Interesting facts about bottles

A bottle is a narrow-necked container made of an impermeable material in various shapes and sizes to store liquids

The mouth at the bottling line can be sealed with an internal stopper, an external bottle cap, a closure, or a conductive “inner seal” using induction sealing.

Although early bottles were made from such materials as gourds and animal skins, glass eventually became the major material employed.

Before 1500 BC the Egyptians produced glass bottles by covering silica paste cores with molten glass and digging out the core after the bottle hardened.

By 200 BC glassblowing was practiced in China, Persia (modern Iran), and Egypt.

The first glass bottles were produced in southeast Asia around 100 BC and in the Roman Empire around 1 AD.

The glass bottle represented an important development in the history of wine, because, when combined with a high-quality stopper such as a cork, it allowed long-term aging of wine.

Glass has all the qualities required for long-term storage. It eventually gave rise to “château bottling”, the practice where an estate’s wine is put in a bottle at the source, rather than by a merchant. Prior to this, wine used to be sold by the barrel (and before that, the amphora) and put into bottles only at the merchant’s shop, if at all. This left large and often abused opportunities for fraud and adulteration, as consumers had to trust the merchant as to the contents. It is thought that most wine consumed outside of wine-producing regions had been tampered with in some way.

America’s glass bottle and glass jar industry was born in the early 1600s, when settlers in Jamestown built the first glass-melting furnace.

In 1872, British soft drink makers Hiram Codd of Camberwell, London, designed and patented a bottle designed specifically for carbonated drinks. The Codd-neck bottle was designed and manufactured to enclose a marble and a rubber washer/gasket in the neck. Soon after its introduction, the bottle became extremely popular with the soft drink and brewing industries, mainly in Europe, Asia and Australasia, though some alcohol drinkers disdained the use of the bottle.

The invention of the automatic glass bottle blowing the machine in 1880 industrialized the process of making bottles.

Plastic was invented in the 19th century and was originally used to replace common materials such as ivory, rubber, and shellac. Plastic bottles were first used commercially in 1947 but remained relatively expensive until the early 1950s when high-density polyethylene was introduced.

An impossible bottle is a bottle containing an object that does not appear to fit through the bottle’s mouth. The ship in a bottle is a traditional and the most iconic type of impossible bottle. Other common objects include fruits, matchboxes, decks of cards, tennis balls, racketballs, Rubik’s Cubes, padlocks, knots, and scissors. These may be placed inside the bottle using various mechanisms, including constructing an object inside the bottle from smaller parts, using a small object that expands or grows inside the bottle, or molding the glass around the object.

First attested in 14th century. From the English word “bottle” derives from an Old French word boteille, from vulgar Latin butticula, from late Latin buttis (“cask”), a latinisation of the Greek βοῦττις (bouttis) (“vessel”).

The Champagne bottle is made with thicker and heavier glass to withstand the pressure created by the wine as it carbonates during the second fermentation process.

The pressure in a Champagne bottle is around 90 pounds per square inch. Even though this may not mean a lot to you, it translates into three times the amount of pressure that is in an average car tyre.

Corks can fly out of a Champagne bottle at speeds near 40 km/h (25 mph) and as high as 65 km/h (40 mph). And when those corks fly, they can go far. The longest distance a Champagne cork was recorded to traverse was 54 meters (177 feet).

The record for the most expensive bottle is $225,000 (£120,000). The Platinum & White Gold Tequila bottle was sold by Tequila Ley .925 to a private collector in Mexico City, Mexico, on 20 July 2006. The bottle was filled with unique 6 years aged, 100% Blue Agave Tequila worth $ 2,500 USD. “Pasión Azteca”© Limited Edition : 33 bottles Bottle Design by: Fernando Altamirano.

The Speyer wine bottle most likely holds wine, and was originally found in 1867, in what is now the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany, near the town of Speyer, one of the oldest settlements in the area. The artifact has since become known as “the world’s oldest existing bottle of wine”. The bottle has been dated between 325 and 350 AD, and is the oldest known unopened bottle of wine in the world.

The tallest plastic bottle sculpture measures 28.1 m (92.2 feet) and was achieved by Caroline Najib Chaptini and Municipality of Chekka (both Lebanon), in Chekka, Lebanon on 14 December 2019. More than 30 people helped to arrange 120,000 plastic bottles into the shape of a Christmas tree.

The largest collection of beer bottles belongs to Ron Werner (USA) and consists of 25,866 individual beer bottles as of 27 January 2012 in Carnation, Washington, USA. Ron Werner started his collection at the age of 14. On average, a 1,000 beer bottles are added to the collection every year. Ron also collects other beer memorabilia, such as beer signs, cans, mirrors and tap handles.

The largest bottle of beer was 2.54 m (8 ft 4 in) tall and 2.17 m (7 ft 1.5 in) in circumference, and was unveiled at the Shepherd Neame Brewery at Faversham, Kent on 27 Jan 1993. It took 13 minutes to fill the bottle, with 625.5 litres (137.5 gal) of Kingfisher beer, the leading Indian lager.

The largest bottle of wine is 4.17 m (13 ft 8.17 in) tall, 1.21 m (3 ft 11.63 in) in diameter and was filled with 3,094 litres (650.58 UK gal, 817.34 US gal) of wine, achieved by André Vogel (Switzerland) as measured in Lyssach, Switzerland, on 20 October 201

The Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple in Thailand was constructed with 1 million bottles of Heineken and a local beer.

The largest human image of a bottle consists of 3,128 participants, achieved by Coordinadora de Peñas de Valladolid (Spain), in Valladolid, Spain, on 4 September 2016. The participants were either dressed in red, black or yellow to represent a wine bottle.