You may focus your attention on collecting a particular category of bottles or a combination of types. The most common are:
Most bottle collectors are usually only interested in pre-1920s bottles. Most glass bottles after this date were machine manufactured and are less interesting than the more crudely made bottles.
When searching for bottles you could find really unique pieces that could prove to be valuable in the future. You may end up surprised at how old your bottles are, and how much they are worth.
This is particularly pleasing to people who find ancient bottles by accident such as scuba divers who find bottles in wrecks.
Each step in bottle collecting can be enjoyed by many hobbyists; whether it is the fun of digging, to displaying bottles after cleaning dug up ones. People who want to build a bottle collection but are not into digging can attain them from flea markets, car boot sales, auctions, antique fairs and bottle shows.
Many collectors opt to use shelving or a glass cabinet to display their collections. You can also learn more about your bottle collecting hobby and meet other collectors like yourself by going to bottle fairs, national shows and joining bottle collector clubs (mainly organized on a country basis).
You can find information online on bottle hunting as well as how to accurately date your antique bottles and maybe tips on starting, identifying caring for and buying and selling bottles from bottle collecting guides.
Internet research can also be helpful in providing you with information on bottlers active throughout the decades, contacts to antique dealers and photographs of other personal collections. You may also be able to buy collectibles from around the world on internet auction sites.
Additional things an avid bottle collector can do are visit pawn and curiosity shops, travel to other countries, and visit attics and garages. One may also subscribe to bottle collecting magazines and newsletters or purchase antique bottle books.
Meeting more experienced collectors can help you expand on your knowledge and buy or exchange bottles. In addition, getting a printed collector's guide with images and browsing the internet can help you determine the bottles’ rarity and ultimately their value.
There is also a variety of other items that turn up when digging for bottles which can be made into a collection as well, such as bottle caps.
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