Friday, September 27, 2013

Speaking of Henley's


 Henley must have been a cranky ol' SOB.   He kept changing distributors and agents.   He formed new partnerships at every turn it seems.  Good for the collectors of Henley's bottles.   Just in the IXL bottle alone, there are numerous different moulds.  Wilson did a creditable job of trying to sort out some of the different bottles in his 1969 book Western Bitters.     Some beautiful colors are found in nearly all of the varieties,  but the first group "no circle around IXL" can be truly spectacular.  
Quality control or at least 'color control' was not in practice at all.        

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