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 +

Record-breaking ‘Norman Rockwell’s America’ exhibition opens in Alabama

Norman Rockwell child painting

After shattering attendance records in England, “Norman Rockwell’s America” opened at the Birmingham Museum of Art Sept. 16, 2012. Featuring more than 52 original paintings and all 323 vintage Saturday Evening Post covers, the exhibition visually chronicles the evolving landscape of American culture and society from 1916-1969 and is one of the largest Rockwell exhibitions to ever travel. Read More +

How to clean and care for hooked rugs

how to clean hooked rugs

When the experts were asked for advice for the care and display of hooked rugs, they came up with a list of tips anyone can follow to clean antique hook rugs. Without exception, avoid the vacuum cleaner; use a manual carpet sweeper or a broom. One expert advises: ““If you want a rug for under the dog, go to Sears.” Read More +