Welcome to the hobby of antique bottle collecting

Michael Polak antique bottles

Bottle expert Michael Polak joins Antique Trader as a columnist on issues important to bottle collectors. Known as the author of “The Bottle Bible” Polak has a long history in the hobby and will share news from bottle clubs shows and sales, upcoming auctions and pricing results and ongoing bottle hobby events. He kicks off with a few antique bottles from Tonopah and Goldfield, Nev. Read More +

Guide to collecting carnival glass, America’s iridescent glassware

Fenton carnival glass bowl

The term “carnival glass” has evolved through the years as glass collectors have responded to the idea that much of this beautiful glassware was made as giveaway glass at local carnivals and fairs. However, more of it was made and sold through the same channels as pattern glass and Depression glass. Some patterns were indeed giveaways, and others were used as advertising premiums or souvenirs. This article offers a list of major carnival glass makers and popular forms. Read More +

Japan’s Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum Collection offered by Michaan’s in November

Tiffany-Garden-Museum-Japan-leaded-grape-lamp

In what’s being called ‘the largest single transaction in the world of decorative arts,’ Michaan’s Auctions will deaccess in November Japan’s Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum collection. The collection was crafted by Takeo Horiuchi, the founder and director of the Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum, and Alastair Duncan, an author and authority on Art Nouveau artworks and Art Deco. Read More +