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The Oldest Club in The Country Holds It’s Fall Show
The Empire State Bottle Collectors Association held its fall show and sale on Sunday, 18 October 2016. This is the 17th year for the Scriba, New York location. Barry Haynes heads up the show and does a great job – always filling the show room. There were 60 tables at the show with 95% being bottles along with a few very interesting displays.
November December issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS mailed yesterday!
Packed full with a 32-page spread, 2016 Sacramento National – Celebration of People and our Hobby, also Mt Vernon’s Glassworks Project and Where in the World is H. H. Warner? plus all the regular areas such as Member News, Shards of Wisdom and Member Photographs. Not a FOHBC Member?… no problem… you can JOIN HERE
Session II of The Bob Ferraro Collection
Glass Works Auctions proudly presents Session II of The Bob Ferraro Collection, Lots 49 through 96. Closes November 7th, 2016 @ 10:00 pm. Opened for bidding Monday, October 24th Click here to view the auction, register and bid!
Mt Vernon Glassworks Project
Hi Ferdinand, Mark Yates and I were excavating behind the factory site of the Mt. Vernon glassworks with Brian Wolff for several years prior to his death. Brian’s dream was to excavate the actual factory site. Brian’s longtime friend, turns out, had recently inherited a house, its yard being the factory site. Last October we got permission to excavate on the factory mound in the backyard and Brian was able to be with me on the first day there. Mark and I continued until December 31st when the frost did us in.
American Glass Gallery Auction #17 Preview
Hi, Ferdinand, I’m getting ready to dash out the door for the Findlay, Ohio Show. However, I wanted to send you a pdf of our upcoming auction catalog cover. If possible, would certainly appreciate your posting it on Peachridge, along with a link to our website. Folk can see a small preview, as well as order catalogs. Auction opens this coming Thursday, October, 20. Thanks, Ferdinand, – look forward to talking with you soon, John (Pastor) See Small Preview
Stage Actress Beauties – Looking at some Damiana Bitters Advertising Trade Cards
Ferd, Here are the images you requested. Glad to help out. I thought that we had used a number of them previously but I could not find them in any of your posts. All of these ladies were stage stars in the late 19th century. They lent their celebrity to the promotion of these bitters much as celebrities are doing today. Each are worthy of separate posts in their own right. I have done some research and have limited biographies on each of them. I look forward to reading your Damiana Bitters post. Regards, Joe”
Early Damiana Bitters or is something wrong here?
Gary Beatty snagged this interesting Baja California Damiana Bitters with a label (pictured above) and wonders if it is a variant of the more common Damiana Bitters most of us are familiar with (pictured below). He also wonders about the authenticity of the label. His email to me is represented below.
The ‘Colors of Fall’ Catalog Auction #113 now online!
NOW ONLINE! Glass Works Auctions presents The ‘Colors of Fall’ Auction #113, Auction closes October 31st, 2016 @ 10 pm. Opens for bidding October 17th. Over 340 items in this auction! Click here to view the auction, register and bid!
Yankee Bottle Club 49th Show Still Great After All These Years
This past week end I was lucky enough to travel to the Yankee Bottle Club’s 49th annual show and sale in Keene, New Hampshire. The Keene Show, as most collectors and dealers call it, has been one of my favorites for years. This year was no different and it was well worth the trip.
Finger Lakes Bottle Collectors Association Holds 47th Show
The Finger Lakes Bottle Collectors Association (FLBCA) was organized in April 1969. It is a non profit organization composed of individuals and families who share a common interest in bottles, fruit jars, glass, stoneware, related items, advertising, and other antiques and collectibles.
ABCR Auction 26 Now Online
940 Lots with something to suit all collectors. Hi, Ferdinand, The Auction 26 catalogue is now ready to view and bidding begins next Wednesday (5th October). As usual there is a really diverse offering of antique bottles covering most fields and budgets. We’re also pleased to offer a nice selection of Pottery, advertising pieces, early glass and pot lids. The most important detail! Online bidding begins: Wednesday 5th October 2016, 8 pm (Melbourne Time). View Auction
Nevada Backbar Letter
Good Afternoon Ferdinand. Please place this letter on your Peachridge site as it concerns Nevada backbars. If you need to call me. Thanks for having a great site that we all can enjoy – Dennis Eastley **This letter is in response to the “Unicorns and Rainbows” opinion that certain bottles mentioned in an article entitled “Nevada Backbar Bottle Bonanza” (FOHBC magazine “Bottles and Extras, September-October 2016 edition, page 33) are not genuine, legitimate Nevada bottles. I include my personal research on a select handful.
Unicorns and Rainbows
Historical research was somewhat elusive for most until the advent of the internet. Research generally required hours of travel to State Archives or libraries, which held vaults full of often miscategorized paperwork, and then more countless hours literally digging through file drawers of this and that, trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together, much like trying to connect random dots. Read at Western Whiskey Gazette
Sacramento National feature article in latest issue of Antique Bottle & Glass Collector
Congratulations to Michael & Karen Peart as an image from their stellar Benicia Glass – Natures Tiffany display made the front cover of the October issue of the magazine. The feature article was written by yours truly. Akso working on a major feature article in BOTTLES and EXTRAS for the November December issue. Subscribe to AB&GC. Join the FOHBC and get Bottles and Extras.
Barrel Series – Out of the Ashes, the Wolford Z – Whiskey
I guess my biggest question here would be why Jacob A. Wolford would put a “Z” on his figural barrel whiskey bottle? Does it mean Zebra, Zorba, Zion, Zipper or something else? Who knows? Mr. Wolford was born in Baden-Baden, Germany in 1846 and was married to a woman named Mary who was three years older. Maybe her maiden name started with a “Z”? They lived in Chicago, Illinois as Wolford came to Chicago from Buffalo, New York in 1869.
The Hull Brothers barrel from Detroit, Michigan
Here is a new barrel post for the extremely rare Hull Bros. from Detroit, Michigan. In fact, this is the only example I have ever seen. The amber bottle was offered in the recent Glass Works Auctions Session 1 from the great Bob Ferraro Collection. Bob is known as Mayor Ferraro and the “Barrel King”. Many times I would come across an obscure barrel only to find that Bob would have an example. Like I said, the Barrel King.
The James A. Clark barrel from Louisville
I have put out many barrel posts before but I missed the Clark barrel from Louisville, Kentucky. You see, there are only two examples, the last coming from the recent Glass Works Auctions Session 1 of the Bab Ferraro Collection. Bob is known as Mayor Ferraro and the “Barrel King”.
Two New York Clubs learn about the FOHBC
I recently was invited to speak at two of New York’s great antique bottle clubs. Barry Haynes of the Empire State Bottle Collectors Association and Tom Kanalley of the Finger Lakes Bottle Collectors Association asked me to join them and speak about the history of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC).
The Auction is Open – North American Glass
Dear Collector: Our September auction of historical glass and stoneware is now open for on-line bidding. This auction includes the bottle & jar collection of the late Glenn Ruhl of Denver, PA as well as the collection of John Newman of Terre Haute, Indiana with many scarce Terre Haute items. Also featuring Part 1 from a large old collection of tobacco, cigar, and snuff jars. If you are a registered bidder but have misplaced your password or username, please feel free to contact us for assistance by replying to this message. www.gregspurgeon.com/auction, Greg Spurgeon, NORTH AMERICAN GLASS
42nd Richfield (Ohio) Show Was a Great Time for All
I am a firm believer in practicing what we preach. You have heard me say repeatedly that we should support the younger people of our hobby whenever we can. Two years ago, the Richfield show was taken over by Louis Fifer (FOHBC Conventions Director) and Matt Lacy (FOHBC Midwest Director). The show had not been held due to a lack of a show chairman. Louis’ father, John, had also run the show for a few years. When there was a chance of it not being held again, Louis and Matt stepped up…
Merrimack Show hits its 42nd Year
Last Sept. 4, Linda and I attended the Merrimack Valley Antique Bottle Club’s 42nd annual show and sale. This was the third year for the club to hold its show at the Westford (Mass.) Regency Inn and Conference Center located at 219 Littleton Road. This is a very nice location and as clean and well kept as it gets. Spotless is the best word for this place. The show contacts this year were Gary Koltookian, Cliff Hoyt and Maureen Crawford. Maureen was one of the co-chairs of the great FOHBC 2013 Manchester National Antique Bottle Show. Clearly, Manchester has set the stage for the 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention and Expo.
Responsible Metal Detecting
Hi Ferdinand, My name is Mark Orwig, and I’m the editor over at smarterhobby.com. I just published a guide to responsible metal detecting that I thought might interest you and your club members. SEE LINK I’m really trying to promote responsible metal detecting by getting this guide in front of as many people as possible so feel free to share it on your club website if you think it’s helpful. Thanks so much! – Mark Orwig, P.S. I’d also love to get your feedback on the guide if possible. Thanks again! 🙂
Heckler Keeps Live Bottle Auctions Going
In the past, whenever I go to a bottle show I try to share that experience with everyone. I have never written up anything about the Heckler Live Auctions even though I have been attending them for years now. Last week, I attended the monthly auction that Norm and crew holds during the warmer weather. As I rode along with my good friend Jim Healy, we talked about the auction and how live auctions seem to be a dying thing today. I had taken Jim along with me once before and he truly…
FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Showroom People
This year at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo we now can safely say that the FOHBC has just held the biggest antique bottle event of the year and possibly ever. Not only did we pull this off, we did it with grand success for our guests from just about every state and countries like Canada, England, New Zealand and Australia. Where else are you going to be consumed and surrounded with four days of antique glass, history, education, good food, camaraderie and your friends than at a Federation convention & expo, as we now call them?
Hudson Valley Bottle Club Show Better Each Year
It was a busy weekend for me this past week as on Saturday I drove out to the Madison Bouckville Antique Week (Read: Madison Bouckville Tent Sale Still a Hit) to see the “Bottle Nuts” and Sunday I drove down to the Hudson Valley Bottle Clubs 29th Annual Show and Sale. I have been attending this show for years and I have to tell you, it seems to be getting better each year.
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 [From Bill Ham: Listed in BB supplement 2 with drawing, K 73.5, great find]
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), …
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