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June 2014 Bottle Muse

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2014 Bottle Show

5 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"

5 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

7 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

7 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

7 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

7 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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