Looking at some of the many Finch Target Balls


Looking at some of the many Finch Target Balls

22 November 2013


Apple-Touch-IconAYesterday, John Pastor and I were able to visit with Federation members and glass celebrities Ralph and Janet Finch (pictured above) in Farmington Hills, Michigan. After a nice lunch, some wine and catching up on hobby news, I was able to look at Ralph’s legendary antique glass target ball collection. What a treat!


I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that Janet had once been a collector of target balls too. The ornate glass balls, painted targets, shooting traps and relating advertising were all displayed professionally and in a museum-like setting. Quite amazing. I thought I would share a few of my pictures. Their house is organized collector chaos. Your eyes do not know where to start, there are some many cool things to look at.

Ralph also publishes a rather nice magazine on target balls called On Target! (The International Journal for Collectors of Target Balls). You can get the information on his web site.

Read More: Target Balls – Glass Made to be Broken

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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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2 Responses to Looking at some of the many Finch Target Balls

  1. sandchip says:

    Overload! Fantastic collection.

  2. bob-figurals says:

    Wow, what a fantastic collection. Great job in collecting such an outstanding group of target balls in amazing colors.
    Bob Ferraro

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