Fire Grenade & Target Ball 2011 Price Guide
This guide covers glass fire grenades and glass target balls. Both of these highly sought after collectibles began about the same time in the 1870s, both popularized by public shows and demonstrations. It was common practice for fire grenade manufacturers to set up a display of how well their product worked against the danger of fire. At the time homes were heated with wood, kitchens were supplied with wood stoves as well and kerosene and gas lamps lit the homes and businesses fire was a real danger.
Target balls evoke memories of Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Among the most commonly found target balls are those Marked Bogardus (see above left). Capt. A. H. Bogardus, along with his four boys, also worked for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show at one time. Captain Bogardus marketed his own brand of target balls. he did so in a most flamboyant manner, often promising large sums of money to anyone who could out shoot him.
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