Advanced Bottle Collector Links
Updated: January 21, 2015
BOTTLE MARK RESEARCH GROUP
Bill Lockhart, an internationally known archaeologist, bottle collector, and research expert is spearheading a group of fellow advanced collectors and archaeologists involved with gathering detailed bottle manufacturing data. They are encouraging everyone involved with bottle research to document all marks on bottles, including the shapes (e.g. arched versus straight) and locations of marks (e.g. heel versus base). They are learning much from local/regional studies that include recorded information on manufacturer marks, and have also learned a great deal from some of the numbers that are so rarely included. For more information about this fascinating project, contact Bill at:
602 South Florida Avenue
Bill’s E-Books are now hosted as .pdf files at Bill Lindsey's Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Historic Bottle Site. Each title is available for users to view and/or self-print. The links posted below connect to each volume's title page, table of contents, forward, and acknowledgements. To access individual chapters and appendices, visit the "Links" portion of the SHA site (see link posted below).
Bottles on the Border: The History and Bottles of the Soft Drink Industry in El Paso, Texas, 1881-2000 (revised 2010-2011)
Just Who in the Heck is Lula, Anyway? The Alamogordo, New Mexico, Carbonated Beverage Industry and Its Bottles (being revised during 2011)
You Can Whip Our Cream, But You Can't Beat Our Milk: The Dairies of Otero County, New Mexico, 1889 to 1977 (scheduled for revision)
HISTORIC GLASS BOTTLE IDENTIFICATION & INFORMATION WEBSITE
The Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) is the new web-based home for the Historic Bottle Website. This site is a particularly useful resource for the historical archaeology community, supporting SHA's goal "to promote scholarly research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology." Here’s an updated link to this highly informative site maintained by Bill Lindsey:
HIGH DESERT HISTORIC BOTTLE WEBSITE
Bill Lindsey’s "High Desert Historic Bottle Website" features an incredible list of medicinal tonics, books and bottles for sale, top quality photographs, and links to several other interesting sites:
THE CUTTING EDGE ON GLASS BOTTLE MANUFACTURERS’ MARKS
David Whitten maintains a fantastic web site with detailed information on glass bottle manufacturers’ marks:
The "dark purple," "light cobalt blue," "cornflower blue," "topaz," and other "rare color" irradiated Hutchinson bottles offered at antiques shops, bottle shows, and on-line auction sites continue to plague our hobby. Many unscrupulous sellers are permanently altering the glass color of these historical artifacts and several are committing blatant fraud by "forgetting" to label such bottles as having been irradiated. Help stop this travesty by refusing to buy their irradiated bottles! Here is a link to information about “Irradiated Glass from the Glass Encyclopedia:”
THE FEDERATION OF HISTORICAL BOTTLE COLLECTORS
Here's a link to the FOHBC's web site where you'll find information about club and individual membership, the Bottles And Extras bi-monthly journal, local and national bottle shows, a collector's database, and more:
This link takes you to Mr. Bottles' home page. Just imagine if collectors in every state joined together to build such useful resource sites!
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The Utah Collectors have enhanced their web site to include an on-line newsletter that includes digging news, bottles for sale, an article on bottle cleaning/tumbling, excellent photographs, member pages, and much more.
BRISTOL, TENNESSEE-VIRGINA COLLECTIBLE BOTTLES & THEIR HISTORY
Charlie Barnette's very interesting site provides historical information about the many types of bottles and related go-withs emanating from the adjacent cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia (plus Hutchinsons from the surrounding area of Southwest Virginia). He has also incorporated numerous illustrations. Charlie's site is an excellent example of a highly effective way to share information with one's fellow collectors. Check it out and consider how you too might similarly share information about your collecting specialty.
KOCA NOLA COMPANY HISTORY
Charles David Head's site provides historical information about the Koca Nola Company and their confirmed and suspected franchises, plus illustrations featuring early advertisements, bottles, and a variety of Koca Nola collectibles. The site also features: background information about Charles; details and ordering information for his book, A Head's Up On Koca Nola; reference sources; contact information; and links to related sites. KocaNola.com is an important building block in Charles' effort to "support and promote the collection, preservation, study, documentation, display, communication and sharing of information about everything related to Koca Nola." This site is a most welcome addition to our hobby's increasing body of available knowledge.
CHOSI'S ANTIQUE BOTTLES PAGE
outstanding web site is maintained by Potomac Bottle Collectors club
member Mike Cianciosi. Mike specializes in collecting D.C. and
AMERICAN BOTTLE AUCTIONS
If you aren't following Jeff Wichmann's on-line American Bottle Auctions, you're missing an opportunity to add incredible bottles to your collection. American Bottle Auctions "buy, consign and sell...old whiskey, bitters, sodas, water, beers, inks, flasks, spirit, medicine, historical, fruit and pickle jars, utility, barber, gin, Dutch onion, nippers and more!" Jeff's detailed bottle descriptions and high quality photographs have raised the bar on the conduct of on-line auctions. Page thru the recent auction listings and results and see what I'm raving about.
OLD WEST BOTTLES
Lou Lambert's site focuses on Western bottle collecting and digging stories, bottle histories, and includes top quality photos. This constantly changing site currently features an interesting article about bottle cleaning, bottle show listings, bottles for sale, and much more.
BEERS OF NORTH
Tod von Mechow designed his terrific site "to provide useful information for collectors, researchers, and novices on North American hand-made glass and pottery soda and beer bottles...This site is packed with information and listings of over 13,050 bottles with over 15,700 variants from over 7,500 firms." He has included brief histories of 177 manufacturers of soda and beer bottles, illustrations of 61 different soda and beer bottle closures, illustrations and photos of 51 different bottle shapes, over 3,000 bottle photos, and a fully indexed and searchable database. Be sure to add this site to your favorites, as you'll want to visit often! This site is the result of many years of effort and a wonderful contribution to our hobby's body of information. Thanks, Tod!
SODA BOTTLERS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND NORTHEAST TENNESSEE
This interesting site is Joseph T. Lee III's "contribution to the preservation of the local history of the Southwest Virginia and Tri-Cities area by researching...the soda bottling industry which I was surprised to find was quite prevalent in the Southwest Virginia area." Joe's site is an excellent example supporting my strong belief that sharing information about one's collecting specialty is a major ingredient in the fun of collecting. His high level of enthusiasm for collecting, researching, and sharing the information he is finding comes thru loud and clear. So, what contribution(s) have you made/are you making to our hobby?
PEACHRIDGE GLASS: ANTIQUE BOTTLE & GLASS NEWS
If you've yet to visit Ferd and Elizabeth Meyer's new web site, by all means check it out! In addition to current news about bottle and glass auctions, Ferd has posted links to many bottle-related sites and frequently updates the site. Ferd and Elizabeth have been instrumental in the development of the FOHBC's new site.
MT. GOTHIC TOMES AND RELIQUARY
We first discovered Brian Levine's very professional web site when he contacted us for additional information about HBCA membership. The photos of several rare Colorado mining town Hutchinsons posted on his site are a veritable feast for the eyes! Brian describes his business as "an intriguing mixture of...Western Americana, literary first editions, rare books, old maps, antique photographs, original artwork, and historic artifacts." Check out the wide variety of items he has listed (once you tear yourself away from the "Colorado Bottles, Historical" page!).
SAM EVANS' GEORGIA BOTTLE COLLECTING SITE
Sam Evans specializes in collecting Coca-Cola bottles from the state of Georgia. In addition to detailed information about Georgia Cokes, his site features material about other sodas and collectibles from Georgia, links to numerous other sites, and much more. Be sure to check out the "Hutchinson Bottle Checklist" section of the site listing Georgia Hutchinsons by city, including rarity ratings, dollar values, and many images.