Mike Henness – One of My Early Inspirations

Elizabeth and I visited with Mike Henness after the Auburn, California 49er Show on 07 December 2009. Ken Edward was also there with Mike. Mike used to have this web site (odd, I can not find it now) that pictured all of his figural bitters, many in color runs. This floored me back in 2002, put some wind in my sails and now I am now totally dedicated to color runs. I also have a number of Mike’s great bottles that have somehow found their way to me via an East Coast collector.

Mike has some really fine bottles. Of course I loved the Bitters Bottles but I really dug his Mineral and Soda Waters and various Gin Bottles. Mike has a good eye. A few of our visit pictures are shown below…

Ferd, Mike & Ken

Checking Mike's Drakes Colors With my Own

Henness Colors

Groovy Colors - Check out those IXL's

Mineral Waters

Lots and Lots of Killer Mineral Water Bottles

Henness Drakes

Some Drakes to Die For

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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