Ships in Bottles

Ships in Bottles, Folk Art, and Bottle Whimsies have captivated imaginations and intrigued collectors since they first appeared. We find them prominently displayed on mantles, in bookcases, and on desks as a collection or an individual specimen. They are wonderful conversation pieces that never fail to raise the question, “How did they put this in a bottle?” They have proven to be a strong investment over time and the outlook for increasing values and collectability looks very bright and growing stronger.

While some art forms have been around for thousands of years, the first bottle whimsies did not appear until translucent glass bottles and containers were developed and generally available to the public. The earliest clear bottles were very rare, expensive, and prized possessions. In time and as they became more available, it is not surprising that craftsmen found these bottles to be excellent containers for their creations. They learned how to carve their folk art into small pieces that would fit through the small neck of the bottle so that they could be reassembled inside. The artists loved the challenge and were soon building nearly anything that could be imagined inside the container using homemade tools and learned techniques. Common among the items crafted were chairs and other furniture, fans, reels, niddy-noddies, winders, religious scenes, patriotic themes, scenes with people and animals, clipper ships and other nautical dioramas, to name a few. To complete the bottle and protect its contents, amazing and intricate stoppers were developed, often with cross pieces going through the wooden stopper inside the bottle making it impossible to remove. The custom stands on which the bottles rest are often works of art themselves.


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1058 - Ocean Liner in a Harbor in a Bottle

1058 - Ocean Liner in a Harbor in a Bottle

This is a scene of an Ocean Liner in a bottle flying an English flag sailing outside a town. The uni..

$325.00

1106 - Ship and Tug Diorama in a Bottle

1106 - Ship and Tug Diorama in a Bottle

This is a diorama of a harbor scene and the Ship "Creif" and the Tug "Triton" created by Ship in Bot..

$300.00

1113 - Ship Anchored in Harbor in a Bottle

1113 - Ship Anchored in Harbor in a Bottle

This is a diorama built in a bottle with the American Ship "Dina" anchored in a harbor outside a tow..

$155.00

427 - Schooner Ship in a Bottle

427 - Schooner Ship in a Bottle

This is a wonderful whole hull model of a 2 masted schooner built in a Phillips 40 watt light bulb. ..

$110.00

444 - 4 Mast Bark Ship Diorama in bottle

444 - 4 Mast Bark Ship Diorama in bottle

This is a scene of a 4 masted Bark anchored outside a town.  The Bark rests is a bed of light g..

$140.00

445 - 4 Masted Bark Ship Diorama in bottle

445 - 4 Masted Bark Ship Diorama in bottle

This is a diorama of a 4 masted Bark anchored outside a town.  The Bark rests is a bed of light..

$140.00

474 - Tvetfala Ship Diorama in a bottle

474 - Tvetfala Ship Diorama in a bottle

This is a vintage Ship named the "Tvetfala" sailing on a sea of blue.  The ship has 3-masts and..

$225.00

477-Gravenhurst POW Battleship in a Bottle

477-Gravenhurst POW Battleship in a Bottle

This is an amazingly detailed war diorama. In the scene is a truly impressive ship model in a bottle..

$180.00

504 - 18th Century Russian Gunboat Ship in bottle

504 - 18th Century Russian Gunboat Ship in bottle

This is a model of an 18th century Russian gunboat sailing on a translucent sea of dark green. ..

$140.00

524 - Galley Anno 1480 Ship in a Bottle

524 - Galley Anno 1480 Ship in a Bottle

This is a Galley ship from around 1480 built in a bottle.  This ship is a long and narrow rowed..

$250.00

540 - Folk Art Ship in Bottle Diorama of Sailing Regatta

540 - Folk Art Ship in Bottle Diorama of Sailing Regatta

This is a wonderful diorama of a sailing regatta outside Laboe, Germany. The Laboe Naval Memorial is..

$400.00

544 - 1900s Folk Art Whaling Ship in a Bottle Diorama

544 - 1900s Folk Art Whaling Ship in a Bottle Diorama

This is a wonderfully rare diorama scene of the early American whaling trade. It is estimated that t..

$500.00

551 - Man-of-War Diorama in Bottle

551 - Man-of-War Diorama in Bottle

This amazing scene of two 17th Century French Men-of-War ships sailing past the Mäuseturm und Binger..

$0.00

585 - WW 2 Hospital Ship in bottle

585 - WW 2 Hospital Ship in bottle

This is WW2 Hospital Ship built much like a model of a passenger liner and may well be that type of ..

$100.00

636 - POW Battleship Diorama in a Bottle

636 - POW Battleship Diorama in a Bottle

While there were many ships in bottles made by Prisoner of War soldiers in World War II, and far mor..

$400.00

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