colgan Says:


    I’m writing an article for the local paper regarding an experience in the late 1950’s. Can you help me to remember what the deposit/redemptive value was for a 6.5 oz glass Coke bottle in those days in California? I think it was either one or two cents.

    Thank you,

  412. bobby Says:

    I found a big chief beverages bottle. It says it’s a product of coca-cola? Your help would be appreciated.

  413. linda propson Says:

    My question-why are’nt 2 liter plastic bottles flat on the bottom? The current bottles keep falling over in the shopping cart.

  414. Eve Bark Says:

    Hello! I have a small collection of what I was told were antique miniature coca-cola toy bottles..about 2″ you happen to know anything about these?! thank you for any information you can share…

  415. curtis hayes Says:

    I have a clear bottle that has dunn wrote on the sides of it as well as bottle. I know that means dunn north carolina but at the base of it it says property of the coca- cola bottling company. Other than that is has no writing on it anywhere else. No coca-cola or anything.Can u tell me what year it was made or anything else about it.

    Thanks so much.

  416. Monica Flores Says:

    I have found the bottom of what appears to maybe be an old bottle. Only a porption of the markings are visible. In the center of the bottom it has Mc written on it with the c being lowercase and placement of it is not high or low but in the middle spacing next to the M. The c is underscored, meaning it has a line underneath it The sides of the bottom are embossed with : Coca Cola Bottling Co. then the next I can’t read and it ends with TEX. I’m assuming it was San Antonio, Tex. Can you shed any light on this..age, was it San Antonio, etc. Many thanks.


  417. Mark Nelson Says:

    Hi Doug,
    I have a 6 fl oz pat D Nov. 16 1915 hobble skirt Coca Cola bottle and on the bottom of the bottle its embossed “T.B.C.CO. Rhinelander, Wis.” I believe it stands for Taylor Beverage Candy Company seeing that I have found later bottles with it embossed with the complete name on them., but also on the heel of this 1915 hobble skirt is the numbers 576 EG26 11, I know that its probably the bottle makers mark, but have no idea which one? Any info would be deeply appreciated. Thank you!

  418. Andrea Says:

    Hi Doug,
    I am a new Coca Cola Collector. My mother gave me a bottle and I cannot figure it out for the life of me. The bottle is the Georgia Green glass. The year is a bit wore down. I know it is from the ’60’s. The bottle number seems to be 60, 63, 65 or 68 – 38 or 39. One side of the bottles that say min contents 6 FL OZS. I have read that they stopped putting that on the bottles in 1958. Hmmm The other side says In US Patent Office. The other interesting thing is on the bottom it looks to have the initials MG? or could it be a backwards C then W? I cannot find a company that made bottles for Coca Cola with these initials. Please help!
    Thanks so much and I have to say I am very impressed with your knowledge of all these different bottles!

  419. matthew livesey Says:

    I dug up an intact coke bottle at my job at a refinery in the san Francisco bay area. The bottle was intact and buried 3 feet deep under some piping in one of the oldest sections of the refinery. It looks a lot like these bottle “skirted” I have seen dating in the 50’s. However there is no city stamp on it and it just has the coca cola log with the word trade mark (only) under it. about an inch from the bottom, on the side it has 2 sets of numbers with a stamp in between. the stamp is loosely diamond shaped with a small straight vertical line running from top to bottom through the loose looking diamond. On one side it says 22 on the other it says 50. It appears to be a 6.5 ounce size…..can you tell me anymore on how old it is and who might of manufactured it and where. Thanks

  420. Bill Lambert Says:

    Is there a way to find out if there was ever a coca cola bottling plant in Anawalt, WV.
    Two people have told me they have seen a bottle with the city on the bottom.

  421. Chris Cole Says:

    Hi Doug,

    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. Can you please help me learn more about my recent find.

    I found a WWII coke bottle, 6 fl. ozs. D patent 1945 (“10 [Saturn symbol] 45″), while snorkeling in Waikiki near the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. It was uncovered by recent erosion. No city or state on the base, typical of a WWII bottle; just an “S”. Interestingly, it is green, not clear. I did some research and looked at lots of WWII era bottles online. If they are from 1943-1945, they either have a city/state on the base and are green – a “civilian” bottle I suppose – or else they are clear with no city/state (I saw at least 1 that had an “S” like mine or some other letter) – i.e., presumably a “military” bottle for the troops. I have not seen any bottle like mine online. Any thoughts on what I have, and how rare it is?

    Aloha, Chris.

  422. Michael Yates Says:

    Hello everyone, I have a question I found a bottle in the swamp, a 2litter one just like the one in the pic. Should I keep it or its just trash. Thanks guys, mike

  423. Ericson Says:

    What a Super Article ,
    great intervieuw.
    Regards from across the ocean.

  424. jon kennedy Says:

    have bottle that has embosed lable”C C Cola” and on bottom skirt “bottled by Coke Cola Co.”
    any idea as to age or where was bottled???

  425. Patrice Says:

    I have 2 cases of 6.5 “return for refund” most have cities on the bottom but they had a serial # printed on the bottle 2139mr1
    or 12:03GI
    The markings don’t always look in the same place under the word coke.
    Some bottles bottom list different cities, Ex: Model Trademark in the Center, New Bern —–NC on the outside ——OR Roswell——NM—–with no trademark information in the middle. Are these bottles fake???

    Thank you in advance.

  426. Bob Says:

    I understand that there are two different Birmingham Hutchinson bottles, one with Root embossed on back and one with D.O.C. embossed on back of bottle. Is one more rare than the other? What is the meaning of D.O.C. ?

  427. Sandy Jacobson Says:

    I have 24 6.5 oz bottles , Coca Cola on one side, Coke on the other, in white, not embossed. They are in cardboard carrying cases of 8 each, 79 cents (cent sign – not on my keyboard) plus 16 cents deposit, Total 95 cents, Money Back Bottles. The locations embossed on the bottoms are as follows: Philadelphia, Pa; Middleton, CT; Detroit, MI; Kalamazoo, MI; Bloomington, IN; Grand Rapids, MI; Presque Isle, ME; Louisville, KY; Winston, NC; Charlotte, NC; Milwauke, WI; Newport News, VA; Albany, GA; Fayetteville, NC; Fairmont, WV; Bridgeton, NJ; Baton Route, LA; Tupulo, MS; Brunswick, GA; Columbus, OH; Greenville, SC,; Clarion, PA. Is any of this worthwhile collecting?
    Thank you.

  428. jigor Says:

    Hello i have a 0,19l coca cola green bottle that have swedish and finnish reg.varumärke under coca cola logo and numbers in bottom is K then 0,19L and 4 65. intrested in what year they did make this and is there any worth in the bottle for me it,s priceless it,s been with me about 30 years

  429. Charlene Mount Says:

    In the 1980 Pepsi put out a 2 Lt. disposable bottle made of thin glass
    right after that coca cola ran a line of the same thing but it never went
    to market as the pepsi bottles exploded. I have one of the coca cola bottle
    that never went to market. Can you tell me what year that was?
    Thank You for your help

  430. Hannah Says:

    Hi Doug,

    I have several dozen glass bottles that I’m sure aren’t worth much, but I’m trying to figure out the dates. 10 oz bottle, “NO DEPOSIT NO RETURN” around the top, the bottom reads “69 25 (c) I 1578″. The “I” looks like either a capital letter i, or a number 1.


  431. Tania Says:

    My husband found a glass bottle on our property and we were trying to find more information when I found your article. It is embossed with COCA-COLA on one side and BOT T.CO.INC on the other. There are embossed diamonds above that. LA GRANGE, TEXAS is embossed around the bottom. On the very bottom it says 7 oz. Any insight on the history of this bottle would be greatly appreciated.

  432. Ronny Reed Says:

    Yesterday I found a Coca-Cola bottle, intact, no chips or cracks. It has in raised letters around the middle, under the Logo and Trademark, “MIN CONTENTS 6 FL. OZ.” . I always knew Cokes were 6 1/2 ounces. Never noticed this size before. My research tells me these bottles were used between 1951 and 1958, my prime Coke drinking years (age 7 to 14). Was the bottle smaller and and did it contain less liquid? Or, were the contents actually close to 6 1/2 ounces and this was just a hedge against a consumer saying his Coke was not full when he got it? Thank you.

  433. Rebecca Says:

    Just a comment… I have one of the items that he finds rare!
    A mismatched label, white and red, that I purchased from a store in Acme MI. in the late 70’s. As it still sits, unopened, on my childhood bedroom shelf!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  434. Nadine Says:

    I have found a Coca Cola bottle, with the name painted on, cursive on one side, print on the other, Oshkosh, WIS O G on the base.

    The numbers 65 12 is on the side of the bottle, at the narrow spot of the swell.

    Under the name in cursive, it also says 6 1/2 FL. OZ.

    What is unusual is the abbreviation for Wisconsin, used to be Wis, now it is WI.

    What can you tell me about my bottle?

    Thank you!

  435. Bobbie Pressley Says:

    Found a couple or green 60z Coke bottle found in box at house we bought
    they have numbers under Coca-Cola in script around bottle the #D-105529 and has Gastonia NC on bottom
    I also have a real old Cheerwine Bottle 6 1/2 ounce clear with Gastonia NC on bottom numbers I cant make out (maybe 24 377
    could you check these out and let me know about them and if so what they would be worth. Thanks so much
    Have 2 Dr. Pepper bottle- one is clear 6 1/2 oz. with a clock face on one side with 10 2 and 4 it says Charlotte NC and number 3 then design and 48 the other Dr Prpper is greenish 6 1/2oz but logo is red an white numbers on bottom I cant make out ( maybe 24 73)

  436. jonathan Says:

    hi I ran across an villa rica ga soda water bottle property of coca cola from 1923 iv never seen one from villa rica iv got the 1915 and a straight just never have seen the soda water bottle its from 1923 my understanding is that the villa rica plant closed down in 1923 just hoping you can give me some info on the bottle

  437. Tigh Conley Says:

    Hey! I’ve recently taken a job which puts me in a lot of crawlspace and attics lol. In the past couple weeks I have found some mid 50s bottles embossed with my city’s name, Anderson, IND, on the bottom, and also one from Elwood, IND. I was just curious if these were rare in any way, or if they’re just neat to me. My mother had her kitchen done in Coca Cola theme when I was growing up. So naturally, I just love old coke products. Thanks for any help!

  438. Chris Says:

    If a straight sided bottle has Coca-Cola written in block lettering on the bottom of the bottle and Property of the Coca-Cola Company written near the bottom, what proves that the actual product, Coca-Cola, was actually in that bottle? This one has the letter K in the bulge part of the bottle. I had heard that if it has lettering in the Spencarian script on it, that more than likely Coca-Cola was in that bottle. Can You Help Me?

  439. Nicole Says:

    I found a bottle how can I identify it?
    Pat Nov 27 1923 2988O
    (ASH in circles on both sides of top)
    QUALITY property of Coca Cola
    BEVERAGES BOT. CO 6 1/2 fl oz
    bottom of bottle says ASH
    It’s real heavy and and has a weird texture around the bottle knurled like anti slip. Can anyone help me identify it because I can’t find anything online .

  440. dave curtis Says:

    Live in south Dakota could you tell me the towns that were bottlers
    of coca cola also have cola cola bottles that have the towns on the bottom
    with half circles in between the town are these repros

  441. Popcornman Says:

    I was given a trash bags full of coca bottles, on them they have number stamped. are they wroth anything or am I holding on to trash. some of the number on the bottle are, 1.12,6.9,5.5,1.2,0.8,1.5,1.6,0.22, then a few with 77 04,77 26

    Oklahoma bottle with boots, 1978 supper bowl, 92 Olympic, centennial Oklahoma Cherokee strip 93, Boston world Cup USA 94,
    21 6 pack 6.5 oz

  442. James Waltman Says:

    A friend was showing me an old soda bottle he had found. I do not remember the name on the label other than it was blue, however on the bottom was stamped Bristow and Pryor, Oklahoma. How can I find information on this bottle?

  443. richard p. dwyer Says:

    instead of the show and tell gallery, i would like to describe the bottle i found. It is 12oz coca cola bottled embossed lettering (no year showing). On the bottom is number 5 then a space and it looks like a double anchor with an H covering the anchor, then a space and then the number 55. Below the anchor is T5. I was wondering what the 5,55 and T5 mean. I found this in my town of north branford,ct, the site being water company property that all the houses were torn down or removed in the 1920’s. This was found in a dump near the remains of one of these old houses, along with clear coca cola bottles 10 oz stamped no refills and 6-B-396 and (26) B 77. thanks for your help Rick Dwyer

  444. Brad Says:

    My Dad worked at the local Coca Cola bottler for 30+ years. I am curious to know the difference between the Tab bottles with yellow lettering and the ones with white lettering. (Dates, etc).

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