Tour de Force is defined as “a feat demonstrating brilliance or mastery in a field”. Now if this does not describe the role and backbone of the Chairman of our FOHBC 2013 National Antique Bottle Show in Manchester, New Hampshire, nothing will. Mike, pictured with his wife Janet above, reside in New Boston, New Hampshire. Mike is an authority on New England early American glass and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. With his Co-Chair, Maureen Crawford and supported by the Merrimack Valley Antique Bottle Club, they have paved the way for our next great national show. They have already sold almost half of the allotted dealer tables so stop procrastinating and make your plans soon to reserve a spot.
Here is Mikes design of our Show Contract (click for contract) and a few of his wonderful pictures. Peachridge Glass has seven index pages of his work in previous posts! He also oversees a great web site called BottleShow.com.
One of my favorite pictures that Mike has posted. Janet looks so comfortable in this Zen-like setting.
Gorgeous group of Blown 3-Mold Decanters – Michael George
Nice NH whimsey piece made from a large utility bottle! – Michael George
- Here is why I needed to keep the little yellow amber jug… As a collector, some items are just too difficult to sell!! – Michael George
Puce Glass Trio – photo Michael George
Three Amber Bitters Bottles – photo Michael George
Here is a small group of snuffs… mostly NH stuff. – Michael George
With all of this “gutsy” glass from Hartford County… Here is a picture that shows the “lighter” side of Pitkin glass! – Michael George
All 3 of these pieces came from New England. Two of them had attribution to Germantown or Temple by Boo Morcom. I can’t say with any certainty where they are from… just that I like em! I can post base shots if anyone want to compare. – Michael George
Although the winter was mild, I was thinking about Spring while taking this photo in February! Most of this glass is mid-late 18th century in my opinion, one or two may be early 19th century. Some of the pieces are possibly from the Wistar factory. – Michael George
Wonderful color run of Townsend’s Sarsaparillas – Michael George
A nice New England demijohn…with a little character!! – Michael George (around 1840). It looks like NH glass to me, but can’t say if it is earlier or later than 1840… a pivotal date for trying to determine local origin. My guess is Stoddard.
Couple o’ jars… nice range of New England color. – Michael George
Rick Ciralli I think this is like your deep dish bowl with the rolled lip. The shard (which matches the lip identical) was excavated at the location of the Granite Glass Co in Stoddard. I am not 100% on it, but is fairly conclusive. This glass is also a little later (1860s) and much cleaner than the earlier Stoddard glass. Although, this one has a huge potstone in the rim… quality control was still an issue! – Michael George
SUFFOLK BITTERS | PHILBROOK & TUCKER BOSTON, bright orange amber, bordering a yellow amber through the base and mouth area. This one has the rare squared collar “medicine type” top. – BottleShow.com
Three New Hampshire Sunburst Flasks – Michael George
Early blown three molds – Michael George
Eclectic group of New England glass – Michael George
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.
wow is Mike’s photography just in a world of its own or what! the glass just comes alive in his pictures….