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"Greatest Hits" From My Modest Collection

Shades of History

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I've got quite a few more on my main shelf I haven't shared yet, plus one a couple still on the way. Think I might post a couple more tonight, just not sure which ones first.
 

Shades of History

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Alright, got some time to post a couple more. This one is an 1890s ammonia bottle with a really nice citron yellow green color. It's slick except for the little 3.A. embossing on the bottom. SUPER crude/whittled. It has a bit of haze staining but otherwise perfect condition.
 

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Shades of History

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Here's a little cologne in an odd and cool color, sort of a peachy apricot orange amber. It's blown in mold and embossed with these little ocean waves or something, some sort of pattern. Not sure how old it is but it isn't recent. My guess is late 1800s to early 1910's.
 

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Shades of History

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Some little late bright colored 1800s BIM slicks, all super clean and minty. think they are all medicines but definitely the cobalt is. These were all inexpensive bottles 10-$15 a piece on eBay. The one with the cork(probably original) is a three piece mold. The four sided one, I just love the shape and color combo, some nice tooling marks around the neck. The blue on the cobalt vial is just outrageous, and the glass is thick and crude and full of bubbles.
 

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Shades of History

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I sort of explained about my "style" in another post, but in case it isn't obvious by now;) it's a bit ecclectic with a few defining categories and themes. I collect mainly slick bottles and a few embossed ones, mainly pre-1900 but I do have a section of very nice early machine made bottles. some things I really like: odd and attractive shapes, unique and rare colors, oddballs with character, early pontils and utility bottles, and anything cool that just catches my eye.
 

Shades of History

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And here's my early pontils. The "newest" in age and to my collection is the applied handle one. It's British(pretty sure English specifically). It's a utility bottle with a crude and slightly off center applied handle and open pontil from the 1850s. Nice thick found glass, crude in some areas but well made and structurally sound. Little one is New England, 1830s the latest utility, medicine, maybe ink. The Aqua is a great archetypical example of your standard 1840's pontils "puff" medicine, twisted looking neck and crude applied top. The big one is my most expensive. It's a big Danish utility from the 1770s. I got it for )$110 shipped and all, but seen similar European bottles go for close to $500 on the high end. It has an extreme amount of character and is the centerpiece to my early pontils and perhaps my entire collection.
 

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tsims

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I sort of explained about my "style" in another post, but in case it isn't obvious by now;) it's a bit ecclectic with a few defining categories and themes. I collect mainly slick bottles and a few embossed ones, mainly pre-1900 but I do have a section of very nice early machine made bottles. some things I really like: odd and attractive shapes, unique and rare colors, oddballs with character, early pontils and utility bottles, and anything cool that just catches my eye.
Different and unique is where it's at, every piece it's own character right?
 

Nickneff

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Jan 6, 2021
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Alright, got some time to post a couple more. This one is an 1890s ammonia bottle with a really nice citron yellow green color. It's slick except for the little 3.A. embossing on the bottom. SUPER crude/whittled. It has a bit of haze staining but otherwise perfect condition.
if that bottle was embossed on a face woo-wee that sucker would be a killer piece even though it doesn't have writing it still sweet I like the color you could try some baby oil on a rag that could possibly get your cloudiness out but all in all that's a really nice bottle
 

Nickneff

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Jan 6, 2021
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Some little late bright colored 1800s BIM slicks, all super clean and minty. think they are all medicines but definitely the cobalt is. These were all inexpensive bottles 10-$15 a piece on eBay. The one with the cork(probably original) is a three piece mold. The four sided one, I just love the shape and color combo, some nice tooling marks around the neck. The blue on the cobalt vial is just outrageous, and the glass is thick and crude and full of bubbles.
Nice Cobalt
 

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