Vol. 6, No. 4, Friday July 23, 2010
|by dick bales|
I am a sucker for small towns that have just a few shot glasses.
I first became intrigued by Belleville, Illinois, after I read the following entry about “The Owl Bar” shot glass in the May 4, 2010, Shot of the Week:
"[This glass is] a crappy, faded owl from
Belleville, Illinois. BUT WAIT! It has the magic word “BAR” on the
top line, so instead of being maybe a $35 glass, it’s actually worth
$203.50! Yowza, yowza, pudding and pie…."
For example, shown here are two glasses and a
whiskey jug from A.W. Herr & Co. Note that the jug indicates that
the company was at the southeast corner of Belleville’s public
square. The land for this town square (one acre) was originally
donated by George Blair.
Other Belleville glasses include these from the Western Brewery Company and the A. Buesch Wine & Liquor Company.
"I know the man who bought it. He's a member of our bottle club. He lives in Belleville, IL and has probably the best collection of Belleville advertising items. He has the serving tray and a trade card from the same bar. None of us around this area had ever seen the glass before. So as a SERIOUS collector of Belleville trade items, he was determined to get it. Unfortunately for him there is a stiff competition between the Belleville collectors around here."
I dunno, still looks like $0.01 of recycling to me. Anyone else want to pay $200+ for it?
I DO know of a nice bridge in NY that's for sale...
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