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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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3 Small Bottle Flasks
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
3 Small Bottle Flasks
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2006 Bids
3 Aqua Eagle Flasks
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
3 Aqua Eagle Flasks
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$605 Bids
3 Aqua Flasks
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
3 Aqua Flasks
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$605 Bids
4 Early Bottles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
4 Early Bottles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$403 Bids
3 Early Bottles
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
3 Early Bottles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$403 Bids
VICTORIAN SILVER-PLATED AMBERINA CRUET SET
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
VICTORIAN SILVER-PLATED AMBERINA CRUET SET
by White's Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$1303 Bids
Three 19th Century Glass Gin Bottles,
Dec 14, 10:00 AM AEDT
Three 19th Century Glass Gin Bottles,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD603 Bids
Pair of old liturgical cruets
Dec 14, 7:00 PM EST
Pair of old liturgical cruets
by Champagne Auctions
Est: $350- $700
$3202 Bids
Shell Autooil Glasflasche
Dec 09, 12:00 PM CET
Shell Autooil Glasflasche
by Micky Waue Auktions GmbH
Est: €280- €320
€1302 Bids
4 Blue Bottles and 2 brown bottles
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
4 Blue Bottles and 2 brown bottles
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
Large Green Pontil Wine Bottle
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Large Green Pontil Wine Bottle
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$402 Bids
BV Glasflasche
Dec 09, 12:00 PM CET
BV Glasflasche
by Micky Waue Auktions GmbH
Est: €140- €180
€301 Bid
BP Glasflasche
Dec 09, 12:00 PM CET
BP Glasflasche
by Micky Waue Auktions GmbH
Est: €240- €280
€301 Bid
Oropol
Dec 09, 12:00 PM CET
Oropol
by Micky Waue Auktions GmbH
Est: €240- €280
€301 Bid
Antique McGinnis Pure Rye gold lettered barback decanter bottle
Dec 17, 7:00 PM EST
Antique McGinnis Pure Rye gold lettered barback decanter bottle
by Tunicks Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $300
$101 Bid
Group of 8 Assorted Apothecary Items
Dec 17, 9:00 AM CST
Group of 8 Assorted Apothecary Items
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Monkey Bottle
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Monkey Bottle
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
3 Nursing Bottles
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
3 Nursing Bottles
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
6 Aunt Jemima syrup bottles
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
6 Aunt Jemima syrup bottles
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Clear Glass Bottle with carrier
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
Clear Glass Bottle with carrier
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Group of 4 Glass Apothecary Bottles
Dec 17, 9:00 AM CST
Group of 4 Glass Apothecary Bottles
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
H.C. Hoover Bottle
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
H.C. Hoover Bottle
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
7 Green Bottles and 2 brown bottles
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
7 Green Bottles and 2 brown bottles
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Four Vintage Champagne Bottles.
Dec 17, 10:30 AM PST
Four Vintage Champagne Bottles.
by Turner Auctions + Appraisals
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Glass Bottles, Decanters & Flasks


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Wehrly's Auction Service

Wehrly's Auction Service