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Arthur’s Patent 1855 – Arthur, Burnham & Gilroy Philadelphia
Like carved ice, an extremely rare Arthur’s Patent 1855 – Arthur, Burnham & Gilroy Philadelphia clear pint now in the FOHBC Virtual Museum Jar Gallery. Alan DeMaison did an amazing job on the piece of clear glass. The most difficult to photograph. This is the second Dr. Robert Arthur piece in the museum. Both from the 1850s.
A. Stone & Co. Cunninghams & Co. Philadelphia in olive green
This is the earliest Stone Jar. Our quart A. Stone & Co. groove ring wax sealer jar in this beautiful olive green glass color is unique. The jar has a high kick-up, bare iron pontil scar. These rare jars are usually found in aqua and can also be found in half-gallons.
A. Stone & Co. Philada. wax sealer In aquamarine
This early, small-mouth, quart wax sealer jar is embossed A. STONE & Co. in an arch on the face of the container. The ‘O’ in ‘Co.’ is smaller. Centered beneath, in a horizontal line, is PHILADA. The last ‘A’ is smaller. This same information is typically embossed on the glass stopper. The unusual narrow mouth glass stopper is typically found on their pint jars. The bottoms are usually unmarked and smooth.
An Unusual Dark Teal Green Jar
Free-blown means glass-forming by blowing and manipulating by hand and tools without the aid of a mold to shape the bottle. A free-blown bottle has no mold seams or other mold-induced markings. Our museum example represents a type of jar produced in the Pittsburgh District which typically comprises Louisville, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh geographic…
Questions around this B.M.P. London Ball
A tough one that raises some questions. B.M.P London Gallery Ball now in the FOHBC Virtual Museum Target Ball Gallery. Glass balls were used in shooting galleries, as well as traveling circuses and arcades. They are usually smaller than target balls which seem to hover around 2-5/8″ in diameter. This specific example is 2 1/8″ in diameter and was made in a 2-piece mold. It has a long neck with a ring, and a rough sheared mouth.
Dorlon & Shaffer Pickled Oysters
Back on the saddle so to speak. The FOHBC Virtual Museum site had more issues that started last Friday morning that prevented me from posting. Actually, four (4) web sites that I oversee went down during this period. FMG Design, Peachridge Glass, FOHBC, and the FOHBC Virtual Museum. Been a challenge, working with Miguel Ruiz to get back up in an environment where service has dropped or been prolonged due to the Coronavirus. I think layoffs are involved too. Anyway, here is a wonderful Dorlon & Shaffer Pickled Oysters jar with a story that I started last week and just completed. Would make a good story in Bottles and Extras.
American Glass Gallery Auction #26
Welcome to American Glass Gallery’s Auction #26. Auction #26 includes a fantastic grouping of 280 Lots of quality Bottles, Flasks, and Blown Glass. In addition, we are pleased to include a select grouping of Target Balls from several private collections, as well as a choice grouping of Midwest items and Candy Containers from the Mary Ballentine collection. Visit Auction
Globe Fruit Jar made by Hemingray
We are looking at a pale green Globe quart fruit with an abundance of character in the form of bubbles in the glass. The quart jar can be attributed to Hemingray and is in perfect condition with the original ground lip glass lid, iron clamp, and metal band around the neck. GLOBE is embossed horizontally on the face of the jar in a serifed, uppercase typestyle. The 1886 patent date is embossed on the glass lid.
Two examples of the great Johnston Ball added to the FOHBC Virtual Museum Target Ball Gallery.
The Great Western Gun Works was founded by James Hampton Johnston who was born on December 16th, 1836 in Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. He was a son of John H. Johnston (1811-1889), who was a well-known gunsmith. James would apprentice with his father during those early years in Waynesboro.
Dexter (Circle of Fruit) jar just added to the FOHBC Virtual Museum Jar Gallery.
Adam R. Samuel was one of the first, if not the first proprietor to run a glass business devoted solely to the production of fruit jars. Samuel advertised in 1867 that he was the manufacturer and proprietor of the Willoughby, Haller, Kline, Mason, and Franklin fruit jars which were the predecessor of the Dexter jars. This actually meant that he was holding the patents for these jars.
Lilienthal & Co. San Francisco
Our museum bottle embossed LILIENTHAL & CO. S.F. is one of the oldest western flasks as it was made and sold from 1872 to about 1880. The flask form is referred to as a ‘Union Oval.’ There are two variants. One has a high embossed ‘S.F.’ while the other, ‘S.F.’ occurs lower on the face of the flask. Our example would be the high variant. This example is extraordinary in its condition and olive color as most examples are found in shades of amber.
Rare Gem Butter added to the Virtual Museum Jar Gallery
Before butter was available in sticks in grocery stores, many families, especially those living on farms, made their own butter at home. In order to make butter from cow’s milk, they would let it sit until the cream in the milk separated and rose to the top. Then they would skim the cream off and put it inside a butter churn where a plunger would be used to churn the butter until it solidified into butter. Storing butter was important so …
This Mantua creamer was just added to the Tableware Gallery
This diminutive yellow creamer won 1st Place in the Pattern Molded Tableware category in the judged competition at the FOHBC 2018 Cleveland National Antique Bottle Convention. The piece was probably made by the Mantua Glass Company in Ravenna, Ohio.
Bitters Bottles Supplement 2 Update
BBs2 update. The InDesign digital document will go out to the proofreading team headed up by Joe Gourd tomorrow for FINAL REVIEW. We are close to 500 pages of new bitters info, updates, and new imagery. Working with Bill Ham and bitters collectors for the past ten years or so. The printer has been lined up in Houston. Half of the 500 books we order will be stored here in Bayou City, the other half with Bill Ham in California. All new bitters finds are being recorded as they come in and placed in a living BBs3 digital document. I am very proud of this book, the team I have worked with, and excited to move this exciting area of bottle collecting forward. There is also an INDEX that has been updated to include everything from all three books. This piece alone is quite amazing.
Wideman & Chappaz
After about a week of site maintenance, museum repairs, and public area cleaning, we are back to putting bottles on the shelves in the galleries. Wideman & Chappaz is a very difficult bitters bottle to find and research. The Widemann & Chappaz bottle is considered one of the earliest western manufactured bitters. The label, if one could be found, might read ‘Alpine Stomach Bitters.’
Moss Green example of a Willington Cathedral Pickle
An image of an 8 1/2″ small size Willington in a moss green was added to the FOHBC Virtual Museum. With a nice iron pontil. Clean and crude and the color is outstanding. Many of the early American pickle bottles and jars of this style were made starting in the 1840s and up to the turn of the century and were used as a way to preserve food for out-of-season use and for long journeys…
New Sarracenia Life Bitters
Here are the new Sarracenia Life Bitters photos with double the number of bottles than the previous image. Generous lighting with no flash. Photo numbers 1871 (top) and 1874 (middle) are all the older variants, while photo 1876 (bottom) has two older on the ends with four newer variants in the center. These were all produced between 1872 and 1879. The newer variety with the whiskey top are almost always just shades of amber to yellow amber. The legs run the opposite direction, and they are not as crude as the others. While some of the color differences are minor, others are eye-popping. I am still trying to get them all tumbled up as I have the time. – Rod Vining
J. W. Hutchinson’s Tonic Bitters – Mobile, Alabama
I had some time to take some new photos and thought I would send you some updates for your website. Here are the J. W. Hutchinson’s with the newest addition in the center. The black mark visible through the base is the Black iron pontil on this never buried specimen. Thanks, Rod Vining
Dr. A. W. Coleman’s Anti-Dyspeptic and Tonic Bitters
New images In from big time Alabama collector Rod Vining. “The only thing new here is the black one that I used to own, and purchased back from Dr. Aprill’s auction. This black one is whittled. Most of the black ones are smooth.” Thanks, Rod
FOHBC Virtual Museum NOW OPEN!
As some of you may have heard, the FOHBC Virtual Museum opened at midnight on 01 January 2020 when we went from our construction mode to our Soft Opening. There is no place, anywhere, where you will see our great antique bottle and glass pieces, images and research in one location. A true museum experience. MORE INFO
Augusta Prizes and Drawings
As a bonus to show-goers and dealers, the FOHBC raffled a Jim Healy 2019 Augusta Canal commemorative stoneware jug . Tickets were $2 each or three for $5. You were encouraged to “Play to win!” The winner was announced around 4:30 pm on Saturday. Vaughn Jones from Statesboro, Georgia won this jug. Thanks to Mike Newman for making sure Vaughn received his jug as you did not have to be present to win.
Augusta People on the Showroom Floor
So far, we’ve put out eleven (11) Augusta events on the FOHBC web site and related social media. This includes all the special events from Thursday, 01 August, like the FOHBC Board Meeting, Mike & Julie Newman Open House, Augusta Museum of History Reception and Sweet Georgia Peaches Bottle Competition. We also covered the Friday, 02 August events, such as the Membership Breakfast, Educational Seminars, Ribbon Cutting, and Banquet.
Augusta Educational Displays
The Educational Displays are one of the most exciting components of a Federation national convention. The FOHBC encourages collectors to share their knowledge, enthusiasm and interests with other collectors by displaying their collections or related material. This year, Walter Smith from Team Augusta, was in charge of our displays. He did a great job!
Augusta General Admission | On the Tables
So far, we’ve put out nine (9) Augusta events on the FOHBC web site and social media. This includes all the special events from Thursday, 01 August, like the FOHBC Board Meeting, Mike & Julie Newman Open House, Augusta Museum of History Reception and Sweet Georgia Peaches Bottle Competition. We also covered the Friday, 02 August events, such as the Membership Breakfast, Educational Seminars, Ribbon Cutting, Youth Corner and the Banquet. You can also read the Augusta Souvenir Program.
FOHBC Augusta Banquet
Each FOHBC national event has a banquet that is preceded by a cocktail hour. What is so nice about these dinners is that it is a chance to unwind after a long day that typically includes the Membership Breakfast, Educational Seminars, Ribbon Cutting and Early Admission…
Augusta Youth Corner
We struggle every year to bring younger people into our hobby. Usually we are unsuccessful as there are just so many competing interests facing the next generation. Where once a parent or grandparent would spend precious weekend time working with a child on a postage stamp album or looking through old coins for that elusive Indian Head penny, now video games seem to be the norm. Interaction with elders has been minimized as a virtual world is boundless. Of course there are many other reasons and we should not give up.
Team Augusta & the Ribbon Cutting
It is no secret that in recent years it has become ever so difficult to find individuals that will step up and co-chair a national FOHBC convention. The workload is immense, and the challenges seem unsurmountable when you look at the big picture including site selection, events, workload, budget and operations to name a few. With this in mind, a group of extraordinary southern gentleman banded together to take on the task and make the FOHBC 50th Anniversary..
Augusta Educational Seminars
After our FOHBC Membership Breakfast, we were truly fortunate to be able to present a variety of fascinating educational seminars this year at our convention. We had a distinguished group of seminar presenters organized by seminar coordinator Bill Baab from Team Augusta. Bill did a wonderful job and made sure we all would have something to look forward to.
FOHBC General Membership Meeting Breakfast
The FOHBC bylaws require that an annual meeting be held with our members during our national convention. In past years, we had the meeting on the first day, directly after the FOHBC board meeting after a quick lunch break. Problem was, only a handful of members would show up, as many had not arrived in town yet or they weren’t inclined to start off their bottle trip with a meeting. Anyway, back in 2015 at the Chattanooga National, we decided to have a membership meeting breakfast. You know the old adage, have food and they will come.
Sweet Georgia Peaches Bottle Competition
Our power opening day already started out with the 8:00 am- noon FOHBC Board Meeting followed by the early afternoon Mike & Julie Newman Open House. We spent our late afternoon at the Augusta Museum of History Reception. This left the evening for our next event.
Augusta Museum of History Reception
Thursday was our big first day as we started off in the morning with the FOHBC Board Meeting followed by the early afternoon Mike & Julie Newman Open House. As this ended at 3:00 pm, our Team…
Mike & Julie Newman Open House
The widely and wildly anticipated Mike & Julie Newman Open House occurred after the FOHBC Board Meeting. This was our lead-off event and boy was it a success! Guests were given directions to car pool or they could be shuttled by two (2) contracted vans that ran between our host Marriott Augusta Hotel and the Newman residence. A pair of the Newman’s retired friends, Tom …
FOHBC Board Meeting at the Augusta National Bottle Show
The first event for any FOHBC national antique bottle show is actually the board meeting. The nineteen FOHBC board members are requested to attend, preferably in person, although we have a conference line for officers who cannot make the show. Read about the 2018 – 2020 officers here. FOHBC members, as guests, are welcome to attend in a non-speaking capacity.
Looking at a Moffat Billhead
Ben Swanson submitted this important illustrated billhead in the form of a stampless folded letter dated 1846 to Dr. William Washington Fritts of Carlisle, Kentucky from Dr. William Brinckerhoff Moffat proprietor of Phoenix Bitters. Hand written and signed.
2019 FOHBC 50th Anniversary National Antique Bottle Convention | Augusta, Georgia | Souvenir Program
Well, the show is over and we are catching our breath. A couple of years of work boiling down to three or four intense days in Augusta. Now as the dust settles, we settle our accounts, collects some comments, look thru a couple thousand images and prepare for write-ups in Bottles and Extras and Antique Bottle & Glass Collector. A special shout-out to advertisers in our Souvenir Program. An important source of revenue and information.