Barrel Series – W. Wolf found at Thrift Shop for $1.00


Up until now, the only known example of a W. WOLF PITTSBURGH figural barrel – Ferarro Collection

Article by Cecil Munsey on Bob Ferraro. The W. Wolf is pictured in the upper right corner.

This just in. An extraordinary find in a thrift shop.  Are you ready?….. for $1 Dollar!

[1] Hi, I have a Blue Barrel shaped W. Wolf Pittsburgh Whiskey Bottle. I am trying to get information on value and best way to sell it. I see on your website that Mr. Bob Ferraro owns one. Would he be able to contact me and give me advise? Or anyone that he would delegate it to? I would appreciate it. I am attaching pictures of my bottle. It measures approx. 8″ high, 3 1/4″ in diameter at base, it looks like blown glass from a mold, the glass itself looks old, wavy with bubbles and inclusions. It has a pontil mark on the bottom with brown (looks like clay) residue. Thank you for your time

[2] Dear Mr. Meyer, here are the pictures I promised, I apologize for the poor quality, hope you can see the details, if you need more let me know.
 Measurements are approx.–8″ high, 3 1/4″ in diameter at base, has mold marks on sides, pontil on bottom with red clay residue, glass looks old (wavy with bubbles and inclusions). Thank you for your interest and your help, xxx

I most likely will be advising these folks as to the best course of action to take with the bottle. There is one known example residing in the great Bob Ferarro collection in Nevada. Please let me know if you are interested. This is the real McCoy.

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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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5 Responses to Barrel Series – W. Wolf found at Thrift Shop for $1.00

  1. tigue710 says:

    OMG! Its a deep sapphire blue! What a find…. just amazing… looks like an indoor find to boot…

  2. bob-figurals says:

    I am truely surprised to learn that another blue W.Wolf barrel has been found for the unbelievable price of $1.00 in an unbelievable location— a thrift shop. I purchased mine at Charlie Gardener’s first auction in 1976 for something in the neighborhood of 5 K. No one has ever reported seeing a piece of one, regardless of color, during these past 35 + years and now a whole intact bottle has been found. I was sure it would eventually happen and now proof exists.
    Bob Ferraro

  3. Maxbitters says:

    It looks like a different color than the Mayors???

  4. bottle.kid says:

    Wow…. that is incredible!


  5. Charles Aprill says:

    Wonderful story. Collecting for the last “1/2 century” never heard speak of, or reference any other “WOLF” barrel. Just Charlie Gardener’s. Well done Mr. Ferraro. Saw it, touched it, loved it at the Gardner auction. It has a loving home. Glad a second has been found. It validates the age, and rarity.
    Thanks, c.a.

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