September 2013 Issue of Bottle Collecting Potpourri

A little this, a little that, just some interesting bottle-bits to entertain and/or educate you collectors. 

Title: Mechanics' Institute, 1864, San Francisco.
Notes: Exhibitor: Pacific Glass Company. Exhibit notes: ... a series of terraces rising to a height of fourteen feet, filled with a great variety of wine, soda, sauce and mustard bottles, pickle and fruit jars, prescription phials, lamp chimneys, etc., crowned with a huge Acid Carboy, gave assurance that the days of dependence upon uncertain imported stocks, and the gleanings of the chiffonier have passed away.
Photographer: Carleton E Watkins   (Nov 11, 1829 — Jun 23, 1916;  Active approx. 1853 — 1896)


22 September 2013 (Sunday) Indianapolis, Indiana – The Indianapolis Circle City Antique Bottle Club will host their 1st Annual Show. 

There is limited space for about 60 tables. Set-up 7:00 am to 9:00 am, Show hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. 

Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219. 

Hotel rates available make sure to mention the Circle City Bottle club for a discount. Flyer will be available soon. Club Sponsored event – Guaranteed to happen. 

Tables are already going fast. For dealer/show information contact Martin Van Zant, 208 Urban Street, Danville, Indiana, 812.841.9495,, FOHBC Member Club


Todd Knisely shared his observation about these ancient bottles:

There is almost nothing “new” in glassworking. Almost every idea and thing we see has been done before, sometimes long before. Here is a 9th century perfume or scent bottle, that is a 12-rib broken-swirl pattern. I think this bottle is exceptional and wanted to pass it along.

The funny thing is, if it would have been blown in America about 850 years later, it would probably be worth quite a bit more money. . .

[They are listed on ebay here and here.]


booz whiskey cabin bottle

Photo: Collection of M. Jensen, photo by Austin Jensen, Antique Bottle & Glass Collector magazine

Rare inside-thread Booz Cabin found. -- An unknown version of the Booz bottle--the bottle shaped like a cabin--was recently discovered at a Philadelphia auction. It sold with another bottle for $2. The bottle has an internal threaded neck.


It's confusingly written on the USPS site, but you now get $50 insurance FREE with Priority Mail. That should help sellers and buyers a little. --


Sad news: J. Carl Sturm has passed. The club sends its condolences to Carl's family and friends. A great loss to them, and to our hobby. Carl was a past FOHBC President, and is in the FOHBC Hall of Fame.

Funeral info.


And if you want tons more excellent bottle collecting articles, read FOHBC President Ferdinand Meyer's website,

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