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11-28-2012, 08:35 PM
I was contacted by a women last week looking for info on bottles she had. She inherited a large bottle collection, from what she told me 150 liquor boxes full of them from an old time digger. She wanted me to do some research on these bottles, as a local antique dealer is interested in them. I have NO clue on the stuff she sent me. In my eyes, its mostly crap, but maybe my eyes are wrong.(they have been many times before)

A few of the pieces look like they could be OK, but I have no clues.

I am looking at helping her find homes for the bottles that are worthy of being sold. I possibly might buy some stuff if its good stuff.

Any help of the following stuff is appreciated.


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11-28-2012, 08:38 PM
I only posted some stuff that looked OK. I know some of the other stuff are just decorator bottles.

11-28-2012, 08:42 PM
First one is the infamous Persian Saddle Flask, will sell on Ebay for $50-200 depending on which kind of nut wants it...

11-28-2012, 08:43 PM
The second one looks like a Benedictine in an odd shape, the third one looks good...

11-28-2012, 09:25 PM
Not sure what the third one is supposed to be , but it sure is a pretty bottle . Can't say I have seen anything like that before .

11-28-2012, 09:32 PM
Well, they sure aren't dug! At least the ones posted. It kind of makes me doubt the lady's story...

11-28-2012, 10:02 PM
That could be some pretty good stuff. If you really want to help her, turn her on to somebody that really knows their stuff. If not so much help, offer her $50 more than the dealer offers her and take a chance. Find a bankroll if necessary. I would.

11-28-2012, 10:20 PM
You can have that philosophy , I tried that pig in the poke crap on several occasions and came up on the short end every time . If these bottles are from an old time collector , I would think that the bottles shown would have been much better than what is posted . To each their own though . Nothing like learning a lesson the hard way .

11-28-2012, 10:33 PM
Lets not make this a negative post, that isnt what I posted trying to start some big shemozzle.

I will note that she told me that this was just some of the stuff that an antique dealer picked out, and told her he was interested in. This is NOT the stuff that she says she thinks is best. The antique dealer obviously is doing what most dealers do, and look for the eye appeal of stuff to the general public. She told me she knows this wasnt dug stuff, obviously, and has only made it through half of the 150 boxes so far as she sorts it out. She knows nothing about bottles, so what she may think is good, may be crap and visa versa.

Thanks for the replies. I can at least tell her a bit about the stuff.

11-28-2012, 10:38 PM
Wasn't trying to be negative at all , just realistic . Good luck with your venture . Its hard to tell someone anything by seeing only what is posted . I hope she has a bunch of good ones .

11-29-2012, 10:15 AM
My theory is that if there are are 150 boxes of bottles there HAS to be some good ones in there somewhere. I'd go thru all of them to see whats what if that is possible! There mite even be a Nova Scotia bottle or jar floating around there somewhere...[;)]
Kyle, can u send me the name of that guy what fixes crocks and ginger beers? I'd an considering on getting that crock repaired.

11-29-2012, 08:37 PM
I think this is a Colts bottle, but it's not worth as much since they traded Peyton Manning.





11-29-2012, 08:42 PM
What you want to do is get access to the bottles and go through them yourself. Pick out the good stuff and research it if you need to. make an offer for the whole thing based on the value of the good stuff, of course remember you need to make money If you buy a collection and can't pay 100% on value, you will also probably end up with a lot recycling. The Persian bottles are really junk but sell well, the second bottle doesnt look good at all. The painted one is very interesting... I doubt the dealer knows anything about bottles... If your not local and not interested contact someone who is and give them an introduction. They oughta give you a finders fee of some type!

jays emporium
11-29-2012, 09:57 PM
If you can get access to the bottles yourself, 150 boxes is not that much to look through. You could probably get a good idea what's there in about 4 hours. If you don't know much about them get some group pictures, even just from the top of the box, and post them here and you should get some good advise.
I sometimes buy collections like that and offer enough to cover the top 20 bottles or so. Then there are usually a lot of medium priced bottles and a whole lot of total trash. Usually the people are just glad to get rid of them to someone who is interested.