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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Scent vessels have storied, prized past
Orillia Packet & Times, December 19th

Vintage bottles made by Lalique between the two world wars are highly prized and collectible. Although Lalique ceased production at the beginning of the Second World War, he has rarely been surpassed since in the sophisticated stylization of his designs...Read more

SOS program seeks out hard-to-reach homeless
Calgary Herald, December 19th

There's a story John Chief Moon likes to tell about a memorable shift he spent doing street outreach for the Canadian Mental Health Association Calgary. While trudging along a downtown street, handing out food hampers to homeless people, Chief Moon and ...Read more

Pop a Good Year: New Year's Eve Champagne
Naplesillustrated, December 16th

Far fewer vintage bottles are available, of course, because most of a producer's grapes will go into making the nonvintage bottling. In addition, most nonvintage offerings are pretty good these days, as they are carefully sourced and blended and...Read more

The week ahead: Rose pruning, antique bottles and holiday fun on tap
Sacramento Bee, December 5th

? ROSE PRUNING WORKSHOP. Where: Historic City Cemetery, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. When: 10 a.m. today (rain cancels). Admission: Free. Related. Details: (916) 448-0811, The experts from the cemetery's Heritage ...Read more

Government to call for refund scheme on plastic bottle collection
MaltaToday, December 5th

The government will launch an expression of interest for a refund scheme for the collection of plastic bottles and aluminium cans, Environment Minister Leo Brincat announced. Brincat, who was recently criticised by green NGOs and the Opposition for...Read more

Crafting with Gretchen: Vintage bottle brush ornament wreath
WLKY Louisville, December 3rd

If you're looking for a quick easy and expensive-looking holiday decoration to add to your home, look no further than this vintage bottle brush ornament wreath. Advertising. RELATED. Metro Council makes decision in minimum wage increase · Metro Council ...Read more

Roseville antique bottle show draws US collectors
Sacramento Bee (blog), December 1st

McKillop, 43, said his grandparents collected bottles long before such markets existed and then paved the way for today's trading as founding members of the American Bottle Collectors Club, now known as the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors...Read more

Aldi sells £76 vintage bottle of wine for just £19 as part of its super ...
Daily Mail, November 24th

Often described as the king of wines, it is a rare and celebrated vintage considered one of the world's finest. A 1993 bottle would be likely to set shoppers back about £185 - and similar quality 2008 dessert wines are being sold at an eye-watering £76...Read more