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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Stephen Talmadge Brock, 80, 15-year foster parent for over 50 children
Port City Daily, January 30th

He collected Coca-Cola memorabilia that he cherished, antique bottles and coins. Tally is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sylvia Griffith Brock; daughters, Missy Reynolds and Amanda Hood; sons, Matt Burkie and Charlie Brock; two grandsons, Kris Brock ...Read more

My Unconventional Adventure Part II: Reporting at the 2014 American Music ...
Huffington Post, January 30th

After posing for selfies, drinking Coke out of a vintage bottle and meeting other journalists, we were ready to meet as many celebrities as we could! Before the show began, we jammed to Mary Lambert, R5 and Imagine Dragons. The first interview was with ...Read more

The Daily Voice, January 30th

Ottoman, Round Oak Table & 4 Chairs, Upholstered Armchair, Leather Ottoman, Henredon Coffee Table, Beds, Side Tables, Steuben Glass, Lighting, Glassware, Crystal, Vintage Bottles, Bronze Sculptures, Antique Maps, Pottery, American Slot Machine c...Read more

What's Old is New Again in Miami
Ocean Drive Magazine, January 29th

Situated in prime South Beach real estate, off 17th Street and Collins Avenue, The Regent Cocktail Club is worlds away from the nightlife that surrounds it, with its jazz nights and antique bottles on display. “We do research about the drinks popular...Read more

post a picture of your most prized beer possession?, January 29th

i was just wondering what everyones most prized beer possession to them, I personally dont have one because i'm not a bottle collector or age beers and beers normally don't last a day in my house... so just curious on what people have. bigdaddyjerry...Read more

Madame Saunier's Passion A Taste to Savor
Barron's, January 28th

Also on the block are three of Jayer's 1978 vintage bottles from Richebourg, a Grand Cru vineyard, that are estimated to sell for US$35,000 to US$50,000. Saunier's 99 lots are about 12% of the nearly 770 lots to be auctioned Saturday at the Grand Hyatt...Read more

Edmonton man pleads guilty to manslaughter after kicking bottle collector to death
Edmonton Sun, January 14th

Capital Towers suspicious death Paramedics put away a stretcher after it was determined that a body would not be transferred at the scene at a suspicious death at an apartment building on 101 Street and 106 Avenue in Edmonton, Alta., on Wednesday Jan...Read more

Nova Scotia's 'keeper of the cliffs' boasts impressive antique bottle collection
CTV News, January 12th

For decades, Don Reid has been known as the 'keeper of the cliffs.' Reid's large collection of fossils helped make Joggins, N.S. a World Heritage site, but Reid also boasts a collection of more than 2,000 antique bottles. He converted a garage into a ...Read more