My Father, who passed away at 100 years old in 2015, left a large collection of old bottles (over a thousand). We are trying to figure out the best way of selling most of the collection. We do not know much about the bottles, so I thought I might post here to learn a bit about some of them. My Father never bought bottles; all were found, either in the Florida Keys or in several North Atlantic states from Virginia to New York.
I am beginning to photograph the bottles and would appreciate whatever information and comments you may be able to offer about them on the basis of these photos:
This aqua bottle is about ~4" tall; it is heavily whittled; it is embossed: "Patented MCH 6 83" on side; "BIXBY" on bottom.
My Father thought this bottle to be very old -- circa 1750 -- and hand-blown; it is about 9" tall. The surface of this bottle is very rough and discolored. It appears to be brown or dark amber. Below is a photo of the bottom, with the description that it was found on Content Key in July 1973:
We have several case bottles: