Reno EXPO 2012 Update

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All Antique Bottle and Glass Collector sights are set for…

FOHBC Reno EXPO 2012

Antique Bottle and Collectible Show

July 27th – 29th

The Biggest Bottle Show in the Biggest Little City in the World!


Dealer Tables are Sold Out!

Folks this could be the biggest show ever with tables selling like pancakes. Look for close to 350 tables filled to the brim with antique bottles, glass and related collectibles. There may not be a 3-day show like this for years to come!

Antique Bottle and Glass Judged Shoot-Out!

The event will be sponsored by Norman C. Heckler & Co.  This will be a landmark chance and great opportunity to see many great examples together in one event which rarely happens. A cocktail event will occur simultaneously. Categories to be displayed and judged include Drakes Plantation Bitters (4 log , 6 log and Arabesque), J H Cutter Whiskey (Circle Cutter, #43 in Thomas Whiskey Book, Sole Agent, plain reverse) and Umbrella Inks (pontiled base, smooth base).

Exceptional Educational Seminars!

The FOHBC is pleased to host a wonderful selection of Educational Seminars that you will not want to miss. This includes “Values and Investing”,  “The Label: A Wealth of Information”, ”Grace Bros. the Company and its Products”, “EC&M Insulators”, “Altered Glass Colors”, “San Francisco Beer and Western Sodas”, “Hutchinson Sodas” and “The World of Bitters Bottles”.

Fantastic Display Gazebo

Bring your two favorite bottles. The Northwestern Bottle Club is going to take to Reno their famous Gazebo and set up a feature for people that want to display bottles in a non-competitive setting. The Gazebo will hold all sizes of bottles from inks to tall bitters. The bottles will be signed in with the person’s name on the bottom and that person is the only one able to remove them. There will be hired security along with others watching this display.

The Banquet

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Warren Friedrich will be the guest speaker for the banquet at the FOHBC Reno Expo and will also be one of the two 2012 FOHBC Hall of Fame inductees at the event. We hope to see you for some good food, great company as well as an informative presentation on a brief history of the “Early Glassworks of California” from the first commercial bottle factory in 1859  to the demise of the largest factory in 1899.

Visit for all related show information…see you soon!

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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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