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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The smart BOTTLE that 'talks' to drinkers
Daily Mail, March 4th

Rare, vintage bottles of whisky can cost anywhere up to $1.4 million (£874,150) and can be aged in oak barrels stored in cellars for years. But there's a wooden tool that saves time and money called 'Whiskey Element,' which claims to be able to make...Read more

Dr. Fermento: The Woody Side of Beer
Juneau Empire (subscription), March 4th

“The bottle collection's got some stuff that's never been released before,” Fletcher said of some of the nifty stuff that will be featured at the grand opening event that's open to the public. “We'll have high end meats and cheeses as part of the...Read more

When, why to decant: Basignani Winery pours its heart into an explanation (blog), March 3rd

A few of the vintage bottles that line the tasting room inside Basignani Winery in Sparks, Md. Lynne and Bert Basignani planted their first vines in 1974 and opened the winery in 1986.Paul Vigna/The Wine Classroom. Decanting is the subject of much...Read more

Esme Noir, Table Talk: Affina a lively place whose food is getting there
Monterey County Herald, March 3rd

Dexter apparently has other “vintage” bottles up his sleeve, so ask. Corkage is $20 per bottle. Settled in with a lovely bottle of 2008 Oh Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands ($59), from local winemaker Richard Oh, we made our selections. I opted for the...Read more

Shop Talk: ReZENed
5280 | The Denver Magazine, March 2nd

Go For: Previously loved home goods—from couches to vintage bottle openers. The store also stocks new items that make perfect gifts, like $27 Traviata candles, which burn for 80 hours, or the hand-knitted headbands manager Alanna Fernandez makes ...Read more

Coming Up: Mamaroneck Historical Society- Mar. 3
theLoop, March 2nd

It will begin with a presentation on antique bottles, by Dr. Andrew Francella and Donald March, Pres. of the Society, and an evaluation of audience members' antique bottles. All are invited to attend both the short talk and the Historical Society's...Read more

Personalized Bottles, Ceramic Royals and Chinese Artifacts
New York Times, February 26th

The British glass historian David Burton has created a 1,740-page set of books to analyze a seemingly narrow topic: antique bottles that bear raised markings identifying the original owners. Mr. Burton, 77, has spent decades hunting for intact and...Read more

Antique Bottle Club show offers lessons in history
Hartford Courant, February 24th

Avid bottle collectors don't like to let a little snow and ice keep them from attending a good show, and that was certainly the case for members and collectors attending the 45th annual Somers Antique Bottle Club Show and Sale on Sunday, Feb. 22. Held...Read more