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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:  The 2017 Saratoga Show will be on Sunday, June 4 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds.  Hours are 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM.  For more information, contact the National Bottle Museum (518) 885-7589 or A Greeley's Bourbon Whiskey Bottle will be on display at the Saratoga Show.  It was anonymously donated to be raffled by the museum as a fundraiser. For details, Click here:  raffle flyer - word              From the National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors: The NAMBC will old its 37th Annual Convention at the Holiday Inn in Grantville (Hershey) PA at the junctions of Interstates 80 and 81 from June 1 - 3, 2017. Throughout the convention members will sell and trade milk bottles, caps, and dairy related memorabilia.  There will be seminars related to milk bottles and dairy collectibles.  On Friday night there will be a banquet with a guest speaker.  An auction of milk bottles, caps, and a wide range of related dairy items will take place on Saturday evening. All attendees must register, beginning Thursday morning.  A Registration fee is required of all attendees over thew age of 10.  On site registration is $10.00 for members (all three days), $12.00 for non-members (all three days) and $5.00 for one day only.  The registration fee also includes participation at the auction.  Pre-registration prior to May 15th is highly recommended. Annual membership in the NAMBC begins at $25.00 US, $27.00 Canadian (US currency) and $30.00 international (US currency via Air Mail).  This also includes a subscription to "THE MILK ROUTE" NAMBC's monthly newsletter sent to its nearly 660 members.  "THE MILK ROUTE" is the official publication of the NAMBC, and includes a directory of members and free advertising in the publication. For further information please see NAMBC's website or contact Penny Gottlieb, 18 Pond Place, Cos Cob, CT 06807, or


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June 2014 Bottle Muse

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2014 Bottle Show

2 years ago
Ballston Spa, NY The 2014 Saratoga Show will take place at Ballston Spa High School in Ballston Spa, NY on SaturdayJune 7.  Sponsored by the National Bottle Museum, the annual event serves as a thank you to those who support and promote the museum’s mission and as a means of attracting new participants to the hobby which researches and preserves this particular form of historic artifact.  It also is a fundraiser. Like the museum, a not-for-profit educational institution on Milton Avenue (Route 50) in the village, The Saratoga Show highlights the history, technology and artistry involved in creating mouth blown bottles. Dealers and collectors from coast-to-coast and Canada get plenty of opportunity to exchange information and socialize. All proceeds support the National Bottle Museum. For more information, please CONTACT US.  

May 2014 "Bottle Muse"

2 years ago

Fantasy Jug Raffle

1863 Saratoga Racetrack Jug

1863 Saratoga Racetrack Jug

The National Bottle Museum is raffling a Fantasy Jug marking the 150th anniversary of Saratoga Race Course.  This antique stoneware jug, hand-painted by Jim Healey, has a minor repair to the lip.  Tickets are $10, or three for $20.  Tickets can be purchased at the museum, or by using the link on the webpage.  They will also be available at the Saratoga Show, where the winning ticket will be drawn on June 1st

'Granny's Attic' appraisals

4 years ago

History lessons on tap at National Bottle Museum

by Ann Hauprich (Story also appeared in two of the author's books about the village.) Ballston Spa High School is normally a place where history lessons are presented in classrooms overflowing with textbooks and maps. But all the stops were pulled out on Saturday, June 7, 2008 when the academic setting on Ballston Avenue hosted the National Bottle Museum's 2008 Antique Bottle Show & Sale. » Read more

Glass Paperweights: A Unique Art Form of Art

5 years ago
By the late Jan Rutland who served as Executive Director of the National Bottle Museum until her passing in October 2010 The first paperweights created have been attributed to the St. Louis factory located in the Vosges Mountain Region of France in about 1820. These were crude and rough forms made from cullets and scrapes. » Read more

Artists' Space Dedicated In Memory of Jan Rutland

5 years ago
BALLSTON SPA, NY – From early October to mid-November the National Bottle Museum on Milton Avenue hosted a show of the collected art works of late Executive Director Jan Rutland. The highlight of the show was the dedication of “The Artists’ Space at the National Bottle Museum” to her memory. » Read more

Glass Coloring May Seem Magical

5 years ago
By the late Jan Rutland who served as Executive Director of the National Bottle Museum until her passing in October 2010 "Sun Amethyst" or "Sun Colored" Most collectors know that the natural color of old glass is aqua - either blue-green or green-blue. This is caused by impurities in the sand used in the batch. Iron impurities produced the colors blue and green. » Read more
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