FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo
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The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors
WELCOMES YOU to the
2017 SPRINGFIELD MASSACHUSETTS
National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo
August 3 - 6, 2017
Springfiel d A rmory Recepti on Thursday, 03 August 2017 1:00 - 5:00 pm Please join the FOHBC Board and Convention Chairs at the official kick-off event for the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. The VIP Reception will be held at the historic Springfield Technical Community College and Springfield Armory Museum on Thursday afternoon, 03 August 2017. Both buildings are on the Springfield Armory National Historic Site grounds. The event is for dealers, assistants, displayers, early admission, seminar givers and approved volunteers. Lunch will be served. Event reception starts at 1 pm on the 7th floor at the Top of the City conference room at the College Education Center which has large windows that overlook the historic grounds. Special Springfield Armory Museum tours every half hour. The event will be catered. Casual dress. Visit FOHBC.org for more info. 2
Cover: Eagle Charter Oak Historical Flask - Corning Museum of Glass - Photo: Sandor P. Fuss
TABL E O F C O N TE N T S Springfield Armory Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOHBC Presidentâ€™s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Convention Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Conventions Director Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Show Chair Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOHBC General Membership Meeting Breakfast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Federation Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Battle of Springfield Bottle Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Watson One Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Room Hopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Historical Look at Springfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Top 10 Attractions in Springfield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOHBC Banquet & Cocktail Hour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dick & Elma Watson - Their Collections and Contributions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOHBC Seminar Schedule, Topics & Presenters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Youth Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prize Drawings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ribbon Cutting Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOHBC Merchandise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2017 Honorees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Souvenir Program Design & Layout: Ferdinand Meyer V
FOHBC Hall of Fame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOHBC National Shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FOHBC Honor Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Walking Tour of Springfield Cultural District Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dealers & Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MassMutual Center Exhibit Hall Floor Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Another Look at Sandwich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Northeastern Favorites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advertising Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Ferdinand Meyer V FOHBC President
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It gives me great pleasure to welcome our Federation members and guests to the FOHBC East-
ern Regions 2017 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo in the great city of Springfield, Massachusetts. If you are not familiar with Springfield, the city is in western New England, and the seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts. Springfield sits on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River near its confluence with three rivers: the western Westfield River, the eastern Chicopee River, and the eastern Mill River. Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, lies 23.9 miles south of Springfield, on the western bank of the Connecticut River. Some of you may have flown into Bradley International Airport, which sits 12 miles south of Metro Center Springfield, and is Hartford-Springfield’s airport. I would like to thank all of the folks who have worked so hard to make this event happen and wanted to start off with show co-chairs Jim Bender and Bob Strickhart for all their hard work. I also wanted to thank our Western Region Director Eric McGuire for his efforts in setting the stage with his many fine eastern themed articles in Bottles and Extras and the program this year, Jeff Ullman for his Northeastern Favorites article and again, Jim Bender and Bob Strickhart for their many “Northeast” themed articles in Bottles and Extras and Antique Bottle & Glass Collector. We also thank our advertisers as we sold a record number of advertisements in our souvenir program thanks to our team led by Jim and Val Berry. I also wanted to thank Jim Hagenbuch and Glass Works Auctions and the Watson family for the Watson One auction, Rick Ciralli for coordinating our Battle of Springfield bottle competition, Michael George for coordinating our seminars and Fran Hughes for coordinating our wonderful displays. For the third time, we will be having our FOHBC General Membership Meeting Breakfast. This year’s Banquet is also very much anticipated with a tribute to Dick and Elma Watson and the induction of Charles and Mark Vuono into the Hall of Fame and Jon Landers into our Honor Roll. We also have new official FOHBC photographers for the Springfield National and their names are Carol & Bill Petscavage. If you see them during our event, please take a moment to thank them for their time and effort, which is volunteered. Thank you to our FOHBC Board Members for your support and decision making and the great group of volunteers that staff the registration, membership, merchandise, Virtual Museum and other FOHBC tables. Have fun at the FOHBC National. Buy some bottles and spend some quality time with your bottle friends. 4
CONVENTION SCHEDULE TI M E
LO C ATIO N
Th ur s da y - 03 Augus t 2 017 8:00 am - Noon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm* 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm*
FOHBC Board Meeting Display Setup Only Springfield Armory Reception Dealer Registration Battle of Springfield Bottle Registration Battle of Springfield Bottle Competition
Sheraton Hotel - Boland Ex Room MassMutual Center Springfield College MassMutual Center - Prefunction MassMutual Center - Rms 1&2 MassMutual Center - Rms 1&2
Fr ida y - 04 Au g us t 2 017 7:00 am - 5:00 pm 7:00 am - 8:30 am 7:00 am - Noon 9:00 am - Noon Noon - 1:00 pm 12:50 pm 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm*
Dealer Registration & Ticket Sales General Membership Meeting Breakfast Dealer Unloading & Display Setup Seminars Showroom Closed Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Dealer and Early Buyer Admittance Showroom Closed for the Day Cocktail Reception The FOHBC Banquet & Awards
MassMutual Center - Prefunction MassMutual Center - Rms 4&5 MassMutual Center MassMutual Center - Rms 1-3 MassMutual Center MassMutual Center - Prefunction MassMutual Center MassMutual Center MassMutual Center - Prefunction MassMutual Center - Rms 4&5
Sat ur da y - 05 Aug us t 2 017 7:00 am - 5:00 pm 7:00 am - 9:00 am 9:00 am - 12:00 noon Noon - 1:00 pm 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Ticket Sales & Packet Pick-Up Watson One Auction Preview Watson One Live Auction Dealer and Early Buyer Admittance Show General Admission Hotel Room Hopping
MassMutual Center - Prefunction MassMutual Center - Rms 1-4 MassMutual Center - Rms 1-4 MassMutual Center MassMutual Center Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel
Sun d a y - 06 Au g us t 2 017 7:00 am 7:00 am - 9:00 am 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 2:30 pm 3:00 pm *Estimated completion time.
Non Denominational Chapel Service Dealer and Early Buyer Admittance Show General Admission Display Awards Announced Convention End
Sheraton King Edwd Suite, 3rd Flr MassMutual Center MassMutual Center MassMutual Center MassMutual Center 5
Conventions Director Welcome Louis Fifer Welcome to the 2017 FOHBC Springfield National Bottle Convention and Expo! Springfield was established in 1636 by William Pynchon who commissioned a scouting expedition which was led by John Cable and John Woodcock. The team was to find a suitable location for agriculture and trading. Springfield was originally named Agawam and was part of the Connecticut Colony. In 1640 Agawam defected from the Connecticut Colony to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and then the town’s name was changed to Springfield. Springfield flourished as a trading post and an agricultural center until 1675 when it was burned to the ground by a coalition of Indians during the King Philips War. Springfield’s prosperity went down for the next 100 years until 1777. During the United States Revolutionary War, its leaders decided to make Springfield home of the National Armory. In 1795, they started manufacturing muskets. The Armory made small arms from the American muskets, the famous Springfield rifle, to the revolutionary M1 Garand and M14’s. The armory stopped producing small arms in 1968 and was decommissioned in 1969. The city went on the decline through the 1980s and into the 1990s. Seeking to overcome its decline, the city undertook several large (but unfinished) projects; including a $1 billion high-speed rail from New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, and the new $1 billion MGM Casino and other projects. Springfield now has many attractions to offer such as Six Flags New England, The Springfield Armory, Nai Smith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Dr. Seuss Museum, Titanic Historical Society and many others. I look forward to seeing everyone there and hope you have a great show! Track me down at the 2018 Cleveland National table for contracts and information. This Souvenir Program is dedicated to Bob Ferraro & Gene Bradberry. Two great FOHBC Leaders.
Bob Ferraro 1935-2017
Gene Bradberry 1938-2017
Springfield National Chair Welcome Jim Bender & Bob Strickhart We welcome you to Springfield and the 2017 Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors National Antique Bottle Convention and Expo. We have been working on this show for over two years and are anxious to see the fruits of our labors. We believe we have prepared a bottle experience that will be long remembered as perhaps the best bottle show of the 21st Century. We would like to draw your attention to what we called “The very first rule” which was printed in the contract package. The very first rule stated that “We want you to have the most enjoyable experience at the FOHBC Springfield National Convention. In short, have fun! If anything arises during this event that we can improve upon, please contact us at your earliest convenience.” We have lived by that rule and will continue to work with you with any request or any need that we can help you with. Take the time to peruse the schedule of events and you will see that there are numerous opportunities to connect with friends, learn more about glass and this hobby, and hopefully add to your collections. We have worked tirelessly to make these events comfortable and easy for you to take part in. Also, Springfield is a fine host city for our Expo and there are many attractions nearby to enjoy including the Basketball Hall of Fame and fine dining opportunities. All these events did not simply happen and we would not have been able to create these experiences for you without the help of what we call “Team Springfield”. Too many to name individually and risking omission of one of our fine contributors, we would like to say a hearty well done and thank you to “Team Springfield” and all those who helped us make this time possible. Once again, remember “The 1st Rule”, and if we can be of any assistance, we’ll do our best to satisfy your needs. Welcome to Springfield and let the fun begin! A Splendid time is guaranteed for all!!!!! Jim Bender & Bob Strickhart 7
FOHBC General Membership Meeting Breakfast FOHBC Officers [2016 - 2018] President: Ferdinand Meyer V Houston, Texas
First Vice President: Sheldon Baugh Russellville, Kentucky
Second Vice President: Gene Bradberry Bartlett, Tennessee Secretary: James Berry St. Johnsville, New York
Treasurer: Gary Beatty North Port, Florida Historian: Jim Bender Sprakers, New York
Editor: Martin Van Zant Danville, Indiana
Merchandising Director: Val Berry St. Johnsville, New York Membership Director: Linda Sheppard Sprakers, New York 8
Friday, August 4, 2017 MassMutual Ctr - Rms 4 & 5 7:30 am to 8:30 am Early Birds can arrive at 7:00 am for Buffet Conventions Director: Louis Fifer Brunswick, Ohio
Business Manager: Elizabeth Meyer Houston, Texas Director-at-Large: Ron Hands Wilson, North Carolina
Director-at-Large: Steve Ketcham Edina, Minnesota Director-at-Large: John Pastor New Hudson, Michigan Midwest Director: Matt Lacy Austinburg, Ohio
Northeast Director: Bob Strickhart Pennington, New Jersey Southern Director: Brad Seigler Justin, Texas
Western Director: Eric McGuire Petaluma, California
Public Relations Director: Alicia Booth Houston, Texas
BATTLE OF SPRINGFIELD Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the MassMutual Center, Rooms 1 & 2
This year, we will entertain three categories in this competition including “Saratoga Type Spring Water Bottles”, “Sandwich Glass” and “Best Massachusetts Bottle”. We are also excited to announce that our “Judging Trio” for the wide open category of “Best Massachusetts Bottle” will include three of the most knowledgeable and experienced individuals in the realm of collecting antique bottles and glass. For the first time together, three bottle powerhouses will take on the judging duties and will include antique bottle authorities and auctioneers, James Hagenbuch, Norman C. Heckler Sr. and John Pastor. The Master of Ceremonies for this event will be none other than Rick Ciralli. For additional info please go to FOHBC.org or contact your Battle of Springfield host Rick Ciralli at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.722.2901 or either of the Springfield co-chairs, Jim Bender or Bob Strickhart.
BOTTLE REGISTRATION at 6:00 pm!
Glass Works Auctions proudly presents
The first offering of the Dick & Elma Watson Collection Over 100 select pieces will be offered from this iconic collection!
Saturday Morning, August 5th, 2017 @ 9 am at the MassMutual Center 1277 Main St. Springfield, MA 01103 Rooms 1, 2 & 3 Preview Times: Friday, August 4th (3 to 5 pm) Saturday, August 5th (7 to 9 am)
2017 SPRINGFIELD MASSACHUSETTS
National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo
Held in conjunction with the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo
Springfield National 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Room Hopping Saturday, August 5th 2017 For those who would like an old fashioned treat, this year at the Springfield National, we are bringing back a rendition of an old favorite. We’re going to have some old fashioned “Room Hopping” at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place hotel just like we did before cell phones and late night auctions. Make your plans now to have a rabbit den of bottles to show off or hop from room to room in the hotel.
For more information see Convention Info Packet or visit FOHBC.org
A Historical Look at Springfield By Jim Bender FOHBC Historian
The Springfield Armory, opened by George Washington in 1777, was controversially closed in 1968.
Main Street in The City of Progress, circa 1910. 12
Back almost three years ago when Bob Strickhart and I started looking for a location to
hold the 2017 National Antique Bottle Convention and Expo, I first looked at the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. Part of searching for FOHBC convention locations for me is the history of the area. After all, as bottle collectors, we also like history. Once I started to look into Springfield’s history, I found a lot of very interesting facts about the area. So I’ll share some of them with you. Springfield was founded in 1636 and named Agawam at the time. Four years later, the town was renamed Springfield in honor of William Pynchon’s home town in England. He was Springfield’s founder. Pynchon’s portrait is represented above. Springfield flourished for years. Its location on the Connecticut River and the three tributaries that join there made it a perfect location for trade. It was a great crossroads for trade from Boston to Albany as well as New York City to Montreal. Unfortunately during the King Philip War in 1675, Springfield was burned to the ground by a coalition of Indian tribes. The city just hung on for the next 100 years until 1777 when during the Revolutionary War, George Washington and Henry Knox recognized its advantages as a site Springfield’s founder, William Pynchon for a national armory. For 201 years until 1968, Springfield Arms produced small weapons. The first muskets were produced in 1794, followed by the famous Springfield rifles. Springfield attracted many of the most talented people from all over the world. It could have been compared to today’s Silicon Valley. In 1787, the armory was nearly captured during Shay’s Rebellion. This was the major event that prompted the U.S. Constitutional Convention in 1788. Springfield has been nicknamed The City of Firsts or The City of Progress. Many things have come out of Springfield. 14
Portrait of King Philip, by Paul Revere. In 1675, Springfield became one of two major settlements burned to the ground during the New World’s first major Indian War, King Philip’s War. (The other major settlement burned was Providence, Rhode Island). King Philip’s War permanently ended the harmonious relations that had existed between the Natives and Springfield’s settlers. Thousands of New England settlers and Native Americans died in King Philip’s War, which to this day remains the most violent war per capita in American history. The carnage resulted in the clearing of the Native populations from southern New England and the unopposed expansion of the New England colonies. It also became the ruthless model on which the United States based its dealings with its native peoples.
Springfield was the first city to free another state’s slave. In 1808, a man from New York City traveled to Springfield and demanded a woman named Jenny return with him as his slave. Jenny had been living in Springfield for many years. The citizens of Springfield banded together in support of abolitionism and raised the money to buy Jenny and set her free. She lived the rest of her life in Springfield. John Brown, the famous abolitionist and hero of the raid on Harper’s Ferry, was living in Springfield at the time. It must be noted that after 1850 and the forming of the League of Gileadites, never again was a black slave removed from Springfield. As of 2011, St. John’s Congregational Church remains one of the largest black congregations and proudly displays John Brown’s Bible. In 1805, the first American English Dictionary was written by Noah Webster. Today the term Webster’s Dictionary is a house hold term. In 1819, inventor Thomas Blanchard and his lathe created the first interchangeable parts and assembly line which went on to influence work as we know it today. Blanchard also built the first horseless carriage which was powered by steam. This is believed to be the first modern car. So you see, Henry Ford was not the first to think of these things. In 1844, Charles Goodyear perfected and patented vulcanized rubber at his factory in Springfield. He was making stamps, (the automobile had not been mass produced yet). In 1853, the first horse show was held in Springfield. In 1856, the first adjustable wrench was invented in Springfield. 15
In 1873, the first post cards were invented by the Morgan Envelope Company. In 1875, the first dog show was held in Springfield. A historic postcard of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company building in Springfield, Massachusetts. Pub. by The Springfield News Co. Tichnor Bros. Inc., Boston, Mass. - Boston Public Library
The first mayor of Springfield was Caleb Rice, who was also the first president of the MassMutual Life Insurance Company and is still headquartered in Springfield. It is the second largest company in Massachusetts. In 1855, the Republican Party was formed in Springfield by Samuel Bowles III, the publisher of the Springfield daily newspaper, The Republican. In 1860, Bowlesâ€™ friend, Springfield lawyer George Ashmum was elected chairman of the Republican Convention and nominated Abraham Lincoln for president. A vintage postcard of the Smith & Wesson Factory, Springfield, Mass. where the famed Smith & Wesson guns were made. The building still exists but has been re-purposed.
In 1856, Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson formed the Smith & Wesson Manufacturing Company. It has become the most famous revolver manufacturer in the world today. The company’s headquarters is still in Springfield and employs over 1,200 people. On Sept. 20,1893 Charles and Frank Duryea of Springfield built and tested the first gasoline-powered car in America. It was tested at the Howard Bemis farm. In 1895, the Duryea Motor Wagon won America’s first ever road race. It was a 54-mile race from Chicago to Evanston, Ill. A year later, the Duryea Motor Wagon Company became the first company to manufacture and sell gasoline-powered automobiles. Its motto was “there is no better motorcar.” Later that year, someone hit a man on a bicycle and called the police. This was the first reported car accident.
Indian is an American brand of motorcycles originally produced from1901 to 1953 in Springfield, Massachusetts
In 1901, the Indian Motorcycle Company was formed and became the first successful motorcycle company in the United States. Today, the Scout and Chief models are very collectible. The Hendee Manufacturing Company, Indian’s parent company, also manufactured other products such as aircraft engines, bicycles, boat motors and even air
In 1905, the Knox Motor Car Company produced the first motorized fire engines for the Springfield Fire Department, making Springfield the first modern fire department in the world.
door to the Indian motorcycle factory.
In 1920, the Rolls Royce company located its only manufacturing plant outside of England in Springfield. They believed Springfield was the only place that had the craftsmen and workmanship they needed. Cars were produced there until 1931 -- nearly 3,000 Silver Ghosts and Phantoms until production halted due to The Great Depression. The factory was located next Springfield Rolls Royce plant. 17
In 1921, the first commercial radio station was founded in Springfield. WBZ aired from the Hotel Kimball. In 1953, the first UHF television station WWLP aired. Today, itâ€™s called Springfieldâ€™s 22 News. From 1929 until 1934, the Granville Brothers manufactured speed record-holding airplanes called GeeBees. The Great Floods of Springfield in 1936 and 1938 caused $200,000,000 in damage. Most all of the mansions standing at the north and south ends of Springfield were lost and even today that part of the city has never been rebuilt. Springfield never really fully rebounded from that sad part of its history. James Naismith holding a basketball.
The most famous thing today the city is known for is basketball. In 1891, theology graduate James Naismith invented the sport at the YMCA International Training School, known today as Springfield College. He was looking for a sport that could be played between the football and baseball seasons. The first game played ended with a score of 1-0. In 1912, the first specifically crafted basketball was made by Victory Sporting Goods Company of Springfield. In 1936, basketball became an Olympic sport and since then has become the second most popular sport in the world after soccer. In 1968, The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was opened on the Springfield College campus. In 1985, it was moved to a larger facility on the banks of the Connecticut River. The Hall of Fame moved once again, this time right next door in 2002, and draws people from all over the world. In 1968, the Springfield Armory was controversially closed during the Vietnam war. From that point going forward many manufacturing companies left Springfield due to rising taxes. What had made Springfield a strong city was leaving. At the same time in the late 1960s, Interstate 91 was constructed and separated Springfield from the river front. This basically blocked Springfieldâ€™s use of the river. Construction of the interstate also took valuable land once used to create jobs. Overall, the interstate hurt the city. Springfield has very few high rise buildings compared to other cities. 18
Today, Springfield is trying to refind itself. Tourist attractions have become very popular. There are several museums and parks to visit. There is a Six Flags amusement park just outside of town. Scheduled to open in 2018 is a new MGM Casino which is being built near the riverfront. The Hartford-Springfield region is also known as the â€œKnowledge Corridorâ€? because it hosts over 160,000 university students and over 32 universities and liberal arts colleges - the second-highest concentration of higher-learning institutions in the United States. The city of Springfield itself is home to Springfield College, Western New England University, American International College, and Springfield Technical Community College, among other higher educational institutions. Springfield is a very friendly city rich in history. We hope you all get to enjoy some of what it has to offer during your visit.
Top 10 attractions in Springfield [See area map on pages 94 & 95]
Springfield Museums: 1 stop 4 museums. 1 ticket grants entry to a science museum, history museum & 2 art museums around a grassy quad. 21 Edwards St, Springfield, MA 01103-1548, 413.263.6800 Seuss in Springfield: 21 Edwards St, Springfield, MA 01103-1548, 800.625.7738 Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 West Columbus Ave., Springfield, MA 01105, 413.781.6500 Springfield Armory National Historic Site: One Armory Square, Springfield, MA 01105, 413.734.8551 Springfield Central Library: State St, Springfield, MA 01105, 413.263.6828 Forest Park & Forest Park Historic District: Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA, 413.787.6434 North Riverfront Park: West Street, Springfield, MA 01104 Symphony Hall, 34 Court St, Springfield, MA 01103-1645, 413.788.7033 City Stage: 1 Columbus Ctr, Springfield, MA 01103-1444, 413.788.7646 Springfield College: 263 Alden St, Springfield, MA 01109-3788, 413.748.3000 19
FOHBC Banquet and Cocktail Hour Friday, August 4th
MassMutual Center | Rooms 4 & 5
A Tribute to
Dick & Elma Watson
Come relax with the FOHBC and your bottle friends and enjoy a cocktail before the traditional FOHBC Banquet from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Friday the 5th of August at the MassMutual Center, Meeting Rooms 4 & 5 Prefunction area. A cash bar will be available for your favorite beverage. Following the cocktail hour, we will proceed to our FOHBC Banquet which will start at 6:30 pm and conclude around 8:30 pm. You do not have to be a FOHBC member to attend! The cost for the FOHBC Banquet will be $35 per person. We encourage you to reserve your place early, as we expect heavier than usual attendance at this event. Phyllis Koch along with Jim Bender and Bob Strickhart will reminisce with you about a special duo in the history of our organization with a special tribute to “Dick & Elma Watson, Their Collections and Contributions.” Photographs of their collection will be featured and if you have not had the opportunity to see the Watson collection before, you are in for a real treat. We will cap the night off by honoring our new inductees to the FOHBC Hall of Fame and Honor Roll and award presentations for our FOHBC Club Contests. Don’t miss this event! Any questions can be directed to either Bob Strickhart or Jim Bender. 20
Dick & Elma Watson Their Collections and Contributions
by Bob Strickhart
The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors Banquet at the 2017 Springfield National will be held on Friday evening starting at 6:30 P.M. at the MassMutual Center. This year, your Springfield National co-chairs, Jim Bender and Bob Strickhart, along with Phyllis Koch will be the banquet speakers. The topic for the evening will be “Dick & Elma Watson, Their Collections and Contributions.” Dick Watson entered the FOHBC Hall of Fame in 1997 while Elma was inducted five years later in 2002. If you are old enough to have known these two bottle and glass collecting powerhouses, we will bring a smile to your face as we retrace some of their many contributions. If you are too young to have known them or didn’t have the chance to meet Dick and Elma, we will bring to light some of the many reasons this hobby is the wonderful experience it is due to their caring and gracious kindness. Finally, if you did or did not have a chance to witness the Watson collections, we will remind you of two dedicated collectors who were fervent about glass and the people who shared this common passion. It is only fitting that this northeast Federation Convention & Expo focus on Dick and Elma Watson as they truly were a huge part of the bottle hobby in this part of the country. Henry Ford once said that “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking”. Come and learn how two quality individuals quietly went about the business of “doing it right” for this hobby. 21
SANDOR P. FUSS COLLECTOR OF FINE AMERICAN HISTORICAL GLASS
VIRTUAL MUSEUM of
HISTORICAL BOTTLES AND GLASS Please visit the FOHBC Virtual Museum table for the latest news, observe photography sessions or watch the marketing video that has been developed. We need your help! Please stop by the Virtual Museum table and get a Virtual Museum button for supporting the cause!
Phase 1 Goal: $30,000
Please help us fill the bottle! Development Gifts as of July 2017: $22,259 Goal: $30,000 For more info please visit FOHBC.org Send gift to Alan DeMaison (Director), FOHBC Virtual Museum, 1605 Clipper Cove Painesville, Ohio 44077 24
Please join the FOHBC & keep your membership up to date!
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Seminar Schedule, Topics & Presenters
The FOHBC is proud to present a variety of fascinating educational seminars at the 2017 Springfield National Bottle Convention and Expo. This distinguished group of presenters was organized by seminar coordinator, Michael George. In the past, because two seminars were presented simultaneously, you were forced to choose one and miss another. We have partially remedied this situation by arranging the videotaping of our seminars which will be made available to all on the FOHBC web site. Details concerning obtaining those videos will be announced at the time of the seminar presentations. The seminars will take place on Friday, August 4th, 2017 from 9:00 am to Noon at the MassMutual Center, Meeting Rooms 1-3. Listed below are the seminar topics, presenters and the location where the educational seminars will take place. Any questions concerning the Seminars can be directed to Michael George at firstname.lastname@example.org or either of the Springfield Co-Chairs, Jim Bender or Bob Strickhart. Seminar Title | Topic
Glassmaking in New England
Meeting Rm 1
The Marketing of Milk in the 1940s
Meeting Rm 2
Flask Classification 101
10:00 am Meeting Rm 1
Colors of Sandwich Glass
10:00 am Meeting Rm 3
Excavations of The Mount Vernon Glassworks
Richard Strunk & Mark Yates
11:00 am Meeting Rm 2
Dr. Sweeting and the Flag Salt Remedy Co.
John M. Spellman
11:00 am Meeting Rm 3
F OHBC SEMIN ARS Historical Flask Identification 101 - Mark Vuono This years Hall of Fame recipient (along with his father Charles), Mark Vuono has been collecting historical flasks and blown three mold flasks for over half a century. Of course when anyone asks what Mark and Charlie Vuono’s biggest accomplishments have been, the number one answer would be that they together built the best-ever collection of American-made historical flasks in the world. Their collection has taken well over a half century to build to what it is today. Mark is also an author of numerous educational articles relating to the fields of collecting historical flasks. His seminar will be geared towards the beginning collector, focusing on the 15 different McKearin groupings of historical flasks and discussing some of the more common examples that are obtainable for the beginning collector.
John M. Spellman as “Dr. William H. Sweeting” Come join John M. Spellman as he transforms into Dr. William H Sweeting and steps you back through a curtain of time so you can experience his education, practice, house calls, historical events of his day and the discovery of his Flag Salt Remedy. This medicine, which treated headaches, neuralgia, colds, fatigue, and lagrippe will travel around the world from Savannah, New York. John Spellman is the town Historian of Savannah, New York and has written two local history books and several articles on this upstate New York rural community. John has collected glass items produced at the Clyde Glassworks, in Clyde, New York for over 40 years. He has written about and exhibited his collection throughout the northeast. In 1968, he co-produced and narrated a video documentary on the “History of the Clyde Glass Works”. 28
John’s desire is for you to experience the rich history of the patent medicine industry as experienced through Dr. Sweeting and the Flag Salt Remedy.
Colors of Sandwich Glass - Wes & Diane Seemann Wes Seemann was born on February 17, 1937 in Portage Wisconsin. After eight years in the Navy and four in college, Wes journeyed to Alaska where his crew found the oil on the North Slope. Wes is a commercial pilot and was a rock hound at age six. Fifty-four years ago, Wes married his wife Diane, his right and left hands. While doing a bottle show in Keene, New Hampshire, Ray Barlow bought several very good pieces of Sandwich glass from Wes and Dianne. From that time on, he was their mentor and longtime friend. Diane and Wes have been collecting glass ever since. Borrowing a line from Wes’s commencement speaker Paul Harvey, “That’s the rest of the story”.
Marketing of Milk in the 1940s - Peter Bleiberg
Peter Bleiberg, from New Hartford, New York, is the Editor of The Milk Route, the monthly publication of the National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors. A milk bottle collector since 1988, Peter’s collecting interest is based not on the city or state where a bottle comes from but instead on the artwork and slogans that appear on the bottle. His slide presentation for his seminar, entitled The Marketing of Milk in the 1940s, features images of the backs of hundreds of milk bottles and shows how dairies used that space to promote the sale of their milk and other dairy products. In addition to producing 29
the only periodic publication devoted entirely to antique milk bottles, Peter also serves as Treasurer and Bottle Show Chairman of the Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle Club. Peter’s son Paul works in Washington as a lobbyist for the National Milk Producers Federation, although Paul says that growing up in a house filled with milk bottles had nothing to do with his interest in U.S government dairy policy. Peter reports that the only milk consumed in the Bleiberg house is poured over the occasional bowl of Cheerios or Rice Krispies, since he hasn’t had a glass of milk in over forty years.
Glassmaking in New England - Michael George Michael George was born and raised in New Hampshire, and currently resides with his family in the countryside of New Boston. His passion for American glass started at an early age. Today, Michael has become an avid collector and premiere antique glass dealer. He also conducts numerous lectures for historical institutions and his articles have been published in such magazines as Antique Bottle & Glass Collector, Bottles & More, and Antiques & Arts Weekly. In 2012, Michael served as organizer and curator of the 3-month long New Hampshire Glassmakers Exhibit at the Peterborough Historical Society. He is a member of the Federation of Historic Bottle Collectors, member of the Yankee Bottle Club and Merrimack Valley Bottle Club. In the summer of 2013, Michael served as Chairman and organizer of the first Federation of Historic Bottle Collectors (fohbc.org) national show in New England. He is also very active in the bottle and glass show circuit, participating in over a dozen events annually throughout the East Coast. Michael will discuss “The Glassmaking Industry Throughout New England”. As Springfield, Massachusetts is in the heart of this region, we will investigate the factories, and output of these “local” glass manufacturers.
Excavations of The Mount Vernon Glassworks - Rich Strunk & Mark Yates Mark Yates, a lifelong Central New York native, resides in Cazenovia, New York with his wife, Linda and his four daughters. He has a degree in Chemistry from Lemoyne College and is an environmental consultant and industrial hygienist. Mark started digging for old bottles on farm dumps near his childhood home in 1970 when he was nine years old. Unaware that bottle shows and bottle clubs even existed, he spent many hours at the local 30
library learning as much as he could about his treasures. His interest waned in his teen years as other teenage pursuits took precedence, but Markâ€™s passion for bottle collecting was reignited while on a business trip in the late 1980s when he admired a small collection of historical flasks, Saratoga mineral waters, and other early bottles decorated the fireplace mantle of a restaurant. Since that time, Mark became very active in collecting and has focused his collecting on early Central New York bottles such as pontiled medicines, Saratogaâ€™s and pontiled sodas. In 2008, Mark met Brian Wolff, another central New York collector and friend who shared an interest in the nearby Mount Vernon Glass Company. Mark has since focused his research and collecting interests on learning as much as possible and digging at the glassworks site. Together with Brian and Rich Strunk, many new and exciting discoveries have been made regarding this early, historic and relatively unknown glasswork. Mark is currently vice president, librarian and newsletter editor of the Empire State Bottle Collectorâ€™s Association, a Federation of Antique Bottle Collectors member and a lifetime member of the Saratoga-type Mineral Water Bottle Collectors. He has lectured many times and authored numerous articles on Central New York bottles, privy digging and other collecting topics. Rich Strunk grew up in the Capital District area of New York State. While on a family trip in 1969, they passed many roadside tables of bottles for sale. Mom said to check out the dumps in the woods, which produced several decent specimens. The bottle interest morphed into a business selling and restoring antiques of all types, which paid for college. He got his BA in anthropology and worked as a professional archaeologist for seven years. Then he was a full time antique dealer while taking courses on historic building techniques. In 1996, he founded Windy Hill Restorations, which specializes in historic building restoration. In 1975, he dug a pieces of a rare Saratoga bottle, from that find he joined the ranks of Saratoga bottle collectors. In 1977, he started researching the Mt Pleasant Glassworks, the source of many of these bottles. Rich currently lives in the Mohawk Valley area with his wife Lori. A few years ago, Mark introduced him to Brian Wolff who was researching the Mt. Vernon Glassworks, the predecessor of Mt Pleasant. He and Mark are currently professionally excavating a factory building and furnace and obtaining quantities of glass so we can start making valid conclusions about their output. 31
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Make your plans now for the biggest antique bottle and glass event of 2018! Brought to you by the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and the Ohio Bottle Club
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VIP Reception, Registration, Bottle Competition Friday-August 3: FOHBC Membership Mtg Breakfast, Educational Seminars, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Early Admission, FOHBC Cocktail Hour & Banquet Saturday-August 4: Live Bottle Auction, Show General Admission, Youth Corner, Evening event TBD Sunday-August 5: General Admission,Youth Corner & Display Awards
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proudly presents examples from a few collections in our Fall auction schedule
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Jerry & Helen Forbes Big Sur, California
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A Salute to New England Flasks Rich and Kathy Tucker
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Common to Rare
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Buy - Sell - Trade Fruit Jars, Frank Tea & Spice
2281 Clarkston Lane Union, Kentucky 41091 859.912.2450
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Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC We specialize in buying, selling and appraising Western Americana, bottles, numismatica (coins, ingots, banknotes), exonumia (pioneer minor coinage/ trade tokens), western art and antiquities, Native American arts, firearms, railroad, and mining goods. We are now accepting quality consignments. We not only reach record-breaking prices for items that cross our auction block; we create and honor legends!
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9:00 am to 2:00 pm Polish Falcons Hall 445 Columbia Ave Depew, NY Admission - $3.00 (Children under 12 free)
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Success to the FOHBC and the 2017 National Antique Bottle Convention
Dave Potter (716) 771-1581 firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Jablonski (716) 440-7985 email@example.com Joe Guerra (716) 674-5750 firstname.lastname@example.org Tables $25, $15 for additional tables Set-up Sunday 7:00 to 9:00 am
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Poison Bottles Joan C. Cabaniss email@example.com 540.297.4498 312 Summer Lane Huddleston, Virginia 24104 45
Youth A CTIVITIES Bottle Grab Bags • Saturday & Sunday, Aug 5th & 6th The FOHBC will provide fifty (50) bottle grab bags for children ten and under during the General Admission hours of the show on Saturday and Sunday. Each bag will have an antique bottle that was hand blown, in good condition and embossed. There will also be a ‘special’ grab bag with a better bottle each of the two days so bring your child to the front FOHBC registration desk area of the MassMutual Center and ask for a bottle grab bag. Limit one bottle bag grab per child. The FOHBC photographer, in some cases, if available, will take a photograph of the child opening the bag with permission from the parent or guardian. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Let’s support the next generation of bottle collectors!
Junior Scavenger Hunt • Saturday & Sunday, Aug 5th & 6th The FOHBC will encourage children from ages 8 on up to participate in an organized scavenger hunt at the MassMutual Center antique bottle showroom floor. The FOHBC scavenger hunt organizers will prepare a list defining specific questions, which the participants will seek to gather or complete all items on the list, typically without purchasing them. Participants may work in small teams, although the rules will encourage individuals to participate. The goal is to complete all or most of the items on the list. Awards will be presented on Saturday between 4:30 and 5:00 pm for the Saturday Hunt and Sunday, August 6th between 2:30 and 3:00 pm for the Sunday hunt. Please register at the front FOHBC front table area.
National Show Special $10 show pick up! H.H. Warner His Company & His Bottles 2.0 H.H. Warner - His Company & His Bottles 2.0 by Michael Seeliger & Contributing authors worldwide. Digital Format fits any USB Port PDF version. Filled with the Warner and Dr. Craig Story, Bottles, Advertising, Posters, Almanacs, and other information on Warner and Craig bottles. Over 600 pages with great pictures of all Warner bottles and advertising. Includes the 1974 book H.H. Warner His Company & His Bottles and a checklist of Warner and Dr. Craig items. Michael Seeliger MWSeeliger@gmail.com, N8211 Smith Road, Brooklyn, Wisconsin 53521
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Room Hopping Saturday Night ! Visit us and discuss Warner Bottles Advertising and Products as well as Warnerâ€™s connection with Dr. Charles Craig inventor of the Kidney Cure. Visit with Michael & Alice Seeliger, Michael & Kathie Craig, Jack Stecher, Terry McMurray, Stephen Jackson, Dr. Edward Atwater, James Bell and many more Warner enthusiasts. We will have slides of every Warner bottle and advertising available and the book open on computers to discuss sections. Bring Warner bottles to buy sell or trade. - Check that evening for Room Number
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Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel, 3000 North Loop West, Houston, Texas 77040 *Antique Bottles *Fruit Jars *Coca Cola *Inks *Trays *Dr. Pepper *Soda Water Bottles *Cans *Breweriana *Glasses *Insulators *Paper Collectibles *Texas Memorabilia *Toys *Drug Store Collectibles *Advertising Items *Oil Company Items *Plates *Milk Bottles *Jugs* and much much more!!!! For Show And Table Information Contact: Barbara J. Puckett, 907 W. Temple, Houston, Tx 77009 713.862,1690 (Home) 713.409.9940 (Cell) Bpuckett77009@Yahoo.Com
Wanted: 3-Piece Mold Whiskey Cylinders with the following bases:
Offering $1,000 commission to anyone that points me towards a base embossed Pacific Glass Works 6th
Buy Sell Trade - Interested in any and all colors - No Deal Too Outrageous To Consider! Please contact me if you have anything similar.
Andrew Koutsoukos | Mill Valley, California
Colored Druggist Collector All quality bottles bought and sold.
the UK’s 4 major Shows inc the UK AUCTIONS Summer Tried Tested Trusted National
Shows with Auctions 2017
• October 7 & 8
Shows with Auctions 2018
• January 20 & 21 • April 21 & 22 • July 7 & 8 the 28th
UK SummerNational • October 6 & 7
ALL catalogued auctions conducted LIVE
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via thesaleroom.com Saturday 11 November Antique Advertising & Breweriana Auction
Above: Langfords ultra rare coffin poison, part of the Mike Till Coll’n of top poisons & cures
BBR Auctions, Elsecar Heritage Centre,
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SAVING All welcome! THE FIZZ THE EVOLUTION OF PATENTED BOTTLE CLOSURES SINCE THE HUMBLE CORK The most comprehensive book of patent closures for soda and beer bottles, this newly-released book details some 2,500 patents and is richly illustrated with over 4,920 bottle and closure photographs, patent drawings and historical images accompanied by descriptive text. 624 fullcolour pages printed on quality paper bound in a hard cover. 12.5” x 9” and weighs 6.8 pounds. For more information and to view sample pages, go to: www.savingthefizz.com US & Canada: US$183 including packaging & internationl postage. Payment via PayPal (using Family & Friends option) to David Jones at: email@example.com
Non-Denominational Chapel Service Sunday, August 6th 2017
Gary Beatty will conduct a brief 30 minute or so non-denominational chapel service at 7:00 am in the King Edward Suite, 3rd Floor, Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. Gary is a graduate with a Bachelors degree from Midwestern Baptist College, Michigan, Trinity Baptist University Toledo, and has a Doctorate of Divinity from Heritage Baptist College, Hopewell, Indiana. Gary is also currently the FOHBC Treasurer. 51
EARLY AMERICAN BOTTLES, STONEWARE & ADVERTISING Especially seeking pre-Prohibition Minnesota and Wisconsin brewery advertising, early saloon photos, and Red Wing stoneware advertising liquor and bitters jugs.
Steve Ketcham Box 24114 Edina, MN 55424 952-221-0915
Please visit us at antiquebottledepot.com or reach us at
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RCGLASS Rick Ciralli
Collector & Dealer 203-722-2901 firstname.lastname@example.org
Specializing in Early Bottles, Historical Flasks & Blown Glass from the Connecticut Glasshouses of Pitkin, Coventry, Willington, Westford and New London, Dr. Townsend’s Sarsaparilla’s, G.W. Merchant Sarsaparilla’s, Udolpho Wolfe’s Aromatic Schnapps, Colored Pontiled Medicines & Colored Hair Bottles.
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Raffle & Prize Drawings Raffles: The FOHBC will be raffling off two (2) 2017 Springfield National commemorative stoneware jugs [see page 143]. Tickets will be $2 each or three for $5. Raffle tickets will be numbered and show the jug image on the tickets. Play to win! Drawings: A $1,000 donation has been given to the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Convention by the FOHBC to support a series of drawings during the public portion of the show on Saturday and Sunday. Vouchers will be given to the lucky winners to be spent at the show. Drawing Times: Saturday & Sunday: Every hour from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The prize will be a coupon to give a dealer towards the purchase of a bottle. The dealer will then turn the coupon in to the front FOHBC desks for redemption for cash. There will also be a $100 prize (show gift certificate) announced at the banquet. FOHBC officers, show chairpersons, and their spouses/partners or children are not eligible for the drawings. Any consultants to the FOHBC are also not eligible. Only one win per person.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony | MassMutual Center, Friday, August 11th, 12:50 pm Come watch the exciting ribbon cutting ceremony for the 2017 FOHBC Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo. Watch Jim Bender and Bob Strickhart (Co-Chairs) and other convention dignitaries as they officially open the doors! The event will start promptly 10 minutes before the doors open for dealers and early admission attendees.
2017 SPRINGFIELD NATIONAL DISPLAYS Celery Cola Items, Dennis Smith, Buffalo, New York Artifacts From Granite Glass Works, Tom Sproat, Ryland, Kentucky Dose Measure Glasses, Richard Campbell, Rochester, New York Glass And Stoneware Whimseys, Paul Conner, Ocala Florida Mason HG Canning Jars, Clarence Blanchard, Pownal, Maine Coca-Cola Items, Vance Heroth, Fort Plain, New York Bininger Bottles, Don Keating, Fairport, New York Paper Label Inks, John Hinkel, Pacific, Missouri FOHBC History, Jim Bender, Sprakers, New York Connecticut Glass, Rick Ciralli, Bristol Connecticut Monitor Inks, Ron Rainka, Warren Massachusetts
Please VOTE for your favorite display! “Best in Show” and “Most Educational” award plaques will be given. Announcement of the winners will occur on Sunday, August 6th between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
SPECIALTY TABLES & AREAS FOHBC Hall of Fame & Honor Roll FOHBC Virtual Museum National Bottle Museum Saratoga type Bottle Collectors Society (SBCS)
National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors (NAMBC) 2018 Cleveland National Merrimac Valley Bottle Club
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You walk in and look around. At first blush you don’t see what you are looking for, but what exactly are you looking for? We are always searching for something special.
“C’mon Baby, Light my Fire”
Across the room, relegated to the back is something. As you get closer you see that knockout patented form. Closer yet and you notice that radiant aurora of colors emanating through that scintillating personality, that only she holds. A little rough under the skirt reminds you to keep your hands to yourself. She yearns for a match and promises not to burn you. That subtle waft of her hot oily scent enchants you as the figures dance on the wall.
Devil's Fire Mantel Piece last half of 19th Century
She is so smooth and such a pleasure to hold. Sometimes she comes off a little vain and brassy with that polished collar atop her large fonts. She is fond of her Pewter. Offer a little turned wine and she will drop that prim and proper collar every time. You talk and she shares tales of fighting great beasts in the ocean just to illuminate your night, so much better than the scrapes of the tallow. She slips and admits she has never met a Sperm whale she didn’t like. By the end of the evening she surrenders to the dawn, where she displays all her magnificence through color and patterns wrapped around so delicate a waisted form. She has been a siren for 200 years. Tantalizing, but never giving it up, her wafer keeps that skirt on tight. You can find something special at the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National. Many of Deming’s children, including the oh so beautiful Ms. Sandwich Whale Oil Lamp, will attend. Mind your manners and you might take her home. She never tires of dancing on a table and she can do it without a lamp shade. Come light her fire. Ms. Sandwich wants to see the reflection in your eyes and the smile on your face. Caution be told if you get too close to the rocks. The Mackintosh family
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Please visit the FOHBC merchandise table for a wide variety of logo dress shirts, t-shirts, mugs and show mementos.
Shop FOHBC online at FOHBC.org/shopping/
Bottle Museum Where history is the bottle!
Situated in the heart of Ballston Spa, New York is a museum whose mission is to preserve the history of our nationâ€™s first major industry: Bottle making. Exhibits inside of the National Bottle Museum allow visitors to view thousands of glass bottles.
National Bottle Museum 76 Milton Avenue Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518.885.7589
Add to your Springfield National plans!
In 1980, the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs, in conjunction with its subsidiary, the National Bottle Museum, created the bottle collector’s Hall of Fame. Nomination and induction into the Hall of Fame is based on major contributions to the bottle collecting hobby, which had significant impact and enduring quality. Descriptions of activities and achievements are gathered by the nominator(s). Distinguished services to the hobby are noted and documented. Successful candidates are then officially inducted into the Hall of Fame. All documentation is bound and appropriately filed in the FOHBC’s archives. The following pages summarize the accomplishments of these honored collectors. 1981 - Helen McKearin
In recognition for her outstanding literary achievements in the field if research and writing, resulting in the publication of comprehensive reference books and periodicals on the subject of American glass and bottles. She co-authored American Glass with her father, George S. McKearin. 1983 - Charles Gardner
Known as the “Father of Modern Day Bottle Collecting,” he was the link between past greats in the hobby such as Stephen Van Rensselaer and George and Helen McKearin. He was a master collector for 45 years, stimulating the hobby’s growth to what it has become today - a vibrant collecting field filled with camaraderie and adventures. 1985 - Edmund R. & Jayne Blaske
Dedicated collectors and researchers in the field of historical flasks. Teachers of many young and new collectors, the Blaskes were popular banquet speakers, as well as active supporters of many local clubs, the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (now Collectors) and the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York. 1985 - John C. Tibbitts
Founder and first president of the first U.S. bottle club, the Antique Bottle Collectors Association of California. The club eventually had a national membership of more than 250 persons representing 23 states and was the model for the formation of many others. He was the first to edit a club newsletter. It was called The Pontil. 1985 - Harry Hall White
A great bottle archaeologist, his excavations of glass houses and research of public libraries produced sound data that was used by authors such as Kenneth Wilson and George McKearin in writing books that enriched the knowledge of glass collectors. “Harry Hall White is the outstanding pioneer in this field of research and investigation,” McKearin wrote in American Glass, published in 1941. In November of 1926, his story on Early Pittsburgh Glass-Houses was featured in the magazine Antiques to which he was a frequent contributor for more than two decades. He was born in 1884 and died in Shelbyville, Indiana, at the age of 60 in April 60
1944. He was buried in Cleveland, Ohio. 1987 - Paul L. Ballentine
A collector who became an authority on Midwestern glass, he was a noted author, speaker, collector, club founder, educator and friend. He will be remembered by members of a hobby that he promoted, preserved, advanced and loved. He was ably and lovingly supported by his wife, Mary. 1987 - Dr. Cecil Munsey, Ph.D
A bottle collecting pioneer noted for significant contributions to the organized hobby, not the least of which was his 1970 book, An Illustrated Guide to Collecting Bottles. He also authored The Illustrated Guide to the Collecting of Coca-Cola. He is a skilled researcher, writer and editor. 1988 - Bernard C. Puckhaber
He helped popularize the collecting of “Saratoga-type” mineral water bottles by writing and publishing a book, Saratogas in 1977. He helped further the educational aims of the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (now Collectors) and was instrumental in establishing the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York. 1989 - George S. McKearin
His commitment to bottle collecting resulted in extensive research and development of two major books with daughter Helen - American Glass and Two Hundred Years of American Blown Glass. He spoke extensively throughout the United States and Europe and was consulted by major museums, collectors and auction houses. His unequaled early glass collection sold at auction in 1931-32, being dispersed in collections across the U.S. His figural (historical) flask identification chart remains the singular means of describing each specimen. 1990 - Jean Matthews Garrison
She lived the FOHBC slogan: “The Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (now Collectors) strive to promote, foster and encourage all activities toward the betterment of bottle collecting.” She became national chairman of the Federation in 1980 and served as public relations chairman for eight years. A life member of the Federation, Jean was active in no fewer than seven bottle clubs. Sam Fuss, in 1990 the Northeast Region chairman (now called director) said in nominating her to the FOHBC Hall of Fame, “She was like an auto spark plug getting things started and finding proper people to finish the job, a vote for Jean is a vote for America, motherhood and apple pie!” She did not live to enjoy her hobby’s ultimate honor, passing away in her sleep at Walter Reed Army Hospital on March 16, 1990. 1992 - Dr. George Herron
He became a member of the original bottle club (in Sacramento, Calif.) in 1965 and two years later, “Doc” and his wife, Ruth, were among the original charter members of the Iowa Antique Bottleers established in 1967. He retained membership and leadership in that group and the hobby until his death. He began a regular column in Old Bottle Magazine called “Herron’s Hunches” in July of 1989. 1993 - Stephen “Peck” Markota
The Federation’s first honorary director, Peck and his wife, Audie, dug, cleaned and collected bottles and researched, wrote and taught others about them. He helped found the Federation and later the Markotas published a book called Western Blob top Sodas. 61
1993 - Verna L. Wagner
Her tireless efforts in organizing the first national bottle show - the 1976 EXPO in St. Louis set a standard of excellence. She was an officer and ambassador, in person and in print, for her local club and Federation and guided its growth, made lots of friends, and loved every minute of it. 1994 - Harold G. “Hal” Wagner
His vision and chairmanship of the first national show gave lasting strength to the Federation and hobby. The Federation was not financially able to follow through on his suggestion to hold a national show in St. Louis during the nation’s Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. He volunteered to use his own money, to be reimbursed after show profits were collected. It was the crowning achievement in his three decades of local and national leadership. 1995 - Alice Creswick
She took up the formidable task of documenting fruit jars and authoring The Red Book of Fruit Jars, among other publications, for a quarter of a century. She authored six editions of the Collector’s Guide to Old Fruit Jars, more commonly known as the Red Book, bringing to light more than 3,000 varieties of fruit jars. 1995 - John C. Fountain
A bottle collecting pioneer, he operated the first bottle shop (in Sacramento, Calif.), was the first bottle wholesaler, wrote articles and co-authored three books about bottles. He also published the National Bottle Gazette, one of the first publications geared to the hobby. He always saw to it that a full page was available for Federation use - free of charge. 1996 - Carlyn Ring
Early collector and historian who amassed what was believed to be the most complete bitters collection, she wrote For Bitters Only, which became the primary reference of bitters bottle collecting. She later collaborated with California collector Bill Ham in publishing the massive Bitters Bottles book. 1997 - Doc Ford
Considered one of the chief ambassadors of the bottle hobby, for 30 years he traveled the country supporting shows and displaying his collections, making many friends in and for the hobby. 1997 - Richard “Dick” Watson
Author of the first major book on bitters collecting, Bitters Bottles (1965), setting a standard for all the bottle books that followed, and later published a supplement to the book (1968). His service to the Federation came at a time when leadership was greatly needed. He and his wife, Elma, amassed outstanding collections of bitters and Saratoga waters. He later served as the Federation historian and was a member of the board of directors. 1998 - Dr. Burton Spiller
Giving lectures and writing articles, putting on programs and sharing his vast knowledge, he has tirelessly worked to promote our hobby. 1999 - Howard Dean
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bottle clubs have made a lasting and enduring impact on the hobby. His activities continued even into his 90s. 2002 - John Eatwell
One of the giants of the hobby, he was the Federation’s first chairman (now called president), designed the organization’s first logo, and was the first to suggest the possibility of holding a national show. He was an active member of the Antique Bottle Collectors of Colorado since 1967, serving as its president. He was famous for his collection of Pike’s Peak flasks and co-authored (with David K. Clint III) the comprehensive and beautifully illustrated landmark book, Pike’s Peak Gold, in 2000. 2002 - Bob Ferraro
President of the Federation from 1977-79, he has been a collector since the mid-1950s. He built outstanding collections of figural bitters, eastern whiskeys and Nevada bottles. He co-authored (with first wife Pat) The Past in Glass (1963) and A Bottle Collector’s Book (1964). He continues to serve the Federation (first vice president 2008-14) and director-at-large (2015). 2002 - Elma Watson
The perfect helpmate to husband and Hall of Famer Dick, she was an important leader in the Federation, serving as treasurer for many years. Co-chair of the 1994 National Show in Cherry Hill, N.J., she helped establish and arrange bottle exhibits at the Wheaton Museum and assisted with the establishment of the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York. She was an important contributor to her husband’s books - Bitters Bottles (1965) and Supplement to Bitters Bottles (1968). 2003 - Norm & Junne Barnett
Early Federation members, the Barnetts specialized in fruit jars. In 1972, Norm joined Roger Emory of Hagerstown, Indiana, to organize the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar and Bottle Club. Norm served as president for all but 10 years of its existence and was show chairman at the same time. Junne served as club newsletter editor for 30 years, retiring in 2006. She did the souvenir program books for the FOHBC 25th anniversary show in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. (1994) and the Nashville, Tennessee Expo (1996). 2007 - Bill Ham
Avid bottle collector and author of numerous articles on historical glass, he collaborated with Carlyn Ring to produce the massive Bitters Bottles, as well as the Bitters Bottles Supplement. He also contributed to the revised Whiskey Bottles of the Old West. He is always willing to share his vast knowledge and has given many talks on his favorite subject to various organizations. Bill is presently working on Bitters Bottles Supplement 2. 2008 - Betty Zumwalt
She researched and co-wrote Spirits Bottles of the Old West with her first husband, Bill Wilson. They later published Western Bitters and 19th Century Medicine in Glass (1971). She was an active member of the first bottle club - the ABCA of California. She was instrumental, with Bill and Dick Hansen, in drawing up the first draft of the Federation bylaws. After parting with Bill, she researched and published Ketchup-Pickles-Sauces, 19th Century Food in Glass (1980). It has become the standard for this division of bottle collecting. 2008 - Tom Caniff
Since 1995, he has authored The Label Space (complemented by the photographic skills of 63
wife Deena) in Antique Bottle & Glass Collector. From 1999, he’s authored Fruit Jar Rambles in the same magazine. He entered the bottle collecting world in 1975, became active in Midwest collecting circles and served a term as president of the Jefferson County Antique Bottle Club in Steubenville, Ohio. He served a two-year term as co-editor of the Federation newsletter (1978-80), was the Northeast Region newsletter editor from 1981-83 and served as editor of the Federation’s annual newsletter contest in 1995. He was vice president and president of the national Jelly Jammers between 1990-93. He is the recognized authority on the various Flaccus family companies and their food-packing competitors along the Ohio River. 2008 - Junior Carl Sturm
Completing his 19th straight year as a member of the FOHBC board of directors and his third term as president of the organization, Carl freely gave his time and himself for the betterment of the hobby and fellow collectors on a local and national scale. He became editor of The Federation Glassworks newsletter in 1988 and played a key role in the acquisition of Bottles and Extras, the magazine having been privately published by Scott Grandstaff and Kitty Roach, who gave it to the FOHBC as a gift. Carl’s favorites among his own collections are cures, half-pint pictorial flasks, black glass and tobacco tags. 2008 - Jim Hagenbuch
After an accidental start (through marble collecting) landed him into the bottle collecting hobby in the early 1970s, Jim Hagenbuch has become an authority on such diverse collectibles as pottery pigs and historical flasks. After the Firestone Tire and Rubber Plant at which he worked 14 years closed its doors, he became a full-time bottle dealer to earn a living for himself, his wife, Janice, and daughter Jessica. After Old Bottle Magazine and another publication went out of business in 1983, he decided to publish Antique Bottle & Glass Collector and the first issue came out in May 1984. It was an instant hit with collectors, and has become a forum for topics relating to bottles around the world. In 1986, he started Glass Works Auctions, selling reasonably priced, high-quality, full-color catalogs so potential buyers could see what they were bidding on, at the same time giving collectors options to obtain bottles not often seen. His catalogs have become collectors’ items. 2009 - Johnnie Fletcher
A founder and several times president of the Oklahoma Territory Bottle & Relic Club, Johnnie has served as editor of Oklahoma Territory News since the club was founded in 1987. In 1991, he published Oklahoma Drug Stores; in1994, he published the first edition of his Kansas Bottles 1854-1915; in 2006, he published the second edition of Oklahoma Bottles, and is working on a St. Joseph, Missouri, bottle reference book. He won FOHBC awards for best newsletter and best story in 2003. He was nominated for inclusion on the Federation Honor Roll, but board members voted him Hall of Fame status instead because of his important contributions to the hobby. 2011 - Bill Baab
A collector of antique bottles since 1969, Bill joined the Federation in 1996 and a few years later volunteered to become Southern Region editor when Mary Jane Ferguson was forced to resign because of illness. His goal was to improve the quality of FOHBC club newsletters by urging more historical research. His regional reports were designed to contain news of interest to all bottle collectors, leaving out items of interest only to member clubs. He updated the FOHBC Hall of Fame and Honor Roll lists. He also collected information to be used in sketches of the FOHBC presidents. His suggestion that errors of fact in stories published in BOTTLES and EXTRAS be corrected in the following issue, thus raising the Federation’s credibility with members, was adopted. He also designed a style book for regional editors, 64
following guidelines in The Associated Press Stylebook. Bill proof-reads all stories and President’s Messages 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! In 2009, he inaugurated a series of state-by-state bottle collecting histories which continue today. He resigned as Southern Region editor in mid 2011. Bill was given President’s Awards from Ralph Van Brocklin (2004) and John Pastor (2006). Bill and his wife, Bea, self-published four books on Augusta bottles. He retired as outdoor editor and sports writer from The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle in 2000 after 36 years. He still edits the newspaper’s Friday fishing page each week. 2012 - Jack Sullivan
Author of an incredible number of bottle-and pottery-related stories, Jack Sullivan’s name has been a familiar one to collectors for many years. He has written extensively for collector publications in the U.S., England, Australia and Canada. A resident of Alexandria, Virginia, since 1965, he writes frequently for BOTTLES and EXTRAS, the Ohio Bottle Club’s Ohio Swirl newsletter and the Potomac Pontil, the online publication of the Potomac Bottle Club. He is a member of both clubs. He also has written three self-published books on whiskey containers and other collectibles. Jack also maintains two online blogs devoted to aspects of collecting and history - “Bottles, Booze and Back Stories,” and “Those Pre-Prohibition Whiskey Men.” His collecting interests include glass and ceramic whiskey containers, whiskey collectibles, breweriana, hillbilly items and paperweights. Jack holds B.A. (1957) and M.A. (1960) degrees in journalism from Marquette and a PhD in international relations from American University (1969). He is married (for 51 years in 2014) to Paula Boyer Sullivan and is the father of two sons, John, an icthyologist at Cornell University, and Brian, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Louisiana. 2012 - Warren Friedrich
Warren was born in Southern California in 1954, the son of a World War II barnstormer and his University of Southern California-educated wife. Seeking a better environment for their only child, they set their sights on Nevada City, a tiny rural community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and put down roots. While his parents worked, young Warren began to explore the area, spending his days miles from home, digging up artifacts. While his friends were spending hot summer afternoons in the coolness of a movie theater, Warren was picking his way through dark tunnels of long-abandoned mines. As he grew into adulthood, Warren continued to seriously collect bottles, amassing a modest collection of western bitters. He began traveling to bottle shows, meeting many like-minded people. He joined the local Mother Lode Antique Bottle Club, then the Federation, and in 1993 co-founded the Downieville Antique Bottle Show. He has authored articles for Antique Bottle & Glass Collector as well as BOTTLES and EXTRAS. He has helped put on local shows and has a keen interest in encouraging a younger generation to get active in the hobby. Years of research led to the 2010 publication of the book, “Early Glassworks of California,” with revisions made in 2011. 2013 - Gene Bradberry
In 2010, the FOHBC was in trouble. Internal squabbling was pushing the organization away from being the paternal parent of the hobby. Its future was bleak. In stepped Gene Bradberry as president, a job to which he was no stranger. He’d also served previously. But this time it was different. A retired Memphis, Tennessee, policeman, he quickly laid down his brand of law and, as a result, the FOHBC arose, like the phoenix, and headed in the right direction. Ed Provine, Gene’s longtime good friend and fellow collector, in his letter of nomination pointed out that many collectors know of Bradberry’s dedication and hard work for the Federation. He joined the FOHBC in 1969 and quickly became active behind the scenes. He served as 2nd vice chairman (1971-72), chairman (1972-74), President (as chairmen became) (1988-94), Membership Director (1994-2000), Expo 2004 show chairman, 1st vice president (2004-06), 65
Membership Director (2006-10), President (2010-2012) and Director at Large (2012-Present). He also found time to serve his Memphis Bottle Collectors Club and is presently show chairman. 2013 - Alan Blakeman
Worldwide fame, at least in the antique bottle collecting hobby, long preceded the publisher of British Bottle Review magazine. Through that medium, Blakeman has become the European spokesman and watchdog for the hobby. His magazine editor, Guy Burch, felt it was high time his boss received recognition from his peers. His peers unanimously agreed. The fact that Blakeman is a Brit did not matter. Other non-Americans have been honored by the FOHBC. “Anyone who knows Alan well will realize that money does not motivate him,” Burch said in his nomination. “He is simply in love with bottles and the related fields of pot lids and salt glaze stoneware (he was once a potter).” Based at Elsecar Heritage Centre in South Yorkshire, in addition to publishing the magazine, Blakeman organizes four auctions and four bottle and related packaging antique fairs per years. He is author of 11 books on the subject and publisher of three others. 2015 - Ralph Finch
FOHBC Board members didn’t have to ask Ralph what he had been doing to promote the hobby of antique bottle collecting since he became involved nearly 50 years ago. His articles featuring bottles and well known collectors in the field number more than 500 and have appeared in many of the hobby-related journals. In 1969, following his discovery of more bottle bug-bitten people in his native Detroit, he played host in his apartment to a meeting that resulted in the organization of the Metropolitan Detroit Antique Bottle Club. In 1994, he founded and published On Target! It is a newsletter geared to those who love and collect the glass spheres and it also led to Ralph building a collection that’s become “the largest and most important collection ever amassed.” Highly respected, Ralph, 75, and his expertise moved into the ketchup bottle world. He and his collection of some 1,800 have been featured in at least two TV documentaries. That he has a sense of humor can be found in many of his stories. Ralph has earned numerous awards, including a Distinguished Service Award (1969-1977) from his home club, a Journalism of Excellence Award from the Ohio Bottle Club as well as the 1981 Best of Show Award from the Genessee Valley Bottle Collectors Association for his target ball display. In 1979, he became a charter member of the National Bottle Museum Society and is a supporter of the museum in Ballston Spa, New York. 2016 - Jeff Wichmann
Jeff Wichmann is a California native who has parlayed his vast knowledge of antique bottles and glass into a full time related business called American Bottle Auctions. His was the first auction house to provide full-color glossy catalogs sent to interested collectors at no charge. He also launched what is believed to be the first online antique bottle auction. In 2013, Jeff was inducted onto the FOHBC Honor Roll, but given his increase in antique bottle collecting-related activities, including financial support of the Federation, the board of directors voted to move him up to the organization’s highest honor level. Photography of old glass is one of his strong points. He also shares his knowledge on his web site www.americanbottle. com. In 1999, he published The Best of the West - Antique Western Bitters Bottles, a book containing information of value to collectors of that genre. 2017 - Charles & Mark Vuono It’s hard to believe this father-son duo wasn’t nominated to the FOHBC Hall of Fame years ago because of their continuing contributions to the antique bottle hobby in general and the world of historical flasks in particular. Had it not been for his wife Grace’s love of all things antique, Stamford, Connecticut’s Charles Vuono might not have gotten out of his car and 66
entered an antiques store, wondering why his wife was taking so long, and found himself checking out a historical flask. Of course, it wasn’t that simple, but such trips eventually led to his purchasing and fascination of early American glass and his building a collection of historical flasks second to none in the world. He wasn’t satisfied to just place a bunch of beautiful flasks on a shelf, but he thirsted for the stories behind each. And he satisfied that thirst, thanks to the availability of like-minded pioneer collectors of his era who were pleased to share their early research with the latest enthusiast. Charles’ son, Mark, happily joined his father in their adventures to not only collect and document the stories behind not only the flasks, but the early glass works that manufactured them. His father shared his knowledge with everyone who expressed an interest and since his passing, Mark continues that to this day, thanks to his stories published in Antique Bottle & Glass Collector magazine, as well as personal contacts with the current crop of collectors. Mark’s passion has rubbed off on his son, Andrew, whose time in the limelight will come.
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What’s the attraction for you at FOHBC National Events? Why are you here? That’s an easy question, but the answer may not be. You might be here because of a chance to buy quality bottles for your collection. Or you might be here to visit with friends. Or it may be a combination of both answers, with a few personal reasons thrown in. Whatever the reason, the facts remain that you are happy to be here, and you plan to make the most of it. Before 1976, when the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (as it was then known) held its first national show in St. Louis, antique bottle shows were strictly local or regional, attended mostly by collectors and members of the curious public who resided within those locales. The FOHBC now conducts the biggest antique battle and glass event of the year using a fourday convention and expo format. Let’s take a look at some of the past shows leading us up to the FOHBC 2017 Springfield National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo.
1976 National Antique Bottle & Jar Exposition - St. Louis, Missouri
There is no doubt this show set the standards for those to follow. There were 140 outstanding displays of bottles and fruit jars, many of which had never been in the public view; 280 sales tables, and 4,000 collectors. Hal Wagner was chairman and Jerry Jones co-chairman of the event. The program featured articles by some of the legends of the hobby, including Helen McKearin, Alice Creswick, George Herron, William E. Covill Jr., Dr. Cecil Munsey, Dick Roller, John Wolf and Paul Ballentine. Ken and Shirley Asher, Old Bottle Magazine publishers, devoted 17 pages to photos of the displays, unfortunately, all in black and white, because color was expensive to print back in those days. There was a surprise awaiting visitors - a commemorative Expo bottle in the shape of a scroll flask with the Federation’s distinctive eagle on one side and crossed flags on the other. How many of these bottles sold during the Expo still exist? 1980 National Antique Bottle-Jar Exposition - Rosemont, Illinois The St. Louis extravaganza was a tough act to follow, but show chairman Ken Sosnowski and co-chairman Jim Hall did their darnedest and, in the opinions of those who were there, succeeded. There were 330 sales tables and 70 displays, the latter including a Hutchinson bottling display by Bob Harms and Sean Mullikin. Demonstrations on how Hutchinson bottles were actually filled were held every two hours. The 96-page program included articles by 70
Betty Zumwalt, Bob Ferraro and Clevenger Glass Works’ Jim Travis, among others. Souvenirs included a commemorative paperweight to display owners, a miniature stoneware jug to those attending the banquet and suitably inscribed log cabin bottles in cobalt and amethyst made at the Clevenger factory and sold for $20 apiece. 1984 Antique Bottle, Jar & Insulator Exposition - Montgomery, Alabama
After the two previous shows were held in the Midwest, the sunny South finally got a chance to shine and highlighted insulators on the cover of its 78-page program. Chairman James Robbins called the show “my dream come true.” Feature articles were written by Bernie Puckhaber (Saratogas), Dick Bowman (Insulators) and Dennis Smith (Pioneer Glass Works), among others. The latter also found time to put together an outstanding exhibit on Celery Cola (on which he is still THE authority). There were 32 exhibitors and 204 dealers listed in the program. There also was a heat wave as one might expect in the Deep South during the August show dates so visitors and hosts alike built up lots of sweat equity. One specially made quilt was raffled (and brought $3,400) and the other was auctioned (for $1,600). Profits from the two plus auction of a one-of-a-kind Federation bottle ($325) were donated to the Verbeck House/National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York. 1988 Antique Bottle & Jar Exposition - Las Vegas, Nevada
Show chairman Lou Pellegrini and his crew of volunteers “hit the jackpot,” according to comments from many of those who attended the Federation’s fourth Expo. There were 285 dealers set up on 365 tables and there were 53 displays. Show-goers likened the atmosphere as comparable to that of the St. Louis Expo and, while there were a few glitches, bulk of the comments was positive. Bob Harms had his traveling Hutchinson bottling machine there, while other displays ranged from Alex Kerr’s target balls and go-withs to a display of historical flasks. There was something to please just about everyone. There was no mention of Expo souvenirs. 1991 Bottle & Advertising Show - Memphis, Tennessee
Display of a pair of $40,000 bottles owned by Frank Brockman was one of the highlights of the show at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. One was the Northbend-Tippecanoe Cabin and the other the sapphire blue Columbia-Eagle flask. “He brought them in from California at my request and we used them in our pre-show publicity,” said show chairman Gene Bradberry. “I borrowed the artwork for the full-color, slick paper flyer from Norm Heckler and used it with his permission. We had 200 sales tables and (Atlanta collector) Bob Simmons handled some great displays. Heckler, Jim Hagenbuch and Dick and Elma Watson were among wellknown collectors in attendance.” Bradberry’s idea at the time was to create a national show every year. “There were still those who wanted an Expo every four years so we compromised and had the national shows every year between the Expos.” 1992 Antique Bottle & Jar Exposition - Toledo, Ohio
Show chairman Adam Koch and his Ohio Bottle Club volunteers had to get used to hearing exclamations of “Holy Toledo!” from excited visitors at the show at the Seagate Centre. Bulk of the comments from show-goers was highly positive. The program was the thickest ever, 110 pages counting the covers, with features by Ralph Finch, Bill Agee and Stanley and Isabel Sherwood. There were a bunch of specialty group meetings taking place, too - the Jelly Jammers and those who liked fruit jars, Saratoga Waters, painted label sodas, poisons, whimsies, glass knives, milk bottles and infant feeders. There was a chance for early buyers to get into the show in advance of the rest of the crowd and this did not sit well with many. But as one dealer among those manning a record 550 sales tables put it: “those people were there to buy and they did.” There were 60 displays, all outstanding. 71
1993 National Advertising & Bottle Show - Richmond, Virginia
Somewhere in the Federation board of directors records, there is mention of someone who probably was suffering from bottle show withdrawal pains suggesting that instead of waiting another four years for an Expo to roll around, why not hold annual national shows. This Virginia show was the first of many and it was a good one. “The show was great and went off without a hitch,” said Federation Chairman Gene Bradberry. There were 17 displays, including a genuine wagon showing off hundreds of medicine bottles and go-withs. Post-show stories never gave a dealer count, but comments given to reporter Ralph Finch were mostly on the positive side. The 25th Anniversary National Bottle & Advertising Show & National Convention Cherry Hill, New Jersey - June 22-26, 1994
The Federation was “born” in 1968 so the Silver Anniversary show was a special one, thanks to Dick and Elma Watson of New Jersey and Jerry McCann of Chicago. The Watsons had come up with the idea of a bus trip to Wheaton Village in Millville, New Jersey, and McCann got the ball (and the bus) rolling, according to a post-show article. The Federation rented the bus for $500 and each one who made the trip paid $10 that included the trip, admission to the museum and a box lunch. The next day, the Watsons arranged for a Wheaton glassblowing display to set up in the hotel parking lot. Collectors from Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, Grenada and the United States came to the show. Some of the visitors made it to the Watsons’ “bottle house.” Jon Panek of Deerfield, Illinois, said his visit there “was like dying and going to heaven!” 1995 National Bottle Show - Chicago, Illinois
Dealers set up on 210 tables and there were 11 outstanding displays. Many visitors were able to take a Friday night cruise on the Chicago River and out into Lake Michigan. Jon Panek of Deerfield, Jerry McCann of Chicago and Barb and Bob Harms of Riverdale, Ill., came up with lots of neat extras not normally found at such shows. At previous shows, visitors lamented that two days were just too short. The complaints at this one were that the show was too long. Perhaps the 90-degree heat had something to do with that. One of the most unusual items sold during Jim Hagenbuch’s Glassworks Auction was a salt-glazed jug imprinted with Lancaster Tonic Bitters / C.A. Wood & Co. / 37 Haverhill St. / Boston. It sold for $400. Hagenbuch’s 3-day-old van was stolen, and that was bad enough, but happily there were no bottles inside. 1996 National Antique Bottle Exposition - Nashville, Tennessee
“Music City, USA,” attracted 665 sales tables staffed by 461 dealers and many of those in attendance came in a vacation mode. There were 45 displays. Bitters maven Carlyn Ring was named to the Federation Hall of Fame. Many visitors, among them non-smokers, enjoyed a trip to the Museum of Tobacco Art & History. Show chairman Claude Bellar and his staff of volunteers were lauded for their efforts. Norm Heckler conducted the auction and among noteworthy items were an 1820-30 Concentric Ring Flask that netted $20,000 and a cobalt Columbia Eagle Portrait Flask that garnered $21,000. There were no awards given for the displays, but each entrant received a commemorative bottle of Jack Daniel’s best stuff. Ken Anderson’s trailer, which held all of his Indian cures, go-withs and the great medicine wagon he displayed them in, escaped being damaged when the trailer broke loose from the hitch and wound up in a ditch. “It must have been Indian magic,” commented one observer. 1997 National Antique Bottle Show - Jacksonville, Florida
The show was smaller than usual, with 120 dealers manning 160 tables, but enthusiasm was high for the first show held in the South since the 1993 affair in Richmond, Va. Dick Watson and Doc Ford were inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame. Carl Sturm celebrated his birthday and a slice of key lime pie with one candle was delivered to him. There were several 72
outstanding displays, ranging from Wayne Boynton’s Celery Cola display to Ron Rasnake’s pictorial case gins to Joe Brock’s Jacksonville’s Past in Glass, among others. Another highlight was a dinner cruise up the St. Johns River. 1998 National Antique Bottle Show - Cincinnati, Ohio
Burton Spiller gave a nostalgic talk about the early days of bottle collecting as he remembered them and that was one of the highlights at the Cincinnati Convention Center. Another event was more personal for Spiller, who was inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame. Fifteen terrific displays attracted lots of attention. There were 160 dealers’ tables and at one of them, a dealer was going to put out some Beanie Babies. But show chairman Adam Koch was adamant that Beanie Babies had no place at an antique bottle show and sale. Good for him! 1999 National Antique Bottle Show - Cincinnati, Ohio
No one made a bid to play host to this year’s show, so Adam Koch & Co., agreed to do a 2-peat. Howard Dean, longtime collector of Saratoga Springs bottles and author of many stories relating to the bottle hobby, was elected to the FOHBC Hall of Fame during this meeting. Kevin Sives, an FOHBC member and early user of the Internet, gave a user-friendly talk about using that medium to one’s advantage. There were two programs on inks and labeled inks by Keith Leeders and John Hinkle, respectively. 2000 National Antique Bottle Exposition - Denver, Colorado
Dave Cheadle succeeded Dave Hinson as editor of BOTTLES and EXTRAS and found time to give an educational talk on trade cards and bottles, one of the Rocky Mountain highs during the show. Sheryl Anderson was show chairman and did a remarkable job. There were new books galore from Pike’s Peak Gold by John Eatwell and David Clint III, Antique Glass Bottles by Willy Van den Bossche of Holland, and Bitters Bottles by Bill Ham and Carlyn Ring. Seven countries and 33 states were represented at the event and the federation picked up 60 new members, according to post-show reports. It was noted that the first FOHBC convention was held in Denver back in 1969, presided over by John Eatwell. 2001 National Antique Bottle Show & Sale - Muncie, Indiana
Thirteen exhibits featuring fruit jars, water bottles, poisons and show globes, among others, and 140 sales tables highlighted the show in “Fruit Jar Country, USA.” Future federation president Ralph Van Brocklin gave a slide presentation on Western Whiskey Flasks. The show was chaired by Norman Barnett, with lots of help from his wife, Junne. The Federation made a nice profit via an auction conducted by Norm Heckler with lots ranging from inks to barber bottles. Collectors came from California, Colorado and Georgia. The Minnestrista Cultural Center housed a collection of patent models of fruit jars plus other exhibits relating to Muncie history and the Ball Brothers Fruit Jar Co. Visitors literally had a ball! 2002 National Antique Bottle Show & Sale - Syracuse, New York
The 72-page program features 16 pages of “Pride of New York” bottles in full color and is definitely a coveted collector’s item. Ralph Van Brocklin, who was elected FOHBC president, gave a seminar on Western Flasks, and George Waddy, a featured columnist in Antique Bottle & Glass Collector, gave one on Saratoga Bottles. There was more on Saratogas inside the program written by authority Howard Dean, while Kevin A. Sives wrote about New York glass houses of the 17th through 19th centuries. Elma Watson, John Eatwell and Mayor Bob Ferraro were inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame. Phyllis and Adam Koch wrote a touching tribute to Elma Watson in the September BOTTLES and EXTRAS. Mrs. Watson died of cancer on Aug. 26, 2002. There were 252 sales tables and 29 exhibits and the show’s auction conducted by Norm Heckler grossed $25,000. 73
2003 National Antique Bottle Show & Sale - Louisville, Kentucky
More than 200 tables awaited early buyers at this show co-hosted by Wayne and June Lowry of Raymore, Mo., after two years of planning. Longtime collectors Norm and Junne Barnett were inducted into the Federation Hall of Fame. They set up their famous collection of unusual fruit jar closures as one of 16 educational exhibits. Orville Seals of North Jackson, Ohio displayed more than 100 Louisville mini jugs (mostly from the Bauer Pottery). Norm Heckler called the auction which grossed more than $30,000. 2004 National Antique Bottle Exposition - Memphis, Tennessee
Ralph Van Brocklin closed out his last term as FOHBC president with the triumph that was this Expo. Chaired by his friend and longtime federation member Gene Bradberry in the latter’s home town, the show featured 371 sales tables and 23 displays. Seminars included such topics as baby bottles, locating sites and digging them, black glass dating, fruit jars and bitters. Twelve authors got a chance to sign and sell their books. Jimmie Wood of Denver, North Carolina, was awarded the FOHBC People’s Choice ribbon for his stunning display of applied color label sodas from North and South Carolina. There also was a forum describing the trials and tribulations of becoming a book author, with Jack Sullivan, Dewey Heetderks, Jerry McCann, John Eatwell and Bill Ham chiming in. 2005 National Antique Bottle Show - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Thirty-one outstanding displays awaited visitors’ attention at the show where chairman John Pastor and his crew of volunteers did a marvelous job. Seminars were plentiful and first class, with Red Book author Doug Leybourne discoursing on fruit jar closures, Carl Sturm speaking about identification and dating of black glass bottles, Dann Louis talking about cures, Dan Simons on Michigan bottles, Wayne (Jar Doctor) Lowry about cleaning old bottles, Dr. Darell Erickson on infant feeders, Rick Ciralli about Connecticut glass and Mark Vuono on historical flasks. Norm Heckler again loaned his auctioneering talents to the Federation. One of the outstanding bottles sold was a green Drake’s Plantation Bitters for $10,500. 2006 National Antique Bottle Show - Reno, Nevada
This was the first national show held in a Western state since the 2000 Expo in Denver, Colorado, and it was a roaring success, thanks to the efforts of FOHBC conventions director Wayne Lowry, show chairman Marty Hall and Reno-Sparks club members. There were 287 in line for early admission and 315 more for general admission, making for standing room only around the 266 sales tables. A significant piece of federation business was the approval to publish BOTTLES and EXTRAS bi-monthly instead of quarterly. California collector Richard Siri was the keynote speaker and his discourse on Hostetter’s Bitters was complemented by his 190 variants of those well-known bottles. The displays drew this rave from Ralph Van Brocklin: “Hands down, THE BEST group of displays I have ever seen at a show!” Wonderful seminar topics ranging from target balls to historical bottle research were highlights of the meeting. BOTTLES and EXTRAS editor Kathy Hopson-Sathe gave the show coverage more than 17 pages of the Fall issue and Van Brocklin did a masterful job of describing what went on. 2007 National Bottle Show - Collinsville, Illinois
“Back To Where It All Began” was the theme at Collinsville’s Gateway Center, pointing to the inaugural national show held in 1976 across the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Special pins were presented to “Long Timers” who attended both shows. Wayne (Jar Doctor) Lowry was show chairman, with assists from Curt and Ellen Faulkenberry, Jim and Debbie Taylor and Pat Jett. Wayne’s wife, June, business manager for the federation, was stunned to receive the President’s Award from Carl Sturm. Seminars ranged from “Something for Every74
one” by Jelly Jammer members Phyllis Pahlman and Margaret Shaw to “Chero-Cola - There’s None So Good” by Dennis Smith to “Using the Internet to Collect Bottles” by John “Digger” Odell to “Ink Symposium” by Keith Leeders, John Hinkel, Ed and Lucy Faulkner, Frank Starczek and Don Carroll. Longtime collectors and Federation members Gene Bradberry and Ed Provine did a show and tell session on early glass-blowing methods and tools of that trade. Other highlights included 19 outstanding displays. Greg Hawley, one of a group of treasure hunters who found and excavated the Steamboat Arabia, was the banquet speaker. 2008 National Antique Bottle Exposition - York, Pennsylvania
Collectors from across the country and around the world (Australia, Germany, United Kingdom) made the trek to the ninth Federation Expo where they enjoyed seeing 32 terrific displays ranging from fruit jars to California perfumes. They also attended outstanding seminars on Saratoga waters, black glass, inks, the Lancaster, N.Y. Glass Works and the Kola Wars. Convention Director R. Wayne Lowry reported 415 sales tables had been sold. Perhaps the show’s only negative aspect came at the banquet where featured foods were in short supply and some of the 246 guests had to accept substitutes. The FOHBC Hall of Fame grew by four new inductees in Tom Caniff, Jim Hagenbuch, Carl Sturm and Betty Zumwalt. Steve Ketcham and the late Katie Foglesong were inducted onto the Honor Roll. Norm Heckler once again was the auctioneer for the Expo event, with an early, olive-green Wryghte’s Bitters / London the top lot with a $3,900 bid. Russ Smith of the United Kingdom and Rex and Joanna Barber of Australia penned views of the Expo from their perspectives in the November-December BOTTLES and EXTRAS. Former FOHBC president John Pastor resigned as Midwest Region director and Jamie Houdeshell was named to take over the post. Mr. Pastor accepted the position of second vice president and remains on the board of directors. June Lowry became editor of BOTTLES and EXTRAS after Kathy Hopson-Sathe was forced to step down because of illness. 2009 National Antique Bottle Show - Pomona, California
Highlight of this show, host of which was the Los Angeles Historical Bottle Club, was the awards banquet during which many collectors received their just dues. It was the first Federation National Show to be held on the West Coast and was ably chaired by Pam Selenak. Onlookers included collectors and dealers from Australia and England, as well as from 18 states. Outstanding exhibits included Richard Tucker’s historical flasks (winning the People’s Choice ribbon) and Terry Monteith’s well-displayed collection of demijohns and carboys captured the FOHBC Most Educational ribbon. Alan DeMaison received the President’s Award for his outstanding contributions as Federation treasurer from Richard Siri. The FOHBC Hall of Fame gained another member in Johnnie Fletcher of the Oklahoma Territory Bottle & Relic Club. Johnnie was originally nominated by his friend, Ed Stewart, of Paola, Kansas, for inclusion on the FOHBC Honor Roll, but Johnnie’s dedication and contributions to the hobby led board members to vote him into the main shrine. Midwest Region Editor Joe Coulson’s Glass Chatter of the Midwest Antique Fruit Jar & Bottle Club was a first-class winner in the newsletter category. The Ohio Swirl, edited by Phyllis Koch of The Ohio Bottle Club, was second. Huron Valley Antique Bottle Club’s show flyer was first and the Antique Bottle Club of San Diego placed second. Jack Sullivan, of Alexandria, Va., won for the best researched article for “The Night the Axe Fell on Cleveland.” Dave Maryo, the host club’s president, was second with his article, “Forsha’s Balm is Endorsed by President Lincoln.” Mike Bryant won the best true story award for “The Snake in the Glass” and best fiction for “Ask Aunt Blabby.” 2010 National Antique Bottle Show - Wilmington, Ohio
Best thing about this show, those who attended would agree, was the Roberts Centre showroom with its well-lighted, wide aisles, offering plenty of room for 297 sales tables, 20 wonderful displays and hordes of people. Show chairman Jamie Houdeshell became ill a few days before the show, but co-chairman Joe Hardin and chief coordinator Patty Elwood stepped up. 75
They were assisted by Jamie’s parents/ Jim and Mira Houdeshell, as well as Richard Elwood and John and Margie Bailey. Jamie’s pet project was the auction and, thanks to his early efforts. the event grossed just shy of $20,000. A highlight of the show was the induction of Scott Grandstaff and Kitty Roach, of Happy Camp, California, onto the FOHBC Honor Roll. Joining them was another Californian, Jeff Wichmann. Scott and Kitty founded the original BOTTLES and EXTRAS magazine, eventually giving it to the Federation when it got too much for them. Sheldon Baugh gave an educational talk about Ohio’s Shaker communities and displayed Shaker bottles from his own collection. 2011 National Show - Memphis, Tennessee
FOHBC President Gene Bradberry played the perfect host as the Federation returned to the Southland for the first time since 2004. That show also was held in Memphis, known for its downtown trolley cars and barbecue. Second Vice President Ferdinand Meyer V outlined his progress on the FOHBC web site (FOHBC.org) and Virtual Museum during the semi-annual board meeting held prior to the show and sale. Seminars were held dealing with inks (John Hinkel), bitters (Ferdinand Meyer, Don Keating and Sheldon Baugh), odd-closured fruit jars (Dick Watson), German colognes (Carl Sturm) and applied color label sodas (Randee Kaiser). Seven outstanding displays sparked interest, with Base-Embossed Cylinder Whiskeys by Steve Schingler winning the Most Educational Award and Patented Labeled Medicines by Henry Tankersley garnering the People’s Choice Award. Ninety-one lots were offered during the FOHBC National Auction, with the highlight of the sale the Morning Call Bitters going for $5,460, which was $1,460 over the high estimate. The unique variant, light amber with a hint of olive in color, sports deeply indented panels and arched column corners. Another highlight was the induction of Bill Baab, of Augusta, Georgia, into the FOHBC Hall of Fame. Former Federation Treasurer Mike Newman, of Martinez, Georgia, nominated the 76-year-old Baab, who joined the Federation in 1996 and later became its Southern Region editor. 2012 National Antique Bottle Exposition - Reno, Nevada
Those who were there at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino included longtime collector and published author Mike Polak, of Long Beach, California. Let’s hear all about it from Mike: “Over the years, I’ve attended a large number of club bottle shows, national shows and Expos, and I need to say that the Reno 2012 Expo was absolutely fantastic and probably the best all around show I’ve ever attended!” If that comment didn’t make show co-chairmen Marty Hall and Richard Siri proud, who knows what will? This was a show of “firsts” in the hobby. Complementing the thousands of words written about the show were a series of great color photos from the lenses of the first professional show photographer, Scott Selenak. (“There was so much action, my camera couldn’t stop firing,” he said later). Norman C. Heckler & Co., conducted the first “Drakes, Whiskey & Umbrella Ink Shootout” where more than 200 people showed up. Competing in back-to-back-to-back “duels” were Circle Cutter Whiskey cylinders, Drakes Plantation Bitters and umbrella inks. After all was said and done, Judges Bruce Silva, Dennis Bray and Ralph Hollibaugh awarded Steve Hubbell, of Gig Harbor, Washington, top billing in the Cutter category for his olive green-amber specimen. Drakes Judges Jeff Noordsy, Jeff Burkhardt and Rick Simi picked a blue-green example owned by Ferdinand Meyer V, of Houston, Texas as No. 1. Umbrella inks Judges Holly Noordsy, Bryan Grapentine and Jamie Houdeshell chose a mint and pontiled puce ink owned by Jim Jacobitz, of San Francisco. “I learned how to have a shootout with killer glass bullets and still remain friends,” said veteran collector Lou Lambert. Two longtime contributors to the hobby, Warren Friedrich, of Grass Valley, Calif., and Jack Sullivan, of Alexandria, Va., were inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame. Fourteen scintillating displays ranging from David Hall’s fantastic assortment of E.G. Booz bottles to Dennis Bray’s outstanding EC&M insulators to eye candy Swirls, Whirls, Twists & Twirls from Dwayne Anthony, featuring bottles, fruit jars and insulators. 76
2013 National Antique Bottle Show - Manchester, New Hampshire
When collectors of antique bottles and early glass think of New England, early glass works come to mind. Like Keene, Stoddard, Temple, Lyndeboro. “I had never seen so much world class glass under one roof before,” said FOHBC Hall of Famer Bill Baab after having attended the Federation’s first National Show to be held in New England. The “roof” belonged to the Radisson Expo Center and the place was Manchester, New Hampshire July 19-21. Co-chairmen Michael George and Maureen Crawford and their Merrimack Bottle Clubbers pulled out all the stops to make this show one attendees will remember for the rest of their lives. Nine seminars covering as many different areas of collecting got the crowd going in the right direction early on Friday, July 19. Presenters were Rick Ciralli, Connecticut Glasshouse Rarities; Tom Haunton, Last Links to the Past: 20th Century South Jersey Glass); Ian Simmonds, American Mold Blown Tableware 1816-35; A Fresh Look at “Blown Three-Mold”; Michael George, New Hampshire Glass Factories and Products; George Waddy, Mineral Waters from Yankee Country; Jim George, Early 20th Century Milk Marketing in New England; Brian P. Wolff, Mount Vernon Glass Co. - History, Products, People; David Hoover, Uncovering Demijohns, and Al Morin, Markings and Seals Embossed on Milk Bottles. In addition to the glass and pottery offered by the 168 dealers present, collectors were treated to 17 displays of outstanding glass and pottery. The People’s Choice Award was won by Michael George for his awesome display of Stoddard glass, including inks, a flask with embossed U.S. flag (featured on the souvenir program’s front cover), medicines and utilities. Most Educational Award was won by Ken Previtali, of Glastonbury, Connecticut for his wonderful ginger ale bottle display, with many of the bottles displaying an astounding array of paper labels featuring great graphics. Other exhibitors were Tom Marshall (New England Inkwells), Mark Newton (Lyndeborough Glass), Dale Murschell (Wistarburgh Glass), Jeff and Holly Noordsy (Utilitarian Vessels from New England and New York State), Bob Kennerknecht (Sunburst Flasks), Dave Olson (Bonney Ink Bottles), Dave Waris (Moxie Bottles), Rob Girouard (Striped Sandwich Glass), Kevin Kyle (Blue Sodas), Dennis Gionet (Manchester-produced Bottles), Paul Richards (New Hampshire glass shards), Jim and Karen Gray (Stoneware Jugs), Bobby Heton (cone inks) and Jim Bender (Reproductions). The high quality of the exhibits made judges wish there were more awards to present. Next came the New England Bottle Battle, sponsored by Norman C. Heckler & Co., and directed by Michael George, dressed in full 19th century regalia. Categories were Whimsical Objects, Colored Medicines and Utility Bottles. And the winners were: (Whimsical Objects), Kevin Sives, Appalachian, N.Y., for his handled E. Waters Ink; (Colored Medicines), Dr. Charles and Jane Aprill, New Orleans, half-gallon cobalt Dr. Wynkoops Sarsaparilla; (Utility Bottles), Rick Ciralli, Bristol, Conn., multi-sided utility bottle. Wrapping up the first night’s activities was the Madness in Manchester Auction put on by Jim Hagenbuch of Glass Works Auctions, with John Pappas the auctioneer. One of the highlights was Lot No. 44, a wide-mouthed Sunburst flask/snuff jar in light greenish aqua. Pre-auction estimate was $40,000 to $60,000, but it sold for $24,000. Inducted into the FOHBC Hall of Fame were Gene Bradberry, of Bartlett, Tenn., and Alan Blakeman, of the United Kingdom. Bradberry is a longtime Federation member, having served more than one term as its president, as well as in other capacities. Blakeman, published of British Bottle Review, is England’s “Mr. Bottle Man. 77
2014 National Antique Bottle Show - Lexington, Kentucky
It was Tom Phillips’ last show as Conventions Director and he made the most of it, teaming with co-chairmen Randee Kaiser and Sheldon Baugh to make the FOHBC’s first visit to Lexington and Blue Grass horse country most enjoyable. One-hundred forty-seven dealers set up at 204 tables and offered a bounty of glass and ceramic treasures and most were ecstatic about their successful sales. “One said that within an hour of setting up, he made over $3,000,” said Randee’s wife, Sue. “Another said he made four times the profit as what he usually collects at shows.” The numbers of early buyers (178) and general attendees (320) exceeded the numbers at past shows, said Phillips, whose good work was acknowledged when he received the President’s Award from FOHBC President Ferdinand Meyer V. The show was headquartered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and held at the adjacent Lexington Center, a wonderful venue with lots of space, great lighting and enthusiastic staff. Events got under way on Friday, August 1, with a series of six seminars: Jerry McCann’s Mid 1800s, The Evolution of Bottles Through Fruit Jars; The History of ACL Soda Bottles in Kentucky and Beyond, by Randee Kaiser; Here’s to Beers, by Gary Beatty; FOHBC Virtual Museum Progress, by Ferdinand Meyer V and Steve Libbey; The History and Evolution of the Shaker Herb and Medicine Industries by Sheldon Baugh, and Ohio River Privy Digging by Jeff Mihalik. All were entertaining and educational. This show was notable for a number of “firsts.” A ribbon cutting with Randee and Sheldon utilizing the oversized scissors (enough ribbon was left over for next year’s Chattanooga show and 2016’s Sacramento show) opened the showroom doors. There was an appraisal table in charge of Martin Van Zant (who became a Kentucky Colonel) and friends who saw a cool master ink, a Japanese balsam from Cincinnati, lots of Coca-Cola bottles, an aqua double eagle historical flask “and a ton of common stuff,” he said. California antique bottle auctioneer Jeff Wichmann donated a cool $5,000 to be raffled in smaller segments. Scott Selenak, who has become the Federation’s chief photographer, recorded everything on his trusty digital cameras. Friday night’s banquet featured Michael “Mr. Bourbon” Veach as the guest speaker. He later signed copies of his book, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey. Veach’s friend and co-author, Chet Zoeller, signed copies of his book, Bourbon in Kentucky,” on the show’s final day. Since Lexington is home to the Kentucky Derby, it was appropriate that the Federation hold its own Run for the Roses. Instead of Thoroughbreds, the contest featured wax sealer fruit jars, scroll flasks and Midwestern swirl decanters. FOHBC member Chip Cable videotaped the bottles and projected each onto a large screen. Sue Kaiser tracked down the finishers: WIN: Midwestern Swirl Decanter - John Pastor, New Hudson, Mich.; Historical Scroll Flask - Steve Schingler, Braselton, Ga.; Wax Sealer Fruit Jar - Jerry McCann, Chicago, Il., PLACE: Midwestern Swirl Decanter - Tom Lines, Birmingham, Ala.; Historical Scroll Flask - John Pastor, New Hudson, Mich.; Wax Sealer Fruit Jar - Ryne Henrich, Crystal Lake, Ill., SHOW: Midwestern Scroll Flask - Dave Maryo, Victorville, Calif.; Historical Scroll Flask - Mike Henrich, Crystal Lake, Ill.; Wax Sealer Fruit Jar - Perry Driver, Live Oak, Fla. There were 13 educational displays running the gamut of subjects, with Tom Sproat’s 19th century glass-making tools winning the Federation’s Most Educational Award. Jim Hubbard’s outstanding display of Kentucky pocket flasks won the FOHBC Best of Show Award. Worth mentioning was Federation historian Dick Watson’s display tracing the history of the organization that started in 1969. Unfortunately, Dick and David Olson, of Carver, Mass., were involved in an automobile accident just minutes away from Dick’s New Jersey home while 78
heading to Lexington. Happily, both have since recovered. Another novel idea was the fancy hat contest, won with a bottle-and horse-themed example worn by Leanne Peace. Capping the night’s activities was the “Thoroughbred Auction” conducted by Jim Hagenbuch. 2015 National Antique Bottle Show - Chattanooga, Tennessee The Federation found itself on the right track after picking Chattanooga as the perfect site for its Southern Region national show July 31-Aug. 2. So “Choo-Choo to Chattanooga” was the theme engineered by great graphics on the show’s logo showing an old-time steam engine. Chattanooga itself was made famous by the Glenn Miller tune “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” sung or hummed during the 1940s-50s: “Pardon me boys, is that the Chattanooga ChooChoo?” Federation President Ferdinand Meyer V expressed it well in the lead of his main story in the September-October issue of BOTTLES and EXTRAS: “The train arrived in all of its glory, met us at the station, and carried its passengers on a grand three-day excursion in the great southern city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It left us with memories that will last a lifetime.” Show co-chairmen Jack Hewitt and John Joiner co-wielded the giant scissors to cut the ribbon allowing “passengers” to stream into the showroom of the Chattanooga Convention Center on Saturday afternoon. Dealers were allowed in first, then early buyers, instead of everybody en masse as in previous shows. Opening the event on the evening of July 31 was the FOHBC Banquet and Awards session in the Marriott Hotel’s ballroom. It was preceded by a cocktail party during which old friends greeted each other and made new friends. Highlights included the induction of target ball collector and expert Ralph Finch, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, into the FOHBC Hall of Fame, and an amusing and emotional address by keynote speaker Tom Hicks, of Eatonton, Georgia. Hicks later became ill and, to his dismay, missed the show and the Rolling Thunder Auction held Saturday night. The Federation Board of Directors surprised President Meyer with a special award denoting his outstanding service not only to the Federation, but to the hobby as well. The President’s Award went to Jim Bender, of Sprakers, New York, “for his outstanding service as FOHBC historian.” Other honors were bestowed on winners in the club newsletters, show flyers, web sites, articles-research/information, best true story and best original fiction story categories. Bottle-knowledgeable Mike Newman, of Martinez, Georgia, was the perfect emcee of the Battle of Chattanooga Bottle Competition capping the first day’s activities. He was ably assisted by Chip Cable of McMurrayville, Pennsylvania, who filmed and projected the images of each entry. Bob Riddick and Mark White, both of Lexington, South Carolina, checked each bottle and made sure each was returned to its respective owner. First-place winners were Dr. Charles Aprill, of New Orleans, for his 9-1/2 inch tall, cobalt blue Wells, Miller, Prevost sauce bottle. Dr. Aprill is well-known for his love of cobalt blue bottles. Eric Schmetterling, of Moorestown, New Jersey, won the colored sodas category with his amethyst Blagroves Superior Aerated Mineral Waters, Brooklyn, New York, 10-sided, iron-pontiled tenpin-shaped bottle. Best Bottle South of the Mason-Dixon Line winner was Dr. Aprill with his blue wine with embossed grapes and leaves. It was an unembossed variant of the Imperial Levee, J. Noyes, Hollywood, Miss. Judges also gave Dr. Aprill a first-place tie with his pontiled blue Dr. Leriemondie’s Southern Bitters. It was unmarked, but known to be from Brookhaven, Mississippi. Another innovation introduced by President Meyer was the membership breakfast on Saturday morning. Previous membership gatherings were held in Friday afternoons and were lightly attended since many show-goers did not arrive until later. This one attracted 110 members who voted to increase the Federation dues package to keep up with growing expenses and re-institute life memberships. 79
One of the best programs is the seminars held during the morning prior to the show’s opening. Tommy Schimpf presented Charleston, South Carolina Colored Sodas; Every Bottle Has a Story, with Jack Sullivan and Ferdinand Meyer V; The History of Jack Daniel Whiskey by Mike Northcutt; Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware of the Edgefield District by Jim Witkowski of Charleston, South Carolina; The Evolution of the Coca-Cola Bottle by Doug McCoy and Bottle and Relic Digging by Rick Phillips and Paul Sampson. Show scenes were documented by talented Mallory Boyle, Jack Hewitt’s daughter, and her photos were displayed throughout the BOTTLE and EXTRAS issue featuring summaries of the show. Twelve wonderful, colorful and educational displays under the title of Great Southern Bottles chaired by Tom Lines, Birmingham, Ala., and Ed Provine, Millington, Tenn. “Best in Show Award” was presented to Mike Newman, Martinez, Ga., for his stunning array of colored sodas from Georgia and South Carolina. The “Most Educational Award” was given to Tom Sproat, Covington, Kentucky, for his display of glass-making tools. Other displays were Tenn-Cola, Gene Bradberry, Bartlett, Tenn.; Dale Murschell, Springfield, W. Va., paperweight perfume bottles; Walter Smith, Augusta, Ga., Edward Sheehan sodas from Augusta; Mike Jordan, Ocala, Fla., Hyacinth Vases; Bill Haley, Chattanooga, Glass Insulators; Amy Autenreith, Chattanooga, Houston Museum Bottles; Dennis Smith, Buffalo, N.Y., Celery Colas; Jim Berry, St. Johnsville, N.Y., Inks, and Mike Northcutt, Lynchburg, Tenn., History of Jack Daniels. NOTES: Ninety-two-year-old Dorothy “Tootsie” Hood, of Apison, Tenn., a longtime bottle collector, became a member of the FOHBC when her grandson bought the membership. . . a treasure trove of items from E. Dexter Loveridge of Wahoo Bitters fame was auctioned off. . . James Penrose came from far off New South Wales. . . Alicia Booth, Houston, Texas, donated a Success to the Railroad historical flask as a hat contest prize in honor of her late husband, Tom. . . Liz Maxbauer, New Hudson, Mich., won it. . . the Souvenir Program’s 107 pages carried features by Jack Sullivan and Charles David Head as well as a listing of the Top 25 Tennessee Bottles. . .there were 230 sales tables. . . 2016 National Antique Bottle Show & Convention - “Back to Our Roots” - Sacramento, California “A Celebration of People and Our Hobby:” That’s how FOHBC President Ferdinand Meyer V headed the lead story in the follow-up November-December issue of the Federation’s magazine, Bottles and Extras. The organization took root in 1969, some 10 years after John C. and Edith Tibbitts organized its predecessor, The Antique Bottle Collectors of California, in their Sacramento home. That club caught the imaginations of antique bottle collectors from “sea to shining sea,” including Charles Gardner, of New London, Connecticut, known as “The Father of Antique Bottle Collecting.” Federation officers and board members pulled out all the stops to make this venture into Gold Rush Country a memorable and memory-making, strike it rich experience. First stop was the privately owned McClellan Conference Center and Lions Gate Hotel at the decommissioned McClellan Air Force Base (1935-2001) seven miles northeast at Sacramento. Sacramento resident Jeff Wichmann held open house at his American Bottle Auctions where visitors “ooooed” and “ahhhed” at his collection of outstanding historical bottles and related “goodies.” The Lions Gate General’s House played host to a reception for dealers and their assistants, early buyers, displayers and seminar conductors on the Thursday evening (the first day of the event). The Sacramento Shootout followed that evening back at the hotel with whiskeys (Jesse Moore Sole Agent cylinders, U.S.A. Hospital Bottles and Hostetter’s Stomach Bitters) in the bottle battle. Richard Siri, who spearheaded the Shootout, found himself the hospital bottle winner. Dale Mlasko captured the top whiskey prize, while Mike Henness’s Hostetter’s topped that category. 80
The inaugural FOHBC Membership Breakfast Meeting was held at the 2015 Chattanooga show and was a great success, so it was repeated on the Lions Gate Hotel patio. Nothing like free food to attract a crowd. A fine array of speakers presenting educational seminars on Warner’s Safe Cures and Products (Michael Seeliger,.Mike and Kathie Craig), the A.W. Cudworth Business Journal (Tom Jacobs), Early American Scent Bottles (Chris Hartz), Early California Stoneware (John O’Neill), Red Wing Advertising Stoneware (Steve Ketcham) and Gold Rush Artifacts (John Schroyer) followed. The mud flats at Benicia, California are unlovely to behold. Just when they revealed their hidden iridescent glass treasures is a matter of conjecture, but their unique colors were on a wonderful display called Benicia Glass – Nature’s Tiffany by Michael and Karen Peart. It was just one of 20 outstanding displays of bottles, jars, miniatures, Owl Drug bottles, Hostetter’s Bitters and an apothecary cabinet filled with gems. The Warner’s Safe Bottles and Posters display took both “Best in Show” and “Most Educational” ribbons. Collectors holding early admission badges joined the rush of dealers into the McClellan Conference Center show room at 1 p.m., Friday. There was a bit of confusion when the supply of early admission badges gave out, but a runner was sent to a local office supply company for name stickers. The crowd may have been a record number for a first day and most were in a buying mood. That set the stage for the FOHBC Cocktail Party and Banquet Friday evening. There had been 115 reservations, but 150 showed up to feast. Highlight of the meeting was an emotional speech by Betty Zumwalt, the 2008 FOHBC Hall of Fame inductee and noted authority on antique glass, as well as an author. Jeff Wichmann, who had been named to the Federation Honor Roll in 2010, was “bumped up” to the Hall of Fame following his many contributions to the bottle hobby. The late Tommy Mitchiner, of Gordon, Georgia, was placed on the Honor Roll for his role as the Peach State’s most famous antique bottle collector and researcher, particularly relating to the Savannah, Ga., bottles of John Ryan (1852-1870s). John Joiner, of Newnan, Georgia, was presented the President’s Award for an outstanding job at the 2015 Chattanooga National Antique Bottle Show. Mike Bryant, of the Antique Bottle Club of San Diego, hauled off four awards to lead club honors. Show room doors opened at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, and almost 700 folks piled through the door. General admission tags gave out. A tour bus arrived loaded with Reno Antique Bottle Club members. The future of any hobby is its ability to attract younger members and Richard and Bev Siri were ready. The show’s co-chairmen had prepared 44 children’s grab bags, each filled with two or three newspaper-wrapped bottles from the Siri collection. The day was capped by the 49er Bottle Jamboree Auction conducted by Fred Holabird, president of Holabird Western Americana based in Reno, Nevada. Star of that western bottle-themed auction was an early yellow-green Gold Dust Whiskey from San Francisco (1871-74), a flawless example of only eight known. It brought $34,500 including the auction house premium. Eyes of 200 in-house bidders plus hundreds more online (including a collector aboard an aircraft carrier) shattered previous FOHBC auction records, according to President Meyer. Also setting a record was the 134-page Souvenir Program, surely to become a favored collector’s item. Jim Bender and Bob Strickhart, co-chairmen of the 2017 National Show in Springfield, Massachusetts (Aug. 3-6), may find it a hard “act” to follow. We shall see. 2018 Midwest Region: 2018 FOHBC Cleveland National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo 2019 Southern Region: 2019 FOHBC 50th Anniversary Augusta National Antique Bottle Convention 2020 Western Region: To Be Determined *Proposals Welcome 2021 Northeast Region: To Be Determined *Proposals Welcome 81
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On July 25, 1986, Dr. Cecil Munsey, of Poway, California, sent a memo to Marilyn Schmieding, FOHBC Western Region representative, that the FOHBC “seriously consider establishing an ‘HONOR ROLL’ of people who have contributed significantly to bottle collecting. The Honor Roll would not replace the Hall of Fame, the greatest honor the hobby can bestow, but only supplement it.” The FOHBC Board of Directors adopted the idea and it was put into place the following year.
The following were nominated by The Ohio Bottle Club, Gary Beatty, President. Research was conducted by Paul Ballentine, Springfield, Ohio, and Gary Beatty, Galion, Ohio. “The Reward of True Excellence is to Obtain Honor.” The list was updated with capsule comments on each honoree (when available) by then Southern Region editor Bill Baab during 20082010, with help from Mary Ballentine, Sheldon Baugh, Ralph Finch, Norm Heckler, Cecil Munsey, Richard Siri, Dick Watson, Ralph Van Brocklin, Bruce Silva and Garth Ziegenhagen. George S. McKearin, co-author (with daughter Helen) of American Glass, noted authority on early American glass in general, not just bottles. Malcolm Watkins and Lura Woodside Watkins. He enjoyed an extensive career at the Smithsonian Institution, was curator of several collections including ceramics and glass. He was a pioneer in the field of historic archaeology. Lura, his mother, was a pioneer in the study of American cultural history, and collected extensively at New England’s unexplored pottery kiln sites. She later donated her collection to the Smithsonian. She was the author of Cambridge Glass, 1818-1888, The Story of the New England Glass Company. Stephen Van Rensselaer, one of the earliest individuals to collect and study early bottles (1920s). His Early American Bottles and Flasks was published in 1926. It was revised in 1929. His research for the time was nearly impeccable, since he was able to interview “former glassblowers, their wives, relatives and others who were familiar with local history and tradition.” The book was reprinted in 1969. Otha Wearin was a congressman during the early Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration, and became an authority on figural bottles. He authored a book called Statues That Pour. James Gabel, early collector. Ezra Feinberg, early collector. Edgar F. Hoffman, of Maplewood, N.J., was a collector in the 1930s-50s who specialized in historical flasks, although he collected others such as bitters, sodas and figurals, according to his early 1950s correspondence with prominent Alabama collector Doy McCall. Hoffman became an expert on early glass and sold some to prominent collectors such as Charles B. Gardner of New London, Conn. 84
James H. Thompson was the author of Bitters Bottles (1947), the first specialty bottle book. He cited George McKearin, Sam Laidacker and Charles B. Gardner among the list of contributors to the book, which describes 500 bitters, as well as “amusing lore of the Bitters Era.” Neil C. Gest, Mechanicsberg, Ohio, was a flask collector, researcher, writer, contributor to The Magazine Antiques. He was well-known for collecting rare Midwestern glass. He co-wrote (with Parke G. Smith) a feature story on glassmakers Johann Baltazar Kramer and his son, George, in the March 1939 issue of The Magazine Antiques. The Kramers were associated with the Stiegel factory and those of Frederick County, Maryland, particularly Amelung, and with the New Geneva and Greensboro works. Gest also wrote the foreword to the Parke-Bernet auction catalog describing the early American glass collection of William W. Wood III of Piqua, Ohio, in 1942. Frederick W. Hunter, collector and archaeologist of the Harry Hall White type. Lowell Innes was one of the country’s foremost experts and museum consultants on 19th century American glass making. As the leading authority on Pittsburgh glass, he wrote many articles and lectured widely on the subject. He was responsible for the first public exhibitions of Pittsburgh glass in the early 1940s. Author of the book, Pittsburgh Glass 1797-1891. He died in 1985. Rhea Mansfield Knittle was a prolific author and early authority (1920s) on glass, silver and pewter. She was one of the founders of and contributors to The Magazine Antiques from its inception in 1923. One of her books was Early American Glass. Maude Wilkerson owned a “Mom and Pop” motel and operated a bottle museum in Camdenton, Missouri, and was a contributor to Old Bottle Magazine for many years. Guests at her motel could enter the museum in an adjacent building for free. Bottles were displayed in cases around a room and many early bottle collectors went out of their way during the 1960s-70s to see what she had. She and Honor Roll honoree Otha Wearin were good friends and made many bottle trades over the years. After she died, some 1,900 items were moved to Skinner’s auction gallery in Bolton, Mass., and an auction was held there in 1976. Numerous glass candy containers were among the items sold. Edwin Atlee Barber was an author who recognized the importance of early ceramics. Among his books was one about lead-glazed pottery written in the 1930s. He also authored one on early American bottles. He also authored American Glassware Old and New. It was published in 1900. Ruth Webb Lee authored books on antique fakes and reproductions, Victorian glass patterns, Sandwich glass and early American Pressed Glass, most published in the 1930s-40s. George Horace Lorimer was an early editor of The Saturday Evening Post. It was published weekly in Philadelphia and its origins dated to Benjamin Franklin’s day. The Post was the most prominent magazine in Philadelphia along with Collier’s. He did publish (on Oct. 16, 1929) Edwin Lefevre’s story, “Why I Collect Empty Bottles.” Lorimer started collecting during the early 1920s, mostly great historical flasks and diamond-daisy types. His collection was donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is always partially on display. His philosophy on money was reflected in a quote published by investment firm Charles Schwab in the fall of 2009: “It’s good to have money and the things money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” Charles Baugh, with his wife, Roxy, of Menton, Ohio, pieced together a collection of early American glass that ranked at the top in rarity, condition, perfection of form and workman85
ship. The Baughs also made a thorough study of the fields in which they were interested. Crawford Wettlaufer became an authority on early American glass and never hesitated to share his knowledge and collection, which contained many rarities, with other collectors. Dale Kuhn, of Ohio, was a pharmacist who had amassed a wonderful collection of glass that eventually was sold by Garth’s auction house near Delaware, Ohio. The sale gave modern collectors an opportunity to buy treasured items that previously had not been available. There were no bottle shows during his era and the only recourse collectors had was to buy from some of the many lists sent through the mails, or advertised in the antique journals. Earl Seigfreid. Early collector. Parke G. Smith was a collector and authority on early American flasks. He authored bottle-related stories in The Magazine Antiques (See Neil C. Gest) and other publications during the 1930s and 1940s. Edwin LeFevre was an early collector of bottles. His main claim to fame came when he authored a story, “Why I Collect Empty Bottles,” in the Saturday Evening Post of Oct. 16, 1929. Charles McMurray was a well-known antiques dealer in Dayton, Ohio. He wrote articles for local newspapers and in 1927 published a small black handbook on bottles, using items from his own collection for the photos. In 1970, a Connecticut bookseller sent out a list of bottle books for sale. On the list was a small black handbook the bookseller said was authored by Charles B. Gardner and himself. Turned out that Gardner had only priced the bottles in the book, which was nearly identical in every way to McMurray’s 1927 book. Sam Laidacker was the author of two excellent books on blue China dishes. He also published a small magazine or paper on antiques in general. He operated an antiques shop in Bristol, Pa., and was considered an authority on antique bottles. He relocated to Bloomsburg, Pa., in the late 1960s and continued to deal from a large mansion and carriage house. His father was collecting flasks and Kentucky rifles in the early 1900s. His brother, John, had 1,000 historical flasks to sell in the mid-1960s. Sam’s son, Jack, became an authority on guns and military medals and an author on the subject. Sam also did cataloging for many of the prominent auction houses across the country. He helped FOHBC Hall of Famers Dick and Elma Watson develop an expertise in antique bottles and sold them many that became the foundation for their extensive collection.
Dr. Julian Harrison Toulouse was a student of glass containers for more than 30 years. He was chief engineer and manager of quality control and operations research and later consultant to the Owens-Illinois Glass Company. He was chief of the glass container section of the War Production Board during World War II. He was the author of Fruit Jars: A Collector’s Manual, in 1969 and Bottle Makers and Their Marks in 1971.
Ron Fowler was born in 1947 and is retired from the SAFECO Insurance Co. He became interested in bottles and their histories while serving as manager of the Triple R Ranch in Olympia, Wash. He discovered the ranch’s dump and excavated it over a period of several years. The bottles he uncovered he did research on. He maintains a worldwide correspondence with fellow bottle collectors. He was a monthly columnist for Old Bottle Magazine from 1983 to 1986. The author of six books on bottle collecting, he received FOHBC awards for research 86
and editing. He established the Hutchinson Bottle Collectors’ Association in 2007 and continues compiling data while documenting the existence of more than 15,000 Hutchinson bottles.
Lew and Lois Roach were from the original group of pioneer western collectors from Sacramento, Calif. They put together a marvelous collection of label-under-glass back bar whiskeys and Lew became the authority on that variety. Lew designed, printed and hand-colored the first multi-colored show poster in 1968 for the Golden Gate Historical Bottle Society Inc. The show was held in Alameda, Calif., May 25-26. After the show, the poster was presented to FOHBC Hall of Famer Dr. Cecil Munsey, one of the poster’s admirers.
Judge Edward S. MacKenzie began collecting by accident in 1959 during recuperation from a heart condition. His physician had ordered him to take walks and the judge found a few old bottles en route and became curious about them. Inspired by his wife, Romie, he and she eventually put together one of the finest general bottle collections in the world in their Brooksville, Fla., home. The collection had eventually grown to more than 7,000. The first of a series of auctions was conducted by Norm Heckler Sr., on Oct. 7, 1994. “This collection coming on the market carries the same weight, is similar in importance, as the glass collections of Charles Gardner, Edmund Blaske and even Paul Richards,” Heckler noted. MacKenzie died in 1994. Kenneth M. Wilson was an early collector, book author and distinguished glass expert. He was the director of collections and preservation at Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. He teamed with the famous Helen McKearin to write American Bottles & Flasks and Their Ancestry (1978), an update of George S. and Helen McKearin’s 1941 classic American Glass. Wilson also authored New England Glass and Glass-making on his own.
Sam Taylor was a pharmacist and member of the St. Louis Bottle Club. He had one of the best collections of pharmaceutical items in the U.S. He transformed his basement into an early drug store atmosphere, displaying his great collection. Supported by his wife, Eloise, he shared his enthusiasm by inviting numerous collectors who happened to be in the area into their home and shared their hospitality and tremendous knowledge. It was like stepping into an early drug store of the past if you were lucky enough to be invited. The Taylors, who had no children, frequently attended the Mansfield, Ohio Bottle Show and stationed themselves near the front entrance. They were easily identified by their traveling companion, “Edith,” a full-blooded English bulldog of massive proportions, who spent most of her time sleeping behind their tables. When the dog passed away, she was mourned by all the collectors who had come to know her.
Robert Eugene (Bob) Barnett was born in Kootenai, Idaho on August 27, 1921 and was bitten by the bottle bug later in life than most, becoming active in the hobby about 1970. He specifically liked Western whiskies. He enjoyed what he called “a revolving collection,” buying and selling large numbers of bottles, most of which never stayed on his shelves more than a month or two. During the early 1970s, Bob and his wife, June, became permanent fixtures at just about every show west of the Rockies, He also began to mail monthly lists of western whiskies to an ever-growing number of collectors. His reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness was legendary. In 1979, Bob parlayed his vast knowledge into publishing his first book, Pacific Coast Whiskey Bottles. He published Western Liquor Bottles in 1987 and Western Whiskey Bottles in 1992 and 1997. He died June 4, 2007 in Lakeview, Oregon. 87
John Thomas was a collector, researcher and historian whose efforts contributed very significantly to the understanding of Western whiskey bottles as well as bottle collecting in general. He is perhaps best known among collectors for his research and publishing of Whiskey Bottles of the Old West (1969). His next book was Picnics, Coffins, Shoo-Flies (1974). He also authored Whiskey Bottles and Liquor Containers from the State of Washington and Whiskey Bottles and Liquor Containers from the State of Oregon (1998). His longtime hobby was the collecting of Western whiskey bottles, shot glasses and related advertising. He was a significant factor in creating a broad interest in the history and collecting of these bottles through his contributions to the hobby. He died in 2000.
Neal and Mary Jane Ferguson, of Nashville, Tenn., were early collectors who in 1965 founded the Middle Tennessee Antique Bottle Club in Nashville. They were life members of the Federation. Quiet and unassuming, Neal was a driving force in the antique bottle hobby in Tennessee and an acknowledged expert on Nashville bottles. His special interests included Nashville sodas and he conducted extensive research into the Diehl and Lord, Ottenville and McCormack companies. He wrote many articles for his club newsletter as well as for the Federation. Mary Jane was a constant help to her husband and was involved in all aspects of the Federation and the hobby with him. She was Southern Region editor of the Federation until ill health forced her to retire during the 1990s. Willy Van den Bossche for more than 30 years has been a serious collector of European antique bottles (1500-1850). Since 1971, the native of Belgium worked as a patent examiner in the field of glass technology at the European Patent Office. He lives in Holland. In 2001, he authored Antique Glass Bottles, Their History and Evolution (1500-1850), capping 12 years of research and development. His library contains most of the significant American literature devoted to antique bottles.
Frank Sternad is a graduate of the University of California School of Pharmacy. He has worked as a community pharmacist for 40 years. He is a historian who has studied and written about medicine for a number of publications, including those that specialize in collecting antique bottles. He has consulted with many collectors and is known for his vast knowledge of patent and proprietary medicine histories.
Katie Foglesong was a charter member and spark plug of the Iowa Antique Bottleers. She also was an early secretary of the Federation of Historical Bottle Clubs (later Collectors) and privately published an entertaining little book, Trials and Trails of a Bottle Collector. Steve Ketcham began collecting antique bottles, advertising and stoneware in 1967 while still in high school. While attending the University of Minnesota, he began digging for bottles along the Mississippi River banks near the campus. He became charter member No. 11 of the North Star Historical Bottle Association in 1970 and a couple of years later joined Minnesota’s First Antique Bottle Club. He began attending regional meetings of the FOHBC in 1973, later serving as assistant chairman and then chairman of the Midwest Region. He established the Federation’s writers’ contest and served as chairman for several years. He was Federation president from 1982-84 and served on the board from 1982-98. A prolific writer, Steve contributes articles to BOTTLES and EXTRAS and Antique Bottle & Glass Collector.
The contributions to the bottle collecting hobby by Scott Grandstaff and Kitty Roach commenced in 1988 when the magazine BOTTLES and EXTRAS took form on the kitchen table of their home in Happy Camp, California. With the help and support of FOHBC Hall of Famer Dr. Cecil Munsey, of Poway, California, they published their first edition in 1989. In 1995, when the publication had grown too big for both of them, they decided to turn over the magazine and subscribers list to the FOHBC at no charge. BOTTLES and EXTRAS today has become the Federation’s most tangible asset. Native Californian Jeff Wichmann has been a collector of antique bottles for more than 40 years. In 1990, he established Pacific Glass Auctions, changing the name in 2001 to American Bottle Auctions. His was the first bottle auction house to provide full-color glossy catalogs sent to collectors at no charge. Other innovations that benefited collectors included launching the first online antique bottle auction. He published www.americanbottle.com, a website loaded with news and features of interest to collectors. His bottle photography is considered by many to be the best in the business. In 1999, he published The Best of the West - Antique Western Bitters Bottles, considered one of the top resources for researchers.
Thomas William “Tommy” Mitchiner. The antique bottle collecting hobby for Tommy Mitchiner, of Gordon, Georgia, started in 1966 following a newspaper article about people digging in Savannah, Georgia and finding lots of John Ryan sodas and other bottles. Between that year and 2013 when he passed away, Mitchiner had become Georgia’s most famous bottle collector and had amassed a huge collection of John Ryan sodas, many in rare colors, that was never duplicated. He became known as “the King of John Ryan Soda Collectors.” In addition, he conducted lots of research in the days before the Internet and became well known throughout the Southeast as an authority not only on Savannah and many Georgia bottles, but hand-painted marbles and figural smoking pipes, most of which he dug from hundreds of privies in the coastal city. He willingly shared that hard-earned knowledge with any collector who asked. Mitchiner also had become an expert in cleaning dug bottles and many a collection owes its brilliance to that expertise.
Jon Landers. The hobby of collecting antique bottles attracts many people from all walks of life. After joining, many seem to disappear off the face of the earth, never to be heard from again. That isn’t true for Jon Landers, of Utica, New York. Not only was he a founding father of the Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle Club in 1994, he also holds active membership in many other bottle clubs and historical societies and organizations. Once he started his collections of local bottles, he decided to investigate the histories behind them: Who made them, when and where? Answers to some of his questions weren’t immediately forthcoming so that meant Jon, with the support of his wife, Sue, had to spend much of his free time pursuing documentary evidence at sources such as libraries and newspaper archives. One of his outstanding efforts dealt with the history of the Mount Vernon Glassworks of which he has become an authority. He soon learned that research is an important part of the antique bottle hobby and was thrilled to find answers to questions that had eluded him. That research led him to the stories behind bottle-related businesses and the people who had developed them. Best of all, Jon shares each bit of information with fellow collectors by writing and posting stories in his club’s newsletter, “Bottles Along the Mohawk,” which he has edited since the club’s founding. He’s never missed an issue during those 22 years. He also helped develop www.mohawkvalleybottleclub. com, the club website.
The Capital Region Antique Bottle Club welcomes you to the
2017 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo SPRINGFIELD, MA and cordially invites you to attend & participate in the
21st annual Albany Bottle Show
Enjoying Springfield? We Welcome you to Albany! Sunday, November 19th 2017 at the Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave, Ext Albany, N.Y. Conveniently located directly off EXIT 24, NYS Thruway. We are proud to offer exceptionally low rates on dealer tables at this years show, please reserve your tables early. Space is offered on a first come, first serve basis.
One 8’ table @ $30 ! Two 8’ tables @ $45 !! Three 8’ tables @ $60 !!!
All participating dealers enjoy early Saturday night setup, reservation rights to future shows, as well as our complimentary breakfast spread!
For show information, dealer contracts, and to reserve your table, contact show chairman Jason Privler at 518-506-2197 or NYSCAPITOL@yahoo.com
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Congratulations and thanks to the FOHBC for all the hard work put into making the Springfield National! Dana Charlton-Zarro, collecting New England Pitkin Flasks See you on Facebook! This developing museum is dedicated to exhibiting, preserving, researching and providing education about historical glass made in the numerous glassworks of Connecticut. This statewide museum is located in the National Register's only designated National Historic Glass Factory District. The site includes an original two-story residence, circa 1812-14, built for Capt. John Turner, one of several incorporators of the Coventry Glass Company (and later one of the founders of the Ellenville [N.Y.] Glass Company). Located in Coventry, CT at the intersection of Rt. 44 and North River Road, the museum is open for special events or by request. See our website for much more information.
45th Annual Antique Bottle & Collectibles Show & Sale - Saturday, March 24, 2018
Contact: Rod Vining • 251-957-6725 • email@example.com or Richard Kramerich • PO Box 241, Pensacola, FL 32591 • 850-435-5425 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted: Dig, Buy, Sell & Trade
Collector of all types of Mobile Alabama: Bitters, Whiskeys, Medicine, Drug Stores, Sodas, Decorated Stoneware, Transferware, Paper, & all other related items. One item or entire collection. Rod Vining, 10691 Old Pascagoula Road Grand Bay, Alabama 36541, email@example.com 251-957-6725 office, 251-709-5804 cell & text See a sample of my collection in the photo above. 92
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK SUNDAY - APRIL 22nd, 2018 9AM — 3PM ROBERTS WESLEYAN COLLEGE Voller Athletic Center 2301 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY 14624 Admission $5.00 17 and Under FREE
Show and Dealer Inquires: Aaron and Pamela Weber “We’re Not Just Bottles” firstname.lastname@example.org This Event is Not Sponsored by Roberts Wesleyan College (585)226-6345
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Walking Tour of Springfield Cultural District
1. MGM Springfield (Opening 2018) 2. HH Richardson Courthouse 3. Old First Church (1819) Court Square 4. MassMutual Center 5. Pynchon Plaza (1977) 6. Community Music School (1932) 7. Puritan Statue (1899) 8. Central Library (1912) 9. Springfield Museums/Quadrangle • D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts • George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum • Springfield Science Museum • Wood Museum of Springfield History • Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum 10. Classical Condominiums (1897) 11. Springfield Federal Courthouse (2008) and Sol Le Witt mural 12. Springfield Armory National Historic Site and Museum, Armory Square 13. Springfield Technical Community College, Armory Square. 14. Hispanic Baptist Church (1872) 15. Historic Mattoon Area 16. Apremont Triangle Area 94
17. Stearns Square (1881) 18. Duryea Way 19. State Office Building (1932) and Umberto Romano Murals 20. Paramount Theater (1912, 1929) 21. WGBY, 44 Hampden Street 22. CityStage 23. New England Public Radio, Fuller Building (built 1889) 24. Gallery Space at 1550 Main 25. Tower Square Mall • Pan African Historical Museum • Artist Square Group Gallery • Avis Neigher Art Gallery • Valley Photographic Center • Dream Studios • UMass Center at Springfield 26. 1350 Main Gallery, Studio 9 and Springfield Symphony Orchestra Box Office (SSO) 27. City Hall, Campanile, and Symphony Hall (1909) 28. Riverfront Park/Connecticut River bikeway and walkway 29. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 30. Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel 31. Springfield Marriott Hotel 95
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Dealers & Assistants
Dealers are listed in alphabetical order by the primary dealer’s last name. List may not be totally accurate due to late table assignments after the printing of this souvenir program. American Glass Gallery | AB&GC
New Hudson MI
C 1-4, 14-16
Rick & Berny Baldwin
Hubert & Mary Barb
Robert & Cathy Barenski
Sheldon & Brenda Baugh
Bill & Brad Beckett
Avondale NSW, AU
Jim Berry & Vance Heroth
St. Johnsville & Ft. Plain NY
Clarence & Lea Blanchard
Bill & Carolyn Brugmann
J7 E 14
Jim Burns & Mike Melanowski Oneida & Albion NY
Chip Cable & Mike Masiarik
Dave Caccamo & Gary Johnson
New Paltz & Stoneridge NY
Tod & Kim Cagle
Richard & Cindy Carney
Steve & Barbara Carter
Rick & Vicki Ciralli
Cleveland National 2018
Paul & Jo Ann Conner
Richard & Shannon Dalton
A1 G5&6 J 12
I 1, 2 & 16 I3&4 M 1 & 14
A 12 & 13
H 11 E 15 L5
Chris Davis & Jack Stecher
Newark & Rochester NY
Alan DeMaison & Terry Crislip
John DeVolder & Marianne Wink
Corner Virt Musm K4
Dario DiMare & Bill Meier Northborough & Carlisle MA Wayne Duggs & Alan Kristoff
Jim & Cathy Ference
Louis & John Fifer
Brunswick & Medina OH
John & Delores Fortmeyer
Mike & Janet George
B 11 & 12 B4 I5
H 12 & 13
J R Gibson & Bill Vanderveen Monee & Orland Park IL
Glass Works Auctions
East Greenville PA
I 6, 7 & 8
Julian & Penny Gottlieb
Cos Cob CT
Ed & Kathy Gray
Jim & Karen Gray
Art & Brett Gueguen
Jim & Janice Hagenbuch
East Greenville PA
Jim & Jodi Hall
Tom & Karen Haunton
Woodstock Valley CT
F 1-4, 14-16
Norman C. Heckler
Woodstock Valley CT
F 1-4, 14-16
Christopher & Jenn Helenek
North Attleboro MA
Perry & Nancy Hendrix
Mike & Tish Hewins
E Bridgewater MA
Chris & Tim Hill, In Memory of
Robert Hinely & Molly Jumper
Randy Hoffman & Jim Seaus
Boston MA & Garrett Park MD
Ed & Anita Holden
Fran & Donna Hughes
A 2, 3 & 4
Peter Jablonski & Heather Parmelee
Akron & Grand Island NY
L 10 & 11
Becky Jenkins & Greg Chritman
John & Wanda Joiner
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
C 9 & 10
I 6, 7 & 8
C 12 & 13 K5&6
I 14 & 15
D 10 & 11
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Keon Kellogg & Barry Haynes
B 9 & 10
Steve Ketcham & Chris Sadar
Matt & Sara King
Adam & Phyllis Koch
Kim & Kim Kokles
K 1 & 14
Kevin Kyle & Charles Dascenzo
East Windsor NJ
Matt, Elizabeth & Owen Lacy
Andy Lang & David Kyle
Bob & Cathy Lanpher
North Attleboro MA
John Lawrey & Jim Chebalo
Andover NJ & Swoyersville PA
Lex Lim & Yvonne Wong
E 9 & 10
Peter & Trish Manfredi
S Glastonbury CT
Vincent Martonis & Tom Karapantso
Gerry & Jamestown NY
Todd & Patti Maynard
Jerry McCann & Patricia Sprang
Ryan McMurray & Meagan Hoyt
Terry & Pat McMurray
McMurray Antiques & Auctions
Merrimac Valley Bottle Club
S Hamilton MA
Ferdinand Meyer V & Jerry Forbes
Houston TX & Big Sur CA
Valerie & Frank Mikalonis
West Granby CT
Bill Mitchell & Mike Seeliger
Stevens Point & Brooklyn WI
David & Lynda Mosher
St. Albans VT
National Assoc of Milk Bottle Collectors
S Glastonbury CT
National Bottle Museum
Ballston Spa NY
Jeff & Holly Noordsy
George & Dot Oglesby
North American Glass
Dave & Judy Olson
John Pastor & Liz Maxbauer
New Hudson MI
Jack Pelletier & Rod Mitchel
Gorham & Portland ME
Carl Pratt & Carrie Digs
Sandwich MA & Portsmouth NH L 6 & 7
J 9, 10 & 11 G7
D 15 & 16
I 12 D7&8 G 10
D1 E 11 D5 K2&3
L1 F 12 & 13
H2&3 A 5-8
C 1 -4, 14-16
E 12 & 13
Ron Rainka & Denis Clowes
B 1-3, 16
James Scott Russell
Diane & Wes Seemann
Ole & Candy Severson
David Sidelinger & Corlynn Buchler
Drew & Cathy Simmons
South Portland ME
Eric Sobieczewski & Ray Buch
John & Carol Spellman
Greg & Angela Spurgeon
S Hamilton MA
Scott & Wyat St. Laurent
Frank Starczek & Tom Kannelly
A 9 & 10
Mike & Peg Stephano
Hyde Park NY
B 14 & 15
Steve & Fred Swiechowicz
Noel Tomas & Ken Previtali
Glastonbury & Danbury CT K 12 & 13
Tony & Phil Townsend
Athena Smith Travlos
Richard & Kathy Tucker
Newport Beach CA
Paul & Dorothy Tutko
Jeff & Aimee Ullman
Paul & Pat Van Vactor
Tod & Susan von Mechow
Mark & Andrew Vuono
Brian Wade & Alex Caiola
Huntington Station NY
A 15 & 16 B 13 D 12 & 13
I3 L 9 & 10
H2&3 I4 C 7 -10
J 13 & 14
J2 G 11 G 14 & 15 J3&4 G 12 & 13 L 12 G8&9
Bob Watson & Dave Potter Cattaraugus & Cheektowaga NY K 10 & 11 Richard & Dee Weaver
Chris Woods & John Brandt
Terry & Peggy Wright
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~ WANTED ~ L ADYâ€™S LE G BIT TE RS Also interested in unique colors of figural Cabins, Barrels, Queens, Ear of Corns, Pigs, Cannons and Fish Bitters. One example or an entire collection.
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Welcome to the great Northeast! Tables J 5 & 6
Jim & Val Berry St. Johnsville, NY
In Memory of Timothy & Christine Hill Table L 4 For 40 years Tim was an avid collector of historical flasks. Chris was a major collector of veterinary bottles and advertising. James Becker & Dana Charlton-Zarro 103
“The Old Sandwich Glass Works” by John H. Stone
ANOTHER LOOK AT SANDWICH GLASS By Eric McGuire
he Boston & Sandwich Glass Company has been studied and published perhaps more than any other glass manufacturing company in history. Maybe because of its 63 year history and also because of the huge numbers of items it created that are now available to collectors. A number of scholarly books and publications are available to those who are interested, and it would be redundant to reiterate much of what is already available on the subject. Beginning with Ruth Webb Lee’s landmark book on the subject (1), and more lately the exhaustive publications by Barlow and Kaiser, “Sandwich Glass” is certainly well documented. (2)
Six-sided amber blown molded cologne bottle with oval paneled frames and lily stopper. 104
However, since most research was published on the subject, a relatively new source has emerged that is beginning to reshape the way historians find and share information on nearly every event that has happened in the past. Historical newspapers hold a vast amount of information that has been nearly inaccessible on such a large scale until the use of optical character recognition (OCR). To be sure this is an emerging resource that is by no means fully utilized and the process itself is far from
perfect. Many more newspapers have not been scanned than are currently available, so the resource will become even more valuable in time. It is important to keep in mind that newspapers were the only consistent source of news available to the American public during much of the first half of the 19th century. Regardless of political biases that were inherent to many newspapers, which were apparent to most of the public at the time, newspaper text formed the world around which its readers lived. From world events to gossip about neighborhood activities, newspapers were once the lifeblood of the people’s current news. This holds true for information and advertisements seemingly as trivial as information about the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company. I believe it is worth the effort to take a look at some of the newspaper information that has come to light in the past decade, even though it may be redundant to some scholarly publications it was the information relevant to the public during its day. The information presented herein was collected after reviewing well over 2,000 articles, advertisements and other items that were published in newspapers throughout the U.S., each noting the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company. It is unfortunate that digital copies of the Sandwich, Massachusetts, newspapers have yet to be made available to the public for much informative data must be contained therein. Even Deming Jarves’ early reminiscences that formed the basis for his own publication were initially published in the Sandwich newspapers. (3) Because of the amount of information located it was decided to condense it into two categories that may be of most interest to students and collectors of Sandwich glass - each in chronological order. A number of articles were located that relate to the politics of the day, around which the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company was often cited. Corporate entities were primarily institutions created for the public good.
Examples would include road and bridge companies or gaslight companies, and so on. The concept of public good soon became more difficult to define as many company ventures embodied elements that appeared to make life better for Americans. The disdain that many law-makers had for the corporate concept is that such an entity eliminated the long held tradition of dower rights for those holding stock in a corporation. As a result the formation and future stock increases of the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company became news as the Massachusetts legislature wrestled with these issues. The company also became singled out after the turbulent political times of the financial “Panic of 1837”. Its officers were mostly members of the Whig Party who were trying to elect its presidential candidate, Wm. H. Harrison in 1840. Richard Fay, the treasurer of the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co., sent a letter to all its workers noting that the works would stop unless the Democratic Party workers changed their “opinion”. Harrison won but Fay’s letter to the workers was singled out as a travesty to voting rights and became an example of unfair tactics for the next decade. (4) I leave more on this subject to those who are interested. 105
THE GLASS WORKS
After leaving the management of the New England Glass Works, Deming Jarves went to work establishing his Sandwich Glass Manufactory as this “want ad” attests. (Boston Commercial Gazette, (Boston, Massachusetts) August 1, 1825, pg. 3)
Deming Jarves was strict in his directive that all the glass factory workers would not consume alcoholic beverages while on the job. This is the first of several advertisements found that underscores this belief. (Boston Recorder (Boston, Massachusetts) August 22, 1828, pg. 186)
By 1832, Sandwich was operating with two furnaces containing fourteen pots. Consumed annually was 338,000 pounds of lead, essential in the formulation of flint glass. Also used was 228,800 pounds of pot ash, 27,300 pounds of salt petre, 416 tons of sand, 2500 cords of wood, 700 tons of coal and 50,000 staves. The staves were used in the construction of barrels for transporting the finished product which was packed in straw. Also of interest was the full time employment of 176 boys and men. (5) A few months later, another description of Sandwich, possibly from the same source, gave a much more detailed summary of the works; “Sandwich is now becoming celebrated for its manufacture of glassware. The establishment now known as the Boston & Sandwich Glass Manufacturing Establishment, was put into operation in the year 1824, by Deming Jarves, Esq. formerly agent of the establishment at Lechmere Point, Cambridge, which under his management, acquired great celebrity for the perfection of its manufactures. Mr. Jarves was the projector and sole proprietor of this establishment for about two years after its commencement, when he was induced to 106
sell out a portion of it, and a company was formed and incorporated (with a capital of $75,000, afterwards increased to $100,000) under the title of the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company. The following statement, which may be relied on as correct, will give you some idea of the extent and importance of this establishment. Articles consumed annually - 338,000 pounds of Missouri lead; 230,000 pounds of pearl-ash; 27,300 pounds salt-petre; 700 tons sand, from Maurice River, New Jersey; 2500 cords of wood; 700 tons sea coal; 100,000 staves. $25,000 are paid per year for brass and tin-ware, used with the glass; $1000 for iron, and 1000 for clay. The company employ(s) 300 tons shipping; 12,000 tons measurement are annually sent coast-wise; and $100,000 are paid annually to about 250 men and boys, constantly employed at the factory. -- For the smelting of the materials named in the above statement, there are two furnaces containing fourteen pots. There are from 90 to 100 houses belonging to the establishment, and about 1000 persons derive support from it. There is an extensive cutting shop carried by steam. The ware made here is considered equal to any in the world, not excepting the very best English cut glass. It is sent to almost all parts of the world; considerable orders have been recently received from England; and it has been exported to China.” (6) A few weeks later, the same newspaper provided a different view of the factory and its workers: “It employs and supports over one quarter of the population of Sandwich. No ardent spirit has been admitted within the factory for the last four years. Nearly 200 men and boys are constantly employed; two thirds of whom are Americans, and nearly one half of them born in Sandwich or its immediate vicinity. Of the 200 employed at the Factory, not more than 100 drink ardent spirits on any occasion; and of the 100 who occasionally drink, five of that number only have ever been seen intoxicated. The Factory pays heavy taxes and contributes largely to the support of the poor of the Town, whilst it has provided for its own sick and destitute, although some of them have been
‘native born citizens of Sandwich.’ - They have erected two houses of public worship, and a large school house, where a school is kept through the year - the only public school in the town that is kept over four months in the year.
employed in bringing the raw materials from Boston, and in freighting the manufactured glass to that city. A railroad extends from the Company’s wharf to the Factory, and a canal for the transportation in scows of coal and other heavy articles.
Of the workman, ninety-six are heads of families; twenty-eight of them are members of Religious Societies, including Methodists, Calvinists, and Unitarians. To one of these Societies they furnish all the teachers (say five) to their Sunday School. To another, five out of seven. To another, two. Of Two thirds of the funds to support the several schools, and the support of clergymen for the three denominations above mention, full one half is voluntarily raised and paid by the workmen.” (7)
The annual consumption of raw materials for making glass amounts to 600 tons of sand from Morris (sic) River, New Jersey; 700,000 pounds of red lead; 450,000 pounds of pearl ash; 70,000 pounds of salt petre. There are also consumed 1100 cords of pine wood; 700 cords of oak do; 100,000 bushels of coal from Virginia, Sydney and Pictou. The duties on the coal from the two last named places amounted this year to nearly $900.
Five years later another description of the Sandwich factory was offered: “The Glass Factory at Sandwich, which in this County, is now in full operation, giving employment to two hundred and twenty-five workmen, and turning out manufactured articles of the value of $300,000 per annum. The glass is superior to any manufactured in the United States, and equal in the brilliancy of the material and in the beautiful and classic form of the articles to the best specimens from Europe. In company with several friends, we recently visited these works. William Stutson, Esq., the gentlemanly superintendent conducted us over the establishment, and very obligingly furnished us with all the information we desired. The yards and buildings occupied by the company cover six acres, enclosed by a high fence. Two Glass Houses are now in full operation, one containing ten, and the other eight pots, and a large cutting shop in which are employed fifty workmen. There are also attached to the establishment, a blacksmith’s shop; a cooper’s shop, in which all the packages for the ware are made, and several other buildings in which various operations are performed, connected with the manufacture of glass. Two packers are constantly
There are from 60 to 70 tons of hay and straw used annually in packing the glass. At the Sandwich Glass Works, each workman is employed in a particular part of the manufacture, and by this arrangement, he acquires skill and dexterity in his employment, and the greatest order is secured throughout that extensive establishment. Every man knows what he has to do, and does it. The first part of the process of making glass is the mixing of the raw materials. The proportion of each used is indicated by the quantity of each annually consumed. The sand used is fine and white, and composed entirely of particles of limpid quartz. Before using, it is washed, and the water expelled by baking in large ovens. The materials from a mixture of a red color and the art of changing it to a pure white is a secret, not divulged by the manufacturer. On Fridays the pots are filled, and their mouths closed till Monday morning - when they are opened; the intense heat of the furnace having converted the mixture into melted glass. Blowing occupies four days and nights. The glass blowers use an iron tube or pipe about five feet in length, the end of which they plunge into the melted glass, and whirling it round, sufficient adheres to make the required article. By blowing through the pipe the melted glass assumes the form of 107
a hollow globe, and by alternately rolling it on iron instruments, and blowing, it is made to assume the desired form, when it is carried to the annealing ovens to cool. Lamps and some other articles are made in two or three pieces by different workmen and united together while hot. For most hollow wares the workmen have moulds. After having formed the glass as above described, somewhat in the form desired, it is inserted in the mould, and by blowing through the pipe the glass is distended in the form of the mould. Plates, preserve dishes, bottoms of lamps, and similarly shaped articles, are pressed in iron moulds. The melted glass is dipped from the pot on the end of a pipe, and held over the open mould, and sufficient cut off with a large pair of shears to form the article.
The earliest advertisement for Deming Jarves’ Sandwich Glass Manufactory is more about describing the establishment of the business than describing products for sale. (Boston Patriot and Daily Chronicle (Boston, Massachusetts) September 14, 1825, Page 3)
Coal is now used in the furnaces. The fire in the larger glass house has now been burning three years. The heat is intense - white and dazzling to the eye when you look into the furnace. The pots are made in the glass house, of clay imported from France, and contain about one hundred gallons each. These sometimes crack shortly after being set, and sometimes last twelve months or more before they become unsafe for use. The fires are kept up, while the workmen are employed in replacing the pots, and to one not conversant with the operations, it would seem an undertaking that none but men endowed, like the fabled salamanders, with the power of living in and resisting the effects of heat could accomplish, it is done with facility by those who understand it, without being burned, though the heat to which they are exposed, has in some instances, melted pewter buttons on their clothing. The annealing furnaces are kept at a moderate temperature, that the ware may be gradually cooled. The ovens are open at each end, and the glass is taken out at the opposite one from which it is put in, being drawn through on a movable grate.”(8) 108
This 1826 advertisement was the earliest located that gives a better description of what was being produced in the earliest years of Sandwich glass. (Boston Patriot and Daily Chronicle (Boston, Massachusetts), April 19, 1826, Page 3)
A common method of marketing during the 19th century was by displaying your wares in exhibitions usually hosted by organizations benefiting commerce. One 1827 exhibition in Boston was represented by several glass companies, including Sandwich. Brilliancy of the product was considered a primary requisite of quality, and the South Boston Glass Company was considered one of the best, but also recognized were, “elegant samples of Flint cut Glass from the N. England Glass Co. and the Boston and Sandwich Glass Co.” (9)
Another newspaper reported on the same exhibition, . . . “Some plain Glass Wares, a part prepared for cutting, and Lamp Glasses both rough and plain, from the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, were considered very handsome specimens.” The highlight of the glass exhibit appeared to be examples of the first use of glass pressing by the New England Flint Glass Company. “A new article was presented from the same company in ‘patent moulded fire polished Knobs’, with escutcheons both for doors and furniture, stated to be made by a new process, stronger and sold at much lower prices, than similar articles heretofore in use, and the committee deemed them worthy of attention by those who may have occasion to use such an article.” Interestingly, the Committee awarded no premiums for any of the glass products. (10)
This advertisement is the first reference located indicating the sale of molded glassware by Sandwich. It is assumed to be blown molded.(Boston Patriot and Daily Chronicle (Boston, Massachusetts) March 3, 1827)
In 1829, an article appeared that noted, “The manufacture of white enameled ware, an imitation of the China, has been commenced at the Factory of the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company; and by judges of the article, is pronounced equal, if not superior to any manufactured in this country. In fact, this infant establishment is behind some of the longest standing in this country, in the richness and variety of its ware.”(11) The 1833 Franklin Institute exhibition in Philadelphia recognized two New England glass houses for their products. An extra premium was awarded to the New England Glass Company for its . . . . “Glass Mantel Lamps. The cut pillars, icicles, and other pendulous ornaments, of these splendid lamps, are the first of the kind presented to the public from American sources, and they bear a strict scrutiny for transparency, lustre and workmanship”. Also, . . . “An extra premium is due to the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company for No. 216, various specimens of pressed Glass; these the judges think have very considerably improved since our last exhibition.”(12) The 1837 Mechanic Association Fair in Boston included a display of Sandwich cut glass. “Their wares are of pure white and colored specimens, for ink-stands, wine glasses, tumblers, decanters, and lamp-shades. They are of a great variety of elegant patterns, finished in the best manner.” (13) This is the first reference located that directly advertises colored glass for sale, even though company records note that blue glass was being used in the past.
Items depicting a log cabin in 1840 were likely in reference to the presidential campaign of William Henry Harrison, the Whig candidate who won the election in that year. Gloucester Telegraph (Gloucester, Massachusetts) October 10, 1840
As the Philadelphia agent for Sandwich glass, William Muzzey printed this advertisement which is the first reference located for the sale of pressed glass from Sandwich. Of interest are the lamps with cup plate feet. (Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) December 3, 1827, Page 3)
Referencing the products made at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company in 1844, one newspaper noted . . . “Many of the articles, such as tumblers, glasses, salts, jars, &c, are cast in moulds, not blown, as in Europe. 109
a triumph of American manufactures. We were shown several exceedingly handsome and delicate colors, which have only been peculiarly constructed furnace.”(16)
Of interest in this 1838 advertisement from a St. Louis, Missouri, is a merchant offering the sale of “Pearl Candlesticks”. Milk glass is one of the more confusing colors to be described in the record. It is assumed that, in this case, “Pearl” describes what is now known as milk glass. As noted earlier, “white” was generally the glass man’s nomenclature for clear glass. Milk glass is also referred to as “Alabaster” in some Sandwich documents. (Daily Commercial Bulletin (St. Louis, Missouri) May 8, 1838, Page 3)
One more newspaper reported on the same display, . . . . “The Colored Glass on the table crossing the Museum Saloon, now invites attention. The collection consists of decanters, pitchers, finger-glasses, toilette bottles, salt cellars, celery glasses, and a number of other articles of cut glass, colored in all the tints of the rainbow. As specimens of art, they are worthy of all praise, and as a means of embellishing a table, they cannot fail of admiration, and would give a lively and inviting effect to any festive board.”(17)
They are not so good, but can be sold for one third of the price, besides, the mould imparts a good imitation of the finish of cut glass.”(14) This short discussion of the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company must wind down here as space does not allow further treatment. I finish with information about a change in the company’s output when a new furnace was constructed for colored glass. First reported in a description of the Franklin Institute Exhibition, an 1844 article noted, . . . . “Specimens of rich cut coloured glass, from the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, deposited by the Agent, Mr. Wm. M. Muzzey, 19 Commerce Street. This company have erected an extra furnace expressly for this branch of manufacture, and have produced specimens equal to the celebrated Bohemian. The real ruby red specimens - the canary - the purple, amber, and smoke, are very attractive. The collection is indeed a remarkable one, and excites much attention.”(15) Another newspaper reported on the same fair, stating, . . . . “A large variety of Glassware, made by the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, and deposited by Wm. M. Muzzy, attract a great deal of attention, from the fact of the numerous colors that are exhibited, some of which are presented for the first time in this or any other country, as 110
A very interesting advertisement that unveils the sale of glass to the public in a great number of bright colors. This idea was quite genius and well received by the public since colored glass would go a long way toward brightening up a mid-nineteenth century room. (Boston Courier (Boston, Massachusetts) April 7, 1845, pg. 2)
Concurrently, the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company published their own advertisement featuring the availability of colored glass in an array of colors, including . . . . “Ruby, Garnet, Ultra Marine, Canary, Turquoise, Saxon and London Green, Amber, Purple, Light and deep blue . . .” It should be noted that the success of the Sandwich factory in producing wares of bright colors was predicated on its ability to make a product of high quality colorless flint glass. With the highly refractive clear glass as a base, the addition of various elemental oxides and sulfides produced more brilliant colors. The color mixers at glass factories were truly masters of inorganic chemistry. In order to produce consistent colors to which a name could be attached it was a difficult task since many of the coloring agents used could produce different colors depending upon a variety of conditions. One of the more difficult variables to control was as simple as regulating the amount of oxygen in the melting furnace, which can achieve different colors. Many other factors were involved which made the task very complicated.(18) This new look at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, from the perspective of various newspaper entries, will be continued in a future article of the FOHBC journal, Bottles and Extras.
Photographs  Three Printie Block pattern lamp with a monument base in canary yellow. Bases and fonts were produced separately and interchangeable, secured to each other with the application of a molten wafer. The canary yellow color is derived from the element Uranium. It was first popularized in Bohemia during the 1830s and witnessed popular use in the U.S. in the 1840s. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  Pressed acanthus leaf font in alabaster attached to a blue acanthus leaf base. This was a popular style produced by Sandwich. Beginning with the Greeks and especially revered by the Romans, the acanthus leaf has survived through time as one of the most recognized plant based symbols, especially in architecture. This was also true as an additive symbol on glass during the nineteenth century. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  An amber blown font attached to a pressed base of the same color. This relatively early style is produced in an uncommon color since amber was easy to produce and is usually associated with much cheaper bottle glass. Consequently this circa 1830 -1845 lamp is a rarity. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  A pressed open work fruit basket connected to a hexagonal foot with a wafer, all in amethyst glass. These baskets were difficult to press and the reject rate was probably quite high. With a top diameter of 8 5/8 inches it is also fairly large. The brilliant amethyst color can be attributed to the addition of manganese oxide to a bright and clear highly refractive lead glass. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  Pressed Loop dish attached to a pressed loop foot, all in amethyst color. The dish was initially pressed in a bowl mold and then expanded by hand to produce more of a dish shape. Barlow and Kaiser note that many fragments of these dishes were excavated at the site of the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  Pressed elongated loop vase attached to an elongated loop base. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)
 A pressed Bigler style vase, or flower stand, as they were known at the time of manufacture. The rim was hand manipulated by the gaffer. 1. Sandwich Glass by Ruth Webb Lee. 1939, 1947, 1966 2. The Glass (Collection of Michael Mackintosh) Industry in Sandwich by Raymond E. Barlow & Joan E. Kaiser, Vols. 1 -5,  A classic design for a number of glass works of the mid-1850s is the 1987-1999 3. Reminiscences of Glass-making - Second Edition, Enlarged dolphin, shown here with an attached blue candle socket. It is interesting by Deming Jarves. 1865. 4. Boston Morning Post (Boston, Massachu- to note that the molded body of the dolphin is shown with scales as in a setts), April 30, 1840 5. Columbian Centinel (Boston, Massachusetts) June fish, as well as a vertical tail as in a fish (Mahi-Mahi). The mammal dolphin 30, 1832, pg. 2 6. Pawtucket Chronicle and Manufacturers’ and Artizans’ does not have scales and has a horizontal oriented tail fin. So, we have Advocate (Pawtucket, Rhode Island) August 24, 1832, pg. 2 7. New a fish, or perhaps a mythical figure. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)
England Artisan, and Laboring Man’s Repository (Providence, Rhode Island) September 12, 1832, pg. 3 8. Hingham Patriot (Hingham, Massachusetts) December 29, 1838, pg. 4 9. Columbian Centinel (Boston, Massachusetts) October 25, 1826, pg. 2 10. Boston Daily American Statesman (Boston, Massachusetts) November 20, 1826, pg. 1 11. Boston Traveler (Boston, Massachusetts) September 11, 1829, pg. 2 12. Weekly Messenger (Boston, Massachusetts) November 28, 1833, pg. 3 13. Columbian Centinel (Boston, Massachusetts) September 20, 1837, pg. 4 14. Commercial Advertiser (New York, New York) August 23, 1844, pg. 1 15. Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) October 15, 1844, pg. 2 16. North American (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) October 16, 1844, pg. 2 17. Public Ledger (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) October 19, 1844. pg. 1 18. See: http://1st-glass.1st-things.com/articles/glasscolouring.html
 One of the most popular of the pressed Sandwich candlesticks is this petal socket attached to a loop vase, in canary. The Sandwich works was very thrifty with their molds as this petal base was also used as a lid for some of its covered bowls. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  A pressed lacy princess feather medallion and basket of flowers dish variant in clear flint with handled cover. One of the desirable rarities of Sandwich glass when found in good condition, they are seldom noted without some damage. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  A pressed lacy princess feather medallion and basket of flowers dish in blue with attached leaf base. Pressed in the same mold as the canary example shown here. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh) 111
 A vertical photo of the previous footed blue dish. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  A pressed lacy princess feather medallion and basket of flowers dish in canary with attached leaf base. This striking dish is 10 1/4 inches long and is one of the larger lacy pieces produced by Sandwich. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  A vertical photo of the previous footed canary dish. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  A pressed waisted loop font attached to a hexagonal base in a medium blue glass. This lamp is fitted with a typical double wick burner that consumed whale oil. By about 1850, whale oil was superseded by various refined oils that burned hotter and brighter. The only downside to this new technology was that it came with a much higher risk of injury from accidents. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  This unusual pair of Sandwich decanters were blown in milk white glass covered with a thin layer of yellow glass, all cased in a layer of clear. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  A selection of broken pressed glass pieces excavated from privies. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  A pressed loop vase attached to a loop base in amber glass. The top of the vase has been hand worked. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  A beautiful Star and Punty pattern lamp that is pressed with a smoky apple green colored glass. The burner is surrounded by a forerunner of the kerosene lamp chimney. The cutting on the chimney implies this was an expensive device reserved for people of means. (Collection of Michael Mackintosh)  Witch balls are generally an after-hours product of glass-blowers working on their own time. They are found wherever glass factories were located and are more common in the New England area. Certainly the blowers at Sandwich produced their fair share. This example is blown of aqua glass with white looping and about six inches in diameter. It certainly could have been produced in Sandwich but is a little unusual because of its provenance. Its surface is a little stained because it was excavated from a privy hole, which can securely ascribe its age to the nineteenth century based on associated artifacts. It was, in fact, dug in the San Francisco Bay Area. If only it could talk!  A specialty at the Sandwich Works was a large variety of vanity perfume and cologne bottles such as the example pictured here. This classic star and punty Sandwich design is made from a mold that was used to produce other objects of this design, such as sugar bowls and lamps. (Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., Inc., William McGuffin, Photographer)  Sandwich is attributed to the production of the pressed bear grease pots popular with several perfumers in the northeastern United States. Most commonly found in black and milk glass, this 3.75-inch pressed pot of a muzzled bear is embossed “F. B. STROUSE / N Y” on the base. Born on October 14, 1837, in Germany, Felix B. Strouse opened a perfumery business by 1861 in Philadelphia and moved to New York City in 1865 where he continued the sale of perfumery until his death on April 15, 1876, in Northhampton, Massachusetts. (Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., Inc., William McGuffin, Photo) 112
 As noted in the early Boston and Sandwich advertisement of December 3, 1827, lamps with cup plate bases were one of its initial products of pressed glass. The hand blown conical font was attached directly to the reverse side of a thickly pressed cup plate. (Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., Inc., William McGuffin, Photographer)  Horace Everett Swan was born August 25, 1816 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, to Jesse Swan and Fanny Everett . He was a perfumer in Fall River, Massachusetts, from 1850 until his death on September 3, 1863. An example of this bottle is pictured in Joan Kaiser’s book, The Glass Industry of South Boston. It is embossed on two panels. The first is “H.E. SWAN”. The second is embossed “FALL RIVER”. Certain attribution cannot be made but there is some allusion to the Sandwich factory. Nevertheless it is most certainly of New England manufacture and one of a very few brightly colored embossed commercial bottles produced there.  A surprising number of lamps met their demise in New England when their owners accidentally dropped them into the privy hole, only to be liberated over a hundred years later by bottle diggers. This example of a clear inverted diamond and thumb-print lamp, identified as a Sandwich product, still exhibits surface sickness due to its unintended entombment in “night soil”.  This Lafayette boat salt is lettered “B. & S. Glass Co.” on its stern, “LAFAYET” on each paddle wheel and “SANDWICH” on the base. It was commonly produced in blue and milk white glass along with several other colors. Considerable speculation has proposed a production date ranging from 1825, when Lafayette returned to the United States - fifty years after he fought in the Revolution - to the 1840s. The most logical production date, to me anyway, would be shortly after his death in France on May 20, 1834, including several years thereafter. His death was a big deal in the States, with much ceremony and many speeches in eulogy. (Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., Inc., William McGuffin, Photographer)  Pressed Open-Work Dish On Low Foot, deep brilliant ruby with translucent areas, plain center, polished table ring 2 3/8” high, 5 3/4” diameter rim, 3” diameter foot. Blown at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Co., extremely rare and quite likely the only undamaged example. (Collection of Sandor P. Fuss)  Pressed Twisted Loop Vase. Brilliant deep amethyst, with an applied opal rim, small conical bowl with six lops twisted to the right and a gauffered eight-petal rim, raised on a ring-top hexagonal baluster-form, standard and panel-top circular foot, wafer construction, Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. Circa 1840-1860. Possibly unique. (Collection of Sandor P. Fuss)  Pressed Hexagonal and Circular Pair of Candlesticks, strong forest green, each urn-shape socket with two steps below the rim and a double-knop extension, raised on a hexagonal baluster-form standard stepped to circular panel top base, wafer construction. Boston and Sandwich Co. and Patrick F. Slange’s American Glass Co., South Boston, MA. Possibly unique. (Collection of Sandor P. Fuss)  Pressed Eye and Scaled Hand Candlestick/Chamber Stick, brilliant deep peacock blue, thick-lipped hexagonal socket applied with a thick hand-formed wafer to an Eye and Scale plate, applied ringform handle with lower curl, rough pontil mark under base Boston and Sandwich Glass Co. Only example recorded in this very desirable color. (Collection of Sandor P. Fuss)
 Tea Caddy, milk glass with red white and blue loopings, cylindrical, pontil scar, 5 3/4”H, sheared and fire polished rim, mint. Blown at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Works, Sandwich, MA, C. 1850. A unique object formerly on display at the Sandwich Glass Museum. Purchased from the Hanes family of Sandwich, MA by Lee Flourney. (Collection of Sandor P. Fuss)
 Red Cut-to-Clear Cologne Bottle in Geometric Pattern with Quatrefoils. Unique. Solid glass paperweight stopper depicts a ten petal poinsettia by Nicholas Lutz. While Lutz worked both at Dorflinger’s and the New England Glass Company, he spent most of his career creating beautiful things in glass for the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company. The style of the cutting also suggests Sandwich as the source of this piece. 8 ¾”. (Collection of Sandor P. Fuss)  Detail, Nicholas Lutz Poinsettia Paperweight Stopper. The absolutely correct colors and incredibly precise detail are signature characteristics of the artistry of Nicholas Lutz.
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As somewhat of a tradition around the time of the FOHBC national shows, there always seems to be an article written on the “best” bottles from the area or region where the show is being held. This year we are going to be in Springfield, Massachusetts, the northeast region so it would stand to reason that there would be some sort of piece on this area. Jim Bender, co-chairman of the Springfield National, emailed me back in March and asked me if I was up for a “task”. He needed an article for the souvenir program talking about some of the best bottles from the northeast. Maybe a top 10 or 20? Hmmmmm….. Ok, I’ll give it a shot but we need to talk about this first. It would be an exercise in futility if I tried to rate bottles in any kind of order. I have collected bottles for about 40 years and I still do not feel qualified to make a “best of” list for the northeast. We saw last year how the collectors out west at the 2016 Sacramento National, did a similar article that started out as a Top 25 list that turned quickly into a Top 70 list. I’m no west coast bottle expert but I would be willing to bet that they left quite a few really good bottles off that list too! Now let’s try this on the east coast where there were many times more glasshouses and just a lot more bottles produced than on the west coast. That’s a can of worms I do not want to open. Alright then, doing a “Best of the East” is out of the question if I’m going to be writing this piece so now I notice that I have a 2002 souvenir program from the FOHBC national show when it was held in Syracuse, New York. They had a piece where they asked several local collectors to give them a short list of some of their “favorite” bottles from the northeast. Genius! I’m going to do the same thing. I know a few people around here. I will ask some of them to give me a list of five of their personal favorites. Common or rare, it doesn’t matter. Obviously, some people might be biased toward a category they collect but that’s Ok too. I collect Saratoga’s, so I might lean heavily toward mineral waters. This is just a fun list and I let the responses come back as they may. Here’s what people had to say. I’ll start with Jim Bender of Sprakers, New York. He always has a lot to say, only kidding Jim! Jim has one of the best bottle memories of anyone I know. He can remember minute details about certain bottles, who owned them, what color it was and where he saw it even from years and years ago. It’s uncanny sometimes. The few times I have doubted him, I am usually proven wrong! Jim is writing a book on A.M. Bininger & Co. bottles, so when I received his reply, 124
one of the bottles on the list was no surprise to me. 1. North Bend Tippecanoe figural cabin. These great historical bottles are extreme rarities and definitely what bottle dreams are made of. I can remember when I first started collecting, I saw an article in one of the issues of Old Bottle Magazine about an example being sold for a record price at the time. I think it was around $10,000 in the 1970s. I can’t imagine what one would bring now. A great Mount Vernon piece.  2. Dr Kilmer’s with the lungs. This is not really super rare but just cool. I agree Jim. Kilmer bottles have always been a local bottle for us. They produced some great bottles and advertising pieces. When you see a mint “lungs”, you must keep it!  3. Biningers Urn with the handle on it. Fantastic piece of glass.  4. Warner’s “Tippecanoe” figural log. What skill it took just to make this mold.  5. Floral Temple flask with embossed horse in aqua. Classic flask with great history.  I can’t disagree with any of Jim’s choices. In fact, he stole one of my candidates. The Flora Temple is one of the first bottles I remember seeing with an applied handle. I always admired the craftsmanship it took to make those handled pieces. Bob Strickhart, the other co-chairman of the Springfield National was the next person to get back to me. I haven’t known Bob for to long but I have read articles he has written and I know he is another very knowledgeable guy, especially when it comes to New Jersey bottles and more specifically, bitters bottles. Here’s what he wrote back. “Jeff, Here’s my top five. Keep in mind that I’m a bitters guy! These are not in any order. To put them in order would be a torture and, I might add, picking just five is not easy!” 1. From Philadelphia, you should include the Brown’s Celebrated Indian Herb Bitters. What bottle collection would be complete without at least one figural Indian Queen?  2. Drakes Plantation Bitters (New York). Sure, it’s common and plentiful, but look at the figural log cabin bottle; it’s iconic and just imagine if there were only ten examples known. What would the value of one of these beauties be then?  I agree with Bob, these bottles are classic across the board and if you start with the basic ambers, they are still affordable. I can remember when I was 12 or 13 years old looking at my Kovels Price Guide and seeing pictures of the figural bitters, I could not imagine nicer bottles. At that time, it was like looking at a museum piece. I might see one, but I could never imagine owning one. I guess it’s the way all collectors should start out. It’s not always the rarity of a piece. It could be where or who you got it from. It could be a family connection to the name or maker of the bottle, or it could be that you just like it. You will see some of this with my list later on in the article. 3. For color, we must include the Washington-Taylor historical flasks made in Philadelphia. They’ve got to be a fan favorite.  4. From the great state of New Jersey, my home state, Seaworth Bitters, in the form of the Cape May lighthouse. It’s got to be one of the top figural bitters known.  125
5. Now we can’t overlook the fruit jar world, can we? Once again, from the great state of New Jersey, even though it’s thought of as a Philadelphia jar, Potter & Bodine Air Tight Fruit Jar Philad. The Bridgeton Glass Works in South Jersey should get a lot of credit for this mold. It’s a lot of jar for the buck.  More good choices. Thanks Bob, This really is interesting to see what other people like. Some of us say we are “general” collectors and that may be true, but take a look at your collection and you will see that you may have your own favorite areas. Even so, we all appreciate good glass. In this northeast region of the country we are so fortunate to have a lot of good glass to pick from. The next email I opened was from George Waddy. George has been a long-time dealer and collector from New York and Florida. He also has written many bottle articles over the years. He gave me the following list for his favorites. “Hi Jeff - here goes” 1. Perhaps my favorite bottle is a bright yellow Jacob Pinkerton Wahoo & Calisaya Bitters. It is loaded with bubbles and is the nicest Pinkerton imaginable. It’s also the first “good” bottle I ever bought. Cost me $115 in back in 1970! 2. My favorite mineral water is a strawberry/amethyst pint Excelsior Rock Spring Saratoga NY. It’s fairly scarce in any color, but the one mentioned is exceptional in every way. I got it from Rick Weaver when he sold his mineral water collection. 3. H. Lake’s Indian Specific is not rare, but it’s early and crude, with a huge pontil and it’s from Syracuse and is sort of local. Definitely northeast.  4. Some years ago, I was visited by Herman Moll from Colorado. He brought a cobalt, quart size Harrison’s Columbian Ink to trade. I stole his car keys until he let me buy it!  5. Maybe the most striking bottle I own is the emerald green quart, Susquehanna Mineral Springs Pennsylvania. It’s a typical mineral water color, which is just fine and is loaded with whittle, and has an extraordinary, bold embossing.  Yes George, I dearly remember that Excelsior Rock Spring in Rick’s collection! I wish I had a good picture! It could easily make my list as well! George also has been a mineral water guy for quite some time. To see a couple Saratoga types on his list doesn’t surprise me at all. Next up, Ferdinand Meyer V, FOHBC President, weighed in. “Jeff, here are my selections for some of the best northeastern bottles with a bit of support information. This is no easy task and includes bottles that seemed to pop into my head first. I posted on peachridgeglass. com about each so just do a search to find the bottle.” 1. Constitution Bitters put up by B.M. & E.A.W. & Co. - New York. This extremely rare round, aqua figural gazebo form bottle is from one of the oldest merchants of New York City, Edward A. Whitlock, of the house of B.M. & E.A Whitlock. This could possibly be the oldest figural bitters.  2. Cooley’s Anti Dispeptic Bitters - Connecticut. This could possibly be the oldest embossed bitters bottle. I have an 1857 advertisement that states that Cooley’s Bitters was invented in 1767 by Dr. Samuel Cooley, of Bolton, and has been in use since that time until the present. Not conclusive at all but interesting that this product was most likely put in 126
another bottle prior to the Cooley’s concoction that we suspect was made and bottled around 1840. Or maybe it was some sort of powder at first?  3. Dr. Wynkoop’s Katharismic Honduras Sarsaparilla. These are monster medicine bottles in great shades of blue. The Wynkoop of sarsaparilla fame was Robert Dunbar Wyncoop who was born on August 1, 1811 in Albany, New York. Robert D. Wynkoop received his training as a physician with his father in Albany, New York. He then established a medicinal laboratory and sales outlet in New York City in the 1840s. Wynkoop copyrighted the words “Dr. Wynkoop’s Katharismic Honduras Sarsaparilla” on November 16, 1847. Sometime in the late 1850s, the firm was billed as Health, Wynkoop & Co. located at 63 Liberty Street, New York. 4. Bryant’s Stomach Bitters (figural cone and lady’s leg) – New York. Dr. George N. W. Bryant had an apothecary in New York City in the late 1840s and early 1850s and created one of the most sought after bitters containers in the bottle collecting community. This bottle was manufactured in the east from about 1857 to 1865 and was distributed out west during the years 1857-1859. The firm of William Newell & Co, an early San Francisco wholesale liquor house, were the agents for Bryant’s Stomach Bitters on the Pacific Coast.  5. Masury’s Compound Extract of Sarsaparilla and Wau-A-Hoo, Rochester, New York. Marketed as “The Largest Bottle in the Worrld.”Around 1850, there was a lot of competition between sarsaparilla compound medicine makers. Two of the biggest selling products were A B & D Sand’s Sarsaparilla and Masury’s Sarsaparilla. These companies were always looking for gimmicks to help peddle their nostrums. One successful approach was to offer a larger bottle for the same money. The customer would feel like they were getting a real deal while there would be little increased cost in manufacturing. Another monster medicine.  Next I talked to Fran Hughes of Scotia, New York at one of our Capital Region Antique Bottle & Insulator Club meetings in Albany. He agreed to give me a list of some of his northeast favorites. 1. J Lake Schenectady NY is an aqua ten pin style bottle with an iron pontil about 7.25 inches tall. These are nice sodas even in the more common blue. The one I have pictured is not the aqua example but they are nice sodas even in the more common blue.  2. Geo. Weller Schenectady NY gravitating stopper, yellow orange, 7.5 inches tall. 3. Kill A Korn - Albany NY, green, 2.5 inches tall.  4. E Water’s Troy NY in yellow. The one I have personally seen, was 3.5 inches tall and had a crack and partial lip. The example I have pictured is not the yellow one but is pretty nice too!)  5. ADR Albany is an igloo style, open pontil, aqua bottle. Fran’s list had a couple more commonly found bottles for our area but in killer colors. Sometimes it’s hard to find pictures of these pieces. Today there are pretty good cameras out there for bottle photography and you can even take decent pictures on your smart phones. If you see one of these examples mentioned above at a show or in a friend’s collection or even on your own shelf, take a good picture. It’s amazing but sometimes we sell pieces we wish we hadn’t and years later realize that we can’t even find a picture of it to remember and enjoy. I’ve done this too many times unfortunately. 127
Jim Berry, FOHBC Secretary from St. Johnsville, New York was my next victim. Jim and I are good friends and longtime fishing buddies. In addition to his other great bottles, Jim has a pretty good ink collection. So, I knew an ink or two would make his list. 1. JIEM figural turtle - They come in a number of colors.  2. Lithia Mineral Spring Co., Gloversville, pint, SB, aqua.  3. C. Berry / Boston, / 1002 Washington St. Teal, SB, squat, blob-top.  4. Maple Sap and Boiled Cider / Vinegar / the C. I. Co./ East Rindge, NH, Quart. SB in cobalt blue.  5. J. Mason & Co. / Utica / Mineral Water / J. M. Co., Iron pontil, teal, squat soda.  Jim’s list includes local bottles from Utica, New York and Gloversville, New York, a bottle with his last name on it and yet another with a theme from another pastime for him, Maple Sap (syrup). Jim has a nice sugar bush near his house and makes several gallons of syrup each spring. He may be retired now but these things keep him busy. I had asked several other people as well and many responded but just didn’t want me to use their names. Some of the favorites from these people were: Any of the Coventry geometric inks - On January 14th, 1813, seven men signed an agreement to erect a glass factory at Coventry, along the Boston Post Road.  Bininger’s Cannon - The classic large figural. 
Syracuse Spring Saratoga type bottles - The main spas in the United States were Saratoga Springs and Balston Spa. Popular mineral water came from these springs.
S.S. Knicker Bocker sodas from New York City - Cobalt blue glass, BIM with blob top, upward indented base with graphite pontil that still has the iron intact, 10-sided, height 7 3/4”. Suffolk Bitters figural pig - Philbrook & Tucker, Boston - Extremely popular figural pig.  Udolpho Wolfe’s Schnapps bottles - Udolpho Wolfe was one of the most prominent and highly esteemed merchants of New York. The bottles come in a wide array of colors.  Race & Sheldon Magic Boot Polish - The gorgeous green bottle with the killer lip. 
G. W. Stone’s Liquid Cathartic & Family Physic - Lowell Mass. - A Stoddard glasshouse medicine from Stoddard, New Hampshire, 1846-1860.  Dr. Townsend’s Sarsaparilla, Albany NY - Townsends were known to be made at Mount Vernon, Mt. Pleasant, Stoddard, Coventry and Willington. They were likely made at Albany Glassworks and Lockport/Lancaster too. Literally millions of bottles were needed, so therefore multiple glasshouses and molds. 
Albany Glassworks flasks - The Albany Glassworks site is an archaeological site in Guilderland, Albany County, New York. Approximately 2 acres in size, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. 
Any of the Keene, New Hampshire Glassworks bottles - The Keene-Marlboro-Street Glassworks opened under the direction of Henry Schoolcraft and his two partners in 1815 and continued in operation under a bewildering variety of operating firms for the next 35 years. The list could literally go on and on. You can see how rating bottles is nearly impossible! So now, the only one left to make a list is myself. As I said before, I am a mineral water guy 128
but also like a lot of other bottles as well. There are always a few that stand out in my mind. In no particular order, these are the bottles that jump out at me. 1. First off, here is one of those bottles I wish I had taken a picture of. Back in the early nineties, Jim Bender and I went to one of Norm Heckler’s live auctions which was per-internet days. In that auction was the most beautiful pure yellow Summer Tree - Winter Tree pint flask. It had it all, crudity, color and just sparkled. When I went to these auctions, I was able to talk to many of the big-time collectors of that time. This auction I remember sitting in the gallery prior to the auction starting and talking to Elma Watson while Dick, her husband continued looking around. I told her that I really liked it and she smiled and said Dick liked it too. Oh well, I was going to be out of luck. It ended up going home with the Watson’s and I’m sure it is still sitting on the shelf in New Jersey. Maybe I’ll get another shot at it some day. 2. Another huge favorite of mine (pun intended) is the large size Clarke’s Vegetable Sherry Wine Bitters - Sharon / Mass. It’s over 11 inches tall, pontiled and usually these bottles are just hammered with whittle. Next to mineral waters, big pontiled medicines get my attention fast.  3. I told you that I am a mineral water guy, so obviously, there will be a couple on this list. When I was in high school at Sharon Springs Central School, my father plowed snow in the winter for certain people. I would ride with him and shovel the sidewalk while he did the driveway. One day I was shoveling for our neighbor when she yelled out to me to come inside after I was finished. I went inside and she told me that she had heard from my father that I collected antique bottles. I told her yes and then she handed me a gorgeous emerald green John H. Gardner & Son / Sharon Springs N.Y.” (rev.) Sharon Sulphur Water pint. Even at 15 years old I knew that this was a great bottle but it wasn’t until I had some more experience that I realized just how rare a color this is for this particular bottle. Most examples are teal blue or light green. 37 years later, it’s still on my shelf and always will be.  4. Another mineral water bottle that I hope to own someday is the J. Whitney - Richfield Springs Sulphur Water. It’s another bottle that I remember from Rick Weaver’s collection. It’s a blob top mineral water, but it’s fairly scarce and local for me. 5. The last bottle on my list of favorite northeast bottles is another specific bottle in my collection. In fact, it was the very first bottle in my collection. Along with other interests, my parents had a small addiction with antiques in general. My father had his own heavy equipment construction business. In the early 1970s he was hired to knock down a house near Cobleskill, New York. Before knocking it down, he and the owner went through it and my father found a few things of value to buy. He knew nothing about bottles but saw this odd, crude bottle in a kitchen cabinet and brought it home. It was always on top of his roll-top desk at our house. I always loved it and tried to find out more about it. I finally found some info and a picture of one just like it. Remember, no “Google” back then. That’s when the bottle bug hit me. He told me it was my bottle now but it had to stay on his desk because he liked to look at it too. That bottle is a gorgeous sparkling mint, light olive green chestnut flask. I can’t believe it survived in that dilapidated old house where he found it. It’s another bottle that will go to the nursing home with me.  So, there are a few favorites from the northeast to ponder over. I apologize if I missed a category or two. This is just a fun look at what bottles a few select people like from our region. Think about what your favorite bottles are. If you come to the Springfield National in August, you will be treated to many more outstanding bottles, and who knows, maybe you will go home with a new “favorite” of your own. See you at the show! Images on Page 130
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