RENO, Nevada – Antique bottle and glass lovers should mark their calendars for Thursday through Sunday, July 28 through July 31. Then the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) will hold their 2022 National Antique Bottle Convention in Reno. The show and sales event will take place at the Grand Sierra Resort.
“I am pleased to announce that this year’s convention will be held in our western region, in the ‘biggest little city on earth,’ and will be our first national event after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic,” said Ferdinand Meyer V , former three-time President of FOHBC and one of the driving forces behind the event. “In addition to the traditional bottle show and sale, there will be educational seminars, a judging bottle shootout competition, a silent auction, a cocktail party and banquet, a members breakfast meeting, exhibitions, a team bowling event, bottle judging, youth events, raffles and many other activities take place. ”
Mr. Meyer implored everyone, “Come and see some great western glassware and pottery from the great gold rush towns of the west and cities in between for only five dollars standard admission on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a wonderful way to learn about American history from 1800 to the turn of the century.”
The many events make for a packed itinerary. People do not have to be FOHBC members to attend, but membership is recommended and is available at the show and online at www.fohbc.org. There are two very special exhibits at this year’s convention:
- Top 25 western whiskey cylinders: This exhibition is expected to attract a special grouping of bottles whose combined value will easily reach US$1 million. Such an exhibition may never happen again and, with the help of the collectors’ community, will provide an attraction that alone is worth attending the Reno 2022 Convention to witness.
- Artifacts of the SS Central America: Come and see this unique exhibition of recovered artifacts from the SS Central America known for its huge load of gold. The ship sank in a storm in 1857. There will be bottles, Gold Rush jewelry, firearms, luggage tags, photographs, currency, bags of gold, clothing, and a treasure chest and lid.
This year’s FOHBC show is a must for antique bottle and glass lovers and members of the many antique bottle clubs dotted around the country. Diggers and pickers will also find great interest in the show. Antique bottle collectors are very passionate about a category of collecting that has seen a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years. There will even be a free treasure table where people can donate their finds and possessions.
The meeting schedule begins with the semi-annual FOHBC board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, July 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room Carson 1. A VIP reception and dealer registration will take place from 4:30pm to 6:30pm followed by an evening Reno Shootout bottle competition in the Grand Salon and Crystal Ballroom.
The Reno Shootout will be a friendly competition comparing and judging three types of bottles (all entrants are welcome; limit of three bottles per category per person). At the judging events, the ‘best’ JF Cutter Star Shield Whiskey finishes fifth; Bay City Soda Water Company Bottle; and the Old Sachem’s Bitters and Wigwam Tonic. The merits of each bottle are judged by a panel of experienced collectors with experience in each type.
Day 2, on Friday, July 29, begins with a FOHBC Member Breakfast Meeting from 7:00am to 8:30am, followed by a series of Educational Seminars, four in total, taking place from 8:00am to 12:00pm . The topics are varied and fascinating. Topics and speakers include Morgan Oyster Beds Bottle Finds (John Shroyer); marbles (Jeff Wichman); Grace Brothers Brewing Co. (John Burton); and dr Charles Craig, Dr. John Henion and Hulbert H. Warner: Their Connections, Lawsuits, Competition and Eventual Demise (Michael Seeliger). Speakers will be organized by seminar coordinator Eric McGuire. Questions about the seminars can be emailed to Mr. McGuire at email@example.com.
The above exhibits will be on display for three days, July 29-31. There will also be a silent auction on Friday and Saturday, July 29th and 30th, where attendees can bid on 50 to 100 lots during the convention, which will be displayed in a secure area in the Summit Pavilion showroom. Anyone wishing to consign a bottle to the Silent Auction (minimum value: $100) can email Richard Siri at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ferdinand Meyer V at email@example.com.
There will be a number of prize draws during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday (July 29-31) Fair periods. Two commemorative pitchers from the Jim Healy Reno 2022 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Show will also be raffled off. Mr. Healy of Tribes Hill, New York is a talented potter and restorer of antique jugs. He has designed and manufactured commemorative mugs for the FOHBC National Show for many years. The current plan is to have one jug in the silent auction and another for the raffle. Raffle tickets are $2 each; three for $5.
Alan DeMaison of the FOHBC Virtual Museum will be displaying and imaging bottles in the GSR Summit Pavilion over the three days of July 29-31 during showroom hours. He will do this on an appointment basis but will also accommodate spontaneous requests if time permits. “Be a part of the greatest innovation in our amazing antique bottle collecting hobby,” said Mr. Meyer.
Two fun Youth Corner activities are planned for children interested in taking up the hobby. The first is Children’s Bottle Grab Bags, where FOHBC will provide approximately 50 bottle grab bags for children under the age of ten during the show’s general admission hours (July 29-31). Each bag will have an antique hand blown bottle in good condition and embossed. Limit one water bottle per child.
The other event is a scavenger hunt for children ages 8 and up in the GSR Summit Pavilion exhibit room. Organizers create a list of specific items that participants seek to collect or complete, usually without purchasing, either individually or in small teams. The goal is to complete most or all of the items on the list. For more information, contact Bella Alucema at Isabellaalucema@gmail.com.
For more information about the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) and this year’s National Antique Bottle Convention, scheduled for July 28-31 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, visit www.fohbc.org. At the time of this writing, dealer tables were still available should you wish to sell antique glass.
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