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GEORGIA BOTTLES
& GEORGIA POTTERY


BOTTLE
COLLECTING TIPS

Tortoise versus Hare Approach
to collecting bottles
 

Condition of the bottles

The condition of the bottle is everything !
I cannot stress enough, CONDITION !!!!!!!
Not just free of cracks or chips, but free
of all flaws such as case wear and scratches
One scratch can devalue the bottle as
much as 50%, often even more.
Case wear , mid-bottle rings is a deal
breaker if you want a "good condition"
bottle or "nice" bottle.  A bottle with a
scratch should not be called "very good
condition", because it's just not.
As a collector, you should strive to get
bottles that are in the very best condition.

Repairs are a deal breaker too.  Repairs
render the bottle virtually worthless to
a serious collector for a quality collection.
Repairs are not really repairs either.  The
proper term should be replacements.  You
cannot repair a lip or top, people
replace them with other tops and glue.
A bottle with a chipped lip is worth
more than a bottle with a replaced top.

If you have a damaged bottle in your
collection, a bottle with even a small
scratch, you should be looking for an
upgrade.  Always be on the lookout for
upgrades and stay away from damaged
bottles if you want a quality collection.
Sometimes, to have a bottle, you will
have to start with a damaged bottle
just to have one, but do not be
satisfied with it and upgrade when
you can.  I'm in the process of trying
to upgrade my bottles even if they only
have one small flea bite.  So, if
it can be avoided, stay away from bottles
with scratches, flea bites, and other flaws.
Only buy a damaged bottle if you intend
to upgrade it as soon as you can .

Also, you need "clean" bottles, not
stained, not cloudy, not frosty, but
clean and clear bottles in your collection.
CLEAN MEANS MORE GREEN
A clean bottle is almost always worth a
whole lot more than a frosty, dirty, stained
bottle, not only because it looks much
better but because until the bottle is clean,
many of the imperfections and damaged spots
do not show up.  To clean a bottle thoroughly
it needs to be tumbled in a machine built
for the purpose of cleaning bottles.  Clean
means your bottle is worth more green (money).
A dirty frosty bottle is worth at least 50% less.

Colorization of bottles affects the value in
a negative way as well.  Irradiation is used
by unscrupulous dealers to fool novice
bottle collectors.  A bottle that has been
turned purple, amethyst, brown, amber,
citron, yellow-green is worthless.  If it's
the original color, it's okay, but it's a deal
breaker if it's been colored artificially.

The bottom line is, condition affects value.
You should always try to have the best bottle
that you can find, and if you have one with
damage, as are some of mine, you should
always be looking for a better quality bottle
to replace it with so that you have the nicest
collection possible.  Don't settle for less than
the best that you can find for your collection.
 


More about
Fake Amber Cokes
and other fake bottles

Amber, Brown, amethyst,
and purple Georgia contour
(hobbleskirt) Coca-Cola
bottles are fake.  The color
is not original.  The bottles
have been colorized and this
devalues the bottle by 99%-100%.
A contour Coke that has been
colored has zero collectible value.
These bottles in their original state
are clear, green, aqua, blue, or
occassionally pinkish.  Brown,
amber, dark purple, and citron
were never original colors of contour
Coca-Cola bottles from Georgia towns.
Fake colored bottles abounds on Ebay,
so buyer beware.

The  bottle on the right is worth
several hundred dollars.  The bottle
on the left has been zapped and colored
purple artificially; it is now worth nothing.
The person who irradiated this rare bottle
has made it's value drop from hundreds of
dollars to absolutely nothing.  It's worthless.
 


Collector Lingo

BIM is Blown In Mold

BIMAL is Blown In Mold Applied Lip

FLEA BITE
is a tiny blemish no larger than the
head of a flea, head of a pin, or pencil
point.  A blemish any larger than this is
not a flea bite.  People who want to mininize
damage will try to make a chip sound
better by using this term, but it is very
misleading and untruthful.

SLUGPLATE or SLUG PLATE
does not refer to any specific type of bottle.
A slugplate is not a bottle.  A slugplate is on
a bottle, and on many different types of
bottles.  A slugplate is not anything of
value and is not desireable.  It does
not add to or take away from the value
of the bottles.  A slugplate is the area
on the bottle where there is a depression
in the glass, usally containing embossing.
Slugplates can be round, square, oval,
rectangular, or any shape and it makes
no difference in the value of the bottle.
Sometimes novices refer to Bottling
Works bottles as slugplates, but all
Bottling Works bottles may not show
a slugplate and others may have
multiple slugplates.  It's just depression
in the glass, not a type of bottle.

So, BIM, BIMAL, and Slugplate
are not anything special at all.
These do not add value or take
away value, just ignore it when
you see it in a title on Ebay.

ANTIQUE means at least 100 years old

VINTAGE does not mean "old" and 
does not refer to any specific era.
Vintage, when used correctly is
preceded by or followed by a specific
numerical year, for example Vintage 1901
or 1901 Vintage, not just used to mean old.
Vintage is the most misused word on Ebay.

ACL means Applied Color Label, also known
as Painted Label (not hand painted).

CHRISTMAS COKE is NOT a
DEC 25 1923 Coca-Cola bottle.
This bottle should be referred
to as a "23".  The date has NOTHING
to do with the Holiday.  It is the 
patent date of the bottle.

THANKSGIVING COKE is NOT
a NOV 16 1915 Coca-Cola bottle.
Thanksgiving is not on Nov. 16.
This date is the patent date of the
bottle.  This bottle should be
referred to as a "15".

The names Thanksgiving and Christmas
have been mis-applied to these two
different types of Coke bottles by
people who do not seem to understand
that these are patent dates of bottles which
at the time they were put into use were unlike
any previously used Coke bottle.  The 
15 replaced the straight sided bottle, and
the 23 is a slightly different shape and it
replaced the 15 Coke bottle.
The dates had NOTHING to do
with celebrating Holidays at that time.

A real Christmas Coke has a
picture of Santa Claus on it and
has NO value to a collector.


 


Collector Spotlight

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Lanier County
Georgia Pottery

REMEMBER, THE CONDITION OF THE BOTTLE MATTERS !

A BROKEN BOTTLE HAS VERY LITTLE VALUE,
HOWEVER, IT HAS MORE VALUE THAN A BOTTLE
THAT HAS A REPLACEMENT PART GLUED ON TO IT.
CONDITION MATTERS

CONDITION MATTERS
CONDITION MATTERS
CONDITION MATTERS
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