Welcome to the antique ship in a bottle website, we specializie in genuine antique sailor made ship's in bottles. We have been selling Maritime antiques and Nautical collectables for over 20 years but this unique sailors folk art deserves special attention.

(above) A very detailed model of a ship in a bottle with a very intricate diorama background

Making a ship in bottle takes a huge amount of skill, time, patience and attention to detail.
The most common type of ship model to be found in a bottle is the Square rigger or "Tall ship", this is because the deepwater sailors who worked on this type of ship often had long periods of time off-watch. In order to pass the time and prevent boredom sailors perfected the art of making tiny model sailing ships and putting them into bottles. Not only was there a lot of skill needed to construct the model and put it inside the bottle, but the sailor also needed knowledge of ships and rigging to create an accurate model. Ships in bottles were usually made as a gift for loved ones back home or made to sell whilst in port to increase income.

We created the antique ship in a bottle website to celebrate this amazing form of sailors art and our website is categorized into the type of model ship that is contained within the bottle, please see: types of ship in a bottle. Every antique ship in a bottle is totally unique and we beleive it is the most skilled form of sailor's folk art.