Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Couple of Souvenir Flasks

Hi Rick, 
 I wondering if you could help with a few California flasks I have. I've not been able to find anything else like them, and wonder if you have possibly seen anything close? Both have label under glass and are covered with a sort of paper mache made to look like wood, with cuts of wood to make the cut ends. Both are plain blown bottles underneath. Any ideas?


Any information you have on these flasks would be appreciated ..... .....
Thanks - rs


  1. F.O.E. stands for Fraternal Order of Eagles

  2. I believe these bottles are unique to Northern California (circa 1910-1915). I know of examples from Concord, Richmond, Oakland, Martinez, as well as one other from Napa. They come in different shapes and sizes, and should be considered rare (you just can't dig these). I have two examples from Northern CA bars.

  3. There is a couple in collections from some local San Diego Bars too.

  4. If you look at the bottoms of these “bark” bottles and their cut branches applied to the face you’ll notice one thing most all have in common, it’s redwood. The time frame on these is short approx. 1905-1910 and all I’ve seen with advertising were Western.
    It’s long been my belief that these were produced in Northern California by the wood used and the location of what they were advertising. I don’t know of any that are common, most are rare and their not something that can be dug from the ground due to the nature of the foe bark. The Napa flask I’ve seen maybe three of since the 70s.

  5. Correction:
    I believe Chuck is right on the circa of these bottles, 1910-1915

  6. These two flasks are available to purchase. If you are interested contact me and I will put you in touch with the owner.