I have been in the antiques business for just over thirty five years now. Before I met my wife I would say that I collected my mistakes but that now has changed. We collect decorated glass from the Victorian era through the nineteen fifties. I also have a small website from which I sell glass and other antiques and collectibles. It is http://www.ejsantiques.com.
"Guest, clueless", if you would like to email me a photo of the glass pot I will pass along anything I know, or can reasonably make up, after all I am an Antiques dealer and auctioneer :-), about it.
Beer, in my opinion it is the ring staff that make or break an auction. My order of importance regarding the various functions of an auction is; first the clerk, second the ring staff (we used to say ringman), and lastly the auctioneer.
Thanks for the thread and again for the heads up Mike.