Here is a little teaser for those who might be heading to next summer’s FOHBC event in Manchester, New Hampshire. We shot these images this fall while visiting the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont (just south of Burlington, Vermont on Lake Champlain). True, these two towns are about three hours apart. However, if you a collector and you find yourself in the area, this is a museum well worth visiting. Plan on spending at least one day here in order to fully take in all it has to offer.
Antique Bottles, Advertising & Stoneware
Fantastic metal, three-dimensional apothecary trade sign seen in the Shelburne Museum folk art exhibit.
Multiple cases of flasks, bitters, patent medicines and all manner of apothecary glassware are found in this apothecary shop exhibit. An outstanding country store exhibit is found in an adjacent room.
Apothecary Shop. Amazing cobalt blue, glass labeled apothecary jars.
Hand-painted advertising sign for Kendall’s Spavin Cure as seen in the Shelburne Museum folk art exhibit.
There were five display cases of glass canes in this exhibit!
Have you ever wondered why all those glass canes were made? They clearly could not serve the traditional purpose. The paragraph below this photo offers one explanation. It reads, “This photograph of Libbey Glass worker Louis J. Loetz was taken in 1898 at the Labor Day parade. According to the Toledo Blade, ‘The Libbey Glass Works band was resplendent, the glass workers followed the band and made a splendid showing. Each man wore a red hat, blue shirt and white pantaloons. They carried canes made of glass with the national colors blown in.'”