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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Silsden detectorist hails 'greatest find'
Keighley News, April 24th

He recalls he would have been about 12 when he teamed up with a local bottle collector who would give him pennies for his finds. “I've always been interested in Time Team and I used to do bottle digging when I was a kid,” recalls Mr Hannon...Read more

Check out the yard sales in the local region, April 24th

May 2, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. The State of Franklin Antique Bottle and Collectibles Club show and sale includes sodas, medicines, milks, coins, tokens, post cards, fruit jars, advertising and table-top collectibles. For table rental or further information...Read more

New Avengers flick - is it a superfail?
Courier Mail, April 23rd

Everything old is new again. Find a treasure among the stalls selling everything from antique bottles and vinyl records, to toys and fashion at the Collectorville Vintage and Retro Fair at Rocklea Showgrounds on Sunday. 9. Only...Read more

London Marathon 2015: 'I'm running in memory of my partner who died at 36 last ...
The Independent, April 22nd

Her father gave her a vintage bottle of wine from her birth year. That was the last time alcohol touched her lips. Soon afterwards, she started saying that she felt bloated. Then two weeks later she started getting high temperatures. One evening, her...Read more

Close Shaves, Worthy Causes at Greenbush
Harborcountry News, April 22nd

The organizations were supported by the sale of raffle tickets that included top prizes such as free monthly meals for a year at Greenbush, vintage bottles of brews such as a 2012 vintage Delusion, and even the chance to work with Jake Demske to write...Read more

Cheers! 170-Year-Old Champagne Recovered From Shipwreck
NPR, April 22nd

The find offers a chance to compare old champagne to new. Chemical analysis showed the antique bottles of bubbly had six to seven times more sugar than Coke. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Turns out the cool bottom of ...Read more

Danh Vo Brings Tequila to Venice for First Artist-Curated Punta della Dogana ...
artnet News, April 21st

For the show in Venice, Vo has produced a limited-edition bottle collection of Casa Dragones' signature Joven variety. It's a project that sounds like a sponsorship deal, but was born of Vo's appreciation for the brand, its artisanally produced leaded...Read more

Genesee Valley Bottle Collectors Association hosts antique show
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, April 19th

Richard Addison from Springfield, Ohio, examines a mineral water bottle at the annual bottle and antique show hosted by the Genesee Valley Bottle Collector's Association at Roberts Wesleyan College on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Addison said the 425-mile ...Read more