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The British Antique Bottle forum was founded by dedicated antique bottle collectors Wayne Richards & Paul Best, originally started in early 2007 our community has gone from strength to strength over the years attracting bottle collectors from across the globe, we first launched a website to run alongside of our forum in 2010 and updated to this new version in 2013, we are a friendly online community founded for like minded collectors of antique bottles, pot lids, jars, advertising, brewery memorabilia and related items to meet up and share stories and photos regarding the hobby, our online community which is totally funded by the kind support of our members with the aim of promoting and publicizing the hobby and related events and hopefully ensure the hobby continues onto the younger generation, early in 2012 we linked up with the Australian Antique Bottle Forum and became “sister forums” creating a link between the collectors in Great Britain and our good friends in Australia.Once you have registered with our community you will have access to view 1000′s of images of antique bottles and related collectable’s from across the world that have been submitted by our members, we hold monthly competitions and polls so you can enter your favorite, newly acquired and dug items, and then vote on items entered at the end of the month, we post the latest updates about bottle shows, clubs and other events, there is a large number of interesting articles relating to company histories including archive photos of 100′s of old businesses dating from the 1800′s such as public houses, breweries, drug stores, advertising, you will also be able to view photos and digging reports posted by our members from long forgotten old Victorian and Edwardian refuse dumps, our members and forum team have a vast experience in the identification of antique bottles and related items between them and are always on hand to help wherever they can.the pontil is actually broken glass where the metal rod used to hold the bottle while the lip was form was broken off leaving a sharp scar.Beginning collectors often confuse an Owen's ring with a pontil mark and it is easy to see why this happens.Notice also how unlike most pontil marks, the Owens ring covers the whole base of this bottle.
Note the diagonal line which cuts across the base is obliterated by the Owens Ring (the large off-center curcular feature). the base is crudely made for a machine made bottle.Click here for the latest news from across the packaging industry. Beautiful example of a 19th Century Victorian antique moulded and polished glass perfume bottle, hand decorated with gilding.Key sections include dating, typing/typology, glassmaking, colors, finishes, bodies and seams, bases, fragment identification and a glossary.We have put together this website to promote our online community along with the hobby of digging and collecting antique bottles and pots, we hope to share some information explaining what our hobby is all about and we have included a gallery of photos to give you an introduction to what we are all about and some details about our online forum.