Poison Bottles

Poison Blue BottleAs most of you know, hubby is a big time bottle collector, he even has a bottle machine set up to clean dirty bottles. A couple of years ago we took the summer off as a gift for retiring after 20 some odd years in the cricket farming business. We hooked onto our solar powered RV then set out following the bottle shows from Indiana to Reno Nevada. I really wanted to put a sign on the back of the camper Reno or Bust. Lol!

We had so much fun, I can tell you it is something that we will treasure for the rest of our lives on so many levels. At that time hubby was collecting ACL Bottles and buying up Poison bottles to sell to pay for our trip along with other things we picked up along the way.

Poison bottles caught my attention because I just love the skulls and cross bones on them. Most of them are cute tiny bottles in really nice colors. I could see why people back in the day could get the bottles mixed up with others of same size bottles in their medicine cabinets and maybe stumbling in the middle of the night for a couple of aspirins for a headache and popping a couple mouse poison tablets instead.

Most poison bottles are a different color than others and they would have raised embossed bumps or cross bone designs on the side of the bottle you could feel when you picked up the bottle to help prevent that dreaded late night mistake.

My favorite ones are the blue bottles. I noticed at the bottle show we went to last weekend that these bottles have gone out the roof in price at the shows. No way could we buy any for profit this time. I guess they all wised up.

Most of the time you can make a deal at the bottle show if you buy more than one bottle, the price is always negotiable and if you start going to them, you will become friends with other bottle collectors and find out what they are collecting and then you might be able to trade for a bottle that you want.

But as a collector, my advice is to buy what you like, even if it is more expensive than you were hoping. It will work out in the end. One day you will stumble on a bottle that you only have to pay a cheaper price for and then your more expensive bottle will not have cost so much as you figure it out as a whole investment.

The most popular among collectors is from the Owl Drug company, they have a owl logo on them and there are several versions out there made around 1892-1930. They made both hand blown and machine made. Hand blown in always the most expensive and most of the time valued more than the machine made.

Blue Poison BottleIf you want to know how to tell the difference. Look at the lip of any bottle. The lip of of a machine made bottle will have two vertical seams, while the lip on a blown in the mold, applied lip will have none.

See the picture…The line at the lip tells us this was machine made. But that is not a bad sign because some of them are still rare to find and all poison bottles are worth more than the average bottle. I think we sold this bottle for over $100…sweet.

You don’t have to be a collector to enjoy these bottles, they are so nice in color and size that they look great in your home or office as desk decor. If you want to find out more about poison bottles…

If you would like to find out more about collecting Poison bottles. This web page has much information and a club you can join.



Books on Collecting Bottles…
Collectors guide to poison bottles, vol. I-
Antique Trader Bottles Identification & Price Guide (Antique Trader Bottles Identification and Price Guide)

I really enjoyed looking at all the bottles and have found out new things to collect and look for just by going to the show. If you are looking for a bottle show in your area check on the side of my blog and look for one in your area.
Happy Bottle Collecting!

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