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THE INDISPENSABLE BOTTLES PRICE GUIDE

Kovels? Bottles Price List, 13th edition, is a newly revised edition of the most reliable guide available for anyone who buys, sells, or collects bottles. Written by Ralph and Terry Kovel, America?s foremost authorities on antiques and collectibles, this indispensable, ...
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From Kovelsthe most trusted name in antiques and collectibles:

THE INDISPENSABLE BOTTLES PRICE GUIDE

Kovels’ Bottles Price List, 13th edition, is a newly revised edition of the most reliable guide available for anyone who buys, sells, or collects bottles. Written by Ralph and Terry Kovel, America’s foremost authorities on antiques and collectibles, this indispensable, best-selling handbook includes the most accurate current prices and histories of more than 90 categories from the 1700s to the 2000s, from flasks and fruit jars to miniature pottery bottles, and from medicine and perfume bottles to Avon, Coca-Cola, and Jim Beam and Ezra Brooks.


Special features include:
• A sixteen-page color insert of distinctive bottles carefully selected by the authors
• More than 12,000 all-new, appraiser-approved prices
• Over 350 black-and-white photographs
• Edited by America’s premier experts on antiques and collectibles
• American prices based on actual U.S. auctions (not estimates or conversions from European auctions)
• Portable, pocket-sized, so you can carry to auctions in your tote-bag


“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

An authoritative guide to bottle-collecting, including up-to-the-minute facts and figures.

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This 12th edition of Ralph and Terry Kovel's Bottles Price List -- one of the most meticulously researched and comprehensive guides to bottle collecting -- boasts a beautiful color insert for the first time (featuring "Bottles Plain and Fancy"), in addition to price listings for more than 12,000 bottles and a wealth of information on trends and developments in this popular collectible category. Among other useful assets, readers will find a bibliography of works on bottle collecting and a list of national and state bottle clubs. This is an indispensable resource for the bottle enthusiast.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517884355
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/9/1996
  • Edition description: 10TH ILLUS
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph and Terry Kovel
Ralph and Terry Kovel are the authors of more than 85 books, as well as a nationally syndicated newspaper column and a subscription-only newsletter. They appear on their own weekly television show on HGTV (Home & Garden Television), Flea Market Finds with the Kovels.

Biography

Ralph and Terry Kovel embarked on their career as antiquing gurus while trying to furnish their first apartment on a budget, according to a newspaper bio. "Neither of us was trained in art, antiques or writing," Terry remembers. "We came from nowheresville as far as the experts were concerned. Maybe that's why we can write what we write, because we think like beginners and write in plain language."

They published their first guide, the Dictionary of Marks: Pottery and Porcelain in 1953. The first edition of Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles, published in 1968, was the first commercially published book to be sold in bookstores that was written and printed on a computer.

Since then, the Kovels have steadily expanded their reach as foremost authorities on old stuff of all kinds. The Kovels have been on television since their 1969 public-television series Know Your Antiques. Their current television program, the award-winning Flea Market Finds with the Kovels, begans its second season on HGTV (Home and Garden Television) in the fall of 2002. They also have a syndicated newspaper column.

Since 1974 the Kovels have published a national subscription-only newsletter, Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles, which has more than 150,000 subscribers in the United States and Canada.

The Kovels are obsessive collectors, and they still make room for new "finds" in their antiques-filled home in Ohio. Their most recent purchase: an 1880s shoeshine stand. They still haven't figured out where they'll put that one. The Kovels home also includes a library filled with 18,000 books about antiques, although they do find time for other types of reading -- Ralph tends to read business-related books, while Terry especially enjoys murder mysteries.

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Ralph and Terry Kovel ("Kovel" rhymes with "Oh Hell!") have collected and worked together throughout their 50-plus-year marriage -- Yes, and they are still married! They have two married children and three granddaughters, all of whom live in 1950s houses.

Terry taught math at a boys' school. Ralph has been in the food business as a manufacturer and executive for years, which explains the 1890s country store in their basement.

The Kovels' strangest claim to fame: They once were offered as shopping companions as part of a prize on a Publishers Clearinghouse contest. They were the subject of a question on the TV game show Jeopardy, cited as experts on an episode of the TV series Northern Exposure, and mentioned in a murder mystery by Elmore Leonard.

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    1. Hometown:
      Shaker Heights, Ohio
    1. Education:
      Ralph Kovel: Ohio State University; Terry Kovel: Wellesley College

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Kovels' can do better

    There are great tips and I enjoyed the added history. I need an index and I expected a list of trademarks along with more photos. How about photos of trademarks? My bottles, found at dump sites, don't have labels. The bottle section of their book 'Know Your Antiques' '73, was my first reference. I expect better in the future.

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