This is the homepage of the New Jersey Antique Bottle Club. Here you will find club information and the most up to date show contracts for the Manville and Batsto antique bottle shows. We are a non-profit antique bottle and glass collector's organization of about 30 members.
 Our mission is to promote the hobby of antique bottle and glass collecting and the history associated with the manufacture of blowing and pressing glass by traditional methods. South Jersey is noted for its many nineteenth century glass houses and works. America's first successful glass works was founded by Caspar Wistar in 1739 on Alloway's Creek in Salem County. This works operated successfully for a period of 40 years. We interpret American glass as an art form that is produced by skilled craftsmen. Some of these craftsmen still blow glass today and we are committed to preserving this vanishing art form. Our club hosts three shows a year where members can display and trade antique bottles.


Brickliner Newsletter

The bi-monthly club E-Newsletter broadcast on social media and email subscription for FREE. Please feel free to submit any articles - ideas - comments or feedback to hipstor@outlook.com. (PDF format)

Volume 1, Number 1 - Jan. / Feb. 2014

Volume 1, Number 2 - Mar. / Apr. 2014

Photos from Recent Antique Bottle Shows & Meetings

A Bit About Bottle Basics


From the Corning Museum of Glass - This is a great introductory video on glass chemistry and how glass is made.

Dictionary of Glass and Glassmaking Terms, also from the Corning Museum of Glass.

From another perspective - here is an article from the Journal of Glass Studies on historical glass formulas: A Glass Recipe Book of the New England Glass Company (PDF) By Millard Rogers, Jr.

If your not sure what category your bottle fall into then take a look at: http://www.sha.org/bottle/typing.htm

Other Articles on Bottles and Glass


A New England Glass Company Masterpiece (PDF) - an article on an exquisite cut and engraved presentation vase by Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen

English Glass Imports In New York 1770-1790 by Arlene Palmer

Underwater Archeology - Discovery of Ancient Glass on the Corning Museum of Glass web site.

The Demise of the Big Beer Bottle in New Jersey (PDF) by Joe Butewicz


Interviews with Bottle Collectors from 2005

Norm Heckler (.doc) along with a Powerpoint file of photos (.ppt)

Dick Watson (.doc)

Tom McCandless (.doc)

Mark Vuono (2010)



A Few New Jersey Bottles

New Jersey bottles