One of the most popular soda bottles to collect is Coca Cola.
The very first Coke bottles were Hutchinson style bottles - these are extremely rare and date before 1900. Straight-sided (S-S) Coke bottles with crown tops date about 1900-1919; colors were clear, aqua, green, blue, and amber with amber bottles in good condition typically bringing the highest prices. "Coca-Cola" embossed in script letters contained Coke and is more valuable, while the "Coca-Cola" embossed in block letters contained a flavored drink other than Coke so is less valuable.
There are two styles of Hutchinson Coke: one with "Coca-Cola" in script and one without. The Biedenharn hutch is the one without "Coca-Cola" in script. Also be careful of the script hutch reproduction.
By 1917 Coke bottles started being produced in the familiar hobble-skirt shape which is still used today. The first hobbleskirts where patented Nov 16, 1915 and came in a variety of colors: clear, aqua, ice blue, and green.
Later hobble-skirt bottles (i.e. Dec 25 1923 patent and later) all have a green tint color. One exception are those produced during 1942-45; these were blue due to the copper shortage for WWII (copper gives the green color).
Be careful of Coke bottles with a deep purple color. Dark purple is not a natural color for these bottles and is caused by irradiating clear bottles. However, these purple bottles do make a nice color addition to your collection. There are some naturally occurring bottles with a light amethyst/purple tint - leaving them out in prolonged sunlight will darken the tint (but they will never become a dark purple).
The first 5 versions of these hobble-skirt Cokes are identified by their embossing:
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Last updated on November 19, 2000