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On the Cover: Union Pacific Big Boy & OK Plantation Bitters

FOHBC Officers | 2016 - 2018 ................................................................................ 2

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FOHBC President’s Message ................................................................................ 3 History’s Corner ................................................................................................... 5

Martin Van Zant BOTTLES and EXTRAS Editor 208 Urban Street Danville, Indiana 46122 812.841.9495 email:

FOHBC News - From & For Our Members ................................................................ 6 Book Review ....................................................................................................... 8 OK Plantation Bitters - The Big Boys by Ferdinand Meyer V ............................ 10 Savannah Bottler John Ryan’s Fame has spread across the United States by Bill Baab .................................................................................................... 18 Dr. Le Riemondie’s Southern Bitters by Justin McClure .................................... 22 Nevada Backbar Bottle Bonanza by Jennifer Nevada Jacobitz,

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James D. Jacobitz, M.D., and Jon Aurich Jr. ........................................ 32

Burks Lightning Liniment by Eric McGuire ...................................................... 38 Top 70 - Best of the West by Warren Friedrich, Eric McGuire & Richard Siri ................................................................................................ 44

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Postmaster: Send address changes to Elizabeth Meyer, FOHBC Business Manager, 101 Crawford Street, Studio 1A, Houston, Texas 77002; 713.222.7979 x103, email: emeyer @

FOHBC Sho-Biz - Calendar of Shows ........................................................ 68 Membership Benefits ......................................................................... 71 Membership Application & Advertising ..................................................... 72

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Coming Next Issue or down the road: Full FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo Report • Where in the World is H. H. Warner? • Wisconsin Beer Bottle Collecting’s Patriarch, Wayne Kroll • The Color Aqua • The Color Amber • The Wood Street Stoneys • The Dr. Craig H.H. Warner Connection • A Silver Lining in that Storm? • Visit with Charles Gardner Highlight of Collector’s Life • Rochester, N.Y Medicine Men • Springfield Bound • John Wedderburn Peddled False Hopes and Whiskey and so much more!

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Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors Business & News

The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors is a non-profit organization for collectors of historical bottles and related collectible items. Our primary goal is educational as it relates to the history and manufacture of historical bottles and related artifacts.

FOHBC Officers 2014-2016

President: Ferdinand Meyer V, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002; phone: 713.222.7979 x115; email:

Conventions Director: Louis Fifer, 604 Topaz, Brunswick, Ohio 44212; phone: 330.635.1964; email:

First Vice-President: Sheldon Baugh, 252 W Valley Dr, Russellville, KY 42276; phone: 270.726.2712; email:

Business Manager: Elizabeth Meyer, 101 Crawford Street, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002; phone: 713.222.7979 x103; email:

Second Vice-President: Gene Bradberry, 3706 Deerfield Cove, Bartlett, TN 38135; phone: 901.372.8428; email: Secretary: James Berry, 200 Fort Plain Watershed Rd, St. Johnsville, NY 13452; phone: 518.568.5683; email: Treasurer: Gary Beatty, 3068 Jolivette Rd., North Port, FL 34288; phone: 941.276.1546; email: Historian: Jim Bender, PO Box 162, Sprakers, NY 12166; phone: 518.673.8833; email: Editor: Martin Van Zant, 208 Urban St, Danville, IN 46122; phone: 812.841.9495; email: Merchandising Director: Val Berry, 200 Fort Plain Watershed Rd, St. Johnsville, NY 13452; phone: 518.568.5683; email: Membership Director: Linda Sheppard, P.O. Box 162, Sprakers, NY 12166; phone: 518.673.8833; email:

Director-at-Large: Ron Hands, 913 Parkside Drive, Wilson, North Carolina 27896, phone: 330.338.3455; email: Director-at-Large: Steve Ketcham, PO Box 24114, Edina, Minnesota 55424, phone: 952.920.4205; email: Director-at-Large: John Pastor, PO Box 227, New Hudson, MI 48165, phone: 248.486.0530; email: Midwest Region Director: Matt Lacy, 3836 State Route 307, Austinburg Ohio 44010, phone: 440.228.1873; email: Northeast Region Director: Bob Strickhart, 3 Harvest Drive, Pennington, New Jersey 08534, phone: 609.818.1981; email: Southern Region Director: Brad Seigler, P.O. Box 27 Roanoke, Texas 76262, phone: 940.395.2409; email: Western Region Director: Eric McGuire, 1732 Inverness Drive, Petaluma, California 94954, phone: 707.778.2255; email: Public Relations Director: Alicia Booth, 11502 Burgoyne Drive, Houston, Texas 77077, phone: 281.589.1882; email:

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President’s Message Ferdinand Meyer V


FMG Design, Inc. 101 Crawford Street Studio 1A Houston, Texas 77002 713.222.7979 x115

lizabeth, my granddaughter Isabella, Coco our Weimaraner and I itting down at from my desk, on this first back-to-work Monday after New just returned the mega FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Years, I conjure up a vision of a stove with lots of pots-a-cooking. Antique Bottle Convention & Expo and are finally catching our breath The antique bottle events has us allthat looking forward the afterkettle almostlabeled two years of planning. We welcome it is over and attothe stretch leading up to thetoFOHBC 2016on Sacramento National Antique same time, we are sad have to rely our memories. We had such Bota tle Convention & Expo this August. We have a coordination conference grand time! call later in the week and plan to step it up a notch or two. We are also pleased we locked Springfield, for our 2017 NationWe will that be putting full in coverage of theMassachusetts event in the November December al Antique Bottle Convention, and by the time you read this message, the issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS. Obviously, it would have been better FOHBC 2018 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo will have been in this issue but the art would have been due to the printer by 15 August announced for Cleveland, We reallyand have ourpostal teamsservice, in place and and that is late. With dated Ohio. advertisements slow our wheels in not motion. suppose we should thinking about the 2019 we just could delayI the magazine or rushstart a series of Sacramento Convention in theWe Southern Region. ahead many benefits. National articles. have 5,000 or soPlanning photographs to has review, too! These pictures were taken by our official show photographer, Angelina PelThe FOHBC is aalso proudjob to and say we thatthank this March | AprilGina 2016volunissue of legrini. She did fantastic her so much. BOTTLES and EXTRAS is the first to be printed in full color, teered her time and provided excellent coverage. Much of her workwhich can only costs on us an an extensive additionalseries $184of anposts This change prompted few be viewed Hopefully,a this design revisions, hope you will notice, such as the Table of will hold y’all overwhich to thewe November issue. Contents and a few of the section headers. We receive quite a few really nice compliments on and how looks ofand have come The numbers are not in yet thatthe willmagazine take a number weeks to put so far in but a relative short number oftoyears. Oh,atand look for and a new sectogether, early indications point success many levels many tion in theOur back of the magazine “Member Photo Gallery.” junctures. early admission andcalled general admission numbers brokeThis new section is dedicated the fineshows, photography of antique bottles and records for recent FOHBCtonational dealer sales were strong, glass. Please feel free to submit your images for consideration. people purchased for their collections, the weather was great, the Mc- We have already startedCenter workand on Lions the May-June and hope thatand you Clellan Conference Gate Hotelissue venue was superb will consider authoring an article for the magazine. We are here to help! events such as the American Bottle Auctions Open House, the Generals

House Reception, FOHBC Banquet and the Membership Breakfast far Within thisattendance issue of BOTTLES please read the proposed exceeded projections.and TheEXTRAS, displays were complimented by bylaw updates and revisions that have been marked in red.they All had revisions just about all who viewed, as many said they were the best ever have by the here FOHBC of Directors. These bylaws seen. been Wow.approved Congratulations to theBoard displayers and Russell Umbraco have been amended need be reviewed the FOHBC membership for spearheading thisand task. Thetoseminars wereby packed and received glowprior to the annual membership meeting at the FOHBC 2016 Naing reviews. Thankgeneral you, Michael Seeliger, Tom Jacobs, Steve Ketcham, tional AntiqueChris BottleHartz Convention Expo inWay Sacramento, John O’Neill, and John&Shroyer. to go, EricCalifornia McGuire,by an affirmative vote of a majority of all votes cast by the eligible for heading up the seminars. Much more coverage will come later. voters in attendance, provided that a copy of the proposed changes are made available to eachour member in advance, either directlyroom by mail or by timely Betty Zumwalt, banquet speaker, had a packed on the edge of notice in the Federation’s official periodical or on the Federation website. their seats as she talked about FOHBC achievements over the decades. Jeff Wichmann received two standing ovations for his Hall of Fame In other are talk moving with the photography for clubs the Virtual award andnews, gave we a great whenahead receiving award. Many Museum and hope to have regional photography labs set up inclub regions received awards for their club articles, newsletters, websites and to startGolden photographing bottles both were in a given standard format and and Bev 3-dimenflyers. miner shovel awards to Richard Siri sionally. This effort is being spearheaded by Museum Alan De(show chairs), Warren Friedrich and Eric McGuire for Director, their immense Maison. You may have Alan at Virtual Museum table during the work in coordinating andmet running thethe convention and expo. John Joiner FOHBC 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show last August. received the President’s Award for his outstanding work for the FOHBC 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show. The food at the banFederation member quet was even good,Alicia too! Booth is heading up the nomination process for the election of all Federation officers including the President, Vice President(s), Treasurer, Business Manager, Membership Fred HolabirdSecretary, and his Holabird Western American Collections team Di-

should be congratulated for the outstanding 49er Bottle Jamboree Auction. With a record number of primarily western lots, the room was rector, Public Relations Director, Conventions Director, Historian, Mercaptivated as many lots reached record prices. With Internet, telephone chandising Director, (3), andhad Region Directors (4). and a live floor; it wasDirectors-at-Large a thrill to watch. We even one Internet bidder These elections occur every two years. Any officer may runconsigned for sucon an aircraft carrier in the Pacific! The Escobedo family, who cessive This committee has when prepared slate sold of nominations the Goldterms. Dust Whiskey, was crying theirabottle for $31,000 for each office and is listed It isThanks important to who noteconsigned, that any member without the auction housebelow. premium! to all bid desiring to run any office thewe Federation may for file aalong nomination and attended the for auction. This isinone will not forget time. form with the Election Committee (in accordance with procedures approved by the membership instituted by the ElectionSiri Committee) The Sacramento Shootout wasand as exciting as can be. Richard did an indicating the theythe desire for. The deadline filing this outstanding joboffice emceeing eventtoasrun super-star bottles werefor presented is April 1stthe 2016. have seen successful by Hostetter’s our memberfor each of threeWe categories (U.S.A Hospitalcampaigns Dept. quarts, ship before so ifMoore you want run for a position, please let Alicia know. Bitters and Jesse Soleto Agent fifths. Congratulations to the winners. You will andbereach her in at the thisnext email You featured issueaddress, along with many color images. You will be receiving a ballot for voting so please take the time to vote. I would also like to thank the new board members that took position afterFOHBC the convention. Congratulations are in order for Alicia Booth, Brad Candidates Seigler and Bob Strickhart. We look forward to working with you and is the slate of FOHBC yourHere contributions. Alicia started early and tended to many tasks for this recommended convention. Wecandidates are really fortunate to have her as our new Public Relaforth by the nominating tionsputDirector committee headed by Alicia Booth, theproud were all the volunteers that helped at What alsoChairperson, made meforso 2016 2018 term. the front FOHBC tables and elsewhere. Thank you, Isabella Alucema, Val Berry, Alicia Booth, Helen Forbes, Deanna Jordt, Lisa McGuire, Anyone desiring to Laurel run Elizabeth Meyer, Ritz, Linda Sheppard, and Bev & Delores Siri. for a position may choose Thank you. Jim Bender and Jim Berry, for setting up for the FOHBC run against one National of the 2017to Springfield Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. They candidates by going the and left and had a big plan for folks to pick out were selling tables toright printing to Springfield! theirFOHBC tablewebsite spots.andOnward out a nomination form. Then, mail emailbiggest to Alicia and nicest Souvenir Program yet at 140 pages We also haveor the 11502 Burgoyne withBooth, covers. The program is sure to become a collector’s item. I have alDrive, Houston, aTexas ready received dozen or so requests for copies from folks that could not 77077. attend the show. Thank you to all of the content providers and advertisers that made the program a success. The closing I would alsodate likefortonomithank Steve Abbott and Eric McGuire for their fine nations is April 2016 at in BOTTLES and EXTRAS and on our web site. western-themed1, articles midnight. These articles certainly set the stage for Sacramento and even continue in this issue. Thank you to Richard Siri, Eric McGuire and Warren Friedwill in compiling the Best of West - Top 70 article and rich Additional for the nominations great effort be printed alongside the of an effort that we are also putting it in this issue images. It was so fine slate proposedand by theEXTRAS. nomof BOTTLES That way, our entire membership can read inating committee and willforever on our web site member’s portal. and it can be archived be listed in the May-June issuespecial of BOTTLES and from the bottom of my heart to my best friends Also2016 a very thanks EXTRAS along with a short Jerry & Helen Forbes who chose to keep their plans and attend the convenof each they had recently lost their home in the Big Sur Sobertion biography even though candidate. anes fire. Rebuild, my friends. You have your lives and memories and are surrounded by a bottle collecting community that loves you both. FOHBC members will vote by a formshout-out provided by is mail. A special also required for Jeff Wichmann for supporting the The new board members FOHBC in many ways such as the Generals House Reception along with will be announced Peachridge Glass.after a vote count at the annual Meeting OneMembership last thanks to our outstanding board members who make my job Breakfast at the easy and to you,FOHBC our membership, an audience that I serve. You make it a Sacramento real 2016 honor for me National to continue as your president for the next two years. Antique Bottle Convention Expo. I forgot some to thank but I need to get this off to our Editor, I am&sure Martin Van Zant, and Bill Baab to proof.


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Bottles and Extras “Perhaps it was buried during the construction of the Georgian part of the Old Magnus Building, but we can’t be certain.” “It is the first time we have encountered a suspected witch bottle, but we did find a probable witching shoe - which had a similar purpose - in Worlaby, Lincolnshire.” “We often forget that people were very superstitious - it was part of their everyday lives.” “They thought that secreting such personal objects would offer protection from malign forces.” Witch bottle

Witch bottle found during Newark Civil War Centre dig A suspected witch bottle has been unearthed by archaeologists during a dig at the site of the new Civil War Centre in Nottinghamshire. The green bottle, which is about 15cm (5.9in) tall, was probably used in the 1700s to ward off evil spells cast by witches, researchers believe. The witch bottles were usually filled with fingernails, hair and even urine. The relic was found during a project to restore the Old Magnus Building for use as a museum and visitor centre. ‘Malign forces’ Archaeologist Will Munford, from Pre-construct Archaeological Services of Lincoln, said: “Finding this very fragile bottle in one piece supports the idea that it was carefully placed in the ground.”


A witch bottle was found in the foundations of a house in Navenby in Lincolnshire in

Such bottles often contained pins, fingernails or urine and were used to ward off evil spirits. The bottles were usually made of stoneware or glass but sometimes old inkwells or candlesticks were used The most famous witch trials in Britain took place at North Berwick, in Scotland, in 1591 and Pendle, Lancashire, in 1612. As many as 300 people were executed for witchcraft in eastern England between 1644 and 46. The laws against witchcraft were repealed almost a century later, in 1736. Old Magnus Building project manager Bryony Robins, from Newark and Sherwood District Council, said the bottle would be displayed at the National Civil War Centre when it opened. “It’s a fascinating object and part of the history of Newark. If it is a witching bottle, it tells us a great deal about how people once viewed the world,” she said.

German Presentation Flask Found in a Georgia Landfill By Bill Baab When digging in a 19th century landfill, you never know what you might see emerge. A group of us dug over a three-year period in what was locally known as “the Mill Supply Dump” in Augusta, Georgia in several acres inside and outside the business’s chainlink fence. Among the more unusual things found was a porcelain dime bank in the shape of Baby Moses in the bull rushes, several porcelain nest eggs that helped hens lay, a pottery face bank with its top shattered to get the money out, and an aqua half-pint flask. On the front of the latter surrounded by embossed wreaths was the profile of a bearded man. On the back was an inscription in German: “Erinnerung am meine Dienstzeit.” Huh? The bottle was probably made in the 1700s and used to ward off witches’ evil spells. (Image copyright Newark and Sherwood District Council)

A friend who is a member of an Augusta Lutheran church helped me

Facial features of German presentation flask: Who is it? (Bea Baab photo)

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contact another member who is fluent in German. Mrs. Christel Groenenboom translated the flask’s inscription: “In memory of my service. Literally, his time of duty or the time he served,” she said. So it was a presentation piece, but who was he? “I would think he was a member of the military, or even a member of a royal family,” she said. If any Bottles and Extras readers recognize the profile, please contact the writer at 2352 Devere St., Augusta, GA 30904, or by e-mail at Next question: How did that flask wind up in an Augusta landfill?

Man Drank $102,000 Worth of Historic Whiskey By Colleen Curry The owner of an historic inn in Pittsburgh has brought charges against a former tenant she says was supposed safeguard 50 bottles of vintage whiskey valued at more than $100,000 but drank it all instead. The owner of the South Broadway Manor Bed and Breakfast, Patricia Hill, found 104 bottles of Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey when she bought the historic mansion and converted it into a bed and breakfast. It had originally belonged to Pittsburgh businessman J.P. Brennan. The whiskey had been distilled in 1912 and given to Brennan in 1918, she told ABC News affiliate WTAE. “There were four cases, 52 bottles, manufactured by an old distillery here in the Township that went out of business many years ago,” Barry Pritts, chief of police in Scottdale, Pa., said today. He said the bottles had been made and sold before Prohibition and then passed down. The Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey was part of a collection of historical whiskey believed to have been consumed by Henry Frick and Andrew Carnegie in the early 1900s in Pittsburgh, Rick Bruckner, the chef at the South Broadway Manor, told WTAE. “The family that owned the estate, somebody hid it under a flight of stairs and enclosed the staircase, and the estate went through several families. The lady that owns it now was doing a remodeling project and the people who were doing the work found them,” Pritts said. Hill did not immediately return calls for comment. Pritts said that Hill put the whiskey bottles in the basement while the main floors were being renovated. John Saunders, 62, was a caretaker who lived in the basement and was expected to safeguard the booze. “You know, to watch over them and keep them secure. I guess that was a mistake,” Pritts said. Hill discovered that 52 of the bottles had been emptied in March 2012, and reported it to police. All four cases of whiskey had been emptied within about a year, Pritts said. Saunders denied that he consumed the vintage alcohol, but police tested the empty bottles to see if they matched Saunders’ DNA. After seven months of testing, police confirmed that Saunders’ DNA was found on the bottles, and charged him with felony theft and receiving stolen property, Pritts said. “The DNA doesn’t lie. I’m just disappointed a family friend of over 40 years has lied,” Hill said, according to WTAE. “It’s a shame it took historic whiskey to realize and come to this point, but if it saved his life, maybe that’s the best of it all.”

A whiskey appraiser told WTAE the value of the missing whiskey is around $102,400. Pritts requested restitution in the amount of the full retail value. Attorneys agreed Wednesday that further expert testimony and evidence will have to be heard to determine the exact retail value of the whiskey. During the hearing Wednesday, Saunders’ attorney noted to the court that Saunders is now awaiting a liver transplant, Pritts added.

The former tenant she says was supposed to safeguard 50 bottles of vintage whiskey valued at more than $100,000 but drank it all instead.


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FOHBC News From & For Our Members Lash’s Bitters T Puzzle

Seven Sutherland Sisters

Dear Sir,

Dear Mr. Meyer,

My name is Lieven Clarisse, and occasionally I contribute to Wikipedia’s articles. An article I have spent quite a bit of time on is:

On behalf of the Niagara County Historical Society in Lockport, New York, I am writing to you to discuss your interest in being part of a project that we are envisioning on the Seven Sutherland Sisters. I read your post on the Peachridge Glass website and am taking the liberty of contacting you to begin a dialogue if you are interested.

Lash’s Bitters T Puzzle - Joe Gourd CollectionSisters

Now it would be great to have a photo of the earliest known T puzzle in that article; i.e., Lash’s Bitters T puzzle. I found a nice photograph on it on your webpage: http://www.peachridgeglass. com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Lashs_ShapesPuzzle_Gourd. jpg. Now my question is: would you mind that this picture is being used on Wikipedia? If yes, would you mind uploading it on Wikimedia ( )? That way it can be used on all Wikipedia sites. I could also upload it myself with your permission (and in that case, I need to attach a copy of your approval). Thank you very much in advance. Best regards, Lieven Clarisse

The Niagara County Historical Society has many items in its collection from the Sisters, including unpublished letters, photos, marketing items, bottles etc. We are planning to submit a grant to the National Endowment for the Humanities to do a digital project that brings together items from our collection and several other organizations in the area with items. Along with the digital collection we will be developing an interpretive element to tell their story in a way that highlights their significance from a variety of perspectives - marketing, the making of celebrities, the contrast of their antics with Victorian cultural norms etc. Please let me know if you are interesting in discussing the project further and playing a role. Many thanks, Eve Berry Buffalo, New York Consultant to NCHS p.s.--I’m a native Texan; born in Austin, grandparents lived in Huntsville & Jacksonville :) [Follow-up after responding with a willingness to help] The aim of the grant is to present digital collections in such a way that the public are engaged with “the humanities.” History, philosophy, archaeology, the arts and other disciplines are used as a way to bring attention to our diverse heritage, traditions and history and relevance of the humanities on current conditions of national life. After reading your post, I thought you might be able to help with creation of the virtual museum, write something/share your post on Peachridge or even do a lecture/video that focuses on the glass bottles and any significance of the 7 Seven Sutherland Sisters’ bottles (if there is any). I believe we have bottles in the collection such as a hair tonic called Fit for Man or Beast. We just decided to do the project, so I am certainly open to any ideas you have as well regarding how you might be able to help.

The Seven Sutherland Sisters with all that hair

Thanks, Eve

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a picture of the few that I do have unboxed. If you’re not interested, any direction you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I can’t throw these things away, but I am downsizing from a 4-bedroom house to a 1-bedroom apartment. There just isn’t room. Thank you so much for your consideration. Lori Ivy Chattanooga, Tennessee

Antique Bottle from 1892 Austro-Ugarska (Austria-Hungary) Hello, Mr. Meyer. I am interested in selling this bottle (below). On the back side is written copy. The bottle is made from gold, silver, porcelain, natural hair ... I want to sell this object and if you interested and if you know someone who may want to buy. Send me the answer.

Harz Mountain Bitters

Hartz Mountain Bitters Photo courtest Glass Works Auctions

Dear Mr. Meyer, As I am an avid family historian, I Googled my second great grandfather, Wilhelm (William) Godfrey Trommlitz, and an article came up for a Harz Mountain Bitters bottle that is one of a kind. Then, I noticed there is an event this summer in Sacramento, and am wondering if this bottle may be a part of it. I live in Reno, Nevada, and my cousin lives in Carson City, so it would be a short distance for us to travel in the event we might have the chance to see this sample of our ancestor’s business. We are both descendants of Wilhelm’s son, Paul Trommlitz, and his daughter, Florence Trommlitz/Ford. We would appreciate any help you could give us in finding where and when we could find the bottle in question, if it indeed is planned to be in the event in Sacramento. Thank you so much, Janet Ford/Fultz Reno, Nevada

Chattanooga Glass Company My mother used to work for Chattanooga Glass Company. Part of her “inheritance” was her collection of bottles that she accumulated over many years. It would be a full-time job for me to research and try to find someone to purchase all of these and I already have a full-time job and a fairly busy life otherwise. I’m not at all asking you to buy them. I’m perfectly willing to give them to someone that would appreciate them, and/or maybe even make a buck off of them. I would only ask that the interested person pay for shipping (about 12-15 boxes). I’ll even pay shipping for half of the boxes! There are so many first runs, and specialty, and goodness know what all else. Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, etc. If you or someone you know are remotely interested, please let me know and I can send

My regards. Vladimir Petrovic


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I have recently purchased a massive collection of antique bottles Hi There. Trust you are well. I found your details on the website and was hoping you could point me in the right direction. I live in Durban, South Africa and I have recently purchased a massive collection of antique bottles. A life long-long collection of what I estimate to be about 200 bottles give or take. I actually collect fine English porcelain and my knowledge about these bottles is near zero. Do you suggest I sell it as a collection or keep it as an investment? I am curious to know of the collection has real value. Your assistance is grateful appreciated. Kindly see attached. I sent high res images so you can zoom in. (note: one example picture at top of page)

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older now and college is not to far off for my oldest, so I’ve decided to sell my collection of about 40 flasks in the upcoming Heckler’s June Auction to help pay for tuition. I don’t plan to give up the hobby completely, just taking a break for now. I wanted to share with you my “Killer.” The attached file is of a sapphire blue scroll flask that has been tucked away for the last 17 years. This may not be the rarest of flasks, but this color blue is like nothing you have seen. It shines in the sunlight like a jewel and it is flawless! The pictures are nice but nothing like in person. Enjoy, it is Lot #2 (pictured). Thanks, Todd Mullin Chalfont, Pennsylvania

Giam Vermaak Durban South Africa

Meyers Pale Dry Ginger Ale Soothing for Catastrophic Floods

My Killer

F. Have not forgotten about you and E. I always feel that in the middle of a nasty turn of events (like a flood) the last thing people need is a bunch of “oh wow, hope you’re OK” or “That’s terrible, what will you do?” kind of notes. Unless I can show up at the door with practical help, I let folks get on with coping without my 2 cents. Now that the mud has settled, and you pick up the pieces and rebuild, I’m glad that you all survived, as there’s some that don’t in these things.

Hello, Ferdinand, just wanted say how much I enjoy your web site. I got into bottle collecting by accident about 20 years ago. My grandmother passed away in the ‘90s and she had always had a beautiful collection of bottles in her window. I was given the task by the family to find out if they had any kind of value, as it turned out, her collection was all reproductions. During my research on the bottles, I was able to see the “real deal” and then I was hooked. I’ve enjoyed the hobby over the years but my kids are getting

In the meantime, best to you both and have attached my wishes in a ginger ale label. . . K (Ken Previtali)

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Battle of the Blobs

Dear Mr. Meyer: I recently came across your article, “Is there elegance and mystique in a milk glass bottle from Massachusetts?” while researching what I believe is a white glass soda bottle that I recently purchased. I am hoping that you would be so kind as to share your opinion on this item or any other information that would help me to identify its origin. As you will see from the attached picture, the bottle does not have a label. However, I believe its shape is similar to the one pictured in your article and may be the same bottle. The bottle does not have a manufacturer’s mark or any other markings that could help me research it further.

To Ferdinand, Pictured is a nice 1890s -1900s blob top beer from New York City. The reason I’m submitting this picture, is I wish to express respect for a mold maker’s art! Without these craftsmen, our glass gems of today would exhibit but a fraction of character. Ah, then there are figural bottles, perfumes etc... Here’s wishing you and all other hobbyists a fine summer... I am including a poem I had written about five years ago. May you and others enjoy the theme.

I am curious to know if the bottle in your article has any distinguishing marks and if you think I am on track in thinking this is a Country Club ginger ale bottle from Springfield, Massachusetts. I would appreciate any feedback you can offer. Thank you for your time. Best,

My name is Daniel D. Desmarais. I met you once about seven years ago at the Baltimore show, when I attended it just once to help a friend. I was impressed with the quality and turn out of the event.

Sue Giebutowski

BATTLE OF THE BLOBS [bottle #1] Why dear friend, have you challenged me again, can thee not see, my superiority? Let’s begin with this top, and its ring of gathered glop, sitting atop a neck, that’s cruder than heck! [bottle #2] “Don’t even make those claims to me, knowing I’m made way more crudely; Being riddled with whittle, and double the bubbles, so concede defeat now, saving yourself troubles!”

[Response] Hello Sue, Ken Previtali here, author of the article you found on Peachridge Glass. Mr. Meyer forwarded me your inquiry. My research regarding the manufacturer of the bottle came up with the same result you have: “Nothing!” However, your assumption that your bottle was used by the Country Club company is a very good one. There is no other evidence of milk glass soda bottles being used by bottlers other than Country Club. However again, was your bottle a ginger ale bottle like mine in the article? Again, a good bet as ginger ale was exceedingly popular through the 1920s and ‘30s. Most of these milk glass soda bottles are found without a label. Perhaps people decided the “elegant” shape made the bottle a nice item to keep and use for other purposes, maybe as a flower vase. Be that as it may, the question remains: What label was washed off your bottle? It could have been Lime Dry as the picture here shows that possibility, or another Country Club flavor label on a example yet to be discovered. But my bet is on ginger ale! Thanks for reading the article and asking the question. Ken Previtali Danbury, Connecticut

[bottle #1] I’m not one to brag, but teardrops are my bag---being large and drawn out, all sprawling about; This mug base design, is a cinch to desire, and may I remind, it lifts me up an inch higher! [bottle #2] “Someday, someone will be thrilled to discover, under this thick musty dust, my ‘killer’ real color, while your stopper is of boring plain lead, I’m adorned with nice white porcelain instead---and perhaps no one shall care, that your glass surface shows case wear!” [bottle #1] It’s a mistake to compete---just take a back seat, as I’m a fantasy-find dream, in a fantastic lime green; ‘Mr. Towel’ in you’ll be tossing, after comparing our embossing---for mine is best, both clean & bold, where your’s were pressed in a ‘peenout’ mold! [bottle #2] “Let’s put an end to this bottle-abuse act, call it a truce, and face the fact, from progression of time, we suffer regression in prime---why even our wire bails are entirely frail; However, I remember the date being placed in this crate---right after a celebrated victory tour, of the Spanish American War, back in 1898!”

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As one one bitters bitters collector collector once once said, said, the the OK OK Plantation Plantation bottles bottles are are “Drake’s “Drake’s As Plantation Bitters Bitters on on steroids.” steroids.” Well, Well, II just just call call my my OK OK Plantations Plantations my my “Big “Big Boys.” Boys.” Plantation


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Some time ago, I did an extensive series on triangular bitters bottles on Peachridge Glass. It was a fun series. I purposely withheld my favorite, the OK Plantation Bitters, until last, as I consider it in almost a separate category all by itself. Sure it is triangular, but in my book, it is the “king of bitters” and my absolutely favorite brand and form. This says a lot to those that know me because I have major runs of queens, fish, cabins, pigs and corns. I am also a train nut and absolutely love the early trains that dominated American life from the first engines in the mid 1820s, to the elegant passenger line service that predated air travel to the monster machines that pulled the freight. As a child, my father and I worked on Lionel and HO model railroad layouts in the basement and I still subscribe to Model Railroader magazine. A bad day at my office combined with me winning the lottery, might have me dreaming to dismiss my staff, close the doors and build a 10,000 sq ft HO model railroad based on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in the 1940s. I’m not kidding, I lay in bed sometimes thinking of this to release the stress and to put me to sleep. I also manage to tie together bottle shows with train events such as my annual visit to the B&O Railroad Museum prior to the Baltimore Antique Bottle Show each March. Our antique bottles

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With train lovers, we all have a favorite locomotive and mine is the “Big Boy.” The Big Boy was the name of the Union Pacific Railroad’s 4000-class 4-8-8-4 articulated steam locomotives, built between 1941 and 1944 by American Locomotive Company (ALCO). The 25 Big Boys were the only locomotives to have the 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement, which combined two sets of eight driving wheels with a four-wheel leading truck for stability entering curves and a four-wheel trailing truck to support the large firebox. These guys are the monsters of engineering representing the pinnacle of power.

Union Pacific “Big Boy” No. 4001, circa 1941

As one bitters collector once said, and it might have been Bob Currens or Marke Warne, the “OK Plantation bitters bottles are Drake’s Plantation Bitters bottles on steroids.” Well, I just call my OK Plantations - my “Big Boys.”

Above: Two extremely rare square Lediard’s OK Plantation Bitters (L 62) semi-cabins. Notice the similarity with the triangular bottles. Right: Lediard’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters (L 60) in teal green and a Lediard’s Morning Call Bitters (L 61.7) in olive green - Meyer Collection


The OK Plantations are bigger than most of my other bitters bottles and are a Charles Lediard product from New York. Mr. Lediard and his St. Louis partner Franklin Hastings are responsible for a number a brands and bottles such as Lediard’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters, Lediard’s Morning Call Stomach Bitters, Lediard’s OK Plantation Bitters (square) and Lediard’s Old Dominion Mint Julep. I suppose you could call it a semi-cabin withs its triangular form as it has pitched shoulders, windows, vertical ribs, a ring on the neck, sloppy applied mouths and is articulated with cool typography to no end. Each bottle is embossed “OK PLANTATION 1840”. These bottles haul the freight and are my 4-8-8-4’s of my bitters bottles. The OK’s actually come in two mold variants, the second being a little wider and having a shorter neck. You get my point I hope. I do want to mention that the word ‘BITTERS’ is not embossed on the bottle. This doesn’t bother me or hinder me for a moment. I presently have nine of these babies in different colors and they dominate a certain window.


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There are two listings in Bitters Bottles by Carlyn Ring and W. C. Ham: OK / PLANTATION / 1840 // motif 7 vertical ribs // motif 7 vertical ribs // // s // PATENTED ( au ) / OCT. 13TH / 1863 // motif window // motif window // 11 1/4 x 3 (6 3/8) 3/4 Triangular, Amber and Puce, LTC, Applied mouth OK / PLANTATION / 1840 // motif 7 vertical ribs // motif 7 vertical ribs // // s // PATENTED ( au ) / 1868 // motif window // // motif window // 11 1/4 x 3 (6 3/8) 3/4 Square, Amber, Puce, Apricot, and Olive amber, Applied mouth, LTC Note: there is also an unembossed variant

Charles Lediard From the best that I can tell, Charles Lediard was born in England around 1811 and was baptized in England on 21 December 1817. His father was named John and his mother Elizabeth. In 1857, we find him in New York City selling segars at 483 Broadway. He adds liquor to his shelves shortly thereafter and petitions to become a U.S. citizen in 1858. By 1859, he is already marketing his Lediard’s Morning Call Bitters in eastern and southern United States markets. That’s pretty fast. Some of his bottles have a St. Louis embossing and we can tie this to Hastings, Lediard & Company from about 1866 to 1871. Next it was Lediard & Townsend (Charles Lediard and William E. Townsend) and they were importers of wines and liquors at 52 and 54 Murray Street in New York City in 1872. By 1874, Lediard & Company (newly renamed), had extensive warehouses and spacious offices at No. 79 Pearl Street and were major exporters of large quantities of Bourbon and Rye Whiskies, Florida water, bay rum, Eau de Cologne, Zulu water, Sarsaparilla, Bitters, Schnapps etc. Lediard had extensive foreign patronage, principally in Australia and New Zealand. There are many ship passenger records as he must have traveled the world to promote his company and extend his reach. His defuselized Kentucky Bourbon “Short Horn” brand was featured and Lediard said that physicians said it was the safest whiskey for use, being endorsed by Dr. W. C. Tilden, Chemist, United States Treasury Department, as altogether free from impurities, and by Dr. H. C. Bartlett, of London, as perfectly free from fusel oil, or so he said. The O.K. Plantation Bitters has 1840 embossed on the bottle and was patented first in 1863. O.K. Plantation Bitters, the 1840 bottles, were also found in shipwrecks such as The SS Republic, a Civil War-era side-wheel steamship that sank during a hurricane in October 1865 while en route from New York to New Orleans with a cargo meant to help rebuild the city after the Civil War and noted in advertisements in The Galveston Daily News in 1871. What a great brand. My favorite, at least for now. The Big Boys.


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Savannah Bottler John Ryan’s Fame has spread across the United States by Bill Baab

Ryan’s Atlanta branch, established in 1867, was in business for only that year so its bottles are rare. Note that each has a capital R on its back. There is no capital R on the back of the Augusta Ryans. (Courtesy of Mike Newman)

As a Southern collector of antique bottles for nearly 50 years,

I’ve always thought that Savannah, Georgia bottler John Ryan’s cobalt mineral water and soda water bottles may probably be the best known of all the bottles of that type collected not only in Georgia, but in the rest of this country. Mention Ryan’s name in the North, South, East and West, and geographical places in between, and it’s always instant recognition from the collectors involved. Some claim that his soda water business may be the earliest, but research has proven to me that some 20 years before Ryan established his Savannah, Georgia Excelsior Bottling Works in 1852, there were many such establishments in the North. Some bottled their products, some didn’t, but sold barrels of flavorful syrup to many Southern drug store soda fountains from which a thirsty public could buy a glassful of the iced beverages so popular during the hot weather months.

Ryan’s firm also may not be Georgia’s first soda water establishment. E.D. Meyer emigrated from Germany to Augusta in the 1840s and sold soda water in iron-pontiled cobalt bottles during the late 1840s and early 1850s, according to advertisements in the city directories of that era. However, Meyer was not in business in Augusta very long, eventually moving to Savannah in the mid 1850s. His bottles are rare. So are advertisements from Ryan in the local Savannah newspapers. One such reads:

“Soda Water - Manufacturer and bottler of soda water, foreign mineral waters, porter, ale, cider, cordials, lager beer, syrups, bitters, essences, etc.” His business then was located on the “north side of Broughton between Bull and Drayton streets.” (If his bitters had a brand

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name, it was not recorded. What would a John Ryan Bitters be worth on today’s market?)

“This is one of the oldest and most reliable bottling establishments in the country, having been conducted by its present proprietor since 1852 in such a way to give general satisfaction to all its patrons.” John Ryan and his wife, Margaret (nee McAvaine), were both from New York City and children of Irish immigrants. They eventually became the parents of four children - three girls and a boy - and moved to Savannah before the Civil War. Georgia’s port city boasted of a large Irish population (who still turn out in large numbers every St. Patrick’s Day), so the Ryans were made to feel right at home. Ryan was a go-getter. Not content to operate his bottling works just in Savannah, in 1866 he established a branch in Augusta and (in 1867) added branches in Atlanta and Columbus, Ga. He had bottles embossed for each city. That brings up a mystery: Why did he not set up a branch in the large middle Georgia city of Macon? We’ll never know. The Atlanta branch stayed in operation only through 1867, while the Augusta branch continued to operate through at least 1879 when Ryan retired. It’s uncertain when the Columbus branch stopped operating, but it may have been about the same period, or maybe not. There are even more mysteries. The recent auction of the soda collection of the late Mississippi

John Ryan sold ginger ale in this Savannah & Augusta roundbottom. (Courtesy of Mike Newman)


collector Rusty Frye revealed two varieties of Columbus, Ga., John Ryans. Bottle No. 9 is embossed on the front: John Ryan / S / 1852 / T and on the back: This Bottle Never Sold / 1883. It brought just $300. Anyone know what the S and T stand for? And did Ryan, still living in ‘83, re-design his bottle? “I’ve always felt that the S and T stood for Established,” said longtime collector and soda water authority Mike Newman, of Martinez, Georgia, “given that Ryan did indeed establish his business in 1852. I have no ideas about the 1883.” Bottle No. 406 is embossed John Ryan / 1867 / Columbus, Ga., with a block letter R embossed on the back. It is believed that only two examples are known, both in private collections in Georgia. It netted $5,500. We know about the Augusta Branch because Ryan’s final pick of a manager to run the place was Edward Sheehan, another Irish immigrant. That took place Nov. 1, 1876. Prior to that, three other individuals, all Augusta residents, were in charge at different times, but were either inept or dishonest or a combination of both, leading to their dismissals. Sheehan, who arrived in the United States at age 16 and moved to Augusta on Feb. 14, 1865, may have been employed by Ryan in Savannah during the 1870s. Sheehan and his family were forced to move permanently to Augusta (in 1878) by a yellow fever epidemic in the port city. After Ryan left the business, Sheehan established his own Excelsior Bottling Works (borrowing the name from his former boss) in 1880 and was the oldest independent soda water bottler living in the U.S., at the time of his death in 1922, according to family


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The Augusta Ryan (center) is dated 1866, the year the bottler opened his Augusta branch; other two are Augusta & Savannah variants. (Courtesy of Mike Newman)

records. Ryan, 59, died March 23, 1885. His funeral was conducted from Savannah’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and burial was in the Catholic Cemetery. Neither Georgia nor the rest of the South had a glass works in operation before the Civil War so Ryan ordered the bulk of his containers from the Union Glass Works in Philadelphia. Some of his bottles are so marked. The bottles were shipped in a wide variety of colors, including cobalt blue, emerald green, red, pink, olive green, yellow and even gray. An unidentified pottery, perhaps Southern, perhaps not, produced ginger beer bottles impressed with JOHN RYAN on the shoulders. Among the first examples of the ginger beer bottles were discovered by veteran collector Tom Hicks, of Eatonton, Georgia. He was among a crowd of privy diggers in the early 1970s.

There had been row houses on that lot (site of the Ryan factory) and there was no problem finding the line of privies behind them,” he recalled. “I remember getting down in one hole after the backhoe had shaved off the topsoil. “A crowd gathered ‘round as I pushed my probe into that wall of black dirt. A big chunk fell away and the crowd hollered when they saw that whole wall was blue with John Ryan sodas. I pulled out a crock bottle and was amazed when I saw the name JOHN RYAN debossed on its shoulder. There was another next to it and it, too, had Ryan’s name. At the time, those were only the Nos. 4 and 5 John Ryan crocks known to exist.” One of the reasons for the multiple colors of the glass bottles may be that bottlers felt that the hues had something to do with the sodas’ tastes. Of course, it was the cork-and-wire closures that were faulty and led to many drinks turning flat before their time. But all those colors have helped make the bottles highly popular

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In this early 20th century photo, Edward Sheehan and his son, John, are behind their bar in the 1100 block of Broad Street, Augusta, Georgia. (Courtesy of The Augusta Museum of History)

with collectors well over a century later. Ryan’s bottles, most bringing premium prices despite being fairly common, also attracted the attention of individuals skilled in embossing plain bottles and selling them as rarities. One such example, a green iron-pontiled blobtop, was purchased some years ago by an individual who couldn’t help but brag on his find in the social media. He got more than he bargained for in the many responses from more knowledgeable collectors. The bottle was embossed in block letters JOHN RYAN inside a slug plate, but there was no city name. That was a red flag since most of Ryan’s bottles are embossed Savannah, Ga. One collector pointed out that the letters’ typeface was of recent (1950s) vintage. The story ended happily since the collector was able to return the fake to its source. Sources: Rita H. DeLorme, writing about Ryan and other Catholic Savannah bottlers, in the Sept. 21, 2006 issue of Southern Cross. Augusta on Glass, chapter on Edward Sheehan’s Excelsior Bottling Works, privately published by Bill and Bea Baab in 2007. It contains interviews with Sheehan family members conducted during the 1970s-1990s as well as early photos. Bill Baab: FOHBC Hall of Fame, and an accomplished author is a collector of antique bottles since 1969. Bill proof-reads all stories carried in Bottles and Extras. He also proof-reads copy in Antique Bottle & Glass Collector, the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club Gazette, and Ralph Finch’s target ball newsletter On Target!

This variant of the Columbus, Georgia John Ryan soda is not as rare as the bottle sporting a capital R on its back. (Courtesy of Mike Newman)



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DR. LE RIEMONDIE’S SOUTHERN BITTERS By Justin McClure Dr. Henri Le Riemondie manufactured a line of proprietary medicines in Brookhaven, Mississippi, for a short, two-to-threeyear period (1857 to 1860), including a Southern Bitters, a Cough Elixir, an Ear Restorative and a host of other cures and concoctions. Of these products, only bottles embossed “DR. LE RIEMONDIE’S SOUTHERN BITTERS” have been found. And these rare and attractive bottles are only known in cobalt blue and emerald green, are almost 10 inches tall, and are in an interesting oval shape with a ring neck. Currently, only three intact examples are known - one in cobalt and two in emerald green (pictured later) - all three dug in New Orleans, Louisiana back in the 1970s. Another damaged cobalt example (pictured first) was revealed in a Glassworks Auction in 2013, but no information was provided as to where it was found.

These bitters bottles are listed in Bitters Bottles, by Carlyn Ring and W. C. Ham, as: L 77 DR. LERIEMONDIE’S SOUTHERN BITTERS DR. LERIEMONDIE’S (arch) / SOUTHERN / BITTERS // c // 9 7/8 x 4 x 2 3/4 (7) Oval, Green and Cobalt, NSC, Applied mouth, Extremely Rare Information about Dr. Le Riemondie’s early life, education or places he lived has proven to be very elusive. The earliest record found for Dr. Le Riemondie is for an eye and ear microscope patent, granted on February 8, 1853, which was a primitive ophthalmoscope or otoscope. Specifically, Patent No. 9,581 was awarded to H. Le Riemondie of New Orleans for a “surgical instrument for examining the ear.” On March 20, 1853, New Or-

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leans’ leading newspaper, the Times Picayune, announced that H. Le Riemondie, of New Orleans, has “a patent for the construction of an instrument for examining the interior of the ear, nose, eye, or other parts of the human system, by a combination of reflectors, lenses, case tubes and lamp so that the part to be examined is seen by the light reflected upon it from the interior of the instrument.” Dr. Le Riemondie’s patent was widely announced at the time in scientific journals, congressional records and newspapers.


The object of my invention is so to construct such an instrument that the part to be examined is seen by light reflected upon it from the interior of the instrument. In the drawings (A) is a cylindrical case or base of the instrument containing a lamp C. To the side of the case (A) is attached a concave reflector (I) made of silvered plate. (X) is a concave top or dome of the case, intended to confine the light to the body of the instrument, having an opening in the center for the escape of the smoke from the lamp. (1)) is a right angled tube attached to the base (A) of the instrument for containing and confining the oblique reflector (D) and the sight tube In the extremity of the sight tube (B) is the lens F for magnifying the object to be examined. At the extremity of one arm of the right angled tube (1)) is the conical or funnel shaped tube and reflector (E), plated on the inside with silver and acting as a reflector. The sight tube Works in the tube (H), which is fastened into the top of the case (1)) for the purpose of adjusting the focus. To use the instrument, adjust the lens and reflectors, light the lamp and insert it into the case (A) of the instrument. The light will be reflected by the concave reflector (I) to the oblique plane reflector (D), and from that to the reflector (E) thence to the object to be examined and thence through the lens (F) to the eye of the operator. Insert the extremity of the tube (E) into the ear, nose, or other part to be examined, said tube opening a passage to the part to be examined which is viewed through the lens F by the light reflected as described above. What I claim as my invention and desire to secure by Letters Patent is The construction of an instrument for examining the interior of the ear, nose, eye, or other part of the human system, by the combination of the reflectors I D E, the lens F, case A, tubes B H D, and lamp C substantially in the manner herein specified.


In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name before two subscribing wit- H. LE RIEMONDIE.

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Shortly after obtaining his patent, on June 24, 1854, Dr. Le Riemondie married Henrietta Catherine (“Caty”) Lengsfield, daughter of Julius A. and Lucretia Morrison Lengsfield of Shreveport, (Caddo Parish), Louisiana. (Caddo Parish Marriage Book 1, Page 395). In September of 1857, Dr. Le Riemondie and his wife moved to Brookhaven, Mississippi to establish his new medical manufacturing and drug store business. Brookhaven was a new town located some 134 miles north of New Orleans and was incorporated in 1858, following the completion of the tracks of the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad to Brookhaven.

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT FOR EXAMINING THE EAR Specification of Letters Patent No. 9,581, dated February 8, 1853; Antedated October 28, 1852. To all whom it may concern: Be it known that I, H. Le RIEMONDIE, of New Orleans, in the parish of Orleans and State of Louisiana, have invented a new and useful instrument for examining the ear, eye, nose, or other parts of the human system, which I denominate Le Riemondies eye and ear microscope; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the construction and operation of the same, reference being had to the annexed drawings, forming a part of this specification, in which Figure 1 is a perspective view of the instrument as in use. Fig. 2 is a sectional view through the axis of the instrument, having the axis of the sight tube (B) brought parallel to the axis of the case (A). Similar letters in the several figures refer to corresponding parts of the instrument.

Initially, Dr. Le Riemondie’s primary medical focus appears to be related to the ear as indicated by his related patent and also his proprietary medicine advertising. Indeed, the first advertisements for any of Dr. Le Riemondie’s preparations, dating to 1858, were for his Ear Restorative and his Congress Aperient - and not his Southern Bitters.


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There are no existing embossed or labeled bottles for any of Dr. Le Riemondie’s other advertised medicines, but it is highly probable considering the significant advertising of his medical wares and the high end bottle represented by the Southern Bitters. This is reinforced by the existence of part of a label (see below) for what appears to be Dr. Le Riemondie’s Cough Elixir - the product description is identical to what is contained in the description of that medicine in Morey’s Mississippi Almanac. This scrap was used as a postal receipt during the Civil War. This label could have been on an embossed or unembossed bottle.

Dr. Leriemondie’s Ear Restorative advertisement - The Times Picayune, Friday, December 31, 1858

Portion of a Dr. H. Le Riemondie’s label Dr. Le Riemondie’s Effervescing Congress Aperient advertisement - The Times Picayune, Saturday, December 25, 1858

Dr. Le Riemondie also advertised his various medicines in the Morey’s Mississippi Almanac of 1860 (see next pages). As was typical of the day, Dr. Le Riemondie claimed that his medicines were a “sure cure” for a wide-ranging assortment of afflictions and he provided glowing testimonials from near and far as to the healing effects of his medicines. He even asserted that inquiries for his medicines could be directed to him, his wholesale agents, or any druggist in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Florida, California and Mexico. Most pertinent to this article is that the 1860 issue of Morey’s Mississippi Almanac provides the first advertisements for Dr. Le Riemondie’s Southern Bitters which stated that his Southern Bitters was a sure cure for fever and ague.

Apparently, Dr. Le Riemondie began his drug business in Brookhaven, Mississippi, with a partner named William Leach. Records at the Lawrence County, Mississippi Courthouse indicate that, on September 25, 1857, Henri Le Riemondie and W.M. Leach purchased from John M. Bach and his wife, Pepete Bach Toledano, of New Orleans, Lot No. 5 in Square No. 34 in Brookhaven. Based on the original plat of the Town of Brookhaven, Dr. Le Riemondie’s place of business was at 201-203 South Railroad Avenue, located today at the southeast corner of the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Cherokee Street. As detailed further below, the original building no longer exists but, today, the old McGrath Department Store Building built in 1892 is at that spot. William Leach subsequently conveyed his interest in this prop-

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Page from Dr. Le Riemondie’s Medicines Morey’s Mississippi Almanac of 1860


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Page from Dr. Le Riemondie’s Medicines Morey’s Mississippi Almanac of 1860

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Top: McGrath Building and Post office, Brookhaven, Mississippi. Dr. Le Riemondie’s place of business was at 201-203 South Railroad Avenue, located today at the southeast corner of the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Cherokee Street. Above: The original building no longer exists but, today, the old McGrath Department Store Building built in 1892 is at that spot.

erty to Dr. Le Riemondie on March 6, 1859. Shortly thereafter, William Leach died in June 1859. A probate of his estate by his half-brother Henry Watkins indicates that the primary asset was an interest in the drug establishment of Dr. Le Riemondie for the then significant sum of $1,870. Dr. Le Riemondie had a business relationship with the New Orleans wholesale and retail druggist firm of Woodman & Bement. On April 27, 1860, Dr. Le Riemondie conveyed his land in the Town of Brookhaven to Woodman & Bement for $3,814.92. And the next day, on April 28, 1860, Dr. H Le Riemondie and Woodman & Bement of New Orleans entered into a partnership “for the sale of drugs, medicines, paints, oils and such goods usually kept in a drug store.” Moreover, there is notable call-out about “the manufactory of Dr. H. Le Riemondie’s Southern Bitters at

Brookhaven” indicating the real or perceived value to the parties for the Dr. Le Riemondie’s bitters. The firm was re-branded as H. Le Riemondie & Co. but the profits were to be equally divided between Dr. Le Riemondie and Woodman & Bement. The partnership agreement also demanded that a “general full stock be kept on hand at all times and all goods purchased to be by draft” on the accounts of Woodman & Bement. Other terms were a three-month balance sheet cycle and prompt payment of debts. Woodman & Bement also wrote in a clause to have one of their employees. Dr. C.T. Mann, “who is to keep a current account of all business connected with the house.” Dr. Le Riemondie was allowed to live above the store and Dr. Mann was granted the house in the adjoining lot for the term of one year without charge for any rent. Woodman & Bement also


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agreed to establish an additional line of credit to Dr. Le Riemondie up to $2,500. And Woodman & Bement took on any of Dr. Le Riemondie’s future purchases in Cincinnati, New York and Philadelphia for goods up to $6,000. On its face, the partnership appeared to provide Dr. Le Riemondie with financial backing while allowing Woodman & Bement a druggist outpost in Brookhaven and the profits from Dr. Le Riemondie’s products. But this partnership was short lived. Six months later, the Monticello Journal and the Carrollton Sun, on September 29, 1860, announced that Dr. C.T. Mann was arrested on suspicion of having set fire to the buildings owned by Dr. Le Riemondie in Brookhaven the week prior. The case was brought before Justice Bilbo, who examined and discharged any claims of arson. On November 21, 1860, Dr. Le Riemondie transferred all books and accounts to Woodman & Bement upon which they had a lien on from the line of credit in the partnership, and transferred all goods and merchandise now in the possession of Julius Lengsfield (who, interestingly, was Dr. Le Riemondie’s father-in-law) belonging to Dr. Le Riemondie along with the horse, buggy and carriage used by Dr. Le Riemondie. Although it is wholly speculative, there is a certain amount of intrigue surrounding the fire a mere six months after the partnership with Woodman & Bement was inked. One has to wonder if this was done by a failing businessman, at the direction of the New Orleans’ partners who wanted the rights to the patent medicines, the work of a crazed watchdog Dr. Mann, or mere coincidence. Regardless, this was a remarkable turn of events for Dr. Le Riemondie. Prior to the destruction of his business, livelihood and home, Dr. Le Riemondie was listed in the 1860 census as living in Brookhaven, working as a druggist with real estate assets valued at $6,000 and personal assets valued at $15,000. At the time, Dr. Le Riemondie was listed as being 46 years old and born in Virginia in 1814. His wife called “Caty” was listed as being 22 years old and born in Virginia as well in 1838. However, not all of the information contained in the 1860 Census appears to be accurate as other records indicate that Caty was born on August 18, 1838, in Hendersonville (Knox County), Illinois, and not Virginia. Dr. Le Riemondie’s druggist and proprietary medicine enterprise most likely never recovered from the loss of his buildings nor manufactured his medicines as the Civil War started shortly thereafter. During the Civil War, Dr. Le Riemondie provided his services to the Confederate cause. According to notices published in the November 1st and 2nd, 1861 Times Picayune, Dr. Le Riemondie is referred to as 1st Assistant Surgeon General for the armies in Missouri seeking contributions “of clothing blankets, shoes and money.” (see notices to right) The December 12 and 18, 1861, editions of the Times Picayune included updated notices regarding Dr. Le Riemondie’s previous collection efforts and indicated that he was back in New Orleans and Mississippi seeking monetary and material donations including “hospital stores.” (see notices to right) The only official records located for Dr. H. Le Riemondie, found in the Compiled Service Records of Confederate General and Staff Officers and Non-regimental Enlisted Men housed in the National Archives, are rather limited. Two papers, dated Decem-

Two notices from the in the November 1st and 2nd 1861 editions of the Times Picayune referring to Dr. Le Riemondie as 1st Assistant Surgeon General of the armies of Missouri.

ber 17, 1861, from New Orleans and January 17, 1862, from Franklin, Louisiana, confirm that Dr. Le Riemondie was collecting supplies for the Confederate Army. Later records show that, on May 14, 1862, Dr. Le Riemondie was the receiving surgeon at the Depot Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. There are also several receipts and vouchers with various dates from June 2 to September 11, 1862, signed by Dr. Le Riemondie while he was in Jackson, Mississippi. These vouchers show transactions with Staff Officers of the Confederate States Army but do not definitively show the rank or position held by Dr. Le Riemondie. No other official records or information of any kind after September 1862 could be located for Dr. Le Riemondie. The only other event of note is that Dr. Le Riemondie and his wife Caty had one daughter, Lucretia Le Riemondie, who was born on February 14, 1863. By extrapolation, sometime after September 1862 and

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Blue Dr. Leriemondie’s Southern Bitters - Charles and Jane Aprill collection.

Two notices from the December 12th and 18th 1861 editions of the Times Picayune noting Dr. Le Riemondie back in New Orleans and Mississippi seeking monetary and material donations including “hospital stores.”

before 1870, Dr. Le Riemondie either died or he and his wife got divorced as there have been no other records located for Dr. Le Riemondie. On January 28, 1870, Caty remarried with the official entry in a historical Mississippi wedding register stating Miss H.C. Le Riemondie married Angelo Gargaro in Washington County, Mississippi. No record of Dr. Le Riemondie was found in the 1870 Census for either Mississippi or Louisiana; however, the 1870 Census for Greenville (Washington County), Mississippi, does include Angelo Gargaro (age 27) as a retail merchant living with Henrietta Gargaro (age 26) and Lucretia Laromondy (age 7). A diligent effort at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History failed to uncover any additional information regarding Dr. Le Riemondie.

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FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo


The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) is proud to announce that the FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo for 2017 will take place in Springfield, Massachusetts at the MassMutual Center and Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel.

August 3 -6, 2017 •Thursday-August 3: Springfield Regalia bottle competition at the Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel • Friday-August 4: FOHBC Membership Meeting Breakfast, Educational Seminars, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Early Admissions, FOHBC Cocktail Hour & Banquet • Saturday-August 5: General Admission, Live Bottle Auction • Sunday-August 6: General Admission & Display Awards

General Admission on Saturday and Sunday, August 5th and 6th: $5, Early Admission on August 4th, at 1:00 pm, $60 ($45 for FOHBC members)

Phase 1 Goal: $30,000

30k The Old Sandwich Glass Works by John H. Stone






Please help us fill the bottle! Development Gifts as of 24 May 2016: $18,362 for more info please visit:

Send gift to: Alan DeMaison, FOHBC Virtual Museum 1605 Clipper Cove, Painesville, OH 44077

Info: Jim Bender, Show Co-Chair, 518.673.8833, or Bob Strickhart, Show Co-Chair, 609.818.1981, or Louis Fifer, FOHBC Conventions Director,

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Nevada Backbar Bottle Bonanza

By Jennifer Nevada Jacobitz, James D. Jacobitz, M.D., and Jon Aurich Jr. In all publications of record, there have been five recorded backbar bottles from the state of Nevada circa 1890 - 1910. These include the International Hotel, Austin; Exploration Mercantile, Goldfield (5 examples); Goldhill Saloon; Belmont, with two proprietors’ initials, W.B. AND S, and Bank Saloon, Tonopah. This article expands that list adding 14 new and unknown Nevada backbar bottles, making it a total of 19 known Nevada backbar bottles.

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These additional bottles lay buried on the back bar of Jake’s Dance Hall Saloon, a replica (pictured) of which was built along with other outbuildings in Rough and Ready, California. Jake’s Dance Hall was a bordello saloon owned by Liebes and Sylvia Goodfriend at 407 Columbia St. in Goldfield. Since this article was written, most of these bottles have found new homes among several collections. Purpose of this article is to identify the bottles that comprise this list and to not only notify the readers that the list has been expanded, but to show photographs of all the bottles involved. These bottles are all exceedingly rare and one of a kind. There will be no attempt to value these bottles as their value resides with their owners. A much more expansive discussion of these individual bottles will be forthcoming in the book: The Best of the Best of the West - Nevada, by James D. Jacobitz, M.D., Jennifer Nevada Jacobitz and Jon Aurich Jr. 1. Old National, National, Nevada 2. Middletown Golden Rye, Divide, Nevada (Between Virginia City and Gold Hill) 3. Middletown Golden Rye, Divide, Nevada (Between Virginia City and Gold Hill) 4. Columbia Rye, C. Thomas, Proprietor, Pioneer, Nevada 5. Bon Ton, Tuscarora, Nevada 6. International Hotel, Virginia City, Nevada 7. Hermitage, Whiskey, Gold Hill, Nevada 8. Hermitage, Decanter, Gold Hill, Nevada 9. Tahoe Whiskey, Old Globe Saloon, Carson City, Nevada (2nd oldest backbar bottle from Nevada) 10. A. Fisher, Wells, Nevada 11. Belmont (Single Proprietor, W.B.), Belmont, Nevada 12. Miller, Millers, Nevada 13. A. Livingston Whiskey Decanter, Genoa, Nevada (The oldest backbar bottle known from the Exchange Saloon in the 1860s) 14. Manhattan XXXX, Manhattan, Nevada (Photo Unavailable) These bottles were acquired years ago along with many other Nevada collectibles from three old gentlemen who were hired by the counties in Nevada to tear down ghost towns because if they were allowed to stay up, the counties were taxed. Upon demolition these men decided to keep the metal items, glass, paper, etc. instead of taking everything to the dump.

Dance Hall Saloon, a replica which was built along with other outbuildings in Rough and Ready, California.

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Premier Auction 141 Bidding Begins: September 5th Closes: September 14th

A Premier Absentee Auction Of Early Glass, Historical Flasks, Bitters, Black Glass, Scents, Inks, Medicines, Sodas & More For more photos and information about this auction please visit

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The National

Bottle Museum

Where history is always on tap!

Situated in the heart of Ballston Spa, New York is a museum whose mission is to preserve the history of our nation’s first major industry: Bottle making. Exhibits inside of the National Bottle Museum allow visitors to view thousands of glass bottles.

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Burks Lightning Liniment By Eric McGuire

Fresno, California, was a small spot on the map when the two major players who were to produce Burk’s Lightning Liniment moved to town. Just why they chose to settle there is not clear. Fresno sits on the eastern edge of California’s San Joaquin Valley, and became the seat of government for Fresno County on March 24, 1874, by a margin of 116 votes. The former seat, Millerton, was decimated by the flooding San Joaquin River in 1867, which made it a less than desirable location. When the Southern Pacific Railroad established its Fresno Station in 1872, it became a much preferred community for many people, and the population of languishing Millerton moved to the rapidly growing town of Fresno, surrounded by the fertile plain of the San Joaquin River. One eye witness to the vast plain of the San Joaquin Valley reminisced about his first encounter of the area: When I first beheld this great valley in the spring of 1849, it presented a scene of indescribable beauty and grandeur. Far as the vision could extend, it was one vast sea of living verdure. Myriads and myriads of flowers of every hue exhaled their aroma on the breeze then playing, which caused the grass to wave to and fro like the undulations of the ocean in a gentle gale. The plain seemed alive, also, with elk and antelope, which, on the discovery

of an intruder upon their domain, would bound away with velocity, and in an instant, as it were, be lost in the tall grass.”(1) The journalist continued by stating how the cattle industry soon reduced the verdant grassland even though the fertile soils remained. The city of Fresno, California, had a painfully slow start during its first few years, unlike most of the instant communities in California that were born by the precious yellow metal. It was first laid out in 1858 at the head of navigation on the San Joaquin River, which drained the immense San Joaquin Valley, a semi-arid plain that had huge agricultural potential. Fresno’s slow beginnings were echoed by a traveler in its birth year: “. . . the only sign of improvement that I saw in the vicinity, was part of a brush tent and some rough adobes, made by once noted robber Tom Bell; and I presume there was not another soul within ten miles when I passed this spot”(2) While the steamboat Henrietta was put into service with some success when the snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east maintained a high water level in the San Joaquin River, as summer wore on only smaller boats could navigate the river. (3) By January 1860, the steamboat Visalia was constructed in San Francisco and put into service for this difficult 250 miles - by river - between Stockton and Fresno. The trip by land was about 100 miles shorter. With a length of 115 feet and width of 24 feet, she drew only 12 inches of water. (4)

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In 1861, Sayle was elected judge of Tulare County, then in 1864 he moved back to Millerton, Fresno County, where he was elected district attorney in the same year. He went back to private law practice in Fresno in 1874. (5) In 1876, Sayle was appointed notary public of Fresno County by California Governor William Irwin. (6) While still in Visalia, Claudius Sayle married Corilla Stevenson in October 1861, but she died in Visalia on September 22, 1874. He had no children of his own but raised Corilla’s daughter, Mary (aka Mollie) Clara Bacon, from her previous marriage.

The newly constructed steamboat Visalia was specially built to navigate the often low water conditions of the San Joaquin River. (Ad from the Visalia Weekly Delta, May 19, 1860)

Within a span of several years the San Joaquin Valley was no longer an empty expanse. The Daily Alta California of 31 January 1867 expanded on this truth: A year or two ago a passage by steamer up the San Joaquin River was almost like starting on a trip to some foreign country, but recently quite a change has taken place. Every steamer is loaded now with freight and passengers, both on their arrival and departure. The steamer “Fresno,” on her last trip up the stream, took twenty tons of groceries, a large quantity of nails, a horse and buggy, a wagon, a number of hogs, a lot of poultry, and fifty passengers. The destination of the boat was Fresno City. There were only about 1,000 residents in Fresno when Claudius Galen Sayle and Napoleon Bonaparte Burks brought their respective families in 1874 to settle in this quickly growing region with great agricultural potential. Sayle was born in Carroll County, Tennessee, on December 8, 1826, to Dr. Samuel G. Sayle and Olivia Wakefield King. His was a well educated family with many becoming medical doctors. It was only natural for young Claudius to follow suit and was educated in medicine at Cumberland University in New Lebanon, Tennessee. Sayle went to the Republic of Texas about 1841, but went back to Tennessee for his medical education and then returned to Texas again, where he practiced medicine for a few years. He was drawn to the lure of California gold in the Fall of 1852, with his uncle, Edwin J. King, and settled near Fort Miller, in Fresno County. Sayle then followed a new mining strike in the Kern River area in 1856 and he soon settled in the vicinity of Visalia, Tulare County. It was here that he entered politics and became one of the first Supervisors for Tulare County. In 1856, he was elected Assessor of Tulare County and in 1858 was admitted to practice law by the District Court.

While establishing himself within the political arena of Tulare County, Claudius G. Sayle opened a saloon in Visalia, in 1859. This was a much more acceptable occupation for a politician than it is today. (Tulare County Record [Visalia, Calif.] July 23, 1859)

Napoleon Bonaparte Burks and family arrived in California about 1873, first settling in Fresno. A few years later, Napoleon and his wife, Eliza Gallup, moved farther west to San Buenaventura, Ventura County, California. The Burks had come from Sturgeon, Boone County, Missouri, where they had married in 1845. In 1854, Napoleon purchased 240 acres there and was the second mayor of Sturgeon after it incorporated in 1859, and he was one of three property holders upon which the town of Sturgeon was laid out. It has been stated that Napoleon Burks lost his property in Sturgeon by condemnation when he openly sympathized with the Southern cause during the Civil War. Many residents of Sturgeon were aligned with the South; however, no evidence was found that indicated his property was actually taken from him. The Burks family did leave Sturgeon in the latter 1860s and settled for awhile in Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska. After moving from Ventura and back to Fresno, Napoleon Burks became well known by the whole town. He maintained a cigar store for many years and was affectionately known by all as “Uncle Burks.” Napoleon died in Fresno on January 8, 1901. The Burks and Sayle families became joined when Lefonso Burks, son of Napoleon Bonaparte Burks, married Mollie Bacon, the daughter of Claudius Sayle’s first wife, Corilla Stevenson. Corilla had initially been married very briefly to a man named


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A photo of Fresno, California, about 1893, taken on Mariposa Street looking toward the Fresno County Courthouse. (Photo courtesy of The Fresno Bee)

Bacon, and had a daughter, Mary Clara Bacon, born in Visalia in May 1860. Mary Clara Bacon and Lefonso Burks married November 5, 1876, in Visalia. Now, to make this familial connection really confusing, Claudius Sayle married a second time, on November 2, 1876, in San Buenaventura, California, to Lefonso Burks’ sister, Amanda Newton “Nutie” Burks. The marriage made Lefonso Burks and Claudius Sayle brothers-in-law, and Claudius was also Lefonso’s father-in-law. This created a rather tight family connection and, for awhile at least, the Sayles and Burks lived under the same roof. It was not long, however, that Nutie Burks Sayle, Claudius’ wife, who was also Lefonso’s sister, died in Ventura, California, on November 14, 1877. Claudius Sayle married a third time to Eunice Flora Miner on May 31, 1881, in San Francisco, California. Eunice died January 30, 1939, at the age of 97 years. One son was born to Eunice by her previous marriage, just two weeks before her marriage to Claudius, and whom Claudius adopted as his own. Ralph W. Sayle was born May 16, 1880, and died July 7, 1960, in San Francisco, California. (7) He never married. Claudius Sayle died in San Jose, California, on May 11, 1910. Lefonso and Mary (AKA Nellie) Burks had two children, Claudia, who died young and Winfred Lefonso Burks, who was born in 1879. Lefonso Burks had an older brother, Charles F. Burks, who also moved west with the Burks family. He opened the first drug store in Fresno in 1874 but the store was soon purchased by

Advertisement for the new drug store of Claudius G. Sayle & Co., recently purchased from Lefonso Burks’ brother, Charles F. Burks, who first established it in 1874. (Fresno Republican Weekly, July 14, 1877)

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A photograph of the Fresno Volunteer Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1, in front of the C. G. SAYLE & CO. drug store, taken in the late 1870’s. Lefonso Burks is reportedly seated third from right, top row. (Photo courtesy of The Fresno Bee)

Claudius Sayle with Lefonso Burks as junior partner. The drug company of C.G. Sayle & Co. was terminated in October 1879 with Sayle leaving the business, while Lefanso Burks continued as sole proprietor. Lefonso Burks had an older brother, Charles F. Burks, who also moved West with the Burks family. He opened the first drug store in Fresno in 1874 but the store was soon purchased by Claudius Sayle with Lefonso Burks as junior partner. The drug company of C. G. Sayle & Co. was terminated in October 1879 with Sayle leaving the business, while Lefanso Burks continued as sole proprietor. Lefonso surely caught the attention of the readers of the Fresno Republican Weekly of January 18, 1879, when a short article noted; Lefonso Burks of the firm of C.G. Sayle & Co. is in San Francisco buying goods, and arranging for the manufacture of 3,703,506 bottles for his celebrated Lightning Liniment. This incredibly high number of bottles is incomprehensible for such a small operation as Burks’, and was either an overt exaggeration or a typographical error. Two months later, a more realistic number of bottles arrived from the San Francisco & Pacific

Glass Works, the only glass manufacturer in California at that point in time. The Republican Weekly noted three gross (432) of Lightning Liniment bottles had been received by Lefonso Burks. LIGHTNING LINIMENT - Lefonso Burks received three gross of bottles in which to put up his Lightning Liniment, this week. The bottles were manufactured expressly for him by a San Francisco firm and have “Burk’s Lightning Liniment” stamped on them. This liniment is gaining quite a reputation, and has effected a number of cures for sprains and bruises in this vicinity.(8) This is a far more realistic number which makes one wonder if the previously quoted figure of 3.7 million bottles may have been some sort of estimate of how many bottles could potentially be blown in the private mold that was commissioned by Burks, before it wore out. The lettering on the bottles reveal the fact that the mold was manufactured by the well known maker who produced the curved leg letter “R”, who was active from about 1867 to the first several years of the 1880s in San Francisco. The Lightning Liniment mold was undoubtedly made in late 1878 or early 1879. The Lightning Liniment specimen pictured herein, measures 7 3/8 inches in height, is neatly finished with a tooled top, which


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was plagued with marital issues and his wife left him. She then remarried twice within a few years, neither lasting very long. Judging by her actions reported in the Fresno newspaper, she became a rather unpredictable lady, with her biggest embarrassment being exposed for running a house of prostitution. (10) Except for a few digressions in the insurance and coffee businesses, Lefonso Burks continued in the retail drug business, at times with various partners, in Fresno, and died there in 1904. He is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Fresno.

Being the attorney that he was, C. G. Sayle sought to protect the proprietary rights of Burks Lightning Liniment by registering the name and figure on the bottle label, shown here, with the Secretary of State of California, as Trade Mark No. 470, on January 6, 1879.

is typical of the transitional period of a few years either side of 1880 for most of the gaffers working at the glass works in San Francisco - and even beyond. The extra step of applying a finishing parison of glass for the top equated to more time and less money for those blowers who were paid by the piece. There is no way of knowing if additional orders were placed for more Lightning Liniment bottles, but judging by their scarcity it is not likely. The last advertisement for Lightning Liniment is noted in the Fresno paper of June 11, 1881. In 1883, Burks purchased a drug store in Woodland, California, where his sister, Sarah Lampkin, was living. (9). This would be the first of a number of moves that Burks made in the next several years, even though he continued to maintain a business presence in Fresno. Burks also purchased a drug store in Vallejo, California, but sold it by July 1884. About this time in his life, Lefonso


1. Daily Alta California, 6 February 1866 2. Sacramento Daily Union, 9 March 1858 3. Daily Alta California, 29 April 1858 4. Visalia Weekly Delta, 21 January 1860 5. Fresno Republican Weekly, February 3, 1877 6. Sacramento Daily Union, 13 March 1876 7. The 1880 census for Alameda, Calif., schedules Flora living with her husband, R.W. Cummings, and they have one son, Raymond W. Cummings, born in May 1880. Raymond W. Cummings and Ralph W. Sayle are one and the same person. 8. Fresno Republican Weekly, March 15, 1879 9. Fresno Republican Weekly, May 12, 1883 10. Fresno Republican Weekly, 20 September 1889


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hree veteran western bottle collectors endeavored to produce a list of the most important twenty-five 19th century bottles with respect to collector’s interest. Knowing that this is no easy task, as everyone has their favorites, a set of criteria was established as guidelines to develop the list. They included such issues as age, history, aesthetics, rarity and at times, other more nebulous attributes. Use categories were also developed in order to include a broad perspective of use types. With some concessions by all, a top 25 was quickly developed but it was apparent that many more candidates should also be on the list. The top 25 quickly became the top 50 and the numbers still climbed. Against the best judgment of all it was necessary to create a new absolute top number which was arbitrarily set at 70. Any higher and the list would become completely unmanageable for its intended purpose - that is to introduce a list of really interesting bottles to the collecting public in a Souvenir Program designed to be a giveaway at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. Still realizing that there are many more highly collectible and interesting bottles not represented here, the title of this list might want to be re-named “Some of the Best of the West.” There will be no disagreement by most that many collectors will see qualified candidates missing to which there is no argument. Perhaps the next list will include some of your absent favorites. There are a couple more important criteria that were also considered. Color was played down as an overriding attribute. It is obvious that an unusual or unique color of an otherwise low ranking contender could trump nearly every other criteria, as it is not impossible for almost any bottle to be found in an exceptional and rare color. Another criterion of importance is that only whole examples were considered for the list. At least one whole example must be known. Richard Siri, Warren Friedrich, Eric McGuire

LIQUOR 1. A. BARBIER’S / AROMATIC / SCHIEDEM / SCHNAPPS - This rarity was introduced to the market in July 1857 by Adolph Barbier and is possibly the earliest embossed gin bottle made exclusively for the Western market. It was short lived as Barbier went on to other pursuits. Also, it was a complete “knock off” of the Wolfe product and Barbier even admits to that in his newspaper advertisement. Wolfe was in active legal pursuit of imitators which is another reason why it was not on the market very long. It is an easternmade bottle with an iron pontil. Barbier sold his business in San Francisco to J.E. Castera by March 1860. 2. BARRY & PATTEN / 116 & 118 / MONTGOMERY ST. / SAN FRANCISCO - This small size “whiskey shape” bottle was produced by the famous early California saloon keepers who also opened an adjoining retail liquor store for a short while. It is the earliest face-embossed whiskey type bottle made for the California market. Barry & Patten first advertised their half bottles, “very convenient for travelers,” on July 16, 1858. The business moved to a new address on Sacramento Street by September 11, 1858, which dates the bottle production to just a few months. 3. BANK EXCHANGE / SAN FRAN.CO / TORRENCE & PARKER - One of the earliest embossed liquor bottles made for the western market. The Bank Exchange Saloon opened in San Francisco in December 1853. In October 1855, Torrence & Parker became the owners until October 1859 when Thomas B. Parker died in Boston. It was advertised as the largest saloon in California during the 1850s. The bottle is an iron pontiled black glass fifth with shoulder embossing. 4. V. SQUARZA - Vincenzo Squarza, a native of Italy, worked as a candle maker in New York before arriving in San Francisco in 1860. For the next six years he began manufacturing a variety of punches, and cordials, as well as establishing a retail trade for wine, spirits and ales. Before selling his business in 1866, and leaving San Francisco in January 1868 for Naples, Italy, he had this beautiful blue glass bottle embossed with his name on it. Probably produced at the Pacific Glass Works, it is 8 7/8” tall and 2 7/8” wide, with

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five known examples, four of which were dug in downtown San Francisco. 5. E.G. LYONS & CO. / MANUFACTURERS / SAN Fco - Born about 1834 in France, Ernest Gabriel Lyons began his career working for his father, Hughes Lyons, in Sonora, California. His father died in 1861 and Ernest married a year later and then entered the liquor business in San Francisco in 1865 when he took over the business of Crevolin & Co. with his partner, and brother-in-law, Julius Mayer. He maintained the same business until his death in San Francisco in 1893. This bottle was probably blown for his business soon after Lyons came to San Francisco. They are often crudely made and may have held a variety of his liquors, including Sainsevain’s Wine Bitters.


6. CALIFORNIA BITTERS / MANUFACTURED ONLY / BY / J.G. FRISCH / SAN FRANCISCO - The category of bitters bottles is perhaps the most difficult to rank with the inclusion of so few bottles since there are so many great contenders relative to desirability. The California Bitters bottle is certainly within the very top of this category. It exhibits extreme rarity, some design style and falls within that rarified production time of the 1850s. Frisch was the father-in-law of the much better known Thomas Taylor. The one whole specimen and one broken specimen both have iron pontils. Frisch died in San Francisco on December 27, 1865. 7. CASSIN’S GRAPE BRANDY BITTERS - In the spring of 1865, Francis Cassin started a wholesale liquor establishment and began manufacturing cordials, bitters, etc., in San Francisco and was an agent for McManman’s Celebrated Stomach Bitters. Patrick Cassin joined the business in April 1867 and were sole proprietors of a Cassin’s McManman’s California Grape Brandy Bitters. The McManman name was dropped on July 13, 1867 and the bitters was simply advertised as Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters. The Cassin’s bottle is most unusual in shape and was produced in two mold variants, this bottle pictured within being the earliest produced with approximately ten examples known. 8. OREGON / CHITTUM BITTERS / DR. G.W. BROWN - George W. Brown was a Jacksonville, Oregon, druggist beginning in 1861, specializing in the “cure of private and chronic diseases and the suppression of quackery.” By 1867, he had moved his business to Portland, Oregon. Brown trade-marked his bitters with the Oregon Secretary of State on September 6, 1871, as Trade Mark No. 23. Brown also patented the contents on August 13, 1873 as U.S. Patent No. 130,409. He died in Portland on June 23, 1874. Brown noted that he was in Tennessee and California before coming to Oregon. Chittum is a Northwest Coast endemic plant (Rhamnus purshiana), known for its laxative qualities. Currently one known specimen of the bottle. 9. G.A. SIMON’S / MEDICATED AROMATIC / BITTERS - G. August Simon set up a distillery in San Francisco in 1860 and began manufacturing syrups, cordials, bitters etc. In 1863, while working for Mercado & Seully, a dispute erupted over the manufacturing of Sainsevain’s California Wine Bitters, a court battle ensued in which Simon lost, so in November 1865, he applied for and received a certificate of trade mark and name for a new bitters. In July 1866, G. August Simon sold his manufactory to the liqueur firm of John Don & Co. Another bottle that was likely made at the Pacific Glass Works with three known examples currently in collections. 10. DR. WONSER’S U.S.A. INDIAN ROOT BITTERS - This product was the invention of William Hawkins and I. H. Wonser. While they initially operated as partners, Wonser took a position of silence and is not well documented. Hawkins was born in 1814 in Rhode Island but moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1840 where he established himself as a brilliant machinist. He left his wife and family and moved to San Francisco about 1861 where he worked for the Union Foundry. Hawkins then went to the Reese River region of central Nevada for awhile but soon returned to San Francisco and took up the machinist trade again until he partnered with Wonser to sell bitters. By 1875, he had returned to his old profession of machinist until he died in 1884. He was buried in Milwaukee. Advertisements first appeared in November 1870. 11. CHALMER’S / CATAWBA WINE BITTERS / SPRUANCE, STANLEY & CO. / PROPRIETORS - A pioneer vintner who operated from Coloma, California, Robert Chalmers had over 100,000 bearing vines by 1870. Aside from wine and brandy he also experimented with the sale of bitters beginning in 1872. It was still being sold in 1882; however, the bottles were likely produced in the mid-1870s. The embossed trade mark of Sutter’s Mill, the initial location of gold discovery in California, helps to make this bottle highly desirable for collectors. 12. LACOUR’S BITTERS / SARSAPARIPHERE - After recovering from a business insolvency in 1866, Louis Lacour filed to claim the name “Sarsapariphere Bitters” for a new product he began advertising in May 1867. The bottle design received a patent in February 1868 along with a trade mark for his product resembling a lighthouse. Three different molds were made and used for the bottles with subtle differences in each. The bottle shown within is the earliest variant having the closest details to the original bottle design patent drawing and comes in many different colors. 13. CALIFORNIA / WINE BITTERS / M. KELLER / LOS ANGELES - A major force in the California wine industry, it was only natural for Keller to experiment with a bitters produced from his vines. This bottle remains somewhat of a mystery regarding any details of its manufacture. Less than ten specimens are known but they have been found in the east and west. The product was exhibit-


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ed at the California State Agricultural Society Exhibition of 1867, which noted, “Matthew Keller, San Francisco, for California Wine Bitters, a most excellent article and worthy of especial mention.”

SODA AND MINERAL WATER 14. NEYMAN & DRAKE / MOK HILL / UNION GLASS WORKS / PHILADELPHIA - This early California soda bottle nearly has it all as a top contender in the soda water class. It falls within the desirable time period of the 1850s and was used in the relatively small mining town of Mokelumne Hill, California. Known examples are probably less than ten and seven of those were found in the same place. 15. W. & B. / SHASTA / UNION GLASS WORKS / SUPERIOR / MINERAL WATER - This very rare soda water bottle is another of gold rush vintage that was used in the mining town of Shasta, located in the Northern California mining area. Its numbers are few and it is a highly desirable late Gold Rush period artifact. Samuel Budlong Westcott and Backus Libbeus Bartlett operated the soda works from about 1853 to 1858. Westcott returned to his native Rhode Island by 1859 where he married there on May 9, 1859, and died in Cranston, Rhode Island on June 5, 1888. The other partner, B.L. Bartlett, remained in California and held various jobs. He spent his final years in Los Gatos, California, where he died about 1902. 16. MILLS / SELTZER / SPRINGS - Of the two known Saratoga style mineral water bottles made in California, it is definitely the rarest in terms of numbers. It was produced by Luther Russell Mills, proprietor of the springs, and cousin of the wealthy banker D.O. Mills. In 1874, he bought the Seltzer Aperient Springs near Santa Clara and began a bottling operation as part of his Mills Seltzer Spring. He sold the spring about 1881 and the name was changed to Azule Seltzer Spring. 17. PACIFIC CONGRESS WATER SPRINGS SARATOGA / CALIFORNIA / PACIFIC CONGRESS / SPRINGS - Far more common than its Saratoga style counterpart Mills Seltzer Spring, it is still highly desirable. The latter figured running deer blown onto the front pushes it into this category. There are several variants and all are equally as good; however,wwww the first variant, without the deer, is not as visually appealing. (See FOHBC BOTTLES and EXTRAS, Summer 2005, pg. 2) 18. NEW ALMADEN MINERAL WATER / PIOCHE - This bottle is really represented by three different sizes and all deserve a nomination for all the same reasons: rarity, aesthetics and historical significance. Produced in 1869 and 1870 by F.L.A. Pioche, the French-born merchant and banker who had considerable impact on California during the 19th century. He died in 1872. 19. R & H / COLUMBIA / CAL, - Very little is known about this rare Gold Rush period soda bottle. In time the story will be told but little has been uncovered except some minor details included in Peck Markota’s 1994 book on western soda bottles. The old town of Columbia was founded in 1850 and was often called the gem of the southern mines. It is now a highly popular California state park. 20. CALIFORNIA / NATURAL / SELTZER WATER / H & G - This smooth base blob top soda water is relatively rare in aqua and very rare in blue. The name was trademarked in 1875 by William T. Garrett. It is another of the bottles embossed with the animal most associated with California. The partner whose name begins with an “H” has yet to be identified. Scarce in aqua it is rare in other colors. Two minor variants are noted. One, likely the second variant, with the bear standing on ground and the first variant with no ground underneath the bear. 21. ULR. ALTING / SODA WATER (and) ULR. ALTING / SPARKLING / LEMONADE - Ulrich Alting arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, late in 1849 and left by December 1851. During this time he produced soda water and lemonade in the two bottle variants pictured within. Both are extremely rare and probably the earliest bottles blown specifically for the Hawaiian market. (See FOHBC BOTTLES and EXTRAS, June July 2016, pg. 14) 22. W. S. WRIGHT / PACIFIC GLASS WORKS - Reported to be one of the earliest soda water bottles blown at the newly established Pacific Glass Works in 1863. William Smith Wright, born 1827 in Westford, Massachusetts, operated his soda water business in Virginia City, Nevada, until about 1871, when he moved to San Francisco. He finished his career as a wooden box maker and died in San Francisco on November 5, 1895. 23. CASSIN’S / ENGLISH / AERATED / WATERS - The Cassin brothers are best known for their bitters and whiskey bottles, however; in 1872, they produced soda water, lemonade, etc, in English/Irish styled torpedo shaped bottles. Apparently the venture was not a success since very few of these bottles have been found.


24. R. L. HIGGINS / VIRGINIA CITY - While there are few ink bottles that are outstanding competitors in this category, the biggest exception is the R.L. Higgins, Virginia City, master ink bottle. It hits all the boxes as a top contender for an early western bottle. Rufus Leopold Higgins was a young merchant when he moved from Santa Clara to Virginia City about 1863. He produced this master

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ink and a larger size found in aqua glass, as well as smaller cone ink bottles that are nearly as desirable. He moved back to Santa Clara about 1876 and eventually became involved in real estate. He died there in 1905, aged 61 years. 25. CAL. INK CO S.F. - The California Ink Company began as an offshoot of the Union Oil Company and originated in Santa Paula, California in 1891. It soon had offices in most major U.S. cities including its main office in San Francisco. Its primary business was lithographic and printing inks. It lasted well into the 20th century and was eventually acquired by the Flint Ink Corp. of Michigan in 1975. The design features of this bottle had its roots in an earlier sheared top aqua bottle manufactured by a presently undocumented proprietor. Probably produced in the early 1890s the Cal. Ink Co. bottle is rare.

MEDICINE 26. DR. BOWEN’S / BLOOD / PURIFIER / SAN FRANCISCO - Produced by Gardner C. Bowen in 1860, it is documented as the first medicine bottle blown in California. Only about five specimens are known. Bowen joined the Union cause in San Francisco on September 20, 1861, mostly stationed near Eureka, California. Upon his return to civilian life, he opened a drug store in Arcata, California, and retired to San Francisco in the 1890s, where he died in 1897. 27. INDIAN / TLA-QUILLAUGH’S / BALSAM / DR. R. PARKER S.F. - Aside from its unusual name, this bottle usually exhibits a lot of aesthetic character, and was likely one of the earlier items blown at the Pacific Glass Works in San Francisco. It is well documented in historical records and had a short production run. Probably less than eight examples are known. Ralzemond Parker arrived in San Francisco in 1852 and operated a distillery until he opened a drug store there in 1860. Parker moved to Oroville, California in 1866, where he continued in the drug trade. He sold his store in 1884 and turned to other pursuits. He died in Oroville in 1897. The bottle was first produced in 1864. 28. DR. H. ADOLPHUS / ANTI RHEUMATIC / CORDIAL / SAN FRANCISCO / CALIFORNIA - One of three known medicine bottles blown in 1860 at the San Francisco Glass Works. It is quite rare with probably less than eight examples known. Born in Prussia in 1825, Henry Adolphus was a druggist and physician in San Francisco and moved to Portland, Oregon, about 1877, where he worked as a doctor until 1881. 29. ROWLER’S / RHEUMATISM MEDICINE / PREPARED BY / J.R. BOYCE / SACRAMENTO - Another one of the three known medicine bottles absolutely attributable to the San Francisco Glass Works and blown there in 1860. While the difference is relatively minimal in appearance, it should be noted that the same mold was later used at the Pacific Glass Works. The later examples are smooth based. All examples are rare but this candidacy is only for the pontiled version. James R. Boyce arrived in Sacramento in 1853 and moved to San Francisco in 1865, then returned to Sacramento where he died in 1867. 30. FISH’S / INFALLIBLE / HAIR RESTORATIVE / N. MILLS - Niles Mills, brother of banker D.O. Mills, once partnered with Benjamin Fish in the hair restorative business as early as 1858. By 1860, Mills then decided to compete directly with Fish, which created a big legal battle. Mills produced this desirable bottle for his product, produced from November 1864 by the Pacific Glass Works. There were no newspaper advertisements found after December 1864 and Mills went on to other ventures. He died in Petaluma, California, on November 26, 1874.


31. BAKER & CUTTING / GLASS AND PICKLE MANUFACTURERS. - The holy grail of all California blown bottles, it is known to be the first bottle blown in California - in 1859. The bottles on this list were chosen with the consideration that intact examples be known and identifiable, as there are a number of great bottles that have been found but with no known whole examples. This bottle is no exception except that the only known example can no longer be found, although many have been excavated in more than one piece. Perhaps the most elusive and most desirable bottle of any from the western region. Pictured within is the only known whole example, which is actually a much lighter aqua than shown in the photograph. 32. P.D. CODE & CO. / S.F. - Few bottles in this category of hermetically sealed goods are lettered to positively identify them as being produced in the west or made solely for the west. Philip Code began his company in 1868 and it was restructured to Code, Elfelt & Co. in 1872, providing a tight date range for this bottle. 33. PACIFIC / GLASS / WORKS (base embossed w/star on shoulder) - This bottle is a fairly simple pickle reminiscent of the gothic style but a little simpler. The only feature that sets it apart from many bottles that look similar is that it is base embossed with its glass house parent. It is also quite rare. 34. J. LUSK & CO. / OAKLAND / CAL - Josiah Lusk was a fruit farmer just north of Oakland, California. In 1868, he decided to preserve some of his crop which became a big success. By 1881, William T. Coleman infused considerable capital into the company and it became one of the largest in the United States. The bottle dates from its earlier years.


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35. H. METZLER / SAN FRANCISCO - Perhaps the most sought after of the early western quart beer bottles made for a short time in the mid-1880s. Hermann Metzler worked for his father, Charles Metzler, as a brewer and tried his hand at bottling beer from about 1885 to 1887.

By 1888, his father closed his brewing business and opened an undertaking business. Hermann followed and became an undertaker with his father. When his father died in 1900, Hermann took over the business. He died in Decoto, Alameda County, in 1926. The bottle is arguably one of the most artfully figured example of any of the fantastic beer bottles of this period.

36. JACOB DENZLER / SAN FRANCISCO / THIS BOTTLE / NOT SOLD - Another of the desirable quart California beer bottles produced during the early to mid-1880s. Jacob Denzler was bottling beer at least as early as 1882. The slug plate shows three bears guzzling beer, with the empty bottles thrown on the ground. Denzler died in San Francisco in 1899. 37. A. & R. POSTEL / S.F. CAL. - Ernest “Arnold” Christian Postel and his brother, Rudolph W.A. Postel, participated in a number of partnerships together, including that short lived mid-1880s period of heavily embossed beer bottles. By 1887, they were farming in Pope Valley, Napa County. Probably a little rarer than the “counterpart” bottle of their brother, C.D. Postel, it also ranks as one of the best early beer bottles. 38. A. CAPELLI & CO. / TRADE MARK / BOTTLE BEER / S.F. CAL. - Antonio Capelli began his bottle beer career in 1880 and ended in 1885. He was probably the earliest of the genre of amber quart beer bottlers in San Francisco. Capelli tried a number of professions and died in 1892 when he was a saloon owner. 39. SWAN BREWERY Co. / XXX ALE / THIS BOTTLE / NEVER SOLD / BY THE CO. - Charles Wilmot arrived in San Francisco from England by 1854 and worked as a brewer. He established the Burton Ale Brewery by 1860 and the Swan Brewery in 1870. His English-style brew was sold in these small bottles dating from 1870 to 1875, at $1.00 per dozen. Wilmot left the Swan Brewery Co. in July 1876 and established the Wilmot Brewing Co. a few months later. Swan went bankrupt in 1881. 40. W. B. Co. / S.F. / TRADE MARK - The Wilmot Brewing Co. bottles are embossed in a circle surrounding a stylized sun with a “face” as a trade mark. This trade mark was only proprietary and not registered with a governmental agency. The company was established as a California corporation on September 12, 1876, with Charles Wilmot as president. The bottles were probably made at its inception.


41. A.P. BRAYTON & Co. / SAN FRANCISCO / CAL. - Probably the earliest western jar, circa 1860, it is rare in all its three sizes and in its two variants. While all are highly desirable, this list is represented by the iron pontiled variant. It is still debated where this jar was made - east or west - or both. 42. CUTTING. AND CO. / SAN FRANCISCO - The earliest known wax seal canning jar from the western region, it was probably first blown at the San Francisco Glass Works shortly after it recovered from its disastrous fire, circa 1871. Francis Cutting was one of the most successful packers of hermetically sealed goods on the west coast. Apparently Cutting stopped using this jar after only a few years, as the mold was later modified, at least by 1874, with the new lettering stating, SAN FRANCISCO / GLASS WORKS. Found in quart and half-gallon. 43. PACIFIC GLASS WORKS (base embossed). - This jar, which is only embossed on the base, is an extremely rare example of a western-made jar. The top is finished to accommodate what was probably a Willoughby closure, although none of these jars have been found with the stopper in place. 44. PACIFIC GLASS WORKS / S.F. / BUTTER JAR - The Pacific Glass Works produced a fair number of Victory type jars under license of William W. Lyman. However, the butter jar is essentially unique. It is not known if they were blown for a particular merchant or if they were sold as a stock item from the factory. It was most likely made in 1872 to fulfill a contract for jars to pack 40,000 pounds of butter for the United States Subsistence Department which stocked U.S. Army commissaries. 45. SAN FRANCISCO GLASS WORKS (WAX SEAL) -Although not very rare, this is a highly desirable western wax seal type jar, with the glass works name clearly embossed to easily document its origin. Originally created from the mold of the Cutting & Co. jar it was first produced about 1873 to 1875; however, it continued to be made by its predecessor company called the San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works, probably into the 1880s. Found in quart and half-gallon. The mold was finally used for jars made for Moses Seller of Portland, Oregon.

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WHISKEY 46. CALIFORNIA CLUB HOUSE / PURE BOURBON / IMPORTED ONLY BY / JNo C. MORRISON JR. / 316 SAC. ST. S.F. - Usually found in amber, this bottle is considered one of the top items to collectors of California whiskey bottles. Made between 1872 to 1874, the best available information on Morrison is John Thomas’ book on Whiskey Bottles of the Old West (1977). 47. OLD / WOODBURN / WHISKEY / N. VAN BERGEN & Co. / AGENTS / SAN FRANCISCO - One of the most desirable of the early western whiskey bottles, it was produced in the mid-1870s with only about three specimens known. 48. TEAKETTLE / OLD BOURBON / SHEA, BOQUERAZ & McKEE / AGENTS / SAN FRANCISCO - As a “best” bottle the Teakettle Bourbon is probably the most controversial on this list as many have been found. It still remains a favorite among collectors for its plentiful embossing. Generally found in amber color, the aqua specimen pictured within is unique. 49. KENTUCKY / GEM / SOUR MASH / COPPER DISTILLED / WHISKEY / AGENTS / T.G. COCKRILL & CO. / SAN FRANCISCO - Theodore Cockrill is well documented in John Thomas’ Whiskey Bottles of the Old West (1977). Early in 1879, Cockrill began phasing out his business and bought a ten-acre farm in upper Fairfax, Marin County, California. He spent much of his time with fraternal and social activities and died in July 1899. The bottles are highly collectible. 50. F. & P.J. CASSIN / AGT’S / O.K. / GOLDEN / PLANTATION / WHISKEY / SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. - This brand was first advertised by the Cassin brothers in January 1876 and continued until 1886. This bottle was probably produced in the first few years the Cassins as agents. 51. BARKHOUSE BROS. & CO. / GOLD DUST / KENTUCKY / BOURBON / JOHN VAN BERGEN & CO. / SOLE AGENTS - Born in Germany in 1818, John Van Bergen arrived in San Francisco in 1849 along with his father in their own ship. He entered the liquor business until 1874 when he sold his interest to his brother, Nicholas Van Bergen, and enjoyed semi-retirement - still being associated with his brother’s company. John Van Bergen made many trips back to his homeland and eventually moved back. He died in Germany in 1904. Nicholas died in San Francisco on November 18, 1898. The bottle was likely made between 1871 and 1874. 52. LAUREL CROWN / OLD BOURBON / Wm. HOELSCHER & CO. / SOLE AGENTS / A No. 1 - William Hoelscher began his liquor company on January 1, 1877. He trademarked his Laurel Crown whiskey in February 1879. Hoelscher died the following year and his wife, Elise, was forced to manage the company. I. De Turk was purchased by Hoelscher. It was incorporated in 1902 with Elise and three sons, William, Victor and Arthur as directors. The I. De Turk brand was purchased in 1909. The name of the company remained the same and it continued until prohibition. After prohibition, the company was resurrected by the family. It is assumed that Hoelscher had the bottles blown prior to his death, in 1879 or early 1880. Very few of the bottles have been found. 53. DURHAM / WHISKEY / E. CHIELOVICH & CO. - Begun in October 1867, Elia Chielovich & Co. is well known in the west for producing two desirable whiskey bottles, including their Durham Whiskey. Produced in the late 1870s to the early 1880s, it is not only rare but very desirable in form. The earliest version sports an additional “base” or foot, sprouting from the middle of the back side, presumably to allow the bottle to be laid on its side without rolling away. It appears to be a failed experiment, as the foot was later removed from the mold.


54. WORMSER BROS. / SAN FRANCISCO - The Wormser brothers were firmly entrenched in many aspects of California’s business world, and their activities in the sale of alcoholic beverages was but a small sideline of their overall financial grasp. Their initial activities were in Sacramento but at least by 1856, Isaac and Louis Wormser had opened a liquor business in San Francisco. In June 1872, the brothers sold their liquor business to Braeg & Frank, and Louis moved to New York City where he associated himself with his brothers Isadore and Simon. The brothers, Isidor and Simon Wormser, went into banking and real estate and eventually moved to New York City where they established a banking house on Wall Street. Isaac stayed in California and died in 1894 in Monterey. 55. THE GENUINE / OLD / BOURBON WHISKEY / S. F. - Born in France in 1841, Numa Grange can be found in Nevada in 1866. He was in San Francisco by 1868 and generally in the liquor trade. This flask was most certainly produced during the 1870s. Perhaps the most stylish of all the early western whiskey flasks, it is known in two variations. Another variant replaces the last line with, N. GRANGE / SOLE AGENTS FOR / PACIFIC COAST. Both are highly desirable. He died in Alameda County, California, on May 5, 1917. 56. WILLIAM T. COLEMAN / SAN FRANCISCO - This little flask is associated with a famous historical figure of the Gold Rush period and even after. Coleman became very wealthy with his fleet of ships that became a major lifeline between San Francisco and the rest of the world. He was also active as a commission merchant for awhile. The bottle is probably French in origin and the date of manufacture is currently unknown since the known examples cannot be associated with their excavated context. Being of French origin, it probably held cognac and was likely a very short lived specialty item. Probably fewer than four known specimens. Solid rod


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pontil scar. 57. J. ANGELI & CO. / SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco witnessed several early liquor flasks that are in the same time period as this one, and all are probably equal in desirability. It is really not clear whether this bottle contained whiskey or some other spiritous liquid, as the company performed its own distillation. Richard Braeg and Emanuel Frank, partners in the company, purchased Angeli’s interest in March 1871, but kept the Angeli name. In May 1872, Braeg and Frank dropped the name of J. Angeli & Co. and substituted their own names as proprietors. The bottle was produced between 1869 and 1871. 58. G. H. MOORE / OLD / BOURBON & RYE / JESSE MOORE & CO. LOUISVILLE KY / MOORE, HUNT & CO. / SOLE AGENTS - When Elia Chielovich dissolved his liquor company in August 1875, his three partners, George Henry Moore, Henry Brown Hunt and Cornelius Deweese, Jr., immediately started their own company styled as Moore, Hunt & Co. They also continued as agents for Jesse Moore of Louisville, Kentucky. In 1887, Cornelius Deweese left the partnership but the company name did not change. On August 15, 1888, Thomas Kirkpatrick joined the firm; however, the company name still remained the same. Moore, Hunt & Co. incorporated in January 1892, and in July 1896 Jesse Moore & Co. of Louisville and Moore, Hunt & Co. of San Francisco consolidated to become Jesse Moore Hunt Co. The outside production dates for this flask would be 1875 to 1883. 59. OLD BOURBON / CASTLE / WHISKEY / F. CHEVALIER & Co. / SOLE AGENTS - George F. Chevalier (He preferred to use his middle name - Fortune) was born in 1814 in Belle Isle, France. He arrived in California in 1850 and initially lived in Sacramento and sold wine and liquors until about 1868 when he entered the insurance business. He removed to San Francisco in 1871 and opened a liquor business there. The flasks are assumed to have been produced within the first five years of his establishment there. Chevalier died in San Francisco on April 6, 1899, but his company lived on through his son, and incorporated in 1904; therefore, all their bottles after this date are missing the ampersand within the name (e.g. Chevalier Co.) 60. J.H. CUTTER / OLD BOURBON / A.P. HOTALING & Co. / PORTLAND, O - This very rare Newman’s patent flask was used only by the Portland, Oregon, branch of Hotaling’s great western liquor empire. The exact date of production is not known but it would have to be between about 1876, the patent date on the base of the flask, and 1884. Note that Hotaling incorporated in Oregon in 1884, so that the company name embossed on bottles without the ampersand should be made after this date. 61. CALIFORNIA WINE DEPOT / A.M. SMITH / DEALER IN / WINES & LIQUORS / 1872 / SALT LAKE CITY - Andrew M. Smith maintained the California Wine Depot in Salt Lake City from 1872 to 1875, and this bottle was produced during that three year period. Very little is known about the bottle and only one whole specimen is known to date. It probably held brandy or whiskey or both. The curved leg of the letter “R” identifies it as a San Francisco made bottle.

MISC 62. CALIFORNIA FIRE EXTINGUISHER - Not categorized with any other bottle that we know of, this hand grenade with its embossed bear is definitely a top western bottle with very few examples known. The company was located in San Francisco, circa 1885. 63. E.S. HOLDEN / STOCKTON - This unusual and rare quart size bottle is sort of an enigma since Erastus Holden was a druggist by trade. The bottle is typical of the type that held peppersauce in the 1850s. In this case it is not known what it may have contained. It was probably made for Holden between 1850 and 1855, after which his business was styled E.S. Holden & Co. 64. CAL. ELEC. WORKS / PATENT (insulator) - The California Electrical Works was incorporated in 1877, which partly folded in one of their predecessors, the Electrical Construction and Maintenance Company of San Francisco. The E.C. & M. insulators are also highly desirable and known to be the second company that produced insulators in California. The first being those produced by the San Francisco Glass Works in 1860. The Cal. Elec. Works insulators were produced some time within the operation of the company, between 1877 and 1908. Common in aqua they are rare in other colors. Please refer to Vol_1-10_Contributions_from_California.pdf, for information about California insulators from the National Insulator Association. 65. LIDDLE & KAEDING AGENTS (and) LIDDLE & KAEDING / AGENTS / SAN FRANCISCO - Robert Liddle and Charles V.B. Kaeding formed a partnership in San Francisco on July 1, 1867 until 1889 when Kaeding was forced to retire due to health issues. Their Sportsman’s Emporium was one of the largest businesses of its type on the West Coast. Very little is known about their target balls. It is found in two mold variants as noted above, the first in aqua glass and the second in amber.

STONEWARE BOTTLES AND POT LIDS 66. C. MOISE & CO. / SAN FRANCISCO / GENUINE PACIFIC / GINGER BEER - This product is most commonly found in glass, but the “big dig” of San Francisco in 1998, turned up two of these stoneware variants. The clay and glaze is similar to the early sewer and drain tile often found on the West Coast, where the bottles were probably made. Nothing more has been learned about this

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product since Peck Markota’s 1994 listing in his book. There were several individuals with this name in the San Francisco Bay area but none can be associated with this product. No advertisements have been found for Moise or his ginger beer. 67. OK GOLDEN / PLANTATION WHISKY / P.J. CASSIN & CO. / 433 BATTERY ST. / SAN FRANCISCO - Advertised only in 1883 and containing O.K. Golden Plantation Whisky, in one gallon, half gallon or quart imported English stone jars, by P.J. Cassin & Co., San Francisco. The half-gallon size is the only one documented. 68. A.M. COLE (pot lid) - Born in New York in 1833, Allan M. Cole arrived in California in the early 1850s and began his druggist career in Petaluma, California in the 1850s. With the discovery of the Comstock Lode in Nevada Territory, he became the pioneer druggist of Virginia City and remained there until his death in 1913. Cole was one of the few early western region druggists who produced a pictorial pot lid for his product line. It dates from the late 1870s. 69. H.P. WAKELEE BEAR’S GREASE (pot lid) - Wakelee was the most prolific western druggist for selling decorated pot lids. His cold cream lid is the most common; however, it is not often encountered. The bear’s grease lid is rare, as is the rest of his boudoir line of fancy pot lids. 70. Dr. BOUTMARS CELEBRATED AROMATIC TOOTH PASTE (pot lid) - Aside from their heavy interest in mining, Henry W. and Charles P. Schmidt operated a drug store in San Francisco from 1878. While different operatives controlled the company, the name remained the same until 1892. Virtually nothing is known about the history of this lid.

1. A. Barbier’s

Aromatic Schiedem Schnapps

2. Barry & Patten, 116 & 118 Montgomery St. San Francisco

3. Bank Exchange San Francisco Torrence & Parker

52 4. V Squarza

7. Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters

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5. E. G. Lyons & Co.

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6. J. G. Frisch

Manufacturers San Francisco

California Bitters San Francisco

8. Oregon

Chittum Bitters, Dr. G.W. Brown

9. G. A. Simon’s

Medicated Aromatic Bitters

10. Dr. Wonser’s U.S.A. Indian Root Bitters


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11. Chalmer’s

Catawba Wine Bitters, Spruance, Stanley & Co.

12. Lacour’s

Bitters Sarsapariphere

13. California Wine Bitters, M. Keller, Los Angeles 14. Neyman &

Drake, Mok Hill Union Glass Works Philadelphia

15. W. & B. Shasta

Union Glass Works Superior Mineral Water


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16. Mills

Seltzer Springs

19. R & H Columbia California

17. Pacific

Congress Water Springs Saratoga California Pacific Congress Springs

20. California Natural Seltzer Water, H & G

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18. New Almaden Mineral Water, Pioche

21. Ulr.

Alting Soda Water (and) Ulr. Alting Sparkling Lemonade

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22. W.S. Wright Pacific Glass Works

25. California Ink Co. San Francisco


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23. Cassin’s English Aerated Waters

26. Dr. Bowen’s Blood Purifier San Francisco

24. R. L. Higgins Virginia City

27. Indian TLA-QUILLAUGH’S Balsam, Dr. R. Parker San Francisco

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28. Dr. H. Adolphus Anti Rheumatic Cordial, San Francisco, California

31. Baker & Cutting Glass & Pickle Manufacturers

29. Rowler’s

Rheumatism Medicine Prepared by J.R. Boyce Sacramento

32. P.D. Code & Company San Francisco

30. Fish’s Infallible Hair Restorative N. Mills

33. Pacific

Glass Works (base embossed w/star on shoulder)

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34. J. Lusk

& Company Oakland, California

37. A. & R. Postel

San Francisco, California


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35. H. Metzler San Francisco

38. A. Capelli & Company San Francisco, California

36. Jacob Denzler San Francisco

39. Swan Brewery Company XXX Ale


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40. W. B.Company San Francisco

43. Pacific Glass Works (base embossed)

41. A. P. Brayton & Co.

San Francisco, Cal.

44. Pacific Glass Works Butter Jar San Francisco

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42. Cutting and Co San Francisco

45. San Francisco Glass Works (Wax Seal)

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46. California Club House Pure Bourbon Jno C. Morrison Jr. San Francisco

49. Kentucky Gem Sour Mash Copper Distilled Whiskey T.G. Cockrill & Co. San Francisco


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47. Old Woodburn Whiskey N. Van Bergen & Co. San Francisco

50. F. & P.J. Cassin

O.K. Golden Plantation Whiskey, San Francisco, California

48. Teakettle Old Bourbon Shea, Boqueraz & McKee San Francisco

51. Barkhouse

Bros. & Co. Gold Dust Kentucky Bourbon John Van Bergen & Co.


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52. Laurel Crown

53. Durham Whiskey

54. Wormser Brothers

55. The Genuine

56. W.T. Coleman & Co.

57. J. Angeli & Co.

Old Bourbon Wm. Hoelscher & Co.

Old Bourbon Whiskey San Francisco

E. Chielovich & Co.

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

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58. G.H. Moore

Old Bourbon & Rye Jesse Moore & Co. Louisville, Kentucky Moore, Hunt & Co. sole agents


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60. J.H. Cutter 59. Old Bourbon Castle Whiskey F. Chevalier & Co.

Old Bourbon A.P. Hotaling & Co. Portland, Oregon

61. California Wine Depot A.M. Smith Salt Lake City

62. California

Fire Extinguisher

63. E.S. Holden Stockton


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64. California Electric Works (Insulator) 65. Liddle & Kaeding San Francisco (Target Ball)

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66. C. Moise & Co. San Francisco Genuine Pacific Ginger Beer

67. OK

Golden Plantation Whisky P.J. Cassin & Co. San Francisco

68. Cold Cream A. M. Cole Virginia, Nevada (Pot Lid)

68. Cold Cream 69. Genuine Bear’s Grease

A. M. Cole Virginia, Nevada (Pot Lid)

H.P. Wakelee San Francisco (Pot Lid)

70. Dr. Boutmars Celebrated Aromatic Tooth Paste San Francisco (Pot Lid)

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Member Photo Gallery

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A collection of spectacular and inspiring photographs from around the world and around the web. Please feel free to submit your images for consideration.

Orange and Cranberry colored inks - John April

We can call this the big, the small, and the ugly! - Gene Ainsworth

Just a small portion of a his Circa 1900 Drugstore Museum - Terry McMurray

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Killers! - Rick DeMarsh

Green Pitkin Action Michael George

Stunning photograph of colored hair bottles - Pam & Randy Selenak


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Larry Smith 571 Fair Hill Drive Redding, California 96003 (907) 465-7470

Jack Morgan 3433 Seebers Court Louisville, Tennessee 37777-3165

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Robin Jackson 6115 McGee Street Kansas City, Missouri 64113

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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:

September 4 Westford, Massachusetts The Merrimack Valley Antique Bottle Club’s 42nd Annual Show & Sale, Sunday, September 4, 2016, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, early buyers 8:00 am, at the Westford Regency Inn, 219 Littleton Road (Route 110), Westford MA. Info: Cliff Hoyt: 978.458.6575, email choyt48@comcast. net or Maureen Crawford, 978.897. 7327

September 16 & 17 Aurora, Oregon Bottle, Antique & Collectibles Show & Sale, Bottles, Fruit Jars, Insulators, Crockery, Pottery, Glassware, Antiques, Advertising, Coins, Tokens, Jewelry, Pre-Pro Liquor & Brewery Items, Marbles, Paper, Souvenirs, Collectibles, Memorabilia and more!, Free Appraisals, Friday, September 16, 2016, 12:00 – 5:00 pm set-up, $5 Early Bird Admission, Dealer drop-off at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Admission by donation, American Legion Hall, 207 Main St. N.E., Aurora, Oregon, For more information and/or table reservations contact: Scott Slowter: 503.645.0560 or Mark Junker: 503.231.1235 or Bill Bogynska: 503.657.1726 or email billbogy7@gmail. com,

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Individual & Affiliated Membership Benefits Club Information September 10 Downieville, California Downieville Antique Bottles & Collectibles Show at the Downieville School Gym, Downieville, California 95936, One Day Show. 8:00 am – 10:00 am, Early Lookers for $10, FREE 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Set up: Friday, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am, Downieville Antique Bottle Group,, Contact: Rick & Cherry Simi, Organizers, PO Box 115, Downieville, California 95936, 530.289.3659,

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September 11 Richfield, Ohio 46th Annual Ohio Bottle Club Show & Sale at the Days Inn and Suites, 4742 Brecksville Road, Richfield, Ohio (Ohio Turnpike Exit 173), 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Set-up: 7:30 am to 9:00 am, Early Admission: 7:30 am to 9:00 am, Early Admission $20, Regular admission $3 (9:00 am to 2:00 pm). Info: Louis Fifer, 604 Topaz Lane Brunswick, Ohio 44212, 330,635.1964, or Matt Lacy, 440.228.1873, website:

September 17 Santa Ana, California Los Angeles Historical Bottle Club’s 50th 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

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September 11 Pekin, Illinois Pekin Bottle Collectors Association 47th Annual Antique & Collectibles Show & Sale at the Moose Lodge (New Location), 2605 Broadway Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554, Admission: $2, Free Appraisals, Info: Jim Searle, Show Chairman, 309.346.7804 or 309.202.9337 (cell)

the Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Avenue, Depew, New York 14043, Sunday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Set-up: 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, 716.674.5750,, September 24 Richmond, Rhode Island The Little Rhody Bottle Club tailgate swap meet, 9:00 am to 3:00pm. Free set up for members and potential new members. Free coffee, donuts and pizza for participants. Bring your own tables! Show Address: Jules Antique Center, 320 Kingstown, Richmond, Rhode Island (3 miles East of Route #95 on Route #138), Contact Info: William Rose, 508.880.4929 September 24 Moriarty, New Mexico 29th Enchantment Insulator Club/New Mexico Historical Bottle Society 29th Annual Insulator, Bottle, Barbwire and Collectibles Show and Sale at the Moriarty Civic Center, 202 South Broadway, Moriarty, New Mexico 87035, Saturday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Early admission: Friday 4:00 – 8:00 pm except for dealers, displayers, and helpers who get in free. Dealer setup & trading Friday 4:00 – 8:00 pm & Saturday 7:30 – 8:30 am, Early admission $10 Friday, free on Saturday, Enchantment Insulator Club/New Mexico Historical Bottle Society, Contact: Michael Gay, EIC President & Show Chairman, 5516 Kachina NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120, 505.480.0085,

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September 17 Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis Circle City Antique Bottle, Advertising and Antiques Show, Boone County Fairgrounds, 1300 E. 100th S, Lebanon, Indiana, 46052, Show hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Set-up 7:30 to 9:00 am, Admission $2, Early Admission: $20.00, Show information & contact: Martin Van Zant, 208 Urban Street, Danville, Indiana 46122, 812.841.9495, September 18 Depew, New York 18th Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association Annual Show and Sale at

September 25 Batso, New Jersey The last Sunday in September, will bring a return of the Fall Antique, Glass, and Bottle Show at Batsto along with the refreshments and of course, natural beauty. This event will continue the year long celebration of Batsto’s 250th year an-

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(More) Sho-Biz More show-biz niversary. Please join us at one of South Jersey’s wonderful parks. For information contact Harry at or call 856.768.1532.

Info: Mark & Laura Smith, 10 Holmes Court, Sayville New York 11782-2408, 631.589.9027,

Street, Keene, New Hampshire. Contact: John Bemis, 28 Cross Street, Keene, New Hampshire 03431, 603.352.5246 or Alan Rumrill, PO Box 803, New Hampshire 03431, 603.352.1895,

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October 1 Richmond, Virginia Richmond VA 45th Antique Bottle Show and Sale, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, $3, Early Admission 7:30 am $10 at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832, Info: or Marvin Croker, 804.275.1101 or Ed Faulkner 804.739.2951

October 29 Royal Oak, Michigan Metropolitan Detroit Antique Bottle Club’s 34th Annual Antique Bottle Show at the Royal Oak Elks Lodge, 2401 E. Fourth Street, Royal Oak, Michigan, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, No Early admission, Cost of admission: $2, Metropolitan Detroit Antique Bottle Club, Michael Brodzik, President and Show Chairman, 47668 Sonnett, Macomb, MI 48042, 586.219.9980,

Findlay Antique Bottle Club’s 40th Annual Antique Bottle & Collectibles Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm; early bird Sunday 7:00 am – $10. From I-75, take exit #157, follow signs for Rt. 12, approx. 5 miles. Website: Findlay Antique Bottle Club, Show Address: The Sterling Center, 4570 Fostoria Avenue, Findlay (behind the Humane Society). Contact Info: Fred Curtis, 419.424.0486,

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October 1 Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia 21st West Virginia Bottle Show at the West Virginia State Farm Museum, Fairgrounds Road, Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia, 9:00 am till 2:00 pm, Info: Charlie Perry, 7072 Kanawha Valley Road, Henderson, West Virginia 25106, 304.674.7440

October 16 East Scriba, New York The Empire State Bottle Collectors Association presents the 18th Annual Fall Antiques, Bottles & More Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; Setup: 7:00 am, Scriba Fire Hall, U.S. Route 104 East, Scriba, New York, 2 miles East of City of Oswego. Admission $3 donation, Contact: Barry L. Haynes, P.O. Box 900, Mexico, New York 13114, 315.963.0922 or 315.963.3749

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October 2 Chelsea, Michigan 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. Show Address: Comfort Inn Conference Center, 1645 Commerce Park Drive next to the Comfort Inn, Chelsea, Michigan (Exit 159 off I-94), Contact Info: Mike Bruner, or Rod Krupka, 248.627.6351,


October 8 Coventry, Connecticut Southern Connecticut Antique Bottle Collector Association’s 45th Annual Show, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm., Show Address: The grounds of the historic Coventry Glass Works, 289 North River Road, Coventry, Connecticut 06238 (corner of Rt. 44 & North River Rd) Contact Info: Bob, 203.938.3879, October 9 Keene, New Hampshire The Yankee Bottle Club’s 49th Annual Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, Early buyers at 8:00 am, Keene High School, 43 Arch

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October 21-22 Waco, Texas NEW SHOW 1st Annual Central Texas Antique Bottle Show at Red Men Hall, 4521 Speight Avenue, Waco, Texas 76711, Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Early admission Friday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Set up: Friday Noon – 6:00 pm, Cost of admission for show & early admission: Sat Free Admission, Friday $20. Contact: Jay Kasper: Jay’s Emporium, 305 E. 12th Street, Shiner, Texas 77984, 361.649.8221, October 23 Bayport (Long Island) New York – NEW SHOW The Long Island Antique Bottle Association is pleased to announce a Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Donation $3. Show Address: Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Juliette Low Friendship Center, Lakeview Avenue, Bayport, New York, Contact

October 30 Matteson, Illinois 47th Annual 1st Chicago Bottle Club Show & Sale at the Holiday Inn Matteson Conference Center, 500 Holiday Plaza Drive, Matteson, Illinois 60443, Sunday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, No early admission, Dealer set-up will begin at 7:15 am, $3 Admission, Children under 16 Free, 1st Chicago Bottle Club, Contact: John Vlahovich, Show Chairman, 139 Concord Court, Dyer, Indiana 46311, 630.390.9679, October 30 York, Pennsylvania York, Pennsylvania 3rd Annual Antique Bottle & Advertising Show, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, The famous York, Pennsylvania Fairgrounds, inside the old main building, 334 Carlisle Avenue, York, Pennsylvania, Contact: Bill Thomas, 443.617.1760, November 6 Elkton, Maryland The Tri-State Bottle Club’s 44th Annual Antique Bottle & Collectibles Show (Tabletop Antiques) at the Singerly Fire Hall, Route 279 & 213 (I-95, Exit 109 A), Elkton, Maryland 21922, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, General Admission: $3, Children Under 12 Free, Contact: Dave Brown, 302.738.9960, email: dbrown3942@


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More show-biz November 12 Jacksonville, Florida 49th Antique Bottle Collectors of North Florida Show & Sale at the Fraternal Order of Police Building, 5530 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 322075161, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Early Admission is on Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Set-up on Friday: 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Saturday starting at 7:00 am, Cost of admission: FREE on Saturday and $20 for Early admission of Friday, Contact: Corey Stock, Assistant to Show Chairman, 13533 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32223, 904.268.9316, stock1866@

November 13 Oakland, New Jersey North Jersey Antique Bottle Collectors Assn. 47th Annual Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, early buyers 8:00 am, Pompton Lakes Elks Lodge No. 1895, 1 Perrin Avenue, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, Contact: Ken, 973.907.7351,

April 2 Hutchinson, Kansas 10th Annual Kansas Antique Bottle & Postcard Show, State Fairgrounds, Sunflower South Building, Hutchinson, Kansas, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Free Admission, Set-up Saturday at Noon to 9:00 pm. Info: Call or text Nicolee Ebmeier, 620.931.0843

November 19 Terre Haute, Indiana The 20th Annual Illiana Antique Bottle & Pottery Show & Sale at the Vigo County Fairgrounds, 3901 S. US Highway 41, Terre Haute, Indiana, Saturday, Free Admission 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Early Admission $10 at 7:00 am. Contact Doug Porter, 5403 Darwin Road, West Terre Haute, Indiana 47885, 812.870.0760, Historical Bottle Auction on Friday night

May 19 & 20 Lake City, Florida The Florida Antique Bottle Collector 4th Annual Antique Bottle & Collectable Show and Sale, Saturday, May 20th (8:00 am – 3:00 pm), Dealer set-up Friday, May 19 at Noon, Early Buyers Friday, May 19th (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm), Columbia County Fairgrounds, Exit 427 off I-75 South, Hwy 90 East, Lake City, Florida, Admission $3, Information: Brian Hoblick, 386.804.9635, Email: hoblick@ or Ed LeTard 985 .788.6163, Email:

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November 12 Belleville, Illinois Eastside Spectacular #10 Brewery Collectibles Show – Antique Bottle & Jar Show at the BelleClair Fairgrounds. Questions: Kevin Klous, 908 Daniel Drive, Collinsville, Illinois, 62234. Questions: 618.346.2634,

November 20 Albany, New York The Capital Region Antique Bottle & Insulator Club 20th Annual Show & Sale, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave, Albany, New York, Contact: Jason Privler, 518.506.2197,

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November 12 & 13 Grayslake, Illinois NEW SHOW Grayslake Accent on Antique Bottles at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake, Illinois 60030, Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, No early admission, Set-up: Friday: 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Saturday 6:00 am to 9:00 am, Cost of admission for show & early admission: $7, Zurko Promotions, Contact Name: Bob Zurko, Owner, 115 E. Division Street, Shawano, 715.526.9769, timzurko@


November 13 Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club 47th Annual Show at the Rostraver Ice Garden, 101 Gallitin Road, Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania 15012, Sunday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Early admission: Sunday, 7:00 am to 9:00 am, Set-up: Sunday, 7:00 am, General admission: $3, Early admission: $25, Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club, Contact: Bob DeCroo, Treasurer, 694 Fayette City Road, Fayette City, Pennsylvania 15438, 724.326.8741

December 2 & 3 Roseville, California 49er Historic Bottle Assn. 39th Annual “Best Of The West” 2016 Antique Bottle, Insulator & Western Collectible Show with antique bottles, insulators, western advertising, period photographs, saloon & gold rush relics and so much more… at the Placer County Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville, California, Friday: Dec. 2, 2016 “All Day Pass: $10”, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday: Dec. 3, 2016, “Free” 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Info: Mike – 916.367.1829

August 3 – 6 Springfield, Massachusetts FOHBC 2017 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo – Northeast Region at the MassMutual Center, Host Hotel: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place hotel. Show Information: Jim Bender, Show Co-Chair, 518.673.8833, jim1@ or Bob Strickhart, Show Co-Chair, strickhartbob@aol.comVisit Web Page, FOHBC National Convention – Northeast Region

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2017 January 8 Taunton, Massachusetts The Little Rhody Bottle Club Annual Antique Bottle Show, Holiday Inn Hotel, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Exit #9 off of Route #495, Early Admission: 8:30 am – 9:30 am, $15 per person, General Admission: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, $3 per person.

2018 August 2 – 5 Cleveland, Ohio FOHBC 2018 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo – Midwest Region at the Cleveland Convention Center, Host Hotel: Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, Show Information: Louis Fifer, Show Co-Chair and FOHBC Conventions Director, 330.635.1964, fiferlouis@ or Matt Lacy, Show CoChair, FOHBC Midwest Region Director, 440.228.1873, info@antiquebottlesales. com, Visit Web Page, FOHBC National Convention – Midwest Region

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September - October 2016

Individual & Affiliated Membership Benefits Club Information

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:

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• 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...


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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 Federations’ National Antique Bottle Conventions, 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; email: or visit our home page on the web at 


September - October 2016

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Individual & Affiliated Shards of Wisdom Club Information FOHBC Individual Membership Application For Membership, complete the following application or sign up at (Please Print) Do you wish to be listed in the printed membership directory? (name, address, phone number, email address and what you collect) { } Yes { } No

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Name_________________ Address_______________ City__________________ Zip _ ____________Country Telephone_____________ E-mail Address_________



Collecting Interests_ _ ____________ _ ____________ _ ____________ Addtional Comments_ ___ _ ____________

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


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.)

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Would you be interested in serving as an officer? { } Yes { } No 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 - Standard Mail $40.00 - Standard Mail for three years $110.00 - First Class $55.00 - Digital Membership (electronic files only) $25.00

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

Canada - First Class $60.00

or better yet, email Elizabeth at:

Other countries - First Class $80.00

Article Submission Requirements:

- Life Membership: Level 1: $1,000, Includes all benefits of a regular First

Class membership. No promise of a printed magazine for life. - Level 2: $500, Includes all benefits of a regular membership but you will not receive a printed magazine, but rather a digital subscription. Add an Associate Membership* to any of the above at $5.00 for each associate for each year

Name(s) of Associate(s)______________________________________ *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


Signature ______ Date___

Please make checks or money orders payable to FOHBC and mail to: FOHBC Membership, Elizabeth Meyer, 101 Crawford, Studio 1A, Houston, TX 77002 Effective 8/2015

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; email:

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. Professional-grade 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.

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Seeking quality consignments for our 2016 auction schedule! Please consider the following benefits to help ensure your consignments reach their highest potential: w Competitive consignor rates and low buyer premiums w Broad-based and extensive advertising w Experience, knowledge, honesty and integrity w Attention to detail and customer service

Watch for these fine bottles and many more in our Fall Auction #17.

For more information, please give us a call or visit our website. 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.

Heckler 860-974-1634 79 Bradford Corner Road, Woodstock Valley, CT 06282

Items Pictured From Our Premier Auction 141, Opening September 5, 2016

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BOTTLES and EXTRAS | September October 2016  

A publication of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors

BOTTLES and EXTRAS | September October 2016  

A publication of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors

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