Michael Polak antique bottles

Welcome to the hobby of antique bottle collecting

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...

vintage Alice in Wonderland cookie jar

The evolution of the cookie jar

Cookie jars evolved from the elegant British biscuit jars found on Victorian-era tables. As the biscuit jar was adapted for use in America, it migrated from the dining table to the kitchen and, by the late 1920s, it was common to find a green-glass jar (or pink or clear), often with an applied label...

Flow Blue bowl 19th century

How to avoid Flow Blue china reproductions

Flow Blue is the name applied to china of cobalt blue and white, whose color, when fired in a kiln, produced a flowing or blurred effect. Known patterns of flow blue china were first produced around 1830 in England. The general rule has been “new” indicates recent or contemporary manufacture and “reproduction” is a...