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Common Antique Bottles


This page lists some of the common bottles that we receive so many questions about. In some cases, there is a link to more info about the bottles.

When we state a bottle is worthless, what we mean is that the bottle is deemed by bottle collectors to be either too common and/or undesirable, such that we could put it for sale at $1 at a bottle show and noone would buy it. The bottles listed below fall under the "worthless" category except where noted:

  1. Aspirin
  2. Atwood's Jaundice Bitters, though labeled examples and sample sizes have some value.
  3. Avon
  4. Bromo-Seltzer
  5. Dr. W.B. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin
  6. California Fig Syrup
  7. Capudine
  8. Carbona
  9. Celery-Caffein
  10. Certo
  11. Chamberlain Colic Cholera and Diarrhea Remedy
  12. Clorox
  13. Citrate of Magnesia
  14. Dalby's Carminative
  15. Duffy Whiskey
  16. Edison Battery Oil
  17. Father John's Medicine, Lowell, Mass
  18. Frostilla
  19. Grolsch Beer
  20. I.W. Harper (whiskey)
  21. Heinz
  22. Hick's Capudine (a Raleigh NC product)
  23. Hoyt's Cologne
  24. Javex
  25. Jim Beam (click link for more info)
  26. Dr. Kennedy's Favorite Remedy
  27. Dr King's New Discovery for Colds
  28. Lea & Perrins
  29. Listerine
  30. Lydia Pinkham's Medicine
  31. Lysol
  32. Murray & Lanman Florida Water (unless labeled or pontilled)
  33. Mellin's Food
  34. Milk of Magnesia (any brand, including Phillip's)
  35. Minard's Liniment
  36. Pinex
  37. Dr. Pitcher's Castoria
  38. Pond's Extract
  39. Purex
  40. Sauer's Extract
  41. Scott's Emulsion (some bottles embossed with fish)
  42. Three-In-One Oil
  43. Vaseline
  44. Vick's
  45. Watkin's (usually furniture polish or some other household product)
  46. Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup (but the pontilled examples are valuable).

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