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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Hummingbird feeders surround a vintage bottle in this work by Mary Kay Shannon. (Carlos Javier Sanchez - Sun-News). "I get so easily bored that I'm always coming up with new ... "My great-grandmother, Emma Baker, was a bottle collector and I used to go...Read more

Sheba Chapter No. 14 helping with pill bottle collection
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Sheba Chapter No. 14 Order of Eastern Stars recently launched a local pill bottle collection in conjunction with Matthew 25: Ministries from Cincinnati, which sponsors a Pill Bottle Ministry. Worthy Matron Cassandra Block, who heads up the Sheba...Read more

Learn about past at antique bottle, pottery exhibit
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The sixth annual Antique Bottle and Pottery Show will be an opportunity to learn about the past. “We don't just show you bottles ... The Horse Creek Bottle and Pottery Club is a member of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors. Dede Biles is a...Read more

Antique soda, beer bottles unearthed at St. Croix bridge site
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Crews working on the St. Croix River bridge project this week uncovered two glass bottles that date back to the early 1900s. The clear bottle came from the Joseph Wolf Brewery Co. and the bottle with the light-green tint is from soda pop manufacturer...Read more

Owatonna man, Faribault woman charged with attempted theft of antique bottles ..., April 10th

WASECA —The attempted theft of antique bottles from a vacant farm in rural Waseca could send a couple to jail. Dona Lynette Hummel, 47, of Faribault, and Mark Terrance Ross, 52, of Owatonna, were reportedly on a motorcycle ride on May 17, 2012, when ...Read more

Two charged with attempted theft of antique bottles in Waseca County, April 9th

The attempted theft of antique bottles from a vacant farm in rural Waseca could send a couple to jail. Dona Lynette Hummel, 47, of Faribault, and Mark Terrance Ross, 52, of Owatonna, were reportedly on a motorcycle ride on May 17, 2012, when they...Read more

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Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has continued to expand the glass bottle recycling network and in the first quarter of this year an additional 128 glass bottle collection points were set up in different housing estates...Read more

Antique Bottles on display in Morro Bay
The San Luis Obispo Tribune, March 30th

Thousands of antique bottles of all shapes and sizes, glass toys, insulators, ornaments and containers were on display at the Morro Bay Veteran's Hall Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30, 2014. Some bottles were worth a few dollars, others were rare...Read more