FOHBC 2013 National Antique Bottle Show – Manchester, New Hampshire

Updated: 11 July 2013

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11 July 2013

Last Chance for Banquet Tickets!

Monday, 15 July is the absolute deadline for the FOHBC banquet on Friday, 19 July. Attend the cocktail party, dine with friends, hear Mark Vuono talk on “Education and Sharing are the Keys to Great Collecting!” and watch the awards ceremony. The New England Bottle Battle will immediateluy follow the banquet.

Michael George Talks on the FOHBC 2013 National Antique Bottle Show  SEE VIDEO


10 July 2013

List of Displays & Displayers

Michael George – Stoddard Glass Factory Production
Ken Previtali – Ginger Ale Bottles / Go Withs
Tom Marshall – Early New England Inkwells
Mark Newton – Lyndeborough Glass
Paul Richards – Stoddard Glass Fragments
Temple Historical Society – Temple Glass
Dale Murschell – Wistarburgh Glass
Jeff Noordsy – New England Miniatures
Bob Kennerknecht – Sunburst flasks
Dave Olson – Bonney Inks
Rob Girouard – Striped Sandwich Glass
Dave Waris – Moxie Bottles
Judith Tallman – Bottles / UV Equipment
Dennis Gionet – Manchester bottles
Mark Yates – Mount Vernon Glass
Jim & Karen Gray – Stoneware jugs
Dick Watson – FOHBC History
Jim Bender – Reproductions

09 July 2013

Bottle Battle questions answered. See further below. All Dealer tables sold out. All Radisson Hotel rooms sold out. Use Hilton Hotel. Info below.

Though vinyl dealer table covering is provided, it is recommended to bring your own tablecloths and table coverings.

Floor Plan | Table Layout | Seminar & Meeting Rooms

Click to see Dealer/Assistant List


05 July 2013

Oversize | RV Parking


If you will be setting up at the show and will have a LARGE sized vehicle taller than 7 feet (the height of the parking garage) please get in contact with Maureen Crawford. She will need to reserve a parking space for you in the back lot outside which is $10 per day. She will need to know this in advance as this is the employee parking lot that we will be taking space from.

03 July 2013

Glass Works “Madness in Manchester” Auction Opens


Auction #99, The “Madness in Manchester” Auction, Saturday evening, July 20th 2013 (7:00 PM) at the Radisson of New Hampshire Expo Center Ballroom, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03101

This is a live auction held in conjunction with the Federation of Historical Bottles Collectors National Show

Bidding opens July 3rd, On-line bidding ends July 17th VISIT AUCTION

25 June 2013

Seminar Times and Locations Announced (click for more info on Seminars)


30 May 2013 – Latest Hotel Information

All Radisson rooms close to being sold out.

Because of the potential room sell-out at the Radisson, Maureen Crawford (co-chair) has negotiated the same rates at the Hilton Garden Inn as we had at the Radisson. The Hilton is a 15 minute walk to the Radisson. To book the FOHBC rates at the Hilton, call them directly at 603.669.2222 and give them the FOHBC name or mention Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors.

30 April 2013 – Banquet Speaker Announced

Manchester banquet talk announced. If you haven’t reserved your dinner seat yet, please do as soon as possible!


Education and Sharing are the Keys to Great Collecting!

by Mark Vuono

Mark Vuono was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut where he still resides with his lovely and gracious wife Annie. They have two sons, Andrew and David. Mark was subjected to bottle collecting at the early age of nine as his father was the legendary pioneer flask collector Charles Vuono. Mark recalls the first two flasks his dad purchased were a quart Stoddard double eagle and a quart Willington flask READ MORE

17 April 2013 – Show Raffles!


Great news! A $5 thousand dollar anonymous donation has been given to the FOHBC Manchester Show to conduct a raffle or raffles during the show (both early admission and general admission*). The FOHBC thanks this well known west coast auctioneer for this generous gift. Another GREAT reason to attend the show!

We’ll be using this donation to have a $1,000 raffle on Saturday near the end of the day for the early buyers and eight $500 prizes throughout the day on Sunday. Dealers setting up at the show are also eligible for these raffles. Vouchers will be given to the lucky winners to be spent at the show or the auction only.

There will also be a separate raffle (above and beyond the raffles noted above) for a $1,000 bottle to benefit the Virtual Museum. The show Chairs (Michael George and Maureen Crawford) will have authority to buy a flask or equivalent piece of glass with the money. We will sell six $1 raffle tickets for $5. The winner will not have to be present. The person making the $1,000 donation does not want public recognition.

*FOHBC officers, show chairpersons, and their spouses/partners or children are not eligible for the $5,000 promotion. Any consultants to the FOHBC are also not eligible. FOHBC officers, show chairpersons, and their spouses/partners or children are eligible for the Virtual Museum raffle.

06 April 2013 – Latest advertisement for show.


05 April 2013 – New England Bottle Battle

Norman C. Heckler & Company art for New England Bottle Battle


Please explain the process?

Your bottle will be checked in at the start of the category event. This process may take some time depending on the number of applicants. Your object will be given a number, and displayed with the other applicants. The judges (3 in each category) will review the group making cuts until the top choices have been selected. These will be placed into a backlit cabinet for final review, and the judges will select a winner.

What constitutes as a UTILITY bottle in this event?

A blown and molded body container form that would have been for household or utilitarian use, but does not fall into another primary collecting category. Objects should be pre-civil war era.

Utilitarian bottles were a generic containers serving a very diverse purpose, and contained anything from beverages, oils, and spices to mustards, medicines and snuffs. For the purpose of this event, it should be made clear that embossed, as well as unembossed, are acceptable. Demijohns, early flasks, pickles, peppersauces, inks, and embossed medicines, although utilitarian in nature, are not a consideration for judging in this event. They fall under other “primary” collectible categories. Snuffs and blacking bottles are acceptable, as well as unusual pitkin and chestnut bottle forms which were clearly produced for a utilitarian purpose. Ultimately, the three judges of this category will make the final decision, and will be basing their selections on the above criteria. Good luck to all!

Medicines… pontilled? Is aqua a color?

The medicine bottle competition is likely to be a rather large and exciting group! There is no restrictions regarding pontil or smooth base, and yes aqua is a color. Once again, final decisions will be in the hands of the judges.

01 April 2013 – Show Schedule

Updated Show Schedule

Manchester Schedule


31 March 2013 – Seminars


2013 National Antique Bottle Show Seminars Announced

Michael George, show chair and Rick Ciralli, seminar coordinator for the 2013 FOHBC National Antique Bottle Show in Manchester, New Hampshire just announced officially, an exciting line-up of seminars and presenters that will want to be added to your show agenda. Wow, what a line-up. The best-of-the-best and the who-of-the-who’s will share some time and insight with us in some fascinating areas.

See seminar listings and presenters

04 March 2013 – Table Update

[from Maureen Crawford Show C-Chair]

Received seven more contracts this weekend in Baltimore, only 47 tables left for the FOHBC National show in Manchester NH July 19-21. Get your contracts in before they are all gone. The block I have at the Radisson Hotel for our negotiated rate is filling up.

24 February 2013 – Collect Free or Die!

MANCHESTER 2013 “Collect Free Or Die!” article in Bottles and Extras (Read Article)


14 January 2013 – Great Article


Bottle collectors work to organize NH’s first national show in Manchester.

Super article about Michael George and the FOHBC National Antique Bottle Show in Manchester, NH this coming July. Only 80 or so tables left! (Read Article). Make your reservations now.

10 January 2013 – Table Update

Tables sold: 166

There are only 88 tables left available for the show as of this date.

19 December 2012 – Glass Works Show Auction


2013 National Antique Bottle Show Auction News – CONSIGNMENTS NEEDED! Please support our Auctioneer for the 2013 National Antique Bottle Show in Manchester, New Hampshire. We are proud to say the Jim Hagenbuch and crew at Glass Works Auctions will be heading up the auction! Read Notices

16 November 2012 – General Update

From Maureen Crawford (Show Co-Chair):

FOHBC 2013 Manchester NH National Show update:

As of today 150 tables have been reserved leaving only 104 tables available for those of you who have not sent in your contracts.

If you’re based in the NJ area which was affected by Hurricane Sandy we’re allowing a 30 day timeline to get your contracts into me after you’ve notified me you want a table. After 30 days if I don’t receive your contract the tables will be put back into the block of available tables.

If you are considering being an early buyer instead of setting up please send that in advance so I can have your badge made up early for you. Yup we’re going to be putting your actual name on your tag if you’re an early buyer instead of just “early buyer”.There are still rooms available in our block at the Radisson hotel for our negotiated rate, they’re allowing you to get the rate on Thursday and Sunday night also. If you’re not driving to the show and are flying in they provide a free shuttle service to/from the Manchester airport to the hotel. If you’re flying in and need to get your inventory to the hotel the week prior to the show they’ll accept delivery’s sent to Mike George’s attention which will be stored in a secure location until the day of the show (Saturday).

The week prior to the 2013 National Show is Brimfield in Brimfield MA (it’s a huge flea market week long show), at the Expo center the week after our show is Antique week – why not make it a vacation in NE?

Last March I worked with Steve G who organizes the Shupps Grove show ensuring our dates wouldn’t conflict – it’ll be the week after the National show in Manchester.

If you have any questions regarding the show please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself via email at: or Mike George at:

05 November 2012 – New England Bottle Battle

29 October 2012 – Table Update

Maureen Crawford (Show Co-Chair) e-mail:

139 Paid Tables to date

31 August 2012 – Updated Info

Updated Show Information and Contract

21 July 2012 – Show Contract

Attached is a PDF of the 2013 FOHBC show contracts. Feel free to pass them on and place them on the appropriate websites. I will also have roughly 100 of them at Reno… can always print more if necessary. Michael George  (Show Chairman)

“I’m figuring it’ll start at the 1st tables closest to the door then fan out from there so people who get their contracts in the quickest will be up front of each aisle.” – Maureen Crawford (Show Co-Chair)

05 July 2012 – Glass Works Auctions Selected

The FOHBC Board of Directors has selected Glass Works Auctions to be the official bottle auction company for the 2013 FOHBC National Show in Manchester, New Hampshire. A competitive bid process was used to make the selection. The auction will be held Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 PM at the Radisson Expo Center of New Hampshire. Auction lot viewing will be available on site prior to the auction, online, and at Glass Works Auctions Gallery in East Greenville, PA. Fore more information, please contact Glass Works Auctions at (215)-679-5849 or email at

Tom Phillips, FOHBC Conventions Director

16 March 2012 – Manchester Show Announcement

2013 National Show Selection: The 2013 FOHBC National Show location has been selected! Using a competitive bid process with the FOHBC member clubs in the Northeast region, the Merrimack Valley Bottle Club was chosen to host the National Show in Manchester, New Hampshire. They will be assisted by the Little Rhody Bottle Club, New England Bottle Club, and Yankee Bottle Club. FOHBC meetings and the banquet will be held Friday, July 19, 2013. Seminars, show set-up, and auction (if applicable) will be Saturday, July 20, 2013. The show will be open to the public on Sunday, July 21, 2013. Mike George and Maureen Crawford will be the show co-chairpersons. Contracts will be available on the FOHBC website July 20, 2012.

Tom Phillips, FOHBC Conventions Director