As usual, another great glass show in historic Keene, New Hampshire. The trees had less color than most years but, I tell you, there was a lot of glass color.
Our group of four (Jerry & Helen Forbes from Big Sur, my wife Elizabeth and I, from Houston) departed from the town of Southbridge, Massachusetts at 5:00 am and headed north for the 2 hour drive to Keene, New Hampshire. We timed our arrival for 7:00 am so we could have breakfast at Timoleon’s Restaurant on Main Street in Keene. We do this every year. This allowed us to get in to the show at 8:00 am as early buyers (a steep $20.00 door charge but worth it and for a good cause).
One thing you can count on, and this is that the room will be filled to the brim with tables and maxed out with primarily New England and east coast glass. This year was no exception. Simply a great show. The east coast equivelent to the Auburn, California show (click for info) that we attend each December. Only 8 more weeks!
Timeleon's for breakfast before the show is a tradition
Keene is such a charming, historic town
Keene Glass Industry historical marker - photo courtesy Dave Maryo
The show is held at Keene High School each year
John Bemis - Show Co-Chair
Creighton Hall - Past Show Chair (forever)
School Gymnasium full of bottles - photo courtesy Dave Maryo
Bottle dealers standing proud
Figural barrels and swimming fish
Robert Sheffield - wonderful, great man (father of my pink Drakes)
Jeff & Janine Burkhardt table
Light boxes really accentuate the glass colors
Dana Charlton - Zarro in from New York
Dave Maryo from Los Angeles inspects some glass
Nice Demijohns and mineral waters
Bottle vultures at Glass Works table...Jim unwraps one at a time...
Dick Watson, New Jersey (Bottle Legend)
Tables full of great go-withs and assorted items of interest
Greg & Linda Sweet from Wakefield, Rhode Island
A nice pose in front of some pretty glass
Jack Stecher in discussion behind some nice bottles
Jennifer Heatley with Jennrog Collectables
Nice crowds and full tables - photo courtesy Dave Maryo
Mega-dealer Jim Hall
and of course the beautiful Jodi Hall
Jack Fortmeyer (Fireman Jack) from Brooklyn, NY
1/2 of the Ed and Kathy Gray team
Mike Dickman from Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nice Milk bottle display
Jim Mitchell from Tampa usually has a great grouping of figural bitters
Cool pill boxes
Richard Tucker in from Orange, California
Making a deal in a place full of glass
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.
Again, what a show to have missed!!