Thursday, May 15, 2014

More on the Cassin's


Could you add these photos showing how poorly made and damaged this Cassins was before it may have come into contact with a shovel. It is full of cracks, flashes, checks, and UV crazing.  Sad, but we never recovered all the pieces and will never truly know if the bottle would have been intact.

Whats the story on that Simons and Rosenbaums, gold country dump or privy ?



  1. Andrew,
    I believe our resident expert on Cassin's, Warren, could better explain the reason the quality of the glass inferior to that of latter blown western glass.

  2. Yes, this is probably all manufacturing and technically not damage, just like the Lacours, Walkers, and western utilities of the same age.

  3. looks to me like it was busted anyway, hope you guys got some other goodies from the hole. The Simon's and the Rosenbaums came out of a Gold Country dump. Only whole bottles were some T.O.C. stuff and a slick western med with applied lip. Good luck to everyone out there!


  4. Wow, those are sure familiar imperfections in that Cassin example. It's certainly what I have come to expect to see on certain relatively early produced western bitters. It's just fantastic to see another early desirable bitters come from the depths of the Earth. Both mold variants of the Cassin's bottle are difficult to extract from the ground in whole condition, but the variant 1 is especially so!

  5. Bad annealing ?? What do you think Warren ?

  6. Because these imperfections are not seen consistently on all relatively early western made glass bottles, it is my opinion that this phenomenon occurs with the use of a bi-product from the early chemical works in San Francisco. The refuse of salt cake was being used in lieu of soda ash in the glass batch mixtures by the San Francico glass factories during their early years of operation. Soda ash was for the most part being imported for use in glass making. The salt cake was a bi-product from the chemical works with no useful purpose until SFGW used it as a substitute which did occur during the years that we see these results on some of our western glass.

  7. Inferior glass components constitute poor annealing, S.F. glass 1866-69. Exposure to sun, ultraviolet light & heat will create post production damage as seen here in a very shot period of time. Green Lacour’s self destructs after being exposed to sun and a very slight temprure change after being dug, bummer.....
    Avoid shovel contact & place this kind of glass in dirt filled bucket from hole immediately after being dug and put in cool area, allow to regulate over several days.

  8. "Avoid shovel contact"................ & place this kind of glass in dirt filled bucket from hole immediately after being dug and put in cool area, allow to regulate over several days" .
    Very wise words indeed !!