Posted 10 years ago
This is a Very Rare and Unusual Coca-Cola hobbleskirt bottle, it is BIM (blown in mold) instead of ABM (automatic bottle machine-made). The history is that this bottle was made by the Laurens Glass Works (the base of the bottle has L. G. W. - 17 marked) in Laurens, S.C. They did not switch to Owen's Automatic Bottle Making machine until late 1918, which before, every bottle was made under glass being blown into mold techniques. So I probably date this to around 1916-1917. Laurens Glass Works made alot of bottles for southern bottlers 1910-1930's, they were actually a very sucessful company, they lasted until 1996. This particular one was made for the Tampa Coca-Cola Bottling Company. I Have a diagram if you don't believe me that it is hand blown. BIM bottles are classified as the mold line being stopped just before the lip of the bottle from tool marks, because every tip was tooled by hand. Automaticly made bottles have the mold line going through the base to to tip top, and usually having a faint ring around the top. I got this 2 years ago so enjoy, I think it was a very nice addition to my coca-cola bottle collection.