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Bottles made before the Civil War typically did not have embossed details, as the technology to create embossing was uncommon.

Early glue was made from animal products ( including hide, bones and fish) melted in a glue kettle and mixed with water. Importantly this glue is revesible and therefore antique 'friendly', as opposed to modern PVC glue which is neither.

So look for signs of crystallized glue, also loose joints can indicate that reversible glue was originally used.

The Cabinet Makers tools always leave clear clues as to the period when the furniture was made.

For example, modern planes and Period planes work differently and leave completely different scars, likewise Period saw-marks are unevenly parallel compared to modern saw-marks which are identically parallel or radial.