Ask the appraiser if he or she has experience in determining the value of old bottles before you decide to have your piece appraised.Ask for recommendations of local appraisers at antique stores in your area.

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The scar was left when the pontil was detached from the bottle. If the seams disappear in the neck, the bottle was probably "blown-in-mold" and dates circa 1820 to early 1900s.

Is a pontil mark present along with disappearing side mold seams? Do the mold seams disappear in the neck, but the bottle lacks a pontil mark?

Old glass milk bottles are popular with collectors and antiques enthusiasts, and they make versatile and attractive decorative items in the home.

Understanding which bottles are actually antique and knowing where to buy old milk bottles can help you sort out the treasures from the trash.

Take a look at your piece and see which category seems to fit it best: Your bottle will may have a label or some other identifying mark.

These labels prevented competitors from reusing the bottles of another manufacturer and ensured the bottles made it back to the correct dairy for refilling.

Blown-in-mold bottles without pontil marks date circa 1860s to 1910s.

Do the mold seams go all the way from the base to the lip?

Whether you're a serious collector in search of really rare and valuable milk bottles or a casual enthusiast who loves buying area antiques, there are thousands of these bottles to choose from.

Educating yourself about the types of bottles and the market in general will help make this an even more satisfying hobby.

These humble glass pieces were designed for putting up fruits and vegetables in the days before refrigeration.