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One approach to helping beginner identify their old bottles involves show them the bases of old bottles.
The picture below at the left shows an iron pontil on the base jof a historical flask circa 1865.
Beginning collectors often confuse an Owen's ring with a pontil mark and it is easy to see why this happens.
The pictures below are from two early machine made medicine bottles.
Owens' early bottles were often cruder than their hand blown hand tooled counterparts.In the neck on the right notice how just below the collar the mold seam goes complete around the neck. Both of these medicine bottles look much like their earlier counterparts.This was the manner in which the early Owens bottles were blown. the step out collar of the example on the left is characteristic of bottles of the late teens and 1920s.The glass is rough (not sharp) around the circumference of the Owens ring.Notice also how unlike most pontil marks, the Owens ring covers the whole base of this bottle.