Sunday, September 6, 2015

Downieville Antique Bottle and Collectible Show and Sale

Entering Downieville California from Highway 49

Saturday September 12, 2015 brings the 24th annual Downieville Antique Bottle and Collectible Show and Sale. The Show opens at 8:00 am for early lookers with a modest $10 entry fee and open to the general public from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm with FREE admission. The show is located at the Downieville School Gym at the corner of Main and School Streets in the historic section of downtown.

This years show is another sellout with over 50 tables of antique bottles, early glass insulators  gold rush artifacts, saloon collectibles, Yuba River Gold nuggets and jewelry to mention just a few of the unique items that will be offered during the show.

This years display will feature western manufactured glass bottles embossed with the unique curved R associated with the early glasshouses located in San Francisco during the mid to late 1800's.

Western curved R on medicine bottle

Western curved R on whiskey bottle

The Downieville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will be serving breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages with all the proceeds going to help supply the Fire Department with much needed supplies and equipment.
The Friday night dealers BBQ will include the popular wine tasting event and features a selection of craft beers too. The weather is predicted to be warm during the day and cooling off in the evenings so come prepared for the late summer Sierra temperature swings so common to this time of the year in the mountains.
North Fork of the Yuba River canyon with Saddleback Mountain in the background.
See you in Downieville!


  1. The So Cal Clan will be there! This event is always a favorite for us! If you've got any good colored Western Jakes for sale, look me up. -- Dwayne Anthony

  2. Oregon will be represented by WGA and likely others. Always looking for bitters, early meds, western blown sodas, great whiskeys, geeez. I need help. DM

  3. Thanks to Rick and Cherry for their incredible hospitality! The show was also great with some nice western glass available. I was able to add a lighter Prussian blue Jackson's Napa Soda, a seafoam green non circle IXL, and the most wild SF gaslight in a yellow topaz color. I cannot wait until next year! Dale M.

  4. Thank You Rick and Cherry for the outstanding get together and fantastic bottle show, Barbara and I had a wonderful time, all the best.

  5. I echo the comments above. The social aspect of this event is the main draw for me...the great glass is just a bonus. Thanks Rick & Cherry for your efforts putting the show on, plus the after-hours invitation at your home. Great memories each year!

  6. A big thanks to all of you that support our show here in Downieville and we will try to keep improving the show in the future. If you missed the awesome fresh BBQ peaches that Tom Spellman prepared on Saturday night you missed something special.
    Next years display will feature a collection of colored Gaslight Ammonia's and one other category that we have yet to decide on.
    Hope to see you again next year