Some sell for many thousands of dollars, but other relatively common examples can be found for to .
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The names of some of the quack cures sold during this era are laughable. These usually are 11 to 12 inches tall, cylindrical and often embossed. Hotaling & Co.”…“Shea Bocoureaz & Co., San Francisco, CAL”…and “Hanley Mercantile Co., San Francisco.” Whiskey bottles from 1860 to 1900 that lack embossing often sell for just $5 to $10.
Common examples often sell in the $25-to-$30 range. They tend to sell for $25 to $100, though very rare examples can bring significantly more. Some are made from beautiful straw-yellow or amber glass.
These four amber western whiskey bottles, dating between 18, sell for $25 each—“Mc Donald & Cohn, San Francisco”…“J. Perfume bottles from the 1940s or earlier can be extremely valuable.
The best look like elegant glass sculptures and are prized as works of art, not just collectible bottles.
Deep pockets often are required in this corner of the bottle-collecting world—prices often reach well into four or five figures.
Still, there are some attractive and collectible perfume bottles from the early 20th century that can be had for less than . Pre-1870 jars often sell for hundreds—particularly if they still have their original closures—but many fruit jars from the early-20th century sell for just to , sometimes less.
The five perfume and cologne bottles, pictured at the top of the previous page, range in height from three inches to six-and-a-half inches. This Canadian aqua quart “Excelsior,” dating between 18, sells for to .
Though the rarest and most desirable can sell for hundreds or thousands of dollars, many can be had for less than .
Antique bottles are more affordable than most antiques.
Among the categories that have robust collectors’ markets…
Historic glass whiskey flasks from the early-to-mid-1800s are extremely desirable collectibles.