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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FFOS calls for Beverage Containers Bill to be laid in Parliament
Trinidad & Tobago Express, August 20th

In previous discussion on the bill, Environment Minister Ganga Singh had said: “From an economic standpoint, the bill provides opportunities for bottle collectors and other such informal sectors to earn income and sustain their livelihoods, thereby...Read more

What about the bottle collectors?
The Tri-City News, August 19th

I am writing in regards to the new recycling rules in Coquitlam. Although I understand it for the most part, the one thing that I find to be illogical is the fact that you can no longer put deposit items in your blue box. In reality, these items were...Read more

Normandy: A brand new landing proves it's more than just a ferry port
The Independent, August 18th

La Boîte à Calva (8 Rue Froide; 00 33 2 3196 8824; laboitea, meanwhile, dispenses that grand staple of Normandy, apple-related alcohol – selling both inexpensive ciders (from €8/£6.40) and vintage bottles of fine calvados. Don't miss. The...Read more

QC liquor jugs add spirits to bottle show
Quad City Times, August 17th

24, Ellis will display about 30 pieces of his Quad-City antique liquor jug and bottle collection at the Mississippi Valley Antique Bottle and Advertising Show and Sale in the Knights of Columbus hall, 1111 W. 35th St., Davenport. The pottery jugs were...Read more

Family/boomer calendar
Poughkeepsie Journal, August 14th

Visit for tickets and more info. 914-785-8277. Antique Bottle and Stoneware Show — Elk's Lodge, 229 Overocker Road, Poughkeepsie. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Aug. 17. 27th annual show presented by The Hudson Valley Bottle Club...Read more

First antique bottle show in Lexington hailed a success
Christian Davies Antiques (blog), August 11th

The National Antique Bottle Show of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors was recently held in Lexington, Kentucky, for the first time. The event was held at the Lexington Center, with collectors arriving from over 30 states to attend the show...Read more

Collectors at Lexington show of antique bottles see them as 'artifacts of our ...
Lexington Herald Leader, August 3rd

The occasion was the 2014 National Antique Bottle Show of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, which started Saturday at Lexington Center. Collectors from more than 30 states offered thousands of glass items at the show. The event also...Read more

National antique bottle show uncorks enthusiasm for classic containers
Lexington Herald Leader, July 31st

An amber triangular-shaped bitters bottle with embossed ribs on the sides. Embossed Pasquier's French Bitters, Louisville. COURTESY OF THE FEDERATION OF HISTORICAL BOTTLE COLLECTORS ...Read more