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bottle hunting with scuba   Bottle Collecting

Diver Dan Berg digging for bottles while diving around a shipwreck in the Thousand Islands. Divers often have a unique opportunity to find bottles lost on shipwrecks or tossed into almost any waterway. Bottles can be found in lakes, rivers, old mooring areas etc. Photo by Joe Koppelman.

Hunting Antique Bottles

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Bottle Collecting Suggested Reading

     
     
  Hunting Antique Bottles
 in the Marine Environment

The complete field guide for finding and identifying antique bottles

     
     

 

     
     
Capt. Jim Wilson and Dan Berg with a beautiful Shoe shaped ink well recovered from the Oregon Shipwreck. Photo by Ed Slater.  
     
     

 

     
     
  Diver Jim Fazzalore recovered this Saratoga spring water Congress bottle while digging for artifacts on the Oregon shipwreck. Photo by Dan Berg.
     
     

 

     
     
One of the most interesting bottles I ever found at was a late 1800ís vintage Hutchison with a clam inside it. The clam had thrived inside the bottle and was now much larger than the bottles opening.  
     
     

 

     
     
"Johnny Walker & sons" dark green Whiskey bottle. Recovered from the  Prohibition rum runner Lizzie D Wreck
by Capt. Dan Berg
  bottle from the lizzie d shipwreck
     
     

 

     
     
blob top bottle found while beach diving   1880's Blob Top bottle recovered from the Old Ferry Pier a beach dive on Long Island NY's South Shore. Embossing was made with dedicated mold. Courtesy Capt. Dan Berg
     
     


 

     
     
Recovered from Constellation Wreck
in Bermuda by Capt. Dan Berg
 
     
     

 

     
     
Bitters Bottle recovered from the Emerald shipwreck   Bitters Bottle recovered from the Emerald wreck
by Enrique Alverez.
     
     

 

     
     
Congress Sping Water bottle. Recovered from the Emerald wreck
by Capt. Dan Berg
 
     
     

 

     
     
elfast Ginger ale round bottom blob top bottle was recovered from the Black Warrior shipwreck   This Belfast Ginger ale round bottom blob top bottle was recovered from the Black Warrior wreck
by Capt. Dan Berg
     
     

 

     
     
black glass bottle   Black Glass Onion Bottle,

Courtesy Ed Slater

     
     

 

     
     
case gin black bottle   Black Glass case gin

Courtesy Ed Slater

     
     

 

     
     
  Medicine Bottle Recovered
by Capt. Dan Berg from
Garvies Point a beach dive on the
North Shore of Long Island.
     
     

 

     
     
blue dial a dose bottle recovered from the Tarantula shipwreck   Dial a Dose bottle Recovered
by Capt. Dan Berg
from the Tarantula Shipwreck
     
     

 

     
     
Bottle hunting in the Thousand Islands. Photo by Dan Berg.   bottle hunting in the Thousand Islands
     
     

 

     
     
  Ceramic bottles Recovered from Thousand Islands.
by Capt. Rick Schwartz
     
     

 

     
     
shoe bottle recovered from the Oregon shipwreck   Shoe ink well. Recovered from the Oregon Shipwreck
Photo by Capt. Dan Berg
     
     

 

     
     
  Congress bottle. Recovered from the Oregon Shipwreck
By Jimmy Fazzalorie. Photo by Capt. Dan Berg
     
     

 

     
     
Bottle recovered from the USS San Diego shipwreck   Many wrecks hold bottles and many beach dive sites also offer excellent bottle hunting. Capt. Hank Garvin with bottles recovered from the USS San Diego sunk 1918.San Diego wreck
     
     

 

     
     
Capt. Dan Berg with bottles recovered from the Lizzie D wreck  a prohibition rumrunner sunk in the 1920's.   Capt. Dan Berg with bottles recovered from the Lizzie D wreck  a prohibition rumrunner sunk in the 1920's.
     
     

 

     
     
  Capt. Dan, Jimmy Faz and Capt. Ed Slater with assortment of round bottom, torpedo bottom and whiskey bottles recovered from the Oregon wreck sunk 1886.
     
     

 

     
     
Capt. Hank Garvin with an intact bottle from the Emerald Wreck sunk 1860's   Round bottom, blob top Ginger Ale bottle. Capt. Hank Garvin with an intact bottle from the Emerald Wreck sunk 1860's
     
     

 

     
     
  Capt. Ed recovered this black glass case gin (1700's) bottle while beach diving off Long Island.
     
     

 

     
     
  Codd bottle. This Marble Stopper bottle was recovered from a shallow water shipwreck.
     
     

 

     
     
  Recovered by Dan Berg
 from the Oregon wreck sunk 1886
 
     
     

 

     
     
  Squat beer bottle Recovered by Ed Slater and Dan Berg
 
 
     
     

 

     
     
Bottles recovered by Jimmy Fazzalorie from the Oregon Shipwreck   Recovered by Jimmy Fazzolare from the Oregon wreck
 
 
     
     

 

     
     
New Jersey beach scuba dive for old bottles and portholes   Old blob top bottles Hillbilly jugs and portholes recovered while Beach Diving off New Jersey.
 
 
     
     

 

     
     
Capt. Frank Persico with an old  bottle recovered from the prohibition rum runner Catamount Shipwreck.  
 
 
Capt. Frank Persico with a bottle recovered from the prohibition rum runner Catamount. Photo by Dan Berg    
     

 

     
     
Capt. John Lachenmayer with two old bottles recovered from the Inshore Schooner shipwreck while scuba diving for bottles.  
 
Capt. John Lachenmayer with two bottles recovered from the Inshore Schooner shipwreck. Photo by Dan Berg    
     
 
     
     
  Randy Eisen found these bottles, which date to 1880's while exploring the Sandy Hook shipwreck
 
 
     
     
 
     
     
  Group from LIDA recovered an assortment of bottles while diving the Bald Eagle shipwreck.
 
 
     
     

 

     
     
  Group from Kings Counts Divers/LIDA recovered an assortment of bottles while diving the Immaculata Shipwreck 7/24/2010
 
 
     
     

 
     
     
  Blob top bottle recovered from the Iberia Stern section.
 
 
     
     

Bottle Collecting Suggested Reading

 

 

Captain Dan Berg's
Build a Ship in a Bottle
The complete how to guide to the ancient mariners art of ship in a bottle building


only $9.95

This heavily illustrated ebook is
5.5 x 8.5, 64 pages, 6.5 MB and loaded with color photographs and sketches. This printable ebook is available for immediate download as a PDF file.

 

Unlike other books on the subject, that provide a diagram and step by step instructions Capt. Dan attempts to teach model builders to understand the basic principals involved. After reading this heavily illustrated text, readers should have a good understanding of how to design rig and build both square sailed as well as fore and aft rigged vessels. They will then be able to apply the basic principles and techniques and build any type of sailing ship they choose. Please note that there are many different techniques used by different builders in creating their ship models. Some use elaborate mast hinges while others contend with a maze of rigging lines which all run through and under the hull. This book teaches Capt. Dan's basic and the straight forward simple techniques that the authors uses on all of his ship in a bottle models. These basics can be enhanced and modified as model builders become more proficient. Capt. Dan has included a showcase of ship in bottle images from some of the best master model builders in the world. Often the best way to improve skills and technique is to examine the exquisite work and detail of these masters.

Click for additional information

 

 

Antique Bottle Collecting Guide

A complete guide to bottle collecting, and identification.
       
 

 

 
   
 
 
 
Hunting Antique Bottles in the Marine Environment.
By Capt. Dan Berg

 

Softcover, 5.5x8.5", 98 pages
printed in full color. $19.95 +P&H

Hunting Antique Bottles in the Marine Environment is the complete field guide for finding and identifying antique bottles. Capt. Berg has been searching for antique bottles in local lakes, rivers and on shipwrecks for over thirty years. Learn not only how to find submerged antique bottles but also how to clean them and how to determine how old they are. This text is packed with historical information that shows how bottles were produced and how each manufacturing process left distinct marks which can be used to accurately estimate any bottles age. Capt. Dan has heavily illustrated this text with over 200 color images depicting the types of bottles that can be recovered by searching local waters. He also uses over 10 unique 3D diagrams designed to give a better understanding as to the time line of glass blowing and bottle manufacturing. These 3D mold images are combined with drawings of the bottles they produced and highlight the distinct mold seam marks each created. This informative text tells all the tricks of the trade that until now have only been learned through years of experience. Bottle collectors, scuba divers and anyone interested in exploring the marine environment for these historic treasurers will reference this text often as they search for and collect antique bottles.

 

 Antique Bottle Identification Guide  Sample Pages

 
     
 
     
 


Sample Pages

 

 

This title is also available as a downloadable ebook
click here for details on all of Capt. Dan's downloadable products.

 

Hunting Antique Bottles in the Marine Environment.
By Capt. Dan Berg

Softcover, 5.5x8.5", 98 pages
printed in full color. $19.95 +P&H


 

This book is also available as a downloadable ebook


only $9.95
5.7 MB instant download, printable  PDF file

 

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Hunting Antique Bottles
in the Marine Environment


Bottle Collecting
Bottle Characteristics
How bottles were made
Bottle Value
Bottle Types
  Screw Top
  Painted
  Crown Top
  Blob Top
  Hutchnison
  Lightening
  Bromo seltza

  Black Glass
  Bitters
  Whiskey
  Medicine
  Poison
  Beer
  Saratoga
  Soda

  Codd
  Coca Cola
  Round and Torpedo
  Flasks
  Inkwells
  Ceramic
  Milk
Water Hunting
  Scuba Diving
  Tools
  Shipwrecks
  Harbors
  Ferry Piers
  Dump Sites

Scuba Diving
Cleaning Bottles
  Tumbling

Estimating Age
  Tops
  Mold Marks
  Mold Mark Chart
  Bottom
  Embossing
Patent Numbers
Makers Marks
Just how old
Age Estimating Chart
Glossary of Terms

Scuba Equipment 
 Training Agencies
 
Equip Manufacturers
 

     

 

 


 

 

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