Big Finds in the Oddest Places—Cut Glass Flask
I have always thought the life of an archeologist would be a life of excitement, with heart-racing finds from civilizations long gone. Bottle diggers must […]
Sell Abroad or Stay Home?
Are foreign markets better for selling antiques than American markets? Collecting has gone global, thanks to the Internet. As a result, antiques and collectibles divide […]
Has the Glass Bubble Burst?
While not exactly Indiana Jones pursuing the ark of the covenant, Bill Lindsey—Worthpoint’s expert on antique and collectibles bottles—managed to unearth a rare Old Sachems […]
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Pontil Scars (But Were Afraid To Ask)?
One of the easier to identify and most consistently accurate indicators that a bottle was manufactured during or prior to the American Civil War (i.e., the 1860s or before) is the pontil scar present on the base.
Dating Bottles with the Side Mold Seam–The Myth
One of the most pervasive and longest running myths in the world of bottle dating is that the side mold seam can be read like a thermometer to determine the age of a bottle.(See image #1, which is an illustration pointing out the major “parts” of a bottle, including the side mold seam. Illustration from my Historic Bottle Website – a purely educational website.)
Collecting Antique Barber Bottles
The image of the old time barber shop complete with a swirling barber pole, steaming hot towels and straight edge razor now seems like an […]