Books for Antique Bottle Collectors
Places to find/buy/sell new/used antique bottle books.
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The 2012 Auction Price Report has been greatly expanded
by Jim & Lynn Mitchell to include 55 auctions since the 2008 edition.
This is an extremely helpful guide to determine the values of
bottles whose value typically starts around $50 and goes up.
The guide include prices realized from virtually every bottle auction
house in the country.
The guide lists six different categories and includes only prices realized at auctions, which gives
the collector a fair market value of a particular bottle.
To order this indispensable reference, send just $59.95
plus $5 postage in the USA, to:
Jim & Lynn Mitchell
or call toll free 1-888-684-2834 or 813-684-2834.
645 Timber Pond Drive
Brandon, FL 33510
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kovels' Bottles Price List: 13th Edition by Ralph and Terry Kovel.
Excellent guide if you want something that also covers the common bottles.
The Official Price Guide to Bottles, 13th Edition by Jim Megura
Antique Trader Bottles Identification and Price Guide by Michael Polak
Warman's Bottles Field Guide: Values and Identification (Warman's Field Guides Bottles:
Values & Identification)
Antique Glass Bottles : Their History and Evolution (1500-1850) - A Comprehensive Illustrated Guide With
a Worldwide Bibliography of Glass Bottles by Willy Van den Bossche,
Here's a review of Willy's book by Paul Hanrahan:
The publication of Willy's book marks a major milestone in the field of black-glass collecting.
It is the first real effort at a comprehensive and authoritative guide on European bottles
aimed at a broad English-reading audience worldwide.
For years, collectors and others have waited for just such a book to appear.
The numerous colour photos are outstanding.
The text is clear, to the point, and easy to read.
Any collector, no matter where he lives or what he collects, will, after reading
the book, be able to pursue his passion in a much more informed way.
I highly recommend the book, which should be on the book shelf of every
serious bottle collector and student of historical glass containers.
- The Man Behind The Bottle:
The Origin and History of the Classic Contour Coca-Cola Bottle
As Told by the Son of its Creator by Norman L. Dean.
Ordering info: www.themanbehindthebottle.com
Clevelands Bottle Pricing Guide
Bottle Collector's Book by Bob Ferraro
Bottles and Bottle Collecting (Album Series, Volume 6) by A.A. Hedges.
by Carlyn Ring and W.C. (Bill) Ham.
The bible for Bitters collectors, this is a complete rewrite of
the original "For Bitters Only" book.
Bill Ham's web page for ordering details.
Antique Western Bitters Bottles
written by well known bottle dealer and auctioneer, Jeff Wichmann.
This new and exciting book examines the colorful world of western bitters
bottles and will sure to be an excellent reference for years to come.
For more info and how to order, visit the
American Bottle Auction web page and click "New Book".
Collector's Guide to Inkwells, Book II: Identification & Values by Veldon Badders.
Books available from Antique Bottle & Glass Collector
include the following (plus many more):
MOSTLY WHISKEY - Bottles, Jugs, & Whathaveyou by Jack Sullivan.
A compilation of illustrated articles, with additional material and an index.
Author of American Whiskey Ceramics and The Whiskey Ceramics of Scotland,
Ireland and England. Jack Sullivan has compiled a new volume from his writings
of the past decade. Called Mostly Whiskey: Bottles, Jugs & Whatever,
it collects in once place profusely illustrated articles he has written
on the U.S. pre-Prohibition whiskey industry and related subjects.
This 158-page book also contains new material and an index with more than 300 entries.
It sells for $17 plus $4 postage. To order, mail a $21 check or money order
with your name and address (phone number optional) to:
4300 Ivanhoe Place
Alexandria, VA 22304
The American Whiskey Jug by Jack Sullivan, 192 pages with
pictures and historical info,
available from the author: Jack Sullivan, 4300 Ivanhoe Place,
Alexandria, VA 22304 or Email
Price of book in US is $20 plus $4 shipping while supplies last.
- Here are the books written by David Graci.
For questions or to order any of his books, contact
PO Box 726,
South Hadley, MA 01075,
Phone: (413) 594-8655,
Here are the official reviews of his books:
- American Stoneware Bottles is the only publication
dealing with the truly early hand made Americana utilitarian product
known as stoneware bottles. This 8½x11" publication has 107 pages
containing information on over 1,500 stoneware bottles, with
many being identified as to location and date.
Illustrated with numerous color, black&white, and line drawings of these
early pottery items, together with chapters on "Potters and
Their Advertising", "Design, Function and Capacity", "Marketing and
History", "Dating and Decorations", plus "Identification of Contents",
and a note on a "Value Guide". With a Forward by William Ketcham, Jr.,
who says: "All in all a useful guide for the collector of stoneware
bottles and a valuable addition to the library of any pottery buff."
Priced at $24.95 with shipping of $2 per book.
- (More) American Stoneware Bottles is an updated listing of
new names since the publication of "American Stoneware Bottles".
New names have been continually recorded in the hope of compiling
this update, which now adds 371 new listings and 165 more variations
of those already listed. Of those recorded in the first book,
51 names have been identified as to location and/or date.
Spiral bound, with 40 pages, offerred at $10 plus $2 postage.
- Eastern Mass. Embossed Milk Bottles is a new milk bottle book
that features the counties of Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket, Bristol,
Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, & Worcester. With over
150 pages listing over 3,902 embossed milk bottles and over
1,578 milk bottle rubbings.
Each county is represented in it's entirety, in alphabetical order,
followed by actual bottle rubbings reduced by 50%. Bottles are
identified by location, size, and assigned a rarity guide number
from 1 to 4. There is also a listing of "Mass Seal Bottles Only"
with over 400 listed, many identified as to location.
The most complete listing of Eastern Massachusetts embossed
milks ever offered. Priced at $25 plus $3 postage.
The Poison Bottle Workbook Volumes I & II
Rudy passed away in Spring 2000, but his ex-wife Terry Kuhn has taken
over distribution of his book, which is the standard for poison bottles.
The Workbook sells for $20 per volume, plus $5 postage (in US) per order.
Total for one volume would be $25, or $45 for both volumes (I and II).
Postage for Canadian orders is $7, and $20 for international orders.
Make checks payable to Terry Kuhn and mail to
3954 Perie Lane, San Jose, CA 95132
Red Book 9: The Collector's Guide to Old Fruit Jars by Douglas M. Leybourne Jr.
One Thousand Fruit Jars Priced by Schroeder.
Antique Trader Perfume Bottles Price Guide
Perfume and Scent Bottle Collecting With Prices
Miller's Perfume Bottles: A Collector's Guide
A Collector's Handbook of Miniature Perfume Bottles: Minis, Mates and More
by Jeri Lyn Ringblum.
The Wonderful World of Collecting Perfume Bottles Second Ed by Jane Flanagan.
Perfume, Cologne, And Scent Bottles
Chinese Snuff Bottles: A Guide to Addictive Miniatures
The Handbook of Chinese Snuff Bottles by Trevor W. Cornforth.
Miller's: Bottles & Pot Lids: A Collector's Guide
Flasche Bottle und Bouteille is a highly scientific standard work
concerning British and Continental bottles from the end of the Middle
Ages to the Owens patent time and has been published by Rainer Kosler.
Measurement of the book 8.85'' x 12.2''. Cloth bound with laminated dust
cover. Click here to see photo of book's cover.
496 pages with approximately 360 coloured and 60 black and white
pictures. An English translation of the 119 paged coloured picture part
is included. Price $135 postage included. Order from Rainer Kosler,
WKD-Druck GmbH, P.O. Box 1302, D-85731 Ismaning - Germany.
- Common Dutch Glass Bottles of the 17th and 18th Century
is the definitive guide written for the collector that clarifies
the differences between Dutch, English, and other European
bottle types of that period.
The author Robert McNulty first published his work some years
ago for the Corning Journal of Glass Studies and recently updated
it into a popular collector's edition.
This handsome book is carried by the National Gallery of Art,
Colonial Williamsburg, Deerfield Museum, and the Corning
Museum of Glass.
Price $14.75, which includes postage in USA.
Contact Bob McNulty,
Pontiled Medicine Price Guide
6th edition on floppy diskette for use with Microsoft WORD program.
View and add to the 700 plus page definitive reference to pontiled
Includes detailed descriptions and auction pricing on over 2000 pontiled
Also get historical cross references to over a dozen sources
including the 1800 plus lot Sam Greer collection, Frederick Nielsen's
Great American Pontiled Medicines, Joseph Baldwin's Patent and Proprietary
Medicine Bottles of the 19th Century and many others.
Mail $15 to Jim Holst, 3669 Southwick Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144.
Watt White Collection1996/97 Auction Catalog
with 453 lots of ink bottles
from the Watt White Collection. Hard bound book with color pictures.
John Brandt of Historic Glasshouse may still have a few copies left.
The Collector's Price Guide to Bitters Bottles A to Z
(1992) by Glenn Poch.
Digger Odell Publications
sells the following antique bottle books:
Digger's Ordering page for instructions or send him an Email at
- Vol. 1 Barber Bottles
- Vol. 2 Bitters
- Vol. 3 Flasks
- Vol. 4 Inks
- Vol. 5 Medicines
- Vol. 6 Poisons, Colognes, Pattern Mold, Label Under Glass
- Vol. 7 Sodas and Mineral Waters
- Vol. 8 Whiskies
- The Secrets of Privy Digging
- Indian Bottles and Brands
See Coca-Cola Book List
on the Antique Coca-Cola Bottles web page.
Also see Soda Bottle Books
Old Owl Drug Bottles & Others
by Al & Margaret Jensen. This 1968 book is out of print,
but remaining copies are for sale direct by the authors' daughter,
Mail check for $22 ($19 plus $3 postage - International buyers
inquire for postage rates) to: Linda Monk, 516 California St.,
Watsonville, California 95076.
White House - The Collection of Charlie Perry, Bottles, Jugs, and Jars... & Various Other Issues
Hair Raising Stories
is a 169 page book about antique hair bottles,
written by Don Fadely,
Warner's Reference Book
by Ed Ojea and Jack Stecher
was released in Feb 1999. The new bible for Warner's bottle collectors
that was written by two of the leading Warner's experts.
CD-ROM Windows version of Seeliger's Warners Book
The Antique Bottles of Iowa 1846-1915
What's inside? Over 600 pages filled with over 600 original and detailed
line drawings of Iowa bottles that were not featured in the first edition
of The Antique Bottles of Iowa 1846-1915 (originally published in 1998.)
Included with the drawings is a huge amount of related Iowa history which
features ads, photos, newspaper articles, and time lines of when the
business was in operation. Similar to the first book, the update is
available in soft cover, which is spiral bound, and a very limited number
in hard cover. Price for the two volume soft bound set is $58. The hard
bound version, which contains the exact same information as the soft bound
set, is bound as one book and sells for $88. United States shipping for
either set, which weighs about 4 pounds, is $5 for media mail.
Please send check or money order to:
305 E. Burlington Avenue
Fairfield, Iowa 52556
- The Collector's Gide to Civil War Period Bottles and Jars With Prices
Latest addition with 500 new entries.
Like most specialty publications, this edition is self-published in a
large 8-1/2-inch by 11-inch format.
The price is only $20.00 plus $1.50 postage (Book Rate),
but will increase in mid-January due to increased Postal rates.
401 Virginia Avenue
Herndon, VA 20170
The Shaving Mug & Barber Bottle Book: With Value Guide
Jim Beam Figural Bottles: An Unauthorized Collector's Guide (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
Bud Hastins Avon Collectors' Encyclopedia: The Official Guide for
Avon Bottle & Cpc Collectors (Bud Hastin's Avon and Collector's Encyclopedia)
- THE "WILLIAM J. ELSHOLTZ COLLECTION
These auction catalogs document an extremely important collection of
early American pressed and blown glass. This set of 3 hard
cover books contains over 1800 lots all photographed separately
(many in full color). Photography and layout are of very high
quality. Includes the prices realized list. A lovely set to either
just browse through or continue one's well rounded glass
education. They are a definitive reference for all bottle and
glass collectors that have any interest in early 19th century
American pressed and blown glass such as Sandwich,
Pittsburg, blown 3-mold, and bottles. This is your one chance
to own these since they are out of print and extremely difficult,
if not impossible, to obtain. These books are used as an
industry standard for pricing and referencing and they can help you make
the find of the century! The set of 3 hard cover books is only $130.00 plus
$5.00 shipping from John Brandt Email:
Victorian Tradecards, Historical Reference & Value Guide
by Dave Cheadle.
See ordering info.
Soda Bottle Books
(embossed, painted label, commemorative)
- Bottle Books (& Clubs) for specific states in the USA:
- The Antique Bottles of Iowa 1846-1915
- Iowa Antique Bottleers club
- Maryland: Baltimore Bottle Book
was sold directly by the Baltimore Bottle Club
but the book is now SOLD OUT. Understand a new version is in the works.
- New York:
The Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association
Genesee Valley Bottle Collectors Association
in Rochester, New York
- North Carolina:
- Southeast Bottle Club.
- Raleigh Bottle Club.
- Ohio Bottles - 1999 Edition
by the Ohio Bottle Club.
- South Carolina:
SC Dispensary Bottle Price List by Matt Bramblett
- South Carolina Bottle Club
- Wisconsin Soda Water Bottles 1845-1910
covers about 1400 Hutchinson and blob sodas, quart blob sodas, spring
water bottles and soda water company Weiss beers.
Over 1100 bottles illustrated (all major varieties).
209 pages, fully indexed. Available for $30 plus $3 priority mail.
Contact Roger Peters,
or postal mail to 4333 DeVolis Parkway, Madison, WI 53711. Roger is
also working on a book about Wisconsin crown top sodas.
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When buying books, be careful about buying stolen library copies.
Bottle Books In Progress
A book on
Turlington bottles is being written
Walter DeVault and Mitch Brown
- Ralph Van Brocklin is writing a Western Flask book and would credit any contributions.
Contact him at 403 Elm Street, Johnson City, TN (zip ?) or phone (423) 928-2615.
- Scott Miller
at Email: email@example.com
is seeking any literature on pharmacy/related in America.
Bottle reference books, old manufacturer's
catalogs, medical/pharmacy journals and any other pharmacy ephemera.
This is being used towards completing a book on the History of Pharmacy
Americana that will serve as a comprehensive representation of the
bottles used in American Pharmacy industry--Patent, proprietary, up to
and including the screw cap medicines (little info on value, rarity,
uniqueness exists). There is a strong market (medical) for many of the
newer bottles with labels and contents, because these semi antiques
illustrate the evolution of medicine. This book will be published in
near future and profits are designated for College of Pharmacy
Scholarship Fund (University of Houston). Any contributions would be
gratefully accepted and acknowledged. This book will ultimately enhance
bottle collecting because the goal is to introduce this as an
educational resource in colleges, as well as to the general
public--which will enhance interest. Please email
w/comments. Thank you in advance for your time!