Raleigh Bottle Club - December 2000 Newsletter

The club meets the first Tuesday of each month. Next meeting: Jan 2, 2000
Meeting will be at the new location - see details below
Presentation: John Arnold on Mountain Dew Bottles

Topics in this Newsletter Issue:
Business Presentation Treasurer Report Next Meeting Location Next Meeting Agenda Joining/Dues Member Ads Upcoming Shows/Events

Jan raffle bottles 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, and just have fun. The club sponsors an annual Bottle Show and Sale (next show April 28, 2001). President: Jack Murdock, Vice-president and Co-Show Chairman: David Tingen, Secretary/Treasurer and Show Chairman: Reggie Lynch. Info: Reggie Lynch, Web: www.antiquebottles.com/raleigh/.

Meetings are open to members and 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/benefits the club has to offer.


21 people attended the December 5 meeting, including some new faces. We added 1 new paying members in November/December. Total paid members: 49. November minutes were approved.

There was some excited talk about some important Raleigh and other NC bottles found recently by club members - hope to see these bottles at the next meeting.

David Tingen discussed his draft proposal for different show committees. Hope to see a final version of this committee proposal at the next meeting so we can agree on the committees and staff them. Dave also presented a draft budget for operating the show.

Table sales were started after approval of the dealer contract. We have already sold 16 tables! Initial sales are open to members only thru Jan 15, then open to the public after that. The revised Dealer Contract can be found at the end of this newsletter. Also available now are the Show Flyer. Any additions, corrections or suggestions are appreciated before we do our mass mailing to advertise the show.

In looking thru the financial report for the Delmarva show in Sep, I noticed they made $2,102 profit from the sale of advertising in their show program. Not bad for a show with 93 tables (3 less than us). I called Ed Detwiler, Delmarva treasurer, and he is sending me examples of the program and what they charge for ads. This would be a great idea for our show, too. We would need volunteers to sell the ads, then someone to produce the program that is handed out for free to everyone attending the show. The club will vote on whether to do the program at the next meeting.

The club raffle saw lucky members walk away with a Durham script Pepsi, Jones/Raleigh soda (thanks Dean), citron Rettig soda, and other bottles contributed by club members. Raffle raised $23 for the club.

Taylor seltzer from New Berne, NC Ronald Hinsley shows members his seltzer bottle (minus the top) for Taylor in New Berne (yes, the old spelling before it became New Bern).

Two of the bottles for next raffle are pictured to the right. First is "PIEDMONT BOTTLING WORKS / LENOIR, N.C." which is a nice blown amber crown soda with vertical ribbing around the base. Second is "P. SCHOENHOFEN BREWING CO / TABLE BEER / CHICAGO" which is a slug plate blob top beer.

Club members are encouraged to bring in bottles for the raffles 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 (Reggie) before the raffle to make arrangements.

Valaer Hutch John Arnold will present "Mountain Dew Bottles and Advertising" at the Jan meeting. Ronald Hinsley has agreed to present Pepsi bottles at the Feb meeting. David Jackson of Greensboro has agreed to present NC Whiskey Bottles (maybe David will bring some of his nice bitters, too?) Dave Tingen has agreed to do a program on bottle cleaning. Robert Delius is looking into showing a 1939 movie about Coca-Cola bottles (shows an old Coke hutch plant). Reggie can do 3 more presentations as a standby: 1: Bitters and Whiskeys, 2: Sodas (mostly blob, some crown), and 3: Medicines. Looking for other people to sign-up for presentations at future meetings, so let us know what you would be willing to present. Presentations can be 5 to 60 minutes in length.

Motion was made to start a monthly contest for "Best NC Bottle" and "Best Other Bottle". Vote was taken and motion denied, since majority of members prefer keeping the informal show and tell.

Last month's newsletter reported on some different Valaer bottles from Charlotte, NC. Mike Newman of Augusta GA presented this photo of a different Valaer hutch bottle. Embossing reads "C. VALAER BOTTLING WORKS / CHARLOTTE, N.C." with a C&V monogram in the center. Mike repaired the top on his example and has it for sale if anyone is interested. Mike's phone: (706) 868-8391 Email: THENEWM@aol.com

Frank Bishop handed out a 1922 NC Railroad Map during his presentation in Oct. This would be handy for anyone wanting to find potential digging spots. Club members can ask Frank or Reggie for a copy.


Reggie showing his ink bottles Reggie gave his presentation of 19th century inkwells, explaining the difference between larger master ink bottles and the smaller inkwells. Reggie went thru the common shapes/styles for classifying inks. Most inks shown were from 1840-1900. Here's a list of some of the master inks presented:

  1. Lockport green label-only David's ink with pour spout in 3PM (3 Piece Mold)
  2. STAFFORD'S INK, pint with pour spout in forest green and teal blue
  3. citron THOMAS' INK
  4. CARTER'S INK cathedral cobalt blue rarer pint size
  5. CARTER'S INK amber quart with ovals embossed around base
  6. CARTER'S INK pint 3PM pinched pour lip in honey amber and dark green
  7. UNDERWOOD'S INK pint cobalt blue
  8. AMERICAN STANDARD INK in lime green
  9. unembossed 3PM pint in blood red
Master Inks

and here's a list of some of the inkwells presented:

  1. S FINE BLK INK pontilled rolled lip in smokey green (probably the best ink in Reggie's collection)
  2. square ribbed inks in a rainbow of colors, with amber being the rarest
  3. 8-sided inks in a rainbow of colors, with amber olive being the rarest
  4. 3 clear fountain inks for Carter's (with label), David's, and Morgan.
  5. figural cottage ink with rain barrel on the side
  6. amber pontil umbrella
  7. teal pontil umbrella with label for David's
  8. cobalt school house with label for David's
  9. figural shoe/boot ink
  10. cone ink in lime green
  11. BIXBY in rare citron
  12. BONNEY barrel
  13. STAFFORD's cotton reel in teal
  14. CARTER's sample ink with label/contents, the smallest ink in Reggie's collection

Inkwells More Inkwells

Treasurer Report

Previous Balance: $596.90
Income: $10 dues from new member Rory Martin
$23 raffle
$320 for 16 dealer tables sold
Expenses: $9.24 postage to mail newsletter
$6.40 copies
$20 snacks
$23 supplies for Secretary library
New Balance: $891.26

Next Meeting Location

The next club meeting is Tuesday Jan 9, 2001 7-9pm at Clancy & Theys Construction Company where club member John Arnold works. Company is located at 516 W. Cabarrus Street in downtown Raleigh (near the AmTrak station). Park in back of building. Some signs should be posted to help you find it. Call John Arnold on his mobile phone at (919) 427-0334 if you get lost.

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" - park behind building.

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" - park behind building.

You can also see directions on the Internet via MapQuest by entering the "516 W. Cabarrus St, Raleigh, NC" address.

Agenda for the November meeting

  1. Update membership list - add any new members.
  2. Distribute Club Directory to members. This will contain a list of all paid club members. Maybe you can find a digging partner here?
  3. Treasurer report.
  4. Request articles for upcoming newsletters.
  5. Collect ads to run in the next newsletter.
  6. Confirm location/date of next meeting.
  7. Distribute meeting flyers for members to post in area antique shops/malls.
  8. Have someone solicit News & Observer to do article on new club and upcoming show. Would like article to run early April.
  9. Show report by show committee. Decide on committees to organize for upcoming show (advertising, dealer refreshments, raffle tickets, dealer contract sales, early buying admission, club display table, sign construction/placement, ...).
  10. Vote on doing a show program with paid advertisers.
  11. Meeting presenters - sign-up people to do presentations of their collections at future meetings.
  12. Setup/announce any raffle bottles. The club can reimburse a nominal amount for nicer bottles - see treasurer in advance.
  13. Setup/announce any auction bottles. The seller can set a minimum bid with the amount above the minimum going to the club. So please bring any bottles you want to auction (limit 5 per seller).
  14. Sell raffle tickets ($1 each) while presentor gets ready. Also a good time to examine the auction and raffle bottles.
  15. Presentation by John Arnold on "Mountain Dew Bottles".
  16. Auction any bottles being offerred.
  17. Draw winning tickets for the raffle. 1st winner gets first choice and so on till all bottles are gone.
  18. Open discussion, announcements, digging stories, show & tell, latest bottles aquired, show reports (Richmond), ...
  19. Conclude with Swap Meet - each person is encouraged to bring bottles for sale/trade. Please limit yourself to a 2 box maximum. Tables will be provided where bottles can be displayed for show or sale.


To join the Raleigh Bottle Club, please use this Membership Application web form or contact Reggie for a printed copy. Printed copies of the newsletter will have a blank application form on the last page.

Member Ads

Ads are posted here free of charge to club members. Submit ad info to club secretary (Reggie) for inclusion in next newsletter. Ads run for 2 months, then must be renewed to continue.
  1. Wanted: newsletters from the old Raleigh Club to use as historical reference for upcoming club newsletters. Loan to Reggie or any club officer and we will make copies and return originals to you.

  2. Wanted: any rare pre-machine Raleigh NC bottles (not "Rawleigh"). Especially whiskies, sodas, beers, etc. Contact Jack Murdock, (919) 779-9914, 8517 Crowder Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603.

  3. Wanted: quality fruit jars, fruit jar ring boxes, and NC milk bottles. Contact J.B. Young, 1012 Davis Drive, Apex, NC 27502, Phone (919) 362-6596.

  4. Wanted: NC blob top beer bottles in undamaged condition, especially amber colored examples. David Tingen, Email: tingen@interpath.com, Phone: (919) 848-4387.

  5. Wanted: NC straight-sided Coca-Cola and script Pepsi bottles in undamaged condition. Reggie Lynch, Email: rlynch@antiquebottles.com, phone: (919) 789-4545.
    Check out my bottles for sale on the Internet http://www.antiquebottles.com/rl/ and in booth 615 at Granddaddy's Antique Mall in Burlington, N.C.

Upcoming Shows

Also see Antique Bottle Shows.

Jan 14, 2001
S. Attleboro, MA
LRBC Annual Bottle Show and Sale is put on by the The Little Rhody Bottle Club of Rhode Island. At the K of C Hall, 304 Highland Ave., South Attleboro, MA from 10:00 am - 3:00 p.m.. There is a $2.00 donation at the door and plenty of free parking. Info: Art Pawlowski, P. O. Box 3411, So. Attleboro, MA 02703, 508-399-6427.
Jan 20, 2001
Rome, GA
Rome Antique Bottle & Collectibles Club's Annual Show & Sale, Sat 8am-3pm at the Rome Civic Center, Turner McCall Blvd, Rome, GA. Info: Jerry Mitchell, PO Box 475, Bremen, GA 30110, Phone: (770) 537-3725.
Feb 4, 2001
South River, NJ
New Jersey Antique Bottle Club's 5th annual show Sun 9am-2pm at the Knight's of Colombus Hall, 88 Jackson St, South River, NJ. Info: Joe Butewicz, NJABC, 24 Charles St, South River, NJ 08882, (732) 238-3238, Email: joseph.butwewicz@bms.com or Ernest Bower, (732) 868-0510, Email: botlman@aol.com
Feb 10, 2001
Sarasota, FL
Sarasota-Mannatee Antique Bottle Collectors Association's 15th Annual Indoor Show & Sale, Sat 9am-3:30pm at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 2890 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Info: Ed Herrold, PO Box 3105, Sarasota, FL 34230, (941) 923-6550.
Feb 16-17, 2001
Columbia, SC
South Carolina Antique Bottle Club's 27th annual Show & Sale Fri/Sat. Last year was a great show with 135 tables. Same number of tables expected to be sold this year. Will be held at the Boys' and Girls' Club of Cayce, West Columbia, SC (same location as last year). Show flyers will be mailed after Christmas. Email Eric Warren SCbottles@aol.com, 238 Farmdale Dr, Lexington, SC 29073, Phone (803) 951-8860.
Mar 4, 2001
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Antique Bottle Club 21st Annual Antique Bottle Show & Sale (Sun. 8 AM - 3 PM) at Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland. Info: Bob Ford, (410) 531-9459, Email: antiquebottles@home.com
Mar 17, 2001
Deland, FL
The DeLand MT Bottle Collectors Assoc 31st Annual Show and Sale, 9am-3pm at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, I-4 and S.R. 44 (exit 56), DeLand, FL. Info: M. Pallasch, 7 Monroe Ave, DeBarry, FL 32713, (407) 668-4538.
Mar 24, 2001
Daphne, AL
Mobile Bottle Collectors Club, 28th Annual Show & Sale, (9 AM to 5 PM, at the Daphne Civic Center, Whispering Pines Road and U.S. Hwy. 98, Daphne, AL. Info: JIM SIMMONS, 8851 Four Mile Road, Irvington, AL 36544, PH: (334) 824-2697, or ROD VINING, 8844 Lee Circle, Irvington, AL 36544, PH: (334) 957-6725.
Mar 25, 2001
Syracuse, NY
Empire State Bottle Collectors Association's 31st Annual Show & Sale, Sun 9am-3pm at the American Legion Post #1468, 110 Academy St, Syracuse, NY. Info: John Greiner, 7364 Kirkville Rd, East Syracuse, NY 13057, or John Spellman, PO Box 61, Savannah, NY 13146, (315) 365-3156, Email: spellmanjc@ny.tds.net

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