Antique 19th and early 20th century bottles have long attracted collectors, due to their beautiful shapes and colors, historical interest, and availability to anyone willing to do some sleuthing and some digging.

The rarest and most prized bottles include mouth-blown (as opposed to machine made) bottles from the 1800s, especially those in interesting shapes (e.g. figural bitters), with dire warnings (e.g. medicine or poison bottles) or other interesting embossings. Collectors often seek pontil marks and rare colors, and of course, condition is paramount.

There are in fact dozens of categories of collectible bottles, including milk bottles, soda bottles, beer bottles, flasks, ink bottles, perfume bottles, fruit (Mason) jars and Ball jars, liquor bottles, snuff bottles... the list goes on.

Many collectors also focus on specific brands or regions (e.g. the West), or bottles that were used in certain venues (e.g. pharmacy).

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Troubadour Wine Bar settles in on Hennepin
Southwest Journal, November 30th

Phineas Fittipaldi is willing to bet that colder weather will send people straight to his cozy, candlelit wine bar — on a recent rainy afternoon, they listened to Amy Winehouse while staffer Alexandra Tousley sprawled in the front window painting a...Read more

Shopping in Paris, With Panache
International New York Times, November 29th

For the designer Rei Kawakubo's birthday, for instance, Ms. Horn picked up two antique, hand-cut crystal Champagne glasses and a vintage bottle of Dom Pérignon. Ms. Kawakubo had just married, Ms. Horn said, “so it was a romantic birthday present for...Read more

Road Trip! Destination: Bardstown, Ky.
Tribune-Review, November 28th

Art ephemera, antique bottles and even a moonshine still are just some of the draws to what Whiskey Magazine dubbed its “2014 Attraction of the Year.” Hours are seasonal and vary over the holidays, so be sure to call ahead. Kentucky Bourbon Trail...Read more

Iron Horse auctioning N.C. Civil War-era antiques
Richmond County Daily Journal, November 27th

Contributed photos From left to right, top to bottom are a painting by Thomas Ashe, a leather-bound book on Confederate President Jefferson Davis, antique bottles and a North Carolina arrest warrant issued in 1799. The collectibles will be auctioned...Read more

Auction offers Civil War-era antiques
Ansonrecord, November 27th

Contributed photos From left to right, top to bottom are a painting by Thomas Ashe, a leather-bound book on Confederate President Jefferson Davis, antique bottles and a North Carolina arrest warrant issued in 1799. The collectibles will be auctioned...Read more

Rare and vintage bottles, especially western whiskeys, perform well at ...
ArtfixDaily, November 17th

“The Dr. R. Parker bottle (Indian TLA-Quillaugh's Balsam, San Francisco) is so rare that a lot of western bottle collectors don't even know it exists. This was just the third one we've sold. Two minor blemishes didn't seem to deter bidders at all.” The...Read more

Antique Bottle & Pottery Club show Nov. 20
Terre Haute Tribune Star, November 12th

The Wabash Valley Antique Bottle & Pottery Club has a new location for its 19th annual Illiana Antique Bottle & Pottery Show and Sale. The event starts with an historical bottle auction at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds, 3901 S. U.S...Read more

A Webb City man is proving that you can keep memories in a bottle.
Four States Homepage, November 9th

Ron Cleaver suffers from Lewy Bodie dementia. His wife, Teresa, says he's been collecting Coke bottles for most of his life. And he often has good and bad days. However, when he's messing with his bottle collection, it tends to be a good day. He can...Read more