8.20.2013

Antique Bottle Décor

It was so hot at the Long Beach, California Antique market on Sunday, I started to leave without one purchase until I saw a big display of colorful old bottles.
I was remembering Sherry Hart's use of antique bottles and asked Dave, the proprietor a few questions about the bottles.  He,  and collectors like him, call themselves "diggers." 
Dave belongs to the Los Angeles Historical Bottle Club and finds these old medicine, soda, milk, liquor, etc. bottles deep in the earth using maps.    
The turquoise one was the most expensive that I bought ($22 down from $42).  It says Wood's Napa Soda. The others were $5 to $10 each.  Including a Soda Works bottle from San Bernardino, California (where I was born).  The lips on these were blown by hand.   They are all circa 1900 and some earlier. 

Dave gave me two little bottles for free.  This was one of them.

Although I like the patina on the old bottles, West Elm carries colorful bottles made from recycled glass.  These are pretty, too!

For now, the antique bottles are decorating my mantel...
but I think they would be pretty for a table setting or as gifts.


My friend, Debbie, also made a change in her kitchen.
She added this serene painting and the French plates in her nook.


Do you like to change/rotate things 
once in a while in your home, too?  

Participating in 
Wow Us Wednesdays

31 comments:

  1. my husband says he never knows where stuff is because i'm always moving things about. :)

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  2. I like that you were able to have some historical info on the bottles, it makes them just that much more special. They look great on the mantel.

    Usually when I get thing "right", I don't change it much!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  3. I'm constantly moving things one room to the next. I always need a change!

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  5. I'm with Blondie. Usually if I finally get things just right I leave well enough alone. But lately I've been inspired by several bloggers (including you!) to try to get a little more adventurous. After all, if I don't like it I can always go back to the original, right? Best, Beth C.

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  6. Love change and love the bottles, I have a few old bottles I placed on my window sill in the kitchen and also on my mantel. Bottles fascinate me, the shape the colors. I have on spritzer bottle that I want to make a collection of at least three. If you need a bottle fix, go to my bottles pinboard....http://pinterest.com/kathysue/bottles/ Lots to look at!!
    Happy Tuesday,
    Kathysue

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  7. The bottles look great on your mantel and add subtle color.It is great that you have historical information and that most were connected to the area. I have a neighbor who is a digger but he doesn't sell. To his wife's chagrin, he keeps all of them.
    There are many places for digging for historical artifacts near Savannah. Most farmers allow digging in their fields. Don't know what would happen if something really valuable were found. LOL!
    I used to change things up often but since my husband's retirement, there's not much time for a lot of changing. It's like having a two year old to take care of.
    Hugs, Ginger

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  8. Love the bottles - the colors are perfect!

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  9. We change/ rotate things, pretty much, on a daily basis around here. My husband never knows what to expect when he walks through the door!
    Love the glass bottles. So beachy!

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  10. Now I'm ok that I didn't get to Long Beach - My mind melts in the heat and I may have come home with those miniature painted toilets from mexico.

    You did very well! I especially like the two with printing. My mantel is usually a seasonal change. I am getting ready to switch it up soon. Cheers!

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  11. Those are gorgeous old bottles. When I visited our farm I remembered that my Uncle had a pile of bottles out behind one of the old sheds. It was winter so I couldn't get to them but I hope to go back this Fall. I love old bottles-

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  12. So pretty and fresh! The grouping looks wonderful on your mantel!!
    x Loi

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  13. Love your bottles and I have a collection on my dresser in the master. Do I like to change things? Hmmmmm, let me think.....YES

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  14. I have a few of these too! They migrate around .. :) Those french plates on the wall are so pretty. I have a few b&w porcelain plates that I need to find a spot for.

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  15. Hi Mary Ann,
    To think bottles were once blown by hand! I have heard about bottle "diggers"- I imagine it would be great fun finding an interesting old collection buried somewhere. I love their lovely patina and oh yes, your friend's painting is quite beautiful, as well!

    Change is the spice of life!!

    xo
    Mimi@A House Romance

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  16. Yep..love changing things up and never have glass bottles looked so pretty!!

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  17. Mary Ann,
    I love these found colored bottles! They are beautiful to use in so many ways!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Artists Feature

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  18. Ha! Can't imagine what I'd blog about if I wasn't constantly changing things up! Very pretty with the ferns.

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  19. Love the colorful bottles you found...great addition to your mantle...love changing things up...

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  20. Hi Mary Ann,
    Love the bottles. The colors look great in your room. I love to change things around too...variety is the spice of life!!

    Kristi

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  21. I love your old bottles! The colors are perfect in your room. I so enjoy the hunt for vintage and antique items. This puts me in the mood to visit some of our local antiques stores!
    Claudia

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  22. Mary Ann-
    You find the most beautiful and unique things! The turquoise is just perfect.
    Happy Wednesday.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  23. Do I like to change things???? Nah.......
    The bottles look great! For some reason I can't stop collecting them! Just found a few more the other day.....OCD.

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  24. What a fun way to add a touch of color to a room. I especially love the turquoise ones and the pale lavender ones. The little brown one looks just like one I dug up in our backyard many, like 30, years ago! I'll have to "dig" it out and put a pretty flower in it! And yes, I LOVE Debbie's new breakfast room wall. Where does she find such gorgeous paintings? Hope you're having a great week!
    xo

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  25. These are beautiful. How interesting about the "Diggers" Of course, your styling of the bottles is perfect!

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  26. Love the color these bottles add to your room! Xo Have a great weekend!

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  27. Love the bottles in decoration. So simple and so cute. Evelyne
    evelyne-home-interiors.blogspot.pt

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  28. Ok Mary Ann...the next time you come up for the LB Flea you must let me know! It would be fun to meet up. I live only about 5-10 minutes away from it. Love the bottles. I'm always a sucker for colored glass like that.

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  30. Hi. I just wanted to let you know the Napa Soda bottle is circa 1860. Napa Soda only bottled for a few years so it quite rare. It is worth far more than the $22 dollars you paid for it. Markota (1974) compiled a book on antique blob top soda bottles if you wanted to find out a little more information, but that book is equally rare. Hang onto that bottle! Great buy, and I like the way you have displayed your collection!

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