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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Rare Whisky 101 said a lack of new releases of aged whisky has led to an increase in demand for oil and vintage bottles. Its report suggests the top ten most desirable “investable” distilleries now include seven which are closed and just three which...Read more

Treasure trove awaits in Workington
Times & Star, February 4th

Most of their stock is locally stocked and includes miners' lamps, railway signs, antique bottles and framed reports on the 1922 St Helen's Colliery disaster. Keith was the co-owner of Workington Music Store until it closed in 2014 and has also...Read more

Bradenton Herald, February 4th

Suncoast Antique Bottle Collectors: Suncoast Antique Bottle Collectors meets the fourth Thursday of every month, except June, November and December. Information: 941-722-7233 or Suncoast Camera Club: The Suncoast Camera Club ...Read more

Glenfarclas Pagoda Reserve Trilogy Is Simply Staggering in Scope
The Whiskey Wash, February 4th

with deep enough pockets and a desire to own one of these sets, The Whisky Corporation is throwing in a host of extra benefits, such as membership in an elite owners-only club and a “very special VIP complimentary 5 bottle collection of Glenfarclas...Read more

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Newsweek, February 4th

As part of an intensive course on corporate sustainability, an enthusiastic group of international and Russian students were asked to design bottle collection and recycling methods that would encourage Russians to recycle. Baltika wanted to set up an...Read more

Pendleton B&B owners find 80-year-old whisky during renovation
Tri-City Herald, February 4th

Tracy Bosen and Kevin Michel will test that notion when they uncork one of the three vintage bottles of whisky they found during a renovation project at their Pendleton bed-and-breakfast, at 311 North Main St. The owners of Pendleton House are in the ...Read more

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Fox News, February 2nd

The owners of a Pendleton bed and breakfast found more than dust mites while renovating their property, which they can now celebrate with the three vintage bottles of whiskey they unearthed. ADVERTISEMENT. The East Oregonian reports that Tracy Bosen ...Read more