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FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Showroom Floor
This year at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo, we had room for barely 200+ tables and filled them all. We had a few last minute cancellations due to illnesses and such but were able to fill the spots with expanding table sales to three tables (we had limited to two) and by a few last minute walk-ins. We sent our show photographer, Gina Pellegrini around to take pictures of tables that caught her eye. Let’s look at a few of her pictures. There was quite a variety of material on the floor as you can see!
Madison Bouckville Tent Sale Still a Hit
For a number of years now, a group of us guys have rented a couple of tents at the nationally known and popular, Madison Bouckville Antique Week in Bouckville, New York. They call themselves the “Bottle Nuts.” This past Saturday, August 20th, my good friend Jim Healy and I drove out to see the Bottle Nuts and attend the antique event. Jim had never been and I myself go every year as long as it’s not raining. We got there about 8:00 am and found the guys all in good spirits and smiling. This is a good sign as they had been there all week. That’s right, the show is a week long.
The Great English Tonic Rothery’s Appetizer and Stomach Bitters
A couple of weeks ago I received a phone message from Adam Koch up in Ohio who said that a shard of an unlisted color for a bitters was found back east. The name on the shard was “The Great English Tonic Rothery’s Appetizer and Stomach Bitters”. Pretty amazing that the shard contained the full name. Doesn’t usually happen that way. I talked with Adam and he was going to get a picture and send me. A few days passed and then I received an email from Jim Bender in New York saying “I thought you may like to see this bottle Jim Healy dug last week. It is listed as Extremely Rare in amber. As you can see this one was yellow.”
Koopmann’s Bitters dug in Savannah
Ferdinand…. Here it is the KOOPMANN’S BITTERS that I dug in Savannah, Georgia. I regret to say that this bottle will not win any beauty awards. The bottle is deep aqua, 8-1/4 inches tall 3 inches by 1-3/4 inches wide. It has a single applied tapered top. The bottom is a smooth base hinged mold. It is embossed on the sides only as you can see in my photos. This bottle was dug in a Confederate Civil War age dump in downtown Savannah. What a killer dump it was. Dug it with a lot of other fine bitters, sodas, medicines, stoneware and other pontil bottles. I can’t find it listed in any of the bottle books or in our bottle world. Later…. Robert Biro
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Educational Displays
While the Warner’s Safe Bottles & Posters display took both ribbons, you could rely on every person who visited the displays to say an extra “wow” to the outstanding Benicia Glass – Natures Tiffany display by Michael & Karen Peart and the Early American Glass & Seals display by Michael Mckintosh. Surrounding these dominant displays were other powerful displays on Hostetters Stomach Bitters, miniatures, Owl Drug, black glass, California whiskies, Schafer & Vater whiskey nips, western bitters, western digging history, insulators, gold rush artifacts, cod bottles, fruit jars, Jamaica gingers, U.S.A Hospital Department bottles and an fully loaded California apothecary cabinet. Many said it was the most exciting grouping of displays they have ever seen.
Stunning Early American Glass Display at the FOHBC Sacramento National
While the Warner’s Safe Bottles & Posters display took both ribbons, you could rely on every person who visited the displays to say an extra “wow” to the outstanding Benicia Glass – Natures Tiffany display by Michael & Karen Peart and the Early American Glass & Seals display by Michael Mckintosh.
In three display areas and rooms dominated by western glass, it came to a surprise by many to see an incredible display of early American glass. The pieces and groupings were stunning and sure provided a more comprehensive overview to collecting historical glass to our hobby.
September October 2016 BOTTLES and EXTRAS mails this week!
The September October 2016 BOTTLES and EXTRAS mails to FOHBC members this week! This issue features OK Plantation Bitters – The Big Boys by Ferdinand Meyer V, Savannah Bottler John Ryan’s Fame has spread across the United States by Bill Baab, Dr. Le Riemondie’s Southern Bitters by Justin McClure, Nevada Backbar Bottle Bonanza by Jennifer Nevada Jacobitz, James D. Jacobitz, M.D., and Jon Aurich Jr., Burks Lightning Liniment by Eric McGuire, Top 70 – Best of the West by Warren Friedrich, Eric McGuire & Richard Siri and the popular FOHBC Member Photo Gallery. Become of Member of the FOHBC and receive BOTTLES and EXTRAS
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Educational Displays | Michael & Karen Peart • Benicia Glass – Natures Tiffany
While the Warner’s Safe Bottles & Posters display took both ribbons, you could rely on every person who visited the displays to say “wow” to the outstanding Benicia Glass – Natures Tiffany display by Michael & Karen Peart. Amazing and well worth the effort as this was the finest display ever of this glass type. Thank you Michael & Karen and thank you Russell Umbraco and Richard Siri for making this and other displays possible.
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Educational Displays – Mike & Kathie Craig • Warner’s Safe Bottles & Posters
This year at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo, twenty (20) outstanding displays were presented. Viewers were asked to VOTE for their favorite display as “Best in Show” and “Most Educational” awards were given. The announcement of the winners occurred on Sunday, August 7th between at 2:30 pm. Winning both ribbons was Mike & Kathie Craig for their outstanding Warners Safe Bottles & Posters display which included…
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Children’s Grab Bags
Richard and Bev Siri (Sacramento National Co-chairs) prepared 44 children’s grab bags, each filled with two or in most cases three newspaper wrapped bottles from Richard’s collection. There were some definite goodies in those bags. Lets look at a few of our pictures. It sure is nice seeing the looks of curiosity and surprise on these cuter antique bottle collectors. Thank you to Isabella Alucema for helping with the children.
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | 49er Bottle Jamboree Auction
“This year we’re doing something different by presenting a wide variety of bottles and related pieces that help define Western collecting,” said Fred Holabird, president of Holabird Western Americana, based in Reno, Nevada, the firm conducting the auction. “We solicited bottles that are an iconic representation of the genre from different areas – and in the West, that isn’t easy.”
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | The FOHBC Banquet
The FOHBC Banquet traditionally follows the Educational Seminars and Early Admission on Friday, the official first day of the bottle show. This year the FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast occurred earlier in the day. The FOHBC Banquet or “Awards Banquet” as it is sometimes called, is a more formal event where reservations are required with meal choices made in advance. The banquet usually occurs in the host hotel ballroom as it did this year and it was preceded by a cocktail hour to start things off.
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The FOHBC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony followed the Educational Seminars and the FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast. The event happened at the McClellan Conference Center at 12:50 pm. Richard and Beverley Siri, Sacramento National Co-Chairs, made the cut (actually Richard did) as other FOHBC Sacramento National officials such as Louis Fifer (FOHBC Conventions Director), Eric McGuire (FOHBC Western Region Director), …
The ‘Summer Extravaganza’ Potpourri Auction is now open for bidding!
Glass Works Auctions presents an absentee auction. The “Summer Extravaganza” Potpourri Auction! This is a three part auction closing on three separate days.THIS IS A TIMED CLOSING AUCTION. Auction Closing Days and Times: Session 1: Lots 1 to 250 August 29th @ 10pm, Session 2: Lots 251 to 500 August 30th @ 10pm, Session 3: Lots 501 to 716 August 31st @ 10pm, Featuring: Bitters, Whiskeys, Flasks, Saratoga Type Bottles, Sodas and Beers, Pontiled Medicines, Inks & Inkwells, Pickles and Foods, Black Glass, Target Balls, Blown and Pattern Molded and more. Over 700 lots of quality antique bottles, flasks, etc. Click here to view the auction, register and bid!
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Educational Seminars
The FOHBC Educational Seminars immediately followed the FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast on the Lion’s Gate Hotel patio. Members and guests could walk into the adjacent Ballroom for a morning of seminars. We had a great selection of topics that seemed to really get excellent comments from the responses we have gathered so far. We will use this space to celebrate and record each of the six seminars. As usual, it was tough to pick out the seminars to attend as they were paired up. Next year at the Springfield National we will be video taping each seminar for historical purposes. A special thanks to Eric McGuire for coordinating all seminars.
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Membership Meeting Breakfast
Year after year, we would have our FOHBC Membership Meeting after the FOHBC Board meeting. The Board meeting would run from 8:00 am to Noon. We would then grab a quick lunch and rush back to a mostly empty room for our 1:00 pm Membership Meeting. For one thing, it was a day early and many folks had just not arrived. For another, it was near lunch…
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Sacramento Shootout
The next Sacramento National event, after the FOHBC Board meeting, American Bottle Auctions Open House, Early Registration, and Generals House VIP Reception was the Sacramento Shootout. This bottle competition concept seems to have originated in the west or at least is preferred in the west as an event to slug it out and see great bottles while competing to win bragging rights for the best bottle in a category. This year was no different. Sacramento National co-chair Richard Siri spearheaded this even with primary assistance from Eric McGuire and Warren Friedrich.
Official Sacramento National Convention Photographer – Gina Pellegrini
The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is extremely proud and pleased that Angelina Pellegrini agreed to volunteer her time to be our official photographer for the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. Many posts are going up now and will continue to be posted that represent her work. Visit FOHBC.org. Gina did a fantastic job and we are all grateful for her professional and personable attitude that was evident at every event during our four-day convention. Her work will also be featured in the November December issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS and Antique Bottle & Glass Collector.
Louis Fifer gets on his Knee at the Sacramento National
Congratulations are in order to Louis Fifer (FOHBC Conventions Director) and Lindsey Stoneman from Brunswick Ohio. Louis proposed to Lindsey at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo! More to come!
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Generals House VIP Reception
The next Sacramento National event, after the FOHBC Board meeting, American Bottle Auctions Open House, and Early Registration was the Generals House VIP Reception in the lush back yard of the Generals House at the Lions Gate Hotel. The event was sponsored by American Bottle Auctions and Peachridge Glass and was planned to show appreciation to the dealers, their assistants, early admission attendees, displayers, seminar speakers and volunteers that made this the biggest bottle event of the year.
FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Dealer & Info Packets Now Online
After a week of quiet sales as we were focusing on the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo, we announce that 10% of the tables are sold and quite a few advertisements in the Souvenir Program. Many hotel room nights have also already been booked. Don’t delay, plan ahead for the BIGGEST antique bottle event of 2017 and possibly the biggest ever in the northeast. INFO HERE
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | American Bottle Auctions Open House
Our first Sacramento National event after the FOHBC Board meeting on Thursday, 04 August 2016 was the open house at American Bottle Auctions. Jeff Wichmann had recently added new shelving, advertising and bottles to his office and boy was it ready to receive a standing room only crowd throughout the event. We sent our show photographer, Gina Pellegrini, down to Jeff’s office on the early side to capture the spirit of the office and open house.
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Early Dealer Registration Report & Imagery