2013 Bottle Battle Highlights


Michael George (show co-chair along with Maureen Crawford) was the Master of Ceremonies for the Bottle Battle. Mike dressed the part and did a great job.

New England Bottle Battle

Apple-Touch-IconAI wanted to get some posts and pictures out as quickly as I could. It has been insane here in a good way. A few pictures have been put up on the PRG facebook page. The Bottle Battle was another great event and was hugely popular. This was similar to last years Bottle Shootout at the Reno Expo. Next year it will be the “Run for the Roses” in Lexington, Kentucky for the FOHBC 2014 National Antique Bottle Show. Look for full coverage in the September | October issue of Bottles and Extras.

All applicants had to fill out and sign a form for liability purposes.

All Photographs by FOHBC Official Show Photographer Scott Selenak


New England Bottle Battle marketing material designed by Michael George. This design was used on all Federation applications. Show co-chair.


New England Bottle Battle marketing material used by Norman C. Heckler for their applications. They were the sponsors for the event.



Fed member and volunteer Dana Charlton-Zarro signing in our youngest applicant, Nicholas Wrobleski.


Applicant sign-in pose. Janet George (left), Dana Charlton-Zarro (center) and Maureen Crawford (right, show co-chair)


Applicant Nicholas Wrobleski has numerous submittals. He is one of our newest fed members.


Judging Whimsical Objects. Look at this crazy handled cathedral pickle. (Steve Swiechowicz, Tom Marshall and Eric Correla)


Great turn-out for the New England Bottle Battle.


Winner of the Whimsical Objects category. Handled E. Waters, Troy, NY ink (possible creamer w/o spout)


Kevin Sives winner of the Whimsical Objects category gets his acrylic award in the shape of New Hampshire.


Some serious judging for the Colored Medicine category. Jimmy Chebalo (left), Holly Noordsy (center) and Mark Yates (right)


Final three contenders for the Colored Medicine category in a light cabinet.


Winner of the Colored Medicine category. The legendary Dr. Charles Aprill (New Orleans) with his prized Dr. Wynkoop’s Sarsaparilla.


Some serious judging for Utility Bottles category – Brian Wade (left), Greg Bair (center) and Jeff Noordsy (right)


Gorgeous cylinder in the Utility Bottle category.


Top three contenders in the Utility Bottle category. The multi-sided bottle on the top won.


The colorful Rick Ciralli, winner of the Utility Bottle category. Multi-sided Connecticut utility.

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 2013 Bottle Battle Highlights

  1. gloptop says:

    Great photos Ferd, thanks for the update, and looking forward to more great shots from the show. As an ex-pickle collector, my vote for best whimsy would have been that outrageous handled Willington pickle/pitcher! Congratulations to all three category winners, awesome glass for sure.
    Dennis Rogers

  2. Froggy says:

    Great recap. Unfortunately I now see much more in your pics that could be seen there in person.

  3. sandchip says:

    Heavens to Betsy, that Waters is smokin’! Thanks Ferd, for all coverage for those of us who couldn’t make it.

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