Looking at a collection of Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Flasks


Looking at a collection of Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Flasks

25 November 2013

Apple-Touch-IconAWhile visiting with John Pastor and Liz Maxbauer in New Hudson, Michigan the other day, I was able to look at quite a few extraordinary bottles including Merchant’s Gargling Oils, Pattern Molded flasks and Merry Christmas & Happy New Year flasks which is the subject of this post.


I was immediately drawn to these ornate little bottles in a room dominated with major early american glass. In my heart, traditional Christmas has always been a good time and memories of childhood surface when I look at the images and messages on each bottle. I remember some of these types of bottles in my fathers collection cabinets which further tugged at my emotions.


These little flasks were usually filled with a brand of whiskey or some other spirit and given to proprietors of saloons, liquor stores, bars and hotels as a gift from the merchant during the holidays. Many of us know that John likes these bottles as he has written about them in the past and they have graced the cover of Antique Bottle & Glass Collector. The December 2013 issue is pictured above which, from what I understand, should be arriving this week in mailboxes to magazine subscribers.











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 Looking at a collection of Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Flasks

  1. sandchip says:

    Awesome collection!

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