Club typically meets the first Tuesday of each month.
Next meeting: Tuesday May 7, 2002 7-9pm
Meeting will be at Clancey & Theys Construction - see directions below
Presentation: Follow-up/feedback on April 27th show - bring bottles you picked up at show
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The Raleigh Bottle Club is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for area antique bottle collectors to get together, talk bottles, buy/sell/trade, organize club digs, and just have fun. The club also serves the community by answering bottle questions and sponsoring an annual Bottle Show and Sale. The public can bring their bottles to club meetings for free appraisals and possibly sell them.
Current 2001/2002 officers:
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Phone: (919) 789-4545, FAX: (561) 760-6246
Meetings are open to the public, so drop by and check us out. We hope you'll consider joining the club. Club members receive the monthly newsletter, run free ads, and participate in all the fun and benefits the club has to offer.
Spring show was discussed - see below for details, especially the added Fri 4-7pm dealer setup.
Happy buyer with ½ pint Casper's 4 cities bottle. See closeup.
Auctioneer calling the action and selling lots of bottles at Dunn.
Dues are $10 individual, $15 family. To join the Raleigh Bottle Club, please use the Membership Application web form or contact Reggie for a printed copy. The club newsletter is distributed to over 700 people, mostly in NC and the surrounding states. Members can place free ads, which will be seen by a large number of collectors in our area.
At right is a photo of some of the raffle bottles being offerred at our May 7 meeting. From left to right they are: amber blob top beer embossed "SIMMS & McNABB / THURMOND / W.VA.", BIM crown top CHRISTO-COLA with 5 cent logo and "HINTON, W.VA." in rectangular slug plate, pint milk with "MUNICIPAL MILK / PLANT / TARBORO, N.C." in circular slug plate, rectangular BIM medicine embossed "CHAMBERLAIN'S / COLIC CHOLERA & / DIARRHEA REMEDY", and straight-sided script "Coca-Cola" from Clifton Forge, VA. Raffle will include other bottles to be furnished at meeting.
Club members are encouraged to bring in bottles for the raffle we will have at each meeting. The raffle is fun for everyone and helps add money to the club treasury. For nicer bottles, the club treasury can reimburse the wholesale cost to the donator. Contact the treasurer before the raffle to make arrangements.
Sorry, but no pictures available from April meeting since Reggie forgot the camera. But some good things showed up, including a half pint strap flask embossed "CLAYTON DISPENSARY / HONEST MEASURE / CLAYTON, N.C." dug recently by Jack Murdock. David Tingen showed a hutch style bottle with marble stopper embossed "TALLMAN / GREENSBORO, N.C.".
The April 27th show came off wonderfully in our new location in the Holshouser Building on the NC State Fairgrounds. Below are some pictures from the show. Once again we had some top rated displays - a big thanks to all our displayers.
About 85 dealer tables were sold, down from last year because of the conflict with Harrisonburg VA show that ended up on the same weekend. Next year we will work to avoid this conflict.
Some of the buying action at the show.
Scott Berry (a.k.a. "the sodapop kid") and his wife chat with a prospective buyer.
Scott Berry's display of Odd Colors, with some rare broken bottles (i.e. heartbreakers or "crying glass")
Jerry Icenhour's milk bottle display won 3rd place.
Gary Arnolds "Mountain Dew in NC" display won 2nd place.
Donnie Medlin's NC Whiskey Flask display won 1st place and People's Choice ribbons. Here's a better picture of the display.
Marge McGee of Baltimore won "Most Educational" with her display on Ramon's Remedies.
Randy Kiger showed this impressive BIM crown top beer bottle with ladies leg neck embossed "Wm. TALLMAN / Schlitz / GREENSBORO, N.C.".
Quart size strap-sided flask embossed in circular slug plate HOLBROOK AND WINFREE TRADE STREET WINSTON,N.C. was won on eBay by David Jackson.
Bowling-pin style bottle embossed COCA COLA BOTTLING WORKS TARBORO NC. in circular slug plate sold for $372 on eBay.
Quart size strap-sided flask embossed SHERMER & PHILLIPS / FINE LIQUORS / WINSTON, N.C. was bought on eBay by club member Donnie Medlin.
Bowling pin bottle embossed Indian Rock GingerAle / COCA-COLA / BOTTLING CO / ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. was won on eBay by club member Bill Owen.
1924 Pepsi letterhead from E.R. Mixon in Washington, NC was won on eBay by Bill Owen. Also see full size view.
Rare script slug plate Coca-Cola from Live Oak, FL won by Bill Owen. Unfortunate crack in this example, but still a very nice bottle.
Amber squat embossed on front with "F. DUSCH / RICHMOND VA” and on back with “XXX PORTER / THIS BOTTLE IS NEVER SOLD”. Sold on eBay for $578.
This label only whiskey sold recently for $305 on eBay. Label is surrounded by red corn cobs and reads: "SWEET MASH NORTH CAROLINA DOUBLE COPPER DISTILLED CORN WHISKEY. MADE IN OUR OWN DISTILLERY, FROM HARD, FLINTY RED CORN, GROWN IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH CAROLINA. WE WILL FORFEIT $1000 IF SWEET MASH NORTH CAROLINA CORN WHISKEY IS NOT CHEMICALLY PURE, OR IF IT FAILS TO STAND THE PURE FOOD LAW TEST OF ANY STATE. THE CASPER CO. INC. DISTILLERS ROANOKE, VA. ALSO WINSTON-SALEM, N.C."
Damaged hutch soda embossed "WAGNER / BOTTLING WORKS / KINSTON, N.C." sold $177 on eBay.
No presentation at the meeting, so I'll use this space to share some important info on fake bottle colors. The comments below are my own opinion based on discussions with numerous bottle experts, some who disagree (typically the ones trying to sell the irradiated bottles). I welcome any rebuttal comments to this and will publish the feedback in the next newsletter. This always seems to be a controverial topic, but one that new collectors need to be aware of. Direct your feedback to Reggie at email@example.com. For more info on bottle colors, be sure to see this web page: www.antiquebottles.com/color
Here are several bottles that popped up recently on eBay. Some are their original color, some are sun colored, and some have been altered to produce a fake color. The fake deep purple color is achieved by irradiating the bottle in a commercial machine (a process I call "nuking"). The only bottles that will turn this color are 1895-1910 clear bottles that contained manganese. The more manganese, the deeper the purple color can become. The early clear Coke and Pepsi bottles contained manganese.
Noone disagrees that irradiating clear bottles with manganese produces a beautiful deep purple color. And since Coke/Pepsi colors are pretty boring (mostly aqua or amber), adding a splash of color to your collection on the shelf is a nice addition. I know reputable dealers that run the bottles through the irradition process, but they are quick to disclose up front that the bottle has been irradiated. But what hurts the hobby is when unscrupulous dealers pass these bottles off as being the original color. Some dealers justify that the bottle would have eventually turned purple after years of intensive exposure to outdoor sunlight, and that the irradiation process is just hurrying along the natural process. Long enough exposure to sunlight should attain the same results as irradiation. But typically sun colored bottles just achieve a nice amethyst/purple tint.
When the same irradiation process is applied to an aqua bottle, the bottle turns a brownish color. This is how amber hobbleskirt Coke bottles are produced (one is pictured above right). There are no natural hobbleskirt Cokes with an amber color, despite the claims of many trying to sell them on eBay as a rare, limited production, or experimental bottle.
Slug plate Jacksonville FL Pepsi:Cola that has been irradiated to get the dark purple color. When asked, this seller acknowledged the bottle may have been irradiated.
Richmond, VA Pepsi:Cola with original amethyst tint (has not been altered). Beautiful natural color.
The seller claims this Rome GA S-S Coke bottle achieved its dark purple color through long exposure to sunlight and was never "nuked".
This J.&E. MAHONEY DISTILLERS flask sold by Don Goodman has a wonderful sun-colored amethyst tint.
Looking for other people to sign-up for presentations at future meetings, so please let us know when you would be willing to present. Presentations can be 5 to 60 minutes in length, and you can pick most any topic related to bottles and go-withs. There will be no presentation at the first meeting of each quarter to allow more time for chatting and buying/selling. May get Jimmie Wood to do ACL's and Charlie Perry to do White House Vinegar? Vernon Capps has offered to do USA Hospital bottles. Russell Griffin has offered to do Coke bottles. Sonny Howell has offerred to do a Sat presentation at Granddaddy's. John Patterson has offered to do a Sat presentation on NC milk bottles at Granddaddy's. Jerry Roughton wrote the book on NC medicines and has agreed to do a presentation on this topic and NC saloon tokens. Will Gorges may present on Civil War era. Talked about a Spring picnic and presentation at Donnie Medlin's house in Louisburg.
Directions from the 440 Beltline: Take Glenwood Ave exit and head in town (away from Crabtree Valley Mall). Cross bridge over Wade Ave and turn right to "clover leaf" onto Wade Ave heading downtown. Merge right onto Capital Blvd heading downtown. Capital Blvd becomes N. Dawson St. Continue 0.7mi and turn right onto W. Cabarrus St. Cross railroad tracks, and just pass the Amtrak Station on right is #516 "Clancy & Theys Construction Co".
Directions from I-40: Take S. Saunders St exit and head North into downtown Raleigh. S. Saunders will turn into S. Wilmington St. Go pass Memorial Auditorium, then 2 blocks later turn left on W. Davie St., left on Dawson St, and right on W. Cabarrus St. Cross railroad tracks, and just pass the Amtrak Station on right is #516 "Clancy & Theys Construction Co".
You can also see directions on the Internet via www.mapquest.com by entering the "516 W. Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC" address.
Also see Antique Bottle Shows, AntiqueNC.com, NC State Fairgrounds Calendar of Events, NC Festivals and Fairs, Southeastern Antiquing & Collecting, Raleigh OnLine, Spectator Magazine - Special Events, Independent Magazine - Special Events,
May 11, 2002
Ohio Bottle Club's
24th Annual Mansfield Antique Bottle & Advertising Show & Sale
(9am to 3pm) at the Richland County Fairgrounds, Mansfield, Ohio.
Info: Bill Koster (330) 753-7607
or RON HANDS (330) 654-4411,
May 17-18, 2002
The Montgomery Bottle & Insulator Club 31st Annual Show & Sale,
7am-4pm, at the Ed Teague Arena, Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery, AL.
Info: JAMES HOPKINS, 2021 Merrily Dr.,
Montgomery, AL 36111.
PH: (334) 288-7937, or JAMES ROBBINS, 3334 Southmont Dr., Montgomery, AL 36105,
PH: (334) 264-4583.
May 18, 2002
Mountain Home, NC
Dixie Jewels Insulator Club spring swap meet, to be held in Mountain Home,
NC (a few miles from Hendersonville) on Saturday, May 18.
Details are available under the ICON “Special Events” window
This will be at a private home and is open to anyone with an interest in insulators.
It’s a great opportunity to meet some other collectors in person, ask dumb
(or esoteric) questions, buy & sell, show & tell, whatever.
A good way to see some great glass, too.
May 18, 2002
The Matheson Museum at 513 East University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida
is hosting their first
annual antique bottle show May 18, 2002 9:00am-3:00 pm with dealer set up at 7:00am.
$18 per 6x3' table or 2 for $30 (limit 2 tables per dealer).
Info: Ron McCormick (352) 373-8365 or Bill Brand,
P.O. Box 402, Ocala, FL 34478-0402, (352) 237-2962.
May 31-June 1, 2002
Antique Bottle & Collectible's Show & Sale sponsored by
Robeson Antique Bottle Club.
Free Admission Fri 3-9pm, Sat 9am-3pm. Dealer setup Fri 1pm.
Location: The Expo and Farmer's
Market, Exit 14 off I-95 in Lumberton, NC.
7,000 square foot air-conditioned convention building with
excellent lighting & facilities. 100+ dealer tables.
Crawfish festival next door on June 1.
For info write to Richard Stephens, 1830 Riverside Blvd, Lumberton, NC 28358, Phone: (910) 738-6075, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Paul Valenti & Carla Baxley, phone (910) 738-3074, Email: email@example.com
June 7-8, 2002
"Knoxville in June",
East Tennessee Antique Bottle & Colletibles Society 14th
Annual Show & Sale, (Sat. 8am-5pm, early buyers Fri. 2-7pm),
at the Merchants I-75 Expo, at I-75, Exit 108, Knoxville, TN.
Info: LARRY ACUFF, 220 N. Carter School Rd, Strawberry Plains,
TN 37871. PH: (865) 933-2333.
June 8-9, 2002
Savannah Bottle Show & Historic Savannah Civil War Show & Sale,
(9 AM to 5 PM), at the Savannah Civic Center, Savannah, GA.
Info: EDDIE SHUMAN, PH: (912) 231-9437,
or GENE AUTRY, PH: (912) 748-7510.
June 29, 2002
The Chattanooga-North Georgia Urban Archaeology Club Bottle Show & Sale,
9:30am-3:30pm, dealer setup Fri 5pm, early buyers Fri. 7pm and Sat 8am,
at the Catoosa Civic Center,
between Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe, GA. Free general admission.
Capacity 100 tables, $20 first table and $10 for additional tables,
Info: DAN DEAL, 17 Pamela Lane, Ringgold, GA 30736,
PH: (423) 304-0327.
June 30, 2002
Potomac Bottle Collectors Annual Show & Sale, 10am-3pm,
at the Washington Waldorf School, 4800 Langamore Road, Bethesda, MD 20816.
Info: JIM SEARS, PH: (703) 243-2409,
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