You'll find a picture of every bottle listed along with accurate descriptions and up-to-date prices. FIND OUT " bottles are generally the earliest an America, dating from the 1600s to the late 1850s)." Iron Pontil" bottles range in age between 18.Bottles made after the Civil War but before the first World War are referred to as "smooth based".While some are content to recall the era of the milkman, others keep the memory alive by collecting vintage milk bottles from the late 1800s through the mid-20th century, when waxed-paper cartons sold in supermarkets put many local milkmen out of business.In the late 19th century, milk was routinely scooped directly from the farmer’s churn into jugs that customers would leave on their doorsteps.There are twelve important factors that determine the value of any antique bottle.Any one of these factors is frequently not sufficient in and of itself to make a bottle valuable.Only a few years ago bottles in these two categories rarely brought more than a few dollars but as interest in these categories increased so did the price. Whenever demand increases or outstrips the supply of a collectible, the price goes up.Digger Odell's Antique Bottle & Glass Collector Magazine Price Guide Series has volumes different categories listing thousands of antique bottles that have sold at auction.
Early Thatcher “milk protector” bottles are embossed with a seated Quaker farmer milking a cow.
Beginning collectors often confuse an Owen's ring with a pontil mark and it is easy to see why this happens.
The pictures below are from two early machine made medicine bottles.
It is the combination of these factors that determine value.
Recently milk bottles and painted label soda bottles, both of which were made after the turn of the century, have become collectible because there is a good supply of these items and there is great variety of both types of bottles.