Dating old coke bottles
The branches are straight, and the leaves are thin, opaque, oval, and taper at the extremities.
A marked characteristic of the leaf is an areolated portion bounded by two longitudinal curved lines, one line on each side of the midrib, and more conspicuous on the under face of the leaf.
In the early 1900s, the burgeoning soda industry was made up of local drugstores who mixed and bottled small-batch recipes and delivered them in hand-stenciled crates. More recent specimens (like the 1950s and 1960s ones shown) go for $20.
Syrup Dispensers Before multi-brand soda fountains emerged, manufacturers would send individual syrup dispensers to malt shops to use and display on their counters.
And some early bottles used by Coca-Cola bottling companies may have contained a seltzer water or flavored soft drink.