Gorgeous Barber Bottle in a fiery red and yellow amber double pattern – Wilber Collection
A Sampling of the Famous David P. Wilber Barber Bottle Collection
25 January 2012
Mega collector and persona extraordinaire, Sandor Fuss, called me up yesterday all fired up about…and it was NOT about a world class historical flask or bitters bottle…are you ready…Barber Bottles. Apparently in his mineral business he crossed paths with David P. Wilber, who according to Sandor, has the definitive collection of Barber Bottles. Many are unique, extraordinarily rare and/or have records associated with them for price paid.
“barbers typically filled their own bottles or customers bottles with hair tonic, hair oil, bay rum, shampoo, and rosewater”
Sandor was kind enough to assemble some pictures and shoot them down to PRG for review, editing and posting. I frequently see Barber Bottles in the Glass Works auctions but quite honestly, up until now, have not been swayed. Well that just changed. I think you will have to agree, that these are some of the most gorgeous and incredible pieces of glass assembled in one grouping. I am really impressed with this collection.
Barber Bottles: From about 1870 to 1920, barbers typically filled their own bottles or customers bottles with hair tonic, hair oil, bay rum, shampoo and rosewater. Many were personalized with customers’ names on them—something you would not see in other types of bottles. The bottles came in distinctive colors and shapes so the barber could identify what was in each bottle. Many of them were highly decorative. These bottles stopped being made after the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act made it illegal to refill non-labeled bottles.
Read more on Barber Bottles: Barber Bottles : Beauties in Glass by Steve Charing
David P. Wilber with his favorite Barber Bottles, a unique matched pair..published…
World record price paid for this Barber Bottle – Wilber Collection
A small sample of the David P. Wilber Barber Bottle collection – the front row includes several of his best examples
Amethyst Barber Bottle with blue flowers – Wilber Collection
Bay Rum Barber Bottle with painted spider and web – Wilber Colection
White Milk Glass Bay Rum Barber Bottle with painted flowers and customer name – Wilber Collection
Ceruleran Blue Barber Bottle with pewter gold flowers and leaves – Wilber Collection
Dark Amethyst Barber Bottle with angelic Cherubs – Wilber Collection
Blue Milk Glass Barber Bottle with Cherubs and floral wreath – Wilber Collection
Cobalt Blue Barber Bottle with water goddess – Wilber Collection
Apple Green Barber Bottle with fountain stars- Wilber Collection
Cranberry Barber Bottle with swirled neck – Wilber Collection
Emerald tubular tree Barber Bottle – Wilber Collection
Cranberry Lilac lava pattern Barber Bottle – Wilber Collection
Pair of Bay Rum bird with banner Barber Bottle with customer name – Wilber Collection
Great looking pair of cranberry and blue Barber Bottles – Wilber Collection
Tiffany signed Barber Bottle – Wilber Collection
David Wilber’s favorite Barber Bottles – Matching Pair Mary Gregory
Sapphire Blue Glass Barber Bottle – Wilber Collection
Yellow Barber Bottle with Drummer – Wilber Collection
Painted Milk Glass Barber Bottle with Children – Wilber Collection
Apple Green Barber Bottle – Wilber 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.