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Posted By rachelrh 10/8/2014 2:13:46 PM
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 Posted 10/8/2014 2:13:46 PM
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Hi everybody

I am a doctoral student doing a study relating to historial flooding and pollution. As part of it I am looking at the reworking of artefacts thrown into the river Mersey and I have found 2 bottles with codes on the bottom. They are both broken and so I cannot date based on the bottle shape/neck etc. I was wondering if anybody could help me to identify roughly when they were produced and for what purpose??

The first has the below printed on its base:

T 143

S M 40

UGB

And the second:

W 595

L I

UGB

I've had a rummage around the internet and it seems UGB stands for United Glass Bottle but I can't seem to pin down what the other letters/numbers mean.

In case it helps, the other artefacts I have so far managed to get a date for range from 1853 to summer of 1950 (fairly broad but hopefully could help!).

Can anybody help??
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 Posted 10/8/2014 2:38:19 PM
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Hi and welcome to the forumSmile

With one or two exceptions, bottle collecting tends to tail off around 1920 with the mass usage of the bottle making machines from the USA being introduced to the UK.; Along side this, many old established glass companies were bought up by the bigger companies. UGB was formed this way although I don't know who the parent company was.

In this hobby UGB on the base of a bottle is normally met with a frown as it falls way outside the usual collecting perimeters and smacks of bottles made in the 1930's or later.

That's just an outline of the firm, but there are those here who know the whole story. I would imagine that the numbers you quote are just batch numbers for company tracking records. I hope someone else here can help you with your Doctorate; good luck with itCool

http://www.bottledigging.org.uk/forum/Uploads/Images/2e09089c-b129-46b1-a5cf-16d9.jpg

Dedicated to Neath area bottles, flagons etc.



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 Posted 10/9/2014 9:28:22 PM
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i think poachers just about covered it really id say there batch numbers and possibly the others something to do with whats in the bottle most bottles have different numbers on bottom sorry i cant help much good look with ya doctorite

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If you can get some pictures up we can probably tell you more, this link tells you how...BigGrin

http://www.bottledigging.org.uk/forum/Topic138024.aspx?PageIndex=1

The letters/numbers other than UGB may be a code covering the bottle shape, size, colour of glass and closure type and/or a batch number, but the exact meaning of each bit is probably no longer known.

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