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Antique Bottle Closures

Presence of the original closure greatly enhances the beauty/value of the older blob top beer and soda bottles. There were an amazing number and variety of closures invented during the 1870-1900 time period as local bottlers tried to come up with unique and economical means of sealing their product bottles.

The info below was provided courtesy of David Graci, Email:, who scanned some pictures from his personal book of research on closures. David is always looking for photos/sketches/info about closures he has not documented yet. Who knows, maybe he'll come out with a book on the subject?

Click to view full photo John Allender closure on a BIGELOW & CO bottle.
Click to view photo George D. Corey closure on LOWELL BOTTLE STOPPER bottle.
Click to view photo Edwin Lloyd closure on CHARLES JOLY bottle.
Click to view photo John Matthews gravitating stopper for Albert Albertson on R.P. LEWIS & CO bottle.
Click to view photo Augustus E. Rich closure on DOWS JAMAICA GINGER ALE bottle.
Click to view photo F. Sehlich closure on PHILIP ZAUN bottle.
Click to view photo H. Susemihl closure on G.S SMITH / TOWANDA bottle.
Click to view photo Frederick B. Thatcher closure on plain bottle.
Click to view photo J.B. Trimble closure on CHAS. F. YOUNG bottle.
Click to view photo James T. Walker closure on G.W. & C.R. MILLER bottle.

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