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Hartville Dates

The Ohio Bottle Club will be at the Hartville Flea Market on the second Saturday of the month. Expect the OBC to be set up on July 8th and August 12th. Bring your bottles to be appraised and questions to be answered.

Hartville June 24th

The OBC filled 8 spaces at the Hartville Flea Market this last Saturday as members invaded this popular venue. We answered questions, sold bottles, and bottle books as we expand our presence in Ohio. The Ohio Bottle Club banners greeted the customers. Extra Swirls were handed out to those interested in the club. Great OBC outing! Jerry Tebbano, Adam Koch, John Fifer, Lindsey and Louis Fifer, Bo & Twinkle Sullivan and Al DeMaison enjoyed almost perfect weather this last Saturday. See the “Read More” for pictures.

Hartville Flea Market

The Ohio Bottle Club will have a presence at the Hartville Flea Market on Saturday June 24th. Adam Koch, John Fifer, Louis Fifer and Alan DeMaison will bring a good variety of fruit jars, flasks and other bottles to sell and answer your questions about the Club and old bottles. Any other OBC members are welcome to set up, click on “Read More” for more information.

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.

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.

Online Auctions

Currently the Glass Works Auctions is conducting their “Cabin Fever” Potpourri Auction with 519 lots. Two future auction were announced. American Bottle Auction will offer Auction #63 starting February 10th and Top Pole Discoveries is offering their “Winter Diversity” sale with 500 insulators. Check back for more information as it becomes available. The Columbus Bottle Show is coming on February 12th and contracts have been mailed for Mansfield.

Muncie, a fruit jar collectors dream come true

Braving unpredictable weather each year is a dedicated group of Fruit Jar collectors and Jelly Jammers in early January. Collectors from all over the country arrive early at the host hotel to kick off four days of room hopping. This year, those arriving early faced dangerous road conditions while late arrivals where met with single digit temperatures. Once in the hotel, the weather was no factor in all fun and hundreds if not thousands of fruit jars greeted those hardy collectors. Shades of amber Globes, Lightnings, and 1858’s among all the quality aqua fruit jars made for interesting browsing. New collectors with unbounded enthusiasm made the event even more exciting.

Merry Christmas

The Ohio Bottle Club would like to wish all a very Merry Christmas. Don’t forget our annual Holiday dinner on December 29th. Read the Swirl for all the details. The enamel under glass flask is our wish for all the bottle collectors, “A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

OBC Library

rpcwordleAfter years of service as Librarian Marvin King has decided that lugging all those boxes of library books to each meeting is just too much. David Keding has agreed to be our next Librarian with a few changes.            

David will only bring 5 books for each meeting along with any that have been requested. We will highlight those books to inform the membership. The hope is that with more knowledge of what is available; more members will take advantage of the service. A complete list of books is available.