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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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(8) 1 qt glass Standard Oil bottles with carrier
Oct 23, 8:30 AM EDT
(8) 1 qt glass Standard Oil bottles with carrier
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$19011 Bids
2 molded glass flasks
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
2 molded glass flasks
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$3009 Bids
Molded pint American Eagle glass flask
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Molded pint American Eagle glass flask
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$1806 Bids
Historical Portrait and Eagle Bottles
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Historical Portrait and Eagle Bottles
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $150
$1106 Bids
Antique Sterling Silver and Crystal Cruet Set
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Sterling Silver and Crystal Cruet Set
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$1406 Bids
(2) Antique Glass Bottles
Oct 23, 9:30 AM EDT
(2) Antique Glass Bottles
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1254 Bids
Scarce half pint molded American Eagle & Cornucopia glass flask
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Scarce half pint molded American Eagle & Cornucopia glass flask
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$1104 Bids
Erie Railroad Carafe w/ Etched Diamond Logo
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Erie Railroad Carafe w/ Etched Diamond Logo
by Rail and Road Auctions
Est: $150- $275
$904 Bids
Three Early American Bottles
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Three Early American Bottles
by Caza Sikes
Est: $50- $75
$403 Bids
"For Pike's Peak" Ceredo Aqua Bottle
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
"For Pike's Peak" Ceredo Aqua Bottle
by Caza Sikes
Est: $25- $50
$403 Bids
Vintage Cobalt Glass Apothecary Bottle
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Cobalt Glass Apothecary Bottle
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$293 Bids
Advertising Blown Bottles Including Jenny Lind
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Advertising Blown Bottles Including Jenny Lind
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $200
$903 Bids
(2) Tall 1-quart glass oil bottles
Oct 23, 8:30 AM EDT
(2) Tall 1-quart glass oil bottles
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$302 Bids
Three Eagle Bottles
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Three Eagle Bottles
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $150
$702 Bids
Three "Union" Blown Glass Bottles
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Three "Union" Blown Glass Bottles
by Caza Sikes
Est: $150- $250
$702 Bids
10+ Medicine Bottles
Oct 26, 2:00 PM EDT
10+ Medicine Bottles
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$122 Bids
(2) Tokheim glass gas tank floats
Oct 23, 8:30 AM EDT
(2) Tokheim glass gas tank floats
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$302 Bids
Pair of glass apothecary bottles
Oct 23, 8:30 AM EDT
Pair of glass apothecary bottles
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$602 Bids
7 Assorted Blue Glass Vintage Medicine Bottles
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
7 Assorted Blue Glass Vintage Medicine Bottles
by Pace & Hong Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$81 Bid
A Large and Early Blown Glass Oval Bottle
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
A Large and Early Blown Glass Oval Bottle
by Caza Sikes
Est: $150- $250
$701 Bid
Cruet
Oct 23, 3:00 PM EDT
Cruet
by Bob Stutler's Auction
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Blown in a mold olive green glass half pint Eagle flask
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Blown in a mold olive green glass half pint Eagle flask
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$301 Bid
A D. MARIA FLASK
Oct 26, 7:00 PM WEST
A D. MARIA FLASK
by Renascimento
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid

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