Rare Flask Stolen at Shupp’s Grove


GII-126 | Double Eagle with Wreath


This past weekend at Shupp’s Grove, I had this flask stolen (GII-126 – Double Eagle with Wreath) off my table. The bottle was bought from Norm Heckler in 2006 after I was under bidder on it (Auction 81).

It was returned by the high bidder and I was able to buy it. In the 40 years I have been in bottles, this is the first time I have had a bottle stolen from me. The common thief clearly is not that smart as first being a thief is a terrible way to live. Second they stole a bottle that is rare and only about six know to be around. This bottle is different than all of those because it has a lip chip and cooling stress marks on one side. If offered for sale or shown to anyone it will be easy to spot. So hopefully they will realize how dumb a move they have made and send it back.

I am starting to spread the word and plan on doing so until most everyone in the hobby can watch out for the bottle. The photos I am forwarding were take at the show by Rick (Meech Burchfield) from antiquebottlehunter.com. I will also send you the photo that Norm used in the auction which shows the chip. They sent it to me today. Please post this on your site and the FOHBC site.


Jim Bender
PO BOX 162
Sprakers, NY 12166


Flask from Heckler Auction 81

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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