Stay in touch with all the great things happening with the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors!

May | June issue of Bottles and Extras! 

Loaded with articles this issue including Dr. Henley's Royal Palm Gin (Part 2), Oregon Trail Bottles, Privy Digging in Baltimore, Drug Store Museum on the Plains of Kansas and so much more! Issue will be mailed this coming Monday.

Our next milestone is 200 tables. We have the capability for 325 tables. Don’t wait, sign up now for a table for the biggest national bottle show this year! See List

Bourbon is on our minds at the Lexington National!

Keeping in mind that Kentucky is the epicenter of Bourbon production, we have selected the speaker for the 2014 National Antique Bottle Show in Lexington, Kentucky. Michael R. Veach will give about a 20 minute welcome to Kentucky Bourbon country and speak on Bourbon history. Mr. Veach is associate curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society. He is a bourbon historian and a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. Read Press Release.

Lexington Bottle Judging Event

The “Run for The Roses” bottle compitition will be held at the Hyatt Regency on Friday, August 1st after the Banquet. There will be three categories. Each category will have three judges. The categories are:
  1. Midwestern Swirl Decanters
  2. Historical Scroll Flasks
  3. Wax Sealer Jars
WIN, PLACE, and SHOW will be awarded for each bottle category. WIN will receive a $100 gift certificate. PLACE will receive a $50 gift certificate. SHOW will receive a $25 gift certificate. The gift certificates must be redeemed at the show.

Security will be provided. For additional information contact: Jamie Houdeshell, phone: 419.722.3184, e-mail

"Thoroughbred Auction" set for Saturday night in Lexington

Jockey Jim and his 'J' Team will be 'Horsing Around' at this important event! Consignments are currently being accepted.

Deadline for advertising in the 2014 Lexington National Show Souvenir Program in June 1st, 2014! RESERVE YOUR AD NOW! See contract Page 3 for information.

2015 Chattanooga National

Chattanooga, Tennessee announced for the
 2015 National Antique Bottle Show 31 July - 02 August 2015
Virtual Museum Fund Raising
The Virtual Museum is over 1/3rd of the way to achieve the $30k funding needed to support this exciting endeavor. Please support our fund raising drive! Thanks to all of the gifts so far. All gifts are listed on the web site.
2014 National Antique Bottle Show Seminars

Six seminars will be presented by prominent collectors on various collecting topics in the Hyatt Hotel. They will take place on Saturday morning, August 2nd from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. The seminars will be 'The History of ACL Soda Bottles in Kentucky and Beyond' (Randee Kaiser), 'The history and evolution of the Shaker Herb and Medicine Industries' (Sheldon Baugh), 'Here's to Beers' - (Gary Beatty), 'Mid-1800s, The Evolution of Bottles Through Fruit Jars' (Jerry McCann), 'Ohio River Valley Privy Digging' (Jeff Mihalik) and the 'FOHBC Virtual Museum Progress' (Ferdinand Meyer V & Steven Libbey). For additional information contact: Dr. James D. Houdeshell, phone: 419.423.2895, e-mail:
Bourbon Trail

An article will be written in the July | August 2014 issue of Bottles and Extras on Kentucky and Lexington attractions. This will include the Kentucky Bourbon Trail which we will be promoting as event options should someone out of the region want to tour. Visit Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Lexington National Book Signing

Mr. Veach, our banquet speaker, will be conducting a book signing at our show on Sunday. He will be inviting 2 or 3 other Bourbon authors to sign their books too. All books printed by University Press in Kentucky.

We Want You!

Volunteers Needed!

The FOHBC is actively looking for member volunteers to step up and make us better and stronger. Please consider donating some time for the following:

• National Show Volunteers
• Regional Volunteers (selling memberships)
• FOHBC Web site
• Virtual Museum
• Writing Articles


Please visit the web site for the latest news and show information. You will also find great stories and the latest Board meeting notes. There is also a private 'Members Only' portal for accessing member collecting information and back issues of Bottles and Extras. Just remember, you have to register first as a member and be given access to the information.

19April 2014 (Saturday) Savannah, Georgia - Savannah Antique Bottle Show

19 & 20 April 2014 (Saturday & Sunday) Yorkshire, EnglandBBR’S Spring Event

26 & 27 April 2014 (Saturday & Sunday) Old Greenwich, ConnecticutThe Westchester Glass Club presents its 38th Anniversary Glass and Ceramics Show & Sale

26 April 2014 (Saturday) Salisbury, North CarolinaPiedmont Bottle & Pottery Club proudly presents their 8th Annual Show & Sale of Bottles, Jars, Potters and related Antique Items

26 April 2014 (Saturday) Aiken, South CarolinaHorse Creek Bottle & Pottery Club’s 6th Annual Antique Bottle & Pottery Show & Sale

Cancelled 27 April 2014 (Sunday) Brick, New JerseyThe Jersey Shore Bottle Club’s annual Antique Bottle, Post Card and Local Memorabilia Show and Sale

27 April 2014 (Sunday) Rochester, New York – The Genesee Valley Bottle Collector’s Association’s 45th Annual Bottle, Table Top Antiques & Postcard Show & Sale

27 April 2014 (Sunday) Harrisburg, VirginiaThe Historical Bottle-Diggers of Virginia 43rd Annual Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show & Sale

30 April – 04 May 2014 (Wednesday thru Sunday) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania26th Annual International Perfume Bottle Association Convention

03 May 2014 (Saturday) Gray, Tennessee16th Annual The State of Franklin Antique Bottles & Collectibles Show

03 & 04 May 2014 (Saturday & Sunday) Queensland, Australia2014 State Antique Bottle & Collectables Show 

04 May 2014 (Sunday) Antioch, IllinoisAntique Bottle Club of Northern Illinois 39th Annual Antiques, Bottles & Collectibles Show & Sale

04 May 2014 (Sunday) Utica, New YorkMohawk Valley Antique Bottle Club’s 20th Annual Antique Bottle Show & Sale

10 May 2014 (Saturday) Mansfield, OhioThe Ohio Bottle Club’s 36th Mansfield Antique Bottle & Advertising Show & Sale

16 & 17 May 2014 (Friday & Saturday) Kent WashingtonThe Washington Bottle and Collectors’ Association’s Annual Spring Antique Bottle, Insulator & Collectibles Show & Sale

16 & 17 May 2014 (Friday & Saturday) Columbia City, IndianaColumbia City Indiana Collectibles Show

17 May 2014 (Saturday) DeFuniak Springs, Florida - The Emerald Coast Bottle Collector’s Inc, 13th Annual Show & Sale

17 May 2014 (Saturday) Lake City, FloridaFlorida Antique Bottle Collectors 1st Annual Bottle & Tabletop Collectibles Show & Sale

18 May 2014 (Sunday) Washington, Pennsylvania40th Annual Washington County Antique Bottle & Glass Club Bottle Show & Sale

18 May 2014 (Sunday) Coventry, ConnecticutThe Museum of Connecticut Glass 10th Annual Outdoor Bottle and Glass Show

24 May 2014 (Saturday) Richmond, Rhode IslandThe Little Rhody Bottle Club Tailgate Swap Meet

29 - 31 May 2014 (Thursday – Saturday) Grantville (Hershey), Pennsylvania34th Annual Convention of the National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors

30 & 31 May 2014 (Saturday) Butte, MontanaMontana Bottle Collectors Association 2014 Old Bottles, Antiques and Collectibles Show & Sale

31 May & 01 June 2014 (Saturday & Sunday) Santa Rosa, California48th Northwestern Bottle Collectors Association Show & Sale

07 June 2014 (Saturday) Ballston Spa, New YorkAnnual Saratoga Bottle Show

07 June 2014 (Saturday) Raleigh, North CarolinaThe 10th Annual Raleigh Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show

14 June 2014 (Saturday) San Diego, CaliforniaSan Diego 2014 Antique Bottle & Collectibles Show & Sale

14 June 2014 (Saturday) Smyrna, GeorgiaThe 44th Annual Atlanta Antique Bottle Show & Sale

21 June 2014 (Saturday) Tallahassee, Florida8th Annual Tallahassee Antique Bottle Show & Sale

21 June 2014 (Saturday) Tulsa, OklahomaThe Tulsa Antiques and Bottle Club 37th Annual Bottle and 6th Annual Antique Advertising Show

27 & 28 June 2014 (Friday & Saturday) Reno, NevadaReno Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club 51st Annual Show & Sale


Look for a special seminar at the Lexington National show on Reproduction Bottles by Federation Board Member Jim Bender (pictured below). Education is an important part of being a bottle collector. Stay tuned for more information

Regional Display Exhibit

Jamie Houdeshell and Sheldon Baugh are coordinating the procurement or building of a light cabinet for use at the Run for the Roses event. This cabinet(s) will be large enough for a Showroom Floor display of Midwest and Kentucky Bottles ala the Gazebo at Reno. Please consider entering the event and displaying your favorite Midwest and Kentucky bottles. Security will be provided.

Free Drawing!

A free drawing for a quart scroll flask will be held for the Run for the Roses competition on Friday night, August 1st. Attendees will receive a ticket when they enter the room. The drawing will be held at the end of the competition. The winner must be present. FOHBC officers, board members, show chairpersons, and immediate family will not be eligible.

Virtual Museum Seminar

Ferdinand Meyer V and Steven Libbey will be giving a special seminar on the Virtual Museum. Work on the Museum progresses on a number of levels such as fund-raising, design development and formation of a governing board. The concept still can be broken down into three major areas including the 3-dimensional creation of an experiential exterior and interior building space, site or museum navigation and bottle presentation. The bottle presentation would include three or so outstanding photographs, a bottle rotation element and a video. Attend the seminar for a presentation of progress!
Lexington Center and Hyatt Regency Lexington

The heart of any thriving community is its downtown - and Lexington Center and the adjacent Hyatt Regency are truly the heart of downtown Lexington and one of the most widely-recognized entertainment venues in North America. Lexington Center and the Hyatt Regency serve as our convention facility and host hotel and are within walking distance of city parks, restaurants and shopping. So, it is literally out of your room, down the elevator and into the hallway leading to the show in the convention center. Everything under one roof! If you want to go out to eat, there are about 125 restaurants within four blocks in this beautiful and clean restored downtown setting. Parking is abundant. Located minutes from Bluegrass Airport, the University of Kentucky campus, and Lexington’s iconic Thoroughbred horse farms our host facilities could possibly be our best location yet!

FOHBC General Membership Meeting - Please Attend!

The FOHBC general membership meeting will take place on Friday, August 1st from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Regency 1 and 2A.
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