Bottle collectors convene

On Saturday, June 7, antique bottle collectors from the coast of Maine to the coast of California and many states in between, will congregate in Ballston Spa, N.Y., for the annual Antique Bottle Show & Sale sponsored by the National Bottle Museum®. The doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Special guest Mike Polak from Long Beach, Calif., author of Antique Trader Bottles, will sign copies of the latest edition of his book. Larry Rutland, resident hot glass instructor at Museum Glassworks in Ballston Spa, will be demonstrating flameworking techniques. Author Ann Hauprich will be on hand to promote her latest “labor of love” in progress, a soft cover book on the history of Ballston Spa. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon, and lunch will be available on premises.

Antique bottle collecting is an internationally popular activity. Most sought after examples of glass bottles are those that were mouth blown prior to the invention of the automatic bottle making machines in 1903. These beautiful objects are treasured for the history they represent. At the early factories, strong men toiled in intense heat 12 hours a day, blowing glass bottles individually, using a blow pipe. It took a team of 3 to 5 men to produce each bottle and jar. Through antique bottles it is possible to trace 18th and 19th century commerce, the birth and eventual demise of worldwide industries, new advances in science and medicine and of course, human nature at its best and worst.

Although rare bottles will also be offered, many of these historic artifacts will be available for purchase at a price anyone can afford.
Shoppers will also find antique stoneware crocks and jugs, out-of-print books on the history and identification of antique bottles, trade cards, advertising materials related to the subject, and old postcards.

For more information, contact the museum at: 518-885-7589 or nbm@crisny.org.

All proceeds from this event will help to support the National Bottle Museum® and its programs. The museum is chartered by the NYS Education Department. It operates independently with a Board of Trustees and raises all of its own funds. It is located at 76 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50), Ballston Spa, N.Y. It remains open to the public year around, and maintains a significant research library for use on premises.

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Chicken Cock (standing rooster) Bourbon (rare back) 1890-1915. 7 inches tall, estimated value $1,400-$2,000.
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Known in the hobby as the "bottle bible," Antique Trader Bottles: Identification and Price Guide by Michael Polak provides collectors with collecting advice and essential information they need to accurately identify and value bottles from the 1800s to the present. With 5,000 detailed listings covering 52 bottle categories and featuring more than 600 color photos, the 6th edition includes new chapters on ginger beers and portable soda dispensers, as well as a chapter highlighting the Saratoga bottle museum and show. The new edition is scheduled to be released in November.

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