SOLD: Values of antique and vintage bottles

vintage Heinz bottles

Collectors spend their free time digging through old dumps and foraging through ghost towns, digging out old outhouses, exploring abandoned mine shafts, and searching their favorite bottle or antique shows, swap meets, flea markets, and garage sales. This list of bottles and values will tell you what people are seeking in today’s market. Read More +

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 +

Rare double eagle historical flask brings $53,820 in antique bottle auction

antique bottle eagle flask

A rare and early double eagle historical flask made in Pittsburgh circa 1820-40 sold for $53,820 in an antique bottle auction. he exceptional and beautiful pint flask, in the great GII-1 mold with crisp embossing, had a sheared mouth and pontil scar. It is quite possibly the only known specimen of this bottle in the deep yellow olive color. Read More +

Collecting vintage and antique milk bottles

Hartzler Ohio milk bottle

Lewis P. Whiteman gained notoriety for patenting the “glass” milk bottle in 1880. Today, most collectors seek bottles that are embossed or pyroglazed with the names of the dairies on them but it’s the color, picture, name of the dairy, shape and condition of the bottle that also helps determine the value. Learn how affordable it can be to collect vintage milk bottles from the days of home delivery. Read More +