Prior to that, it had been a soda fountain item as well as a syrup being sold in bottles as a patent medicine.The earliest Biedenharn Coca Cola bottles used a Hutchinson patent bottle.
In this photo, the repro label is on the left and the original label is on the right.
According to the Petretti book on Coke bottles, the repro labels have even/straight/uniform lines while the originals had uneven/dotted lines.
If you asked four different coca cola bottle collectors what the term In the world of soda bottle collecting, the question of how old does a soda bottle have to be for it to be considered an antique is often confusing.
To add to the confusion, the popular auction website e Bay, lists coca cola bottles from 1900 to present day as modern, and anything older than 1900 as antique.
Ben Thomas, one of the bottlers, said that the consumer should be able to recognize the Coke bottle in the dark, just by feel.
By 1916 the now familiar contoured bottle had been developed.
Coke was first bottled in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1891.
The Coca Cola Company sold the first bottle of Coca Cola in March 1894.
Generally, most old coca cola bottle collectors use the term antique for bottles that are more than 50 years old.