Saratoga Bottle Show Experience (June 4th 2023)

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Had a great day at the Saratoga Bottle Show in Ballston Spa N.Y. today!
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I learned so much about bottles and history. I even figured out the identity of my only stoneware ginger beer bottle. A nice guy named Dave helped me out with a reference book and revealed my stone bottle was produced for Alexander & William Feyh in NYC in about 1859, so cool!
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I bought "a few" bottles while I was there too, but nothing fancy, these are the first antique bottles I have ever bought. I kept my purchases in the $5-$10 range since I don't consider myself advanced enough to discern the difference between a $100 and $1,000 bottle. The people all seemed quite honest and integral though, and I'm sure there were some good deals to be had in the $100+ range. For example a freshly dug 1810-20's open pontil case gin asking just $100, I was tempted, but didn't trust my own experience enough for such a purchase, may have gotten a good deal if haggled down a bit.

This is my favorite purchase from the exposition, an 1873 Hennessy and Nolan from Albany. Just $10:
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And here's what I assume to be a barn-salvaged bottle, also from Albany, by a company called Hoxsie. It's dirty but not broken, still with contents too!:
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This is an 1895 Rice Brothers from Pittsfield Massachusetts:
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And here is jist about everything I purchased:
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So thankful for everyone who came to this show and shared their stories and experiences with me, you are all truly an interesting bunch. Hope to see you all again soon! -U.M.
 
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Had a great day at the Saratoga Bottle Show in Ballston Spa N.Y. today!
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I learned so much about bottles and history. I even figured out the identity of my only stoneware ginger beer bottle. A nice guy named Dave helped me out with a reference book and revealed my stone bottle was produced for Alexander & William Feyh in NYC in about 1859, so cool!
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I bought "a few" bottles while I was there too, but nothing fancy, these are the first antique bottles I have ever bought. I kept my purchases in the $5-$10 range since I don't consider myself advanced enough to discern the difference between a $100 and $1,000 bottle. The people all seemed quite honest and integral though, and I'm sure there were some good deals to be had in the $100+ range. For example a freshly dug 1810-20's open pontil case gin asking just $100, I was tempted, but didn't trust my own experience enough for such a purchase, may have gotten a good deal if haggled down a bit.

This is my favorite purchase from the exposition, an 1873 Hennessy and Nolan from Albany. Just $10:
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And here's what I assume to be a barn-salvaged bottle, also from Albany, by a company called Hoxsie. It's dirty but not broken, still with contents too!:
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This is an 1895 Rice Brothers from Pittsfield Massachusetts:
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And here is jist about everything I purchased:
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So thankful for everyone who came to this show and shared their stories and experiences with me, you are all truly an interesting bunch. Hope to see you all again soon! -U.M.
Nice choices, I looked at at least three of the bottles that you picked up and almost bought them.
I only bought two that day. It seemed to me most of the bottles were priced a little higher than last year but then maybe I am just looking at the more expensive ones as my taste in bottles keeps evolving. At least one dealer I know has pretty much doubled his prices and I razzed him about it.
I was there at 8:00 until about 10:30.
If you were there then we might have been standing right next to each other some of the time.
I was particularly looking for one of those ( COMMON ) ,,, JOHN T. DALY bottles just to get a price but I saw none.
Maybe next year.

Roy
 

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Nice choices, I looked at at least three of the bottles that you picked up and almost bought them.
I only bought two that day. It seemed to me most of the bottles were priced a little higher than last year but then maybe I am just looking at the more expensive ones as my taste in bottles keeps evolving. At least one dealer I know has pretty much doubled his prices and I razzed him about it.
I was there at 8:00 until about 10:30.
If you were there then we might have been standing right next to each other some of the time.
I was particularly looking for one of those ( COMMON ) ,,, JOHN T. DALY bottles just to get a price but I saw none.
Maybe next year.

Roy

I recall someone blabbing on about wanting John T. Daly bottles, no doubt it was you. :D I was there from 9:45-2:00 and didn't even find my way into the second building until around 12:00.

As for pricing at the show I was honestly suprized at just how flexible many of the dealers were. One bottle marked $30 (the 1873 Hennessy and Nolan) another $15 (the demijohn) , managed to buy them together for $20 total, this was around 2pm so easier to get good deals at the end when people are packing up.

Cost me $75 in gas, tolls, and 7+ hours driving, just to go see some bottles people threw in the trash years ago. But it's so much fun!
 
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I recall someone blabbing on about wanting John T. Daly bottles, no doubt it was you. :D I was there from 9:45-2:00 and didn't even find my way into the second building until around 12:00.

As for pricing at the show I was honestly suprized at just how flexible many of the dealers were. One bottle marked $30 (the 1873 Hennessy and Nolan) another $15 (the demijohn) , managed to buy them together for $20 total, this was around 2pm so easier to get good deals at the end when people are packing up.

Cost me $75 in gas, tolls, and 7+ hours driving, just to go see some bottles people threw in the trash years ago. But it's so much fun!
So sorry to disappoint you, but I never said a word to anyone about the DALY bottles while I was at the show. Maybe someone else read about my questions on this forum was also looking for a DALY bottle. I have been to quite a few bottle shows in the last couple of years and haven't seen one yet. I was fairly certain I wouldn't see one at the Saratoga show before I went.

Most of the dealers will come down some on their prices even in the early morning but they definitely do want to make a deal later in the day.

I like to get there early because I have missed a few good deals by just a couple of minutes.

I don't mind paying the early fee since it helps support the bottle museum in Ballston Spa, which I visited again after the show.
All in all, another great show.

Roy
 

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7 Hours sounds like a long drive. 3 bottles show near me range anywhere from a 10 minute drive to a hour drive. Luckily. LEON.
 

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7 Hours sounds like a long drive. 3 bottles show near me range anywhere from a 10 minute drive to a hour drive. Luckily. LEON.
This one was 2 hours 15 minutes for me, and no tolls.
2 and 1/2 hours is about all I want to drive. Roy
 

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