I enjoy sitting on a flight and looking at an auction catalog. It gives me time to focus and make notes and to develop a game plan if something interests me. I also learn about bottles by reading all write-ups. It then becomes more interesting to watch the online movement on specific bottles that I tagged during my paper review. In this case, I reviewed the upcoming Norman C. Heckler Auction 98 flying from Baltimore to Houston this past Tuesday morning.
As usual, the Heckler clan has put together a stunning group of 194 lots that really made the review fun. I pulled a few favorites that received red pen notes, circles, *asterisks, exclamation marks!, etc. and posted below.
"I.X.L. / Valley / Whiskey / E & B. Bevan / Pittston / PA." Figural Whiskey Bottle, America, 1840-1860.
Eagle - "Dyottville Glass Works / Philada" Historical Flask, Dyottville Glass Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1860-1870.
"Milton J. Hardy / Pure / Old / Rye / Trade Mark / (Eagle) / Wellington A. Hardy / Manufacturer / Louisville / KY." Whiskey Bottle, America, 1874-1879.
"John Clarke" - "New - York" Mineral Water Jar Whimsey, probably Mount Vernon Glass Works, Vernon, New York, 1833-1846.
Large Thirteen Star Flag - "New Granite Glass Works / Stoddard / N.H." Historical Flask, New Granite Glass Works, Stoddard, New Hampshire, 1846-1860.
Double Handled Freeblown Sugar Bowl Or Porridge Bowl, probably Mount Pleasant Glass Works, Saratoga, New York, 1820-1850.
Washington - Taylor Portrait Flask, Dyottville Glass Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1840-1860.
Pattern Molded Pocket Bottle, twelve "nipt" diamond pattern, probably Stiegel's American Flint Glass Manufactory, Manheim, Pennsylvania, 1770-1774.
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.
YOUR pictures of Heckler pieces look bigger & better than theydo on their own site- ?
Same pics. No embellishment. Slightly larger to fit my page format.
You might negotiate a NBP (NO buyers premium) deal for “plugging” His auctions!
That would be nice but a raft of corruption might ensue.