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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MainFraiM design studio sheds new light on forgotten items
Rockford Register Star, September 21st

The brewery commission soon led to a collaboration with the Poska gift shop on East State, which requested 86 tabletop light sculptures the design duo lovingly calls “bottle cities” — clusters of 4 and 5 antique bottles lit from below by a single...Read more

From sow's ear to silk purse
Yorkshire Post, September 19th

Beech units have been painted in Annie Sloan's Paris Grey and a dresser acts as extra storage. The lights are from Pedlars and an old vintage bottle dryer from Pash in Easingwold is perfect for holding mugs. The refectory table was made by a local...Read more

Club meetings
Bradenton Herald, September 18th

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 merliedog The Suncoast Camera Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second ...Read more

Why eat just one lunch when you can eat two?
Pacific Daily News, September 17th

Dim sum delight: Lunch at Din Tai Fung dim sum restaurant included regular soup dumplings and a couple of soup dumplings infused with crab. Enjoying lunch are Jojo's friends, Michael Marvel, left, who lives in Hong Kong and Roland San Nicolas, visiting ...Read more

Wiscasset tax rate hikes 4.6 percent
Wiscasset Newspaper, September 16th

Nonprofits with bottle collection bins at the Wiscasset Transfer Station need insurance to have them there, and the bins have to be moved outside the station's workspace, selectmen and Anderson said. Station Superintendent Ron Lear didn't know yet...Read more

J. Rieger's antique Kansas City name is scheduled for a comeback
Kansas City Star, September 16th

He had the mural restored and at about the same time connected with Paul Gronquist, a pre-Prohibition bottle collector from Alma, Kan. Gronquist gave Maybee a Monogram shot glass, bottle and other memorabilia while visiting the Rieger. More importantly ...Read more

Craft beer and books to be celebrated for Kalamazoo Public Library's inaugural ..., September 16th

The Kalamazoo Antique Bottle Club will have a display of early Kalamazoo bottles and collectible glassware. • 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Central Library: Home Brewing with Bell's Brewery — David Curtis, manager of Bell's General Store, is actively ...Read more

Volunteers keep Rockland beautiful by finding, returning shopping carts
The Journal News |, September 13th

The bottle collectors redeem their cans and bottles at their preferred store, and then abandon the carts by the redemption centers. "I've spoken with the managers at Pathmark and Stop & Shop and there's nothing they can do," said Kyle. "The Pathmark...Read more