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Heckler Select Auction 151 Online Today!
Heckler Select Auction 151. July 3rd through July 12th. View Auction 151 Online Today! A Select Absentee Auction Including: Early Glass, Bottles, Flasks, Bitters, Utilities, Black Glass, Whiskeys, Soda and Mineral Water Bottles, Medicines, Freeblown and Pressed Glass, Inks, Lamps & More is now available for viewing on our website. Bidding will begin on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 9 AM Eastern. To view the auction, please visit
Two incredibly tall G. N. Morison Wholesale Druggist Ads
I’ve written about George Noble Morison of New Orleans before, specifically his extremely rare G. N. Morison’s Invigorating Bitters. Here are two really interesting vertical advertisements from Morison who was a wholesale druggist in the 1850s and 1860s. If you click and enlarge the ads, there are some fascinating items that he advertises as being in stock. His warehouse must have really been something. Here is what specifically caught my eye…
Dr. Herrick’s Standard Family Medicine
Within this post is reference to two early bitters from 1846 and 1847 that seem to be unlisted. The Strengthening Bitters and Vegetable Tonic Bitters (probably the same bitters with flexible names) are from a Dr. Herrick who is probably Dr. Lewis R. Herrick of Albany, New York. Dr. Herrick was born in Malden, New York on March 10, 1816 and was a noted physician of his day. Dr. Herrick, a patent medicine man, acquired considerable fame, and a large fortune in that business. His Sugar Coated Vegetable Pills and Dr. Herrick’s Kid Strengthening Plasters had a world-wide reputation, at least according to advertising and write-ups on the man. He called himself “The great Healer of Mankind!”
2017 Springfield National Souvenir Program
Still some advertising space in the 2017 Springfield National Souvenir Program. From $35 to $300. We thank the following for their support! See attached price sheet. 2018 Cleveland National, 2019 Augusta National, American Bottle Auctions, American Digger Magazine, American Glass Gallery, Andrew Koutsoukos, Antique Bottle Club of San Diego, Barry Hayes, Bill Taylor, Binninger Bottles by Jim Bender, Bininger Man (Jack Pelletier), Bitters Bottles and Supplements, Bob Ferraro, In Memory Of, Bob & Mariane Strickhart, BottlePickers.com, Bottles and Extras, Bottles Identification & Price Guide, Bottle Tree Antiques Farm (John & Mary Bray), Bradley’s Back Bar Bottles, British Bottle Review (BBR), Capital Region Antique Bottle & Insulator Club, Chris & Tim Hill, In Memory Of, Circle City Bottle Club (Indianapolis), Collectibles Insurance, Cures Wanted (John Wolf), Dale Santos – Wanted Demijohns, Dan Luciano, Dana Charlton Zarro (Pitkin Glass), Dario Dimare Insulators, Eric McGuire, Findlay Bottle Show, Finger Lakes Bottle Collectors Association, FMG Design, Inc., FOHBC Virtual Museum, Fruit Jar Annual 2018, Gary Beatty, Genesee Valley Bottle Club, Glass Works Auctions, Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Show, Grotzbotz (Larry Grotz), Heckler & Company Auctions, Holabird Western Americana Collections, Houston Bottle Show, Jeff Ullman, Jerry & Helen Forbes, Jim & Val Berry, John Joiner, John Spellman, Kansas Antique Bottle Show, Leo Goudreau Professional Glass Cleaning, Mark & Andrew Vuono Historical Flasks, Mark & Lynda Suozzi, MassMutual Center, McMurray Antiques & Auctions, Michael George, Mike Dickman, Michael Mackintosh, Mobile Bottle Collectors Club, Mohawk Valley Bottle Club, Mr. Bottles (Steven Libbey), National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors, National Bottle Museum, North American Glass, Past Tyme Pleasures, Peachridge Glass, Phillip Smith, Poison Bottles (Joan Cabaniss), Ralph Finch (Target Balls), Randolph Haumann, Red Book #11, Rich & Kathy Tucker, Richard Carney, Richard Siri, Rick & Berny Baldwin, Rod Vining, Sandor P. Fuss, Sheldon Baugh, Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, Steve Ketcham, Theo Adams, Tod von Mechow, Tod Cagle, Tom Lines, Warner Products (Seeliger & Craig), Williams Distribution Co., Zane Wood. INFO
So-Long to Downieville – One last Hurrah
The Downieville Bottle Show was started in the early 1990’s as the Mother Lode Bottle Show by Bill Ham and Warren Friedrich with help from Richard Siri and the late Jess Jones. If you were one of the early attendees or show dealers you remember the 1997 Western Whiskey Extravaganza that featured the top western whiskies and seminar by the late guru of western whiskies John Thomas. The 1998 show featured a display of the most desirable Slug Plate and Picture Whiskies displayed by collectors from all over the west. Read: September 9, 2017 The Last Downieville Bottle Show
Now Two Tally-Ho Bitters
The phrase tally-ho is a largely a British phrase, which originated from the activity of foxhunting, and other forms of hunting with hounds, shouted when a rider or follower sees the fox. Today the term has evolved to have other meanings, most of which relate to ‘pointing out’ or ‘spotting’ a ‘target’. For example, it is sometimes used as slang in air traffic control to verify a radar contact has been visually confirmed.
Reno Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club 53rd Annual Show & Sale
On a typical sweltering Summer day the Reno Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club held its 53rd Annual show and sale at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center on June 16 & 17 in Reno, Nevada. This has been one of the premier bottles sales events in the West since its inception, and Marty Hall and Helene Walker have been involved in its success for more years than I can recall. This year was no exception.
We lose a Great Leader in our Hobby – Gene Bradberry
Just hearing from Tom Phillips that long-time FOHBC member, past president and Hall of Famer Gene Bradberry passed away this morning. Tom will get us more information on the funeral and services. Gene joined the FOHBC in 1969 and quickly became active behind the scenes. He served as 2nd vice chairman (1971-72), chairman (1972-74), President (as chairmen became) (1988-94), Membership Director (1994-2000), Expo 2004 show chairman, 1st vice president (2004-06), Membership Director (2006-10), President (2010-2012) and Director at Large (2012-Present). He also found time to serve his Memphis Bottle Collectors Club and…
Digging Historical Flasks
Crazy recent digging finds. We have a three person tri-state digging crew, since we have one person from Ohio, one from West Virginia, and I’m here in Pennsylvania. We have been hitting it hard the last year or so, with many cool and historic finds. Recently, we have dug some pretty great bottles and thought it may make a nice additional to the Lost & Found column. In about a 30-day period (31 to be exact), we dug a Rough and Ready Zachary Taylor quart flask, then followed that up with a colored pint Louisville double eagle, then a couple weeks ago we dug a quart green scroll flask… all in excellent condition! I can’t believe that the quart flasks were not damaged, as all these flasks were at the bottom of 8 to 10 footers. I’ll make sure to follow up soon with some bottle digging articles! – Jeff Mihalik SUBSCRIBE
Mississippi Valley Bitters or Yazoo Valley Bitters?
I found this bright yellow, 1867 St. Louis City Directory advertisement above listing a Mississippi Valley Bitters, Fish Bitters, Hostetter’s Bitters and Drake’s Bitters. I certainly know about the last three listings. The Mississippi Valley Bitters is new to me. Could it be related to the Yazoo Valley Bitters that was made in Vicksburg, Mississippi by Fulton M. McRae?
Dr. Brunon’s Bitters – To Hotel Keepers, Restaurants, Druggists, Grocers and the Public
A simple post here for an 1859 bitters advertisement I found the other day in The Ottawa Free Trader. Dr. Brunon’s Bitters would cure just about anything out there. The bitters sold for 50 cents per bottle, $5 per dozen, $2.50 per gallon and you could get extra Bitters for bar-rooms, by the gallon or barrel at the low price of $1.25 per gallon. I wonder how they shipped the barrels?
July August 2017 issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS mailed on Monday
You will find inside, Hidden Church Treasures, or So Near Yet So Far, For This Collector, History’s Messages are in the Bottles, Is there elegance and mystique in a milk glass soda bottle from Massachusetts?, Los Angeles Historical Bottle Club’s 50th Anniversary Commemoratives, A Serendipitous Dig, Pale Orange Bitters and P. J. Murray’s Ghost, Paine’s Celery Compound – Makes People Well and departments such as Shards of Wisdom, History’s Corner, Lost & Found, Member Photo Gallery, FOHBC News, From and For Our Members, Show Calendar Listings and so much more. CLICK For membership & subscription info.
Britain’s Biggest Show 27th Summer National
Barnett & Lion’s Southern Grey Jacket Stomach Bitters
Dale Mlasko recently posted pictures of a whittled and mint, red amber, Barnett & Lion’s (sometimes spelled incorrectly as Lyon) “Grey Jacket Bitters” bottle from a collection that was boxed up and unknown for decades. This labeled (not embossed) Southern stomach bitters, from New Orleans, was first produced in 1865. The bottle has a really cool embossed confederate soldier, hence you would assume, the name. The label probably had a color illustration of Johnny Reb. The bottle is extremely rare with probably only a handful secreted away in Southern collections. This bottle is very desirable and has so much going for it.
Northwestern Bottle Collectors Association Show & Sale
The Santa Rosa Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium was the site of the Northwestern Bottle Collector’s Association annual show and sale on May 6 & 7, in Santa Rosa, California. After a number of years of a slump in club membership and show attendance a noticeable resurgence in both has been lately experienced, and this year’s show was no exception to this renewed interest. It was one of the best shows in recent memory.
Mansfield holds its 39th Annual Show
This past Saturday, Linda and I made our yearly trip to the Ohio Bottle Clubs 39th annual Mansfield show. The Ohio Bottle Club is a great group of people headed by Alan DeMasion, acting president. Alan is also heading up the FOHBC Virtual Museum imaging and fundraising efforts. You should see his 3-D spinners that he is working on. I am told some examples will be available at the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. Stop by and check them out. Alan will have a Virtual Museum filming set-up in the display area.
Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle Club has a Great Two Days
I am running a bit behind with my show reports because the past three weeks has been filled with bottle activities. I have been to the Rochester bottle show, the Mohawk Valley Bottle Clubs show and just returned from the Mansfield show. I set up at all three shows and also went to Norm Hecklers barn sale in between. So, I am playing catch up at this point!
2017 Springfield National Seminars – Seminar Schedule, Topics & Presenters