“Fuss Proof”

ABA Auction #53

HOPATKONG WHISKEY J.C. HESS & CO PHILA. 10” With applied band and smooth base. These interesting whiskeys are one of the few that come in cobalt blue. This example came from the Sandor Fuss collection. Sandor is very particular about the condition of the bottles he collects. To our knowledge this is believed to be possibly the only perfect specimen known. If you are reading this and you disagree because you have either seen or own a perfect example, you will have to forgive us. However, in the many years we’ve dealt with bottles, the few of these we’ve seen all had problems. As for that condition, we are adopting a new term for any bottles consigned by Mr. Fuss and that is, “Fuss Proof.” That simply means that if it came from his collection, you can be assured that if it is not flawless, it is as close to “perfect” as possible. This has a series of varying blue striations throughout the bottle. Grades 9.8. Our first Fuss example and one that can be considered rare if not impossible to find in this condition.

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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