In the latest installment of his Bottle Treasures Uncorked column, Mike Polak sheds some light on stoneware and crocks, which are commonly seen at shows, but rarely a topic of discussion, he says. Read More +
Antique Trader resident bottle expert Mike Polak shares tales from his summer bottle digging and collecting road trip in a recent Bottle Treasures Uncorked column. Read More +
Everyone can readily identify with popular bottles such as whiskeys, bitters, beers, medicines, poisons and fruit jars, but figurals seem to get lost in the crowd. Read More +
What better place for a treasure hunt than the Hawaiian Islands? Here bottle expert Mike Polak talks bottle digging, and taking in the Hawaii Collector’s Expo. Read More +
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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Quite often I’m asked, “What’s new in the world of bottle collecting?” In one word, everything! Read More +