Extremely Rare Burgoon Ball aquired by Jeff Burkhardt


Good Morning Ferdinand!

There are few LRBS (Lightning Rod Balls) on my want list, but high-up on that list is the extremely rare BURGOON. I have the cobalt but the amber and SCA (Sun Colored Amthysist) have eluded me…until yesterday that is.

Having found out (too late) that the recent LRB collection auction last November included an amber Burgoon, I was able to track-down the buyer. Long story, short, I was able to purchase it yesterday from that individual. I am ecstatic, despite the need to part with significant “Bitters bucks”. Whatever; this is like finding a figural Bitters, of which there are only a handful of examples known.

Attached are a few pics of my “two”…awaiting the arrival of their remaining SCA “brother”…hopefully, someday! The BURGOON is a wonderful piece of early architectural glass, having been installed on ornamental iron work, most likely circa. 1880-1890. The ironwork was not grounded, hence the Burgoon is technically not a lightning rod (ball)..but they fit right in. Considering their large 5” size, glass character, dot & dash pattern, rarity and lightning-rod-ball form, what’s not to like!

Hope you enjoy the pics and sharing my joy in this find.



Amber Burgoon Ball - Burkhardt Collection

Cobalt Blue and Amber Burgoon Balls - Burkhardt Collection

Read More: Lightning Rod Balls – A Few From Our Collection

Read More: LRB’s! – Sullivan Auctioneers – The Jim & Linda Baier Collection

Read More: More Lightning Rod Ball and Weathervane pictures from the Baier 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.
This entry was posted in Auction News, Collectors & Collections, Color Runs, Lightning Rod Balls, News and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply