They are excellent repros and would easily pass to the unsuspecting as original bottles. The dealer had 10 or 15 of each type. And, guess the price of each… only $24.00.
I was very interested in your response to my earlier inquiry regarding some excellent, hand made BIMAL, reproductions that I encountered recently.
I am new to your website and am very impressed with your exhibits and passionate knowledge of glass! Thank you for efforts with it!
I have not seen this before on the Internet but I wanted to ask you about it. Check the enclosed pictures of a light olive St Drakes Plantation Bitters and a tall cathedral pickle….which are definitely hand made, BIMAL beautiful bottles..that are both REPRODUCTIONS!
Were you aware of these being made and in the bottle market? These, along with a number of other reproductions, including scroll flasks, were recently acquired by me at a Civil War sutler’s booth in Spotsylvania, VA. They are excellent repros and would easily pass to the unsuspecting as original bottles. The dealer had 10 or 15 of each type. And, guess the price of each… only $24.00. I was very surprised to say the least…I do not know if the antique bottle collecting community is aware of these reproductions, but they are definitely out there. Please let me know what you may know about this!
I am a part time archaeologist with 40 years worth experience in the field and also have collected bottles for the same period. I am sure of what I am saying regarding these reproductions and their excellence in craftsmanship. If there is no interest in people being unscrupulous with passing these reproductions off as originals to an unsuspecting bottle collecting community, I would sincerely appreciate your forwarding this message to any of your bottle collecting friends that may know of or have interest in this timely topic.
Thank you for your time.
Terry (Ludlow) 🙂
Terry: This quite frankly, concerns me and many others in the hobby greatly. I am getting all kinds of reports of repros being sold on ebay and even baked bottles of late showing up and selling for good money. It seems like the original sellers are noting that they are repros. I am worried about next generation sales down the line. Would you please purchase me a Drakes and send it to me? I will pay for the cost and shipping etc. I need to see one of these bottles first-hand. Thanks!
Does anyone have any thoughts on the reproduction Drake’s Plantation, and Hostetter’s labels being sold on ebay?
Brian Shultis (on facebook Bottle Collectors)
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