Patience Paying Off – Three Amazing Finds


This is my first bitters find and I don’t think I could be any happier…

Patience Paying Off Three Amazing Finds

Hi Ferdinand!

Cody Zeleny here, Just thought I would share some more recent finds that I am really excited about

During my travels while not in college, the best thing for me is going to a great shop, antique show or flea market and coming home with some great glass. Well, patience paid off and I’m excited to send these to share!

Firstly, there’s this beautiful piece from today! It’s a John Moffat Phoenix Bitters in a great lighter, see through olive, green shade. I’m still stunned I stumbled upon this piece, and as soon as I saw it my heart began to race as fast as It could. Looking at and handling this great piece of glass is incredible. This is my first bitters find and I don’t think I could be any happier, its a really great early piece of glass and im proud to add it to my shelves. Dare I say that Bitters are growing on me more than flasks? Somedays I wonder!

Next was a surprise as well. Its a great GV-4 railroad flask in an almost matching shade of olive as the bitters! Since I didn’t have a Success to the Railroad flask yet I was really happy this turned up in a little antique shop I frequently go to.

Lastly, I have to credit this one to my dad. While in Pennsylvania, we stopped at an old church converted to an antique shop. As I walked in, I knew in my heart that there was probably nothing to be found, as it was mostly crafts and things that don’t interest us. As I walked ahead my dad asked to see something in a case, and I figured it was most likely a piece of advertising or maybe a fruit jar of some sorts. As I turned around in his hands was a flask. As he handed it over to me I was instantly interested. Turns out it was a GXIII-3 Woman on Bicycle / Eagle. To me this is what the hobby is about, great glass and great memories

Hope all is well! Take care!


Apple-Touch-IconAPretty amazing Cody. Great examples. Please get me a few more pictures of the GXIII-3 Woman on Bicycle / Eagle. I’m not familiar with the flask. I love the embossing.







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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One Response to Patience Paying Off – Three Amazing Finds

  1. sandchip says:

    What a fantastic first bitters!

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