Tips by Dr. Lori

Coca Cola Bottles

by Dr. Lori Verderame
Coca Cola Bottles

Coca Cola BottleWhile there is a lot to know about collecting glass bottles in general, there are specific tricks of the trade when it comes to narrowing the scope of your glass bottle collecting interest to one area of the field like Coca Cola bottles.

Collecting old Coca Cola soda bottles is based largely on condition, origin, bottling town, type of bottle, and type. There are many reasons why a collector wants to collect a particular type of soda bottle. It may be because of the soda bottle's origin from a particular part of the country, its color, its shape, the embossed marks on the bottle, and many other factors.

Hutchinson bottles

One of the most common forms of soda bottles is the Hutchinson soda bottle. The C. G. Hutchinson company made the highly recognizable soda bottle that has a round shouldered bottle with a unique stopper. The Hutchinson bottle was patented in 1879 with its unusual metal loop and stopper. These bottles were made from the early 1880s until circa 1915. Rare Hutchinson Coca Cola bottles of the Hutchinson type used from circa 1890s to 1910s bottled in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi are sold today to collectors for as much as $2,000 to $4,000.

In addition to the Hutchinson soda bottles, there are also other soda bottles. These bottles, produced in the 1930s, have a characteristic applied-color label on them. These are the types of soda bottles that would have the name of the drink plastered across its body like Coca Cola. 

Hutchinson bottles were replaced by straight sided bottles in clear and light green and amber color. These colored bottles were popular in the Midwestern and Southern United States. Later, these bottles were replaced by the easy to find contoured bottles and bottle caps that featured the Coca Cola script logo on them. They feel good in your hand and that is a major aspect of Coke's innovative marketing.

Syrup bottles and Seltzer bottles

Coca Cola sold its syrup to soda fountains and drug stores. Those bottles that held the syrup have become collectibles of the 1900s to the 1920s. Some of these syrup bottles sell for between $5,000 and $10,000. Like syrup bottles, seltzer bottles are collectible but their market is not as competitive. These seltzer bottles command a few hundred dollars each.

What to Look For

Coca Cola bottlesSoda bottles from particular bottlers in certain cities and towns are collectible today. There are nearly 1500 different towns where Coca Cola was bottled and certain rare bottles from a certain town could sell to a collector for as much as $500 each. Look for ornate etching on syrup bottles with various decorative colors, logos, figures, animals, etc. Coca Cola prototype bottles can bring big money as can bottles with unique attributes. Not sure of the age of your bottle? Read tips on how to determine its age.

Get an online appraisal report of your Coca Cola bottle from Dr. Lori.

Schedule a Dr. Lori Event

Dr. Lori events
Dr. Lori presents her popular Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show around the world at 150 shows a year entertaining audiences. Ask us how to book an event for you.

Dr. Lori's Blog

Dr. Lori reveals insider information and tips about the world of antiques. Subscribe here »
3 Items to Avoid at Thrift Stores

3 Items to Avoid at Thrift Stores

Do you like to thrift shop for vintage items? Do you take the bargains you find at estate sales and auctions and flip them for profit? Discover three types of items including vintage signs and furniture that might look like bargains, but will be difficult to resell because their popularity is on the way out. Plus, Dr. Lori shares clues on which vintage and antiques items are trending up and can earn you more money when reselling.

Read More »