The sold out Pittsburgh Bottle Show and Sale was once again a nice show with an excellent assortment of bottles and tabletop antiques. The hospitality on Saturday night for the dealers and workers was great with an Italian sausage/macaroni pasta and shrimp cocktail highlighting a great variety of offerings. After a hearty meal, I always save enough room for a piece of banana cream pie. Set up was early on Sunday and there were plenty of bottles for the every collector. The display this year was awe inspiring Pittsburgh stoneware. Click on the “Read More” to see the pictures.
National Bottle Museum
Rick and Berny Baldwin recently shared their visit to the National Bottle Museum. The National Bottle Museum is located in Ballston Spa, NY, which is a short drive from Albany and situated in Saratoga County’s historic mineral water springs domain that flourished in the 1800’s. Exhibits at the museum focus on the museum’s mission of preserving the history of hand-made bottle-making in the United States. In addition to interpretive exhibits, which frequently change in theme and content, the museum houses a large collection of vintage bottles for the public to view and enjoy. An extensive library is also available for reference and research. Click on the “Read More” for more information and pictures.
4 Auctions worth your time
Check out all the auctions that are currently offering an outstanding group of bottles and insulators. Top Pole Discoveries, Glass Works Auctions, American Glass Works, and American Bottle Auctions. Watching the bidding is so interesting. Just a quick reminder that the Pittsburgh Bottle Show is November 8th. See the Bottle Shows page for more information.
Carl Abell passes
It is with great regret that we must report the passing of Carl Abell. Carl was a long time Ohio Bottle Club member. Carl’s family had operated the Elm Farm Dairy Plant in Medina from 1934 to 1979. He later establish an ice cream shop with a museum at the Elm Farm. Read all about the dairy and museum. Also read more about Carl and his distinguished life story. The Ohio Bottle Club has lost a friend.
The contracts for the Willmington Bottle show on April 3, 2016 are now available. Ohio is very lucky to have so many opportunities to attend quality bottle shows. Download your contract.
2 Auctions and 3 shows
There are currently 2 online auctions worth your time to explore. The Glass Works’ “Colors of Fall” Potpourri Auction closing on October 19th and North American Glass closing on October 15th. Also, the Findlay show is Sunday October 18th and the York, PA show is also on October 18th. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Pittsburgh Show on November 8th. See you at the October 29th meeting.
The 2015 Richfield Bottle Show and sale is now part of bottle history. A packed house of dealers, early admission, displayers and attendees made this a great show. The OBC treated guests on Saturday night with pulled pork and beef with home made soup and a dessert table fit for a king. The weekend excitement continued to build with dealers arriving early Sunday morning to set up. The quality of the bottles was outstanding with a great variety of rare and colorful examples. Congratulations to Matt Lacy and Louis Fifer on all their planning. Dave Grove won for the Most Educational display and also for the People’s Choice for the best display. Plan to attend next year. See all the pictures.
This month’s program is “Share your Treasures from the Summer” month. Everyone should have something to share. We will set up tables at the front for your “Treasurers”.
This has been a very active two months of bottle collecting for the OBC members. Many attended the National Show in Chattanooga, Hartville became a reality, an interesting bottle auction in Cleveland attended by many and of course Richfield. Matt Lacy has just released the latest Mansfield show flyer. We have a group working to bring the FOHBC National to Ohio in 2018. Lots to be excited about.
The excitement builds as the Richfield Show and Sales is only a week away. The festivities start on Saturday Sept. 12th with the Hospitality room at 6:30. Pulled pork sandwiches and Louis Fifer’s famous soup highlight a great meal. The show opens at 7:30 with early admission on Sunday with regular admission at 9 am. Plan to attend. It is still not too late to get a table. Contracts.
I left the house at 5:45 am with probably 8 or 9 boxes of junk bottles. I was hoping to sell a few things and have some great conversation with bottle friends. I expected to meet up with a group that was already at the flea market, but to my surprise, I saw no one from the club. Not to be discouraged, I started to walk the grounds and from far off I recognized Marvin King. We both looked lost, searching for familiar faces in the crowd.
The Ohio Bottle Club was well represented at the FOHBC National held in Chattanooga the first weekend in August 2015. The weekend was filled with bottles, conversation with bottle friends and great eating adventures. The City Cafe Diner with a great selection of desserts was the talk of the show for the Ohio group. See all the pictures from the show.
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