Cola and Water
Antique and Vintage Bottles
Like modern glassware, ancient bottles relied on three basic ingredients: Sand or silica, sodium carbonate, and lime, also known as calcium oxide. In the United States, however, the oldest bottles were actually ceramic vessels produced by indigenous groups. Europeans brought their knowledge of glassmaking to North America and began crafting their own glass bottles in the mid-17th century. America’s first major manufacturer of glass bottles...