A.B.M - Automated bottle machine

B.I.M.A.L. - Blown into a mold with an applied lip

Crazing - Fine cracks in the glaze of stoneware bottles which if cleaned properly do not in any way detract from the item's looks or collectability, crazing is caused due to the age of the object.

Embossed/Embossing - A glass bottle having raised lettering.

Free blown - An early bottle blown by hand without the use of a mold. 

Hamilton - A term used to describe a point ended aerated water bottle which will not stand, sometimes referred to as an ovate.

Sick/Sickness - The specter of bottle collectors everywhere. Most bottles were manufactured from very poor quality base materials often Soda lime and Silica, hence after years of burial in often very Acidic or Damp conditions the bottle becomes cloudy and in extreme cases thick with flakey scaling which will completely detract from the original beauty of the object, making once magnificent Cobalt blue glass take on a scruffy white appearance. Sickness can affect all types of bottles and every color of glass. Normal cleaning processes will not remove sickness, however there is a method for removing it by mixing together two very powerful acids. This process when conducted by an experienced "acid cleaner" provides excellent results in a matter of seconds. One of these acids is the only one known to readily eat away glass without any delay. It will do the same, if not quicker to the human body. Do not try under any circumstances to develop any methods of your own involving the mixing together of any acid, the chances are you just may, if you are lucky live to regret it.


Guides compiled by ACIF members:
A Guide to American Nursing Bottles, Includes Sections on Canadian, Foreign and Doll Bottles
Compiled by: Diane Ostrander 1984, Don Gifford 1992, Frank and Sara Jean Binder 2001
2001 Revised Edition by American Collectors of Infant Feeders
This guide (300+ page binder with black & white photos) is available for purchase:
    ACIF Member $40.00 plus shipping
    Non-member $50.00 plus shipping
Please contact ACIF Treasurer Charna Sansbury to order; 

Ceramic Invalid Feeders, Pap Boasts and Baby Bottles of the 19th and 20th Century

By Eileen Michael Allison

This guide (164 page binder with color photos) is available for purchase:

    ACIF Member $55.00 plus shipping
    Non-member $65.00 plus shipping
Please contact ACIF Treasurer Charna Sansbury to order;


Other sites with information about baby bottles, invalid feeders, pap boats and related items for the feeding and care of infants and invalids:   (American Association for the History of Nursing)   (Federation of Historic Bottle Collectors)