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Kovels' Bottles Price List - 10th Edition (Kovels' Bottle Price List) Paperback – July 9, 1996


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  • Series: Kovels' Bottle Price List
  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 10th edition (July 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517884356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517884355
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The Kovels are arguably the authorities on antiques and collectibles in this country.” —Los Angeles Times

“Probably the single best book to have—a real standard for antique bottle collectors.”—Antiquebottles.com

“As millions already know, any book carrying the Kovel byline will be as reliable, informative, and fact-filled as any collector could wish.”—American Country Collectibles --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Current prices of more than 10,000 old and modern bottles for the 1996-1997 market.
350 illustrations in color and black and white.
Hundreds of different categories of bottles--the most complete price list available, including bitters, figurals, flasks, ink, beer, soda, perfume, medicine, commemorative--everything from Avon to Whiskey.
New and expanded introductory material, including company histories and anecdotes.
Includes a list of national and regional bottle collectors clubs, auction houses, and publications of special interest to collectors, and an extensive bibliography of bottle books.
Features current prices and price ranges as reported from actual sales, markets, auctions, and other reliable sources.
Information on manufacturers, dates of issue, and identification.
Exclusive! A special 16-page report with color pictures provides a retro-spective on bottle collecting, including a comparison of prices over the past 25 years, and how bottle collecting has changed since the Kovels wrote their first edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sheila M. Willson on June 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
It had a lot of good information, but hardly ANY pictures to help identify the bottles. The good pictures were of bottles most of us will never see or find. What about the bottles we find at auctions, garage sales etc. Lots of us are NOVICE collectors, and we need more pictures to help us identify what we have. As far as I'm concerned, I've wasted my money. It isn't much help to this new novice. If your a professional bottle collector, this is the book for you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By zen on August 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was one of the first bottle books I got to start categorizing my extensive collection. I am far from being a novice, however, my end-goal was to price some of my rarer bottles, and this book did that pretty well. What I found disappointing was the total LACK of photos (hardly any), and large gaping holes in sections such as "cures", "medicines", and "bitters". Hardly any of us will ever see a $4000 bottle in our lifetime other than online - but Kovels' persists in only showing photographs of the rarest of bottles. Not to mention, many of their prices are extremely inflated estimates obviously made by someone of Sotheby's blood, not us plain ol' diggers. To be honest, this book helped ID about 20% of my bottles in my bottle collection - so I found it useful, and since it was a gift, even more so - I doubt if I'd buy it myself. More pictures, better categorization, and breaking the book into smaller books with more detailed pictures is what I would do. This book could easily be broken into 10 better books with some effort. Novice bottle collectors would be better off trying Antique Glass and Bottle Collectors magazine if you want better information and pictures.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sean J. Holland on May 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Organized by bottle type (medicine, beer, etc.), this comprehensive book quickly enables the reader to track down a wide variety of bottles from by-gone days. The authors have wisely included descriptions of various bottle types and their intended uses. This will help novice bottle collectors to better research their bottles as the purpose of many bottled products no longer holds any signficance to modern folks (this is especially true for medicines and elixirs that existed before the dawn of the Food & Drug Administration). Readers would be better served if more pictures could be found as well as timelines regarding a bottler's production dates. But the omission of these items is understandable regarding the overall convenience and ease of using this book.
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Excellent book but wish there was more information on ink bottles. I would recommend this book to others, especially for collectors.
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