~ Ashburn GA Coca-Cola Bottle Values ~

These values are for "unrepaired, undamaged" Ashburn bottles.
A repaired or damaged bottle will be worth much, much less.  There
are many repaired and damaged Ashburn bottles advertised as Rare,
however, what is Rare is an unrepaired, undamaged Ashburn bottle.

A set of near mint Ashburn, Georgia
1915 & 1923 Contour Coca-Cola bottles
Bottles in the collection of
Sam Evans, Athens, GA

PAT'D NOV 16 1915, pictured right
If near mint, no repairs, no damage
(RARE)
$300+

PAT'D DEC 25 1923, pictured left
If near mint, no repairs, no damage
(EXTREMELY RARE)
$500+
(the rarest Ashburn Coke bottle)

Straight Sided,
clear center script
(RARE)
$300+
(retail, undamaged, unrepaired)

Straight Sided,
light green center script
(RARE)
$300
(retail, undamaged, unrepaired)

Straight Sided,
aqua shoulder script
(RARE)
$200+
(retail, undamaged, unrepaired)

Straight Sided,
clear shoulder script
(RARE)
$150+
(retail, undamaged, unrepaired)

Straight Sided,
green shoulder script
CONTS 6 1/2 FLD OZS over ASHBURN
"Property of Ashburn Bottling Works"

(RARE)
$500+ retail,
(retail, undamaged, unrepaired)

Ashburn Straight Sided Coca-Cola
Green, Shoulder Script
CONTS 6 1/2 FLD OZS
VERY RARE !

Ashburn, Georgia
Turner County


 

A Brief Tutorial on Collecting Bottles

Ashburn bottles with mismatched necks are worthless

Look closely at this Ashburn Straight Sided Coca-Cola bottle.  Do you see a problem?  The entire neck has been replaced, and it's not only the wrong neck, but it's too short and it's glued on crooked.  This bottle recently appeared on an online auction with a description that you would expect to see on a museum quality piece.  It sold for $150.  However, it is worth....NOTHING.  Before you spend this amount of money on a Coke bottle, you should do your homework.  It would have been very simple to inquire about repairs, and talk to some of the experienced Georgia bottle collectors.  But, the picture alone tells the story.  It certainly does not look as good as the written description made it sound.  DO NOT buy a bottle simply because an online seller says that it is RARE.  If you read my tutorials for rookies, you will see that I specifically state that you should be careful anytime you see any Georgia bottle that is listed as "RARE" or described as rare.  Repaired bottles are okay sometimes, but this sloppy repair completely ruined the collectable value of this particular bottle.  When you buy a repaired bottle, make sure that it was professionally repaired, and the correct pieces were used.  Don't buy bottles like this one that collectors call "shorties".  The crooked neck is shorter than it is supposed to be and sticks out like a sore thumb. And...it's crooked too !!  If the bottle cannot be repaired to look original, then leave it broken, it will be worth more that way. Do your homework... and remember, BEWARE of "RARE" !!  If you do not actually know what is and is not really rare, leave it alone.  If you have a bottle repaired, ask to see pictures of work the person has done in the past.  But, again, based on this picture, this one should have been a no-brainer.  But, if you don't know, just ask someone who does.  I ask questions; that's how I learn......

Beware of bottles listed on online auctions as R, R+, RARE.

When a bottle is listed as Rare on an online auction, it is usually because there is something wrong with it and the seller needs the "rare" angle to sell it.  Check my website to see if it is really rare before you get burned like the buyer of this bottle did recently.  Do your homework before you bid.

At the time of this additional not, May 7, 2012, there are 2 Ashburn Straight Sided bottles with replaced necks listed on ebay.  If you look at the pictures, the repairs do not even match the bottle, they are in hideous condition....but the sellers are pointing out that someone thinks that they are RARE.  But, if they were truly RARE, there wouldn't be 2 different sellers on ebay with them at the same time, nor would there have been the one in the picture above on ebay recently either.  RARE bottles do not show up that frequently from that many different sellers.  The condition of those bottles, in my opinion, is so bad that I would say that $5. would be too much to pay.  Condition matters in this situation.  There are plenty of Ashburn bottles available, so why would you want one in poor condition with amateurish repairs?

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