The Differences Between Types of Bottles

There is specialized collector jargon that can be confusing to the novice bottle collector. From slug plate for the embossed plate area to applied lip for non-machine-made bottles, the definition of these terms can vary widely. These terms will be noted when applicable to a particular type of bottle. This article will discuss the differences between the two forms and the different ways that each can be identified. This article will discuss the two most common methods and the differences between the types of bottles.


The most commonly used resin in plastic bottles is high-density polyethylene (HDPE). It is inexpensive and provides good moisture barrier. It is also compatible with a wide variety of products, including food and beverages. Its flexibility and natural translucent appearance lends itself to silk screen decoration. For more detailed information about the various features of a bottle, please consult a reference guide. Further, if you’d like to have a customized bottle, consider having your custom engraving done.

The definition of a “lip” varies greatly, depending on its context. A lip is generally the upper surface of a finish, but a rim is more common. Other sources of information on the morphology of bottles include Howard (1950), Tooley (1953), White (1978), Berge (80), Wilson (81), Jones & Sullivan, Creswick, and Switzer (1998). You can also view a photo of the pontil scar on a bottle base.

In the 19th century, the term “mold cutter” referred to glass workers. A glass worker, the mold cutter would engrave the inside of a glass mold, which caused the embossing and indentations on the bottle. These raised lines, also known as ribs, occur where the edges of the mold parts came together. These marks are also called “diamonds.” So, the shape of a bottle may be ovoid or bladder-shaped.

While the terminology used to refer to the features of a bottle differs from author to author, the terminology used for a glass is generally the same. A person who uses a standard-size mold for a large-scale production run will usually have a hard time distinguishing the difference between a re-firing, and the terms can vary greatly depending on how they are used. In general, a plastic bottle is a high-quality container for a specific product.

While a mold cutter can engrave a glass bottle, it is not always possible to do so for a glass-blown bottle. There are other methods, such as using a pressurized air or water, which can cause a plastic mold to harden. Then, once the plastic has hardened, the bottle can be removed from the mold. However, the process of molding a bottle is not continuous. During a single process, the entire production of a glass bottle can last several days.