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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Friends For Life 2015 “Among Friends” Gala
Houstonia Magazine, October 7th

The $50 Baby Bottle to fund vaccines for puppies and kittens, the $100 Vintage Bottle to fund senior animal wellness, and the $150 Special Reserve Bottle to fund medical surgeries raised were a huge hit! Guest Teena Davis was the lucky dog that took...Read more

A new recycling venture aims to eliminate virgin plastic
The Guardian, October 7th

tabletop, 3D printing filament extruder”. The Plastic Bank designed the printer with engineers at the University of British Columbia. It can be used to create a variety of products, such as small components the bottle collectors can sell to local...Read more

Outgoing owners of Cherry Hill fun center want to keep the spirit alive
Yakima Herald-Republic, October 6th

Antique bottles and cameras line shelves, while early advertisements dot the walls. Off to the right is a 1950s room, where booths, stools and tables in red, white and blue sit atop a checkerboard floor. Walls are draped with nostalgia — a '50s-era...Read more

Fenton History Brown Bag Lunch To Feature Bottle Collector
Jamestown Post Journal, October 3rd

The Fenton History Center will present the final Brown Bag lecture of the year on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at noon. The topic will be "The Best Old Bottles of Jamestown," presented by Vince Martonis, town of Hanover historian. Martonis has been collecting...Read more

Weekend: 99 bottles of pop
The Courier, October 3rd

VARIOUS ANTIQUE bottles and jars will be on display and available for sale at the 39th annual Bottle Show and Sale, being held by the Findlay Bottle Club Oct. 18 at the Sterling Center. (Photo provided). The Findlay Antique Bottle Club has announced...Read more

B.C. Liquor Stores' 2015 Bordeaux release gives connoisseurs a shot at more ..., September 28th

“Each year, the highly anticipated event attracts wine enthusiasts and collectors—and more recently, an increasingly diverse, younger crowd—all interested in taking home a bottle from one of the world's best-known wine regions,” reads a September 28 ...Read more

Bottle collector to share his take on Mountain Dew history at Marion museum
Southwest Virginia Today, September 24th

Holston River Heritage Center in downtown Marion will welcome Joseph T. Lee III on Sunday afternoon to talk about his research into the history of soda bottling in the area, including the feud over Mountain Dew's origins and his collection of vintage...Read more

Bottle collector relishes search more than material gains
West Hawaii Today, September 7th

HONOLULU (AP) — Bottle collector Mike Leong has crawled through tunnels and dug deep in the ground in search of glass treasures. During one dig in the Palama area about 20 years ago, he excavated an 18-foot-deep hole with some buddies. “We were at ...Read more