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The pontil mark is the mark at the bottom of the bottle where it was attached to the glass blower's pontil rod.
Ask the appraiser if he or she has experience in determining the value of old bottles before you decide to have your piece appraised.
Ask for recommendations of local appraisers at antique stores in your area.
These bottles can range from about $10 to $200 or more, depending on a number of factors. Chips and cracks will greatly reduce your bottle's value, as will excessive wear from rattling in the milk case.
Assigning value to your bottle isn't an exact science, but it's important to get some sense of the price it should fetch. However, all used milk bottles will show some scratches. Unfortunately, rare bottles are vulnerable to reproduction, but authentic pieces can fetch top dollar.
Shape is one of the first indicators to look for when dating an antique bottle.
According to antiquemilkbottles.com, the shape indicates when your bottle was manufactured.
Take a look at your piece and see which category seems to fit it best: Your bottle will may have a label or some other identifying mark.
These labels prevented competitors from reusing the bottles of another manufacturer and ensured the bottles made it back to the correct dairy for refilling.
While not all old bottles are valuable, an older bottle is more likely to be worth more than a newer one.