North American Glass has announced their January online Fruit Jar auction opening January 17th.
We are excited to be presenting part 1 of the Mel Hammer collection of antique bottles starting today, December 10th and ending on December 19th. We’ve sent out the catalogs and you should have one by now, the auction can be accessed by clicking on the link below. You might refresh your page to make sure you have the most up to date version. As we like to say, we have something for every collector and it’s never been truer in presenting this spectacular collection. Mel was a consummate collector of early Gold Rush type bottles which included schnapps, sarsaparilla, and gin. The diversity of his collection is more than we had ever thought possible, a myriad of colors and variants exceeds even the most ardent early “squares,” collection. But it doesn’t stop with squares, in addition Mel put together a first-class collection of western bitters, some western whiskeys and a generous selection of inkwells in both umbrella and teakettle styles with even more to go.
Jack Sullivan has for many years written an article for each Swirl about some form of Ohio bottle or stoneware history. I have been concerned about preserving this legacy for some time. …
Auction #30 open for bidding!
Welcome to American Glass Gallery’s Auction #30. This sale includes 280 Lots of quality items including Historical Flasks, Spirits and Whiskeys, a select grouping of Giant Case Bottles, Rare and Exceptional Bitters, Choice colored and aqua Pontiled Medicines, Sodas, Mineral Waters, Inkwells, and Much More!
In addition, this sale will also include the Doug Allinger collection of Midwest Blown and Pattern Molded Bottles; a wonderful grouping of scarce and rare Pickle Jars, a diverse selection of early Blown Glass including ancient Roman glass, and numerous other items of interest. Link to the Auction
American Life Bitters
On display is one of the great figural cabin bitters that has a curved roof rather than an angular roof like most cabin bitters. The American Life Bitters is pretty tough to obtain in either the Tiffin, Ohio, or Omaha, Nebraska variants. Our Tiffin, Ohio museum example is one of a few examples. Link to the history at FOHBC Virtual Museum.
The Washington Spring bottle from Ballston Spa, N.Y., with the pictorial George Washington embossing, is an exciting and historically significant bottle cherished by collectors as Washington actually visited the region and the springs. See in the FOHBC Virtual Museum Spring & Mineral Water Gallery. The bottle is an image donation from Ohio Bottle Club member Dave Merker. Click on the “Read More” for a link to the historical notes.
This beautiful Kent 20-Rib Pattern Molded Bowl in green aquamarine reminds me of “Altoids Wintergreen Mint.” Recently added to the 3rd floor FOHBC Virtual Museum Free Blown & Pattern Molded Gallery – Tableware Room. The bowl is from the ex-Darl Fifer collection. Visit the FOHBC Virtual Museum for free. Click on “Read More’ for a link to the Virtual Museum.
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