Found some Charles Gardner pieces Out Pickin’

EricRichterHi Ferdinand,

Please read below before you view the pictures.

I was out pickin’ today and scored two amazing items; both Charles Gardner Collection pieces. They are not bottles, but items I think may be a bit more rare.

I noticed in your October 15th Peachridge Glass article on Charles Gardner (Read: American Bottles in the Charles B. Gardner Collection) you featured the Heckler Gardner bottle collection book. I don’t have a copy so I was wondering if you could take a peek and see if the below pieces are listed there. I’m not sure if the Gardner Skinner Auction catalog is available, or, if the Heckler book covers both.

The first item is a very heavy 6″ x 6″ chunk of Teal glass with the Gardner Auction sticker, “2606 0n 20”

Apple-Touch-IconACharles Gardner Lot 2606: Glass Fragments, Lot of twenty pieces of colored glass fragments with labels of factory origin.

There is also a very old sticker (appears 1800’s) with the name “Latie Dunmore.” (Can’t place it, but the names sounds familiar.)

There are 3 different engravings all dating to 1886 on it.

The first reads: “Maud Floyd & Rob Daisy March 16th ’86”
The second reads: “Chas Gricnnev(?) Oct 27 /1886”
The third reads: “Gus & Jennie Rob & Daisy Oct 8th 1886.”

The second item appears to be a solid glass ” bottle mold warmer.” It’s 4-1/4″ x 2-3/8″. The color is a very dark emerald green.The Gardner Auction tag reads “2848 on 7” Charles painted his own inventory number in gold on the base: G 383.

Apple-Touch-IconACharles Gardner Lot 2848: Freeblown, Lot of five incomplete glass forms, together with one color block and one broken fan shaped glass plate.

Did Skinner have his name on the auction stickers, is there any way to tell if these stickers date to 1975 and that original auction?

If you could forward this email and pictures to anyone who you think may know anything about these and possible the names inscribed from 1886, (glassblowers and family members?) it could really be of help to me if I get enough info for a possible Bottles and Extras article. (Bob Ferraro may have some idea.)

This type of find is a bit heavy duty for my website with all it’s 16 readers 😉

I feel these are pretty important pieces that should be shared with the FOHBC.


Eric Richter

PS: I paid $22.50 for each piece, (I hope I did okay 😉









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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3 Responses to Found some Charles Gardner pieces Out Pickin’

  1. tigue710 says:

    very nice, these are great finds to me. Gardner used to stroll the site of the New London Glass operations often and pick up slag, shards and other interesting items. I had a very large chunk of blue slag glass the same color as the piece you have there I found at the site, along with many others… I wonder why that piece was engraved? It seems to have come out of a family collection

    I do not think the cylinder is a mold warmer since it does not show any mold marks. It looks like it was rolled out for some reason…

  2. Sean says:

    Here is the Gardner catalog info:
    2606. Glass fragments, Lot of twenty pieces of colored glass fragments with labels of factory origin. (1975 sale price: $190)

    2848. Freeblown, Lot of five incomplete glass forms, together with one color block and one broken fan shaped glass plate. (1975 sale price: $15)

    I think you did well.

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