Antique Bottle and Glass News

Peaches on CrateThis site is presented and hosted by Ferdinand and Elizabeth Meyer. We hope to share our passion for collecting and dealing in Early American Antique Bottles and Glass. Please contact us for any information and or bottle and glass news for post consideration. I am also looking for guest authors as I shift to the Virtual Museum project. Thanks!


Round 2 – We always wanted a Lake House

FrontYardSorry about the lack of posts. I believe some of you may be aware of the 500 year flash flood event (Bessie’s Creek flooded and we had 17+ inches in one day) we had on Elizabeths birthday on 18 April 2016. We are presently in the midst of a major house renovation and restoration. Kind of… Well, it happened again this past Friday, my birthday! This time the Brazos river breached. Another 500 year event according to NOAA. Living upstairs. Water came from opposite direction this time. Much worse than the first event. Fortunately no more birthdays in the forecast but 5 more days of rain coming. Hunkered down on the 2nd story with 8 dogs and 5 cats. Nat Guard and Sheriff have been here a number of times offering boat rescues as we are stranded. We are staying. We are looking at this like a big life adventure. We are still operational but working out of the house. Fortunately we have power and internet at the house. No water, appliances, sinks, showers, toilets, running water etc. A bit taxing. The past three mornings and evenings we swim from the house to the front gate. Actually I wade in chest deep water and the dogs swim in geese V formation. When we reach the elevated road it is still under about 6″ of running water. We walk north and get to a stretch of higher ground and see horses, goats, llamas, cows… all being rescued. Unreal scenes. Snakes galore too. The dogs are real glad (as us) to see higher ground if you know what I mean.
Five more days of serious rain coming. Stay tuned. We look at this like a big adventure. What else can we do.

Pole Top Discoveries & Glass Discoveries Catalogue for Auction #74

PoleTopMay16BannerContains the largest assortment of high quality insulators ever offered in an auction, with 300 lots! Plus, four dozen scarce bottles and jars! Auction viewable and bidding to begin at 2 P.M. Eastern time, on Tuesday, May 24. VISIT AUCTION

Looking for Consignments

HolabirdJamboreeAuctionconsignmentsHolabird Western Americana Collections still looking for consignments for the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo 49er Bottle Jamboree Auction. The fabulous rare Gold Dust Whiskey (pictured) Of the five different embossed Gold Dust whiskies, this is the John Van Bergen variety, the oldest and first of the five. John Thomas, in his master work Whiskey Bottles of the Old West, discusses the bottle at length (Catalog number 154). Dated as 1871-1874, it is one of the oldest of the Western embossed whiskey bottles. With full face embossing, plus the pictorial nature of the bottle with a horse, and the great name of “Gold Dust Whiskey”, which renders it an inescapable part of the California Gold Rush, this bottle is absolutely one of the most desirable western bottles.


FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo | Souvenir Program. ** Program filling up.

SacramentoProgramTOP70Reserve your ad space now. 1,500 distributed and posted on PRG and FOHBC sites. Contact Tons of exposure. Thanks for your support! Advertisers so far…. Steve Abbott, Theo Adams, Antique Bottle Club of San Diego, Sheldon Baugh, Gary Beatty, Max Bell, Jim Bender, Bottle Tree Antique Farm, Mike Bryant, Joan Cabaniss (Poison Bottles), Circle City Indianapolis Bottle Club, Collectibles Insurance, Crocker Stoneware Auctions, Downieville Antique Bottle Club, Don Dwyer, Dennis Eastley, Bob Ferraro, Ralph Finch, Findlay Bottle Show, FMG Design, FOHBC Virtual Museum, Jerry Forbes, Warren Friedrich, Sandor Fuss, Jim Hagenbuch (Glass Works Auctions), Bill Ham (Bitters Bottles Books), Charles David Head (Koca Nola), Norman Heckler (Heckler Auctions), Mike Henness, Jack Hewitt, Butch & Anita Holcombe (American Digger), Fred Holabird (Holabird Western Americana Auctions), Tom Jacobs, John Joiner, Kansas Antique Bottle Show, Steve Ketcham, Doug Leybourne (Red Book #11), Steven Libbey, Tom Lines, Keith Lunt, Eric McGuire, Terry McMurray, Michael Mackintosh, Dale Mlasko, Morphy’s Auctions, National Assoc. of Milk Bottle Collectors, Northwestern Bottle Collectors of Santa Rosa, John O’Neil, John Pastor (American Glass Gallery), Peachridge Glass, Mike Polak, John Ronald, Dale Santos, Michael Seeliger, Richard Siri, Brandon Smith, Phillip Smith, Greg Spurgeon (North American Glass), Bill Taylor, Richard Tucker, Russell Umbraco, Vintage Gal Antiques, Tod von Mechow, Jeff Wichmann (American Bottle Auctions), Witherall Auctions – Old West Show, Herb Yue, Zang Wood, 49er Bottle Club, 2017 Springfield National, 2018 Cleveland National, FOHBC…

American Glass Gallery Auction #16

AGG _16 cover-FinalAuction #16, opening May 18, 2016, will include a fantastic grouping of 336 lots of quality bottles and flasks in virtually every category including historical flasks, bitters, medicines, pattern molded and blown glass, inks, sodas, colognes, mineral waters, black glass, and a wonderful grouping of early porters and beers. Order now to reserve your catalog! VISIT AUCTION

A silver lining in that storm?

BrownsTallr_KlotzHere is the story of finding the elusive “Brown’s/ Aromatic/ Bitters/ Hannibal/ Mo” bottle. I knew they were out there, just never expected to dig one up, as I discovered on the Peachridge Glass web site, the article written about the only other (amber) one known had listed them as “extremely rare.” Only one known and they call it extremely rare??? I call it unique! Well, there are/is at least one, possibly as many as two aqua ones that appear to be a newer variant. Now there are two amber ones. Ferdinand Meyer, president of FOHBC, owns the previously unique example and is nicely pictured in his website article. So now back to mine.


A Sincere Thank You!

UnknownDear dealers, collectors and attendees; I wish to pass on my sincere gratitude for your support! Most of us are creatures of habit. We like familiar surrounds, and we get used to our comfort zone. Seven Feathers became just that. But life is fraught with change. And so, after roughly fifteen years in familiar surrounds, Seven Feathers and I “agreed to disagree”. It’s always tough starting over. But start over, we did. And, with your support, I believe that we have laid the building blocks for something far better. Sure, the padded chairs, the plush carpeting, fancy table drapes, linens, etc. etc. were nice amenities. But heh, how often do we get the chance to attend a show with the aroma of livestock wafting through the building, accompanied by sheep bleating, cows mooing and horses snorting in the background. Welcome to the Rogue Valley, and the Old West as it once was (and I wished still remained)… Read at Western Whiskey Gazette

Mansfield’s 38th Annual Show – Best Ever?

MansfieldartLast May 7th, Linda and I attended the 38th Annual Mansfield Ohio Antique Bottle Show. We have attended Mansfield every year for the past 12 years, except once because of a family outing. Remember, no matter how much we love our bottles, our family must come first. Other than for the FOHBC national shows, Mansfield is the longest distance we travel to a show. Mansfield has always been one of our favorite shows to attend as I always find something for the collection and look forward to visiting with friends from the Midwest Region. I was very happy to see the Midwest dealers asking for contracts for…


Mohawk Valley 22nd Annual Show was a Hit

041_MohawkThis past weekend I attended the Mohawk Valley Bottle Collectors Show. Once again, this year it was held at the Utica Maennerchor, located at 5535 Flanagan Road in Marcy New York. The members of the Maennerchor always make us feel welcome and provide some great food. FOHBCReadMoreArt

The “Pariah” Whitlocks: Southern Sympathies in NYC

1a. Whitlock hq..jpg pre-1856 - RThe Whitlock brothers, Benjamin M. and Edmund A., were grocers in New York City who launched several popular whiskey brands and also were widely known for Southern sympathies and pro-slavery views during the 1850s and early 1860s. The Civil War cost them their once flourishing business and the traumas may have sent both to early graves. Even after their deaths, for many people the Whitlocks remained pariahs. Legend has it that the Whitlocks were among five brothers who came to America from Dumphries, Scotland, about 1840, and that two went to New York while three other brothers settled in Virginia… Read at Those Pre-Pro Whiskey Men!

MLA41 is Open for Bidding!

MapleLeaf2016HeaderMaple Leaf Auctions – MLA41 Spring sale is loaded with high quality pieces. Stoneware and Redware: exceptional Wm Eby (Conestogo, Ont) redware presentation vase, miniature J.H. & Co (Ahrens, Paris) redware jug, miniature Egmondville Pottery (Hess, Zurich Ont) souvenir piece, rare Flack & Van Arsdale Cornwall jug with man’s face, three Hudson’s Bay crocks. rare decorated Humberstone Newtonbrook butter crock, and many more. Fruit jars: pair of rare coloured quart Beaver jars, No4 Hamilton clamp jar, The ADM Darling midget pint, Star clear pint, and many more. Misc: exceedingly rare quart size H. Sproatt cobalt paneled soda, rare Canadian torpedo and Codd style sodas, Western Canadian GBs, a one-of-a-king Hamilton CW Glassworks whiskey, and a WW1 Sir Haig Ward & Son (London) tobacco tin.. Ontario and Easter GBs: rare McLaughlin Toronto Brantford style and a “Flow Blue” Quinn Halifax. 200 lots of quality Canadian antique bottles and crocks. Visit Auction Closes: Saturday May 14 at 6pm EST, Enjoy the sale! Scott Wallace, 613-257-7756

Auction of Antique Bottles

BuckAuctionTrioDear Mr. Meyer, We wanted to inform you of our upcoming May 7th auction which will include a number of 19th C. bottles and flasks including a New England Glass Works Eagle and Anchor flask. The complete catalog can be viewed at Auction Zip or on If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, Daniel Buck Soules, Daniel Buck Auctions & Appraisals, 501 Lisbon Street-Rte. 196, Lisbon Falls, Maine 04252, 207-407-1444

Mystery of the “Bitter Witch” finally solved.

Bitter Witch photoI’ve had a bottle in my collection for many, many years that has always intrigued me. It was dug in V.C. Nevada, is not a western whiskey and, in fact, is part of what a friend of mine has called my “darker side” of collecting. The question of just what was “Bitter Witch” has been bounced around for years. Bill Wilson said, in his 19th Century Medicine in Glass, that it was a product of John H. Redington of S. F. Cal., and that the brand was distributed along with Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters, Newell’s Pulmonary Balsam., Fish’s Infallible Hair Restorative, Woods Liver Regulator, Essence of Jamaica Ginger, and Yerba Santa. Read post at Western Bottle News. Earlier Post: Bitter Witch – What a great name! UPDATE: P. Pratts “Bitter Witch”

Logo Designs for the FOHBC 2018 Cleveland National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo

FOHBC_Cleveland Logo_NewLogo concepts were presented to the FOHBC 2018 Cleveland National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo co-chairs Louis Fifer and Matt Lacy (& Elizabeth Lacy) on Sunday evening, 24 April 2016. Every great American city has a founding father, historical landmarks and participated in our countries growth. Cleveland, Ohio is no different. What is exciting here is the transformation and revitalization of Cleveland through good infrastructure planning, diversification and investment in the arts. Cleveland is synonymous with the FOHBC Next Generation initiative.


July | August issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS in deep design

JulyAugust16_Sac_WhiskianaCover76 pages of color. Exciting articles with a heavy Western Region influence in preparation for the biggest bottle event of the year, the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. Articles include: Betty Zumwalt: She Was There, at the 1976 St. Louis Expo, Ulrich Alting – Hawaii’s First Soda Water Bottler, Optamistic Cynicism, One Mans Trash is Another Mans Treasure, Monterey An Enigma Bottle, McDonald & Levy’s Compound Extract of Manzanita and the feature article, Sacramento Whiskiana. Join the FOHBC now and receive BOTTLE and EXTRAS

H. H. Warner – His Company & His Bottles 2.0 by Michael Seeliger & contributing authors worldwide

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H. H. Warner – His Company & His Bottles 2.0. Digital Format fits any USB Port PDF version. Updates available as new information pictures and stories unfold by sending card back to the author. Filled with the Warner and Dr. Craig Story, Bottles, Advertising, Posters, Almanacs, and other information on Warner and Craig bottles. Over 600 pages with great pictures of all Warner bottles and advertising. Includes the 1974 book H.H. Warner His Company & His Bottles and a checklist of Warner and Dr. Craig items. $18 postpaid. Update available whenever desired by sending the original USB card back and receiving another new version for $3 to cover postage or free at bottle shows where Michael Seeliger is in attendance. To order a copy: Michael Seeliger, N8211 Smith Rd. Brooklyn, Wisconsin 53521, or buy it on ebay.

Genesee Valley Bottle Association Holds 47th Annual Show and Sale

Genesee16SquareThe weekend of last April 17, I made my annual trip to Rochester, New York for the Genesee Valley Bottle Association’s 47th Annual Show and Sale at the Robert Wesleyan College Voller Athletic Center at 2301 Westside Drive. This is a great location for a show with about everything a dealer could want. There is plenty of parking, big doors on the level ground to load and unload, great lighting and there is plenty of room behind the tables. Aaron and Pam Weber once again were the show chairmen.


The MAY JUNE 2016 issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS

MayJune16_SiddonsCoverThe MAY JUNE 2016 issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS mailed yesterday to members. 72 pages, full color, plus covers. Totally redesigned. Join the FOHBC now by using this link. Digital memberships available. JOIN NOW

Floating Bottles

FloodApril16Posted this yesterday, late afternoon. Click picture to enlarge. “Things not so good here at Peachridge. Actually have bottles floating in some 1st floor rooms. 17 1/2″ of rain so far. Seven dogs, five cats and us moving operations up stairs. No chance for evacuation. 2 to 3 feet water outside. Water still rising. Oh, and todays is Elizabeths B-Day. We were going to dinner tonight.” Update: We thank you for the well wishes, the calls, the emails and many Facebook comments on the PRG page. It is early Tuesday morning now. Dark. We will wait to see if the water is going down. It seemed quite a bit less downstairs this morning when we made a coffee maker and coffee run. Got seven dogs that need to go out.

The ‘Colors of Spring’ Potpourri Auction

GWGridApril16Glass Works Auctions presents an absentee auction The “Colors of Spring” 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 – May 2nd @ 10pm EDT, Session 2: Lots 251 to 500 – May 3rd @ 10pm EDT, Session 1: Lots 501 to 716 – May 4th @ 10pm EDT, 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, Barber Bottles and more. Over 700 lots of quality antique bottles, flasks, etc. ** VISIT AUCTION **

Auction Announcement – North American Glass

Dear Collector: Our first auction of spring opens for on-line bidding on Monday, April 18th at 6 pm EST. In this auction we’ve included a good variety in thirteen different categories, with something for everyone including jars, bottles, flasks and more. A full preview is currently available for viewing at the link below. The closing date is Thursday April 28th with our normal sequential closing and 10-minute rule. For any questions about lots, please simply contact us using the “Ask Seller A Question” link on each item page. VISIT AUCTION

California Sherry Wine Appetizer or Stomach Bitters

CSWSB_2xIt looks like we may have an unlisted, labeled bitters here as I find no reference to the California Sherry Wine Appetizer or Stomach Bitters in the Ring & Ham Bitters Bottles or the supplements, both existing and planned. This email and pictures came in from Henry Hartley: “Hello Ferdinand, having read about you and your connection with bitters, I figured you were the right fellow to ask about a labeled bitters I have. I hope you can read what is left of the label. Unfortunately the maker’s name is missing. Only an “E” and a “W” are discernible. This is sort of puzzle bottle. Thanks for any help in identification.”


2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention Seminar Schedule

Craigs&Seeligers_wSix outstanding seminars will be presented by prominent collectors on various collecting topics an the Lions Gate Hotel in Club Ballrooms A & B. They will take place on Friday morning, August 5th from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. The seminars will be: Warner and Dr. Charles Craig: Their Connection and the Beginning of the Warner Medicine Empire – Michael W. Seeliger with assistance from Mike and Kathie Craig…


ABCR Auctions #24 Catalogue Now Online

CrackerJacksMouthOrganSAuction 24 Online. 989 Lots from bargain basement to the top shelf. Hi, Ferdinand, The Auction 24 catalogue is now ready to view and bidding begins next Wednesday (13th April). Of note this time is a great array of Demijohns, a huge range of ginger beers and crown seal aerated waters plus one of the best enamel signs we’ve ever seen. The most important detail! Online bidding begins: Wednesday 13th April 2016, 8 pm (Melbourne Time). Click here to view the catalogue.

Takes More Than Snow to Hold Down The Empire State Bottle Collectors Association

EmpireFeature16SnowLast April 3 was the date for the 46th annual Empire State Bottle Collectors Association spring show and sale. The club holds two shows a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Most clubs have their hands full doing just one show, but these guys have been doing two shows for years. The spring show had a lot to offer as far as this was the first time at the new location at the Cicero (N.Y.) American Legion post on 5575 Legionnaire Drive. For years, the show was held at the Cicero Fire House, but costs kept rising and it was time to move. I have been going to this show for years and I like the new location a lot better.


Jeff Wichmann inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame

WichmannHOFCoverArtThe FOHBC takes great pleasure in confirming that Jeff Wichmann, of Sacramento, California has been inducted into the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors Hall of Fame. The Federation Board was very pleased with the nomination process and approved his induction with a unanimous, 18 of 18 votes. A 2/3rd majority was required. Jeff will join an important group of individuals who have brought forth significant contributions to our great hobby. Jeff will be accepting the award at the FOHBC 2016 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo Banquet on Friday, 05 August 2016, at the Lions Gate Hotel Hotel, Club Ballroom.


Tommy Mitchiner inducted into the FOHBC Honor Roll

TommyMitchiner_smallThe FOHBC takes great pleasure in confirming that the late Thomas William “Tommy” Mitchiner, of Gordon, Georgia has been inducted into the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors Honor Roll. The antique bottle collecting hobby for Tommy Mitchiner, of Gordon, Georgia, started in 1966 following a newspaper article about people digging in Savannah, Georgia and finding lots of John Ryan sodas and other bottles. Between that year and 2013 when he passed away, Mitchiner had become Georgia’s most famous bottle collector and had amassed a huge collection of John Ryan sodas …


American Bottle Auctions Open House added to 2016 Sacramento National Program

WichWindowAnother great event has been added to the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. Come meet with Jeff Wichmann, Chi Chi Anyanwu and Dennis Fox, tour Jeff’s super American Bottle Auctions office and see some wonderful displays of antique bottles and western memorabilia. Buses will depart the Lions Gate Hotel at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. The same buses will bring guests back. There are many lunch opportunities located in this unique Sacramento neighborhood. Refreshments offered.


Farrell’s Magnolia Bitters – O. H. Peckham & Co. – St. Louis

FarrellsLabelOsgood H. Peckham, president of the National Candy Company, and a well known figure in St. Louis, Mo., business circles, is a native of the State of New York, where he was reared and educated. In 1873 he came to St. Louis and engaged in the candy business, under the corporate name of the O. H. Peckham Company. The business thus founded was carried on under various firm names until it was merged into the National Candy Company, October 15, 1892. This larger company was incorporated under the laws of New Jersey and is one of the greatest business concerns in the United States, having the control of candy and confectionery manufacturing plants in nearly all the large western cities of the country.


Betty Zumwalt, the keynote speaker at the 2016 FOHBC Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention and Expo

BettyZumwalt2The FOHBC Banquet will be held on Friday evening, August 5th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Lions Gate Hotel Club Ballroom. A cash bar will be available for sodas and/or alcoholic beverages. The cost of the banquet will be $35 per person. Reservations will be available on a first come basis. Betty Zumwalt, renowned antique bottle and glass authority and author, FOHBC 2008 Hall of Fame inductee, will be the guest speaker discussing “50 year celebration of achievement”.


Story of a Bottle – Barkhouse Bros. & Co. Gold Dust Kentucky Bourbon

BarkhouseSmallPaulDear Mr. Ferdinand, I found your article when I was looking for information on an old bottle I purchased yesterday. I hope that you might be able to point me in the right direction. The bottle is embossed with the following words: Trade Mark Barkhouse Bros. & Co. Gold Dust Kentucky Bourbon, John Vanbergen & Co Sole Agents. I read an article that said a bottle like this sold for $28,000 in 2011. Do you know who I should speak to in regard to my bottle? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Paul


2016 Sacramento National Souvenir Program (Sneak Preview) “The Best of The West”

SacramentoProgramTOP70Three veteran western bottle collectors endeavored to produce a list of the most important twenty-five 19th century bottles with respect to collector’s interest. Knowing that this is no easy task, as everyone has their favorites, a set of criteria was established as guidelines to develop the list. They included such issues as age, history, aesthetics, rarity and at times, other more nebulous details. Use categories were also developed in order to include a broad perspective of use types.


My 2016 Baltimore Show Weekend

163_DetailI spent the weekend of March 13 in Baltimore. I try to write up things about the shows I attend for two reasons: First and always most important to me is to support the hobby and give credit to the folks who work hard to put these events on. There are times we forget all these events are put together by people who are paid nothing. They do it for the love of the hobby. The second reason I do it is to point out to people that the hobby is more than about people gathering up glass objects and filling their shelves. This hobby is about the experiences we share and the friends we make along the way.


Mohawk Valley Bottle Club Supports the FOHBC

BenderTalkingOn Monday, March 14, 2016, I did a talk on the history of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) at the Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle Clubs monthly meeting. Ron Weir had asked me a month or so ago if I would be interested in speaking on the Federations history. Of course I said, and I was willing and excited to do so. Ron told me that he also wanted to give away five free memberships to the FOHBC that night to be paid for by their Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle Club. This was music to my ears.


Surgical Institute Bitters

KCSurgicalInstituteImageYou see in 1873, Dr. D. E. Dickerson and Dr. John Stark founded the Western Surgical Institute in Kansas City, under the incorporate laws of the State of Missouri. This enterprise proved a financial as well as professional success with patients coming from New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Indian Territory, Nebraska, and adjacent States. They claimed in advertising to being the only institution west of the Mississippi that provided steam-propelled movement cure, that being the most modern treatment for the cure of paralytics. They claimed to perform difficult surgical operations daily. In some references the business is called the Kansas City Surgical Institute.


Extremely rare Senour’s Calisaya Bitters from St. Louis

DugSenoursEarlier in March. I posted on Daily Dose about a Senour’s Calisaya Bitters saying, “Off to Dallas and then San Antone tomorrow night. Baltimore next week for the big antique bottle show and FOHBC board meeting. Here is another Senour’s Calisaya Bitters that crossed my path today (see below). Obviously with a problem. That makes the one dug last month (see above) and this one, the only examples that I have ever seen.”


Reference to a Strickland’s Life Bitters

StricklandARTThe Strickland’s Life Bitters is an unlisted bitters that I came across recently while searching for other material. We are talking about Dr. Alfred Strickland who founded Strickland & Company around 1862 in Cincinnati, Ohio. I first found his advertisements in various newspapers around 1864 for Dr. Strickland’s Mellifluous Cough Balsam, Strickland’s Pile Remedy, Strickland’s Anti-Cholera Mixture and Strickland’s Tonic. Some advertising was targeted to Civil War soldiers.


HECKLER Auction 133 is Open for Bidding

Heckler133ArtHeckler Auction 133 is Open for Bidding. Closes: March 16, 2016. Auction 133. A Premier Absentee Auction Including: Early Glass, Historical Flasks, Bitters, Black Glass, Poisons, Inks, Medicines, Sodas and More is now available for viewing/bidding on our website. Bidding will continue through March 16, 2016 at 10 PM Eastern. To view the auction or bid online.

Somer’s Antique Bottle Clubs 46th Annual Show and Sale

17_2016Enfield_DougBurrThis past weekend I attended the Somer’s Antique Bottle Clubs 46th annual Show and Sale held at St. Bernard’s School West Campus located in Enfield, Connecticut. I have attended this show for years and have always enjoyed it a lot. For over 40 years, Rose Sokol and her husband Bob, have run the show. I had a chance to work with Rose on a few FOHBC items with her club and she is a true patriot of the hobby. Her devotion to the hobby is second to none and her club should be very proud of her and what she has done for the club over the years.


Saratoga Type Bottle Collectors Society

SaratogaPoster16The other day I received a nice letter and poster from Bob Puckhaber. Bob is son of the late Bernhard Puckhaber who published the first guide to SARATOGAS Mineral Waters in 1976. I still have my copy and I was lucky enough to have met Bernie as most called him at the Saratoga Mineral Water Club meetings back in 1980 or so when I was collecting Saratoga Type bottles.


Generals House Reception

GeneralsHouseLogoLions Gate Hotel, Generals House Reception, Thursday evening, August 4th, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Sponsored by American Bottle Auctions and Peachridge Glass at the historic Lions Gate Hotel Generals House. This event is for dealers who have bought tables, their assistants, displayers, seminar givers and those with early admission passes at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. MORE INFO

French Aromatique – The Finest Stomach Bitters

FrenchAromatiqueBitters2_BeattyHi Ferd, here is a FRENCH AROMATIQUE THE FINEST STOMACH BITTERS in aqua. It is 7 1/4 by 3 1/8 by 2 3/4 by 5 1/4 with an applied ring top. I showed it to the late Dick Watson and he had heard of it, but never seen one. Ring & Ham have it listed as F 85 and Very Rare, which is 6 to 15 examples. I don’t know what city it is from but Dick was sure it was American. Does anyone out there know or have a label or newspaper advertisement? Best Regards, Gary Beatty


The Bust of Columbia Liberty Cap Eagle Historical Flask

ColumbiaPaintingJust when you wonder when the long drought and absence of killer bottles will end, up comes this off-the-chart great Bust of Columbia with Liberty Cap – American Eagle historical flask in a pint size in the Glass Works Auctions #110, aptly named “The Winter Blues” auction. The flask is pictured at the top of the post and once again within. I don’t think that I have ever seen a cobalt blue pint before. There are four or five known examples, one in the Corning Museum of Glass (pictured further below), two in private collections and now one in this auction. I have seen and handled the half pint Columbia Eagle at the FOHBC 2012 National Antique Bottle Show in Reno, Nevada. The can see it in the center of the picture directly above. I will never forget how beautiful that small bottle felt in my hand as I admired and was astonished with the beauty of it’s every detail.

Sacramento Grizzley Bear

SacbearTrioJeff (Wichmann) took the pictures yesterday (for a future Sacramento bottle article in BOTTLES and EXTRAS) and will forward them shortly. While he was here, he took a photo of a hand carved grizzley bear, California’s official state mammal. The bear has a blanket on its back and sides. One side is carved California. The other is carved Sacramento. If this image can be of any use for the Sacramento EXPO, the FOHBC is welcome to use it. We can also take other, perhaps better angles. Steve Abbott See enlarged pics


J. H. Dudley’s Jockey Club House Bitters

JCHB_ArtDudley’s graphics are wonderful on the box with this “Romeo” jockey sipping a glassful of Jockey Club Bitters that his Juliette hands him from her porch window. She has a larger container of bitters on the ledge. I guess her house was right next to the race track. J. H. Dudley also has his signature on the box which is pretty neat. He said that two or three wine glass fulls a day, placed in your wine or schnapps (I guess that you are already drinking) will cure your headache, stomach ache etc. I bet so, at least for a while. I also have never seen a bottle.


Kaiser Wilhelm Stomach Bitters – Sandusky, Ohio

KaiserWilhelmNukedSquareHey Ferd, I was with you when you purchased your “Toneco Bitters” at the Chattanooga National Show. I believe you thought it was nuked, but it is a pretty bottle. I just recently purchased this “Kaiser Wilhelm Bitters, Sandusky, Ohio” off of ebay. It had been nuked and was stained. I cleaned it on my machine and to me it’s beautiful. While I don’t ascribe to nuked bottles (the only one I have), it took a very un-attractive bitters and dressed it up. I like it because I am a born Buckeye. Maybe you can show it in your Daily Dose. Best Regards, Gary Beatty


“Up and Going” Excelsior Ginger Ale

ExcelGingerAleDetailI received the following “Need Help” message from Troy Beck (Xenia, Ohio) over on PRG Facebook. I get a lot of these types of questions and I am usually clueless on some of the stuff. I’m all over it, if it’s up my alley or I try to move the question on to someone else if I can. This examples was a no-brainer as the bottle says Ginger Ale on the label. That would be our man Ken Previtali.


Tuscaloosa Antique Bottle, Pottery & Advertising Show

TuscaloosaAdWorked on this design for a flyer for a NEW SHOW in Alabama. Please note. Tuscaloosa Antique Bottle, Pottery & Advertising Show on Saturday, July 23, 2016. This show, at least for this year, will replace and fill the vacancy left by the Birmingham Antique Bottle Show not occurring. Thanks to Bob McGraw & Bill Johnson for stepping in with John Joiner as a consultant. See all show listings.

An exquisite Lediard’s Morning Call square

Lediards_MorningCall_Side_r2Charles Lediard has again been on my mind recently for a number of reasons. First of all, I came across some new material and information and updated the Charles Lediard and his Liquor Products post from November 2012. This included more information on Charles Lediard, expanded newspaper advertising and an advertising trade card. Next I decided to clean-up the related OK Plantation Bitters – the “Big Boys post from November 2012. Then, I laid out an article that is planned for the May June 2016 issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS. Here is the opening spread design.


Dexter Loveridge’s Wahoo Bitters – The Travellers Friend Flask

WahooFlask1_FullFront_rCJust received some great pictures the other day while boarding a flight from Tampa to Houston. Knocked my socks off, I think, as I had boots on. Look at these spectacular images that I prepped in Photoshop. From a prominent anonymous collector who has the best of best eyes for obtaining great bottles. I have never seen this embossed Loveridge flask before from Buffalo, New York. Dig the pewter cap, tax stamp, label and form. Off-the-chart killer.


Back to our RootsWhat Does That Mean?

FloydSacThe upcoming FOHBC 2016 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo to be held in Sacramento, California on August 4 – 7, 2016, is considered to be a “back to our roots” celebration of the beginnings or organized bottle collecting which later developed into the FOHBC. In order to help understand how this interest in bottle collecting came about, I have attached a 13 minute video that I found on the Internet. The underlying significance of this video is important, not only from the standpoint of bottle collecting in Sacramento but its greater implications to the hobby across the entire United States.

An Opinion on Bottle Cleaning

DugBottlesThe following represents my opinion and does not reflect the opinions of others. It reflects what I see in the collecting field that I have been a part of for 42 years. In a continuing and relentless attempt to make anyone who decides to have a bottle that is stained and or in need of restoration portrayed as a history-destroying criminal and an untrained butcher of sorts, I feel it necessary to discuss this in detail. I have had many discussions on the practice of restoring bottles. The reason I use the the term restoring and not altering is the bottle, when made, was not ground stained, it was clean and in most all cases shiny. If you return it to that state, it is a restoration and not an alteration from original state as made.


2016 Sacramento Shootout Bottle Competition News

SacShoot-OutArt_Alt2The Sacramento Shootout bottle competition will be held at the FOHBC 2016 National Antique Bottle Show & Expo in Sacramento, California after the Generals House Reception. There will be three (3) categories. Each category will have three (3) judges. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.The categories are Jesse Moore Sole Agent (cylinder fifths), U.S.A. Hosp. Dept. quarts and Hostetter’s Bitters (limit 4 entries per category per competitor). Security will be provided. For additional information contact Richard Siri, Sacramento Convention Chair, PO Box 3818, Santa Rosa, California, 707.542.6438, or visit

Cleveland, Ohio to be the host city for the 2018 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention

cleveland-convention-centerThe Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is thrilled to announce the arrival of the 2018 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on August 3rd – 5th, 2018. This mega event promises to deliver in ways we haven’t seen before! The Convention will take place at the Cleveland Convention Center… READ MORE

Blue Pontiled McGuire Dug

MaGuireInHandBill Yablonski posts that an awesome St. Louis, Missouri, red iron pontiled, J & C Maguire medicine, in a fantastic, near mint condition was dug today in Memphis. See more pictures at

SACRAMENTO: A place where many came to seek a treasure.

Sacramento_california_1849Sacramento, A place where many came to seek a treasure. Some by ship, some by foot, some by horse, but none by plane. Most of you FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo visitors made your trip in a matter of minutes or hours. But the treasure seekers referred to above took months of the most arduous travel to come to Sacramento, and most went home without a treasure. May your fortune be better! Read at FOHBC

5 Responses to Antique Bottle and Glass News

  1. Warren Friedrich says:

    I’ve just spent several hours perusing this website for Antique Bottle Collectors, I have to say this is the most comprehensive internet site ever developed for the antique bottle enthusiast. It is destined to be the GO TO site for all those interested in the antique bottle hobby.

  2. FinBotClub says:

    This is a great looking website — well done! Love all the pix of the beautiful bottles. Looking forward to watching this site grow. All the best wishes from the Findlay Bottle Club! –Marianne Dow

  3. Mike Dolcini says:

    Well done, Ferd. Lots of great info and destined to be a favorite of a bunch of collectors.

  4. dale says:

    Great job Ferd ! The information and enjoyment of your site is a huge asset to the bottle and glass collecting community not to mention the history buff ! My enjoyment of collecting has just increased 10 fold thanks to your efforts !

  5. feritz says:

    I have an example of the Hufeland bitters That reads: Original Swiss Stomach Tonic. sole manufacturers-Edward M. Lind/ O.L. Stevens. This is an early machine-made bottle, so I am assuming it was made after the pure foods act of 1906. Curious. Frank Ritz

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