Hair Raising Stories

Purple Hair BottleAs a color run collector, I always have my eye on bottles that come in various color shades. This takes me out of my Bitters zone often. Lately I have been admiring the Pacific Congress Waters I wrote about previously this week, today it is Hair Bottles.

These bottles are simply gorgeous and really are stunners as far as colors. Lots of great purple hair bottles. Surfing the Internet earlier this week I came across Don Fadely’s web site Hair Raising Stories. Check it out!

This morning I noticed that an eBayer named ‘ragtime’ from Long Beach, MS has posted a pretty little hair bottle (see pictures below). He describes it as follows:

ANTIQUE PROVIDENCE RI HAIR BOTTLE HAIR BALM ALPINE RARE “I have offered for auction an opportunity for someone to own one of the rarest hair bottles known. The bottle is a brilliant yellowish green, it is 6 3/4″ tall with indented panels on one reads c.a.p mason on another providence r.i. on the front panel alpine hair balm it has a dbl rolled collar the bottle i would say grades at a 9.8. It has never been cleaned, with no cracks or chips it is a split case mold. The color is an outrageous yellowish green i am starting this bottle out at a reasonable amount and accepting offers. Please ask all questions prior to bidding as all sales are final pay pal payment due within four days thank you” Buy it Now at $3,500 or Make an Offer.

Jeff Wichmann, chief of American Bottle Auctions has had a number of the Hair Bottles show up at various times in his auctions. Just go to his website Auction Section and search for Hair Tonics and Balms.

Alpine Hair Balm 4

Alpine Hair Balm 1Alpine Hair Balm 3

Alpine Hair Balm 4

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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