Wednesday, August 16, 2017

From Charles Festersen

I would like to give a special thank you to the United States Postal Service for helping to protect our fragile heritage!

P.S. Have you ever seen a grown man cry?

Did the bottle survive? - rs -

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Look What Just Crawled Out of the Woodwork

Check it out at the link below!


Thanks to American Bottle Auctions for the photos - rs -

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Auction House Lingo

I have been watching some of the bottles for auction on various auction sites and the infamous ebay.
What really catches my eye is the descriptions that are attached to the bottles.

We all know that the three C's, (color, condition and crudity) is what drives the final price of the item at auction. Some of the descriptions, on these auction sites, of the three C's is remarkable or maybe creative if not downright unbelievable. Here's some of the descriptions I have observed:

Sweet greasy yellow green- Yuck! like flem?
Pretty blue - Like a summer sky?
Golden Reddish Amber- sunset during fire season in the west
Medium amber- dirt brown
Medium warm amber- dirt brown baking in the summer sun
Yellow tobacco- the color of a chain smokers moustache
Blazing yellow- as in the movie Blazing Saddles?
Citrine with topaz ginger ale tone- too many colors for me to describe
Peach tone amber- a pastel amber?
Ginger ale topaz- topaz is colorless colorless with a ginger ale tint
Amber with ox blood swirls- I have never seen any ox blood so...
Fire aqua- everyone's favorite western color

Minor lip chatter- I am not sure what this means
Screaming clean - was this bottle over cleaned and that's why its screaming?
Mint condition- Condition of a bottle when it leaves the factory
Near mint plus- Almost factory condition but better than not quite
Attic mint- Condition of a bottle when it leaves the factory with cobwebs and dust?
Near mint with slight outer haze- almost factory condition but stained to beat the band
Mint shape all around- factory condition all over?
Mint never cleaned- Condition of a bottle when it leaves the factory - but not washed
Gem mint- virtually perfect - pretty unusual for a 100+ year old bottle
Hairline crack through the middle of the bottle, hardly noticeable grades a 9.8- ?????

Hammer-Whittled like a glimmering diamond- A socal description
Shines like a diamond in the wind- norcal description Thanks ABA!
Tons of whittle- 2000 pounds + of whittle
Killer whittled- homicide hammered
Crude rude dude- a poets description of a thug
Fancy- The late Bob Barnett's description of a nice clean bottle
Loads of diamond-like faucets- hmm.. do you think the seller meant facets?

Anyone have any favorites they would like to share?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Big Pickle

Another Gold Rush Bottle Surfaces
This summer has been hot..... temperature and digging wise! - rs - 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

And Yet Another Gold Rush Bottle

Here's a soda I haven't seen before:

Hamilton Glass Works N.Y.
Red iron pontil
In original as found condition
Does anyone have any info on this bottle? - rs -

More Gold Rush Finds

From Nick Kane

De-bossed A.T. on shoulder
California Gold Rush dug pottery bottle . These were both dug in a very early mining camp that was settled in the Fall of 1848 and had its boom around 1856 .
These two vessels were recently acquired from a old collector who dug them back in the 70s -80s.
A fellow long time collector from Auburn and I both feel that this may be a marked water bottle for the famous San Francisco pioneer Asher Taylor .


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gold Rush Find

Hey Rick.
Hit an early hole last week and found this big quart size open pontiled med. I found out it's extremely rare and nobody has seen one like this. Super whittled and perfect except for some stain. Apparently this druggist was out of business by 1856.
Always fun to dig this early glass intact. Does not happen very often for me.

Nice Find! Anyone ever heard of this bottle?
More often then not bottles recovered from the high country gold rush camps come out of the ground with little or no ground staining - rs -

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Western Bottles on ebay

Here's a sample of some of the fine western bottles now being offered on ebay.

Lots of western goodies for auction on ebay! - rs -

Monday, July 10, 2017

Super Rare Common Bottle ?

How rare can a common bottle get. Well, as we all know, color is king. No matter what kind of bottle it is. As for a colored pumpkin seed flask, they are very rare. This is a recent find and a first for me. I have seen over a dozen colored pumpkin seeds over the years, but far and few between. They just don't show up and collectors prize them, so they hardly ever come up for sale. I have seen ones in shades of amber and different shades of green, but never a yellow one. This one is an outrageous color. Has anyone else seen any wild colors in a pumpkin seed flask?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

From Charles Festersen

Barbier Schnapps

Here is something interesting I just found. This advertisement establishes a date for the embossed Barbier Schnapps bottles being imported into California on August of 1857, as an empty, and that Barbier's Schnapps was "put up" here. It seems to imply that Barbier (like everyone else in the Schnapps business) was trying to copy Udolpho Wolf's packaging and that he may have been selling his schnapps or other products prior to Aug of 1857 as the add is intended to inform his patrons of the new bottles and packaging. Further,  Mr. Semi's publication on this site of July 12, 2012 references advertisements for Barbier products as early as 1856 however if the embossed bottles did not arrive until Aug. of 87 than his schnapps must have been sold in bulk or in other bottles prior to this date. This advertisement was printed in the Sacramento Daily Union, Volumne 13, Number 2006, 31st of August 1857 - page 3, Column 1. Hopefully others more informed on the Barbiers Schnapps than myself can comment with further information. 


Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Fourth of July

From the Downieville Bottle Group

Friday, June 30, 2017

How Times Change in 40 Years

I have been looking for a Cassin's, anyone out there have one for $85 to $125? - rs -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hi Rick, wanted to share the latest Pony to the line up, this London Jockey Club House Gin is the variant with the backward N's. It has really nice glass clarity. I have seen a few of these backward N types but the color on them has been rather dull, This emerald green example fits right into the stable  

From Gary Meyer

Hi Rick
I have never posted anything in my life, and I know it's not a western bottle, but it’s a rare color one and I thought some would like to see.
I recently attended the Reno Bottle Show and while I was sitting at a sales table with a friend of mine I overheard a person taking about a flask they had purchased from a thrift store for $3.25.
I asked what type of flask and he said a nice color scroll flask. Well it's kind of rare to find nice color scroll flask at a western show, so I asked if I could see it.
Well when he unwrapped it I fell in love instantly. It is now in my collection. I have been collecting bottles since 1959 and scrolls for around 10 years and haven't found another this color.
We'll call it yellow topaz with a touch of gasoline.
I have attached a photo, it's the one in the center
Gary Meyer
Fantastic color scroll flask. Glad you sent the picture and info along, we always appreciate beautiful glass! - rs -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

September 9, 2017 The Last Downieville Bottle Show

The Downieville Bottle Show was started in the early 1990's as the Mother Lode Bottle Show by Bill Ham and Warren Friedrich with help from Richard Siri and the late Jess Jones. If you were one of the early attendees or show dealers you remember the 1997 Western Whiskey Extravaganza that featured the top western whiskies and seminar by the late guru of western whiskies John Thomas. The 1998 show featured a display of the most desirable Slug Plate and Picture Whiskies displayed by collectors from all over the west.
The Downieville show has had its highlights over the years and also many hurdles to overcome to keep the show relevant and entertaining. Downieville is a small remote community and the required services and resources to keep an enjoyable bottle show up and running have dwindled over the years.
Although this is Downieville's last show you can count on the members of the Downieville Bottle Group to do all they can to support the ongoing western bottle shows.
Thank all of you for your support over the years and don't miss Downieville's final show on 
September 9 - rs -     

Sunday, June 18, 2017

From Charles Festersen

Happy Fathers Day Guys:

Oh yea, the perfect Fathers Day: whiskey, cigars, and Flobert saloon pistols. And, if you think something is missing, assuredly there is a beautiful women behind the the camera lens!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

My first Western Whiskey , acquired at the Reno, NV Show.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Mother of all Criers?

As seen on ebay

This would be in my top 10 list of criers - rs -

Friday, June 9, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Here is the duo of transposed London Jockey Club Huose Gin bottles together and in solo shots.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hi Rick, I wanted to share pictures of my latest bottle, a transposed London Jockey Club Huose Gin bottle, this is not the one that I posted a while back but another that I acquired. That makes two that I definitely know of and I hear a third damaged example exists.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Gaggle of Jakes

If you collect western Jamaica Gingers it's a good time to add to your collection.
For the last week or so there have been at least a dozen western Jamaica Gingers on ebay for sale
A few years back you could pick up a colored jake once in a while at your local bottle show

Not so now a days. I haven't seen a colored jake on a bottle show sales table in a blue moon
But thanks to the world wide web with online bottle auctions......
Your western Jamaica Ginger collection is just a click away