Dating an antique bitters bottle

bark, taking only strips from one side of a tree before moving on to the next so as not to cut off fluid flow to the top of the tree, which would kill it.After about six to eight hours of work they harvested four pounds of bark.

For instance, according to Antique Bottle Trader, an amber glass blackberry brandy bottle with a star mark on it from the Pacific Glass Works was valued at about $2200 because only 15 of this bottle exist.

Understanding bottle markings can also help you spot a fake.

Did you know that in the 1970’s bottle collecting was one of the most popular hobbies in America? A picture of this new fangled equipment reminds one more of a Terminator movie than bottles.

But of course bottle collecting started much earlier than that. Did you know that Andrew Carnegie and Henry Ford collected old bottles? By 1914 Frederick William Hunter wrote Stiegel Glass which also looked at the Wistars and their association with glass in America. He points out it weighed 100,000 pounds and had an increased production capacity over the first commercial machine of 202%.

According to Historic Glasshouse, modern reproductions typically feature marks that include a date from before 1850.

The more you know about antique bottle markings, the better you'll be at finding a valuable and exciting antique bottle for your collection.

On e Bay, certain pontil bottles regularly sell for a few hundred dollars.

Scarcity is a significant factor in antique bottle values, and certain markings are very rare.

Ferdinand Meyer V, President, Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design.

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