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  1. Click for close-up 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
    645 Timber Pond Drive
    Brandon, FL 33510
    or call toll free 1-888-684-2834 or 813-684-2834.
    Email at

  2. Kovels' Bottles Price List: 13th Edition by Ralph and Terry Kovel.
    Excellent guide if you want something that also covers the common bottles.

  3. The Official Price Guide to Bottles, 13th Edition by Jim Megura

  4. Antique Trader Bottles Identification and Price Guide by Michael Polak

  5. Warman's Bottles Field Guide: Values and Identification (Warman's Field Guides Bottles: Values & Identification)

    Rudy Kuhn's Workbook l was published in 1988 and Workbook II in 1989. The 2013 Antique Poison Bottle Collectors Association edition includes hand written updates to sizes, colors, prices, and origin where known. Price $45 plus $5 media mail in the US. Overseas and Canada will require additional postage. Orders/inquiries to: Joan Cabaniss, 312 Summer Lane, Huddleston, VA 24104. Email:

  7. 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, Email:
    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.

  8. 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:

  9. Clevelands Bottle Pricing Guide

  10. Bottle Collector's Book by Bob Ferraro

  11. Bottles and Bottle Collecting (Album Series, Volume 6) by A.A. Hedges.

  12. Bitters Bottles 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.
    See Bill Ham's web page for ordering details.

  13. Book on Antique Western Bitters Bottles 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".

  14. Collector's Guide to Inkwells, Book II: Identification & Values by Veldon Badders.

  15. Books available from Antique Bottle & Glass Collector include the following (plus many more):

  16. 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:
    Jack Sullivan
    4300 Ivanhoe Place
    Alexandria, VA 22304

  17. 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.

  18. Here are the books written by David Graci. For questions or to order any of his books, contact David Graci, PO Box 726, South Hadley, MA 01075, Phone: (413) 594-8655, Email:
    Here are the official reviews of his books:
    1. American Stoneware Bottles is the only publication dealing with the truly early hand made Americana utilitarian product known as stoneware bottles. This 8�x11" 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.

    2. (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.

    3. 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.

  19. Red Book 9: The Collector's Guide to Old Fruit Jars by Douglas M. Leybourne Jr.

  20. One Thousand Fruit Jars Priced by Schroeder.

  21. Antique Trader Perfume Bottles Price Guide

  22. Perfume and Scent Bottle Collecting With Prices

  23. Miller's Perfume Bottles: A Collector's Guide

  24. A Collector's Handbook of Miniature Perfume Bottles: Minis, Mates and More by Jeri Lyn Ringblum.

  25. The Wonderful World of Collecting Perfume Bottles Second Ed by Jane Flanagan.

  26. Perfume, Cologne, And Scent Bottles

  27. Chinese Snuff Bottles: A Guide to Addictive Miniatures

  28. The Handbook of Chinese Snuff Bottles by Trevor W. Cornforth.

  29. Miller's: Bottles & Pot Lids: A Collector's Guide

  30. 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. Email:

  31. 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, Email
    Cover Photo

  32. 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 medicines. Includes detailed descriptions and auction pricing on over 2000 pontiled medicines. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. The Collector's Price Guide to Bitters Bottles A to Z (1992) by Glenn Poch. Email:

  35. Digger Odell Publications sells the following antique bottle books: See Digger's Ordering page for instructions or send him an Email at

  36. Coke See Coca-Cola Book List on the Antique Coca-Cola Bottles web page.
    Also see Soda Bottle Books

  37. 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, Linda Monk, Email: Mail check for $22 ($19 plus $3 postage - International buyers inquire for postage rates) to: Linda Monk, 516 California St., Watsonville, California 95076.

  38. White House - The Collection of Charlie Perry, Bottles, Jugs, and Jars... & Various Other Issues

  39. Hair Raising Stories is a 169 page book about antique hair bottles, written by Don Fadely, Email:

  40. Click to see full size image of book cover 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.

  41. CD-ROM Windows version of Seeliger's Warners Book

  42. 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:
    Mike Burggraaf
    305 E. Burlington Avenue
    Fairfield, Iowa 52556
    Phone: 641-469-6018

  43. 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. Order from:
    Mike Russell
    401 Virginia Avenue
    Herndon, VA 20170

  44. The Shaving Mug & Barber Bottle Book: With Value Guide

  45. Jim Beam Figural Bottles: An Unauthorized Collector's Guide (Schiffer Book for Collectors)

  46. Bud Hastins Avon Collectors' Encyclopedia: The Official Guide for Avon Bottle & Cpc Collectors (Bud Hastin's Avon and Collector's Encyclopedia)

  47. 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:

  48. Victorian Tradecards, Historical Reference & Value Guide by Dave Cheadle.
    See ordering info.

    Soda Bottle Books (embossed, painted label, commemorative)

  49. Bottle Books (& Clubs) for specific states in the USA:
    1. Iowa:
      1. The Antique Bottles of Iowa 1846-1915

      2. Iowa Antique Bottleers club

    2. 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.

    3. New York:
      1. The Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association

      2. Genesee Valley Bottle Collectors Association in Rochester, New York

    4. North Carolina:
      1. Southeast Bottle Club.
      2. Raleigh Bottle Club.

    5. Ohio:
      1. Ohio Bottles - 1999 Edition by the Ohio Bottle Club.

    6. South Carolina:
      1. SC Dispensary Bottle Price List by Matt Bramblett

      2. South Carolina Bottle Club

    7. Wisconsin:
      1. 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, Email: or postal mail to 4333 DeVolis Parkway, Madison, WI 53711. Roger is also working on a book about Wisconsin crown top sodas.

  50. Books on ... Glasses, Bottles, ... from the The International Arts, Antiques and Collectibles Forum

  51. Antiquarian, Rare and Collectable Books in England

  52. Out-of-Print, New & Used Books about Antique Glass from Ms. Information

  53. Books on Glass from the Glass Museum

  54. Books on Glass from Joslin Hall Rare Books

  55. Eaton's Glass Books On The Web operated by Robert Eaton, Email:

  56. Bookerworm's Books with some Books on Antiques.

  57. ACSES Book Search to compare books available from over 20 online shops.

When buying books, be careful about buying stolen library copies.

Bottle Books In Progress

  1. A book on Turlington bottles is being written by Walter DeVault and Mitch Brown

  2. 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.

  3. Scott Miller at Email: 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!

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