Thank You to Blackburn Press for Bottle Books

 The Findlay Club wants to thank the lovely folks at Blackburn Press for generously supporting our upcoming Oct. 16th bottle show. They have donated several new copies of the great bottle-hobby reference books in their line.

We will be giving them away as Door Prizes -- so be sure to come to the bottle show!

The Bottle Book By Richard E. Fike
Originally printed in 1987, is designed for the cultural historian, the bottle collector, and those just interested in pharmacopoeia. This book is a guide to the identification of the embossed, patent and proprietary medicine bottles produced in an era of American history when anything could be bottled, advertised and sold – legally. A cornucopia of cures, bitters, tonics, and balms, many of them little more and slightly disguised alcohol, were available to the gullible but willing public. Not only are the embossed and shapely bottles of this era highly collectable today, they are also valuable to archaeologists who interpret and date historical sites.
(Read more here.)

Bottle Makers and Their Marks By Julian Harrison Toulouse
Dr. Toulouse, in this reprinted classic work, brought the finitely evolved world of the bottle makers into sharper focus. Collectors are not only able to date their bottles, but they may learn the often fascinating histories of the glass companies that produced them. Bottle collectors knew the author as an astute researcher; in this work he gathered over 900 older marks and more than 300 modern marks, handlettered for the most part, to better convey the actual markings on the bottle. (Read more here.)

Marks of American Potters By Edwin Atlee Barber
The first attempt to describe the marks of American potters was made by Edwin Barber in his Pottery and Porcelain of the United States in 1893. In that book, less than 100 varieties, found principally in earlier wares, were described. Prior to that time, none of the manuals on potter's marks contained any reference to the United States.

The book, which we have reprinted here, (originally published in 1904) includes the marks used by factories, patterns, workmen, or decorators in America to the time of this book's original printing. (

You must be present to win -- come to the show!

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