Welcome to the latest bottle collecting news!
Good bottle Collecting news! The 8th Edition was published March 1, 2016. In order to continue making the “8th Edition” the most informative reference and pricing guide available, and to provide the beginner and veteran collector with a broad range of detailed pricing information and reference data, major updates and additions have been included in this revised edition. Based on numerous requests by the Pot Lid collectors, the 8th edition is introducing a special new chapter on one of the fastest growing segments to complement bottle collecting, “Pot Lids”.
In addition to a number of valuable illustrations, the 8th Edition features 250 stunning color photographs throughout the book. Also included in this update is complete new pricing updates and revisions for both the “Old Bottles” (pre-1900) and “New Bottles” (post-1900) sections, and a new special feature to assist the collector to better visualize the items. Now, approximately 85% of all the line items, specifically in the “Old Bottle” section, include a color photograph to complement the line item pricing. With this newest added feature, the book now provides the collector with a total of approximately 2000 color photographs, and a unique value-added research source to help with the identification of your bottles.
The “Determining Bottle Values” chapter has been updated and expanded along with the reference and research sections on “Trademarks”, “Bibliography”, and the “Glossary” of glass related terms. This edition also includes extensive chapter updates for the “History and Origin of Glass and Bottles”, Starting a collection, “Basic Bottle Facts”, “Bottle Sources”, Bottle handling techniques, and one of my favorites, “Digging for Bottles”,featuring the digging adventures of Charlie Cook and Terry Guidroz and their crew, from New Orleans, Louisiana. If you have any questions, you can always contact me at email@example.com or through my website at www.bottlebible.com.
The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC), in conjunction with various bottle clubs, sponsors a yearly National Antique Bottle Show featuring a three-day bottle show and sale with an average of 300 sales tables, educational displays, educational seminars and programs, and a banquet. This year, the National Show was held August 4 -7, 2016 in Sacramento, California, at the McClellan Conference Center with the Lions Gate Hotel as the event host hotel, and was a huge success. Absolutely Amazing!
Included was a great auction hosted by Holabird Western Americana Collections with a quality selection of rare and scarce bottles being sold out to anxious and happy collectors. The next show will be in Springfield, MA on August 3-7, 2017 at the MassMutual Center and Sheraton Springfield Monarch Plaza Hotel. If you are interested in obtaining additional information about contracting for tables or other show events, contact Jim Bender @ 518-673-8833 or Bob Strickhart @ 609-818-1981. Don’t Miss This Great Show!!
During the 28th annual International Perfume Bottle Assoc. annual convention during April 2016 in Portland, Oregon, a rare 1928 Parfums de Marcy, “Le Bracelet Miraculeux” disguised as an art deco bracelet brought an auction price of $33,000, while a 1922 Baccarat bottle for Edouardo’s “Egyptian Alabastron” sold for $18,000, and an Art Nouveau style bottle designed by Hecort Guimard for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris sold for $17.600. The 29th Annual Convention in Princeton, New Jersey will be held from May 4-7, at the Hyatt Regency. The convention will be hosting numerous events and educational programs and displays. This is another show that shouldn’t be missed. For additional information and a full list of events, contact Teri Wirth at 407-973-0783 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the IPBA website at www.perfumebottles.org.
And, how about a big Happy Belated Birthday to Coca-Cola’s “Hobble-Skirt” contour bottle design, which was patented on November 16, 1915, with the bottle actually going into production in early 1916. The nick name of “Hobble-Skirt” was derived since the contour form of the bottle resembled a dress popular in the early 1900’s. The dress was very narrow below the knees that movement was restricted, which resulted in the women you wore the dress to hobble when they walked.
Another great event worth attending is at The Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Arts in Millville, New Jersey through December 31, 2016, called “From the Ground Up”, with an exhibition of artifacts recovered from excavations along I-95 in Philadelphia. The unearthed artifacts, numbering almost a million items, cover over five thousand years of history. This exhibition will focus on two industries, glass blowing and pottery manufacturing, telling the story of glass workers and potters in the region. Also featured in a large assortment of American blown glass, flasks, bottles, rare nursing bottles, and tableware from the Union Glass Works (1826-1842) and Dyottville Glass Works (1830-1901).
Some of you collectors may have heard about the recent reproductions of Bitter bottles now being produced. The current reproductions are flowing into the market place from China and India. One is the Drake’s Plantation Bitters, another is the Old Sachem Bitter, and the last are Wigwam Tonic Bottles. The Drake’s comes with a reproduction label, but some sellers are removing the labels to make the bottle look more authentic. Also, the tooled tops appear to look more like tooled tops you’d find on early 1900 bottles.
The original Drake’s has an applied top or tooled top to look like the top as applied. On the Old Sachem the embossing is a bad attempt to look good. It is smaller and does not stand out. The base is also a good indicator with the mold seam running across the bottom while the reproduction doesn’t. Reproductions will always be made and the collectors needs to always be on the alert. Remember, if you not sure and it doesn’t look right, then walk away.
Auctions Companies – Bottle Collecting News
Glass Works Auctions – PO Box 180, East Greenville, PA 18041
Information: Jim Hagenbuch, 215-679-5849
Consignments being accepted for 2016 Auctions
American Bottle Auctions- 915 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95816
Information: Jeff Wichmann 800-806-7722
Norman C. Heckler & Company – 79 Bradford Corner Road, Woodstock Valley, CT
Information: Norm Heckler 860-974-1634
McMurray Antiques Auctions: Terry McMurray
PO Box 393, Kirkwood, N.Y.
American Glass Gallery – John Pastor
PO Box 227
New Hudson, MI 48165
American Pottery Auction – PO Box 434, 10931 Main Street, Clarence, NY 14031
Information: Vicki & Bruce Waasdorp 716-759-2361
Glass Discoveries – Ray Klingensmith, PO Box 628, Parkman, OH 44080,740-432-4302Holabird’s Western Americana Collections 3555 Airway Drive, Suite #308 Reno, NV 89511
Information: Fred Holabird 775-851-1859 Morphy Auctions 2000 N. Reading Road Denver, PA 17517 Information: email@example.com/www.morphyauctions.com Rich Penn Auctions PO Box 1355 Waterloo, IA 50704 Information: firstname.lastname@example.org Showtime Auction Service 22619 Monterey Dr. Woodhaven, MI 48183 Information: email@example.com/www.showtimeauctions.com