Collecting antique Pepsi bottles can serve as a fun hobby for Pepsi enthusiasts or collectors in general. In order to properly assess the age of your Pepsi bottle, you must first learn a few facts about Pepsi-Cola and the company's varying bottle production methods.
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Examine the logo on the bottle. Pepsi bottles made between 1903 and 1951 will have an embossed "Pepsi=Cola" logo with a double hyphen that looks like a short equal sign, and no paper label, while bottles manufactured between 1951 and 1953 will display an embossed "Pepsi-Cola" logo with a single dash. Bottles made after 1953 will have only a paper label. Those made after 1953 will simply say "Pepsi." Any bottles made after 1953, however, are not considered antiques.
Assess how dark the glass is. The oldest Pepsi bottles were made with opaque glass. If you can see through to the other side of the bottle, it is a newer Pepsi bottle, or a new reproduction that imitates an old bottle.
Note the diameter of the bottle's neck. Pepsi bottles manufactured between 1901 and 1953 will have a thinner neck than newer bottles. Antique bottles used crown tops, which are 1-inch-diameter spouts with smooth finishes that can accommodate a beer-bottle like cap. If an unused crown top, or beer bottle cap, fits on your bottle, it was most likely manufactured between 1901 and 1953. Newer, wider bottle necks cannot accommodate crown tops.
Tips and warnings
- Know that any Diet Pepsi bottles were manufactured after 1983, making these bottles much newer.
- Be wary of reproduction or imitation bottles, which were made later to commemorate the older versions. These tend to have wider necks and more transparent glass than authentic antique bottles. Many reproduction Pepsi bottles, made after 1953, have "A204" engraved on the base.
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