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The bottle says

Great Northern Brewery Ltd
Ale & stout

Japanese Bottle

as it must be after 1898 and before 1915 when the Great Northern Brewery Ltd changed its name to Lion Brewery. The fact that it was made in Japan is probably the best clue, as prior to World War I most bottles were sourced from the UK and Europe (Belgium in particular) and local brewers did the embossing here in New Zealand. By 1915 at the outbreak of the war, however, most bottles were being sourced from Japan and this situation probably continued until the war finished. From 1922 onwards, when the Australian Glass Manufacturers Company established a plant at Penrose, the Auckland Bottle Company, beer bottles were gradually produced there, though for several years after the World War I many had been imported from the AGM's plant in Australia. Therefore I would presume that this bottle might have been originally manufactured about the mid 1910s.

There are 4 version of this bottle:
1x green spelling mistakes (Rrewery)c11-20.
2x dark green e31-50.
3x green c 11-20.
4x pale green d 21-30.

This one is most likely no 4.

They all have spun tops.
not perfect has a splint

A helpful viewer commented "Hi this is not a repro, Japanese Yamamoto made bottles for several other NZ brewers , eg Strachan and McGavin, in the south and also, for McMillan in Auckland. A feature was the fact there are a number of bottles known with spelling mistakes made by this manufacturer which makes them more collectable. (The mould maker had problems with the English letters) Crown seals came into vogue here about 1912, they were only invented about 1908, this bottle would likely date 1912-1915."

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