Poison Bottles of Yore

They sure don't make bottles like they used to! Rob of What is It? pointed us to a neat collection of poison bottles of yore. Y'know, from the time whence poisoners take great pride in packaging their wares in collectible bottles. But what exactly did they sell?

Collectors Weekly Explained:

Beginning in the mid 1800's, poisonous substances came onto the market to control plants and vermin, and as surface cleaners. To prevent mishaps, poison bottles were given distinctive features, which today make them fun to collect. Colors like cobalt blue, inky black, and dark green ensured they were easily recognizable. So did raised lettering or inlays of the words 'POISON' or 'DEATH' (especially useful if you were fumbling by candlelight). Patterns included latticework, deep grooves, geometric shapes, and most commonly, the skull and crossbones.


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Mostly just bottles . but I have only done it once so I can only imagine else could be down there. There is a whole community of poison bottle enthusiasts out there. Many books on the subject. still have my collection but have not been active with buying, selling or digging for several years.
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I have gotten them via ebay, garage sales but the most fun way to find them is digging former outhouse sites. Back in the day people would throw their trash down the outhouse 'hole'. Once filled the outhouse is moved to a new location. Over time the 'stuf' breaks down to dirt so is not gross digging down to it.
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