Keeley Remedies, Buckeye Brewery, Teakettle Inks: Antique Bottle Collecting Potpourri for May 2013

Fruit jar collectors: you can drop a note to Junne Barnett @

Indiana Masonic Home 
690 State Street
1E Medical Center, Room 159
Franklin, IN 46131

Teakettle inkwells can be found in many beautiful colors and shapes, as well as clear, ceramic and pottery. Embossed glass ones are rare. Some of the pottery will have an advertising name on them. Occasionally one can be found with the English ink company name on a brass medallion fitted to the top of the bottle. The embossed American one we see most often is the aqua one with pen ledges and a patent date. Also pictured in this group is an aqua Butler’s ink which is considered hard to find. The barrel inks are thought to be American, whereas the others are of unknown maker for the most part. The figural ones such as snail, turtle, etc. are thought to be European. The problem with identifying the maker or ink company is that without embossing of any kind, the only way to know would be pictures from a glassmaker’s catalog or an old ad. I haven’t seen any pictured in a catalog. The only old picture I have seen is a ladies fashion plate picture dated 1839 in William Covill’s ink book.

"Just wanted to share the rare Lima Ohio milk bottle I scored recently -- TRPQ Gracely Dairy Farms. Shown here with the sq. hp Nordic Dairy I picked up last month, also rare. Both were ones I had never seen before, and I've been collecting Lima bottles for 15+ years. " --Marianne Dow

Here's a ''must-read'' --  Jack Sullivan's fun post about Bucky, the Buckeye Brewery mascot-come-to-life

Collection of colored Western amonia bottles. 

LEK / The Keeley Remedy bottles.

Have you checked out what's being posted, shared, discussed, and drooled over on the Facebook Bottle Collectors page?

Here are just a couple of those items to tease you:

  • Dennis Rogers shared his photo of a beautiful display of unembossed Western amonias.
  • Rick Hall shared these cool embossed Keeley Remedy bottles. They're cures for those nasty bad habits, you know: Drunkenness, Opium and Tobacco

Read Digger Odell's article about the Keeley bottles w/lots more pix. 

Keeley Remedy Google image search screen shot.
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2014 Fruit Jar Annual Collector's Price Guide by Jerry McCann Now Available


All-new and expanded, the HUGE new 2014 edition contains 382 pages, featuring...

  • Comprehensive PRICE GUIDE of fruit jars and related packer jars.
  • Cross referenced with Dick Rollers STANDARD FRUIT JAR REFERENCE. Listing information on availability, closures and history in the glass houses that manufactured or jobbed the jars.
Researched articles:
  • Who Made the Superior AGCo Jar, and why? by Bill Lockhart, Barry Bernas, Carol Serr, and Beau Schriver
  • Turning Blue: Charles Blue and the Early jar Machines by Bill Lockhart & Barry L. Bernas
  • Bull Dog Clips by Tom Caniff
  • Hazel-Atlas Briefly Capitalizes on Perfection Products by Barry L. Bernas
  • Daniel J. Killen and His Lids by Barry L. Bernas
  • Atlas Glass Company - Their First Fruit Jar by Barry L. Bernas
  • E.S. Morris & Co - The Philadelphia Story by Jerome McCann
  • Private Mold, Design Patented Jars of the Art Deco Era by Barry L. Bernas
  • Art Deco Design Patented Jars - Not Found by Barry L. Bernas
  • Appendix of Decorative Packer's Guide
  • Appendix of Art Deco Design Patented Jars
  • Fruit Jar Collector Directory
  • Spiral / softbound, with 382 easy-to-read pages, with photos, drawings and period ads.

This invaluable reference guide is offered direct from the publisher Jerry McCann to customers of North American Glass. Available HERE for 55.00 plus a nominal shipping cost. 

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Rare Antique Bottles Have Their Own Specialized Auctioneers

Auctioneers can sell just about anything. But for your rare antique bottles, you want a specialist, right?

As we all know, the antique bottle collecting hobby is happening these days. Record prices are being set right and left. Live shows are bustling. And online, the auction activity has never been greater.

Read Jeff Wichmann's State Of the Hobby editorial.

Whether you are looking to consign, or to buy, check out these specialized online antique bottle auctioneers:

American Bottle Auctions, run by Jeff Wichmann. --

Here's a pic of Norm Heckler's table, with his new-whiz-bang-neato display screen. It was showing a slide show, but imagine it streaming a live auction. I love all the new technology.

Link to Heckler Auctions

Below is American Glass Gallery's display table. Owned by John Pastor, who recently took over publishing the Antique Bottle and Glass Collector Magazine, to rave reviews.

Link: American Glass Gallery

Here's Ray Klingensmith at his GLASS DISCOVERIES table. Ray specializes in insulators, and has added bottles and fruit jars to his auctions. I love how his catalogs include so much history about the bottles.

Below is Jesse Sailer, representing Jim Hagenbuch's Glass Works Auction company. I had the pleasure to work with Jesse last year on the 2010 Ohio FOHBC Nat'l Show Souvenir Program. Thanks again, Jesse, for all your work and help!

Link to Glass Works Auctions

Greg Spurgeon, who specializes in fruit jar auctions, was also there.

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Findlay Antique Bottle Club: Meetings and Membership Info

  • Do you love antique bottles?
  • Maybe you're even obsessed with bottles?
  • Do you wish you had more friends who "speak" bottles?
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Join our club -- the Findlay Antique Bottle Club!!

Club member Tom Brown shares some of his Findlay memorabilia.

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We love bottles! Any and all kinds of bottles, not just Findlay bottles!

The Findlay Antique Bottle Club:

  • Was founded in 1976 by 5 passionate bottle collectors from the area. 
  • We presently have members from all over Northwestern Ohio and neighboring states. 
  • New members are always welcome! 
  • We are a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting the antique bottle collecting hobby. 
  • We hold monthly meetings.
  • We put on an annual bottle show each October. 
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  • Meetings are held the 2nd Sunday of each month at the University of Findlay (Ohio).
  • We meet in the Slough Conference Room in the Student Union Building which is on the corner of Frazer and Cory (map and directions below).
  • The meeting starts at 7pm, but we get together a little earlier to visit.
  • After the business portion of the meeting, the real FUN begins! We have our "SHOW-N-TELL" session, with everyone bringing their latest finds, or items they have questions about.
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We invite you to come visit a meeting, and see what fun you're missing!

We meet at the University of Findlay, 1000 N. Main St., Findlay, Ohio.

Here are the directions to the meeting room:
  • I-75 to Findlay -- exit 159
  • Go east on US224, then south on Main St.
  • Campus runs along the west side of Main St.
  • Turn west on FRAZER St (you'll see the Theology building on the corner of Frazer and Main).
  • Turn into the parking lot on the north side of the street. That is the lot for the library and the Student Union building. 
  • Enter the STUDENT UNION building door that is nearest the gazebo. 
  • Our meeting room is straight inside that door, 1st room on your left. See the red X on the map photo above.
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