Thursday, August 15, 2013

Downieville Bottle Show Update

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the inception of the Downieville Antique Bottle Show.  In 1993, the first show was held at the Downieville Community Hall.  It was a great success, and set the tone for future shows.  In the bottle collecting world, several Downieville shows were truly memorable.  The 1997 Western Whiskey Extravaganza was amazing.  Never before had such a collection of western bottles been featured in one display exhibit.  Valued over one million dollars, it was truly impressive!  Another great show was the 1998 show with a display featuring bottles with pictures or slug plates; many rare examples of early glass.
Doug Hansen at his sales table
Once again, Downieville will host another top-notch show on Saturday, September 14.  Over 45 dealers from many western states, including, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington will be selling at the show.  Items for sale will include antique bottles, insulators, gold rush items, advertising, saloon, mining and various western-related artifacts and go-withs.  There’s something for almost every kind of collector and available for prices anyone can afford.
Bottle Talk ? at the Friday night wine tasting and BBQ
The show is held at the Downieville School Gym and “Early Lookers” will be admitted at 8am for $10.  A free raffle ticket is included.  The show is FREE from 10am to 3pm.  Each year the show features a large composite display of “Western bottles”.  This years’ display highlights bottles, back bar bottles, tokens, and collectibles from "THE WESTERN SALOON”.  The saloon was usually the first commercial operation in mining camps and was always the main gathering place.  It played an important role in the community as well as being a social and psychological necessity.  Warren Friedrich from Nevada City is organizing the display once again this year.
Lou always has great bottles for sale
Randy Taylor from Chico
Supper time in front of the Mine Shaft
Don’t miss out on attending the Downieville Bottle Show!  Buy some raffle tickets for a chance at some great prizes!  Learn some interesting history on antique bottles from some very knowledgeable sellers.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 14 for the Downieville Antique Bottles and Collectibles Show and Sale.
This year's show is almost sold out - If you need a sales table get in touch with me ASAP and I will make room for you...Thanks - rs
John Ronald and his amazing selection of bottles


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