Cleaning my Montana Hutches and Blobs


Montana Bottle News

Apple-Touch-IconAThe latest from my pal James Campiglia up in Montana. Just a reminder, anyone can send me pictures and news of your collection or your bottle adventures. Let’s open the hobby up as much as possible. Ferdinand


Hello Ferd,

A picture I took the other night. Tonight I’m dusting bottles and moving them around. I could spend a week doing this. Moving from one room to another to the office. Some say I have too many bottles! Bet you’ve heard that one! Oh and cleaning windows but not outside hoping for that tomorrow a.m. before a snow storm comes.


I was trying not to get into Montana bottles. I collected Nevada when I lived there, and still collect. Santa Barbara when I lived there, most boxed up now. And since I love it here and plan to stay awhile going for the best of the Montana now specializing in Territory ones and only need one drugstore I think. Originally I was only keeping those that I dug such as in the center A. Landt Livingston, M.T. (only 2 sodas marked Territory), and the Bozeman Bottling I dug downtown in an outhouse they were literally twisted laying together neck in neck and came out nearly perfect. The Merritt & Co. Helena, Montana I dug that one in Wickes ghost town. Odd shaped soda.


(above) Nearly all the different Butte hutches and blobs, sorry pic not as good in that case, not back-lit with dimmable special fluorescents like the other one. Missing the A. Speckart blob variant (far left is the Speckart & Co. Butte City) and a Denhalter hutch, the same guy was here then in Utah. And will send a pic. of the rare Montana Bottling variant I dug the other day.

Will write a bit more about a dig this past week after I go dust a few more bottles. Cant sit still too long so might as well run around dusting!

James (Campiglia)

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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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