Tonya Ilman said she found the handwritten note while walking along a beach on Wedge Island, Perth, on the west coast of Australia. The bottle was of of thousands thrown from German ships to track ocean currents. The family then set out conducting their own extensive research to make sure the message was genuine. Kym Illman, who understands basic German, was able to translate some of the letter before putting the rest through Google Translate.
World’s Oldest Message in a Bottle, Dating Back to 1886, Found Washed up on Australian Beach
Dating Australian Beer Bottles
The subject of bottle makers marks is a complex one - as is virtually everything to do with bottle dating and identification. However, the subject is important to refining the estimated date range for the manufacture of a bottle, how the bottle was made to some extent, and for the determination of origin website "goals" 1, 3, and 4 noted on the Homepage. Some glass containers make quite obvious which glass company made the item. Other makers marks are not as obvious as this jar. The image at the top of this page is of the base of a Wisconsin made beer bottle embossed with C.
Also included are marks seen on other types of glassware including tableware and industrial glass items such as railroad lantern lenses. Entries on some of the more commonly encountered brand and company names for instance, Bromo-Seltzer seen embossed on bottles are also included, as I frequently get questions about them. This is a typical example, as seen on the bottom of an emerald green apothecary jar from the s or s. Click here to access a page on the Bucher Emhart Glass site with a link to a recently updated.
Filling damaged or out-of-test date cylinders is illegal and can be dangerous. LP Gas cylinders out-of-test date must not be filled until tested and re-stamped by an approved gas cylinder test station. Read MoreRead Less Gas bottles have a date stamp applied during manufacture. It is usually in the metal collar as pictured but can be on the base.