Mailbox Letters – June 2013

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Meyer’s Blood Purifier bottle wanted



I am hoping you could help me track down an antique bottle of Dr. Meyer’s Blood Purifier Syrup manufactured in 1880 to around 1910. I was made in Pawnee City, Nebraska as far as I can tell. An ad I saw said manufactured in Kansas City. Maybe manufacturing moved later on. It is an old herbal medicine formula.

I would pay top dollar for one in great condition. A super find would be one with liquid still in it.

Can you track down an item like this or do you have one to sell me.


Nicholas Schnell

Read: Dr. Meyer, Echinacea and his Meyer’s Blood Purifier

Come Across Four Glass Insulators


Hi, my name is Erika Abreu and I have come across 4 insulators and
would like to sell them, I have no idea to who to sell them to and for
how much. Here’s a pictures of all four. Please get back to me.

Surging ebay Prices

ebaylogoFerd, have you noticed how Coke and Pepsi bottle prices have suddenly surged on Ebay? About 5-6 weeks ago, a Middle Eastern oil-rich sheik from Qatar entered the Coke and Pepsi market buying everything in sight. Savvy Ebayers quickly seized the opportunity to list many common, scarce and rare bottles with opening bids starting at significant price levels. I’ve seen listing prices as low as $300 and as high as $12,000. For the first few weeks, everything sold. The buyer has apparently now reached a saturation point and has become a bit more selective with his purchases but he is still actively buying. It’s been a real treat to see so many rare bottles listed, many of which I never knew even existed! It makes it tough on domestic collectors but apparently once a particular example is acquired, there’s no further interest in obtaining a second. I will wait to see if this makes the whole market change upward; I’m not sure that it will. Tom Lines

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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