Historical Archaeology

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 67–80 | Cite as

Second time around: A look at bottle reuse

  • Jane Busch


Until recently, glass bottles were generally used more than one time. This study investigates customs of bottle reuse in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries, with particular attention to the secondhand bottle business and returnable bottle systems. Effects of bottle-manufacturing machinery and reasons for the decline of bottle reuse are discussed. The implications of reuse for the analysis of bottles from archaeological sites are considered.


Soft Drink Glass Container Historical Archaeology Wine Bottle Machine Manufacturing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane Busch
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Reserve Historical SocietyClevelandUSA

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