Keeping in touch with James Campiglia

Campiglia Email #1

Hello Ferd,

Thanks much for posting the pics and my story about our Montana Bottle Club meeting. Looks great up on your site and thanks for posting the other stuff about flyers in Virginia City and making corrections for me. (Read: Montana Bottle Collectors Assoc. meets in Virginia City at the Bale of Hay Saloon) (Read: Post Office against Diggers? Hmmmm*

We didn’t get a chance to attend the firemans fund raiser but wanted to show a picture of what my friend Gabe and I made to dontate for the silent auction. We made two of these pieces of “ghost town artwork” which consisted of items dug in Virginia City. We also put a small group of bottles with information together and they were set out with infomation mentioning

“Ghost Town Artwork” –

We did find other signs around town such as at the bank too about not letting people dig outhouses. Took the one sign down at the post office and the next day it was back up again. Didn’t find out who put up the signs for sure but the actions of the state workers cause them to get the blame. Really an odd deal how these people are acting up there like we are some sort of criminals in the night. Oh well, it’s just a small group and later maybe we can still dig some of the local houses when we contact the owners again if not to busy at other towns we are going to look into this week.

We might make more of these display pieces and hope it gets someone interested in bottles or relics. We have hundreds of horseshoes as we keep finding blacksmith shops. Most of the relics are circa 1870’s to 80’s such as the old miners shovels of which we found about 6 so far. I am expanding my antique booth and need to fill it with interesting stuff as such and more bottles too. I have done real well on common and some decent (mostly under $100) bottles lately in my booth at the Antique Market here in Bozeman.

Keep up the great work on the site!

Enjoyed the ghost town link and the pics on the site. Wow. Neat stuff. I will have to send in more pics of places I have been.


Campiglia Email #2


More RV info. I had bottle images from my collection enlarged on vinyl and they are plastered all over the RV that Reggie and his big great dane Duke live in and travel searching for collections and dig sites. The RV just might show up in your town… he’s hitting the road soon as the weather gets to cold here. We actually are looking to head down South and if the right collection or dig shows up I will be on my way.

Bottle digging RV in Virginia City

Will send better pics soon too. This monster adv. gets attention. Another thing they told us in Virginia City we are coming in with all this adv. on vehicles, all this talk of digging, people dont like that. Well bull yes they do they love the treasure hunt aspect of this, at least most that we have talked to do and younger folks are showing much more interest too. Speaking of younger collectors I have an email from two teenage girls that found a dump on their farm and want to join our bottle club to learn more. I have invited them to dig if their parents bring them and to meet up to educate them more on the bottles but it seems they are learning well on their own. I started when I was 10 years old and have not stopped with this passion since!


Also found a picture of a shard you may want to post. “Kintzing” early, beautiful green square is a rare one, might of contained bitters. I heard eveven are left in the case in the Bertrand Riverboat Museum (DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge). Rarities like this have kept us going. Also have another bitters to show you when I find the picture. Found parts of an OK Plantation, the big triangular bottle in a deep green too but just pieces and was able to ID due to your color run pics! (See Meyer OK Plantation color run)


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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