Insulator Show

The Insulator Collectors of America – 2017 EXPO will be held June 23 & 24 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Washington, Pennsylvania.  Hosted by the Western Reserve Insulator Club, the show venue will include sales tables of vintage communication & power insulators, antique bottles and related collectibles, as well as educational seminars & displays.  Friday early show admission (2-day pass) from 3pm-6pm is $10, and Saturday general show admission from 9am-3pm is $3.  The adjacent PA Trolley Museum will be open to the public and will hold its annual Parade of Trolleys on Saturday.   For additional show venue and vendor information, visit InsulatorCollectorsofAmerica.com

Mansfield Reflections

Once again Ohio was treated with a great Mansfield Bottle Show and Sale. Co-chairman Louis Fifer and Matt Lacy made us all proud. Sales tables were up with many offerings. Please read Jim Benders article on Mansfield on the FOHBC website with many Mansfield pictures. Jim Bender is Co-chairman of the FOHBC National in Springfield, MA. Many OBC members will be attending that show. Don’t forget the FOHBC National for 2018 is in Cleveland.

Open for Bidding

The American Glass Gallery’s Spring 2017 Auction is now open for bidding. Take the time to check out #10, “LOUIS KOSSUTH” / BUST OF KOSSUTH – STEAM FRIGATE / “U.S. STEAM FRIGATE / MISSISSIPPI / S. HUFFSEY” Historical Calabash, probably Milford Glass Works, Milford, NJ, 1852 – 1860. Dark olive green and #170, “MASON’S / PATENT / NOV. 30TH / 1858”, Clayton Bros Glass Works, Clayton, NJ, 1880 – 1995. Medium to deep cobalt blue. Both are exceptional examples. Click on the link, American Glass Gallery.

Mansfield on Friday, Saturday

It has finally arrived, the Mansfield Bottle Show and Sale. Friday opens the show with dealer set up and early admission from 3 to 6 pm. The famous Mansfield dinner follows at 6 pm with lots of friends dining together and sharing stories. Saturday is regular admission starting at 9 am. Don’t miss the opportunity. 

Betty Bowman passing

Long time club member Betty Bowman has passed away at the age of 95. Betty and her husband Ralph were long time fixtures at every OBC meeting during the 80’s, 90’s and well into the 2000’s. Betty served as Secretary. Link to Betty’s obituary

Mansfield Update

Mr. Dependable (Bill Koster) at the gatehouse had an accident and we need help for Saturday to replace all the hours that Bill volunteered. Please call or email Matt if you can help. See Matt’s contact information under the Officers Page. I’m sure a get well card for Bill would be appreciated. See “Read More” for Bill’s address

Mansfield Antique Bottle Show & Sale

The Mansfield Antique Bottle Show and Sale is just a few short weeks away. Excitement is building as contracts are pouring in. Still a few dealer spaces, contact Matt. Dealer set-up, early admission and the famous Mansfield dinner are on Friday May 12th with the actual show on Saturday May 13th. See the Flyer for more information.

North American Glass Auction

The Spring Auction opens for on-line bidding on Monday, April 17th at 6 pm EST. This sale will feature quality items from the 40-year collection of Mr Jan Hall of Red Lion, PA. Also the collection of the late Mike Jordan from Ocala, Florida. This auction includes 427 lots in 12 categories, with something of interest for everyone, with bottles, jars, flasks, stoneware, Terre Haute items and more selections from a large collection of tobacco, cigar, and snuff jars. The closing date is Thursday April 27th. 

Ready for Bottle Fun?

Welcome spring with the OBC meeting on Thursday, March 30th; followed by a bottle show on Saturday, April 1st in St. Clairsville, OH and then the Wilmington, OH Bottle Show on Sunday, April 2nd. The OBC meeting will feature “Your latest Treasurers”, any items obtained since September of 2016. This is a club participation with pie at refreshment break. We will also be discussing and voting on some important changes to the by-laws. See proposed changes. How often can you do 2 shows on the same weekend, well this is the weekend to treasurer hunt in St. Clairsville and Wilmington. See the Bottle Show Page for all the details or click on “Read More”..

Baltimore 2017

This last weekend was the Baltimore Bottle Show. The OBC was well represented both with dealers and patrons. Matt Lacy, Louis & John Fifer, Adam & Phyllis Koch, Rick & Berny Baldwin, Bob Koren & Todd Knisley and Bob Watson displaying high quality “For Sale” items. While roaming the sales floor looking for good deals OBC members including Roger Hardesty, Tim Kearns, Jack Sullivan, Ron Hands, Terry Crislip, and Al DeMaison were able to add some great items to their collections. See “Read More” for a few pictures.

FOHBC Newsletter

The latest news from the FOHBC is included in this March-April Newsletter. Check out all the information on the FOHBC Convention in Springfield this summer contained in the newsletter. All the great activities that are scheduled make for a bottle collectors vacation dream. Many from the Ohio Bottle Club will be at the show. Remember the FOHBC Convention comes to Cleveland in the summer of 2018. Our own Matt Lacy and Louis Fifer will chair this great show. The latest Kalamazoo Newsletter is now available.

Columbus Bottle Show, a huge success

The weather was mild and the sales were brisk at the 47th Annual Columbus Bottle Show held at the Doubletree Inn on Sunday, February 12th.  This year’s Show was the largest since it was moved to the Doubletree from the Ohio State Fairgrounds in 2015. 40 dealers rented 62 tables and there were 5 tables displaying Columbus and Central Ohio bottles and related items. We had 30 for our Saturday night dealer appreciation buffet dinner. Paid attendance was 228.  Co-Chairs Clark Wideman and Rojer Moody expressed great satisfaction with the Show generally and with the very strong participation of members of both the Ohio Bottle Club and the Findlay Bottle Club. What a great way to open the bottle season in Ohio. See “Read More” for more pictures.

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