I'm curious why you limited your collecting
field to Louisville and Kentucky shot glasses?
My interest in collecting has always been in the local area. Being a native
of Louisville, the distilleries in Louisville, Bardstown and Western
Kentucky have always been fascinating. One could build a collection of a
thousand or more shot glasses with all the brands and variations.
Just how large is your collection of shot
My collection is rather small for the
availability. Currently, I have about 156 glasses. I pick up and eliminate
a few here and there based on how common a glass might be.
Q: Do you collect other whiskey
related material aside from glasses?
Distilleries were prolific advertisers -
lots of give-away material - and I try to collect a little bit of
everything. I have a few advertising signs, trays, tip trays. I have a
collection of enamel and color enamel back bar bottles, decanters, salesman
sample back bar bottles, a few nice amber whiskey bottles and, of course,
whiskey advertising jugs of most sizes. Some of the fun things, however,
are the "smalls" that distillers gave away - the turn of the century watch
fobs, match safes, pocket mirrors, advertising cards, celluloid notebooks -
just all sorts of small things that would hold advertising. I also have a
small collection of quadruple plated water pitchers and teapots.
How do you display your shot glass and
Well, at the moment, that's a problem. We
just moved into a new home and most everything is packed up in boxes.
However, I think if I had an old wooden back bar, I could display the
glasses and bottles around the bar. So far, we've not had any luck finding
one short enough for our basement, which is only eight and a half feet high.
Without revealing any secrets, what are your chief sources?
The secret is out, I'm afraid. The best source is antique bottle shows. I
have always traveled and antique shops, shows and malls are still a pretty
good source. eBay is good but bring your checkbook - the good glasses can
go pretty high in price. People know I buy shot glasses and I do have an
opportunity from time to time to buy a collection.
What references do you use to check the
availability and value of glasses?
have three books on shot glasses by Barbara Edmonson. Barbara was kind
enough to use some of my glasses in all of her books, so I can draw on that
experience of working with Barb, I think other collectors hold a wealth of
knowledge and experience and I've tried over the years to keep in touch. A
new source is pre-pro.com - this will be the source of the future where you
have internet databases devoted to collecting shot glasses.