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 +

Fenton art glass prototypes in private hands

Fenton glass basket

An April 21 auction curated by Fenton Art Glass Company staff sets records and bids farewell as the company moves toward the final stages of closing for good. The “star” of the sale was surely lot 52, the super rare Karnak Red 14 inches tall offhand Egyptian vase with hand applied Hanging Hearts and random threading and applied cobalt blue short stem and foot. Rarities such as this are seldom available in today’s marketplace, so it was no surprise when spirited bidding took place, and the vase finally sold for $11,000. Read More +