The Loss of a Legend – Mark Vuono

The Loss of a Legend – Mark Vuono

Our community is grieving today after receiving news that a great friend and pillar in the bottle collecting universe has left us. Mark Vuono tragically passed away yesterday. His love for this hobby and knowledge in all things historical flasks combined with his humble, patient spirit mentored many and befriended all. Mark was a current FOHBC member and was induced into the FOHBC Hall of Fame alongside his father, Charles Vuono, in 2017. We extend our sympathy and love to his wife Annie and 2 sons, Andrew and David.

 

Hall of Fame – 2017 – Mark & Charles Vuono

It’s hard to believe this father-son duo wasn’t nominated to the FOHBC Hall of Fame years ago because of their continuing contributions to the antique bottle hobby in general and the world of historical flasks in particular. Had it not been for his wife Grace’s love of all things antique, Stamford, Connecticut’s Charles Vuono might not have gotten out of his car and entered an antiques store, wondering why his wife was taking so long, and found himself checking out a historical flask. Of course, it wasn’t that simple, but such trips eventually led to his purchasing and fascination of early American glass and his building a collection of historical flasks second to none in the world. He wasn’t satisfied to just place a bunch of beautiful flasks on a shelf, but he thirsted for the stories behind each. And he satisfied that thirst, thanks to the availability of like-minded pioneer collectors of his era who were pleased to share their early research with the latest enthusiast. Charles’ son, Mark, happily joined his father in their adventures to not only collect and document the stories behind not only the flasks, but the early glass works that manufactured them. His father shared his knowledge with everyone who expressed an interest and since his passing, Mark continues that to this day, thanks to his stories published in Antique Bottle & Glass Collector magazine, as well as personal contacts with the current crop of collectors. Mark’s passion has rubbed off on his son, Andrew, whose time in the limelight will come.