Michael Polak

About Michael Polak

Mike has collected more than 3,000 bottles since entering the hobby in 1974 and is the author of the “Antique Trader Bottles Identification and Price Guide, 7th Edition.” He previously served as Public Relations Director for the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is a contributor to a variety of antique publications. Polak can be contacted at bottleking@earthlink.net.

Antique and vintage Fish Bitters bottles have a long history and some have a high value

One reader asks if their Fish Bitters bottle is the same as a version that brought $8,500 at auction last year. Vintage and collectible bottle expert and author Michael Pollack says the fish-shaped bitters bottle is a common form throughout modern bottle history. Unfortunately the owner’s find is actually a reproduction wine bottle issued by in 1973.
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