Category Archives: Collectors & Collections

Stories from visits with the collectors and seeing their collections.

Stage Actress Beauties – Looking at some Damiana Bitters Advertising Trade Cards

Stage Actress Beauties -Looking at some Damiana Bitters Advertising Trade Cards 15 October 2016 As we posted on an odd Damiana Bitters the other day, I thought it would be nice to round this off with some Damiana Bitters advertising … Continue reading

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Nevada Backbar Letter

Nevada Backbar Letter 01 October 2016 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 … Continue reading

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Barrel Series – Out of the Ashes, the Wolford Z – Whiskey

Barrel Series – Out of the Ashes, the Wolford Z – Whiskey 23 September 2016 (R•092416 – Z Solved) I guess my biggest question here would be why Jacob A. Wolford would put a “Z” on his figural barrel whiskey bottle? Does it … Continue reading

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The Hull Brothers barrel from Detroit, Michigan

The Hull Brothers barrel from Detroit, Michigan 22 September 2016 (R•102416) 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 … Continue reading

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The James A. Clark barrel from Louisville

The James A. Clark barrel from Louisville 21 September 2016 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 … Continue reading

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TeaKettle Ink Price and Reference Guide

TeaKettle Ink Price and Reference Guide by Joe L. Mathews Jr. – 2016 26 July 2016 As noted within my Houston Antique Bottle Show report yesterday, I said I would be reporting on a new book by Joe Mathews called TeaKettle … Continue reading

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Lost California Bear found in North Carolina

Lost California Bear found in North Carolina 19 June 2016 Marty Vollmer, the South Carolina show chairman, called me and said a friend found an ad on Craigslist for a bottle with a bear on it. I asked if it … Continue reading

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A grouping of Clarke’s Vegetable Sherry Wine Bitters

A grouping of Clarke’s Vegetable Sherry Wine Bitters 11 November 2015 It seems like I am always moving bottles around because I am adding to the collection, dusting or just plain ole’ re-arranging. You see, bottles talk to each other and … Continue reading

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A few of my aqua figural bitters met for a little sun today.

A few of my aqua figural bitters met for a little sun today. 08 November 2015 A few of my aqua figural bitters met for a little sun today. That being a National Bitters (figural ear of corn), Old Sachems … Continue reading

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Forty Up Vigor Bitters – Who are You?

Forty Up Vigor Bitters – Who are You? 01 November 2015 About a year or two ago, Ellen & Curt Faulkenberry, from up Saint Louis, Missouri way, sent me some pictures of some extremely rare bitters from their collection. I … Continue reading

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