Peachridge Glass: Mailbox Letters October – December 2014

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Mailbox Letters

October – December 2014

FOHBC Commemorative Bottles


Hello Ferdinand. How are you? I hope you and yours are doing well. I am trying to help out a young person who has inherited his grandfathers bottle collection get fair prices for the collection, as he is trying to sell them. I am forwarding some pics nine in all of some commemorative FOHBC bottles, and would like to know if you have any idea of what they are worth. I appreciate your assistance here and thank you in advance for any or all help……Take care……Andy Volkerts, member, FOHBC.

[follow-up] Hello Ferdinand. Here is the embossing info. I have written it out along with the bottles color.Blueish white ceramic bottle, ABCC Denver Colorado 1966. Red Glass has the eagle from the pikes peak flask and is embossed Antique Bottle Club Denver Colorado 1867, reverse has pikes peak & has the miner on it. Golden colored glass bottle is embossed The Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs 1868 with an eagle in center of embossing. Blue glass bottle has the miner from pikes peak flask & is embossed Antique Bottle Club of Denver Colorado 1868. He also has not pictured, a Kelley’s style cabin bitters bottle in black glass with “ABCC” on one roof and “Cabin” on the other roof. Again I thank you for your effort to help us on this project. Yours……..Andy Volkerts


Andy: I  have seen a few on eBay selling for under $50. We are putting together a History of the FOHBC piece so info like this is important. As far as value, I believe that is more sentimental and not based on rarity. Tough to make a call. Can you get a pic of the …Kelley’s style cabin bitters bottle in black glass with “ABCC” on one roof and “Cabin” on the other roof? – F

Wykoop’s found in a wall…

wyknoop's 1 mine as found

Hi Ferdinand, I was able to score on a great pick today. I have attached 4 pictures of this bottle in as found condition. This Wyknoop’s & Co’s Tonic Mixture Warranted To Cure Fever & Ague New York was found inside an interior wall of an 1860s homestead which is located in southern Michigan. After 150 years it gets to see the light again. The color is light cobalt in the middle and a darker cobalt in the top and bottom. Still has some of its label. This makes two of this recently turning up from southern Michigan. Frank (Wicker)

Read: Dr. Wynkoop’s Sarsaparilla – New York

Up in the Nets


Hi there, my partner is a fisherman and trawled up this old bottle from the east coast of Australia. We are just wondering how old it might be & where it may have originated from. See attached picture. Regards – Tanya

PRG: Looks like a small pickle or sauce bottle. Hard to tell with it not being embossed.

Basement of Bottles

Sir – Are there any antique bottle dealers here in metro Atlanta, Georgia? I have several boxes full of bottles, many are 40-50-60+ years old. I am cleaning out the basement, and have decided to try to sell those of any value. Charles, Atlanta, GA

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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