Antique bottles stand out as one of the most popular collector’s items. To the uninitiated, this might seem strange. After all, what’s so desirable about an old bottle? Well, we’re here to tell you!


Whether you’re a casual collector or a dedicated labeorphilist, an antique bottle can fit into your life. You could have just one bottle, you could have a shelf worth, or you could fill an entire cabinet!


A bottle of 1920s Macallan whisky was sold for a record-breaking £2.1 million last year, but don’t let that put you off. Antique bottles come at a wide range of price points and are an accessible collection piece for those on a budget.

At OTSE, we have many bottles that cost under £10.


Above all else, the thing that makes antique bottles so popular is their variety. There really is something for everyone, and we’re here to walk you through a few of the most common options.


Breweriana is a highly in-demand subgenre of antiques. In simple terms, it encapsulates all things booze related. Antique alcohol bottles are loved by those who love history, and those who just love a drink.

These bottles come in a range of shapes, colours and sizes, making for a diverse collection.

Soft Drinks

If alcohol isn’t your thing, there are plenty of interesting soft drink bottles around too! These bottles may even be a source of nostalgia for some.

These milk bottles are sure to bring back memories of the days of dairy on your doorstep.


Antique bottles from chemists and pharmacies are another popular option. They offer an interesting peek into history, especially if they come with a label.

These bottles allow us to see the prescriptions from decades past. Some of it is similar to things we use today. This bottle of calcined magnesia may look mysterious, but it’s essentially an early antacid.

A clear bottle with a cork and some brown residue inside. The label reads "pure calcined magnesia."
Calcined Magnesia Bottle

On the other hand, this creosote poison bottle isn’t something you’d see in Boots these days!

A brown bottle with a label that says "creosote - poison"
Creosote Bottle


Although it is an abundant material, glass is not your only option when it comes to antique bottles. Stoneware is an alternative choice with a long lifespan and effortless elegance.

Stoneware was common in the 19th century because it was more durable than glass. This explains why it has stuck around so long for us to enjoy! Stoneware was also ideal for keeping contents at a consistent temperature. It was the perfect material to hold ginger beer.

And many more!

The great thing about collecting antique bottles is that the options are endless. You’re sure to find a niche that fits your specific tastes. Maybe you want to collect bottles of a particular colour regardless of shape or category. For example, an eclectic mix of blue bottles would make a gorgeous display.

If there’s a specific bottle you’re after, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’d be thrilled to help you expand your collection.

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On The Square Emporium is one of Ireland’s Largest Antiques shops stocking thousands of vintage and antique items including Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian furniture, desirable collectibles and stunning decor ideas for your home. Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact our team for help on sourcing it!