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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PART 2: Lafons get dirty on roads less travelled
The Daily Times, August 29th

They had a huge taxidermy and glass bottle collection lining the walls. After lunch we rode part of the next section and detoured to Diamond Lake to meet Shane and Katie. Day 14: After a day at Crater Lake we rode in the Umpqua and Roque River-Siskiyou ...Read more

Country Fall Festival Pageant this weekend
Point Pleasant Register, August 28th

Those chosen as royalty will return for the Country Fall Festival in October which is a free event for the community and includes Gas and Steam Engine Show, CEOS Quilt Show, Antique Bottle Show, Gravely Swap Meet. Watch the making of sorghum, apple ...Read more

Honest senior rewarded for handing in €12000
The, August 28th

However, the money had already been spotted by one keen-eyed bottle collector. Scanning the rubbish container for recyclable bottles he could exchange for cash, an 87-year-old pensioner came across the three envelopes stuffed with cash on Monday...Read more

Club meetings
Bradenton Herald, August 27th

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

10 things you should know before moving to Germany
Business Insider, August 25th

In some cities, it's quite common to leave beer bottles out on the sidewalk for the homeless and other bottle collectors to pick up. The longer you stay in Germany, the better you get at organizing things. It's actually quite a comforting thing...Read more

Maryland's Booming Booze-a-Palooza
Baltimore City Paper, August 25th

This was a vintage bottle of Belvedere Maryland Straight Rye, a custom bottling for the erstwhile hotel that the trio of gents behind the Baltimore Whiskey Company got their hands on. They sent some to a lab to determine the mineral content of the...Read more

Postcards preserve pictures of the past
Quad City Times, August 23rd

30, when they will be among the items for show and sale at the Mississippi Valley Antique Bottle and Advertising Show and Sale in Davenport. The event at the Knights of Columbus building also will feature pottery, bottles, tabletop antiques and...Read more

Treasures under the outhouse are bottle collector's joy
Detroit Free Press, May 18th

Hendrichsen, 55, is among a handful of bottle collectors known as privy diggers, the polite name for those who dig for antique bottles buried in century-old feces. Whether motivated by a chance to add a unique find to their collection, or by...Read more