2014 Lexington National | FOHBC “Run for the Roses” Bottle Competition Event

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2014 Lexington National | FOHBC Run for the Roses Bottle Competition Event

08 August 2014

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Apple-Touch-IconAThe next group of pictures come from the “Run for the Roses” bottle competition event at the Lexington National. Participants were prompted to bring and enter their favorite Wax Sealer Fruit Jar (to include mold blown as well as free blown jars in any size), Scroll Flask (to include all sizes of flasks), and Midwestern Swirl Decanter (to include swirled, broken-swirled, and vertically ribbed bottles in all forms) to the Patterson Rooms C & D at the host Hyatt Regency Hotel. The competition immediately followed the FOHBC Banquet. Gift certificates and plaques were awarded to the top 3 entries of each category for Win, Place and Show. A pontiled, aqua scroll flask was also raffled off.

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This time around, Federation member Chip Cable (McMurray, PA), videotaped the bottles via broadcast camera, projected on to a 144” screen using an Optima EH501 projector. The FOHBC purchased this equipment to enhance the viewing experience. All bottles were illuminated by 3 LED Video lights with a white background.” Chip hit it out of the park. We already have heard many positive comments and many constructive comments to have the three judging groups work together at the same time in the beginning to cull the grouping of bottles and to move things along a bit faster. Chip Cable will be back next year at the Chattanooga National when we have our “Battle of Chattanooga” bottle competition event. Super job Chip!

The event ‘Master of Ceremony’ was listed as Jamie Houdeshell. Unfortunately Jamie could not make Friday night due to an unexpected funeral he was attending the following, Saturday morning. Ferdinand Meyer V took over this responsibility.

And the winners….

WIN:
Midwestern Swirl Decanter – John Pastor from New Hudson, Michigan
Historical Scroll Flask- Steve Schingler from Braselton, Georgia
Wax Sealer Fruit Jar – Jerry McCann from Chicago, Illinois

PLACE:
Midwestern Swirl Decanter – Tom Lines from Birmingham, Alabama
Historical Scroll Flask – John Pastor from New Hudson, Michigan
Wax Sealer Fruit Jar – Ryne Henrich from Crystal Lake , Illinois

SHOW:
Midwestern Swirl Decanter- Dave Maryo from Victorville, California
Historical Scroll Flask – Mike Henrich from Crystal Lake, Illinois
Wax Sealer Fruit Jar – Perry Driver from Live Oak, Florida

All photographs by FOHBC photographer, Scott Selenak (Los Angeles).

*Note: Please help me with any captions that have missing name information.

CHIP CABLE AND HIS EQUIPMENT

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Chip Cable, with earphones on, lights set and camera rolling.

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Outgoing FOHBC Conventions Director, Tom Phillips, overseeing the live filming of a cobalt blue quart Scroll Flask. The large screen, positioned to the audience is in the left, back corner of the room.

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Chip Cable, dressed comfortably and between shots. Probably listening to Led Zeppelin.

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Brian Riecker was commissioned to build this new light cabinet for Federation events. Visit brian@domeglass.com

THE CROWD

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Jeff Mahalik (left), James Viguerie (center) and Tony Panepucci.

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Pretty much a full house with standing room only.

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Centered is James Campiglia (brown shirt) from Montana. That is Board member Bob Ferraro, from Nevada, with a displeased look. Very unlike Bob.

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Arms crossed, just can’t believe what they are seeing. California guys, Scott Yeargain (red shirt) and Chuck Gildea (flowered shirt).

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Lexington National Show Co-Chair Randee Kaiser (tie, Holts Summit, Missouri) and Tom Lines (Birmingham, AL) and Mike Newman (Augusta, GA)

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Quite a bit of depth and length to the room.

MIDWESTERN SWIRL DECANTERS

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Finalists in the Midwestern Swirl Decanters positioned in the new FOHBC light box made by Brian Riecker.

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Left: Louis Fifer (son of John Fifer, and grandson of the late Darl Fifer, who had a renowned collection of Midwestern glass) and Gary Beatty (North Port, FL) judging a gorgeous decanter.

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Carefully placing the example in the new light cabinet.

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Holding a exquisite example of a vertical rib midwest swirl flask.

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Careful consideration by the judges. That is Todd Knisely on the right. Louis Fifer on left.

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Recording points and comments on the voting forms.

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Each object was filmed and photographed by Chip Cable in the a stark white background.

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Left to right: Todd Knisely, Louis Fifer and Gary Beatty.

SCROLL FLASKS

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Scroll flask contestants stand proudly in the light cabinet. There were two levels of light intensity to study darker glass examples.

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The “monster” submitted by Mike Newman.

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Ed Gray (Du Bois, PA) scrutinizes a super looking flask.

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Tom Phillips placing a little beauty on the top shelf.

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Just WOW

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Tom Phillips checking in and inspecting “the monster”.

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The three scroll judges from left to right: Jim Salzwimmer, Mike Malonowski and Ed Gray.

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Win, Place and Show for the Fruit Jars.

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Joe Hardin (New Vienna, Ohio) inspects the embossing on one of the Fruit Jar contestants.

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The three Fruit Jar judges from left to right: Joe Hardin, Ron Hands (new FOHBC Southern Region Director) and Doug Shutler.

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Doug Shutler inspecting a stoneware jar with some interesting inscribings.

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Vince Martonis (Gerry, New York) finds the odd example of a Fruit Container in an antique shop on his way to Lexington. Vince shares the story.

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Ryne Henrich from Crystal Lake, Illinois

Some of the Winners

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Ryne Henrich, Place, Wax Sealer Fruit Jar category and Mike Henrich, Show, Historical Scroll Flask category from Crystal Lake, Illinois

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Jerry McCann (Chicago), a winner in the Wax Sealer Fruit Jar category.

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Dave Maryo (Victorville, California), Show, Midwest Swirl Decanter category.

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John Pastor (New Hudson, Michigan), Place, Historical Scroll Flask category.

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Perry Driver (Live Oak, Florida), Show, Wax Sealer Fruit Jar category

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Steve Schingler from Braselton, Georgia, Winner, Historical Scroll Flask category

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Paul Dubay (Poland, Maine) winning the pontiled scroll flask.

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V, President, Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, 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. Ferdinand 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.
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