Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Western Blown ?

Here is what is believed to be a western blown Injection Ricord. It appears that B. Lefevre was the wholesale agent for this product in at least 1868 and 1869. Does anyone know what evidence exists to prove this is a western blown product other than the look and feel of the glass ? Perhaps the western looking variants were the "spurious article" mentioned in the below ad. How many western variant examples are known ?

Sacramento Daily Union 10/30/1868

Marysville Daily Appeal 10/8/1869

The Times-Picayune from New Orleans 7/28/1868
Thanks to Richard Siri for the above ad 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Another Spring Day

Cramped Quarters
Nice western med
Open pontil Oxygenated Bitters for Dyspepsia, Asthma, and All Debilitating Disease. 
Perfect condition
Pretty Mint

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Dr.. Henley's Wild Grape Root IXL Bitters

Here is a reasonably decent example which I was able to afford due to the old-time "epoxy" lip chip repair. I'm going to soak the "repair" out with acetone. This is the Henley's mold with 2 dots under the R in "Dr" and it has the distinct font along with the "log/wood texture" in the IXL letters. For the sake of the newer collectors who peruse this blog, I thought those with more Western Bottle knowledge than me would be willing to weigh in with their information on this particular Henley's: age, mold, attributes, et cetera. I notice the Dr.. Henry's Sarsaparilla has 2 dots under the R in "Dr" as well. Same mold maker?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

More Bottle Gardens / Dumps

Some small dumps are well hidden   MAX
Thanks for posting picture. I have a few more of my yard art. ....I can't post to site with my new email address. Could I get back on as a contributor again please.  

The Lindgren's Bottle Garden

Downieville Brewery

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

From Mike McKillop

 I have a picture, I would like to post. I want to see how many of you have your own bottle dump. Looking at mine always gives me the itch to go digging

Thanks Mike. I will have to get my camera and take some pictures to post of the "Bottle Gardens" here in Downieville. - rs -

Hi Rick,
Saw Mike`s post about his dump here is mine Bill C.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

From Peachridge Glass

Story of a Bottle


Story of a Bottle – Barkhouse Bros.

 & Co. Gold Dust Kentucky Bourbon

49er Bottle Jamboree

20 March 2016
Apple-Touch-IconAIn preparation for the Holabird Americana “49er Bottle Jamboree” Auction at the FOHBC 2016 Sacramento National Antique Bottle Convention & Expo, we will be featuring some of the bottles and other pieces in the auction. According to Fred Holabird, the auction will be live with four (4) different live auction/internet bidding platforms. Here is an interesting email I received recently.
Natl Bottle Auction web ad
Dear Mr. Ferdinand,
I found your article when I was looking for information on an old bottle I purchased yesterday. I hope that you might be able to point me in the right direction. The bottle is embossed with the following words: Trade Mark Barkhouse Bros. & Co. Gold Dust Kentucky Bourbon, John Vanbergen & Co Sole Agents. I read an article that said a bottle like this sold for $28,000 in 2011. Do you know who I should speak to in regard to my bottle? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
Read: Rare Barkhouse bourbon bottle – one of ‘finest’ – brings $28,000 at auction

I contacted Richard Siri (Show Chair) and Eric McGuire (FOHBC Western Region Director) for an appraisal based on the images. Here is their response:
Ferd, I ran this bottle by Richard Siri and we are in complete agreement that it should bring between five to eight thousand. If it goes runaway it might go to ten thousand, but that should be absolute max. The selling point that must be made to the owner is that anyone who would be willing to pay top dollar will be in attendance at the Sacramento show. There is no better venue for selling it. Then, of course, there will be the ability to market it through the FOHBC website. [Editor Note: Eric also was curious about the mouth appearance which will be reviewed upon bottle receipt at the auction house]
Eric M. (McGuire)
Thanks to Peachridge Glass for this article and don't forget about the upcoming FOHBC expo in Sacramento - rs -

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Get Ready for a Road Trip to Oregon!

Bottles and Antiques sounds like my kind of show. See you in Oregon - rs - 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Outstanding OGW from Arizona

Here's a beautiful golden yellow half pint OGW that found its way to Arizona. Just thought you guys might want to see it.
Kelly P.


I agree Kelly, that's one beautiful OGW flask.....Those Miller's in the background are pretty nice also - rs -

OGW from the Mud


I noticed you've been showing various OGW bottles on your blog site.  Here's a couple photos of an OGW flask I found in an embankment along the shoreline of San Pablo Bay.  Once cleaned of mud, it had a beautiful yellowish-amber color.

Chuck Ingraham

Nice find - Thanks Chuck - rs -

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

OGW Bitters

Here is a recent find, a nice light OGW square. I have personally only seen OGW squares in dark reddish amber, straight amber, and now this light honey color. Has anyone ever seen a green one ?

Two OGW squares with different lip treatments.

Apparently OGW made claret bottles, but as far as I know none are known. Perhaps they were not base embossed ?

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Chico Bottle Club 50th Annual Show and Sale

Friday and Saturday March 11th - 12th 2016
at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, Fair Street Chico, California 95928
Friday March 11, set up 10am to 7pm Early Admission $5.00
Saturday March 12, 9am to 4pm Free Admission
Chico Bottle Club, Contact: Randy Taylor Chairman PO Box 1065 Chico Ca. 95927
phone 530 518-7369
Take some time and enjoy historic downtown Chico and the world famous Sierra Nevada Brewery
But don't forget to stop into the 50th annual bottle show and sale - rs -

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Colors of Spring

I thought I would add a splash of Spring color.

More spring colors from Cal49er Max Bell

Exceptional color run S.F Glass Works and Empire Soda's. Thanks Max - rs -