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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Dr. Barlow J. Smith's Caloric Vita Oil

Here's an interesting western cure that I have never heard of.


Anyone ever run across this bottle or have one in their collection 

 - rs -

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bottle Collectors Take Fight to Federal Court

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bob Ferraro Passes

It is with great sadness that I wanted to announce the passing of Bob Ferraro today.

Bob was a legend in the collecting hobby and a pioneer in western bottle collecting.

He will be missed.

Dale Mlasko

Bob & Connie Ferraro

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building 
Across from the 
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Saturday, May 6th. - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission: $3.00
Dealer Set-up, early entry $10, Saturday 9-10 a.m.
Sunday, May 2nd. - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admisson: FREE


This years show will be held with two other big events at the same location.
"Farmers Market” Saturday
The HUGE 40/8 "Flea Market” Sunday!
For the first time ever we've combined our show with one of the biggest collector Flea Mkts. in Northern California, the 40/8. This mkt draws hundreds of people to the venue.


There seems to be some sort of communication breakdown and these two great shows wound up being held on the same weekend. 
Pretty hard to attend both shows as they are hundreds of miles apart
Without your support our western bottle shows will be a thing of the past...... - rs -

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

From Charles Festersen

For some time now I have recognized that certain master inks and the Lacuor's bitters share some design similarities. However, last week was the first time I placed some side by side for comparison. Clearly there are significant differences yet, they seem to share a design theme. For me the comparison begs two questions. Which came first? And, was Louis Lacour's lighthouse design as original and unusual as I thought? In any case, I feel the photo I have included is visually appealing, and I hope, of at least passing interest to collectors

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dr. Boerhaave's Stomach Bitters

The number of western made 1860's decade bitters bottles can almost be counted on both hands (aproximately 13 embossed on glass brands). Out of almost 100 brands manufactured for the western market, this is a pretty exclusive group. Most collectors would be pretty excited to have an example from this group.

Of those 13 brands of bitters bottles, approximately 4 are known in a square shaped container. This Boerhaave's example is in company with the Rosenbaums Bitters, Alex Von Humboldts Bitters and the G. A. Simon's Bitters as the only square shaped bitters made during the 1860's, (there are of course the Dr. Renz's Bitters and the E. G. Lyon's bottle but these continued into the 1870's decade).

Now that is an exclusive group! This particular example has some wonderful glass characteristics, the surface of the glass is whittled, which is not normally seen on these bottles, the old amber coloration varies in shades from the bottom half of the bottle being darker while the upper half is much lighter, with the neck and top being a darker shade again due to glass thickness. The embossing is quite bold, with the letters themselves being gloppy in appearance (my term used to describe the peaks and valleys of the letters due to the glass not forming evenly in the cavaties). There are currently 11 examples in western collections, 4 are a dark green coloration, 5 are various shades of amber, 1 is a light green color and 1 is a yellow olive coloration.

The firm of Siegfried Wertheimber and Louis Waterman were the manufacturers and proprietors of this bitters. It was first advertised on March 7th, 1868 with the principle depot being at 311 Commercial St, San Francisco, by June of 1868 the firm was advertising this product from their 219 Commercial St, S. F. address. Dr. Boerhaave's Bitters was also being advertised thru the Portland Morning Oregonian newspaper from May 15th, 1868 thru January 28th, 1869, Millard and Van Schuyver were the agents for Oregon. The Los Angeles Star newspaper ran an advertisement for the Boerhaave's Bitters placed by a local druggist for several mos. in 1868 as well.

Wertheimber & Waterman also marketed a cordial called The Splendid and another bitters called Boonekamp and Maag-Bitters, these two products continued to be advertised without the Boerhaave's bitters throughout 1869 in a Sacramento newspaper. At the 1868 San Francisco Mechanics Institute Fair, Wertheimber & Waterman displayed two kegs of their Boonekamp and Maag-Bitters along with a case of their Dr. Boerhaave's Stomach Bitters.

In a notice placed in the San Francisco Daily Examiner newspaper, the firm of Wertheimber & Waterman dissolved their partnership on September 25th, 1869. Siegfried Wertheimber having sold his entire interest in the business to Phillip Wertheimber and the firm continued as before under the name of Wertheimber & Waterman. [see post of September 21, 2009 for additional information on Dr. Boerhaave's Bitters.]
This is a re-post from a earlier article written by Warren Friedrich - rs -

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Chico Bottle Show

March 10th & 11th   (Friday & Saturday) Chico, California –

51st Annual Antique Bottle, Jar, Insulator & Collectable Show & Sale, Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Chico, California, Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, $5 for early lookers

Admission, Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Free Admission,

Contact Randy Taylor, P.O. Box 1065, Chico, California 95927, 530.518.7369,

Chico is one of my favorite shows, see you there - rs -

Friday, February 24, 2017

Eastern/Western Rosenbaums

Here is a nice looking large size Rosenbaums that should be eastern because of the dot on the base and the tapered top. I have a hard time believing that all dot based large size Rosenbaums are eastern blown. The color and character is spot on for early western glass and doesn't the top remind you of a Simons or Von Humodlts ?


Thursday, February 23, 2017

St. Clair's Hair Lotion Again

Here is 2 Different St. Clair's Hair Lotions, the darker one is what I have seen as Typical, the Lighter color ones I have not seen a lot of, its also got a nice Benicia Effect to it, is Cruder, The lighter one is 1/8" taller, Embossing Looks the same on both, Kind of like the one Lou posted, His looks like an Applied Top, these both are Tool Tops.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

St. Clair's Hair Lotion

1872 advertisement

Howard St. Clair Chemist Boston, Mass.
Western ? Blown in the east and distributed in the west? Well?...... - rs -

Hey Rick:
Hope all is well your way. The rain here has been unbelievable. Here’s a pic of the only Western version of this bottle that I’ve seen.

WOW! What an incredible example of the St. Clair's
Thanks Lou

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Just wondering if anyone has heard about any dates for a Reno, NV Show ?