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A Treasure Trove of E. Dexter Loveridge items found near Chicago Also in this Issue... The Bininger Man • Choo-Choo to Chattanooga • Digging Archaeology • Curiosity May have Killed


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Table of Contents FOHBC Officer Listing The Brown Farm - A Bottle Digger’s 2014-16.................................................. 2 Paradise back in the 1960s; it’s now off limits President’s Message...........................3 by Bill Baab..................................................26

The Bininger Man - Making Light of the great Jack Pelletier collection by Jim Bender.....................................46

Shards of Wisdom..............................4 E. Dexter Loveridge - In the House A Treasure Trove of Wahoo Bitters FOHBC News items goes to Auction From & For Our Members.................. 6 by Ferdinand Meyer V.................................30

The Story of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Mineral Spring Water by Jim Berry........................................56

All-Aboard...Choo-Choo to Curiosity May Have Killed the Cat Chattanooga.....................................13 Not This Curious Bottle Collector by Bill Johnson.............................................38 A Jar from 1820’s Indianapolis J.R. Crumbaugh Digging: From Bottle Collecting to by Mark C. Wiseman......................... 20 Archaeology, By one who knows the truth by Philo Gideon...........................................40

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President’s Message Ferdinand Ferdinand MMeyer eyer V V FMG Design, Inc.


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ome of you may know that I spend quite a bit of time travelling for t is early SundayI can morning sit herebottle reflecting business. Sometimes, even tieand in aIweekend show ifatI TimoleonÕs New am fortunate. Diner With allinof quaint the toolsKeene, available, I canHampshire run my little while world from my laptop I-Pad, meetings,outside, cell phone, drinking some and coffee to using warmthe meInternet, up (it isvideo 45 degrees conference and e-mails. I know that this is not for everyone but it chilly for acalls Texan). The Yankee Bottle Show starts here shortly works for me. I don’t like down time so I make the best of my free time and will be a fun conclusion to a long weekend of bottle events in hotels, taxis, airports, airplanes and Starbucks, my office away from that started outmy with gathering members Mark office. I do miss sixadogs, though.atI Federation have not figured a way to have and in Stamford, Connecticut on Friday and themAnnie with meVuonoÕs yet.

included the Heckler Columbus Day Hayfield event in WoodWhat IValley, find so fascinating about all this is the ability to research stock Connecticut yesterday. I am thinking that libraries, this newspapers and other sources I am, sothat I amthe zooming was the exact spot, two from yearswherever ago today, great around the virtual world, too. One moment may be 1860s Feldmann story that I retell in this issueitof Bottles andnewspapers Extras, in New Orleans, the next I may be at the Library of Congress in got its wings. I hope you enjoy the article and pictures. John Washington looking at bottle patents, the next looking at current day and Sheila are wonderful people that represent the foundation San Francisco building pictures from an address I entered on Google and cornerstone of our great Earth, and a few moments later Ihobby. might be looking at ancestry dating backWhat to Germany for a certain bitterssince manufacturer. I caninbelate a whirlwind of events our greatNext, EXPO communicating with an immense group of collectors on the World Wide July in Reno, Nevada. Every time I think of this event, I am Web. It is very exciting and really makes you respect communication reminded of how grateful I am, and we all should be, of Marty in earlier centuries and especially map making. I mean, how did they make Hall, Richard Siri, the Reno Bottle Club and the legions of those great maps without satellites! helpers that pulled off this mega event. Marty even reported a strong success thatletdemonstrates yet again, that our Why amfinancial I saying all this? Well, me tell you. I have been spending quite organization is getting strongerTenn., and Sacramento, marching forward. The a bit of virtual time in Chattanooga, Calif., Springfield, Mass. and variousNational locales inin theManchester, Midwest this New past month. Sound next 2013 FOHBC Hampshire familiar? You bet. Thesesmoothly are the regional for the 2015 year is progressing with locations a majority ofFOHBC the tables Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show (Southern Region), FOHBC already being sold. Lexington, Kentucky will be our location 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo (Western for the 2014 National, so make your plans here, too. You can Region), FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention get information for both visiting our website, & Expo (Northeast Region), andevents Midwestby opportunities for our FOHBC Tom Phillips, our Conventions Director, was 2018 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. Every day of late, something happening with each. Of course,atmost of thefor attention is on even in theis southeast this week looking venues the 2015 Chattanooga, newtoo Federation is reaching further to make plans National. It but wasournot long ago that weout were much more for better events and experiences you. This planning virtual timeand now public becomes short-sighted. Now with thisforadvance real time with dated Federation events. announcements, we can stake our claim on a date that will help other show chairmen decide to holdpeople their we events. an The really cool thing about this iswhen the GREAT have As leading aside, did you know thatThese therefolks were bottle shows these efforts in each region. arenine working tireless hoursthis to weekend, including one across thenot pond? Our shows; hobbythey is so pull it all together. Remember, these are just bottle are major antique bottle and glass meetings, sales, displays, strong. I see the glimmer of events changewith even with our shows. LetÕs seminars, more auction, banquet, breakfast tours.people They are events to be promote and grow our hobby.and Bring to the shows. remembered. Bottles, glass and positive change are contagious. In Chattanooga, experienced show organizers John Joiner and Jack Federation also drastically which Hewitt, who aremembership Co-Chairs foristhe event, lead ourup “A” InexcitSacramento, the Show Chairs are Richard and Beverley Siri who are anchors in the west. We now have big-time veterans Jim Bender and Bob

Strickhart as Co-Chairs in the Northeast announced, drive ing. We will be announcing a majorwho newjust membership in a grand way, thatthat Springfield, would be ourWe are later this month uses a Massachusetts 2,000-member target. convention location in 2017. If that is not enough, we have a new nearing 1,200 members now. So if you are a member, stay with generation of major talent in Louis Fifer and Matt Lacy heading us, are undecided, please Thereto are so of many upiftheyouÕre 2018 event. Wow, it really makesjoin! you proud be part exciting things planned. Our magazine, Bottles and Extras, is such great operations. undergoing a major face lift, we have a new web site, by the If you seeread these this, peoplewe at awill showbeor1,000 bottle meeting, please time you members plus on our take the time to shakepage, their hand say thanks. Consider FOHBC facebook the and FOHBC Virtual Museum is volunteering because we need your help. It takes courage, talent, moving forward (look for a major announcement soon) and we dedication and time to be a Co-Chair. What I have observed from have just sent our first digital newsletter to a large audience of these individuals is an infectious desire to do and be the best. Jim people. new Strickhart Federation, BenderThe and Bob are your sayingFOHBC. they want their Federation We to need new blood persons Wow. to carry the torch. I will be show be the “show of and the century.” reaching out to some of our membership for pictures of your It wasn’tassistance too long ago, 10 years that we were only for bottles, onmaybe the web site,back, articles and stories projecting our events one year out. This always put us behind thethe curve Bottles and Extras, the web site, the newsletter and help on and in a defensive posture. We were also stepping on other local shows Virtual Museum. If you would like to volunteer, in any area, it with our events. I remember our Reno National in 2012 had five or would be very welcomed appreciated. six other showsmuch the same weekendand as our national show. That doesn’t You will also notice a new section in the front Bottles show and happen anymore. Just look at the show calendar and of Federation Extras called Letters to the Editor. I am not sure why this was advertisements in this issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS. We have planted FOHBC flagor within a date window years ahead. not thereour in some form another before butfor wethree really want to This takes a lot of hard work and coordination. hear your stories and ideas and how we can do things better. You can send an e-mail, write a letter or call any board As you review this issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS, make sure you member, myself at any Meeting time. Our contactoninformation focus onincluding the FOHBC Membership breakfast Saturday, isAugust in this 1,magazine and on the web site. at the Chattanooga National. This is the first time we are In theaJanuary/February 2013 Bottles and we having breakfast that is at no costissue to ourofmembers. We Extras, have important votes be takenaand we wantRegional our membership in attendance. The will betostarting two-page Overview section where FOHBC board is recommending that FOHBC membership we will highlight incoming information from the four rates regions be increased as follows: Regular standard membership: $40, 1st and that make up the Federation (northeast, southern, midwest Class membership: $55, Canada membership: $60, Other Countries: western). If you have material please forward to your Regional $80, Clubs: $75, Three-Year membership, 2nd class: $110, Digital Director. If visit the(Associate web sitemembership or receivedwill ourcontinue newsletter, membershipyou (new): $25, at $5; Not you will see that Regional News is now appearing in recommending a different available with Life or Digital Membership). We are also themore reinstitution of Life Membership. type too. of membership has to and refreshing format in theseThis venues appeal to everyone. Three as possible levels oflink. Life IMembership were We are only as strong our weakest use this expresrecommended for single and members only: Level 1: $1,000, includes all sion often in business in my general conversations with benefits of a regular membership. No promise of a printed magazine for people. Keep an open mind, be positive, and try to help, give life. Level 2: $500, Includes all benefits of a regular membership, but constructive criticism and move forward. Smile and someone you will not receive a printed magazine, but rather a digital subscription. will smile back to you. Listen and you will hear2.aLevel story.3: Step Note: In the future, a Level 1 could become a Level Earned forward and The tell Board a story. Look at your collection and find that or Honoree. would have the option of bestowing an honorary Life Membership. ThisThis person to joinOur the best FOHBC at the missing bottle or link. is would what itcontinue is all about. asset membership rate. The Board will determine how this honor is isregular all of our great members. earned. read the full notice in Member News of this I am You alsocan looking forward to the great 49er Bottle Show Old Town Auburn, California in December. We usually go to Also look at the Chattanooga National article within this issue as it has a the Festival of Lights parade each yearOf after the you show. complete listing of events and information. course, canWe alsolove find it complete becauseand thethehorses, dogs, goats, people andweb trucks all are most up-to-date information on our site, adorned with lights for Christmas. Remember, a show is so You will alsoiffind articleitonantheexperience. great Jack Pelletier, “Theare Bininger much better youanmake While you at a Man” collection, by Jim Bender. This article idea was hatched at thea show, visit a collection, go to a museum, have dinner with 2015 Baltimore Antique Bottle Show and Jim was able to spend some bottle friend, go on a dig etc. There are so many things you can time with Jack and his fabulous collection. Thank you both. do to stay connected with our great hobby. Make it a multidimensional experience. Happy autumn andlike winter. So enjoy your bottle collecting in the way you best, but please make plans to come to our National shows. In the end, it is the people that make our hobby the greatest on earth.


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Bottles and Extras come into play, research and map reading. Along with digging for bottles I love reading maps, looking at old photos and documenting the areas I dig with site maps, pictures and notes. Knowing what has happened on a particular property and the layout of the buildings on the lot are an invaluable resources to a digger, it saves time but better yet it leads to finding the real treasures that lay hidden. I’ve put together an example of an area I am actively working right now, this block has gone through some major changes, from Gold Rush store and Saloon to a Doctors house back to a row of rowdy Saloons. It should have been a very promising dig with

Digging for Resources There are so many great elements that come together to form this hobby. From the wonderful people to the connection with our past bottle collecting can certainly broaden your perspectives and enrich your life. Like a lot of collectors, I got my introduction to bottle collecting digging for bottles and it remains one of my favorite activities. Digging for me is a journey back in time and I feel myself in that place and moment that I am digging in. There is little I enjoy more than peeling back the layers of time! I dig every chance I get, but of course try to dig places where I’m more likely to find something. Out here in the gold country of California finding areas that have not been dug is a real challenge. The towns are small and bottle collecting has been a huge hobby for 50 years here. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for quick and easy digging. That’s where another branch of this fine hobby

Plot maps showing buildings

some awesome glass but in the end it wasn’t, and it took me a while to figure out why. All indications pointed to this being a major dig. Sanborn maps from three years, (1891, 1895 and 1899), all showed Saloons with various uses for the back lot but no major building there. My research from years previous proved the back lot had never been built on, although the front of the lot had gone through major changes since the Gold Rush. The Sanborn map from 1940 again showed new construction on the front of the lot but the back of the lot, where the outhouses should be remained undeveloped. Old pictures show a row of rowdy saloons. Everything is looking good. Old photo of an early town

I secured permission to excavate on the property, the area I

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wanted to dig now has a mid-20th century addition built on piers over the back lot. Gaining access was a little difficult but that has never stopped me before! Under the building in the area I wanted to dig there was trash from the late 40’s and rubble in areas. I also discovered turn of the century glass on the surface. I started a general area dig as there was obviously a trash dump and started finding bottles, now things were looking real good! Then it happened. There was 1930’s trash deeper in the ground

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Another view of the Plot maps showing buildings on a corner

and I could not locate any privies. There was ash buried along with rubble everywhere. What is going on? This is where I start drawing up my site map, keeping track of what I’m finding where, but this usually helpful tool in getting me back into the right direction, wasn’t helping much either this time. Back to the books I went, and I didn’t find much. The only item of interest was a photo dated 1890 with the front of the lot void of buildings except one Saloon on the corner. Next to the Saloon was a large stone lined basement opened to the world. Now things were getting interesting, the maps had not indicated any building changes through the 1890’s, so what am I looking at? With that question and this picture I was able to put myself on the right track to getting my answer. I soon learned that the whole lot had burned in the early 1930’s. After the fire the front of the lot had three building lots consolidated into one lot and the new building that went up on the property had the old basement opened up and a new basement dug out, but they didn’t stop there, this is gold country after all and well, they found some gold. Now add the great depression with no booze to drink and the boys got busy and dug up the whole lot! The turn of the century glass I had found iniMarkings of the shards I have found tially was dug up along with it and thrown back over the top. The privy’s were gone, any dumping areas disturbed and obliterated. comes to resources, keep digging. The answer is not always as I only lost about a month of my spare time and I did find some clear as it seems! interesting items along with a few keepers from the turn of the century. Overall not a big loss but certainly a reminder that when it


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FOHBC News From & For Our Members Bottle Collection in Houston Ferdinand, I got my BOTTLES and EXTRAS magazine yesterday and read it this morning in the hunting blind as I was turkey hunting. The letter about “Antique Bottle Collection in Houston” interests me. There is not enough information to tell if it is a collection of Avon and Jim Beam bottles or bitters and historical flasks, or anything in between. Anyway, if you could put me in contact with that person I might be able to help them. I am one of the few people in the Houston area that might be interested in purchasing a bottle collection. If they are not ready to sell I am qualified, with 45 years in the bottle hobby, to do an appraisal for them. Thank you. Jay Kasper, Shiner, Texas [FM] Jay, I checked out the collection and it is mainly later figural and decorative bottles. The fellow will probably bring them to the Houston Antique Bottle Show to sell. I will keep your offer in mind.

Very first issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS Hi, Ferdinand: I have a short story. I posted it on my personal Facebook page. Also finally going to send off the BOTTLES and EXTRAS artwork, tomorrow I swear. Including a couple #1’s for you, and a few other issues. It’ll have to be post office, it’s the only thing we have here in this tiny town. Yours, Scott (Grandstaff), Happy Camp, California. Here is the story...

Something cool happened today. I was cleaning out the attic (oh, it was soooo much fun, where were you??) And I came across a heavy box. Real heavy. When I cut the tape and opened it up, what do you suppose I found? No, you are never going to guess. I found the lost stash of BOTTLES and EXTRAS, #1 issue. The very first issue. The issue we made before computers were really invented. It was completely handmade throughout. We made our friends write the articles, and I rewrote them

so they would look as good as possible. I took extra pictures so it would look like there were originally more. I called and “made” people put up bottles, for the classifieds. Kitty typed it all in on a glorified typewriter and we had to use ink pens to darken every letter of every word. Kitty redrew, with a pen, Thomas Edison’s famous dog Nipper (his master’s voice dog), only she made him face the opposite direction from the 10,000 ads Edison had used the dog in. And she did it mostly just to see if Cecil Munsey would notice. Because Cecil had written one of the articles. It was a monumental effort. It was financially suicidal, and we knew it. We spent everything we had to make it happen. But people believed in us, loved us. Federation officers, editors, club presidents, Hall of Fame members. People I will always remember and love. And bottle collectors who weren’t famous, just regular bottle people, by the score. People who had treated us like family even though they had no earthly reason to do it. People we wanted to give, whatever we had to give. BOTTLES and EXTRAS magazine was officially “born” on a cold February morning, when I took those first issues to the post office, to go out to the first subscribers. The print shop had printed a precious few extras. Overruns. I was sure they were gone. I just found them again. It was like going home. Yours, Scott [FM] Scott, the box arrived yesterday and it was truly like opening a treasure chest. I did not realize that the first BOTTLES and EXTRAS were so small in size, almost like one of our National Show Souvenir Programs. I will start scanning these for inclusion on the FOHBC web site members portal in the near future. Thank you so much!

Late Persian Bottles - the “Black Glass” of the Middle East Ferdinand & Martin – thank you both, already. I haven’t seen the article yet, but received possibly one of the kindest “thank you for writing that article” notes I’ve ever received in my life from Jeff Wichmann yesterday evening. Considering I’ve published several bottle books as well as the Canadian bottle magazine for six years, that’s saying something. I’d like to buy a couple extra copies of that issue, if that’s possible? I’ve friends and family asking. Who should I e-mail and pay? The nice thing about the web site is that sometimes the bottles find me. This small globular came from a Swedish gentleman who found the web site. He thought the bottle “belonged” in my collection, and was quite pleased with the price I offered.

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Beriaults Hair Bitters – Hair Bitters Manufacturing Company Joseph B. Beriault, my grandfather, established a barber shop in the old Rainier Grand Hotel, Seattle, Washington, in 1893. He barbered a host of the country’s most notable personalities. Among his customers were such men as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, John L Sullivan, John Ringling, Jack Dempsey, Buffalo Bill, Jack London, Rex Beach and Eugene V Debs.

Again – thank you for publishing the article – I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like! I wouldn’t mind a soft copy for the web site, if you don’t mind. I have a page where I’ve uploaded my published Persian glass articles for anyone who wants to see the research progressing.

He created the hair preparation more for a grooming aid in his own shop, but putting his picture on the label may have been a mistake, as it looked like it would restore or grow hair. The product became so popular, filling orders apparently took all the fun out of the project. Grandfather died at 85.

All the best, Phil Culhane, Ottawa, Ontario [FOHBC] Mr. Culhane will be provided the material that he requested and will hopefully write another article for BOTTLES and EXTRAS in the future.

The Holtzermann store in Minneapolis Dear Mr. Meyer: I have read with great interest your web pages concerning the bitters, and the Holtzermann families. Well done! A year ago, I wrote an extensive research article for Hennepin History, the magazine of the Hennepin County (Minneapolis) Historical Society, concerning the Holtzermann store in Minneapolis. That specialty store was nationally known for its German merchandise, and it remained in business for some 80 years. I would be pleased to send you a published copy if you are interested. Recently, I have been writing an unrelated article for the German Historical Institute of Washington, D. C. for their on-line series of articles concerning German immigrant entrepreneurs in the United States. In the course of our discussions they inquired if I could write an article for them, expanding my article concerning the third and fourth generations of the Holtzermann family in Minneapolis, to include the first and second generations of the same family in Ohio. The background material in your web pages (and the compelling images!) would be of enormous assistance to me if you would be willing to allow me access thereto. I would of course provide you with full credit for your assistance, and reimburse you for any expenses incurred. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Leo J. Harris, St. Paul, Minnesota

I should mention his father was the “oldest news boy in Seattle, Washington.” He lost a leg in a logging accident at 85 and sold newspapers at a stand well past 100 years of age. “Seattle Star,” 2/11/29. If you decide to sell the Hair Bitters bottle, my daughter is an actress and a barber. She would love to have it for display. Rhondee M. Beriault, Vancouver, Washington [FOHBC] You can read a full story about this bottle on the FOHBC website, There you will see enlarged color pictures of the wonderful bottle and stamp along with a story about the bottle. Mr. Beriault was connected with Bill Ham who had the bottle and stamp at the recent Morro Bay Antique Bottle Show.

Is There Really a Burton’s Bitters? Dear Elizabeth & Ferdinand: Philosophers say that life is full of surprises. How true! When my May-June issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS arrived, and I turned to page 16, my eyes opened to easily three times their normal size! I so enjoyed reading Ferdinand’s article “Is There Really a Burton’s Bitters” It brought back a flood of wonderful bottle memories for me. Wow! Thanks for giving me one of the most memorable and enjoyable surprises I’ve ever had. Warm Regards, Burton Spiller, Pittsford, New York


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Regarding “This Anointing Bottle Fascinates Me” Dear Martin: The anointing bottle featured in the latest BOTTLES and EXTRAS is truly a beautiful, one of a kind work of art blown about 1850 by an artist monk, but as far as bottle collectors are concerned it ends there. Even if the priest correctly deciphered the “decoration,” it is merely a reiteration of the creation of the Christian religion which developed out of Judaism in the 1st century A.D. I apologize if you are deeply religious, but here in the 21st century it would seem impossible to cling to such ancient myths.

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the privilege to stay in Bernie Puckhaber’s home and still recall the wonderful collection of Saratoga bottles on display there. As the years passed, the museum continued to grow and many changes occurred. Almost yearly, Carol and I would visit the museum and meet with Jan and Larry Rutland. Both were dedicated collectors, but beyond that they poured untold hours and energy, much beyond the call of duty, to produce an interactive and quality museum in spite of the financial hard times of the era. We thank Jim for reminding us of the value of the National Bottle Museum and our need to always show the younger generations the beauty and joy of our hobby of glass collecting.

Sincerely Yours, Jim Scharnagel, Gainesville, Georgia

Respectfully submitted, John M. Spellman, Caselberry, Florida

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Dear Mr. Meyer:

Mr. Meyer: Thank you so much for the information. I sent several inquiries at the same time out of those inquiries. Norm Heckler was first to respond. I have been pleasantly surprised, to say the least. I have been a smalltime collector for all my life. The bottle has been in my possession since its purchase from an estate sale in Virginia around 20 years ago.

My name is Chris Enss and I’m a New York Times best selling author who writes about women of the Old West. I have had the pleasure of making presentations to many organizations about the history of the West and would like to inquire about the possibility of speaking at the Antique Bottle Convention scheduled to take place in Sacramento, California in 2016. I’d like to invite you to visit my website at and review the books and articles I’ve penned. You can also see a sample of the work I do on the Fox series Legends and Lies hosted by Bill O’Reilly. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Chris Enss, Grass Valley, California [FOHBC] We thanked Mr. Enss with his offer but according to Richard Siri, Sacramento Convention Chair, he has an agreement with Betty Zumwalt to be our Banquet speaker. Betty researched and co-wrote Spirits Bottles of the Old West with her first husband, Bill Wilson. They later published Western Bitters and 19th Century Medicine in Glass (1971). She was an active member of the first bottle club - the ABCA of California. She was instrumental, with Bill and Dick Hansen, in drawing up the first draft of the Federation bylaws. After parting with Bill, she researched and published Ketchup-Pickles-Sauces, 19th Century Food in Glass (1980). It has become the standard for this division of bottle collecting. Another reason to come to the Banquet!

National Bottle Museum My hat goes off to Jim Bender for acknowledging the National Bottle Museum in the May-June BOTTLES and EXTRAS. This article exemplifies what our hobby needs and represents: lifelong friendships, sharing one’s knowledge and experiences, and bringing together the wide variety of interests which our hobby shares. In 1979, I exhibited the History of the Clyde Glassworks and some of the glass produced there at the National Bottle Museum which was then established in the Verbeck House in Ballston Spa. I also gave a presentation at the annual meeting that year and had

During that time, I searched for information on that bottle. All I could find was St. Drake’s, never my bottle. One day while searching, I found a PDF file with an inventory list where a shard of a Prairie & Plantation Bitters had been unearthed at an old dig site. Then I found a reference in an article on the Peachridge Glass site. Thinking perhaps I should continue the search for answers, I attended a local free appraisal day here in Central Virginia. When briefly viewed, the appraiser indicated the bottle would be worth around $225 and that was what he sold them for frequently. A bit disgruntled that none of my treasures were special, I returned home and began an online search yet again. It was at that time I decided to reach out to you, Norman Heckler and Jeff Wichmann. A few years back after the earthquake in Mineral, Virginia, which I felt significantly at my home in Gretna, Virginia, I decided to pack up the Prairie & Plantation Bitters along with some others for fear of breakage. Due to his first response, I have decided to consign this particular bottle with Norman Heckler. I sincerely appreciate you taking

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time out of your busy schedule to contact me. I would love to know that my bottle became a part of your world famous collection. Sorry circumstances were not different. Would love to meet you and see your collection sometime. If you are in the market for a BTSC Smith’s Druid Bitters, I have a nice one of those in amber, which was purchased from the same estate. Since that one is not under contract, thought I would offer it to you first, collector to collector. Thanks again for all the information and your wonderful website. Susan Franklin-Smith

About Colognes and Bath Water bottles attributed to the Boston Sandwich Glass Factory

Ferdinand, we briefly talked at the Morro Bay bottle show about colognes and bath water bottles attributed to the Boston & Sandwich Glass Factory. Pictured is a display of colognes, bath water bottles and a few art glass pieces; Nailsea, Venetian and silver over glass, to name a few. This display was shown at the 49er Bottle Club Bottle Show at the Roseville Fairgrounds. The bottles in the picture are not often seen in displays or on sales tables. They add color and attract the attention of those who pass by. George Wagoner, Carmichael, California

E. Dexter Loveridge - In the House - A Treasure Trove of Wahoo Bitters items goes to Auction Ferdinand, When I saw the magazine cover, I actually cried. It caught me off guard. It’s amazing! It’s perfect! You are truly talented!!! I can feel all the ghosts in this house thanking me...and thanking you... I know I’ve been emotional lately, this estate sale is not an easy thing to do. I love all this stuff so much. I only hope all the other items I’m selling will find a good home like Edwin’s things have, wherever that might end up. I couldn’t read the text part, it was too small, so I guess I’ll have to wait until the issue comes out. So exciting! I talked to Jim Daniel today. Nice guy! Love his voice! He instructed me more on how to package and send everything. It will all be going out by Friday. I’ll let both him and you know when it goes out for sure. For the thousandth time, Thank you for everything! Diana, Chicago, Illinois


[FOHBC] Read the full story in this issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS. All material has been sent to Jim Daniel, official auctioneer for the Chattanooga National. See advertisement this issue.

Found: One “A. Schriener (sic) N.O.” Bottle Hello, My friend and I found a great lot in the 7th Ward of New Orleans and dug many iron pontil sodas when we came across this bottle. It appears to be a medicine but other local bottle hounds think it may be an early bitters. We checked the New Orleans Bottle Digger bible and could not find it on any list. It has a re-fired pontil, BIM, applied tooled top in an ice blue dark aqua coloration. It stands over 8 inches which leads me to believe it may be a bitters. The embossing says “A. SCHRIENER N. O.” Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Mike Burkett [FOHBC] Read the full story on the FOHBC web site under Editors’ Picks.

Remembering Don Burkett – Legendary Fruit Jar Collector Such sad news… Don Burkett passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, due to complications from a fall. Don lost his sweet wife, Glenny, in 2010. The loss took its toll on Don, but he was always smiling when around his fruit jar hobby friends. Our deepest condolences go out to Glenny and Don’s family. Words cannot express how he was loved and how much Don will be missed. Don was beloved by so many collecting friends, and the fruit jar hobby will miss him terribly. This is a sad day indeed. Obituary and funeral details will be posted here when they become available. Read more at the Findlay Bottle Club web site.

More Hotel Rooms in Chattanooga! We have now reserved 65 additional suites on Friday and Saturday nights and 10 additional suites on Thursday and Sunday nights at the Staybridge Suites Downtown Chattanooga which is also connected to the Chattanooga Convention Center. The Studios (1 Queen Bed/1 Queen Sleeper Sofa) will be $109 per night, plus taxes; the One-Bedroom Suites (1 King Bed/1 Queen Sleeper Sofa or 2 Full Beds/1 Queen Sleeper Sofa @ $119 per night, plus taxes. Overnight parking is $3.00 per day.

FOHBC General Membership Meeting Breakfast The FOHBC General Membership Meeting has been moved from Friday, July 31 to Saturday, morning, August 1 in the Marriott


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Plaza C room. A breakfast for members will be served. We also have an important membership vote at this meeting. We will be voting on increasing dues, digital membership and life membership. See notice on bottom of page.

FOHBC Members can come at 7:00 am if they chose and if they want to be first in line for the Buffet. The FOHBC Seminars follow from 9:00 am to noon in Marriott Plaza A & B. The Chattanooga Marriott Convention Center Hotel will have their “American Dream Breakfast” which consists of sliced seasonal fruit, assorted breakfast breads, fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cottage fried potatoes with peppers and onions and coffee, juices etc. There is no cost to FOHBC Members. We hope to see you there!

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2015 Chattanooga Banquet News – Tom Hicks Speaker - Adventures in our Hobby - Hat Contest The Banquet will be held at the Marriott on Friday, July 31st. You do not have to be an FOHBC member to attend. A cash bar will be available for sodas and/or alcoholic beverages. The cost of the banquet will be $35 per person. Reservations will be available on a first come basis. Tom Hicks, renowned Southern Bottle Story Teller, will be our guest speaker. Awards will be presented to our annual club winners who have earned special recognition in the past year. There will be a special prize drawing for a $100 gift certificate to be spent at the show. The “Battle of Chattanooga” bottle competition will begin immediately following the Banquet.

Wear or bring your most vintage, appropriate or humorist Chattanooga “Choo-Choo” or bottle-and-train themed hat to the FOHBC Cocktail Reception and Banquet on Friday, July 31st, from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Marriott Plaza Rooms, A & B. Winner will be judged and selected by a Federation representative and announced at the banquet. An amber. “Success to the Railroad” historical flask will be awarded to the winner. Reservations required.

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The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors presents the 2015 National Antique Bottle Show 300 tables at the Chattanooga Convention Center Exhibit Hall Host Hotel: Marriott Chattanooga at the Convention Center, July 31: Banquet and the Battle of Chattanooga competition, August 1: Seminars, Dealer Setup/Early Admission, Live Auction, August 2: General Admission - $5

Contact: Jack Hewitt 770.963.0220 or John Joiner 404-538-6057

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All-Aboard ........ CHOO-CHOO to CHATTANOOGA! Visit for Additional Information depicts the Battle of Atlanta in the world’s largest oil painting, circa 1885. The next stop is the Atlanta History Center with an excellent display of Civil War items from the Battle of Atlanta. As you head out of town, you should stop by Kennesaw Mountain Battle Field and see the historic Locomotive “the General” at the Southern Museum.

By the time you get the July August issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS, it should be about a month or so before our FOHBC 2015 National Antique Bottle Show in our Southern Region city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It has been a few years since the great city of Chattanooga was selected as our host for our 2015 event. We thought we would use the next few pages to help you plan your time for the show. Just like the “The Little Engine That Could”, we must run on schedule! We will use a Conductors watch to move us along. This information is also on the Federation website

A visit to Downtown Atlanta should include the Georgia Aquarium; the World of Coca Cola and the just opened College Football Hall of Fame, all within walking distance of each other.

Next Stop: Chattanooga

On Your Way: Atlanta Area Attractions If you are flying in or out of the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, here are some suggestions. If you’re interested in aviation, visit the newly renovated Delta Flight Museum. It houses one of Delta’s first DC-3’S, the Boeing 767 purchased by Delta employees and given to Delta, and a Boeing 737 simulator that you may want to try your hand at flying. The museum is housed in the original hangar built in 1941 and holds lots of interesting aviation history. For the Civil War buffs, the Atlanta Cyclorama is a must. It

I-75 North….next stop Chattanooga…again for Civil War buffs, you will want to check out the battle fields around Chattanooga especially the Chickamauga Battlefield which has one of the best gun collections. Be sure to make time to visit Lookout Mountain which includes Ruby Falls, Rock City, the Incline Railway and more. Down by the Tennessee River you will find the Tennessee Aquarium which is one of the best aquariums in the country. Lovers of early glass, ceramics, steins, toby jugs, majolica, Tiffany glass early furniture and more will enjoy the Houston Museum. Across the street within walking distance is the Hunter Museum of American Art. The museum is perched on an 80 foot bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. These two museums are located in the “arts district” area which has some unique dining and shopping. Downtown you can visit the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel and Restaurant. The Terminal Station has been converted into a fun and beautiful hotel with rooms in Victorian train cars, hotel suites, or standard rooms. Our show logo has been modeled after the historic roof-top sign. To accommodate your downtown sightseeing there is the “ Free Downtown Electric Shuttle” to restau-


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rants, bars, shops and sightseeing areas, 7 days a week. Some of you will definitely enjoy the distillery tasting tours in Tennessee such the Jack Daniel’s, George Dickel, Old Forge and others.

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with pieces of cranberry glass, cameo glass, Rookwood tiles and pattern glass making up the remainder.

Chattanooga Convention Center (adjacent to Marriott Hotel)

We hope that while you are making plans to attend the FOHBC 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show you will visit some of these sights to make your vacation even better. Have fun,

Want to Check Out More Old Bottles? The Houston Museum the Place for You Visitors to this city during the 2015 Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors National Show will find many local options of interest during their stay. One is the Houston Museum of Decorative Art, 210 High Street. It’s exhibiting Bottles, Baskets and Bowls from its extensive collection during the show. Admission is $9.

The Chattanooga Convention Center combines incomparable service, modern amenities and a prime location that make meetings, conventions and events unforgettable. With 100,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space, 21 meeting rooms and 19,000 square feet of divisible on one level, the Convention Center can accommodate functions of any size. It is one of the nation’s top 10 green convention centers and features in-house catering service headed by an award-winning chef. It was the first convention center in the country to incorporate a Farm to Table program.

Chattanooga Marriott Downtown (adjacent to Convention Center)

Anna Safley Houston came to Chattanooga in 1904 and proceeded to make a name for herself (besides “Antique Annie,” as she was known locally). Her collection of antique glass, furniture and other items is considered to be one of the world’s finest in existence today. Mrs. Houston became well known for her eccentricity. During the last 15 years of her life, she lived in virtual poverty because she refused to sell her treasures so that she could purchase food, medicine and other necessities of life. She left all her possessions in trust to the people of Chattanooga, but the museum did not become a reality until a decade after her death in 1951. Volunteers then dedicated themselves to building the museum that now houses the multi-million-dollar collection. It has since become one of Chattanooga’s many visitor attractions.

The FOHBC host hotel is the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown. Located just moments from the scenic riverfront, in the heart of Chattanooga, TN’s business district, the hotel offers over 340 impeccably appointed rooms and suites, designed to cater to the needs of today’s busy traveler.

Staybridge Suites Downtown Chattanooga (adjacent to Convention Center)

Mrs. Houston’s remarkable life story is documented in a biography, “Always Paddle Your Own Canoe.” It was published in 1995 and is available in the Houston Museum Gift Shop visitors can enter for free. Among the 12,000 pieces still extant from her collection is a ceramic brew jar, typical of the pottery from Belcher’s Gap in northern Alabama. An antique Pennsylvania cherry cupboard (circa 1850) holds just some of the museum’s collection of majolica, including a fish set with six matching plates. Dazzling the visitors’ eyes are fine early examples of antique Staffordshire, at least 600 patterns of pressed glass, art glass from Tiffany, Steuben, Loetz and Durand create a “WOW!” factor,

We have reserved 65 additional suites on Friday and Saturday nights and 10 additional suites on Thursday and Sunday nights at the Staybridge Suites Downtown Chattanooga which is also connected to the Chattanooga Convention Center. The map on the next page shows the proximity of the hotels.

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nine prior to the FOHBC Banquet. Come mingle with you bottle friends and catch up on the news.

Friday, 31 July 2015 | 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm - Choo Choo Hat Contest - Marriott Mezzanine

Friday, 31 July 2015 | 8:00 am to Noon - FOHBC Board Meeting - Marriott East Room The nineteen FOHBC Board Members will have their semi-annual board meeting in the Marriott East Room. A conference line will be available for board members who cannot be present in person. Conference calls between board members, usually occur once a month. Members are welcome as guests at the meeting.

Friday, 31 July 2015 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm - Chattanooga Bus Tour and Aquarium Visit - Marriott Lobby

Wear or bring your most appropriate or funniest Chattanooga “Choo-Choo” or bottle-and-train themed hat to the FOHBC Cocktail Reception and Banquet on Friday, July 31st, from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Marriott Mezzanine and Plaza Rooms, A & B. Winner will be judged and selected by a Federation representative and announced at the banquet. An amber. “Success to the Railroad” historical flask will be awarded to the winner. Reservations for Banquet required.

Friday, 31 July 2015 | 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm - FOHBC Awards Banquet - Marriott Plaza A & B The FOHBC Banquet will be held at the Marriott in Plaza Rooms A & B on on Friday, July 31st. You do not have to be a FOHBC member to attend. A cash bar will be available for sodas and/or alcoholic beverages. The cost of the banquet is $35 per person. Reservations will be available on a first come basis.

Transportation and a Tour Guide will meet passengers in the Marriott Lobby on Friday at 9:45 am for a visit to Incline, Point Park (with Ranger), a Tennessee Aquarium visit and glass blowing demonstration. Cost is $73 for each person. Lunch $10 additional. 35 person minimum. RSVP please.

Friday, 31 July 2015 | 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm - Dealer Registration - Marriott Mezzanine Come to the Marriott Mezzanine on Friday, 31 July from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm to register, get your dealer packet, complimentary Souvenir Program, name badges etc. You can also renew your membership, get show information and purchase new FOHBC and 2015 Chattanooga National merchandise.

Friday, 31 July 2015 | 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm - Cocktail Party Marriott Mezzanine A cash bar Cocktail Party will be held in the Marriott Mezza-

Tom Hicks (pictured above), renowned Southern Bottle Story Teller, will be our guest speaker. Awards will be presented to our annual club winners who have earned special recognition in the past year. Special awards will be given for Club Newsletters, Club Show Posters & Flyers, Club Writer’s Contest and Club Web site. There will be a special prize drawing for a $100 gift certificate to be spent at the show. The “Battle of Chattanooga” bottle competition will be held after the banquet.


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Saturday, 01 August 2015 | 7:00 am to 8:30 am - FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast - Marriott Plaza C The FOHBC General Membership Meeting has been moved from Friday, 31 July 2015 to Saturday, morning, 01 August 2015 in the Marriott Plaza C room. A Breakfast for members will be served. We also have an important Membership vote at this meeting.

Ralph Finch (pictured above) will be inducted into the prestigious FOHBC Hall of Fame.

Friday, 31 July 2015 | 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm - Battle of Chattanooga Bottle Competition - Marriott Plaza C The “Battle of Chattanooga” bottle competition will be held at the Marriott on Friday, July 31st after the banquet in Plaza Room C. There will be three categories. Each category will have three judges. The categories are: Colored Sodas, Sauces (peppersauce, ketchup, durkees, oyster, etc.) and Best Bottle South of the Mason Dixon Line. Security will be provided. For additional information contact: Mike Newman, phone: 706.829.8060, e-mail:

We will be voting on increasing dues, digital membership and life membership. Please read on Page 66. FOHBC Members can come at 7:00 am if they chose and if they want to be first in line for the Buffet. The FOHBC Seminars follow from 9:00 am to noon in Marriott Plaza A & B. The Chattanooga Marriott Convention Center Hotel will have their “American Dream Breakfast” which consists of sliced seasonal fruit, assorted breakfast breads, fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, cottage fried potatoes with peppers and onions and coffee, juices etc. There is no cost to FOHBC Members. We hope to see you there! FOHBC Members.

Saturday, 01 August 2015 | 7:00 am to 5:00 pm - Dealer Registration - Convention Center Hall A Dealer registration moves to the Chattanooga Convention Center on Saturday, 01 August 2015 from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm. You can register, get your dealer packet, name badges etc. You can also renew your membership, get show information and purchase new FOHBC and 2015 Chattanooga National merchandise.

Saturday, 01 August 2015 | 8:00 am to Noon - Dealer Unloading, Display Set-Up - Convention Center Hall A

We will again be video taping the bottles via broadcast camera, projected on to a 144” screen using an Optima EH501 projector. All bottles will be illuminated by 3 LED Video lights with a white background.” We thank Pennsylvania collector, Chip Cable for stepping up and volunteering to help us out in this area! This is going to be an exciting event. Please make sure you dust off, polish and prepare your favorite beauty for the bottle competition event of the year.

You may use the Convention Center’s rear entrance to load/ unload your boxes and your vehicle must be moved immediately afterwards to allow for the next person to unload/load their vehicle. Please try and have your assistant with you during this time so they can stay with your inventory to make this process run quickly and smoothly. The rear entrance will remained closed from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 2nd and also while the show is closed.

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Saturday, 01 August 2015 | 9:00 am to Noon - Educational Seminars - Marriott Plaza A & B


Saturday, 01 August 2015 | 12:50 pm to 1:00 pm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Convention Center Hall A

On Saturday, August 1st, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be conducted at showroom entry doors to the Convention Center Hall A. Come see Chattanooga Co-Chairs John Joiner and Jack Hewitt cut the red FOHBC ribbon to official start the 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show. Jack Hewitt and John Joiner, Chattanooga National Show CoChairs, have a great line-up of presentations and seminars. Six seminars are planned and will be given by prominent collectors on various topics in the Chattanooga Marriott Plaza Rooms A & B. The seminars will take place on Saturday morning, August 1st from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. Seminars are open to any member of the FOHBC or person attending the show. Please mark your calendar now!

Saturday, 01 August 2015 | Noon to 5:00 pm - Dealer and Early Buyer Admittance - Convention Center Hall A All dealers will be admitted into the showroom promptly at 1:00 pm to allow them to arrive at their tables for setup ahead of the early admission group. Early Admission will be allowed in immediately behind the dealers. Your own Dealer/Early Admission nametag badge must be worn visibly to gain access to the showroom. Set-up will end at 5:00 pm, and everyone must be out at that time.

Saturday, 01 August 2015 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Daniel Auctions “Rolling Thunder” Auction Preview - Marriott Plaza A & B

The seminars will be: The History of Jack Daniel Whiskey by Mike Northcutt, Edgefield Pottery and their Potters by Jim Witkowski, Charleston, South Carolina Colored Sodas by Tommy Schimpf, The Evolution of the Coca - Cola Bottle by Doug McCoy, Bottle and Relic Digging by Rick Phillips and Paul Sampson and Every Bottle Has a Story by Jack Sullivan and Ferdinand Meyer V. For additional information contact: Jack Hewitt, phone: 770.963.0220, e-mail: It is not to late to make plans to display! Full speaker biographies can be found on the show page at

Saturday, 01 August 2015 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Showroom Closed - Convention Center Hall A On Saturday, August 1st, everyone except exhibitors setting up displays, will be cleared out of the showroom at noon time. The room will be closed from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm for final show preparation.

Saturday, 01 August 2015 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Daniel Auctions “Rolling Thunder” Live Auction - Marriott Plaza A &B The National Show Live Auction will start promptly at 7:00 om on Saturday eventing. The auction will be conducted by Jim Daniel of Daniel Auction Company in the Marriott Hotel Plaza Rooms A and B. Auction lot preview will start at 5:00 pm. The auction will begin at 7:00 pm. Online bidding will be available prior to the show.


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Sunday, 02 August 2015 | 7:00 am - Church Service Marriott Plaza A or B

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Southern Region Display | Best of the South Convention Center Hall A

On Sunday morning, August 2nd at 7:00 am in either Marriott Hotel Plaza Rooms A or B, John Sharp will hold a brief church service.

Sunday, 02 August 2015 | 7:00 am - Ticket Sales Convention Center Hall A Ticket sales will start at 7:00 am Sunday.

Sunday, 02 August 2015 | 8:00 am - Dealer & Early Buyer Admission - Convention Center Hall A Admission time for Sunday, August 2nd, will be 8:00 am for dealers and early buyers. All dealers are expected to remain set up until the end of the show or they will forfeit the opportunity to have a table at the next National Show. Please show courtesy to the public who have made plans to attend and may have come many miles to be there.

Sunday, 02 August 2015 | 9:00 am - General Public Admission - Convention Center Hall A The general public will be admitted at 9:00 am. General admission will be $5.

Sunday, 02 August 2015 | 2:00 pm - Display Awards Convention Center Hall A The FOHBC encourages collectors to share their knowledge, enthusiasm and interests with other collectors by displaying their collections. There will be no charge for Exhibitor Displays. Those setting up a display will be provided a free early admission pass, which will allow full show privileges to them, their spouse, and minor children. Display awards will be presented at 2:00 pm.

We need your Southern bottles here!

At the 2014 Lexington National last year, hopefully you noticed that great, solid light cabinet that the Federation commissioned Brian Riecker from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to make? It doesn’t get much better than this. With two light levels, this display cabinet will be put to good use at the “Battle of Chattanooga” event and the Southern Region Feature Bottle Display. Please bring you favorite “Southern” bottles for display for all to see. Security will be provided. We filled it up last year, let’s do it again.

FOHBC Virtual Museum | Activity Tables Convention Center Hall A

Sunday, 02 August 2015 | 3:00 pm - Show Shutdown Convention Center Hall A Professional Show Photographer - Mallory Boyle

Alan DeMaison, museum Treasurer and Director, will be stationed at the FOHBC Virtual Museum tables just inside the Hall entry doors. Come see the latest design video, catch up on the news and view museum bottle photography.

Appraisal Table | Convention Center Hall A Mallory Boyle, daughter of Jack Hewitt, Chattanooga National Co-Chair has graciously agreed to be our official show photographer for the 2015 show. As you might imagine, she has been around bottles most of her life. You can read more about Mallory and MHB Photography on the FOHBC Chattanooga National web page. This is a volunteer job so if you see Mallory and her equipment, please take a moment to thank her for her time and effort. We should all be very grateful.

The FOHBC Appraisal Table will be set up just inside the doors of Hall A opposite the Virtual Museum tables. Please visit Jim Hewitt and bring any bottles you have for appraisal. This ia a free service provided by the FOHBC.

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A Jar from 1820’s Indianapolis, J. R. Crumbaugh By Mark C. Wiseman Mr. Robert Kolbe, of South Dakota, sold off his stoneware collection in January of 2014, and I was lucky enough to acquire one piece in the auction. The jar was stamped “Manufactured by J. Crumbaugh”, “2”. After purchasing the jar, I began to research “J. Crumbaugh”. The first reference I found for Mr. Crumbaugh was in a book titled “Greater Indianapolis, The history, the Industries, the Institutions, an d the People of a City of Homes” by Jacob Piatt Dunn, Secretary of the Indiana historical Society in 1910. The site for the new Capital, later to be named “Indianapolis” had been determined by ten “Commissioners” appointed by the Indiana Legislature then in the southern portion of the State, submitted to the Legislature and ratified on January 6, 1821.

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Close-up of the pottery mark “Manufactured by J. Crumbaugh and a Number 2”

In Chapter 6, “The Beginnings of Government” which discusses the way that the courts and other forms of government were set up as the new town of Indianapolis was surveyed and laid out, it indicates that: “Under this law, Governor Jennings on January 9 (1821) commissioned John Maxwell and on February 3 (1821), Jacob R. Crumbaugh, as justices of the peace for Indianapolis. Maxwell resigned in June, and his place was vacant for some time.” So Jacob Crumbaugh was the main justice of the peace at the start of the new capital of Indiana, “Indianapolis.” In Chapter 10, “Development of the Town,” there is a discussion concerning the first manufacturers in Indianapolis including the following concerning the potters. It appears this information was gleaned from the early issues of the “Indiana Journal” newspaper of Indianapolis.” “George Myers, a potter, came in 1821, and opened a pottery, which apparently descended, for in 1824 Abraham Myers advertised that he “continues to carry on the potting business in all its variety on the Kentucky avenue, corner of Maryland and Tennessee streets.” J.R. Crumbaugh also started a pottery at the point between Kentucky avenue and Illinois street at a very early date, but dropped out of the business, perhaps when he was appointed justice of the peace. On June 1, 1824, Margaret Gibson, who seems to have been the city’s first business woman, outside of the hotel and boarding-house businesses,

The Ralston Plat of 1821, W.H Bass Photo Co.

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The Indianapolis Gazette, February 11, 1822.

The Indianapolis Gazette, January, 18, 1823

The Indianapolis Gazette, October 19, 1822

The Indianapolis Gazette, October 10, 1826

advertised a new pottery at the corner of Ohio and Tennessee streets, stating that she has in her employ J.R. Crumbaugh “who is perfectly master of the business.” Mr. Crumbaugh resumed the pottery business on his own account at the corner of Washington and Kentucky avenue in June, 1826.”

The site for the new Capital, later to be named “Indianapolis” had been determined by ten “Commissioners” appointed by the Indiana Legislature then in the southern portion of the State, submitted to the Legislature and ratified on January 6, 1821

The August 7, 1820 Census lists Jacob R. Crumbaugh as the head of a household, in Delaware County, Indiana. There are 9 white people and two male slaves listed in this household, it appears by the tally two adult males, two adult females, and five children

The Indianapolis Gazette, October 21, 1823

under sixteen. The most significant item is that two people are indicated as employed in “Manufacturing.” This would indicate that Jacob R. Crumbaugh was likely involved in the pottery trade before he moved to Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, from Delaware County. (Delaware County is northeast of Indianapolis, Muncie is the county seat). A search of the available newspapers online revealed advertising from Indianapolis in the Indianapolis Gazette, the first advertisement is from May of 1821, from a Robert Gibson operating at the corner of Ohio and Tennessee Streets.

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Apparently Robert Gibson died in December 1822, and Margaret Gibson became the administrator of his estate. The next advertisement from Margaret Gibson is dated July 16, 1823, for the pottery at the corner of Ohio and Tennessee Streets, where she indicates she has employed J.R. Crumbaugh as the master potter. The next advertisement is from June 20, 1826 which indicates J.R. Crumbaugh, was working on his own now in the potting business, at the corner of Kentucky Avenue fronting Washington Street, west of the Washington Hall Tavern. Another source, the book “Indianapolis , A Historical and Statistical Sketch of the Railroad City, Its Social, Municipal, Commercial and Manufacturing Progress, with full Statistical Tables,” by W.R. Holloway, Indianapolis, 1870 has this limited description of the early potters of Indianapolis: “Pottery establishments were early put in operation here. One by Geo. Myers, on the corner of Maryland and Tennessee streets; another on the corner between Kentucky avenue and Illinois street, by Robert Brenton, which was displaced by the old State Bank: and a third was maintained for a long time on the corner of Washington and New Jersey streets, in the deep cut of the ravine.” There is no mention of Jacob Crumbaugh in this book, although the location of Robert Brenton’s pottery at the corner of Kentucky avenue and Illinois Street, may match J. R. Crumbaugh’s first pottery location. A book of Marion County, Indiana, statistics (the county in which Indianapolis became the county seat), lists for tax purposes “J.R. Crumbaugh & John Skinner” owning the East ½ of the SE ¼ of Section11, (80 acres),Township 15 North, Range 2 East” on August 3,1821. There is a property record issued on November 13, 1822, that indicates this property (80 acres) was obtained by a cash payment by Jacob R. Crumbaugh & John Skinner of Delaware County Indiana, at the Brookville Land office. The Indianapolis Gazette of February 1,

The Historical and Statistical Sketch of the Railroad City, Its Social, Municipal, Commercial and Manufacturing Progress, by W.R. Holloway, Indianapolis

1822, lists J.R. Crumbaugh in its list of candidates for County Commissioners. J. R. Crumbaugh has two other legal “notice” type items in the Indianapolis Gazette, that do not appear to relate to his pottery manufacturing, and were listed on May 16, 1822, and October 19, 1822.

This ad ran in The Indianapolis May, June 1829 Gazette

Indiana Democrat, Indianapolis, April 8, 1830

The Book “Early Indianapolis,” by Laura Fletcher Hodges, 1919, discussing the Fourth of July, 1822, (The first observed in the settlement of Indianapolis), following many festivities during the day: “as a fitting ending to the first Fourth of July celebration, the settlers held a ball at Jacob R. Crumbaugh’s house, (Crumbaugh was a Justice of the Peace), situated on the corner of Missouri and Market Streets.” Another Book the “History of Indianapolis and Marion County” has a couple of references to the events in Indianapolis in 1822, including the one above. The second indicates that: “The first court session was held here on the 26th of September, 1822, with Judge William W. Wick presiding, the newly-qualified associates, Mc Ilvaine and Harding, assisting, James M. Ray as


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Indiana Democrat, Indianapolis, September 6, 1830

clerk, and Hervey Bates as sheriff. After the court was organized it adjourned to Crumbaugh’s house, west of the line of the future canal.” When Jacob Crumbaugh gave up the potting trade and left Indianapolis is not clear. However, the April 14, 1827, Indiana Journal, Indianapolis, lists J.R. Crumbaugh having a letter remaining in the Post Office at Indianapolis, Indiana, On March 31st, 1827, that if not taken out in three months, will be sent to the General Post Office as a dead Letter. A similar listing occurs for a letter for Jacob Crumbaugh for September 30th, 1830. These “dead” letters may indicate he was already out of Marion County. According to the Census, by 1830 Jacob Crumbaugh was living in Morgan County, Indiana (southwest of Indianapolis), his family consisted of himself, a wife and two young children. Jacob Crumbaugh had married a Deborah King on February 5, 1829 in Marion County. On January 3, 1833, he married a Rebecca Clark in Morgan County, Indiana, a third marriage record dated June Beautiful ovoid pottery manufactured by J. Crumbaugh

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28, 1834, indicates his marriage to a Rebecca Lousford In Vermillion County. Some sources list Jacob Crumbaugh as having died in 1840; however, it is not clear what the basis of this date is. The 1850 Census lists a 59 year old Jacob Crumbaugh living in New Albany City, Floyd County, Indiana, a “painter”, born in Maryland, with his 35 year old wife Rebecca, born in North Carolina, and six children. His final resting place is unknown.

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A Bottle Digger’s Paradise back in the 1960s; it’s now Off Limits Final part of a four-part series on Georgia bottle collecting. By Bill Baab

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(NOTE: Thanks to bottle collector Herb Weaver, of Savannah, for sending a copy of the Savannah Morning News Sunday Magazine of Aug. 8, 1965 in which the Brown Farm was featured. Thanks, too, for the contributions of Savannah collectors Paul Chance and Corey Hohnerlein). Preacher’s Bottle: No Gurgling Allowed in Church. (Photo by Bea Baab)

From the Savannah Morning News SAVANNAH, Ga. – Do you know what a Preacher’s Bottle is? It’s a whiskey flask with the neck not centered in the middle of the bottle. Purpose is to silence all gurgling sounds when the preacher ducks behind the pulpit to take a quick swallow! Have you seen a whiskey bottle in the shape of a cabin, the chimney serving as the spout and the name E.G. Booz embossed in the glass? Or a blue glass bottle with TAKE NEXT DOSE AT in raised letters and numbers (denoting times) around its neck? Or a small brown bottle that once held poison and has one side flat, the other curved and three sharp tooth-like ridges along the curve so even in the blackest hours there can be no mistaking it? These are just a few of the many sought-after treasures found at the Brown Farm, also called the old City Dump. For nearly 100 years, the dump covered many acres out in the southern section beyond the city limits, its use discontinued 30 or 40 years ago and since then the forest has greedily taken over. In the past 10 years, men, women and children have been trying to reclaim at least some of the thousands of items that were tossed there and that now are valued as antiques. Never a day passes that small groups of treasure seekers don’t visit this fascinating acreage. The searchers have trekked through the underbrush until winding paths vein the deep forest. They have probed and dug and chopped until part of the surface presents large mound areas of crushed glass of all colors that shine and glint as the sun filters through the tall trees. And there are numerous excavations of varying depths; numerous

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tall saplings have fallen or lean drunkenly upon their neighbors because treasure diggers have undermined their roots in search for items that often include ancient rusty pistols, useless watches, doll heads, bed pans – and amazing as it seems – vases and even pewter sugar and creamer sets in more or less perfect condition. The most plenteous finds are old bottles. Several of the regular diggers admit to finding and selling 8,000 to 10,000 bottles over a period of time. These men usually hire their digging done. Bottle dealers will not buy unless the bottles are in perfect condition and have certain markings that prove them genuine, authentic antiques. To get these, diggers must Post Card view shows entrance to Brown Farm, homes occupied by overseers, prison guards. (Courtesy of Corey Hohnerlein) go four or five feet beneath the surface. Some of the glass has taken sons came home with their rifles and told of how many bottles on an iridescence that adds great they had broken. beauty, while some remain unchanged from their 100-year sleep underground. “I figured I’d better see just what those two young fellows were talking about, and if they were up to any mischief,” the sergeant The Watson Shannons are a family of treasure hunters. Mother and grown sons go to the dump each morning at 11 o’clock. Each said. “We walked over and I had a look around and there was digs his own circle and by late afternoon they are waist deep. Mr. another fellow there from the base and we got to talking. Well, the boys never shot at another bottle, I can tell you. I’ve never Shannon works so his treasure hunting is limited to weekends, seen anything like it in my life!” but Sundays sees him at the dump as early as 5 a.m. Each evening, the family carefully examines the day’s loot, each item packed in cartons, boxes or crates until now the house is groaning Later he said, “I’ve often wondered what I’d get up to when I retire from the service and now I know. The wife likes the idea, with literally hundreds of containers. The Shannons are opening too. We’ll start small-scale with just a little place on some tourist an antique shop in Florida in the very near future and Savannah highway. There are always collectors, you know.” bottles will be featured. Among the items they have found are 27 old pistols, toy banks of metal and of china in animal shapes, a Hires (root beer) mug, Boston Baked Beans jars, a jug with “My Turn Next” on it, souvenir mini jugs with “Compliments of” Savannah firms of long ago. Only a few days ago Mrs. Shannon dug up a serving dish in good condition and a few hours later her son dug up the cover to the dish several feet away in the hole he was excavating. Mr. (Carroll) Spell, who lives across the street from the auditorium, spends all of his spare time at the dump and often takes friends to help him dig. His two-story-on-a-basement house has every room filled with treasure from the dump. The basement is small, but he has hung most of his colorful glass pieces there so the electric bulb shows them to advantage. His collection of pistols and watches is worthless as they are completely corroded and his group of doll heads he has just given to his very pretty sister who is visiting from Texas so she can present them to a new museum in the town in which she lives. Then there is a sergeant from Hunter Field (now Hunter Air Force Base) who plans on opening a small shop when he retires three years from now. He was introduced to the dump when his two

Paul Blatner, of Savannah, marvels that back in the 1960s, pertinent knowledge about antique bottles was practically nil. Blatner, born Howard Paul Blatner in 1957 and called Paul to avoid confusion with his father, Howard Lee Blatner, was just a kid when the bottle hobby invaded Savannah. “Back then, absolutely no one realized that some straight-sided Cokes were much rarer than others,” he said. “I remember that few knew anything about Edgefield District pottery and a Dave ‘poem’ jug was sold for next to nothing. (Dave was the talented Edgefield District, S.C. slave whose ceramic wares people treasure). In 1970, the Pottersville Museum opened in Edgefield, S.C., and that’s when people started to get to know pottery from that area.” Blatner remembers when Indian Street (then the site of a soon-to-be-built U.S. post office) was the hot spot for diggers. There was a 3-year delay between the land being cleared and actual construction and diggers took advantage of it to uncover hundreds, if not thousands, of John Ryan sodas. Most were cobalt in color, but Blatner said, “I was there when two red Ryans were dug. The asking price was $35 and I begged my father to buy

28 one, but he refused.“ Red Ryans bring thousands of dollars in today’s market. As more individuals became interested in the bottle hobby, it was natural that a club be formed by like-minded people. Blatner’s father was among those who founded what has become the Coastal Empire Antique Bottle Club which remains in existence today. What, in his opinion, was the very best bottle to come out of Savannah? “The best bottle was the General Scott’s Artillery Bitters, a cannonshaped bottle that brought $300 back then,” he said. “As far as I know, Savannah was the only place in Georgia where it has been found.” Pioneer bottle collector Rick Meyer recalls digging some porcelain signs after he discovered the Brown Farm in the 1980s. And “it was commonplace to pick up bottles off the surface,” he said. Robert Hinely, writing in the Southeastern Antique Bottle Club newsletter of April 1972: “No one had given much thought to digging for bottles (back in the early 1960s). We were still finding them on top of the ground in a tremendous dump outside town.” Of course, that was the Brown Farm. No one seemed to have gotten the idea to rent a backhoe and operator to help penetrate the depths of the dump. Everyone was shovel digging. The dump is closed to diggers today and Savannah police will make trespass cases against anyone found on the property. Perhaps one day collectors with a high-dollar liability insurance policy will make a deal with the city to take a backhoe in there and dig it out. Shovel diggers are prone to leave untouched areas between their holes, so who knows what treasures may still be buried.

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Savannah Collected Garbage in Style, Using Electric Railway SAVANNAH, Ga. – First there were scavengers, bands of individuals who roamed the neighborhoods long before sanitation trucks, collecting garbage and other trash. Enter the 20th century. The city of Savannah signed a contract with the Savannah Electric Railway Company to haul all the garbage collected by the city to the Chatham County Farm, a.k.a. Brown Farm, about 4 miles from the city. The railway company provided special cars in which the garbage was placed. Each car had a capacity of 45 cubic yards in bulk and 30,000 pounds in weight. That’s a lot of garbage. The cars are provided with hatch doors, A-shaped floors to facilitate dumping as well as side dumping doors. The doors are controlled by a crank rod at the side and bottom of the cart that operates the doors all at once. Rubber gaskets are provided to make the doors water-tight. The inclined floors are pierced by holes for draining the liquid matter in the garbage into a space beneath the A-floor. This inclosure is lined with

Bottles and Extras galvanized iron and three valves are provided for emptying the fluid. The valves are left open while the cars are being loaded and closed just before they are hauled away from the filling platform. Rubber gaskets are employed to make the dumping doors water-tight. For loading, the platforms at the old garbage crematory have been fitted up and the railway company has provided two sidetracks for running its cars directly beneath the platform. The garbage is collected in dump wagons, which are emptied directly into the cars through the roof hatches. The cars are loaded during the day, but are hauled between midnight and 6 a.m., when passenger cars are off the line. At the Brown Farm, the cars are run up a 2% grade onto a dumping trestle, where county convicts assist in dumping the contents and cleaning the cars. Shotguntoting guards supervise the operation. The cars were built by the South Baltimore Car Works. The contract with the city is for 10 years, beginning in 1903, and the contract price is $20 per day on a basis of 75 tons (five cars) or less of garbage a day, with an extra charge of $4 per car for all cars over five per day. The service was started Aug. 1, 1903. After being dumped at the Brown Farm, the tin cans, glass, rubber, metal, bones and other scrap are picked out of the garbage and the garbage proper is used for fertilizing the crops grown at the county farm.

Guards stand atop special electric railway garbage car as prisoners unload at Brown Farm. (Courtesy of Corey Hohnerlein)

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I love this picture of E. Dexter Loveridge and his ‘business associates’ posing in front of their business establishment that is adorned with wonderful signs and graphics. I feel like we could play “I Spy” here as there are so many great things to look at like the Wahoo Bitters crates lining the sidewalk parallel to the street. There are even Wahoo Bitters boxes in the windows with individual bottles standing proudly for the photograph. It seems that each of the gentleman’s hats are differrent and they wear them in different ways too. Interesting that Edwin Dexter Loveridge in not wearing a hat.

E. Dexter Loveridge illustrative portrait. You can see Dexter in the larger photograph too!

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E. Dexter Loveridge - In the House A Treasure Trove of Wahoo Bitters items goes to Auction By Ferdinand Meyer V

A labeled Loveridge’s Wahoo Bitters with foil and cork.

One of the more entertaining aspects of collecting antique bottles, and in my particular case, bitters bottles, is the interesting names that we have to work with. Recently, I wrote a Peachridge Glass post about Zulu Bitters and then the similarly named Zu Zu Bitters. Then you get the cool “Dr. named bitters” like Dr. Rattinger’s Bitters and Dr. Plannett’s Bitters, weird ones like Aimar’s Flytrap Bitters and Carey’s Grecian Bend Bitters, and the military ones like Barto’s Great Gun Bitters and General Scott’s Artillery Bitters. Next there are the Indian bitters like Old Sachems Bitters and Wigwam Tonic and the subject of this post, E. Dexter Loveridge’s Wahoo Bitters. I could go on and on.

About a month ago one morning, I opened my various electronic mail boxes. I have like four or five e-mail addresses for different things like FMG business, Peachridge Glass and the FOHBC. Kind of ridiculous, I know, but it does let me compartmentalize my work and believe me, the nets do catch some fish sometimes. The subject e-mail that caught my attention like a shiny coin in the mud is represented below: I have been trying to research some items I have. Years ago, we purchased a home built in 1891 with all of its contents. I had sold quite a bit of the beautiful items found in our home, but have put aside a few things so I can research them. Our home once belonged to E. Dexter Loveridge’s granddaughter, Louisa. Edwin’s daughter, Mary, and her husband, Judge Halsey, lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When Louisa got married, he built this Western Springs home for her wedding gift. Mary was here often, but Louisa lived here. Since Louisa was the last living relative of the family, she inherited everything from both Milwaukee, and also, Buffalo, New York. And it’s all been in the attic for so many years like a time-capsule. Among the items that we have found so far include an E. Dexter Loveridge Wahoo Bitters bottle, still wrapped in cellophane, and

Our home once belonged to E. Dexter Loveridge’s granddaughter, Louisa.


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The actual hat that’s in the photo Great photo of E. Dexter Loveridge wearing his top hat

still with a cork in it. There are two framed Loveridge advertising pieces, a photograph of his establishment in Buffalo with him standing in front, and believe it or not, his top hat. We also have paper items, such as a Loveridge advertising envelope, trade card, a handbill, various photos of him, an illustrative portrait, stationery and a photo of his home in Buffalo. Edwin Dexter’s mother in a beautiful dress with her favorite bag

Here is Edwin Dexters cane, noting he was a Mason and a man not to be messed with. There is a long letter opener in his cane or a Knife in which to defend himself

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July - August 2015 I realize there are a lot of websites out there that deal in bottles like this, and I’m just starting my research as to how to sell these items. Any input would be helpful. I can send photos, but wanted to reach out to a few people before I do. Thank you for your time,


Diana from Chicago

Early Tintype of Dexter Loveridges and his brothers in a beautiful gold foiled frame

Fully labeled Wahoo Bitters bottle with cork

Early Tin type photo of Edwin Dexter and family members.


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Well, fast forward a bit. After a couple of phone conversations with Diana, who was as excited as an eastern gold miner in California, and quite a few e-mails, we both decided that the best and most fairest course of action for her would be to auction the items with the hopes that it would end up in a location that would cherish and group the items with other historical bottles and related ephemera. So what auction house? Well, the treasure trove of Loveridge items is headed to the FOHBC 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Dexter Loveridge bottle with foil on the top

Fantastic E. Dexter Loveridge framed Blood Purifier advertising piece Diana & Jim with their growing family.

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Bottle Show’s “Rolling Thunder” auction that is being conducted by Daniel Auction Company on Saturday night, August 1st, 2015. This will be a live event preceded by an online auction similar to other Federation national show auctions. Man, am I excited! I wonder if that hat will fit on my head? My wife says no, as my head is big enough? What does that mean? In the meantime, here are a few pictures from Diana to whet your appetite.

Another fantastic advertising piece for Wahoo Bitters

SIsters of Dexter Loveridge Another view of the Loveridge bottle “Almost 30 years ago, the Koehler family purchased this home with all of its contents. It was built in 1891, and they were the second owners. Loving history, it was a dream come true for Diana & Jim. With a lot of work, they brought the home back to life, displaying all the beautiful treasures inside.”

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The “Battle of Chattanooga� bottle competition will be held at our Marriott Chattanooga Downtown host hotel on Friday, July 31st after the Banquet in Plaza C at 8:00 pm. This room is adjacent to the banquet room. There will be three categories. Each category will have three judges. Awards will be presented to the top 3 entries of each category, (Win, Place and Show). Competition is open to all! Security will be provided. More information at For additional information contact: Mike Newman, phone: 706.829.8060, e-mail:



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May Have Killed the Cat; Not This Curious Bottle Collector

By Bill Johnson, Snellville, Georgia I hope you read the “Sometimes It Pays to Peek Into Windows” article by Bill Baab in BOTTLE and EXTRAS of last November-December 2014. My similar story began some 25 years earlier and with different twists and turns. When the pharmacy label printing company I represent hired me in 1981, part of my training was to visit independent drug stores in and around St. Louis, Missouri. During that time, I noticed that some druggists collected old bottles, signs and other antique pharmacy-related items. It didn’t take me long to get hooked on old bottles. About a year later, the company offered me the opportu-

nity to move to Atlanta and take on their sales territory in Georgia. My wife, Joyce, and I welcomed the move. Since joining the U.S. Air Force in 1966, I had not lived anywhere near my parents, other relatives and friends in my hometown of Athens, Tennessee. So after very little discussion, we decided to accept the offer and moved to Atlanta’s eastern suburbs in April 1982. As we became busy finding our way around (before GPS became a household term) and growing the existing customer base, the bottle collecting bug was temporarily pushed aside. A few years later, I was talking to one of my customers who also happened to be a collector of pharmacy bottles. He mentioned that he had heard of a bottle club somewhere in Atlanta.

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Being the curious sort, I went to the public library and found a book that listed several clubs around the country, Fortunately for me, the local club (Southeastern Antique Bottle Club) was active. The club’s corresponding secretary was Wayne Grey. I contacted him and was invited to the club’s monthly meeting on the 9th floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur. Since this was in the fall of 1986, it was a while before the club’s next bottle show would take place (in the Decatur Community Center). Over the next few months, I attended the monthly meetings and learned a lot about old bottles from some of the most knowledgeable collectors around, Most meetings featured a guest speaker so we were entertained by John Hewitt (father of Jack and Jim), Larry Witcher, Butch Alley and others, The following summer we were treated to a cookout at David Swetman’s home near Griffin, Georgia where I got my look at a collection of something besides old bottles – valuable old pottery.Alas, I have strayed from my “window peeking” story. One afternoon in the late 1980s, I was walking down a small town sidewalk toward my next drug store customer. I glanced into a store window and saw what appeared to be antique bottles. Several were figural as in log cabin and barrel. The sign said it was an antiques store, but the lights were off and the door locked.

Georgia collector Bill Johnson with his labeled medicine bottle display at a Decatur, Georgia show. (Courtesy of Bill Johnson)

After finishing business with my customer, I asked the druggist what he knew about that store and he replied it was owned by his landlord who was retired and living in a nearby town. I obtained a phone number, but my customer warned me to keep my hand on my wallet at all times. He explained the old gentleman was a shrewd deal-maker and that I would pay plenty for anything I might want to buy! After several days of phone calls and comparing schedules, the man agreed to meet me at his store. I learned that he rarely opened for business and no one interested in bottles had been there in a long time. He warned me NOT to ask for any discounts because he didn’t care whether he sold anything or not.

figured I couldn’t go wrong at $18. However, I’d already written my check and had only $20 or so in cash to last me the rest of the week. Imagine my consternation (look it up – I had to!) at the thought of having to sleep with our dog. His house was much too small for both of us. Fortunately, I cast good judgment to one side and gave the guy $18 of my last $20 in cash. Try to picture my inner turmoil, knowing I was going to have to explain to my wife why the check I had written was for $100 more than I had told her it would be. Since the poison bottle was an afterthought, I didn’t even mention it to her (and you keep quiet, too!) After looking in the Bitters Section of the Kovels’ antiques price guide, I realized I had paid about 60% of what the book values had shown. At the next club meeting, I showed the bitters I had purchased and some of the collectors helped me price them for resale.

Since I had been collecting for a couple of years and had been to a few bottle shows, I had a reasonably good idea of what some bottles Somebody (Butch Alley, I think) asked what I wanted for the were worth. Fortunately for me, many of his better bottles were bitters. poison.”Oh, I paid $18 for it; should I ask $40 or what?”). He laughed I inspected them one by one: “Yerba Buena Bitters, medium amber Drake’s Plantation Bitters, honey amber Dr. Roback’s, smooth base, etc.” and told me I didn’t know what I had. It turned out that it was one of two sizes of a very rare poison and I should advertise it for sale in one of the bottle magazines. “Don’t put a price on it,” he suggested. I picked out four or five after discovering that he had priced the bottles some 20 years before. He was not aware that most of them had In response to the ad, I received a call from a California collector. He appreciated in value so I knew I had better “strike while the iron was offered $250 which I accepted and even paid the postage. That night, hot” (or is that called”branding?”). I told my wife and dog that my “window peeking” adventure had paid off handsomely. I made a $225 profit on the poison and had sold all but In the back of my mind, I knew I would have to account to my one of the bitters for a good profit as well. financial manager (a.k.a. wife) for what I had bought with our hardearned money. Still feeling that pressure, I wrote a check for $275. As I mentioned twists and turns. we were wrapping my treasures in old newspapers, I noticed a small shallow box with other, smaller amber bottles. One in particular caught About a week after the sale of the poison, I received a phone call from my eye. It was a lighter amber bottle with rounded front and back a different (and irate) collector on the “Left Coast.” He told me how about five inches tall. foolish I was to sell the bottle for only $250 and that he would have given me $400 to $500. Its embossing included a skull and crossbones and a diamond and lattice pattern with “POISON” and stars embossed vertically. On its I resisted telling him what I really thought and simply said, “Well, if base was S&D which I later discovered stood for Sharp & Dohme, manufacturers of this and other poisons. It was a machine-made bottle you had been the first to call. You would have gotten it.” Selah. priced at only $18. I knew very little about poisons at that time, but I

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rom the dawn of civilization the enduring link between the past and the present has been digging. Scoundrels and scholars toiled over the millennia to fill the many conflicting desires of museums, dealers, collectors, and academics. The common thread for scoundrels was greed – follow the money and you are sure to locate these folks. Scholars tend to avoid this conflict and shy away from dealing in artifacts. The taint of shady transactions can be devastating to a professional’s career. Caught in the middle are the dealers and collectors.

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Although many dealers and collectors claim to have real world digging experience, usually it is at most intermittent over time and limited in scope. Real world understanding of digging is often viewed as if looking through rose colored glasses and distorted by sentimental remembrances of scattered digs over many years.

This story has been repeated so many times it is lore among collectors, dealers, and independents. In my experiences (forty years hard core digging) in many inner cities and states, I have often been confronted with such a situation and have spoken directly to lead archaeologists from major institutions and companies. I can say with absolute certainty this story is an old wives tale having little or no basis in reality. It has not occurred to my knowledge. Why?

Real consistent digging is a battle between good and evil - often no different than is portrayed in Hollywood movies such as Indiana Jones or National Treasure. It is a shadowy world. Hard core knowledgeable digging folks are few in number and often have distorted or inflated views of their activity and themselves. This is true of both scoundrels and scholars. It is also true in America, Europe, Asia, South America, Egypt, etc. Most of these hard core diggers are scoundrels despite their personal belief of integrity. Why? Because they dig without true permission and insurance most of the time, often with no record keeping of any kind - causing property destruction, injuries, and even death on occasion. We are not talking about the occasional recreational collectors here but diggers who work around the clock (night or day 24 x 7), often in loosely defined gangs/crews that ebb and flow as digging opportunities arise. Sometimes good folks get mixed up with scoundrels in these locust crews plaguing inner cities because they did not understand the dimension of evil they put their foot into. They quickly find themselves on the wrong side of integrity, presenting a mental predicament. Many of the lead scoundrels are rather charismatic and animated - easily seducing academics, collectors, or dealers with whatever story seems believable or will fly. Often, they believe their own lies. Ordinary folks simply do not have the time, equipment, research or scientific expertise, and vast digging experience necessary (hundreds perhaps thousands of digs) to do hard core digging. Still, digging is the source spring from which our historical knowledge and artifacts arise!

So where do we go from here? This situation of good and evil will likely continue until the end of time and little can be done about it without exposure and self control through parties that have a seat at the table (amateur and professional). Attempts at this have occurred in Europe (UK in particular). Artifact provenance legal forms, showing trustworthy sources, could go a long way to curing this. Because known scoundrels would have to find a proxy and when the proxy is discovered he/she would be avoided as well. Auction houses could then easily avoid shady dealers, diggers, and thieves. The worst solution would be to involve government. It would likely only affect the innocent and the scoundrels would simply find another way to do business. Some of our professional archaeology partners tend to favor such an approach because we have yet to bridge this gap in understanding (between collectors, dealers, museums, and archaeologists). This is what some of us are trying to improve on. Many in the amateur and professional world prefer to avoid this unpleasant reality and often pretend their artifacts arose from only good sources. Of course, this is nonsense but good manners dictate an avoidance of reality until collections start to get seized by government. Then everything quickly changes. Unfortunately, this has already occurred in America when pottery, bottle and Indian artifact collections were seized. Also, in recent years, this problem has occurred at many large inner city art museums where the FBI has arrested professional PHD directors/curators for stealing artifacts/art works and selling them for personal gain. One of the common tales often heard among dealers, collectors and other interested parties involves professional archaeologists. The tale goes

We happened upon a construction site where heavy equipment was destroying artifact locations (i.e. privies, cisterns, historic buildings, or other artifact locations on site). Archaeologists stood by and would not allow any amateurs to salvage the artifacts or otherwise dig on the site. The artifacts were somehow destroyed and lost forever by supposedly mean, selfish, professional archaeologists.

What really happened – clearly artifacts have been destroyed with archaeologists present and diggers excluded - including me? The truth is seldom explained because it is embarrassing to professional archaeologists. The truth is that many times archaeologists do not have permission themselves - often digging without permission or having been denied permission by site owners. Obviously they cannot give permission where they themselves do not have owner permission. They are often as upset as the concerned amateur digger at the destruction but do not go into detail as to what has occurred. Thus the tale gets wings and is repeated over and over as if truthful that: The professional stood by while artifacts were destroyed and amateurs could have salvaged them. This is complete nonsense in my experience. Also, even where archaeologists are digging and have owner’s permission, their sponsoring institution typically only allows those approved (students and employees) to be covered by the insurance accords. Thus the professional cannot give permission to amateurs not covered by their employer’s insurance policy. If they did give permission and the amateur got hurt or caused significant property damage on the owner’s site (or caused a lawsuit or other legal problem), the professional archaeologist would likely be fired, possibly career-ending. Thus, if an amateur wants to dig like the professional, he must obtain his own permission from the owner(s), just like the professional institution did and provide insurance. Begging the professional archaeologist for permission generally is not successful for these reasons. It has little to do with jealousy, mean spirit, or selfish professional intent. Much misunderstanding surrounds these old wives tales. Of course this does not diminish the bad blood created when professional archaeologists try to stop land or underwater independent salvage where permission has been correctly obtained. In rare cases the independent and professional should work together when the historical importance is clearly significant and justified. Otherwise stand your ground. Equally egregious is the professional archaeologist’s push for government laws that strip property rights from owners or collectors. This flame has been fueled by laws in foreign countries due to looting, wars, and corruption. On the other foot, it does not excuse the hard core amateur diggers who trespass, loot, and destroy professional archaeology sites. Hopefully the table will soon be big enough for all credible stakeholders and interested parties to have a voice and work together. The biggest area of contention between professional and amateur diggers is the core principle by professionals that most sites should be preserved for future generations to explore. I have found this to be easily negotiated when the parties are willing to listen to reason, logic, and common sense. Thus in my experience in forty years this has not been a significant issue. Yes, there have been a few sites that were questionable one way or the other – the scale always moves a little from side to side. “Perfect” is an ideal rarely realized in actual real life situations. It is important for both sides to avoid absolutes, entrenchment, and threats and sit down as equals at the table. This necessarily requires


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significant experience, perhaps a scientific (or related) academic degree and proven credibility through published works. Amateurs who involve these hidden competent amateur souls in any meetings will undoubtedly be rewarded with permissions they never imagined possible.

Digging In Philadelphia 1950 to 2015 In the early years as in most urban American cities a significant government activity took root called “Urban Renewal.” This led to vast areas in the oldest parts of many major cities being condemned and demolished by heavy equipment (excavators and bulldozers). This was done for a variety of reasons, perhaps for the new interstate road system being constructed across America, or for public low income housing, or for housing for senior citizens and the disabled, or for new parks and shopping areas. But it also led to historical artifact locations that few if any archaeologists were trained to understand or recognize. Dr. John Cotter, a friend and peer of mine, stepped into the void and started the American Civilization program at University of Pennsylvania to begin training folks in American “historical archaeology”. At first this degree program stood separate from the pure archaeology department whose focus was ancient foreign sites or American Indian sites. These two independent programs were eventually merged around 1993.

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elsewhere. Urban renewal was completed along with major infrastructure projects. Digging moved into the privately owned sector and locations left undeveloped after demolition where attacked by growing amateur gangs whose focus was primarily greed. Small conflicts began to arise as these scoundrels squabbled with owners, among themselves, and with the few competent amateurs. Protected sites were increasingly invaded, worst of all, holes were left open after digging without permission. The increasing value of the artifacts led to some of the greed as auction houses began to command significant realized prices. These higher numbers were trumpeted from publications of that time from month to month, the glossy color pictures mesmerizing and tantalizing many who hoped to get rich quick or live off digging artifacts. This seduction was corrupting and slowly turned many to the dark side. The same is true today! Of course, reality eventually caught up to many and they quietly disappeared from the digging arena, becoming mired in their private lives when financial and family issues got the better of them and they had to get real jobs, selling off their ill gotten gains to unsuspecting collectors, auction houses and museums - all without a shred of provenance! Is it any wonder archaeologists suggest legal measures be enacted and government agencies and institutions get the bright idea they can benefit from it.

In the early 1990s, a state highway construction inspector made so much money from selling glass and pottery artifacts, he paid for a vacation home Why do I mention this? Because in the early years 1950 through 1982 when at the New Jersey shore. Most artifacts were acquired in direct conflict of the first significant wave of independent hard core diggers arose throughinterest with his state highway department job and at the loss to those of us out the country, they encountered few archaeologists. The first significant who had acquired actual permission. Many other diggers without permisAmerican urban archaeologists made their appearance on the scene around sion pushed in as well. Confrontations and physical altercations became 1967 through 1977. They were largely untrained in urban digging and few more common. Threats of harm to be inflicted should one party or another if any privies were professionally excavated or salvaged on some sites, so not leave a site were often heard. Police became less tolerant and some digthe amateur community thrived. The focus of archaeology was traditional gers enjoyed temporary accommodations at taxpayer expense. and involved primarily architectural survey work. I recall showing John Cotter and others methods we used and suggested strongly they explore the By the late 1990s, most of the diggers from the early decades (1950-1982) privies they were finding during the architectural survey work before they gave way to a new generation of diggers (1996-2015) who took the term were carried away by the dump trucks. The archaeologists would come to scoundrel to a whole new level. Those few of us who crossed this divide my sites and watch, ultimately adopting the methods and procedures we were amazed at the cunning and ruthless nature of these wolves in sheep’s used. Up until around 1982 the archaeologists simply removed the privy clothing. Many actual recent examples are detailed later in this article. caps and mapped / photographed their location in relation to building foundations etc. Then they stopped work even though the areas were to be Most hard core diggers have experienced police contact and judicial expodug up to a depth of between 40 and 80 feet – thus destroying the privies sure. This is true whether scoundrel or good guy. Misunderstandings are and contents. At this time in history (1950-1982) the archaeologists allowed inevitable and even the innocent can quickly find the long arm of the law is amateur digging contrary to popular belief. So a significant amount of not very tolerant at 4 a.m. Written permission and insurance accords with artifacts were salvaged. I have many pictures of both groups working side owners or contractors are usually meaningless at such times. Even lawyerby side or together in the early 1970s screening and digging. Most artifacts negotiated permissions will have to be explained later to a judge. Although recovered were allowed to be retained by the amateur digger. That is why such cases are rare they do occur and will require a substantial expense few if any artifacts can be found in government storage warehouses from whether right or wrong. the “urban renewal” years and it became acceptable to sell artifacts without source provenance and legal documentation. This has continued through to Digging permission has become essential if you wish to confine your activthe present (2015). ity to daylight hours and avoid the situations described here. Other diggers of the wrong kind have been known to send messages with wings on bricks Also another group arose during these same years that caused much directly to your head or face in the night hours – a very unpleasant experiheartache to amateurs. That group was commercial contract archaeology ence – that could lead to you falling down the hole on top of your partner research and digging companies. Artifacts recovered by this group were since you probably will have no warning and thus a stability problem. You widely looted by their owners and employees, who then blamed the looting will need ice packs for sure, as well as bandages that your loved ones and on amateurs to cover up any discovered losses relatives will find most unsettling the next day. The recovery time will . be about four to six weeks if your bones are not broken. Your eyes will Why did this early digging cause misconceptions by amateur diggers be swollen shut for awhile. Your nose, cheek and jaw bones shifted out decades later? Because the title to urban renewal land was unclear – often of place distorting your face – possibly permanently. Nerves in your face whole city blocks of abandoned buildings existed that were largely of will take about a year to re-grow to normal sensation again. Concussion unknown ownership or were in the process of being condemned. But the headaches will subside in a few months and broken bones will heal in about paper work was not complete even after demolition – the government sim4 to 6 months. If you have a day job, it will most likely be affected. Your ply moved forward as an unstoppable force and did whatever they wanted. employer may question whether you are needed anymore. If this descripIn this void no one claimed ownership – past or future. So professionals tion sounds serious – this is one of less serious situations hard core digging and amateurs alike dug without clear owner permission during the urban involves. Most amateurs who consider themselves experienced diggers renewal years throughout America. should think very carefully about whether they really understand hard core digging. The absence of proper property titles led many amateurs to believe digging without owner permission or insurance was acceptable. This has continued More serious conditions can involve high speed car chases as one group through 2015 and has evolved, into the aforementioned battle between tries to harm another or steal your artifacts at 3 a.m. Bricks can suddenly good and evil playing out in Philadelphia and elsewhere in America today. arrive through your windshield while you are driving at 3 a.m. - another So let’s move forward in time and examine this battle. very unpleasant experience. Automatic weapons can spray the area where The period 1982 through 1995 was a transition period in Philadelphia and you are digging at 2 a.m. bouncing bullets off the heavy equipment and

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Foundation walls just uncovered ricocheting all over the place as you dive into the hole with your partner. Usually the landing is painful to both of you. Burglar alarms are going off all over the place because windows have been hit in the spray of bullets and now the police are arriving – guess what your written permissions mean at that moment? Also, the contractor’s excavators, dozers, cranes, etc. may now have some serious bullet damage and you are going to need that insurance mentioned herein. It is highly likely your contractor’s welcome mat is now removed. Even with lookouts these situations can and do occur. Less serious situations can involve wild packs of dogs that surround you at the edge of the lights you may be using - waiting for any mistake or your lights to go out. Rats the size of small dogs may be having a night stroll and decide to cross over the top of your hole (with your partner in it) that was formerly solid ground. Believe me, rats need glasses, they end up on top of your partner just as the police drive up and he is banging a shovel all over the place in a 25-foot-deep, brick-lined hole, trying to adjust the rat’s life expectancy that of course the police now hear reverberating all over the street. Guess what happens with your insurance and permissions? Local gangs of thugs can and do break into your vehicles and steal tools and anything else they can get their hands on. As you run after them down the streets your heavy digging clothes may impede your efforts as coveralls slip down to your ankles and you then fall on your face at running speed. But luck may be with you as the thieves jettisoned the purloined tools into the street and keep on going. Oh, but now you have a nice dental bill to fix the broken teeth from your face tumble onto the concrete sidewalk - but your equipment is recovered. A lot like a good ice hockey game. Wait a minute, something is missing – where are the police? These situations are only a very small reflection of what the good guys can experience. I’ve often wondered do the scoundrels experience similar things. My suspicion is they do not. Does this sound like the movies? This is the real world of hard core digging in Philadelphia and the sacrifices experienced in bringing the history and artifacts back to life and to your door. It is not romantic or funny despite my rhetoric herein - it is dangerous, painful and costly.

Recent Philadelphia Battle Experiences So let’s bring this article forward to the last few years and examine daylight hard core digging and the battle between good and evil using accurate locations. To the bad guys who may read or hear of this article – if the shoe fits, wear it. These are real world actual events that have occurred in the past few years. The names are being withheld so the bad guys do not take revenge on the good guys. As for the professional archaeologists – their sites are considered accounts receivables by the bad guys and life will continue as it has for thousands of years between these two parties.

As for the good guys who are consorting with bad crews – it would be a good idea to find a new partner or honest crew and try to redeem yourself. It will take time but well worth your reputation and self esteem. To auction houses, dealers, museums and collectors, you should seriously consider requiring verifiable provenance source documents for all artifacts. If the sources are credible it may also function as an insurance defense against possible future government seizure and act as a crime deterrent. It’s your choice, choose wisely. Daylight digging requires permission to a larger extent than night digging because there is a constant audience. The bad guys operate a little differently than during the night hours. The eyes and ears of the bad guys tend to primarily operate in late afternoon as preparations are made for each night’s trespassing, looting and thieving operations. Don’t think for a minute that only artifacts are taken. Anything that can be sold anonymously for cash will be stolen. For instance, a common item often taken is the contractor’s scrap metal and pipes. Sometimes chases through the city occur when the contractors try to recover their scrap metal. These can be quite entertaining as people jump from one moving vehicle to another and throw the metal out the back of the thief’s pickup into the street as it is moving. As a host of other contractors vehicles follow retrieving the scrap metal. Police rarely are involved. Why? Because it usually involves illegal foreign workers who now hold the American’s contracting jobs. Thus both sides would prefer zero police knowledge. It is a dangerous mess and ever so often an innocent person is injured or has their vehicle damaged. The table following this article illustrates a few of the actual cases in Philadelphia I have personal knowledge of. This situation is rising in volume among contractors, the general public, police, property owners, government departments (i.e. Licenses & Inspection, etc.). Soon many good reputations may be overshadowed by these scoundrels. Do not be mistaken, scoundrels come in all flavors from rough to your supposed best friend. These scoundrels can be slick, smooth, soft and fuzzy or nasty. Some have done significant jail time for felony drug dealing and felonious assaults, among other offences. Collectors, auction houses, dealers, and museums are supporting their activities by ignoring the artifact’s “sourcing” and purchasing artifacts from them. Ignorance of your artifact’s original source will likely be viewed in the future as dealing in stolen goods. If my picture here is stern – our ever faster paced information age will insure a quick and easily traced record for all to see stretching back years. Such a pattern will be viewed negatively in the court of public opinion and law. Cash dealings will be viewed as “no source.” Paying contractors with cash for artifacts will likewise be viewed as “no source.” Artifacts with


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no traceable history or a history with a “dead end” source will be viewed as suspicious and possibly seized. My advice is to start cleaning up this mess at the organization level before it is taken out of our hands. It is actually fairly simple to handle. Please do not take this as an alarm, but as an informational call to recognize how we do business and to do better. One last point before we move to the table of events. The money for artifacts has corrupted and distorted many contractors and employees. They now routinely dig with heavy equipment for the artifacts themselves. I have seen dozens of sites where artifact destruction is massive. Then the remaining artifacts are thrown in buckets and shopped to smooth talking scoundrels who have no idea of the immense damage their greed has caused. In one case $3,000 was handed over for a few buckets of artifacts (bottles). What this smooth talking scoundrel did not see was the hundreds of broken artifacts the contractor destroyed in digging for them with his excavator. Incredible stupidity by all involved! This occurred between North 2nd street and Front Street not far from Market Street. This same contractor a few months later recovered a lone bottle (Heiss Eagle soda – blue) but destroyed a dozen other similar artifacts while pulling the brick privies up with his excavator on Frankford Avenue. Years ago the contractors picked up artifacts accidently found while working on a project. Today they are corrupted by the money and actually destroy the site in a mad rush to make the large amounts of money being tossed about by scoundrels.

Left picture, domed privy exposed next to architectural survey foundation. A small hole has been made for the survey pictures to confirm its usage. Right picture after excavation of the same area. The age (TPQ) of the original architectural features was approximately 1810-1820. TPQ is Latin for “terminus post quem” (limit after which) – meaning the earliest relative date when the features could have been built or first used. Pottery and glass artifacts from an undisturbed bottom privy layer were used to determine the archaeological age.

Just for the record, the owner permission for the sites mentioned above was held by my partner and myself, so the stupidity by the greedy excavator and bad apple(s) deprived the collecting world of hundreds more artifacts of equal rarity in addition to the few buckets of artifacts obtained and caused immeasurable historical damage that is irreparable to a William Penn original land grant site from the 1600s. Whether it is cheating an old widow out of artifacts with “no source” records - or buying them from an auction house that has only “intermediate source” records or none, the artifacts will be viewed as stolen. The days of “no source” artifacts or artifacts purchased from “known scoundrels (or their proxies)” is coming to an end and will inevitably lead to unpleasant consequences in the future. The diggers (and archaeologists) must be able to prove an artifact was found legally and it must be true for a majority of artifacts found by them over time (many years). This means real legal paperwork traceable to actual site owners who gave their permission knowingly. (i.e. insurance documents, hold harmless agreements, contracts, auction house seller contracts, credible source affidavits, government salvage contracts (state local or federal), government permits, licenses where applicable, photographic evidence, etc.)

Philadelphia – City of Brotherly Love Philadelphia is a rich and vibrant city of many different cultural neighborhoods. In general, its people are friendly, helpful, and sincere. This needs to be said so the picture painted by this article is not misunderstood as applying to the entire city or its people. Only a tiny group of bad apples are responsible for the sleazy criminal activities mentioned herein, often described as tomb raiders in the movies. These are specialized criminals who work in the shadows infecting Philadelphia and other cities out of greed. “Ebay” has directly caused an increase in the number of these scoundrels since it is now so easy to sell stolen artifacts in quantity (world wide). Authorities and archaeologists do not have the experience or expertise and

are unable tell the difference between good and bad diggers - generally painting all as bad. As a peer pointed out to me, this article is about a few bad people, not a bad city. Therefore I must emphasize again that some of the situations here are rare but can and do occur. As I explained to a peer: I did not mention the shovel fights and other physical altercations, nor the resulting injuries, even though they are far more frequent, because it would tend to paint a false picture of a beautiful city being a dangerous place – which it most certainly is not. A few of these events are more than 10 years old but are listed to illustrate that the evil has been ongoing in a brazen pattern of criminal conduct consistently over many years, and is not an isolated incident, misunderstanding, or accident that is out of normal character. Everyone makes mistakes now and then but the totality of damage and consistency of illegal events here is monumental. This is beginning to take root as some Philadelphia contractors are meeting together and gathering evidence of the bad apples activities on their properties (videotaping, witness statements, etc.). A law firm has been engaged and plans are shaping up to address the problems in a number of different ways: legislative initiatives at the local level, L & I requirements for privy digging, police action, and civil actions. The professional archaeologists are not involved as of yet because they do not feel significant pain (the pain is no worse than in the past 30 to 40 years). If this sounds bad for collecting, your impression is correct. These bad apples have ruined a delightful and happy experience for so many. Some are wolves in sheep’s clothing and not easy to identify among us. But like the situation after WWII, when artwork and artifact cleansing was attempted by greedy bad apples – they were ultimately identified and their names (and their proxies) were added to bad apple lists. When a bad apple’s name is associated in any chain of events involving ownership of disputed artifacts it causes the whole chain of events to be invalidated. The artifact’s purchase cost to the innocent parties in the chain is lost and perhaps a civil judgment of damages due the original wronged party and/or fine(s) levied by governments and courts, depending upon the degree of culpability of the innocent parties.

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Do we want this type of reputation? Perhaps we all need to Philadelphia Locations and Scoundrel(s) Activity start cleaning this mess up. Will it take work? Yes, and like New Jersey and Philadelphia bad apples) threatened and all things worth doing, it must be done properly in order to Professional Archaeology site – I-95 near Girard Avenue (Dyottville Glassworks site) : harassed good guys all day long prior to night looting. justify a seat at the table and a voice in the future. Defiant Trespassed in middle of night 5 times and looted Caused thousands of dollars in damage to existing build-

Permission Generally Defined Permission is not valid when obtained by an onlooker from the street, or a neighbor to a property, or a minor employee of a contractor or owner. Permission is not valid from a store clerk or renter. Permission is not obtained by paying a bribe to a non-owner with work, money or goods. Permission is legally valid only when obtained from the effective owner(s) and/or general contractor with a temporary construction and salvage title to a property. All artifacts obtained without permission are viewed legally as stolen, whether amateur or professional archaeologist. These artifacts are then exposed forever to government seizure for the benefit of the public interest or original owner. Architectural survey work in an early phase prior to any construction or privy digging - this entire area was scheduled to be excavated to a depth of 30 feet according to blueprints. The top right corner where the tools are located is one of 8 privies encompassed within this architectural survey. Since all were to be destroyed, all were excavated and screened. One of the privies was invaded by Philadelphia and Baltimore scoundrels. However, their actions were anticipated so when they arrived, an empty hole awaited them. (7 scoundrels, trucks, equipment, travel expenses, tolls, gasoline, etc.). I understand the Philadelphia scoundrel who was responsible for logistics was not warmly received by his fellow privy pirates for the wasted effort and cost. The Philadelphia scoundrel and his associate (now from Long Island) actually confronted the owners of the site and tried to have us put in jail – going to an owner’s house and claiming to an owner’s employee we were trespassing and he should call the police – that they were just trying to help out the owner. Then coming to our site and stating to us, “the police were on the way and we had better leave.” Also, lying to us, claiming they had permission and we did not. This was conveyed to us in a most unpleasant way, with expletives deleted. Thirty minutes later, these upstanding citizens, confronted one of the actual owners after we called him to the site to evict the scoundrels. Unfortunately for them, we had close ties with the owners/contractors, as well as permissions, insurance accords, and operational meetings with the owners and contractors. Thus the scoundrel’s true colors became known by the owners and contractors who have now told this to other contractors, owners and development companies. In any future contact with these folks, things might not go well for the pirates. This scoundrel activity is not listed in the table in the previous pages and shows the sheer volume of these “good vs. evil” events. (Bainbridge near Broad St.)

Definition of Defiant Trespass In Pennsylvania, defiant trespass is defined by statutory law 18 Pa. C.S. § 3503: Criminal trespass ….. (b) Defiant Trespasser (1) A person commits an offense if, knowing that he is not licensed or privileged to do so, he enters or remains in any place as to which notice against trespass is given by: (i) actual communication to the actor; (ii) posting in a manner prescribed by law or reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders; (iii) fencing or other enclosure manifestly designed to exclude intruders;

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Professional Archaeology site – South 3rd Street between Walnut and Chestnut Sts. (National Park site): Defiant Trespassed in middle of night several times and looted by well known bad apple from New Jersey Protected construction site – Arch Street & 18th St.: Defiant Trespassed in middle of night several times and looted by well known bad apple from New Jersey Protected construction site – Hamilton & 19th St.: Defiant Trespassed in middle of night several times and looted by well known bad apple from New Jersey Posted No Trespassing construction site – N 3rd near Green Street: Defiant Trespassed in middle of night digging large hole under new concrete building footing (5 ½ x 12 brick lined privy) causing many thousands of dollars in damages. Well known associated bad apples from New Jersey and Philadelphia. New Jersey bad apple caught in act of trying to cover up damages. Several days later New Jersey bad apple caught in act of trespassing again by owner and builder. Thousands of dollars in artifacts stolen and never returned to owner despite being caught and promise to return them. Owner regrets not having put him and his partners in jail.

ing foundation – knocking out foundation stones into privy to cover up their looting causing cracks in unsupported walls of 3 story building. Contractor and good guys spent many days restoring foundation to prevent a collapse and potentially million dollar disaster.

Construction site – Buttonwood from 11th to 12th Streets: Bad apples from New Jersey (3 different ones) harassed and threatened good guy on many different days (good guy had insurance and permission). Two times trying to jump privy holes in process. One had been jailed previously for N 2nd Street between Arch & Race Sts. Another is a convicted drug dealer in New Jersey. The third well known in collecting circles. All are scoundrels who trespassed on this site and one caused significant property damage to new building. Construction site – Wood and 10th Street: Trespassed and got in fight with owner and contractor and ordered to leave by lawyer. Well known bad apple from New Jersey attempted to jump several holes but was caught each time by contractor, owner, or good guys.

Construction site – N 3rd near Brown Street: Defiant Trespassed and caused enormous property damage to new foundation of large multi-unit building. Dug privy under primary building support column and Posted No Trespassing construction site – N 3rd near could have caused collapse of entire half block long new Green St.: 4 story building. Well known Israeli born contractor Defiant Trespassed in early morning knowing permis(educated as an archaeologist in Israel) had to have sion held by others and warned previous day site was new architectural engineering plans done and move the protected. Given 5 minutes to leave before police to be whole support structure for the building. Approxicalled. Left scene in a hurry. Well known large group of mately 25K in damages by well known New Jersey bad smooth talking Baltimore bad apples. apple. Interestingly some good guys from Baltimore & Philadelphia stumbled into the situation shortly after Posted No Trespassing construction site – Race Street it unfolded and tried to help the contractor by at least between N 2nd & N 3rd Streets: filling in the hole. Defiant Trespassed early evening hours near dark with night looting ongoing. (Also trespassed earlier that Construction site – rear Hancock Street near Girard week in night hours.) Owner caught looters red handed Avenue: in process of looting. Many police cars, names taken, Well known bad apple from New Jersey trespassed and and final warnings given to well known Baltimore bad dug privy hole. He left it open as he often does (over apples, etc. the approximately 15 years he is known to me). Pictures were taken of him digging the hole and later of it not Construction site - Wallace & 11th Streets: having been filled. Pictures were posted on the Internet Well known bad apples from Philadelphia and New by Baltimore and Philadelphia good guys. The bad Jersey jumped a protected site and dug two privy holes Apple from New Jersey threatens physical harm and war despite knowing good guys had insurance accords and on everyone involved. The bad apple from New Jersey permissions and were actively working on the site. (and his Philadelphia associated bad apples) had done Several days before bad apples met and lied to good this same destructive, dangerous, thing a few weeks guys stating they would not go on this site and wanted before and had to be shamed into filling their defiant to mend fences with the good guys. Two days later bad trespassed night dug hole on Frankford Avenue. Another guys jumped privy holes and were caught red handed by case where a contractor would have been liable for damthe good guys and owner trying to perform a lightning ages to a neighboring property because of these idiots strike with heavy equipment. Some of the artifacts trespassing onto an adjacent house’s back yard in the stolen were listed and sold on Ebay for approximately middle of the night from the contractor’s property. 3K dollars. Construction site – Washington & 7th Sts.: Archaeology Protected construction site – N 2nd Defiant Trespassed in the middle of the night. Holes left Street between Arch and Race Streets: open. Well known bad apple from New Jersey caused Defiant Trespassed in middle of night looting privies of much property damage on this site – digging where archaeologists. Well known bad apples from Philadelstructural supports for new shopping mall were to be lophia and another bad apple from New Jersey all caught cated. Licenses and Inspections for the city fined owner by police and jailed. The same Philadelphia bad apples for the bad apple from New Jersey’s unfilled holes and have continued this activity for many succeeding years required they be filled with concrete. Approximately and cause great hardship to good groups. Very skilled 12K in property damages. liars who will use fake friendship to gain confidence and then loot good guy’s sites. Construction site – N 3rd St. & Poplar St.: Bad apple from New Jersey Defiant Trespassed and Protected construction site – Market and N 3rd Street: caught by police. A week later bad apple from New Defiant Trespassed over several days and nights knowing Jersey returns in the middle of the night and digs under they had no permission and previously told by general new foundations creating a large hole throwing material contractor and owner they could not dig. They destroyed all over the place and causing much property dam6 major historical privies and lied to others who actually age. Hole left open to depth of 10 feet and inspectors held the permission. Required call by lawyer to stop required new engineering by contractor. Owner removes illegal activity. These 6 Baltimore bad apples should permission from everyone and no one is allowed to have been jailed because their trespassing activity has archaeologically dig or privy dig where previously percontinued on many other Philadelphia sites after this mission was given. Owner hired guards and is gathering looting episode. evidence for police and legal system and is joining with other affected contractors to bring digging to a halt in Construction site – Green Street near 10th Street: Philadelphia. Ruining this site for everyone and creating Defiant Trespassed in middle of night looting privy of a bad name for most of the digging world. good guys that was partly dug. Bad guys (well known

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nyone who has ever owned or thought about collecting Bininger bottles more heard of Jack about Pelletier. Jack has had nyonehas who has than everlikely owned or thought collecting the name “The Bininger Man” on his card as long as I have known Bininger bottles has more than likely heard of Jack Pelletier. Jack him. He shared the story of where that all started with me. has had the name “The Bininger Man” on his card as long as I

have known him. He shared the story of where that all started Back the mid 1970s, he had made a deal with a dealer to buy with in me. three Bininger bottles for his collection at a national show. He told the dealer he mid would be back to pay him later.with Another collector Back in the 1970s, he had made a deal a dealer to buy spotted the three bottles on the dealer’s table and wanted them. three Bininger bottles for his collection at a national show. He They offered much more money Jack had agreed to pay, but told the dealer he would be backthan to pay him later. Another colthe dealer would not sell them, sticking to his deal with Jack. When lector spotted the three bottles on the dealer’s table and wanted the other collector wouldthan not Jack sell the replied, them. They offeredpushed much why morehe money hadman agreed to “because they are going to the Bininger Man.” The nick name pay, but the dealer would not sell them, sticking to his deal with stuck thatthe was startcollector of the Bininger Man.he would not sell the Jack.and When other pushed why man replied, “because they are going to the Bininger Man.” The Inick always knew Jack bottles, but once name stuck andcollected that wasBininger start of the Bininger Man.I arrived at his house I knew the name Bininger correct. I always Man knewwas Jack collected

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Bininger bottles, but once I arrived There a few otherthe nicename Bininger at his are house I knew collections around and some Bininger Man was correct. have over 50 bottles. Jack’s collection isThere largerare than the other major a few other 3nice Bininger collections put together. Jack collections around and somehas have over BiningerJack’s Bottles. over160 50 bottles. collection is larger than the other 3 major colLet’s startput offtogether. with a little lections Jackabout has over Jack and who he is. All 160 Bininger Bottles. the years I have collected and told different people I know someone, Let’s start off with a littleI really about don’t. How many times you Jack and who he is. Allhave the years ever really taken the time to sit I have collected and told different and visitI with and really people knowsomeone someone, I really gotten to know them? I finally got don’t. How many times have you aever chance to sit and visit with Jack really taken the time to sit and mustwith say someone I enjoyedand it a really lot. andIvisit

gotten to know them? I finally got Jack is 81to years young still a chance sit and visitand with Jack buying, selling and collecting and I must say I enjoyed it a lot. bottles. Jack is a veteran of the Korean He turned a Jack is War. 81 years young down and still scholarship to play football and buying, selling and collecting botJack checking out the collection joined the is Marines. Heofserved tles. Jack a veteran the Korean from to 1956. Jack told me War. 1952 He turned down a scholarship he always wanted to be a Marine to play football and joined the Marines. He served from 1952 since he was 10 years old. I have wanted a lot of to respect for our since veterans to 1956. Jack told me he always be a Marine he and what they did to make this country strong. After the was 10 years old. I have a lot of respect for our veteranswar, and what Jack football and got his the degree, was they came did toback, makeplayed this country strong. After war, which Jack came something very important to his mother. He got married to Judy, back, played football and got his degree, which was something his wife of 58 years. They are still going strong and that is another very important to his mother. He got married to Judy, his wife great both be very proud have four of 58 thing years.they They areshould still going strong andof. thatThey is another great children. Jack taught school for 35 years as a biology teacher, 10 thing they both should be very proud of. They have four children. years in Connecticut and then 25 years in Maine where he lives. Jack taught school for 35 years as a biology teacher, 10 years

in Connecticut and then 25 years in Maine where he lives. He He started collecting bottles in 1966 when he and a fellow started collecting bottles in 1966 when oneone dayday he and a fellow teacher he worked with coaching football after school decided teacher he worked with coaching football after school decided itit was was way way too too hot hot to to work work so sothey theywere weregoing goingtotoskip skippractice practicethat that day. Jack asked the other teacher what he was going to day. Jack asked the other teacher what he was going to do do and and he he told told him him go go dig dig old old bottles. bottles. Jack Jack tagged tagged along along and and he he was was hooked. hooked. In In 1968, 1968, he he bought bought his his first first Bininger Bininger bottle bottle because because he he liked liked the the

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looks of them and they did not cost a lot of money to collect. Jack and I have something in common: we both hated history when we were in school and now we save it and share it with others. We both love the history of this country. We agreed the bottles did this to us. Jack’s home was built in 1783 by Silas Chadbourn, a Revolutionary War veteran. In 1843, the house was moved to its current location from up the street when the local cemetery needed to be expanded. When I asked how it was moved, he told me by oxen. Talk about modern marvels mega movers 1800s. It also did not take me long to realize Jack’s collection is much more than Bininger bottles. We will touch on that a bit at the end of the article. One thing Jack really wanted to talk about and wanted me to write about was the history of the Bininger Empire. Over the years, articles have been written in which the facts got mixed up and some names got confused. Writing this article it was easy for me to see how this could happen. I realize that the suffix Jr. and Sr. were not used back in the 1700s, but to help keep things straight and less confusing I will be using them.

Jack looking at part of the collection

Let’s start with a brief family history of the Biningers. Abraham Bininger Sr. was born in Switzerland in 1720. When he was 7 or 8 years old, his parents decided to leave Switzerland to come to America. They were practicing the Moravian religion. This religion was not well accepted in Switzerland so that’s why the move. Once the ship left port, his parents died after only a few days at sea and were given a burial at sea. This left Abraham Sr. an orphan. On board the same ship was John Wesley, founder of the Methodist religion. John Wesley enrolled Abraham Sr. in to the Wesleyan Whitfield Orphanage School once they reached land. He stayed there until he reached age and became a minister himself. In 1740, his first son was born Abraham Jr. and later came three other sons, Isaac , Christian and Joseph. Abraham Jr. was sent off to New York as an apprentice in the tanner trade in the swamp which he hated. So in 1761 when he came of age, he quit and became a common laborer. Abraham Sr., who had become wealthy, never helped his son. Abraham Sr. died in 1811 at the age of 91. It must be assumed there was falling out of some kind between he and his son, Abraham Jr., and that’s why he never helped him. His son Isaac went to the best schools and became very well educated. Around 1761, Abraham Jr. met Kate Embury, sister of Peter Embury, who was in the grocery and wine business. They married and had at least one son named Jacob and possibly a second son. This is unclear at this time. Once married, Kate realized that they could not make a living on Abraham’s pay so she started doing washing and ironing to make extra money. She also started doing baked goods and selling them on the front lawn of their house. This was the foundation of the Bininger Grocery business. Later they sold fruits, vegetables, snuff and tobacco products. At this time, they hired an 18-year-old named John Jacob Astor to go door to door selling goods out of

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49 49 a basket. This is where the founded 1778 date comes from on the bottles. There was a short time that Abraham Jr. went up to upstate New York to Camden Valley to join in with his brother Isaac who had started a business of his own once he returned from the war. Isaac was a well educated man where Abraham Jr. was not. You see, Isaac Bininger served in the Revolutionary War from 1778 to 1783. This proves he was not the founder of the Bininger Empire in 1778. To date, there is no proof that Isaac ever bottled anything, but Jack believes he more than likely did. Abraham Jr. worked with Isaac a short time while Kate ran the business in New York City. He then returned to New York City and stayed there with Kate until his death in 1836 at the age of 96. The first Biningers ever bottled are from around 1820 and are olive green seal bottles with one having a street address of 141. They were bottled by Abraham Jr. in New York City. There are three known seal bottles which are all very rare to extremely rare. Jack believes the bottle with the grapes in the seal was made in England and the base is marked, Ricketts Glass Works-Pat.1814England. Jack also believes other two bottles, the one with the flower and the other one that says Bininger & Son, were made in America. Jack also has a labeled only green bottle very similar to the seal bottles with a label which reads A. Bininger 141 Broad St. NY. These bottles were used by Abraham Bininger before his death in 1836. It is believed that the seal bottle that has Bininger & Son on it was the last one made. His son Jacob died just four years after his father in 1840. It is unclear if they ever were in business together or his father just put his name on the bottle. Jacob had been very ill for years before his death.


s stated in the very beginning of this article, the reason for my whole trip to Maine was to see Jack and write about him and his Bininger bottles. Once there, I knew the trip was more than about Bininger bottles. Jack has a fantastic collection of other bottles that just have to be mentioned.

Now this is where history gets lost. Between 1836 when Abraham Jr. died, until 1852, there is no proof that any more bottles were used or filled by anyone. The first bottle to show up after 1836 is a case gin in a beautiful green color which once was in the famous Charlie Gardner collection. Jack bought it at the Gardner sale. It is embossed up the side, A.M. Bininger, and has a paper label dated 1852. This bottle, like all other A.M. Bininger bottles, was bottled by Abram Bininger, the nephew of


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Fantastic puce pocket flask with side ridges

Jack holding a prized cobalt blue rolling pin in what appears to be an oversized form.

Abraham Jr. and son of Isaac. You could write a complete article on the history of the Bininger family. I tried to keep it to the information needed to show the history of the family as it relates to the bottles. Now let’s look at the A.M. Bininger bottles, they come in many shapes and sizes with the square bottles being the most common. There are four different street addresses embossed on the A.M. Bininger bottles. They are from the oldest to the newest -- 17, 338, 19 and 375 Broad St. It should be noted that some labels on bottles read 19 & 21 Broad St. Colors range from the most common of amber and olive green to emerald green, teal green, aqua, yellows and puces being much harder to find. Most bottles have a smooth bases but some bottles have Iron or open pontils. Labeled bottles are all rare and labels add value. Of all the labels found on Bininger bottles, the cognac labels are rarest of all. Jack was told that this bottle belonged to Stephen Van Rensselaer

Here is a very basic list of Bininger bottles and how Jack rates them. Remember color is very important when rating a bottle. I may have something listed as fairly common, but if a blue bottle showed up it would be extremely rare. Square- Old London Dock Gins These bottles are fairly common Smaller bottles are rarer than larger bottles, but sell normally for less money. The 17 Broad St. address is harder to find Iron pontiled bottles are rare Square -A.M. Bininger New York (plain sides) These are fairly common bottles Jack has a very dark aqua/teal-colored bottle which is a one of a kind and extremely rare Biningers Day Dream in a round form, super-cool looking bottle.

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Square-Kentucky Bourbon Fairly Common Somewhat harder to find than Old London Dock Gins Figural- Clock Bottles Clocks are scarce Clocks come in amber and aqua. Aqua is much harder to find than amber. Labeled clocks are very rare. Pocket Flask -Whiskey Travelers Guide Pocket flasks are scarce Very rare with a label Handled Chestnuts (labeled only) All handled and labeled chestnut bottles are very rare Urn Bottles All urn bottles are scarce Urns with a handle are much harder to find then ones without a handle Square-Old Dominion Wheat Tonics These bottles are scarce to rare Flask Shape- Peep-O-Day Bottles Scarce These bottles are a bit harder to find than a Night Cap This bottle is rare with an inside-the-neck screw-in stopper Flask Shaped-Night Cap Bottles Scarce Super-nice collection of Sunburst flasks – check out all the colors

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These bottles may be a bit easier to find than a Peep-O-Day Like the Peep-O-Day bottle ones with an inside-the-mouth screw thread stopper are rare. There is one known aqua Night Cap Bottle which is extremely rare. As a side note: Jack had a chance to trade a Green Indian Queen for the aqua Night Cap bottle years back. The Night Cap had been cleaned with acid or something so he passed. The bottle since has been cleaned again and looks much better now. Figural Cannon Bottles Fairly common to scarce Labeled bottles are much harder to find Labeled bourbon and gin bottles are easier to find than Cognac labeled bottles Cannon bottles with full labels and the metal stand with wheels are extremely rare with only two or three known. Square-Old Time Family Rye This bottle would be rated as rare Square-Old Monongahela Healer These bottles are very rare Jack has the one from the Gardner sale. Square Golden Apple Cordial These bottles are very rare Side note: Jack bought his Golden Apple Cordial at the famous Gardner sale for $250. The under bidder was Dick Watson. When Jack asked Dick why a Bitters guy was bidding on a Bininger bottle, Dick replied that he liked the shape. Dick had about 15 to 20 different Bininger bottles in his collection when he passed.

One of a kind branding stamp used on the end of the Poland Springs Barrels

Square Heidelberg Branntwein These bottles are very rare Figural Barrel- Old Kentucky Bourbon Barrels are fairly common These bottles come in a large and small size. Large barrels with iron pontils and square lips are much rarer No iron-pontiled small barrels have ever been found. Large green barrels are extremely rare with only two known Round-Handled A.M. Bininger & Co These bottles are fairly common Green handled bottles are extremely rare with only a few known Handled Jug Form-Day Dream These bottles are very rare Most examples have some form of minor damage There are a few mint ones Handled Jug Form-Knickerbocker Rare, but easier to find than a Day Dream Larger in size than Day Dream Gin Bottle-A.M. Bininger Extremely rare Jack has the one from the Gardner Sale

Original Bininger document in great shape.

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Great grouping of Bininger bottles

Square-Banana Juice Extremely rare with only two known. Side note: This is the only mold Jack does not have. He was the under bidder at the Gardner Sale to Burt Spiller when that one was sold. The bottle sold for $750. Jack stopped bidding because he wanted the Golden Apple Cordial, gin bottle and the Monongahela Healer which he won. He just did not have enough money at the time to get all four bottles he wanted. He was the under bidder again on the Banana Juice when Burt Spiller sold his collection. This time his bid was almost 20 times higher than his bid at the Gardner Sale. Don Keating is the proud owner of Burt’s Banana Juice. The other one is in the late Diane Wheaton’s Collection. There are a few other A.M.Bininger bottles worth mentioning in the article. Jack has two labeled bottles from much later and couldn’t have been bottled by Abraham. One is a blown whiskey bottle with a stage on the label which is marked Food and Drug act 1906. The other one is a small square labeled bottle marked Tangin, successors to A.M. Bininger. It also appears to be a later bottle. Jack has an aqua whiskey type bottle made around the late 1890s with a label showing a cat. This bottle is also a one of a kind. I will also mention that there is a square earlier bottle similar to the A.M. Bininger bottles marked Bininger & Dewitt. It is the only one known and must have been made some time when Abram took on a partner. One has to believe the partnership did not last long due to the rarity of the bottle. There has never been a book written about Bininger bottles. Jack told me that back around 1983, Dave Bowers started trying to make a list of molds and variants, but he never saw any of the results. It is very clear to me if a book is ever going to be written, it must Another great grouping of Bininger bottles

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be done while Jack’s collection is intact and can be used as the source of information. Sounds like a labor of love to me. As stated in the very beginning of this article, the reason for my whole trip to Maine was to see Jack and write about him and his Bininger bottles. Once there, I knew the trip was more than about Bininger bottles. Jack has a fantastic collection of other bottles that just have to be mentioned.

Two early seals from Bininger bottles, both scarce.

Jack has put together one of the nicest groups of Lafayette flasks I have ever seen. He has most of the molds in handpicked quality bottles. He has both the pint and 1/2 pint clear Lafayette flasks which are extremely rare and are just stunning. His half-pint aqua Lafayette flask is to kill for. Jack has also put together a fantastic group of Sunburst Flasks. Other than the famous Vuono collection, it is the nicest group of Sunbursts I have ever seen or heard of. Throughout the house, there are great small collections of different bottles. These include a complete set of Willington pickles, a nice grouping of snuffs, a nice grouping of Pitkin bottles, a great grouping of Dr Townsend’s bottles, a nice group of colored pontiled medicines, a group of Biningers clock and many other great bottles

nice figural bitters along with the largest blown rolling pin I have ever seen, a great green Firecracker flask , an extremely rare Saratoga-type Poland Water and a large grouping of rare Fredrick Carpenter Stonewares made in Boston. The next time you see Jack at a show and see his business card sitting on the table and it reads, “The Bininger Man,” know he is a lot more than that!

One of Jack’s favorite bottles, a sealed Bininger bottle Biningers Bourbon in a fantastic color with label

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1879 town map of Saratoga Springs

The Story of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Mineral Spring Water By Jim Berry T T

he story of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., mineral spring water began back in HE story oftimes Saratoga N.Y.,Johnson, mineral the spring water beganofficer back in colonial whenSprings, Sir William former British and colonial times when Sir William Johnson (portrait on right), the former Brit-at the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, continued to suffer from wounds inflicted ish officer andGeorge. Superintendent of Indian to Medicine suffer from battle of Lake His Indian friendsAffairs, invitedcontinued him to their Spring wounds inflicted at the battle of Lake George. His Indian friends himfrom and in 1771 he did travel to Saratoga County to bathe in the waterinvited and drink to their Medicine Spring and in 1771 he did travel to Saratoga County to the mineral spring. Even though the waters had no permanent effect on his health, bathejourney in the water and drink from mineral spring. Even though thetowathat into the wilderness in the search of a cure encouraged others try those ters had no permanent effect on his health, that journey into the wilderness mineral waters. Soon there was such demand that crude lodges were built, then in search a cure encouraged others to try mineral waters. Soon there real hotelsoffollowed. Saratoga had begun to those develop as a resort area. was such demand that crude lodges were built, then real hotels followed. Saratoga hadSpring begunwas to develop as a resort area.near High Rock Springs, which The Empire one of several springs had been known for hundreds of years. In 1793, Jacob Walton bought the land The for Empire was several springs near High Rock Springs, and half aSpring century, it one was of called Walton Spring. which had been known for hundreds of years. In 1793, Jacob Walton bought the land and and H. forS. half a century, it was Walton Spring. William Robinson began to called develop the spring in 1846. After some unexpected difficulties in getting the tubing through hard-pan, they succeeded in After some difficulties inwas getting the tubing through drilling into unexpected the calciferous rock that the source of the springhard-pan, and obtained a they succeeded in drilling into the calciferous rock that was theGeorge sourceW. of Weston, good flow. A couple of years later, they sold their operation to

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the spring and obtained good flow. A couple of years later, who organized the G. W.aWeston & Co., and constructed a bottling they sold their operation to George Weston, who orgaplant to the north of the spring. For W. added popularity, he renamed the G. W. Weston & Co.,change and constructed a bottling itnized the New Congress. Another in ownership came in 1861 plant to north of thepurchased spring. For popularity, when D.the A. Knowlton it. added Three years later ithewas sold renamed it the New Congress. Another change in ownership again. came in 1861 when D. A. Knowlton purchased it. Three yearsnew laterowner, it wasChauncey sold againKilmer, (see bottle to right). The alsopictured purchased Congress Spring, and thus the Congress and Empire Spring Co., was The newAgain owner,inChauncey also purchased formed. 1884, the Kilmer, name changed when theCongress corporation Spring, and thus Congress Co., was was dissolved andthe divided intoand twoEmpire separateSpring companies, Congress formed.Co. Again 1884, Spring the name when corporaSpring and in Empire Co.changed It is from this the period in the tion wasofdissolved and divided into twobottle separate history Empire Spring that the state was companies, made. By 1889, Congress Co. and Empire Co. It is from this the use of Spring the Saratoga type bottleSpring was discontinued. period in the history of Empire Spring that the state bottle was made. 1889, theinuse of the bottle was A few shortBy years later, 1904, theSaratoga bottling type business was sold at discontinued. public auction to Joseph H. Clark who owned the Clark Textile Co., and the bottling plant was converted into a textile mill. It A few years 1904,the themineral bottlingwater business was industry was theshort end of the later, periodinwhen bottling sold at public auction tointerests Joseph H. Clark who owned the dominated commercial in the region. Clark Textile Co., and the bottling plant was converted into a textilefrom mill.the It was the end of the period mineral Bottles bottling works to be filledwhen were the produced by water bottling industry dominated commercial interests the several glass houses, Mt. Vernon Glass Works in Vernon,inOneida region. Mt. Pleasant Glass Works; The Congressville Glass County; Works; The Stoddard Glass Works in New Hampshire, and Bottles from the bottlingValley worksWorks to be filled wereJersey produced possibly the Champlain or South Works. by several glass houses, Mt. Vernon Glass Works in Vernon, OneidaKilmer County; Mt. Pleasant Works; Congressville When incorporated theGlass Congress andThe Empire Springs, he Glass Works; Stoddard Glass in NewGlass Hampshire, encouraged theThe management of theWorks Mt. Pleasant Works, and possibly Champlain Valley Works or bottling South Jersey which was 10the miles away from the Saratoga plant, to Works.their plant closer to the bottling plant, so that transportation move cost and breakage from the rough plank road would be less. The When Kilmer incorporated the Congress andtwo Empire new factory was started in 1866, and within yearsSprings, was ready heoperate encouraged managementGlass of theWorks. Mt. Pleasant to as thethe Congressville Most ofGlass the bottling Works, which wasarea 10 miles Saratoga bottling companies in the had ataway least from some the of their bottles produced plant,Although to move their plantmolds closerfrom to thethe bottling so that here. the same old Mt.plant, Pleasant works transportation breakage plankwere roadmuch were used, the cost colorand of the bottlesfrom fromthe therough new plant wouldsuperior. be less. The newthe factory was started 1866, andwas so more In fact, rich green with a in bluish tinge within two years was ready to operate as the Congressville green. outstanding and unique, it became known as Congressville Glass Works. Most of the bottling companies in the area had at least some ofGlass theirWorks bottlesstayed produced here. Although The Congressville in operation until 1910, the same old Mt. Pleasant works were used, when the molds effectsfrom of thethe automatic bottling machine made their the color ofofthe bottles fromand the other new plant were much moreIt closed workforce glass blowers equipment obsolete. superior. In fact, the rich green with a bluish tinge was so permanently in 1915. outstanding and unique, it became known as Congressville green. In 1981, representatives from bottle clubs in New York State met in Syracuse to discuss choosing a state bottle. A motion was made TheKel Congressville Works stayed in operation by Kelsey and Glass seconded by Ed Hildenbrand thatuntil the emerald 1910, half-pint when theSaratoga-type effects of the automatic bottling machine green bottle, E-11, be chosen as the official made their of glass and other equipment bottle of theworkforce State of New York.blowers The Empire Spring Company obsolete. closed permanently in bottle 1915. for the National Bottle bottle wasItdesignated as the NYS Museum’s 50 state bottles. The New York State Chapter of the In 1981, representatives bottle of clubs in NewBottle York State Northeast Region of the from Federation Historical Collectors met in Syracuse to discuss a state bottle. A motion selected this as New York’schoosing most representative bottle. was made by Kel Kelsey and seconded by Ed Hildenbrand that the emerald green of half-pint Saratoga-type bottle,that E-11, John Parker, chairman the project, had requested state be chosenwrite as thetheir official bottle of State ofthem Newto York. residents legislators to the encourage voteThe for Empire Spring bottle clubs was designated the to NYS approval of BillCompany §2388. Bottle were also as asked circulate bottle forand the send National state bottles. The petitions themBottle to theMuseum’s New York50 State Legislature. New York State Chapter of the Northeast Region of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors selected this as New On February 16, 1989, Senator Joe Bruno and Assemblyman


D.A. minD. A.KNOWLTON KNOWLTON mineral eral water, Saratoga water, Saratoga, Springs, N.Y. Springs, N.Y.


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Bobby D’Andrea introduced Bill §2388, designating the emerald green half-pint Saratoga-type bottle, E-11, as the official bottle of the state of New York. Certainly the style of bottle, called the Saratoga type, is so typical of that region of New York that the name of the county is used to describe that whole class of bottles. The product itself, naturally carbonated mineral water, had long been associated with that area of the state. Indians drank water from the springs in the area and considered it healthy and curative. New York State’s bottle represents an industry that was crucial to the progress of that part of the state. As we look back at this beautiful green bottle, we can think back to the early settlers and friendly Indians who told them about the healing mineral waters. We can recall the prosperous days when Saratoga was the hub of a resort area, and hopes of a miraculous cure from many maladies, and the days when glasshouses relied on wood from the nearby woods. And that vivid green will always suggest mineral waters from Congressville.

Here the State of New York passes a bill that introduces the new state bottle

For a short time the spring was owned by George W. Weston, who organized the G. W. Weston & Co

New York’s State bottle, in Congressville green

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Merrimack Valley Antique Bottle Club Presents the 41st Annual

(Formerly Lowell)

Sunday 9AM-2PM

September 20, 2015 Westford Regency Inn

219 Littleton Road, Westford, MA

Take Exit 32 Off US I-495 & follow the signs. On site lodging available at $111/night. Call the Regency at 978-692-8200 by 9/6/2015 and mention the MVABC Bottle Show.

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Old Bottles

9:00 am to 2:00 pm Days Inn and Suites 4742 Brecksville Road Richfield, Ohio (Ohio Turnpike Exit 173)




A Colorado Non-Profit Corporation


Admission $3.00



Early Admission $20.00 (7:30 am to 9:00 am)

At The Foot of Pikes Peak

JULY 25TH, 2015

9 AM TO 4PM: Dealer Set-up: 7am-9am Early Dealer Set-up - July 24, 2pm-5pm

Douglas County Fairgrounds at Kirk Hall 500 Fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock, CO 80104 (1/2 Mile East of I-25 on Plum Creek Parkway)

$3.00 Admission Contact: Jeff Johnson 303-681-3776 Member of Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors

CHAIR Louis Fifer (330) 635-1964

CO-CHAIR Matt Lacy (440) 228-1873

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FOHBC S A C R A M E N T O National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo

4 - 7 August 2016 “Back to our Roots” Presented by the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors at the McClellan Conference Center & Lions Gate Hotel, Sacramento, California Thursday-August 4: FOHBC Generals House Reception for registered Dealers and Early Admission followed by the Sacramento Shoot-out bottle competition at the Lions Gate Hotel • Friday-August 5: FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast, Educational Seminars, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Early Admissions, FOHBC Cocktail Hour & Banquet • Saturday-August 6: General Admission, Live Bottle Auction • Sunday-August 7: General Admission & Display Awards

Info: Richard & Beverley Siri, Show Chairman & Co-Chair, 707.542.6438, or Louis Fifer, FOHBC Conventions Director, or Eric McGuire, Western Region Director, our Roots

“Back to


Western Region


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Where there’s a will there’s a way to leave Donations to the FOHBC Did you know the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors is a 501C(3) charitable organization? How does that affect you? It allows tax deductions for any and all donations to the FOHBC. You might also consider a bequest in your will to the FOHBC. This could be a certain amount of money or part or all of your bottle collection. The appraised value of your collection would be able to be deducted from your taxes. (This is not legal advice, please consult an attorney) I give and bequeath to the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, 1605 Clipper Cove, Painesville, OH 44077, the sum of $____________ to be used as its Board of Directors determines. The same type wording could be used for bequeathing your collection or part of it, however, before donating your collection (or part of it), you would need the collection appraised by a professional appraiser with knowledge of bottles and their market values. This is the amount that would be tax deductible. Thank you for considering us in your donation plans. Ferdinand Meyer V, President Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors

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ANTIQUE BOTTLE & COLLECTIBLES SHOW AND SALE ALSO, TABLE TOP ANTIQUES - ADVERTISING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2015 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. SINGERLY FIRE HALL Routes 279 & 213 (I-95, exit 109A) Elkton, Maryland 21922 ADMISSION - $3.00 Children under 12 Free Contact: Dave Brown. 302-738-9960 Email - TRI-STATE BOTTLE COLLECTORS AND DIGGERS CLUB, INC.

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Classified Ads FOR SALE Advertise for free: Free “FOR SALE” advertising in each Bottles and Extras. One free “Wanted” ad in Bottles and Extras per year. Send your advertisement to FOHBC Business Manager, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002 or better yet, email “emeyer@” DEALERS: Sell your bottles in the B & E classified for free. Change the bottles and your ad is free month after month. Include your website in your ad to increase traffic to your site. Send your advertisement to FOHBC Business Manager, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002 or better yet, email “emeyer@” FOR SALE: New (Double) back printed and bound, “A History of the Edora Potteries”, 200 pages, “A History of the Moingona Potteries” on the back 100 pages, 300 pages total. Detailed research on the Stoneware, Terra Cotta, Brick and Tile Manufacturing Company’s in Hardin County Iowa and the potters. For photos of the stoneware, cost is $23 plus shipping. Media mail add $4.50, Priority add $6.00. Mark C. Wiseman, 3505 Sheridan Avenue, DesMoines, Iowa 50310-4557 or (515) 255-2620. FOR SALE: Bottletree Antiques, Donalds, South Carolina. South Carolina and North Carolina Dispensary Bottles, Painted Label Sodas, etc. For more info: bottletreeantiques. com FOR SALE: A STUNNING OLIVE GREEN example of a KELLY’S OLD CABIN BITTERS with a strong yellow tone, an EXTREMELY rare and desirable color for this bottle. One in a very similar color recently sold on Ebay for nearly 29,000. This bottle has two minor condition issues and aside from those, the bottle itself looks to be fresh out of the mold. A POWERHOUSE of a bottle, highly detailed photos available on request. This bottle really displays GREAT!! Satisfaction GUARANTEED. SERIOUS inquiries only please. Call Chris at 732-7156366 FOR SALE: 30 cases, embossed and painted label sodas from 30’s to 60’s with cases. $20 each, send for list: John Humphrey, 187 Hunt Road, Afton, NY 13730 or call (607) 639-2470.

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FOR SALE: Several nice very old figurals. Call (520) 868-5704 or Write: Audrey Belter, 3825 N. Indiana, Florence, AZ 85132. FOR SALE: UNION SODA WORKS (Tombstone) Aqua blob top. $2200 OBO. APOTHECARY CABINET, pictured in Nov-Dec 2014 Bottles and Extras, had it appraised. Valued at $3,750, now $3,500 OBO. Bob Hirsch (562) 619-8338, Whitter, CA 90604.

WANTED WANTED: Lancaster Ohio Beers, especially E. Becker Brewing. Also, any Washington Brewery, Washington D. C. I don’t have. Also does anyone have a “B E MANN’SORIENTAL STOMACH BITTERS” for sale? Contact Gary Beatty (941) 276-1546 or “” WANTED: Saratoga Type collector is looking for nice color, Pontiled and scarcer variations in pints only!!! Favor: Lynch & Clark, John Clark, Clark & Co., Clark & White, Congress & Empire Hotchkiss (both C & E), Saratoga A, Excelsior and High Rock Springs. Will consider others!! Please contact Keon Kellogg, (315) 963-8681 or email:

WANTED: Western Bitters. Bakers E. L. Bailets (2 Var) Turkish Bitters, Cusparia Swiss Alpine Periuvian Flask Fellows OK 1xl eye opener 1xl. Contact Don Dryer (530) 589-2117. WANTED: Sacramento shot glasses: C&K/ WHISKEY, Casey & Kavanaugh; California A Favorite; SILVER SHEAF/Bourbon/H. WEINREICH & CO. (double shot); GOLDEN GRAIN/BOURBON/M. CRONAN & CO. (in black); bar bottle, JAMES WOODBURN (white enamel). WANTED: Oregon drug store bottles, will pay top dollar for ones needed in my collection. Contact Charlie Horn, P.O. Box 1121, Elgin, OR 97827 or call (541) 437-9019. WANTED: Stoneware pottery from either the Timmerman or Foreman Potteries in Stockton, Lanier County, Georgia. Timmerman Pottery may have the letter “T” impressed into the clay. Contact Mike Lee at 238 Lee Road, Ray City, GA 31645 or call (229) 560-5428 or email: WANTED: Amber quart cylinder whiskey shoulder embossed Garrick & Cather Chicago, IL plus embossed image of a palm tree. Contact Carl Malik, PO Box 367, Monee, IL 60449 (708) 534-5161.

Bottles and Extras WANTED MEMBERS: Join the ANTIQUE POISON BOTTLE COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION today! For details see our website at or contact Joan Cabaniss at (540) 297-4498. WANTED: Globe Compounding – Nature’s Liver Regulator and Nature’s Lung Elixir; Peruvian Diarrhea Remedy; Frost’s Expectorant & Cough Balsam; Cy-Do-Line; North Star Lung & Throat Balsam – Jas. Murison & Co.; Minnesota Oil of Life Co., Minneapolis; Pyro Dentin Eucalyptol Chem. Co.; Knowlton’s Liniment, Spink & Co.; Quaker Sarsaparilla; Sapphine – Andrus Building; Mederine. Call or email Boyd at (763) 314-0257 or email at WANTED: Old crock/jug with name MORTON (any size). My dad’s name was Morton. If have, want to sell, email picture. Contact Darlene Furda at (818) 889-5451 or email dfurda@ WANTED: Damaged Washington Bar Flask Tonopah, Nevada. Must be priced right. Dave Deto, PO Box 118. Yosemite, CA 95389 (209) 626-9846.

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FOHBC Membership Directory 8 Members gained this period. The names below represent persons agreeing to be listed in the printed membership directory. Some of those listed agreed to be listed in the membership directory but not the online directory.

Jack & Eizabeth Burckhalter 531 Siskin Circle North Augusta, SC 29841 (303) 886-0117 Antique medicine, dispensary bottles and arrow points

Mike Malanowski 228 West State Street Albion, NY 14411 (585) 590-6136 Danielle Masterson 4 Cayuge Drive Wappingers, NY 12590 (845) 705-8569

Steve Johnson 1400 McClung Avenue SE Huntsville, AL 358012009

Charles Vick 7560 Ingelnook Court Richmond, VA 23225 (804) 513-1649

Douglas Jones 8146 Cancun Court Gainesville VA 20155

David Weger 721 Maple Avenue Terre Haute, IN 47804

Nancy W. Lawson 374 White Oak Circle Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 640-5293

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Calendar of shows and related events FOHBC Sho - Biz is published in the interest of the hobby. Federation affiliated clubs are connotated with FOHBC logo. Information on up-coming collecting events is welcome, but space is limited. Please send at least three months in advance, including telephone number to: FOHBC Sho-Biz, C/O Business Manager: Elizabeth Meyer, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002; phone: (713) 222-7979; e-mail:, Show schedules are subject to change. Please call before traveling long distances. All listings published here will also be published on the website:

July 2 - 5 Sandwich, Illinois 46th Annual National Insulator Association Show and Convention. 135+ Dealer tables, 25 Displays. This year it will be held at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center, 3300 Drew Avenue, Sandwich, Illinois 60548. For hotel reservations call: 630.273.6000 and mention NIA for special rates. For more show information visit: www.2015niashow. com Hosts: Jason Townsend, call: 630.667.3357 or e-mail: jtins76@gmail. com or Bob Stahr 630.793.5345 or email: July 11 Houston,Texas Houston Antique Bottle, Advertising and Collectible Show at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 12801 Northwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77040, July 10th (setup day) and July 11th (show time). More information on flyer above. Tell all your friends and fellow collectors (bottles, signs, insulators, etc. etc. etc.) the date of the show and if anyone is interested in a table; please contact me at, Barbara Puckett July 11 Richmond, Rhode Island The Little Rhody Bottle Club Tailgate Swap Meet at Jules Antiques and General Store, 320 Kingstown Road, Richmond, Rhode Island (3 miles East of Route #95 on Route #138). 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Free set up for members and potential new members. Free coffee, donuts and pizza for participants. Bring your own tables. Info: William Rose, 508.880.4929 July 17 & 18 Reno, Nevada Reno Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club 52nd Annual Show & Sale at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 East Second Street, Nevada Conference and Exhibition Center, Free Admission, Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Friday, Dealer set-up: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Friday, Early Bird: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm $10. Information Marty Hall,

July 18 & 19 Adamstown, Pennsylvania The 15th Annual Shupp’s Grove Bottle Festival, Saturday & Sunday 6:00 am to dusk, early buyers Friday, 3:00 pm, The famous “Shupp’s Grove”, 1686 Dry Tavern Road, Denver, Pennsylvania 17517, Contact: Steve Guion, 717.626.5557, July 25 Birmingham, Alabama The Alabama Bottle Collectors’ 10th Anniversary Bottle, Folk Pottery and Collectible Show will be Saturday, 8:00 am thru 3:00 pm at the Bessemer Civic Center located at Exit 108 on I-20/59…FREE PUBLIC ADMISSION. Dealers and Early Buyers are welcome Friday afternoon, July 24th from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Selling starts at 4:00 pm. More information can be found at or email ALBottleCollectors@ or call Tom Lines, Show Chairman at 205.410.2191. July 25 Castle Rock, Colorado 50th Annual Antique Bottle Collectors Of Colorado Show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds at Kirk Hall, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104, Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, No Early Admission, Set-up: July 24, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 25, 7:00 am – 9:00 am, $3 Admission, Antique Bottle Collectors Of Colorado,, Contact: Jeff Johnson, Show Chairman, P.O. Box 26, Larkspur, Colorado 80118, 303.681.3776, July 26 Ankeny, Iowa NEW LOCATION! – The Iowa Antique Bottleers 46th Annual Antique Bottle & Collectibles Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. In conjunction with the Beer, Soda & Bottle Mega Show. Show Address: FFA Enrichment Center, Des Moines Area Community College Campus, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, Iowa, Contact Info: Jack LaBaume, 1401 South

15th Street, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501, Tele: 515-269-3054 July 31 – August 2 Chattanooga, Tennessee FOHBC 2015 National Antique Bottle Show at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Sunday August 2, with dealer set-up and early buyers on Saturday. The Chattanooga Marriott Downtown will be the host hotel and is connected to the convention center. The banquet/bottle competition, seminars, auction, and membership meetings will be held at the Marriott. Jack Hewitt and John Joiner are serving as show co-chairpersons. August 8 Vicksburg, Mississippi 18th Vicksburg Bottle & Antique Show, 4137 Frontage Rd Exit 4-B, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39183, Saturday Only, Public 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Set-up: Saturday 7:00 am – 9:00 am, Cost of admission: $2, Vicksburg Collectors of Misissippi, Contact: Russell Schaffer, 111 Peach Street, Flora Mississippi, 601.618.5093, E-mail: August 10 - 16 Bouckville, New York 44th Annual Madison-Bouckville Antique Show, Outdoor antiques, collectibles including two huge bottle tents. Over 2000 dealers and vendors located on scenic Route 20, Bouckville, New York. Contact: Larry Fox, 585.307.4608 or Jim Mitchell, 813.684.2834 August 16 Poughkeepsie, New York Hudson Valley Bottle Club 28th Annual Mid Hudson Bottle Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm; early buyers 8:00 am, Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge 275, 29 Overocker Road, Poughkeepsie, New York, Contact Info: Mike Stephano, 27 Rogers Road, Hyde Park, New York 12538, Tele: 845.233.4340,

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(More) Sho-Biz September 13 Richfield, Ohio 45th Ohio Bottle Club Antique Bottle Show & Sale at the Days Inn and Suites, 4742 Brecksville Road, Richfield, Ohio (Ohio Turnpike Exit 173) 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Admission $3, Early Admission $20 (7:30 to 9:00 am) Chair, Louis Fifer 330.635.1964, CoChair, Matt Lacy 440.228.1873, info@, September 13 Pekin, Illinois Pekin Bottle Collectors Assoc. 46th Annual Show & Sale, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 715 N. 11th Street in Pekin. Contact: Jim Searle, 1003 Illinois Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554, 309.346.7804 September 18-19 Aurora, Oregon Oregon Bottle Collectors Association Bottle, Antiques, Collectibles Show & Sale, Friday 1:00 – 5:00 pm, dealer set-up and early bird admission: $5, Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm regular public admission by donation, American Legion Hall, 3rd and Main Street, Aurora, Oregon, Contact: Shayne Bowker, Show Chairman, 503.351.4908 September 19 Santa Ana, California Los Angeles Historical Bottle Club’s 49th Annual Antique Bottle, Fruit Jar, Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Early Bird $10 at 8:00 am, FREE General Admission! Santa Ana Elks Lodge, 212 Elk Lane, Santa Ana, California 92701, Contact: Don Wippert 818.346.9833 or Dick Homme, 818.362.3368, Los Angeles Historical Bottle Club September 19 Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis Circle City Antique Bottle, Advertising and Antiques Show. Set – up 7:30 am to 9:00 am, Show hours 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Boone County Fairgrounds, 1300 E. 100 S. Lebanon, Indiana 46052. FREE APPRAISALS. For Show In-

formation Contact: Martin Van Zant 812.841.9495 or 208 Urban St. Danville Indiana, 46122. September 20 Westford, Massachusetts 41st Annual Merrimack Valley Antique Bottle Club Show at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road, Westfield, Massachusetts, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (see flyer) Contact: Cliff Hoyt, 978.458.6575. September 26 Moriarty, New Mexico 28th EIC/NMHBS Annual Insulator, Bottle, Barbwire and Collectibles Show at the Moriarty Civic Center, 202 Broadway Avenue, Moriarty, New Mexico 87035, Show open to public, Free Admission, Early admission: Friday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Early bird admission: $10. Set up: Friday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday 7:30 am – 8:30 am Enchantment Insulator Club & New Mexico Historical Bottle Society Contact: Michael Gay, EIC President & Show Chair, 5516 Kachina NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120 505.899.8755, September 27 Depew, New York 17th Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association Annual Show and Sale at the Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Avenue, Depew, New York 14043, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Set-up: Sunday, September 27th 7:00 am to 9:00 am, Cost of admission: $2, children under 12 free, Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association,, Contact: Joe Guerra, Secretary, 29 Nina Terrace, West Seneca, New York 14224, Phone: 716.674.5750, October 3 Richmond, Virginia Richmond 44th Antique Bottle Show and Sale, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, $3 Admission, Early Admission – 7:30 am: $10, Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832 Info: or Marvin Croker, 804.275.1101 or Ed Faulkner 804.739.2951

October 4 Chelsea, Michigan The Huron Valley Bottle and Insulator Club 40th Annual Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission $3 for adults, children 16 and under free. Comfort Inn Conference Center, Commerce Park Drive next to Comfort Inn, Chelsea (Exit 159 off I-94) Contact Info: Mike Bruner, 248.425.3223, abbott4girl@sbcglobal. net or Rod Krupka, 248.627.6351, rod. October 10 Coventry, Connecticut The Southern Connecticut Antique Bottle Collector Association’s 44th Annual Show, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on The Grounds of the Historic Coventry Glass Works, 289 North River Road, Coventry, Connecticut 06238 (corner of Rt. 44 & North River Road), Contact Info: Bob, 203.938.3879, October 17 Richmond, Rhode Island The Little Rhody Bottle Club Tailgate Swap Meet at Jules Antiques and General Store, 320 Kingstown Road, Richmond, Rhode Island (3 miles East of Route #95 on Route #138). 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Free set up for members and potential new members. Free coffee, donuts and pizza for participants. Bring your own tables. Info: William Rose, 508.880.4929 October 18 York, Pennsylvania The York Bottle & Advertising Show at the York Fairgrounds in York, Pennsylvania, inside the Old Main Building, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, 175 tables, Admission on $3 for a day of fun, Info: Holiday Promotions 410.538.5558, October 25 Matteson, Illinois 46th Annual 1st Chicago Bottle Clubs Antique Bottle, Jar, Pottery, Advertising and Collectibles Show & Sale at Holiday Inn Matteson Conference Center, 500 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson, Illinois 60443, Sunday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, No early admission, Dealer set up time will begin at 7:15 am and last until 9:00


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(More) Sho-Biz am, Admission $3. Children under 16 admitted free, 1st Chicago Bottle Club,, Contact: John Vlahovich, Show Chairman, 630.390.9679, November 1 Elkton, Maryland 43rd Annual Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show and Sale – Table Top Antiques & Advertising at the Singerly Fire Hall, Routes 279 and 213 (I-95 – exit 109A) Elkton, Maryland 21922 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Admission $3 – children under 12 free. Contact Dave Brown, 302.738.9960 or e-mail: November 7 Jacksonville, Florida Antique Bottle Collectors of North Florida 48th Annual Show & Sale, Saturday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm; early buyers Friday, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm $20. Free admission on Saturday. Fraternal Order of Police Building, 5530 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, Contact: Mike Skie, 3047 Julington Creek Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32223, Tele: 904.710.0422 or Jackie McRae, 904.879.3696 November 8 Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club 46th Annual Show and Sale at The Ice Garden Rostraver, Twp, 101 Gallitin Road, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. Info: Bob DeCroo 724.326.8741 or Jay Hawkins 724.872.6013,

November 14 Belleville, Illinois Eastside Spectacular #8 COMBINED Brewery Collectibles Show & Antique Bottle and Jar Show, Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Belleclair Fairgrounds, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville, Illinois (15 minutes from St. Louis), 300 Tables of Collectibles for Sale! Free Parking, Large Raffle, 50/50 Drawing, Food and drink on premises, Public Admission is $2 at 9:00 am, Early Admission at 7:00 am for $20, Info Contact: Kevin Kious, 618.346.2634, or Curt Faulkenberry, 636.797.5220 December 4 Roseville, California 49er Historic Bottle Assn. 38th Annual “Best of the West” Historic Bottle/Antique Show, December 4, 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm, December 5th, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Placer County Fair Grounds, 800 All America City Blvd, Rodseville, California, $10 Early Bird Friday, Free Saturday, “Featuring” Antique Railroad Show Next Door. Info: Contact Mike 916.367.1829.

January 2016 January 10 Taunton, Massachusetts The Little Rhody Bottle Club Annual Show & Sale, New location at the Holiday Inn off Exit #9 of Route #495, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, Massachusetts, Info: Bill or Linda Rose, 508.880.4929;

Members Don’t forget to check out “Member’s Portal” for Special Access to past issues of B & E And to check out Featured Stories and keep current with all the bottle news!

April 9 Smyrna, Georgia 46th Annual Atlanta Antique Bottle Show & Sale, formerly Southeastern Antique Bottle Club Show at the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, Georgia, General Admission: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, Dealer Setup and Early Admission: Friday, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm., Saturday, 7:00 am to 8:00 am, Admission: $3, Early Admission: $10, Jack Hewitt, 1765 Potomac Court, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043, 770.963.0220 or John Joiner, 770.502.9565, August 4 – 7 Sacramento, California FOHBC 2016 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo at the McClellan Conference Center, Host Hotel: Lions Gate Hotel. Room Reservations – Show Information: Richard & Beverley Siri, Show Chairman & Co-Chair, 707.542.6438, or Louis Fifer, FOHBC Conventions Director, or Eric McGuire, Western Region Director, More info at FOHBC. org FOHBC National Convention

August 2017 August 3 – 6 Springfield, Massachusetts FOHBC 2017 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo at the MassMutual Center, Host Hotel: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place hotel. Show Information: Jim Bender, Show Co-Chair, 518.673.8833, or Bob Strickhart, Show Co-Chair, See Press Release FOHBC National Convention


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July - August 2015


Membership Benefits  

The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors cordially invites you to join a dedicated group of individuals and clubs who collect, study and display the treasured glass and ceramic gems of yesteryear.   The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is a non-profit organization supporting collectors of historical bottles, flasks, jars, and related items. The goal of the FOHBC is to promote the collection, study, preservation and display of historical bottles and related artifacts and to share this information with other collectors and individuals.   Federation membership is open to any individual or club interested in the enjoyment and study of antique bottles. The Federation publication, Bottles and Extras, is well known throughout the hobby world as the leading publication for those interested in bottles and “go-withs”. The magazine includes articles of historical interest, stories chronicling the hobby and the history of bottle collecting, digging stories, regional news, show reports, advertisements, show listings, and an auction directory. Bottles and Extras is truly the place to go when information is needed about this popular and growing hobby.   In addition to providing strength to a national/international organization devoted to the welfare of the hobby, your FOHBC membership benefits include: • A full year subscription the Federation’s official bi-monthly publication, Bottles and Extras • One free ad per yearly membership of 100 words for use for “wanted” items, trade offers, etc. • Eligibility for a discount at FOHBC sponsored shows (National or EXPOs) towards “early admission” or dealer table rent • Access to a knowledge of the world of antique bottle collecting unavailable elsewhere • Contact information for clubs devoted to the study of historical bottles • A forum for your writings, articles, and editorials regarding the hobby • Participation in the nomination and selection of Federation members for the Honor Roll and Hall of Fame • Federation-sponsored writing, show poster, and newsletter-design contests • Free publication assistance for your book or manuscript • And more... We encourage Affiliated Bottle Club memberships by offering these additional benefits to your group: • Display advertising in Bottles and Extras at an increased discount of 50% • Insertion of your bottle club show ad on the Federation website to increase your show’s exposure • Links to your club website free of charge, as well as assistance with the creation of your website • Free Federation ribbon for Most Educational Display at your show • Slide programs for use at your club meetings • Participation in Federation sponsored insurance program for your club show and any other club sponsored activities Finally…   We need your support! Our continued existence is dependent upon your participation as well as expanding our membership. The Federation is the only national organization devoted to the enjoyment, study, preservation, collection, and display of historical bottles. The FOHBC welcomes individuals who would like to contribute by running for Board positions or by sharing their expertise and volunteering their talents in other areas of interest such as contributions to our publications, assistance with the Federation’s National and EXPO shows, or through membership promotion.   If you haven’t yet joined our organization, please do so and begin reaping the benefits. If you are already a member, please encourage your friends and fellow collectors to JOIN US!!   For more information, questions, or to join the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, please contact:

Linda Sheppard, PO Box 162, Sprakers, NY 12166; phone: (518) 673-8833; e-mail: or visit our home page on the web at 


July - August 2015

Bottles and Extras

Bottles and Extras Individual and Affiliated Club Information

FOHBC Individual Membership Application For Membership, complete the following application or sign up at (Please Print)

Name ____________________________ Address ____________________________ City _____________ State___________ Zip _____________ Country________ Telephone____________________________ Email Address_________________________

Do you wish to be listed in the printed membership directory? (name, address, phone number, email address and what you collect) { } Yes { } No Do you wish to be listed in the

online membership directory? (name, address, phone number,

Bottles and Extras FREE ADS

Category: “WANTED” Maximum - 60 words Limit - One free ad per current membership year. Category: “FOR SALE” Maximum - 100 words Limit - 1 ad per issue. (Use extra paper if necessary.)

email address and what you collect)

Collecting Interests_____________________ { } Yes { } No ____________________________ ____________________________ Would you be interested in ____________________________ serving as an officer? { } Yes { } No

Addtional Comments___________________ Would you be interested ____________________________ in contributing your bottle

knowledge by writing articles for the Bottles and Extras? { } Yes { } No

Membership/Subscription rates for one year (6 issues) (Circle One)

United States - second class $30.00 - second class for three years $75.00 - first class $45.00

Canada - first class $50.00 Other countries - first class $65.00

(all first class sent in appropriate mailer) Add an Associate Membership* to any of the above at $5.00 for each associate for each year

Name(s) of Associate(s)__________________________

Signature __________________________ Date________

*Associate Membership is available to members of the immediate family of any adult holding an Individual Membership. Children of ages 21 or older must have their own individual membership. Associate(s) Members enjoy all of the right and privledges of an Individual Membership

Please make checks or money orders payable to FOHBC and mail to: FOHBC Membership, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002 Effective 9/2011

Affiliated Club Membership for only $75.00 with liability insurance for all club sponsored events, 50% discount on advertising in the Bottles and Extras, plus much more, Contact: Business Manager: Elizabeth Meyer, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002; phone: (713) 222-7979; e-mail:

Clearly Print or Type Your Ad Send to: Business Manager: Elizabeth Meyer, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002; ph: (713) 222-7979; or better yet, email Elizabeth at:

Article Submission Requirements: All Bottles and Extras articles or material need to be submitted on CD (preferable) or an email using a compressed (zipped) file. The file must be created by Microsoft Word, Publisher or Adobe N-Design so the editor does not have to retype the work. High-resolution digital images are our preferred format. Please submit digital images on a CD according to the instructions below. We will accept e-mail submissions only if the image resolution is acceptable. The e-mail or CDs must have only ONE subject per transmission to minimize confusion. Each image must be accompanied by a caption list or other identifying information. Professionalgrade equipment is a must to achieve the size and quality image we require. The highest setting on the camera should be used for maximum resolution and file size. Only high quality images will be considered. Please do not send photographic prints or scans of images—the color and quality are generally not up to par compared with digital images or slides scanned by our imaging department. We will consider exceptions for photos that can’t be easily found, such as older historical images. We rarely use slides anymore and prefer not to receive submissions of slides due to the time and liability involved in handling them.

American Glass Gallery TM

We are currently seeking quality consignments for our 2015 auction schedule! As a consignor, please consider the following benefits to help ensure your valued items reach their highest potential: w Competitive consignor rates w Low buyer premiums w Broad-based and extensive advertising w Experience, knowledge, honesty and integrity w Attention to detail and customer service

These are a few of the many fine bottles that have already been consigned to our next sale.

For more information, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. American Glass Gallery • John R. Pastor • P.O. Box 227, New Hudson, Michigan 48165 phone: 248.486.0530 • • email:

FOHBC C/O Elizabeth Meyer, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002

Please Check your information and notify us of errors.

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Pictured Left: “Prairie / & / Plantation / Bitters” - “C. Frank / & Co / Cincinnati / O.” Figural Bitters Bottle, bright yellow amber, America, 1845-1860. An extremely rare and exciting bottle! Auction 128 - Fall 2015 860-974-1634 79 Bradford Corner Road, Woodstock Valley, CT 06282

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Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) July August Issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS

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