Welcome to the latest bottle collecting news!
I try to save this section for interesting and different events happening in Bottle Collecting. But, I need to include some not so cheerful news. On September 9, 2018, the Bottle Collecting world lost a true gentleman and an extremely knowledgeable collector, and a very good friend of mine, when Ralph Van Brocklin of Johnson City, TN died suddenly of a sudden apparent heart attack while running on a local trail. Ralph was an Dental Oral Surgeon who lived in Johnson City, TN. He began his bottle collecting 40+ years ago and had been a collector of Western liquor items such as Beers, Whiskeys, Flasks, Shot Glasses, and Stoneware. He was well known for his extensive Western Whiskey Flasks collection as well as his Mini-Jugs collection of approximately 500 jugs. Ralph was also the past FOHBC President from 2002 thru 2004 and served on the board from 2001-2006.
At one time or another we’ve all read stories about bottles being found with a message. Buy recently, a Perth family made a major find on a West Australian beach of a 132 year old bottles with a message. The second oldest bottle was 108 years old. Toyna Illman waa walking across sand dunes north of Wedge Island, 180 kilometers north of Perth when she notices some thing in the sand. The bottle was a mid-to-late 19th century Dutch Gin-Bottle and the note inside was written on century old paper with a message in German that asked the finder to write when and where the bottle had been found. The Illmans took the bottle to the Western Australian Museum with the Assistant Curator, Martin Anderson, conducted an investigation and contacted colleagues in Germany for help The Germany colleagues compared handwriting samples from the form and the Captain’s entries from the sailing ship Paual. Dr. Anderson said, “Incredibly, there was an entry for June 12, 1886 made by the Captain when the drift bottle was thrown overboard. the date and coordinates correspond exactly with hose on the bottle message. The bottle is on loan to the Western Australian Museum for the next two years. How cool is that!!!
The International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA) is partnering with the North Carolina Arboretum to develop “Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance” an exhibition that will open in May 2018 and travel around the U.S. during the next 10 years. Making Scents is designed to inspire and educate visitors about the history and evocative power of scent, it classic containers, and some of Mother Nature’s most fragrant botanicals. Visitors can experience the art and science behind various perfumes and compose their own basic fragrance. For more information, visit www.makingscentsexhibit.com The International Perfume Bottle Association’s held their 30th Annual Convention April 26th -29th at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, Tysons Corner, Vienna, Virginia. The show was a great success with Displays, Educational Seminars, and a major auction that was as always top notch, and dealers offering various categories of Perfume Bottles for sale. Their next show will be held on 5/2 to 5/6/19 at the Westin Chicago North West, Itasca, IL. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 630-773-4000 or 888-627-8510.
The Federation of Historic Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) held their 2018 National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo on August 2nd -5th at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. It was a very successful show with great Displays, Educational Seminars, a major Bottle Auction, a delicious Banquet, and over 200 Dealers with a great selection of Bottles and Historical Artifacts for sell. The FOHBC will be sponsoring their next EXPO at the Augusta Marriott and Convention Center in August, GA from August 1-4,2019, and at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, NV from 7/30-8/4, 2020. For additional information contact the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) at www.fohbc.org.
There is also going to be a new exhibition at the Corning Museum of Glass from April 8, 2017 to February 17, 2019 called “Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds for the Rakow Research Library. Artists, researchers, authors, and glass enthusiasts use the Rakow Research Library to learn about glass. Interesting and unexpected curiosities can be found in the library. There are advertisements for glass eyes, patents for preserving the dead in glass, and glasshouse dollars. In addition, the museum has the “Study Room” which houses one of the largest collections of antique bottles and flasks in the world along with very rare molds and unusual pieces that you won’t find elsewhere.
We all know that guys who steal stuff aren’t known to be brilliant. Well, here’s one of those stories. Recently, a guy broke into the Beatty, Nevada (approximately 100 miles Northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada) Museum and stole thousands of dollars of rare and scarce antique bottles from the Friends of Rhyolite bottle collection. Rhyolite dates back to the early 1900’s and was a booming and thriving silver mining town that didn’t last long, but left a huge impact on Nevada’s mining history. Here’s the brilliant part. This guy then decides to sell a large quantity of the bottles on Ebay, and it didn’t take long until the local bottle collectors saw the postings and knew exactly where those bottles came from. Now, it became easy to trace the seller through Ebay, and Mr. Sticky Fingers soon was paid a visit by the Nye County Sheriff’s Dept. and arrested. Fortunately, all of the bottles back in the museum and will be on display this summer, and he’s in the Gray Bar Hotel where he belongs.
Here’s another neat bottle story that was recently featured in the “Antique Trader Magazine.” In a search for antiquities, Israeli archaeologist have unearthed a far more modern find – century-old liquor bottles that belonged to British soldier in World War I.The Israel Antiquities Authority said March 22 it was excavating 250,000 year-old flint tools when the archaeologists stumbled upon hundreds of liquor bottles near a building where British soldiers were garrisoned in 1917.
Excavation director Ron Toueg say uniform buttons, belt buckles, and riding equipment were found near the city of Ramle in addition to the bottles of gin, whiskey and wine. He said it offered a glimpse into “the everyday life and leisure of the soldiers.” The items appear to have belonged to members of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force commanded by General Edmund Allenby.
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”. The last item to mention is my book, “Bottles: Identification and Price Guide, 8th Edition.” I know that many collectors have the book, but I want to make a special offer to all collectors that don’t have the book, that you just can’t refuse. The book normally retails for $24.99 + Shipping $6.70. For a short time only, I’ll offer the book for $20.00 + Shipping. If you want more than two books, the shipping cost will change, but the $20 Book Cost will remain the same.
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.
In the quest for locating museum’s that feature bottles and glass, I wanted to suggest the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio, that has an entire building, The Glass Pavilion, dedicated to glass collectors which opened in 2006 with more than 5,000 collection items. The Pavilion collection include many great Flasks, Bottles, and Blown Glass. Some of the rarer items include the only know example of the GX-23 Standing Liberty-Log Cabin Historical Flask, an extremely rare GI-117 Blue Columbia – Eagle Flask, and a very rare Sapphire Blue pattern molded Midwestern Club Bottle. The best part is that admission to the museum is free and open during regular museum hours. For addition information check out their website at www.toledomuseum.org.
Speaking of museum’s, The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York has installed a new exhibit titled “The Malcolm Jones Exhibit.” Malcolm Jones, a second generation glass mold shop worker, worked in the mold shop at Anchor-Hocking’s Salem, New Jersey, plant from 1944 to 1983. Malcolm also work for the Clevenger Brothers Glass Works in nearby Clayton. The exhibit, on loan from NBM member Gerard Dauphinais, includes an array of tools used for hand carving molds which featured pieces made for long-time retiring employees, some bottles blown in those molds, and ceramic test casts. This exhibit is a great example depicting a bridge between the hand-blown and machine-made eras of the bottle industry.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org/www.morphyauctions.com Rich Penn Auctions PO Box 1355 Waterloo, IA 50704 Information: email@example.com Showtime Auction Service 22619 Monterey Dr. Woodhaven, MI 48183 Information: firstname.lastname@example.org/www.showtimeauctions.com