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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Carol Barnett, one of the administrators of the Southwestern Farm and Home Museum, shows off a cattle dehorner, one of the items that the museum has loaned to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. The museum in Shipman ...Read more

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The Berkshires Calendar for March 28
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Sheffield Historical Society: Reception for the current exhibit, "Antique Bottles from Berkshire County." 4 to 6 p.m. Speak with collector Jim Thomas, whose bottles are on display in the exhibit. Refreshments. Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., Sheffield...Read more

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Club Calendar for March 27
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Happy Seniors Club: 12:30 p.m. at Robert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Road, Round Lake. The fee is $8. Details, (847) 546-8558. Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton: 7:30 p.m. at El Lago Mexican Restaurant, 2216 Sheridan Road, Zion. Details ...Read more

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South China Morning Post (subscription), March 26th

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