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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Final Off-Road Antiques Road Show Sunday
Ottumwacourier, July 28th

BONAPARTE — Bonaparte Main Street Inc. will host its 10th and final Off-Road Antiques Show Sunday at the Whiteley Opera House, 614 First St., Bonaparte. Doors will open at noon with show hours from 1-4 pm. This is an unique opportunity to have items ...Read more

Celebrating 40 fairs at the Adams Agricultural Fair
Berkshire Eagle, July 28th

In 1976, dairy and beef cow judging was added along with a flea market, an art show, children's arts performances and displays of farm tools and antique bottles. By 1978, the fair had expanded to three days of events including a horse show. In 1986...Read more

Man steals £20000 worth of iced tea, pours out contents, recycles bottles for £11
Metro, July 27th

From there the plan was simplicity itself – the men called a local plastic bottle collection firm to take the loot off their hands, and made off with a tidy £11 for their work. Split four ways over 12 hours, that's £2.75 each, or a little under 23p an...Read more

Spending: collecting vintage wines
Tulsa World, July 26th

Mike Benvenuti started his wine collection 20 years ago. He now has a 2,000-bottle collection that fills a room customized for wine storage in his California home. His axiom: “Buy what you like and share it with friends.” ...Read more

Bottle diggers search for antique bottles and jugs in Menomonie
WQOW TV News 18, July 20th

Menomonie (WQOW) - Digging deep in hopes of uncovering the past. It's a hobby that requires a little hard work and a lot of heart. After more than two decades of sinking their shovels these two bottle diggers are bound by more than the treasures they...Read more

Vintage bottles under the hammer in Penkridge
Staffordshire Newsletter, July 20th

Vintage bottles under the hammer in Penkridge. By Staffordshire Newsletter | Posted: July 20, 2014. CATALOGUE . . . Andrew Wilson of Old School Wines at Tittensor has helped to organise the sale. AUCTIONEER . . . Dave Eglington. Four bottles of Chateau ...Read more

600 glass bottle collection points set up at housing estates
7thSpace Interactive (press release), July 19th

From April to June 2014, the EPD set up 151 new glass bottle collection points to supplement the 449 existing ones in order to serve a total of 600 housing estates. The estates comprise 57 government quarters, 81 public rental housing estates and 462 ...Read more

German cities accused of freezing out poverty-stricken bottle collectors
The Guardian, July 2nd

In Berlin, where one in seven citizens lives on the verge of poverty and there is no ban on drinking alcohol on public transport, bottle collectors have been a social phenomenon since the 2006 World Cup. Yet this year most of the big public screenings...Read more