Blue Fish Bitters – Catch of the Show

Blue Fish Bitters

Ferdinand and Elizabeth Meyer with their recent catch. Looking like proud new parents, this was one bottle. Ferdinand wasn’t going to let get away.

*Reprinted from American Bottle Auctions post after the FOHBC Pomona, California Show in August 2009.

Collectors got more than they bargained for at the FOHBC National Bottle Show held in Pomona, this past weekend of August 1st. To everyone’s surprise Ferdinand Meyer and his beautiful wife Elizabeth just happened to show up with the catch of the show, this gorgeous cobalt blue Fish Bitters! Recently acquired from the Don Keating collection, this legendary bottle had most collectors speechless.

It was just another reason to attend the Pomona show. There were some wonderful displays and a load of great bottles for sale and from those we asked, it was a great time for everyone. So how much did Ferdinand and Elizabeth have to fork out for this swimmingly beautiful bottle? Well, rumors had it in the six-figure category but as all fishermen know, the story gets bigger every time it’s told.

Cobalt Fish Bitters

Cobalt Blue Fish Bitters - Meyer Collection

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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