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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 +

Unusual colored Louisville Glass Works antique bottles bring big bucks

The big bats in the flask collectors league were hot during a July 25, 2011 Internet and phone auction of nearly 400 early flasks, bottles and stoneware. Among the most sought-after items in the auction were three 1840-1850 flasks from the Louisville, Ky., glass works.  Lot 59, a marked "Louisville Glass Works" scroll flask in a brilliant olive-yellow color was the highlight of the sale. Estimated at $6,000 to 8,000, it hammering at $31,050.
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