Gotta’ be strong to collect Demijohns – Dale & Barbara Santos

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Gotta’ be strong to collect Demijohns Dale & Barbara Santos

12 August 2012 (R•041815)

Apple-Touch-IconAIt is time to look at Dale and Barbara Santos from Foresthill, California. The Santos duo has been putting together an amazing run of cylindrical demijohns along with other big boy glass beauties. Dale and Barbara really hit the jackpot and won big at the FOHBC Reno Expo with two new gorgeous demijohns (one in a turquoise coloration – pictured below) that I am sure will anchor their amazing collection. A spectacular new ‘pinkish’ example can also be seen in a picture below.

Dale and Barbara set up at major bottle shows and enjoy visiting and touring President’s homes between glass events. I believe they have visited just about every home! They also collect historical flasks which I am nesting pictures for a future post.

Bottle collecting can be fun, especially when you get the opportunity to meet interesting people like the Santos’s who are passionate about glass, history and our country. What a package. Glass heavy weights!

Barbara and Dale posing in front of the home of Franklin Pierce, our 14th President, located in Hillsborough, New Hampshire.

Wheatfield, home of our 15th President, James Buchanan, located in Lancaster, PA

Mount Vernon, Alexandria, VA, home of our 1st president, George Washington.

Barbara and Dale posing in front of their sales table at the 2012 FOHBC Reno Expo


My latest demijohn acquisition

18 April 2015

Hi Ferd, I wanted to share with you my latest demijohn acquisition. This western pink demijohn still had the wicker attached! First time I am aware of one being found retaining its wicker. In my opinion the true pink demijohns have to be considered the rarest color one can find a demijohn in, this one compliments my other almost identical western pink demijohn, all the best, Dale and Barbara Santos.




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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4 Responses to Gotta’ be strong to collect Demijohns – Dale & Barbara Santos

  1. mikedickman says:

    Wow, great shapes, sizes and colors! You not only gotta be strong to collect those babies, you also gotta have a lot of space to display them! What a nice collection, Dale and Barbara!

  2. DemiGene says:

    Impressive demijohn collection! Thats a lot of bee-yoo-tiful glass!!

    • dale says:

      Many thanks indeed ! We have so much fun collecting demijohns ! The wonderful thing is the people we have met at Shows and via the Net. What a great community to be a part of 🙂

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