Dating o i bottles
So machine-made bottles aren’t un-collectible, it’s just that what feeds the passion of most collectors through the years has been the earlier things from the late 18th century through the 19th century. My Historic Bottle website, the reason it has so many pictures of all different types of bottles is that I just love all old bottles, from the flasks to the medicines to the liquor bottles to whatever, soda. : The only thing I really specialize in is medicinal tonic bottles. It has a picture of a guy beating a skeleton – this is embossed on the front of it – beating a skeleton with a club, and it boldly states at the bottom, “Cures all diseases.” Tonic bottles are just a subcategory of the huge variety of patent medicine bottles.
Nobody seemed to collect tonic bottles much, so I just started collecting.
And those bottles date from right around the early 1860s when the first successful glass factory started in the Bay Area to the 1910, 1920 era when machines took over. Spring tonic, some claimed it rejuvenated and invigorated, back then during the great age of quackery.
Even after that point, people collect ACL, applied color labels, soda bottles which are machine-made, and milk bottles which are machine-made, the vast majority of them. There’s another one I have, not a tonic bottle but it’s called William Radam’s Microbe Killer.
Most all of the glass producers in the West in the 19th century were in the San Francisco Bay Area, there wasn’t any up here in the northwest until the early 1900s.
You can look at a good bottle, barrel-bitters or a figural one and you know it’s a good bottle. There’s also local appeal, like the soda bottle I was telling you about from the little town south of Klamath Falls of Merrill, Oregon. An equivalent Portland one would be a 20-dollar bottle.My uncle was in Arizona, near some of the old mining camps there. People had access with four-wheel drive vehicles and gas was cheap and time-off was more abundant.Then years passed and people started really hitting the ghost towns and mining camps and logging camps of the West.That generated a critical mass of collector interest.: I break them into eight different big categories on my Historic Bottle Website.