Monday, August 3, 2009

Federation National show

This years show was the first held in California. One hundred fifty-one tables were set-up. Although I came away empty handed without a western bitters, there were some that did end up in collectors hands. A very rare Orizaba Bitters, J. Maristany Jr. and a Dr. Harvey's Blood Bitters were seen with new owners. A Dr. Henley's Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters in the scarce square bottle style was seen for sale, as was a large variant Rosenbaums Bitters, N. B. Jacobs & Co, San Francisco in an old amber coloration. A blue aqua Cundurango bitters was also for sale.

Other more common western bitters noted for sale were two amber square Pipifax bitters (applied top and tooled top variants), Dr. Henley's Wild Grape Root IXL (circle) aqua cylinder variant, Dr. Thos Hall's California Pepsin Wine Bitters (tool top), Lash's Kidney and Liver Bitters (indented panel) square in light amber, Peruvian Bitters in red amber, Marshall's Bitters, Wait's Kidney and Liver Bitters, Star Kidney and Liver Bitters in square amber tooled top style. A dealer from Oklahoma had an aqua Yerba Buena Bitters he was inquiring about its value.

There were 16 bottle displays, the most interesting was a display put up by two members of the San Diego Antique Bottle club, it consisted of western glass dug that did not make it out of the ground in complete condition, it was called R.I.P and the examples shown would make the most advanced western glass collector salivate as well as was an emotional display to say the least! Had I known of this display, I could have contributed two very good examples to this display, an amber Cassin's and blue-green Renz's. A yellow-olive Dr. Boerhaave's Stomach Bitters was among the examples exhibited.

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