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    • October 29, 2012 8:54 AM CDT
    • We have an estate sale currently posted that closes on November 8, 2012 that has a sizable collection of antique bottles of all sorts and sizes.  This is located in Hanover County (near Richmond) VA.  What is posted is only a fraction of what bottles are there and the remainder will come in the second phase of this huge estate auction.  The website is from which you can determine if this is worthwhile for you if you are a collector/dealer in old bottles.  The pics are just a sampling of what is online and what will be come up at future auction.  Thanks and good luck to everyone who may wish to participate.

    • October 10, 2012 9:43 PM CDT
    • That's great Kay! I never thought of the audience for bottle collectors. I will say though that the dead animals would probably deter me :)

    • October 10, 2012 8:47 PM CDT
    • I have washed mine since the day I held a brown bottle to light and there was the mummified carcas of not one, but 2 mice inside.  A lot of mine came from the town dump, which they burned regularly. The stuff in and on the outside of the bottles is practically fired on.


      I mostly sell to bottle collectors and they probably have their own process to get bottles the way they like them.  I sell some turquoise bottles for home decorating but most of my bottles go to guys who know more about them than I do. 


    • August 15, 2012 3:57 PM CDT
    • I have always cleaned them, in the same manor Daye used.  The last thing I want is spders crawling out them in the house.

       I found that Cascade worked really well and left less spots on them. 

    • July 31, 2011 8:05 AM CDT
    • I purchased a book on bottles during the week. The information in the book says that a great place to look for bottles in old outhouse locations. It says that people throwing them into the 'toilet' was not uncommon. Based on that information...I will forever clean an old bottle - if it drives the price down a little then, so be it.

    • July 30, 2011 2:08 PM CDT
    • My parents had this same delima with some bottles that my dad discovered. I advised them to clean them, but very gently as not to damage them. I would think that anyone buying them would want them to be cleaned, and I'm by far, not an antique expert, but I guess I've just never seen a filthy bottle up for sale in the Mall before.

    • July 26, 2011 6:15 AM CDT
    • Great question! I just bought an old pharmacy bottle and would like to know what to do with it.

    • July 25, 2011 11:30 PM CDT
    • The other day Mark and I picked up a couple of old Purex bottles and of course they were disgusting inside and of course the openings are too small to get a scrubber inside. 


      After thinking about it for a bit we came up with a solution that worked beautifully.  We poured about a quarter cup of steel slag (used for sand blasting), some water and a dot of soap and swooshed...and swooshed.  All clean.


      Now the question is - would people prefer to buy them filthy and we should not have cleaned them?

    • June 29, 2011 7:56 PM CDT
    • Check out this article. This shows that the bottle market is not dead and you could be sitting on a gold mine!!!


      You can read the full article at:


      WOODSTOCK VALLEY, CT - Prices soared as the autumn leaves fell at the Heckler October 27th antique bottle and glass auction. The auction consisted of 100 bottles and glass related items that included fine example from several major bottle and glass collecting categories.

      Results were particularly strong in the historical flask category with more Record Setting Prices achieved. Hecklers March 2010 auction had previously set the record for an antique glass bottle, a General Washington/ eagle flask, GI-14, circa 1820, in a deep sapphire blue, that realized a then unheard of $100,620 with buyers premium.

      But the record was soon broken in this auction - an 1820–40 historical flask with a bust of General Jackson on one side and an eagle on the other was made by John Robinson Manufacturers, Pittsburgh, PA., and was highly sought after for its condition, rare color, (a brilliant yellow green), and a very strong embossing. The flask was estimated at $40,000/$80,000 but sold for a record-breaking $176,670 with buyer’s premium!



      Prices were similarly strong for other flasks and glass items across other antique glass categories. A Philadelphia General Washington/ Eagle flask, GI-14, circa 1820, in a deep sapphire blue achieved $69,030, and a Washington bust and “Albany Glass Works/Albany NY” sailing frigate portrait flask, 1847–50, in a rare brilliant yellowish-olive color achieved $51,480. A “Jenny Lind” bust “(Glasshouse)/S. Huffsey” portrait calabash flask, probably Isabella Glass Works, New Brooklyn, N.J., 1845–60 in a beautiful sapphire blue quart sold for $36,270.


      Other highlights included a Washington bust portrait flask,Albany Glassworks, in golden amber which brought more than twice its high estimate at $34,000 and a rare eagle and cornucopia historical flask, Pitkin Glass Works, Manchester, Conn., in a pale yellow-olive, which sold for $36,270.


      Other glass items in the sale included a pleasing variety of freeblown glass, bitters, seal wine bottles, medicines and more. A rare and beautiful pattern molded creamer in a ten-diamond pattern, Zanesville Glass Works, Zanesville, Ohio, 1820–50, sold for $17,550.

      Another interesting and rare item was a wine bottle with “W/Floyd/1790” seal, possibly American, brought $9,945. Thought to be one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence William Floyd was born in 1734 on Long Island, New York and died in 1821 on land acquired along the Mohawk River. Floyd was also a Major General in the army of the Revolutionary War.



    • June 29, 2011 2:48 PM CDT
    • Hello all and Welcome to the Bottles forum.

      Here all are welcome, bottle collectors, diggers, traders and anybody with an interest in bottles.

      Here we can get together and research the history and contents of old (or newer) bottles.

      Here we will do our best to answer any and all of your questions the best we can.

      Also if you would like to just show off your collection or a bottle you just recently came across, we would love to see them.

      Take care,