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Glass Bottles, Decanters & Flasks

The most elegant manner in which to store and serve a liquid, antique glass bottles, decanters, and flasks hold their own tradition within the larger field of glassmaking. Serving functional needs, these antique glass vessels are also imbued with breathtaking beauty by reflecting some of the most celebrated techniques and trends in glassmaking history.

The concept of a hollow cavity created from glass dates back to some of the earliest days of glass blowing. However, the notion of specialized forms of bottles and decanters did not become popular until the 17th century, as elegant settings demanded equally refined glassware to store liqueurs or other liquids.

The popularity of bottle and decanter glassware grew over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. It was augmented in part by the early 1800s development of technology to produce regularized glass bottle and flask shapes. The evolution in glassmaking technologies as well as the evolving taste of glassware consumers is revealed in antique glass containers, from more utilitarian bottles and flasks to elegantly honed decanters.


Quick Facts

  • One of the world's oldest intact glass bottles is the Speyer wine bottle, which is also one of the world's oldest surviving bottles of wine. Dating to the 4th century A.D., the bottle was unearthed in 1867 near Speyer, Germany and still remains sealed in the city's history museum
  • Some of the most collectible antique American flasks are early 19th century historical flasks. So named for the fact that they bore images of famous American figures, these flasks chronicled major moments in American history
  • One of the highest prices for a glass bottle and flask was achieved at a Christie's Paris sale in 2009. The vessel, created by 20th century designer Maurice Marinot and shaped after a flattened gourd, sold for $66,261

Recommended Items at Auction

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GOLDEN FLEECE ONE QUART OIL BOTTLE
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
GOLDEN FLEECE ONE QUART OIL BOTTLE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD608 Bids
(2) Green Glass Demijohns
Feb 22, 9:00 AM EST
(2) Green Glass Demijohns
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$606 Bids
Two Bottles/Cup Marked Stanley/Frank Green
Feb 24, 10:00 AM AEDT
Two Bottles/Cup Marked Stanley/Frank Green
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD606 Bids
Collection of (9) Antique Glass Flasks
Feb 22, 9:00 AM EST
Collection of (9) Antique Glass Flasks
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$606 Bids
Antique Glass Flasks
Feb 22, 9:00 AM EST
Antique Glass Flasks
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$706 Bids
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PAIR OF DEMIJOHNS S.R.D
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
PAIR OF DEMIJOHNS S.R.D
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD656 Bids
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LOT OF VINTAGE BOTTLES INC. OWEN GARDINER & SONS SOFT DRINK BOTTLE, BOONAHS. S. W CO LTD, ECLIPSE BREWING COMPANY
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF VINTAGE BOTTLES INC. OWEN GARDINER & SONS SOFT DRINK BOTTLE, BOONAHS. S. W CO LTD, ECLIPSE BREWING COMPANY
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD1306 Bids
A John Walker & Sons Ltd glass bottle (H:28cm)
Feb 22, 1:00 PM AEDT
A John Walker & Sons Ltd glass bottle (H:28cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD505 Bids
Marquette Mfg. Oil Bottle Carrier & 8 Glass Bottles
Feb 26, 4:00 PM EST
Marquette Mfg. Oil Bottle Carrier & 8 Glass Bottles
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1254 Bids
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RETRO SODA SYPHON INC. 2X SODA BULBS + ITALIAN AMBER GLASS CARAFE
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
RETRO SODA SYPHON INC. 2X SODA BULBS + ITALIAN AMBER GLASS CARAFE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD203 Bids
Three Bottles Marked Pargo
Feb 24, 10:00 AM AEDT
Three Bottles Marked Pargo
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD253 Bids
A Group of Drinking Vessels Including Bottle Marked Memo
Feb 24, 10:00 AM AEDT
A Group of Drinking Vessels Including Bottle Marked Memo
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD253 Bids
Antique Gin Bottles
Mar 01, 5:00 PM EST
Antique Gin Bottles
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$103 Bids
A box of miniature liqueur bottles
Feb 22, 2:00 PM AEDT
A box of miniature liqueur bottles
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD303 Bids
A box of miniature liqueur bottles
Feb 22, 2:00 PM AEDT
A box of miniature liqueur bottles
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD503 Bids
Two Crystal Whiskey Decanters 30cm x 29cm
Feb 25, 12:00 PM AEDT
Two Crystal Whiskey Decanters 30cm x 29cm
by Pottle Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD202 Bids
HAND BLOWN AND DECORATED URANIUM GLASS CRUET VINTAGE ANTIQUE
Feb 26, 1:00 PM CST
HAND BLOWN AND DECORATED URANIUM GLASS CRUET VINTAGE ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$82 Bids
(3) Glass Bottles With Stoppers
Feb 24, 10:00 AM MST
(3) Glass Bottles With Stoppers
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Collection Apothecary Bottles
Mar 03, 10:00 AM CST
Collection Apothecary Bottles
by Rivich Auction
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
box of 17 bottles
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
box of 17 bottles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Vintage Swirled Cranberry Glass Cruet
Feb 24, 9:00 AM CST
Vintage Swirled Cranberry Glass Cruet
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
BLOWN GLASS AQUA GREEN DEMI JOHN, ROUGH PONTIL 18 1/2" X 13 1/2"
Mar 03, 10:30 AM EST
BLOWN GLASS AQUA GREEN DEMI JOHN, ROUGH PONTIL 18 1/2" X 13 1/2"
by Carlsen Gallery, Inc.
Est: $200- $500
$1001 Bid
EARLY 19TH C. ENGLISH TRAVELER'S LIQUOR CASE
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
EARLY 19TH C. ENGLISH TRAVELER'S LIQUOR CASE
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Blown olive green Pitkin flask
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Blown olive green Pitkin flask
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Glass Bottles, Decanters & Flasks


Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Martel Maides

Martel Maides

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer