Richmond P. Hobson
Label Under Glass Flask
Jeff Wichmann had a nice assortment of Label Under Glass flasks and bottles in his recent American Bottle Auctions | Auction 57 that closed this past Sunday evening. It was very nice to get a report from Dennis Humphrey (Northport, Alabama) of his successful win of the Richmond P. Hobson flask. Dennis adds in a recent communication:
Just bought this historical flask off the American Bottle Auction web site. A small label under glass flask with a picture of a famous Naval officer.
Richmond P. Hobson was born in Greensboro, Alabama in 1870. He is famous for his volunteer encounter in the conflict in Cuba trying to sink the collier Merrimac in the entrance to the harbor of Santiago, Cuba. He and eight other volunteers steamed the ship under toward the entrance of the harbor under heavy fire from the Spanish war ships on the night of June 3, 1898. The steering gear was damaged by fire and she sank without obstructing the channel and he and the crew were captured.
After the Battle of Santiago De Cuba, Hobson and his men were released. He later was awarded the Medal of Honor, something unheard of, as an officer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 29, 1933. He was elected to the Alabama House Of Representatives in 1906 and served from 1907 to 1915. By a special Act of Congress in 1934 he was advanced to the rank of Rear Admiral on the retired list. Hobson died on March 16, 1937 and is buried at Arlington Cemetery. A great Alabamian by all accounts if you ask me.
American Bottle Auctions wrote the following in their description:
HANLEN BROS. WINES & LIQUORS Sole Distributors 330 MARKET STREET HARRISBURG, PA w/ U.S. on reverse. Label over Richmond Hobson. Label under glass. 5 inches high. Apparently Hanlen placed a label over a stock photograph of an army lieutenant. There is a chip on the threading which was hidden by a cap that did not fit. The condition of the label under glass is as nice as it comes. Possibly another cap and you’ve got something here. At any rate, the most important part is perfect. No grade on flask, however label is perfect. SEE VIDEO
Additional Auction Examples
JAM RUM w/ Woman Label Under Glass Back Bar. Here is a gorgeous example that comes with the 25-cent stopper. There is an area on the bottom right of missing glass, which doesn’t affect the picture. Please see photos and videos for reference. Image is dazzling, and these stoppers are almost impossible to find. Condition of label is perfect with the aforementioned glass missing. SEE VIDEO
LABEL UNDER GLASS HALF PINT DANDY GLASS w/ Dancing Couple. 5 ½ inches. Comes with original screwed top and ornate design in the glass. Label is about perfect on the dancing couple with just some light staining on the very edges. Overall grades a 9.5. SEE VIDEO
WHIMSICAL EARLY COUPLE. Label under glass. 1910. Label depicts a woman and man from possibly the revolutionary war period. Condition is superb and has original pewter cap. Label is 98% intact. Grades a 9.8. SEE VIDEO
LABEL UNDER GLASS HALF-PINT FLASK w/ Young Woman in Hat. 5 ¾ inches with ornately designed glass. Here is another fancy pocket flask from the turn of the century. This one has a lot going for it as the image is quite nice and with just a touch of stain on the edges. Overall a grade 9.5. SEE VIDEO
REMEMBER THE MAINE. Label under glass. 5 inches high. This is certainly one of the better examples we have seen. The label is perfect and the canteen has its original cap. The entire bottle and label creates a grade of 9.8. SEE VIDEO
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.