Antique Bottle Convention uncorks in Reno, July 28-31

Circa-1860s Vincent Squarza blue glass medicine bottle, one of five known, and one of the many examples that will be on view at the 2022 National Antique Bottle Convention in Reno, Nevada, taking place from July 28-31. Image courtesy of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC).


Circa-1860s Vincent Squarza blue glass medicine bottle, one of five known, and one of a range of examples that will be on view at the 2022 National Antique Bottle Convention in Reno, Nevada, taking place from July 28-31. Image courtesy of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC).

RENO, Nev. – Antique bottle and glass enthusiasts will want to mark their calendars for Thursday to Sunday, July 28 through July 31. That’s when the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) will hold its 2022 National Antique Bottle Convention. The show and sale event will be held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.

“I’m pleased to announce that this year’s convention will be held in our Western Region, in the ‘Biggest Little City in the World,’ and be our first national event after a two-year pause due to the pandemic,” said Ferdinand Meyer V, past three-time president of the FOHBC and one of the driving forces behind the event. “Along with the traditional bottle show and sale will be educational seminars, a judged bottle shootout competition, silent auction, cocktail party and banquet, membership breakfast meeting, displays, team bowling event, bottle appraisals, youth events, raffles and many other activities.”

You don’t have to be an FOHBC member to attend, but membership is encouraged and available at the show as well as online at www.fohbc.org. There will be two special exhibits at this year’s convention:

• Top 25 Western Whiskey Cylinders: This display is expected to attract a special grouping of bottles that will easily approach $1 million in total value. Such a display may never happen again and, with the help of the collecting community, will provide an attraction which, on its own, is worth attending the Reno 2022 convention.

• Artifacts from the S.S. Central America: Come see this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit of recovered artifacts from the S.S. Central America, known for its vast cargo of gold. The ship sank in a storm in 1857. There will be bottles, Gold Rush jewelry, firearms, luggage tags, photographs, currency, gold pokes, clothing and a treasure box and lid.

This year’s FOHBC show is a must-attend for antique bottle and glass enthusiasts and members of the many antique bottle clubs scattered across the country. Diggers and pickers will also find the show of great interest. Antique bottle collectors are passionate about a category of collecting that’s enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years. There will also be a free appraisal table for people to bring in their finds and possessions.

For more information about the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors (FOHBC) and this year’s National Antique Bottle Convention, slated for July 28-31 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, please visit www.fohbc.org.